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Hong Kong Disneyland
country: Hong Kong, Asia

I love Hong Kong Disneyland. There are no thrills, no ghost trains, no flume rides and apart from 'Space Mountain', which is not really the best version of itself, no roller coasters. BUT the potential of Disney's Hong Kong venture is huge! The resort is nestled between two mountains and the sea, the most beautiful setting of any Disney park in the world, and plenty of space is left for expansion. Hong Kong Disneyland is designed to resemble the original Disneyland park in...

DisneySea
country: Japan, Asia

DisneySea is the best theme park in the world. There might be people who would argue with me about that, but I will defend my position of 2008: this is it! It’s the peak of theme park history. The One. The Best. The park was originally planned for California, but later scrapped and built right next to the incredibly busy Tokyo Disneyland Park. Let me tell you my reasons for calling it the best theme park in the world: • Mount Prometheus: an awesomely...

Universal Studios Japan
country: Japan, Asia

This one is my favorite Universal Studios theme park so far: the incredibly friendly Japanese staff, the slaphappy Japanese visitors and the entire feel of this park, inaugurated in 2001, are terrific. Everything is a bit more meticulous and advanced than in the American Universal theme parks. You will find here: • Jurassic Park - The Ride: a wild flume ride through Jurassic Park jungle packed with vegetarian dinosaurs (appearing first) and meat-eaters (surfacing...

Tokyo Disneyland
country: Japan, Asia

I have never seen visitors as happy as in this theme park. The Japanese really embrace their Disneyland and have made it the busiest theme park on earth. This overwhelming passion everywhere will make you forgive a 100-minute queue for a 3-minute Fantasyland ride. Japan’s amazing Disneyland comprises updated and predominantly better versions of all the popular rides in the two American Disney parks.
Particularly outstanding: 'Winnie the Pooh’s Honey Hunt',...

Everland
country: South Korea, Asia

Everland is one of the world's most successful theme parks with regards to crowd levels, on a par with the Disneyland and Universal Studios parks. I don't understand exactly why*.
The park has a nice setting in between forest-covered mountains and contains all the standard theme park features like roller coasters, water rides, themed villages, flower shows and animals, but there's nothing distinctive which makes this Samsung-owned venture deserve its outstanding...

Happy Valley Beijing
country: China, Asia

When I entered Happy Valley Beijing the first time, my attention immediately drifted towards the obvious borrowings from Disney parks. DisneySea, Disney's California Adventure and Disneyland itself have all left heavy traces here. According to my review standards, the theme park lost one star straight away. However, everything which came after was surprisingly impressive. The state-of-the-art roller coasters, flume rides and park structure made for a great day. The...

Shanghai Disneyland
country: China, Asia

There is visible progress on the Shanghai Disneyland site: the huge moat that will encircle the Disney resort is being excavated, the three or four entry gates to the construction site are now equipped with barriers and security, and the site office has employees coming and going. And in the background, it's all digging and digging. It's the third time I've been on site, and I must say it still feels out of place that a brand-new Magic Kingdompark will see the light of day...

Paramount Movie Park Korea
country: South Korea, Asia

The first Paramount Movie Park will grace the soil of South Korea, far away from it’s native Los Angeles. A Titanic ride is expected here and a reproduction of the iconic Paramount Pictures Mountain is planned as the centerpiece for the park. The Ground Breaking Ceremony took place in November 2008; however, as of February 2009, there is only an announcement fence surrounding a parking lot. But I love this fence. Paramount Movie Park. Magic. The big question is...

Universal Studios Korea
country: South Korea, Asia

Upon returning to Hwaseong, my local helpers and I had the good fortune to bump into a hobby pilot who was just fixing his private airplane. A few minutes later we took off over the eastern part of the yet-to-be-developed Songsang Green City that will eventually turn into the Universal Studios Korea resort. Construction hasn't commenced yet, but there are rumors that this might happen as early as spring 2010 in time to complete for the announced spring 2013 opening date...

Universal Studios Beijing
country: China, Asia

The plans for a Beijing Universal Studios theme park were announced just hours after I had already booked my flight to China. I instantly went to inspect the future site in the south-eastern suburbs of Beijing. Universal Studios Osaka, Seoul and now Beijing? It looks like there will be a (welcome) overdose of Jurassic Park rides in North East Asia. The locals in the villages of the Tongzhou district (the proposed location of the park) were very warm-hearted and friendly but...

