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Travellers’ Choice Awards
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Best of the Best Things to Do

Amusement & Water Parks - World

Get ready to scream, splash, soar through the sky, and escape into your favourite worlds at these winning parks.

The Travellers’ Choice Awards Best of the Best title celebrates the highest level of excellence in travel. It’s awarded to those who receive a high volume of above-and-beyond reviews and opinions from the Tripadvisor community over a 12-month period. Out of our 8 million listings, fewer than 1% achieve this milestone.

Set in a small French town about 20 miles east of Paris, Disneyland Paris is Disney’s first (and only) European outpost. It's smaller than its U.S. siblings, but it packs in a lot, with two theme parks, seven Disney-owned hotels (including a Marvel property), a golf course, and an entertainment complex that’s similar to Disney Springs in Orlando.
  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Paris Disneyland Paris and Disney Studios are a must visit for everyone travelling to Paris. It is really fun time and the late night fireworks shows is not to be missed.
    Reviewed June 2024
  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We are WDW veterans and have also been to Disneyland in California several times, so we wanted to experience DLP while in Europe. The Studios Park was under a lot of renovation when we visited, but we were still able to enjoy the rides there. We stayed at Disneyland Hotel (separate review) and loved the location. We enjoyed riding some of the rides that we don't have in the US parks, and also enjoyed the different versions of rides like IASW, ToT, and BTMR that we do have. We did find that the bathrooms were fairly disgusting and not kept clean, and the food was mediocre. We found employees to be polite and helpful. We did love the ability to purchase the premiere access for individual rides if we didn't want to wait in longer lines. As long as you temper your expectations, you will be able to enjoy your time here.
    Reviewed June 2024
  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Disneyland is pure magic! You literally enter another dimension where anyone can feel confident wearing Mickey ears or, like we did, matching Stitch outfits. Everything is curated to the smallest detail, the staff is exceptionally friendly, and the rides are fun for all ages. It's worth every cent!
    Reviewed June 2024
  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I grew up in Florida and have wonderful childhood family souvenirs at Disney World. I opted for Disneyland Paris for my childen being I reside in France. Our family has been going there for over 15 years, making memories that they can cherish for their lifetime. They love this park. Park offers reductions and a priority pass for no extra cost for handicap visitors with the proper documents. It is much smaller than Disney World, but is still a magical and handicap friendly place.
    Reviewed June 2024
  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    we had the best time at disneyland! the atmosphere is absolutely incredible here, the resort is so beautifully decorated & there are rides for all ages😊 the shows are also fantastic, from the lion king to alice in wonderland, the talent is really there because the actors are brilliant. the park furthermore has the most delicious food, with stands selling strawberries coated in chocolate, waffles and more. you can buy some lovely souvenirs too, including fridge magnets and cups. finally we highly recommend the firework and drone display at night, the effort which has been put into it is astounding and it looks so good. the staff are really polite as well. we're very grateful for the delightful experience x
    Reviewed June 2024

