34 Amazing Amusement Parks in America

Lovers of adventure, thrills and excitement, do we have the Wanderlist for you! Unless you’ve been sleeping under a rock your entire life, you no doubt are well aware of Disneyland. Most kids aspire to one day visit this wondrous theme park but as adults we might be looking for something a little more than Mickey Mouse.

We searched and searched to put together our list of the most intimidating, the highest, the scariest and the most fun amusement parks in the United States. If you’re a fellow amusement park junkie like us, you will definitely find this article helpful and informative when looking for some fun for your visit to the US.

As per usual, if you feel we need to add more to this list, you know the drill, do not hesitate to let us know in the comments section, following this post.

Magic Kingdom, was the first of the Disney theme parks built in Florida in 1971. Similar to Disneyland Park in Anaheim, it is dedicated to fairy tales and Disney characters. The park is divided into six themed “lands.” Main Street USA, Adventureland, Frontierland, Liberty Square, Fantasyland and Tommorowland with rides, roller coasters and characters for every age.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is a theme park dedicated to show business, drawing inspiration from the heyday of Hollywood in the 1930s and 1940s and of modern-day animation. The park is also divided into six themed areas – Hollywood Boulevard, Echo Lake, Streets of America, Pixar Place, Animation Courtyard and Sunset Boulevard.

Originally known as the EPCOT Center (Experimental Prototype Community Of Tomorrow), Epcot is a theme park dedicated to the celebration of human achievement, namely technological innovation and international culture. The park is recognizable by the large sphere called Spaceship Earth and is double the size of Magic Kingdom.

Disneyland, now known as Disneyland Park, was the first theme park opened in 1955 by Walt Disney and the only one in which he directly supervised the design and construction. Disneyland Park consists of eight themed “lands” – Main Street USA, Adventureland, New Orleans Square, Fronierland, Critter County, Fantasyland, Mickey’s Toontown and Tomorrowland.

Disney California Adventure is the second of the Californian park and was completed in 2001. It is themed after the history of California and consists of seven themed areas called “districts” – Buena Vista Street, Paradise Pier, Grizzy Peak, Pacific Wharf, Hollywood Land, A Bug’s Land and Cars Land.

Universal Studios Hollywood is a film studio and theme park located just outside of Los Angeles, California. It is one of the oldest and most famous Hollywood film studios and is still in use to this day. This park is split into two areas on different levels, connected by a series of escalators called the Starway. These areas are known as the Upper lot and Lower lot.

Universal Studios Florida’s theme is the entertainment industry, in particular movies and television. Each attraction is meant to inspire guests to “ride the movies”. The park features seven themed areas all situated around a large lagoon – Production Central, New York, San Francisco, London/Diagon Alley, World Expo, Woody Woodpecker’s Kidzone and Hollywood.

Islands of Adventure is the second of Universal’s theme parks in Orlando, Florida which opened in 1999. The park’s overall theme is that of a journey of exploration, with the slogan “Live the Adventure”. The park consists of seven themed “islands,” – Port of Entry, Marvel Super Hero Island, Toon Lagoon, Jurassic Park, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, The Lost Continent, and Seuss Landing.

Six Flags New England is the Coaster Capital of New England with an impressive up of rides including: New England SkyScreamer, Flashback, Pandemonium, Mind Eraser, Batman the Dark Knight, Goliath, and Wicked Cyclone. There’s also four areas dedicated to children including Looney Tunes Movie Town, Kidzopolis, Whistlestop Park and Splash Island.

Six Flags Great America offers endless adventures for the entire family with 14 exhilarating roller coasters, a 20-acre water park, spectacular shows and four children’s themed areas with than 30 rides. Notable rides include: Demon, Batman the ride, Raging Bull and Superman the ultimate flight.

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  1. #15. SIX FLAGS DISCOVERY KINGDOM is located in Vallejo, CA…not Valencia, CA

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