Ocean Park
country: Hong Kong, Asia

Hong Kong's 1977-inaugurated Ocean Park has found itself in direct competition with Hong Kong Disneyland since its opening in 2005, but has managed to hold its own against its world-famous neighbor. In their current states the two parks complement each other very well: while Disney boasts better design and attention to detail, Ocean Park has the wilder rides, the bigger space and worth-seeing animal exhibits. The roller coasters and the through-the-forest flume ride feel...

Happy Valley Sheshan
country: China, Asia

When I visited Happy Valley Sheshan, it was still under construction.
The park's five major roller coasters (most of them Swiss-engineered) and other state-of-the-art attractions stick out so contrastingly from the surrounding tranquil countryside of Shanghai's South-Western suburbs, that it looks like a giant alien spaceship landed here and left half of its futuristic equipment upon departure. Thanks to Louis, Louis and Christine for granting me a preview of...

Fisherman’s Wharf Macau
country: Macau, Asia

I was lured to Fisherman's Wharf Macau by one of the most cleverly constructed theme park websites I've seen to date. When I arrived on scene, I was suprised that there were actually more humans on the website than in the place itself, which was deserted apart from the two employees standing in front of the Military Camp: this US-Arabia-clash-themed paintball zone starring Osama Bin Laden, Saddam Hussein and Jesus Christ is one of the most politically incorrect and comically...

Happy Valley Chengdu
country: China, Asia

I was really unlucky with the drab weather conditions on the day of my visit to the 2009-opened Happy Valley theme park in Chengdu, therefore my photos turned out a little depressing. However, a closer look behind the smog unveils brand-new roller coasters (the red one manufactured by Switzerland's Intamin is the best), flume rides, river rapid rides and other state-of-the-art happiness-inducing rotators. Happy Valley Beijing looks more attractive and the new Happy Valley...

Caribbean Bay
country: South Korea, Asia

Caribbean Bay is the water park sister to Korea's immensely popular Everland theme park next door. On the day of my visit, it was heavily overcrowded with ecstatic locals in search of relief from the oppressive summer heat. It is packed with state-of-the-art thrills like undulating water coasters, u-shaped vertical tube slides, challenging surf ride pools and an exciting wavepool - all set against a backdrop of endless forest. I recommend dodging the crowds by visiting this...

Chimelong Paradise
country: China, Asia

Guangzhou's Chime Long Paradise resembles a showroom for the latest coasters and thrill rides manufactured in Europe and North America. There is a lack of interconnecting theming and design, but the park is equipped with some solid attractions: Splash Battle, a Waterworld-inspired (though not very original) stunt show, a great dive roller coaster (that pauses just before a vertical drop, letting you peer into your screaming destiny), the first motorbike-shaped launch...

Chimelong Waterpark
country: China, Asia

What did residents of Hong Kong tell me when asked about Guangzhou? 'It's where all the pollution comes from!' 'Forget it, it's just an industrial place!' 'People are rude over there and they don't know how to eat!' I spend a day with clear skies and slap-happy, curious and friendly Chinese visitors and staff in Guangzhou's Chime Long Water Park the next day. Brand-new water slides manufactured by Canada's WhiteWaterWest and ProSlide make the Mainland yell: a funnel-shaped...

MGM Studio Park Korea
country: South Korea, Asia

Announced a couple of years ago with rumored locations in Busan or Jeju Island, the world's only MGM Studio Park will eventually be located on Seoul's Incheon airport island, north-west of the runways in a development area called IBC-II (International Business Centre 2). Thanks to Yoon 'korea2002' from Skyscrapercity.com (pictured left) for guiding me to the exact location! Flat, wide, reclaimed land greeted me there with no sign of MGM or theme-park construction yet,...

Lotte World
country: South Korea, Asia

I outlined in 'The guy and his idea' section what I think about copy-and-paste theme parks. Lotte World's castle and theme park logo inflict a mixture of pain and nausea on The Theme Park Guy; it's probably not possible to copy more obviously from Disney. Consequently, the rides are hybrids of Disneyland's 'Indiana Jones', Universal Studios' 'Mummy Ride' and SeaWorld's 'Journey to Atlantis'. For those not blessed to have experienced the originals, Lotte World offers...

Window of the World
country: China, Asia

As you can see from the header photo above, the Disneyesque Snow White dwarfs at the entrance to this hybrid theme-park/outdoor-exhibition seem to have a severe drug problem: try focusing on the eyes of the second one from the left and you may start to feel dizzy (like me, I have a hard time writing these lines).
'Window of the World', located in Maniland China a few miles north of Hong Kong, offers miniature model replicas of the world's most famous landmarks...

