Best Theme Parks in the World

The thrill-seeker in all of us loves a good theme park. Young or old, adventurous or shy, the theme park brings out the most excitable, boisterous parts of ourselves. 

Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or a theme park aficionado, this list of the best theme parks in the world is a surefire hit.

Visit one repeatedly, or make them all part of your vacation bucket list. Our list of the best theme parks in the world includes:

  • Universal Studios Hollywood
  • Disney World – Orlando
  • Six Flags California
  • Ferarri World Abu Dhabi
  • SeaWorld San Diego
  • Busch Gardens – Florida
  • Disneyland Park – California
  • IMG Worlds of Adventure – Dubai
  • Gardaland – Italy
  • Bollywood Parks Dubai
  • Kings Island – Oahu
  • Disneyland Paris

Universal Studios Hollywood – Los Angeles, California

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Combine a tour of one of the most influential working studios in the world with a plethora of thrill rides and you come close to approximating the Experience that is Universal Studios Hollywood. In addition to your behind-the-scenes tour, check out attractions Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, the Simpsons Ride, Kung Fu Panda, and many more. 

Getting in: Admission to Universal Studios Hollywood is included with the Go Los Angeles pass.

Disney World – Orlando, Florida

It may seem obvious, but Disney’s Florida mega-theme park is a must-visit. It is actually comprised of multiple subsidiary parks including Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and the Animal Kingdom. You’ll find world-class roller coasters, unparalleled water slides, imaginative rides, thrilling attractions, and all the Disney-level nostalgia you can take. Stay at one of their resorts to maximize the experience.

Getting in: Admission to Disney World is not included with Go City and tickets must be purchased separately.

Six Flags – California / Texas / Illinois and more

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Ok, we might be cheating a little bit here. There are over a dozen Six Flags properties in North America, with options including hot destinations in California, Texas, Mexico, Illinois, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and more. While each is slightly different—Six Flags Discovery Kingdom offers animal shows and attractions, whereas Six Flags Fiesta Texas is full of top roller-coasters—they all boast the best of the best rides. 

Getting in: Admission to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is included with the Go San Francisco pass and Six Flags Fiesta Texas is included with the Go San Antonio pass.

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi – Abu Dhabi, UAE

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This astonishing theme park, located in none other than the enviable entertainment destination of the UAE, boasts the world’s largest roller coaster—Formula Rossa. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi also features the world’s highest roller coaster loop, a twisting adventure that’s basically a tea-cup ride on steroids, and a number of racing attractions. It’s perfect for adrenaline junkies of all kinds. 

Getting in: Admission to Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is included with the Go Dubai pass.

SeaWorld – San Diego, California / Orlando, Florida / San Antonio, Texas

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SeaWorld is among the forefront of animal conservation in recent years, and their track record of stellar thrill rides really brings them into contention for the best theme parks in the world. They have locations across the United States, SeaWorld San Diego, SeaWorld Orlando, and SeaWorld San Antonio, and the attractions at each exemplify the best in entertainment. Hit up their massive coasters and then take in a humane animal show. They also boast seasonal events and shows, including food festivals, kid-centric events, and free concerts. 

Getting in: Admission to SeaWorld San Diego is included with the Go San Diego pass and admission to SeaWorld San Antonio is included with the Go San Antonio pass.

Busch Gardens – Tampa, Florida

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Their central theme park is located in Tampa, FL—officially making Florida the unofficial theme park capital of the United States. Busch Gardens Tampa is chock full of coasters, rides, slides, and other top attractions. They also boast a number of animal attractions, as Busch Gardens is actually Tampa’s largest zoo. Scope out more than 200 species of animals at informative exhibits after you’ve tired yourself out on the best rides the park has to offer. 

Getting in: Admission to Busch Gardens Tampa is not included with the Go City pass and tickets must be purchased separately.

Disneyland Park – Anaheim, California

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If you should find yourself on the west coast instead of in Florida, Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California is a coveted theme park that millions upon millions flock to each year. They offer a wide selection of America-themed areas including New Orleans Square, Main Street USA, and Frontierland, as well as more expansive concepts like Fantasyland, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, and Tomorrowland. 

Getting in: Admission to the Disneyland park is not included with the Go City pass and tickets must be purchased separately.

IMG Worlds of Adventure – Dubai, UAE

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There are few places in the entire world as imaginative as IMG Worlds of Adventure. First off, it’s the world’s largest indoor theme park, which is already an achievement. Even better? It’s jam-packed with your favorite Cartoon Network™ and MARVEL characters, whose stories are told across multiple themed areas. Independent of these characters, you’ll also find a terrifying haunted hotel, a prehistoric land, and a lost valley teeming with mysteries. 

Getting in: Admission to IMG Worlds of Adventure is included with the Go Dubai pass.

Gardaland – Verona, Italy

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This is of the best amusement parks in the world. Gardaland in northeastern Italy offers a multitude of themed rides, slides, and other thrilling activities. It’s one of the heavy hitters among European theme parks. It offers abundant entertainment, performances, and attractions to entice visitors to their classic park.

Getting in: Admission to Gardaland is not included with the Go City pass and tickets must be purchased separately.

Bollywood Parks Dubai – Dubai, UAE

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A distinctive theme park offering a special, loving look at Bollywood film culture, Bollywood Parks Dubai features rides, attractions, activities, and entertainment inspired by the legendary film productions of Mumbai. It’s organized into five themed zones which include live entertainment. Plus, there are shops and restaurants where you can dive into Bollywood and Indian cuisine. 

Getting in: Admission to Bollywood Parks Dubai is included with the Go Dubai pass.

Kings Island – near Cincinnati, Ohio

This award-winning and record-setting theme park offers acres upon acres of entertainment. It’s a seasonal park, meaning that it doesn’t operate in the cold winter of Ohio. But their 100+ attractions make it worth the wait. Enjoy 14 roller coasters for the thrill of height and speed. Then, splash yourself silly at their 33-acre water park. It’s a great geographically-accessible option in the Midwest. 

Getting in: Admission to Kings Island is not included with the Go City pass and tickets must be purchased separately.

Disneyland Paris  – Paris, France

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Formerly known as Euro Disney, this massive theme park is the most popular theme park in all of Europe. Disneyland Park is where many of the traditional and beloved ride concepts are to be found. Walt Disney Studios Park features cinematic-themed rides and areas like the Backlot, Toon Studio, and Production Courtyard. 

Getting in: Admission to Disneyland Paris is not included with the Go City pass and tickets must be purchased separately.

Save on Admission

Theme parks are among the most sought-after attractions in the world. Therefore, it’s no surprise their ticket prices can be expensive. If you’re hoping to visit some of these top parks, consider a Go City pass to save on admission to the best theme parks in the world.

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