Top 10 MOST UNUSUAL Theme Parks In The World
Food, rides, and good family fun is what you would usually find at an amusement park. However, some attractions around the world have more than just roller coasters and cotton candy. Across the globe there are some unique amusement parks that have caught attention after being opened for their bizarre or even extreme themes and locations. So before you go to Disney World, you might want to see these Top 10 Most Unique Amusement Parks.
No one really knows what to do with an abandoned salt mine until one day someone decides to turn it into an amusement park. Salina Turda is an underground amusement park in Transylvania that was built in what used to be a salt mine that was abandoned in 1932. The park has all the fairground classics, including a Ferris wheel and a carousel. If its location isn’t unique enough for you, there’s also an underground lake where visitors can paddle around in row boats.
Ferrari World, UAE
Even if you’re not the biggest car fan, Ferrari World, located in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, can still be lots of fun. The attraction is home to Formula Rossa, the world’s faster roller coaster and largest Ferrari logo. Not only that, but Ferrari World is also home to the world’s largest indoor amusement park, coming in at just under 1 million square feet or 86,000 square meters. Despite being a park themed around Ferrari, It still has your traditional amusement park attractions, opening it up to all walks of life.
With over 70 rides based solely on the Hershey’s chocolate brand, Hersheypark, located in Derry Township, Pennsylvania, might be the closest thing to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. Children are placed into different categories dependent on their height to determine which rides they can ride. For example, anyone below 3 feet or 1 meter in height are considered Miniatures while anyone over 5 feet or 1.5 meters is considered Jolly Ranchers. In between the two, there are Kisses, Reese’s, Hershey’s, and Twizzlers, all depending on height. Word on the street is that coming to this park can be a sweet experience.
All you Hello Kitty fans might want to go to Harmonyland right meow in order to visit the feisty feline’s castle. Only in Japan would one happily build an amusement park dedicated to Hello Kitty, which is one of the most successful marketing brands in the world. With a Ferris wheel, roller coasters, and other random rides covered with that adorable little white face and pink bow at every turn, Hello Kitty has quite the theme park.
After the Korean War, South Korea became a hot spot for newly wedded couples to go and explore their intimate sides. Love Land is a sanctuary for these couples because, unlike other parks, it is one where, according to the official website, “love oriented art and eroticism meet.” With sculptures, educational seminars, and interactive exhibits regarding love-making, it’s no surprise that newlyweds, lovers, and lonely hornballs from all over the world have come to see the attraction.
Republic of the Children
Whether it’s educational for children or perhaps a small taste of a real life Children of the Corn scenario, this Republic of the Children is located in La Plata Partido, Argentina. This attraction is a child-sized city equipped with a courthouse, church, and even its own government ran by children. Here, kids can elect their own congress and even fuss over imaginary loans at the bank in town. Rumor has it that Walt Disney had visited this park and was then inspired to create Disneyland, however the 4-year difference between the two parks opening seems a little too tight for this to be 100% true.
Kingdom of Little People
When you visit this park, you might notice something a little different about the workers. With a name like Kingdom of Little People, it’s no surprise that every employee is required to be less than 51 inches or 130 centimeters tall. Plenty of people, like the Little People of America, have criticized the park for being a human zoo, but park founder, Chen Mingjing claims it offers jobs to those that would have trouble finding employment elsewhere. Located in China near Kunming, Yunnan, many people visit the Kingdom of Little People where – apologies ahead of time for this – it is a small world after all.
Holy Land Experience
Get your bible ready kids, we’re going to Holy Land! Walk through this park and experience what the Jerusalem street market would have looked like or climb into a replica tomb that Jesus was buried in after he was crucified. Located in Orlando, Florida, many Christians come to this theme park to relive some of the most notorious scenes in the Bible. If that doesn’t interest you, the Scriptorium has a presentation regarding the history of the Bible, which includes authentic and ancient artifacts from around the world. The Holy Land Experience is all of the fun of Disney with a little hint of religious persecution.
Even though you can’t visit this amusement park anymore due to it now being a meditation Zen garden and up for sale, we decided this private, ‘thrilling,’ and controversial park was worthy of making it onto our list. Michael Jackson had the ranch built by his home and ensured it included a Ferris wheel, Carousel, Pirate Ship, and even an amusement arcade. What makes this Neverland a little peculiar is the amount of statues Michael Jackson had of children surrounding the area. After charged with child molestation in 2003, Jackson said he would not return to Neverland, claiming that after 70 police officers violated his Ranch, it no longer felt like a home.
We figure no one ever thought they could have a fun-filled day of games and adventure at the site of the former SNR-300 nuclear power plant. In North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, the construction problems and protests caused this nuclear power plant to never go online. Hennie van der Most purchased the property and turned the cooling tower into a climbing wall with a swing ride as well. With bars, hotels, and restaurants replacing your standard of radioactive waste in the area, we’re sure visitors are happy that they won’t soon become the German version of the Chernobyl disaster.