Happy Valley Shenzhen
country: China, Asia

The oldest of the four Happy Valley parks (Shanghai, Beijing, Chengdu, being the other three) consists of the usual Disneyland borrowings and is the poorest of the family. My personal highlight was the river rapids ride featuring super-cold, high-pressure water jets hitting people's faces with such force that it resembles more a war scene than a family outing. The buttons to release the water jets are pressed by slap-happy fellow Chinese onlookers and what you encounter...

Pyongyang fun fairs
country: North Korea, Asia

You buy a very expensive entry ticket that includes all the rides, there is just one way in and out, you only walk on dedicated paths, you are constantly monitored, you never get to see the backlot, the crew sleeps on site and the whole thing shuts down at night. What's that? A theme park? Yes and no, it's North Korea! I went there in October 2010 to take a look at the three major fun fairs that decorate its desolate capital Pyongyang: Mangyongdae, Taesongsan and...

Seorak Waterpia
country: South Korea, Asia

According to a 2010 press release from Canadian slide manufacturer White Water West ‘the largest and most thrilling waterslide in the world' just opened in South Korea. The slide is evocatively named ‘The Abyss' and The Theme Park Guy was duly bound to don his hat and head over to investigate. To find it I had to travel to Sokcho, a rather remote holiday town 4-hour's drive from Seoul on the Eastern coast of South Korea. There, the bombastic funnel shaped slide...

Happy Valley Wuhan
country: China, Asia

Industrial, smoggy Wuhan - that's the location of China's upcoming, fifth Happy Valley theme park. I find these amusement parks are fantastic for the locals. They surprise with brand-new coasters and quality rides, manufactured by the best suppliers around the world. And the ‘Happy Valley' brand gets better with each new park - the predecessors being located in Shenzhen, Beijing, Chengdu and Shanghai. Creating fun places with peace-inducing landscaping outside...

World Joyland
country: China, Asia

I am speechless. This 2011-opened theme park just over two hours away from Shanghai (by a forbidding train/bus combination) beats the chicken feet out of my stomach. It's just a dreadfully terrible copy of Universal's Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Florida. You'll find a carbon copy of the entrance street leading to the centerpiece lake (only uglier), a Spiderman ride rip-off to the lake's left (just so much worse and with nauseating movements) and a nearly 1:1 copy of...

OCT East
country: China, Asia

This is China’s Walt Disney World, or more precisely 'Overseas Chinese Town (OCT)'s adaptation of it. OCT is the 1985-founded Chinese conglomerate that set up the ‘Happy Valley’ theme parks in Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai and Shenzhen. Spread over a vast area of 9 km2 and stretching all the way from the coast to high up in the mountains, there are some truly astounding components to this factory smog infested wonderland. The cashier will ask you if you want...

Turkmenbashi's Land of Fairy Tales
country: Turkmenistan, Asia

Turkmenistan's capital Ashgabat is one of the most depressing places I have ever visited. It looks like Pyongyang after a revamp attempt, and boasts the street life and vibrancy of Disneyland after closing hours. Old, ugly buildings from the Soviet era are being torn down and replaced with new, pompous, yet equally uninviting white marble superstructures; and every other one of these strange, empty-looking Italian marble-clad swanky edifices in this deserted capital is a...

Fuji-Q Highland
country: Japan, Asia

This Japanese classic is a bearable bus ride away from Tokyo, at the foot of Mount Fuji, which serves as a great backdrop for DisneySea, as well. Don't miss riding 'Eejanaika', if you dare. These rare 4th Dimension roller coasters are the wildest and most intense rides on earth to date. Riding it feels like being thrown into a massive, uncontrolled accident. Imagine skydiving and having a meteor shoot into your parachute. Or being suddenly grabbed and then ...

Beijing Shijingshan Amusement Park

Visited 2010. Consists of an old section that's terribly depressing, with lots of Disneyland rip-offs including Epcot's Spaceship Earth structure; and a new section with lots of theming on the surface, but not much behind. Rides in the new section are contemporary and worthwile...

Changzhou Dinosaur Park

Visited 2012. Don't skip the savage, mad-scientist roller coaster 'Dinoconda', if you dare. Besides that, the park offers lots of theming and the latest ride technology, but nothing too spectacular...

Minsk World (Shenzhen)

Visited 2009. Minsk World is marketed as a theme park, but it's a docked battleship with a few lost tourists and lots of dancing Chinese teenage girls inside. Spookily exotic, but somewhat irritating and totally amiss to call it a leisure attraction...

Splendid China (Shenzhen)

Visited 2009. Built by the same people who created now-defunct Splendid China Florida. The park has no real rides, but makes for a great walk with few other people around. An oasis of calm and peace in Mainland China...

