Are you a lover of theme parks? Are you planning the family holiday of a lifetime? Here are some suggestions for your dream family holiday.
Billund has the vision of becoming the “best city in the world for children”. The small town packs an enormous amount of fun within walkable distance; the central 16 metre-high ‘Tree of Creativity’ built from more than 6.3 million bricks is surrounded by four coloured zones packed with waterfalls, mountains and jungles and play areas designed to encourage imagination and creativity. Among a multitude of activities, children and adults alike can program robots and send them on a mission to find flowers for the bees, build fish and release them into a digital aquarium and record their own stop-motion movies. For more information, go to www.legoland.dk/en or www.visitdenmark.co.uk
Disneyland Florida consists of 4 parks that cover more than 28,000 acres with accompanying resorts, shopping complexes, hotels and waterparks. The parks include the Magic Kingdom; Epcot, a futuristic showcase of the world’s different cultures and traditions; MGM Studios, a working animation and television studio; and Animal Kingdom, where a huge variety of animals are kept in themed surroundings along with a cast of Disney characters For more information, go to www.disneyholidays.ie/walt-disney-world
Efteling Park, Netherlands
Four realms make up Efteling Park, the largest theme park in the Netherlands and one of the oldest in the world. The four realms include the Fairy Realm, where fairytales are brought to life; the Adventure Realm, where the thrillseekers should head to first! The Alternative Realm will give you plenty of screams at the Spookslot Haunted House and finally, journey around the world in 8 minutes in the Travel Realm. Don’t miss out on the spectacular illuminated water show at Aquanura at the end of each day. For more information, go to www.efteling.com
If a trip across the Atlantic is not to your taste, explore the 5 incredible lands filled with classic attractions, shows and street parades. Escape to the heart of Disney, Pixar, MARVEL and Star Wars universes with a trip to Disneyland Paris. Stay in one of the hotels within the park or travel into the park from any number of local hotels. For more information, go to www.disneylandparis.com/en-ie
Wizarding World: Harry Potter Studio Tour, London
Stroll down Diagon Alley, peer into the Weasleys’ burrow and ride a broomstick in the WB tour London. The tour begins with a short film which re-treads the film’s history and features actors Oliver and James Phelps (the Weasley twins) along with Daniel Radcliffe (Harry), Rupert Grint (Ron) and Emma Watson (Hermione). Fling open the doors to the Great Hall of Hogwarts showing the long oak tables, flagstone floors and stained glass windows. Go at your own pace as you are enchanted by the magic of movie making and visit the familiar rooms. Don’t forget to sample the butterbeer! For more information, go to www.wbstudiotour.co.uk
The most visited theme park in Spain is located in n Salou on the Costa Dorada and includes the Costa Caribe Aquatic Park and four hotels. Experience a world of adventure and discover full-on 135km/h adrenaline coasters, gentle jungle swings for the kids and colourful shows from precise acrobatics to card tricks and magicians. The 5 theme areas are based on historic civilizations (Mediterrània, Far West, México, China and Polynesia) and one theme area based on Sesame Street. For more information, go to www.portaventuraworld.com/en
Europa-Park is the largest theme park in Germany and the second most popular theme park resort in Europe, following Disneyland Paris. The park includes Europa Theme Park and Rulantica Water World, it is home to thirteen roller coasters and more than 100 attractions. There are plenty of rides, shows and playgrounds for all ages, spread throughout 18 themed areas, each of which are named after a different country. For more information, go to www.europapark.de/en
Futuroscope Theme Park, Poitiers, France
Not the usual theme park, Futuroscope’s main emphasis is on multimedia. It is the ideal place to relax in, with 60 hectares of tranquil green countryside and 25 original experiences you won’t find anywhere else! Experiences include Dances with Robots; where you will take a dance lesson with giant robots and Destination Mars; a train journey that will take you to outer space with stunning evening shows with a display of 3D aquatic effects and dancing lights. Futuroscope is one of the best-known and best-loved leisure parks in France. And the only one of its kind in Europe! For more information, go to www.futuroscope.com/en
LEGOland, Windsor, England
Featuring over 55 interactive rides, live shows and spectacular LEGO creations. The park is designed mainly for children aged between 3-12 years with highlights being the LEGO Dragon ride, the DUPLO brick dinosaur rollercoaster and the 3D behind the scenes animation of the LEGO movie set. The park is one of the most popular in Europe and the themed seasonal events are a real treat. Located in Windsor, combine your trip to LEGOland with visits to the charming Windsor town and castle. For more information, go to www.legoland.co.uk or www.windsor.gov.uk/visitor-information
Alton Towers, England
Spread over 500 acres, Alton Towers is the UK’s biggest theme parks, offers attractions for all age groups and all levels of bravery 😊 For thrillseekers, try the infamous Oblivion and Nemesis rides and make your way through the dark and terrifying Alton Towers Dungeon. Alton Towers is also home to CBeebies Land and hugely popular with children from 1-6 years. For more information, go to www.altontowers.com
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