When was the last time you visited a theme park? Every year hundreds of millions of people flock to theme parks from around the world in order to get away from the daily mundane. Families enjoy celebrating events by riding thrilling roller coasters, seeing daring spectacles, and enjoying varied themed environments. Are you one of them? Here are 10 most visited theme parks in the world.

10. Disney California Adventure| Annual attendance: 8,514,000
Disney California Adventure is a theme park located in Anaheim, California, that opened in 2001 and is owned and operated by The Walt Disney Company. Since its opening year it has frequently been one of the most visited theme parks in the world with an average 8.5 million visitors per year.


9. Universal Studios Japan| Annual attendance: 10,100,000
Universal Studios Japan is located in Osaka and opened in 2001. On its first year of operation, it attracted 11 million guests, making it the first amusement park (at the time) to achieve the 10-million milestone in record time. Since then, Universal Studios Japan has averaged about 8 million visitors per year. In 2013 however, its attendance sky rocketed to 10,100,000 and is currently the ninth most-visited theme park in the world.
8. Disney’s Hollywood Studios| Annual attendance: 10,110,000
Disney’s Hollywood Studios is the third of the four theme parks built at the Walt Disney World Resort in Bay Lake, Florida. It opened on May 1, 1989 and is dedicated to show business, drawing inspiration from Hollywood’s heyday in the 1930s and 1940s. With over 10 million tourists it’s one of the most visited theme parks in the US and worldwide.
7. Disney’s Animal Kingdom| Annual attendance: 10,198,000
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park is the fourth of four theme parks built at the Walt Disney World Resort in Bay Lake, Florida, southwest of Orlando. It was dedicated and opened to the public on Earth Day, April 22, 1998. It is the second-largest theme park in the world, behind Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey, and one of the most visited in the world with over 10 million visitors a year.


6. Disneyland Park (Paris)| Annual attendance: 10,430,000
Disneyland Park, originally known as Euro Disneyland, is the first of two theme parks built at Disneyland Paris in Marne-la-Vallée, France, and opened on April 12, 1992. With over 10 million tourists each year it’s one of the most visited theme parks in the world.
5. Epcot| Annual attendance: 11,229,000
Epcot opened in 1982 and it became the second of four theme parks built at Walt Disney World in Bay Lake, Florida, near Orlando. The park is famous for being represented by Spaceship Earth, a geodesic sphere that also serves as an attraction, and in 2013 the park attracted over 11.22 million guests, making it the fifth most-visited theme park in the world.
4. Tokyo DisneySea| Annual attendance: 14,084,000
Tokyo DisneySea is a theme park at the Tokyo Disney Resort located in Urayasu, Chiba, near Tokyo. It opened on September 4, 2001, and it is the fourth most-visited theme park with more than 14 million visitors.
3. Disneyland| Annual attendance: 16,202,000
Disneyland is the first of two theme parks built at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. It opened its gates on July 17, 1955, and it is the only theme park designed and built under the direct supervision of Walt Disney. In 2013 the park hosted approximately 16.2 million guests, making it the third most-visited park that calendar year.


2. Tokyo Disneyland| Annual attendance: 17,214,000
Tokyo Disneyland is a huge theme park at the Tokyo Disney Resort in Urayasu. It is easily the most popular theme park in Asia and the second most-visited theme park worldwide with 17.2 million visitors in 2013 alone.
1. Magic Kingdom| Annual attendance: 18,588,000
Magic Kingdom was the first built of the four theme parks at the Walt Disney World Resort in Bay Lake, Florida, and is the most-visited theme park in the world. In 2013, the park hosted 18.5 million visitors, making it the most-visited theme park for the fifth consecutive year.

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