Adlabs Imagica
country: India, Asia

India. One seventh of the world's population lives here, on a land area just above the size of Argentina. And, writing this from the perspective of a guy born in pampered Germany, the visible poverty is staggeringly shocking, as is the men/women ratio of 4:1 walking down the streets. Infrastructure provides a daunting challenge, too, and I understand why neither Disney nor Universal have set up here so far. So congratulations to Manmohan Shetty and family, and the lending...

Essel World

Visited 2013. Expansive, gated and dated amusement park with some seriously scary, rusty crap coasters. Packed with visitors it was, though (at least that was the case one day before Adlabs Imagica opened)...

Water Kingdom

Visited 2013. Essel World's water park adjacent to the amusement park is not bad in fact. Featuring nice tube rapid slides leading through the jungle (this is the way Equarius Water Park should have been done), Swiss-made slide towers and a busy, small, themed wave pool. This one will keep Essel World alive after Adlabs opens...

Happy Magic Water Cube

Attempted visit 2013. Hyped indoor water park housed in former Olympic building that was closed for six straight days in a row when I was in Beijing in September 2013. Smaller and less spectacular than internet pictures suggest. Consists of two slide towers and multiple giant jellyfish shapes (that look like purchased from IKEA) hanging from the ceiling. The water park only occupies 1/3 or less of the Water Cube structure, the rest is pools and restaurants. No match for...

Happy Valley Tianjin

Visited 2013. Another apocalyptic theme park whose purpose is to serve as a sales pitch for the property developments surrounding it. The theming is a terrible throw-whatever-together patchwork that can in fact serve as a role model as to how to NOT design theme parks. As of 2013 this is the newest, but also smallest and unfortunately worst of the Happy Valley chain of theme parks...

Fantawild Dreamland

Visited 2013. Located in Qingdao, between Beijing and Shanghai. Brand-new, huge and noisy Disney/Universal rip-off with localized versions of the Indiana Jones and Transformers rides. Has budget, but lacks all the heart and soul it needs to survive and while already empty today, will be entirely unsustainable once it has to compete with Shanghai Disneyland...

Romance Park

Visited 2013. Located in Sanya, Hainan. Hyper-themed, yet not a theme park, so don't expect any rides inside! Romance Park is a collection of shows, which I skipped...

Leofoo Village Theme Park

Visited 2014. Disneyland-inspired theme park, ruled by moronic-looking monkey characters. Features four lands grouped around a central square, themed after Africa, Arabia, Polynesia and the Wild West. Equipped with the usual thrill and water attractions, including a sizeable safari zoo and an elaborately-themed Indiana Jones Ride rip-off. Does the job for the locals, but won't baffle overseas visitors...

Atlantis Sanya

Visited 2013. China's first Atlantis resort will be located on a stunning beach that I found to be surprisingly empty...

Chimelong Ocean Kingdom
country: China, Asia

What's your order, sir? I'd like to have a little bit of Disneyland, mixed with chunks of Universal Studios and a portion of SeaWorld, a big portion of SeaWorld, please! Mix it really well. I want to see you mixing it. For the topping I take a bit of Atlantis Dubai, and please also add some fluffy animal characters on top. No spices. Upsize, sir?
Yes, upsize, of course, don't you know who you are talking to? Chimelong Ocean Kingdom is spectacular, well-executed,...

Kathmandu Fun Valley

Visited 2014. Small water park, an hour's drive east of Kathmandu. Has a couple of cheap amusement rides, too. Was under renovation when I visited...

Kathmandu Fun Park

Visited 2014. Amusement park in the city center of jammed Kathmandu. Has a Ferris wheel that moves extremely fast and scared the coaster hat out of me by just watching it...

Jamuna Future Park Carnival

Visited 2014. Small amusement park adjacent to a shopping mall, featuring a couple of carousels and a major looping roller coaster. Slightly depressing...

Nandan Park

Visited 2014. Themed garden with rides, slides and animals, a 1.5 hour drive north of Dhaka. I think this place provides much needed relief from Bangladesh's hapless, unsightly capital that's all about survival. A deserving hit with the locals!...

Fantasy Kingdom

Visited 2014. Theme and water park, an hour's drive from Dhaka. Has all the standard ride equipment. My highlight: crowds exuberantly dancing in the wave pool! I thought this existed only in Bollywood movies...

Xiaomeisha Sea World

Visited 2010. Very, very, very depressing place. Sad animal meets sad human...

