Theme parks in Asia are nothing short of magical and amazing. Not only do they feature heaps of state-of-the-art diversions and fun-filled roller-coaster rides, but they are also campy fun and offer plenty of tasty snacks, making them must-visit sites in Asia. As an added plus, these parks are filled with enthralling sights that depict the scenes and figures of their favorite cartoons.
Whether you’re traveling with a child or are someone who’s into thrill rides, HomeAway highlights the 8 best theme parks that you must visit in Asia, along with your little ones.
1. Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo Disneyland Resort is, without a doubt, one of the finest and most spectacular theme parks in Asia. Even if you’re not fond of Disney characters, this theme park will still evoke pleasant memories of your childhood with its colorful architecture and youthful atmosphere. Built in a style similar to Florida’s Magic Kingdom and Disneyland in California, this theme park promises a kingdom of magic and dreams with its dazzling array of shows, parades, as well as restaurants and shops. Moreover, there are plenty of Disney characters roaming around Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea, like Snow White, Peter Pan, and Mickey Mouse.
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2. Universal Studios Japan – Osaka
Opening its gates in 2011, Universal Studios Japan proved to be an instant hit and success during its first year in operations, attracting over 10 million visitors. Although visitor numbers have dipped a bit from those impressive initial highs, the theme park has been expanding continuously with remarkable additions like Hollywood Dream: The Ride in 2007 and Amazing Adventure of Spiderman in 2004.
Just like the other Universal Studios parks, Japan’s version imports a lot of famous rides from the company’s parks in the US, including Shrek 4-D Adventure (a must-try for your kids) and Jurassic Park: The Ride. For parents born in the 80s, this park is also home to two amazing and nostalgic classic rides – Jaws Ride and Back to the Future – The Ride.
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3. Ocean Park – Hong Kong
Ocean Park, in spite of the growing competition from the ever-expanding Hong Kong Disneyland, remains the most beloved theme park in ‘Asia’s World City’. Trust us, Ocean Park’s superb blend of education, conservation, and good-old fashioned amusement park thrills is a fine recipe for a fabulous day out with the kids. And, in recent years, the park has invested heavily in new attractions and thrill rides, such as a sprawling rainforest-themed zone that features animal exhibits and an aviary.
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4. Universal Studios Singapore – Singapore
No list of the best theme parks in Asia is complete without the inclusion of one of Singapore’s most prized attractions – Universal Studios Singapore. For years, this world-class theme park has been luring children and those who are kids at heart with its exceptional collection of amusement facilities and mind-blowing diversions. As you wander around Universal Studios Singapore, you’ll get to see and experience 7 movie-themed zones, namely, Madagascar, The Land of Shrek, The Lost World, Ancient Egypt, Sci-Fi City, New York City, and Hollywood.
A must-try in this theme park is the extremely popular ‘Transformers The Ride: The Ultimate 3D Battle’ in the Sci-Fi City zone, which combines cutting-edge flight simulation technology with 3D high-definition media. With this 3D experience, you’ll get to take on a thrilling roller coaster ride that lets you battle the likes of Megatron.
And, by the way, did we mention that Singapore has a host of other amusement parks like Night Safari? Furthermore, the Lion City is brimming with outstanding sights, such as Singapore Flyer and Gardens by the Bay.
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5. Legoland Malaysia – Johor
You don’t have to fly all the way to Germany, the United Kingdom, Denmark, or the United States to treat your child to a memorable Legoland adventure. Just book a trip to Malaysia, and for sure, your little one will have a blast exploring Asia’s first ever Legoland. Known as one of the best theme parks in Southeast Asia, Legoland boasts over 40 rides, attractions, and shows that are suitable for the entire family. Plus, almost everything here is hands-on, meaning you can splash, squirt, steer, pedal, program and push your way through an interactive experience.
As with Universal Studios Singapore, Legoland Malaysia has 7 themed zones, including MINILAND, Land of Adventure, LEGO City, Imagination, LEGO Kingdoms, LEGO Technic, and The Beginning.
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6. Korea Everland Paradise – Yongin
They don’t call Everland as South Korea’s best theme park for nothing. After all, it’s the largest theme park in the country, housing a water park, a zoo, and a mishmash of attractions, including dozens of rides and roller coasters. Moreover, it has several incredible themed areas, such as American Adventure, Magic Land, and European Adventure.
The park’s biggest draws, however, are the Zoo-Topia animal exhibit area, a log flume, and a haunted mansion-style shoot-em-up ride. And given its techie owner (Samsung), the park has a host of interesting robot-themed rides as well.
Wondering what to do after your Everland adventure with the kids? Though it’s not known as a major tourist destination, Yongin has a few sites to keep you occupied for days, such as Yangji Ski Resort and Korean Folk Village. To make things even better, the city has scenic hiking trails for those who want to sprinkle a dash of outdoor fun to their vacation.
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7. Lotte World – Seoul
With its enthralling fairytale theme and magical scene, it’s no wonder many have labeled Lotte World as the ultimate theme park destination in Korea for children. Here, you and your kids will get to experience a large outdoor park and the largest indoor theme park in the world, based around a Disney-style castle. What’s more, it features quite a lot of impressive rides, such as Pharaoh’s Fury – an enhanced motion ride that’s pretty similar to Indiana Jones Adventure in Disneyland.
And, if that’s still not enough for you, fret not, as Seoul is loaded with sights and adventures that will give you bliss, such as Gyeongbok-gung and Changdeok-gung. Food is cheap and wondrously diverse in Seoul as well!
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8. Shanghai Disneyland Park – Shanghai
Shanghai Disneyland Park – the first Disneyland theme park in mainland China – is a charming wonderland full of fun, thrills, and excitement. While strolling around the park, you and your child will have the chance to delve into its 7 themed areas – Toy Story Land, Tomorrowland, Adventure Isle, Treasure Cove, Fantasyland, Gardens of Imagination, and Mickey Avenue. Combining Chinese elements with Disney scenes, this theme park is jam-packed with mesmerizing shows and sights too, including the first ever Chinese ‘Lion King’ musical and the world’s first Toy Story hotel.
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