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The Top 12 Theme Parks in Europe

The Top 12 Theme Parks in Europe

Love the adrenaline rush of a theme park ride?

Love being entertained with a show?


In this article, we are going to rank the top theme parks in Europe which you should visit based on traveller reviews.

Here are the 14 most visited amusement parks in Europe with the best traveller reviews.


12 — Parc Asterix (France)

Location: Plailly, France

Number of visitors in 2017: 2 million

The attendance of Parc Asterix, north of Paris, increased by 8% in 2017 according to TEA.  This was in part due to the park’s continued investment in attracting visitors, including a new attraction and additional hotel rooms inaugurated in 2017. Parc Asterix is based on the stories of Asterix, a very popular comic book cartoon in this country.

11 – Futuroscope (France)

Location: Jaunay-Clan, France

Number of visitors in 2017: 2 million

The number of visitors to the park located near Poitiers climbed by 5.3% compared to 2016, according to TEA.

The park celebrated its 30th anniversary and inaugurated a new attraction in December 2016 as well as a drone show for the occasion.

10 — Alton Towers

Location: Staffordshire, United Kingdom

Number of visitors in 2017: 2 million

The largest theme park in the United Kingdom has saw success with new rides such as Wicker Man and other in park developments. It features a variety of thrill and family rollercoasters and a range of water rides.

As well as Alton Towers, the attendance at Legoland in Windsor increased little in 2017 (+ 0.8%) due to targeted offers in the local market. confidence.

9 — Puy du Fou

Location: Les Epesses, France

Number of visitors in 2017: 2,260,000

The growth in the use of the Vendéen park dedicated to the history of France slowed down in 2017. It is only 2% compared to 2016 while it was 5% on the previous year after TEA. According to the association, this is due to the lack of significant novelty in the park. It is still the 2nd biggest themepark in France and gets rave reviews from visitors.

The park is regularly rewarded internationally for the quality of its original shows.

8 — Gardaland

Location: Castelnuovo del Garda, Italy

Number of visitors in 2017: 2.6 million

The number of visitors to the park on Lake Garda fell by 9.7% compared to 2016.

Bad results to be put on the account of bad weather and climatic events (intense thunderstorms, floods) that occurred during the high season.

Merlin’s Italian theme park is perhaps surprisingly more popular than its better-known UK sister parks.

7 — Liseberg

Location: Göteborg, Sweden

Number of visitors in 2017: 3,060,000

The attendance of the largest Swedish park declined by-0.3% compared to 2016. It is, according to TEA, mainly due to the competition of small amusement parks present in the region and not present in this classification. This theme park has some incredible roller coasters such as Balder a fantastic wooden coaster, Atmosfear and Helix one of the best rollercoasters in the world.

6 — Port Aventura

Location: Salou, Spain

Number of visitors in 2017: 3,650,000

Attendance in the Catalan park only increased by 1.4% compared to 2016 according to TEA. Port Aventura inaugurated a second park in its destination, Ferrari Land, which allowed to jump the attendance of the whole site (+ 19%) but not that of the park Port Aventura itself.

5 — Tivoli Gardens

Location: Copenhagen, Denmark

Number of visitors in 2017: 4,640,000

This historic park located in the centre of the Danish capital and inaugurated in 1843 works differently. It is the second oldest amusement park in the world, and the history is certainly a factor in attracting guests. It’s a tourist attraction for anyone in the city even if they have no desire to experience the rides

4 — Efteling

Location: Kaatsheuvel, Netherlands

Number of visitors in 2017: 5,180,000

The park celebrated its 65 years of existence in 2017 and inaugurated a new ambitious attraction — in the budget of 35 million euros — for the occasion. A bet that paid off since this one received the THEA Award for best attraction and the park reached its target of 5 million visitors, set at 2020, with 3 years in advance.

This Dutch park is renowned for its intense level of theming and friendly staff.

3 — Walt Disney Studios Park

Location: Marne-la-Vallée, France

Number of visitors in 2017: 5.2 million

The second park of Disneyland Paris, inaugurated in 2002, saw its attendance increase by 4.6%. A growth helped by the celebrations of the 25th anniversary of the destination and by the arrival of new animations on the theme of Star Wars as part of a special season.

The 2 billion euro investment plan announced by the parent company in February should allow the park to continue to attract

2 — Europa-Park

Location: Rust, Germany

Number of visitors in 2017: 5.7 million

The attendance of Europa-Park, one of the oldest theme parks of the continent since it was inaugurated in 1975, has little increased compared to its competitors — only 1.8% — due to bad weather during the summer season, according to TEA.

So Europa Park deservedly holds the title of ‘Most popular European park without the Disney name in front of it.’ Where Europa Park takes a step ahead of the rest is in the rides; it always insists that they cater to families, and therefore none of their rides will have over-the-shoulder restraints.

1 — Disneyland Park

Location: Marne-la-Vallée, France

Number of visitors in 2017: 9,660,000

The first park of Disneyland Paris, inaugurated in 1992, has recovered well from its year 2016 morose, according to TEA.

After a decline in attendance attributable to the attacks of 2015 which affected the Paris region, the park saw its attendance leap by 15% between 2016 and 2017, especially thanks to the important advertising campaigns put in place for the 25 years of the Destination and the new features offered to visitors.

It shares rides with many of the other Disney installations across the globe, but in many cases this is just in name. The rides in Paris are noticeably larger and more thrill-oriented than in, say, California’s version.

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