Hakkeijima Sea Paradise

Visited 2014. Sprawling amusement park-cum-aquarium leisure island. Doesn't charge entrance fees. Appeared deserted on my weekday visit, restaurants empty; (chargeable) rides, aquariums and animal exhibits feel a bit dated; overall somewhat clinical, but the usual, first-rate Japanese hospitality makes up for it...

Nagashima Spa Land

Visited 2014. This is Japan's equivalent to America's Cedar Point. A huge collection of garguantuan thrill rides, with trees, benches and burgers in between. Includes rides that I haven't seen elsewhere. It's soulless, but certainly a worthy mecca for thrill seekers. ...

Busan Aquarium

Visited 2014. Small, scenic, and nothing too special, Busan Aquarium is the busiest aquarium I ever came across. Conventiently located right next to Busan's main beach, it's a real hit with the locals...

Ulaanbaatar National Amusement Park
country: Mongolia, Asia

It's fulfilling to be in the middle of nowhere sometimes. Mongolia is Asia without people. But even few people need a roller coaster: 'National Amusement Park' is located right in the heart of capital Ulaanbaatar, and sports thrill rides, haunted houses, carousels and shows, including an unlicensed DreamWorks Madagascar circus. Management takes good care of this park, and efforts to modernize are visible. I think it's a good deal for the locals.
As a tourist, this is...

Family Park

Visited 2014. Almaty's oldest looking amusement park. Dated ride equipment, lots of trees in between, and a little water park, as well...

Fantasy World Almaty

Visited 2014. Gated and well-kempt amusement park in the city center. Left a good impression. ...

Gorky Park Almaty

Visited 2014. My favorite in Almaty. Situated within a huge and beautiful public park. Free entrance, lots of amusement rides and children play areas. Also features Central Asia's biggest water park, with plenty of slides and huge crowds in the summertime...

Flamingo World

Visited 2014. Flamingo amusement park appears as if it was abandoned years ago, if it weren't for the staff and guests inside! Rotten and unkempt, its main purpose now appears to be to serve as a background for Kyrgyz wedding photos...

Astana funfair

Visited 2014. Not really an amusement park, but a quite charming public garden with a couple of children rides in a rather soulless, sterilized city...

Happylon Astana

Visited 2014. The Astana branch of Happylon, a chain of indoor family entertainment centers found in CIS states. Looks like every other newly-built FEC found around the world. Frankly, I find them depressing. If you have kids, it's better to visit a good-ole playground in the sun...

Leisure World

Visited 2015. Amusement park in the outskirts of Colombo. Resembles more of a public garden than a fairground. Consists of dilapidated rides and a couple of water slide towers. A great place to study Sri Lankan families in action!...

Hill Park

Visited 2016. A range of amusement equipment tacked onto a hilltop you wouldn't want to walk around alone at night as a foreigner...

Sinbad's Wonderland

Visited 2016. Close to Aladin Amusement Park, this is the older and smaller of the two. Opens late, at around 4pm, and only for families (as a local GM told me: "single men are perverts by default")...

Aladin Amusement Park

Visited 2016. Karachi's first... well... 'Disney'-themed park and, I was told, Pakistan's biggest amusement park. Has never signed a licensing deal for its charming entrance (see picture, click on park name). Opens late, don't come before 3pm...

Chunky Monkey

Visited 2016. Brand-new, tiny indoor/outdoor family amusement park right on Karachi's endlessly long beach. Clean, neat, serves the purpose...

Tashkentland

Visited 2016. Was closed when I visited and I was told it opens only during summertime. A stand-in, open-air cable car was operating though, providing a great view over the scale, scope and size of the whole thing. Tashkentland's huge, and hosts a water park section, too!...

Tashkent fairground

Visited 2016. Carousels, coasters and other Uzbek-accelerators scattered throughout an urban park. Nothing special, but packed with local families and youngsters looking for a date...

Galaxy Macau

Visited 2016. Some call the Galaxy Hotel pool deck, with its wave pool and themed lazy river, a full-scale water park. I'd still call it a pool deck, albeit an impressive one. In fact, The Galaxy is a good choice for your stay in Macau...

Studio City Macau

Visited 2016. Designed by theme park legend Gary Goddard, Studio City is a beautiful celebration of art deco and Gotham City, powered by the usual casino floor. Three non-gambling attractions have been added, namely a Warner Bros themed kids zone, a Batman dark ride (a flying ride inspired by Disneyland's Soarin' and Universal's Transformers, but not close to any of them in terms of quality), and a very stylish Ferris wheel with a view on (currently) nowhere...

Uminonakamichi Seaside Park

Visited 2016. Massive, sprawling gardens, a 30-minute train ride from central Fukuoka. