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Park yourself here for thrills and amusements!

There’s nothing quite like suspending reality for a while and letting a different kind of world occupy your time. So what better way to spend your vacation than allowing your inner-child to run free in a world of fun – the world of the theme park!

Full of wonder, colours and thrilling rides there are hundreds of amusement parks located across the world to choose from covering myriad themes which offer visitors a fun packed way to get away from the norm.

Whilst the first amusement park opened in Denmark in 1583 (and still operates today), it wasn’t until the late 19th century that they became popular mass entertainment. The first specific theme park is considered to be Santa Claus Land, opened in 1946 in Santa Claus, Indiana, USA. But the one to really make theming a major hit was the original Disneyland of Anaheim, California, which opened in 1955.

Theme parks have come a long way from the earliest incarnations as operators strive to use new technology to develop ever more impressive rides and to take advantage of new, popular franchises. The Flexicover Team take a look at some of our planets top theme parks.

Magic Kingdom; Orlando, USA

Based in sunny Florida, this is the most popular of Disney’s many theme parks. It was the first of four theme parks to be built (opened in 1971) at Walt Disney World Resort, the world’s most visited holiday resort with 52 million visitors annually. Star attractions of “The Most Magical Place on Earth” are the imposing and iconic Cinderella’s Castle, being able to see and hug most of the Disney characters, the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, It’s a Small World and Space Mountain. With six themed ‘lands’ over 107 hectares, this Kingdom will have you royally entertained.

Europa-Park; Rust, Germany

For a wonderful Continental experience, visit Europa-Park in south-western Germany, with many of its themed areas representing individual countries. One of the best theme parks in the world, twelve high capacity rollercoasters thrill its estimated five million annual visitors. Wander through the Kingdom of the Invisibles to hop on the newest ride, Arthur – a suspended ‘dark ride’ rollercoaster – before moving on to England for go-karting at the Silverstone Race Track or to Austria for the Alpenexpress. Plus, regional cuisines and multiple daily shows let you enjoy the best Europe has to offer in one handy place.

PortAventura; Salou, Spain

Shining on the Costa Dorada, south of Barcelona, this is the largest theme park on the Iberian Peninsula and counted as one of the top ten theme parks in the world. Close to four million people visit PortAventura every year, seeking adventures in its six themed areas. Five of these recreate fantasy versions of historical cultures, such as Polynesia and Mayan Mexico. Key rides include the Furius Baco rollercoaster, the Grand Canyon Rapids, the Hurakan Condor drop ride and the Dragon Khan coaster with its eight inversions! Plus younger children will love the Sesame Street themed section with its gentler rides and animations.

Universal Studios; Singapore

If you love film worlds, then you should definitely pay a visit to Universal Studios Singapore. Located on Sentosa Island and opened in 2010, it’s one of the most popular attractions in the country. Seven fantastic themed areas create fun-filled vistas based on the look and feel of various film franchises, such as Jurassic Park, Shrek and Madagascar. Two key widely-praised attractions are Transformers: The Ride, where you hurtle through the dark chased by projected images, and Battlestar Galactica, where cars are sent down two intertwined tracks in a series of close “fly-bys”, some mere centimetres apart!

Beto Carrero World; Penha, Brazil

With its nine themed areas spread over 14 square kilometres, this is the largest theme park in Latin America and has welcomed around ten million visitors since opening in 1991. Venture through lands like Pirate Island, the Wild West and the German Village to explore what this park has to offer. Major rides include the FireWhip rollercoaster, Free Fall, Crazy River and the ever popular Barco Piratica (‘Pirate Ship’). Alongside traditional entertainments, you can also see rodeo shows, take pedalos out onto the boating lake or explore the large zoo, with over 700 animals.

Head out this year and experience some of the thrills on offer at the top theme parks around the world. And remember, we at Flexicover are committed to providing you with the highest level of protection to ensure that you are safe and secure, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year when away.