You’ve heard of Walt Disney World’s amusement parks for adults and children and everyone in between. Orlando is known for being the theme park capital of the world. While Hollywood Studios or Islands of Adventure are on the list, we’re talking about the best of the best theme parks in the world. Cure your wanderlust and satisfy your need for adrenaline.

Hollywood Studios

We consider every Walt Disney World theme park to be one of the best, but Hollywood Studios is making some new waves. Interactive rides, entertainment and activities galore are here, and with the latest pop culture phenomenons. Take a peek back at the classics like Toy Story with the grand opening of Toy Story Land. The kids will adore Slinky Dog Dash, Alien Swirling Saucers and Toy Story Mania!

The latest and greatest in captivating Disney go-ers is Galaxy’s Edge, where guests can step into a galaxy far, far away. Check out the Star Wars experience with Jedi Training and Star Tours – The Adventure Continues.

Of course, the legacy Hollywood Studios rides are still around, like the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Once you’ve seen it all here, take a monorail or tram ride to any one of the other Disney parks to experience even more.

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Islands of Adventure

Joined with Universal Studios, Island of Adventure has even more thrill rides and rollercoasters that adults will enjoy. Go through the loops and hoops on The Incredible Hulk Coaster. If you love a good free-fall feeling, take to Doctor Doom’s Fearfall, which blasts you 185 feet into the sky. There are claims that it’s faster than a space shuttle.

Of course, the Harry Potter rides are nothing short of amazing. Follow Harry and friends on Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey through Hogwarts castle. When you’re through with the activities at Islands of Adventure, take a tame trolley ride on the Hogwarts Express to Universal Studios.

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Ocean Park

Heading to Hong Kong soon? You have to make time for visiting Ocean Park, one of the best theme parks in the world. Not only is Ocean Park packed with rides, there are also tons of activities and entertainment options. The kids will love the animal encounters with panda bears, koalas and arctic foxes.

Get on the Hair Raiser for a real thrill—it doesn’t get it’s name for being tame. Riders dangle high above the South China Sea and plunge around 4G through the air. Or head to the Flash, which spins on a turnstile while also swinging you back-and-forth at top speed. Even the most hardcore visitors should be warned!

Have you tried a virtual reality ride yet? The Abyss-VR Space Voyage is like nothing you’ve seen before. Riders plunge 20 stories to the ground after only seconds of enjoying the view on the way up. You’ll feel like you’re actually on a mission to space while you smash asteroids and collect UFOs with a VR headset.

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Lotte World

If you’ll be in Seoul, South Korea and miss the Disney magic, Lotte World makes for the perfect stand-in. Both indoors and outdoors and surrounding a fantastical castle, there is quite a bit to do here.

One of the most popular rides, Pharoah’s Fury is similar to Indiana Jones Adventure with it’s enhanced motion vehicle style. Bungee, the Gyro Swing and Gyro Drop are made just for those that love an intense 4G feeling.

Changzhou Dinosaur Park

For the dinosaur lovers and enthusiasts, the Changzhou Dinosaur Park in China is perfect for you. Comparable to Six Flags, Dinocanda is the most exciting rollercoaster the park offers. There is an entire museum dedicated just to fossils and research on the ancient beings.

Busch Gardens

Take a day trip from Orlando to Busch Gardens in Tampa for an all-in-one adventure. Busch Gardens has some of the most intense, thrill-seeking rides that you will ever find at the best theme parks in the world. Take to Cheetah Hunt, a triple-launch coaster that hurtles you as fast as the speed of a cheetah. Does the name “Sheikra” terrify you? This coaster will propel you 200 feet into the sky and drop at a 90-degree angle straight to the ground.

If rides aren’t your thing, we understand. Busch Gardens has even more to do just for tame guests. Get a glimpse at real-life rhinos, sloths, tigers and more. There are animal feeding opportunities and the change to see some animals up-close and personal.

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Efteling

Located in the Netherlands, Efteling is the largest theme park in Holland with a large variety of attractions. It’s theme surrounds all things medieval fantasy, with dragons, knights and even faeries. Go on a classic wooden rollercoaster, the Joris En de Draak. Riders take an adventure to slay the dragon terrorizing the kingdom! Looking to plunge? the Baron 1898 dive coaster drops guests down a 37.5 m free fall.

Tivoli Gardens

Fun fact: Tivoli Gardens is the second-oldest amusement park in the world. Being in Copenhagen, Denmark, Tivoli Gardens has experienced quite a bit of history. Parts have been destroyed by Nazi sympathizers in 1943, but has since been restructured and improved to outstanding feats.

Do you dare try out The Demon? Three loops and reaching a height to 28 meters, riders also put on a VR headset for an even more immersive experience. If you want to reach a new level of thrill and adrenaline, the Fatamorgana is a 45-meter tall tower with three rides in one. Perfect for little ones, adults and those in between, this ride will suit most anyone.

Seaworld Orlando

Seaworld has been considered one of the best theme parks in the world for a long time. Thrill-seekers in particular flock to Seaworld Orlando for the greatest classic rollercoasters. Experience all that the locals talk about on the Kraken. This floorless coaster reaches highway speeds and takes riders more than 150 feet into the air.

When you need a break from all the adrenaline, enjoy shows put on by the trained animals at the parks. Pets Ahoy will delight you and the kids. Dolphin Days gives guests a glance at the majestic dolphins that Seaworld especially trains.

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Europa Park

This theme park in Germany is considered a multi-day adventure, so set aside some time on your European trip to experience it all. Blue Fire is a towering vertical loop with horseshoe rolls and twisted corkscrews in between. When you’re looking for something a little more tame, check out the Matterhorm Blitz, perfect for children.

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Mia Reid is a University of Central Florida graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in English - Creative Writing. She specializes in writing, editing, search engine optimization, as well as graphic design and digital marketing. Mia's past experience is diverse, with a history of interning at UCF's own literary magazine, blog writing for local nonprofits and making weekly op-ed pieces for The Odyssey. She has lived in Orlando, Florida for 21 years and enjoys hiking, spending time at her local lake and being with her family.

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