4.5 of 5 bubbles36,210 reviews
Located in Tenerife in the Canary Islands, Siam Park is Europe’s largest water park. The Thai-themed park is home to thrilling rides like Tower of Power—one of the world’s fastest waterslides. Check out the lazy rivers, a wave pool with 11-foot-high waves, Volcano (a four-person slide with a laser show), and a terrifying (but fun) shark tunnel.
4.0 of 5 bubbles16,397 reviews
Even if you're not a gear head, you'll love Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, the first-ever Ferrari-branded theme park. Housed in a stunning domed building on Yas Island, it's home to the planet's fastest rollercoaster (which maxes out at 149 mph), plus racing simulators and turbocharged thrill rides. A tip: Visit on weekdays for fewer crowds and better discounts.
4.5 of 5 bubbles21,333 reviews
Southern Brazil’s state of Santa Catarina is known for its Atlantic coastline, pretty islands, mountains, and Beto Carrero World—the largest theme park in Latin America. Spanning more than five square miles, it appeals to just about everyone with epic rollercoasters, a motocross track, train rides, a zoo (complete with tigers, jaguars, and even camels), and live concerts.
4.5 of 5 bubbles17,065 reviews
Located in downtown Kuta, Waterbom Bali is a thrilling contrast to the island's serene temples. Dive into more than 21 waterslides, glide down a lazy river through tropical gardens, and don't miss surfing on the FlowRider. There are also swim-up bars, cabana rentals, and the chilled-out Oasis Gardens, with a lagoon pool, sun beds, and an outdoor spa.
4.5 of 5 bubbles15,881 reviews
Set right on the coastline in Aquiraz, Beach Park is Brazil’s largest water park. There are rides for all ages (including a 14-story waterslide—one of the world’s tallest), artificial rapids, and tons of pools for splashing around. After you pack in the thrills, take in the scenery on a shoreline stroll or go on an ecological walk.
4.5 of 5 bubbles17,112 reviews
Don’t come here expecting roller coasters. Puy du Fou, in France's picturesque Vendée region—about three hours from Paris—is more than an amusement park. It's a journey through time. Explore four period villages (from the Roman Era to the Middle Ages), witness a WWII battle, and stay in a themed hotel like the castle of Louis XIV.
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4.0 of 5 bubbles22,615 reviews
Staffordshire's Alton Towers Resort is the UK's biggest theme park, with more than 40 rides and attractions, a water park, and mini golf. Stay in one of three themed hotels, a stargazing pod (a camping-style experience), or a log cabin in the Enchanted Village. Don't miss events like fall’s ScareFest. Tip: Consider fast track passes for shorter lines.
4.0 of 5 bubbles17,207 reviews
Located in Disneyland Paris, Walt Disney Studios Park is being rebranded as Disney Adventure World as part of a multi-year, multi-billion-dollar expansion and reimagining. Explore the Marvel-themed Avengers Campus, the Worlds of Pixar (home to the fan favorite Ratatouille attraction), and The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Part of the transformation includes a new World of Frozen land.
4.5 of 5 bubbles18,914 reviews
Dollywood is the brainchild of singer Dolly Parton, who grew up in the surrounding Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. The park has a downhome feel with singalongs and a museum dedicated to Parton's life, plus high-velocity roller coasters and thrill rides. Watch artisans showcase glass blowing and pottery skills. Stay at the park’s two resorts for loads of perks.
4.0 of 5 bubbles3,567 reviews
Heide Park is Northern Germany's largest amusement park with thrilling rides like Colossos, Europe’s highest wooden coaster. Preschoolers will love the Peppa Pig Land, which has a recreation of the cartoon character’s house, George's dinosaur ride, Grandpa Pig's train, and a balloon ride. Stay in themed hotel rooms and check out the helpful app for an easy visit.
4.5 of 5 bubbles2,921 reviews
Located near Cornwall in North Devon, The Milky Way Adventure Park is an all-weather amusement park. Check out the falconry display, challenge yourself on the ninja stars course, and don't miss Ziggy's Blast Quest (an interactive ride that's a hit with all ages). There are also activities for babies and toddlers (reflexology, dance) and a bouncing balloon room.
4.5 of 5 bubbles69,624 reviews
Known as The Most Magical Place On Earth, the Magic Kingdom Park needs no introduction. This theme park is located at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and features some of Disney’s best-known attractions (Space Mountain, Jungle Cruise, Cinderella Castle). There’s also a nightly fireworks show, musical parades, and meet and greets with your favorite Disney Characters.
4.5 of 5 bubbles4,848 reviews
The family-owned Fun Spot America is a classic amusement park with carnival concessions and old-fashioned rides (Go-Karts, Bumper Kars, Ferris Wheel), plus thrilling roller coasters. One of the best things about Fun Spot America: It’s affordable. You can get a season pass for less than what it would cost to spend one day in other well-known theme parks.
4.0 of 5 bubbles20,496 reviews
Universal Studios Singapore—located on the neighboring Sentosa island—has thrilling rides, shows, and attractions based on popular movies and TV shows. One of Southeast Asia’s most popular amusement parks, it has seven themed zones with more than 28 rides, including Battlestar Galactica (the world's tallest intertwined double coaster). Don't miss fun seasonal events like Halloween Horror Nights.
4.5 of 5 bubbles913 reviews
Aquafollie—a clean, family-friendly water park in Caorle, Italy, just outside Venice—is better than a day at the beach. Though small, it has tons of slides and pools for all ages. There’s free parking, lockable compartments for valuables, wristbands for easy payment, and great food (this is Italy, after all). Good transport links make it easily accessible.
4.0 of 5 bubbles1,715 reviews
The Lost World of Tambun is a compact action and adventure park in Malaysia surrounded by a lush tropical jungle and natural hot springs. There are tons of activities (ziplining, kayaking, animal sightings). Take a break in a clean tent with a comfy bed while enjoying the picturesque surroundings. Top it all off with an impressive fire show.
4.5 of 5 bubbles6,439 reviews
Located 68 miles northeast of Porto Alegre in the mountains of Canela, Brazil, the family-friendly Parque Terra Mágica Florybal is a world of dinosaurs, giants, and magical creatures. Stroll through the pretty scenery, admire the well-maintained gardens, enjoy activities for all ages, and don’t miss the amazing food. Best of all: It’s a great value for the price.
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4.0 of 5 bubbles6,289 reviews
LEGOLAND Billund Resort—the first LEGO-themed amusement park—opened in 1968 in Denmark next to the original LEGO factory. The park has attractions for all ages, from peaceful boat rides to thrilling rides like Emmet's Flying Adventure (plus, plenty of LEGO sculptures). With low waiting times and a helpful app, you can enjoy it at a leisurely pace.
4.0 of 5 bubbles8,503 reviews
Drayton Manor Theme Park—located on the grounds of the former Drayton Manor in Staffordshire, England—is a family resort with a theme park, a well-maintained zoo, and accommodations if you want to make a longer trip out of it. Its major claim to fame: It’s home to Thomas Land, the UK's first Thomas & Friends theme park.
4.0 of 5 bubbles2,325 reviews
Nautico Praia Clube, a water park in Caldas Novas, Brazil, is part of the largest hot water aquifer in the world. You’ll find thrilling water slides, a wave pool, kids' zones, a swim-up bar, and a lake with water sports. Plus, the clean facilities, friendly staff, and a range of food options make it an ideal vacation escape.
4.0 of 5 bubbles17,465 reviews
For all that Disney magic you know and love, check out Hong Kong Disneyland, one of the most visited attractions in Hong Kong. There are eight themed areas—Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, Toy Story Land, and more—plus parades, photo ops, and fireworks. A highlight is the World of Frozen, where you can explore Arendelle with Anna, Elsa, and friends.
4.5 of 5 bubbles1,436 reviews
Built on an ancient forgotten city south of Pattaya, Ramayana Water Park is a two-hour drive from Bangkok. Based on Thailand mythology, this tropical escape has the most water slides in Thailand, from relaxed to extreme. Enjoy the lazy river, plenty of sunbathing areas, well-priced food, icy cold beverages, a convenient wristband system, and the stunning mountain views.
4.0 of 5 bubbles5,473 reviews
Head to Alpen Park—just outside Canela, Brazil—for a day filled with adventures. Enjoy attractions like roller coasters, zip lines, four-wheelers, 4D movies, and 5D interactive rides that will stimulate all your senses. Don’t miss the Alpine Coaster, which has a stunning view of the surrounding valley. It's a great spot for families looking for affordable fun.
4.0 of 5 bubbles11,037 reviews
Universal Studios Japan has world-class entertainment based on blockbuster Hollywood movies. Immerse yourself in Super Nintendo World with Mario and friends. And don’t miss The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which is full of interactive magic, plus the legendary Butterbeer. Use the real-time wait times for easy navigation and grab an Express Pass 13 for a smoother day.
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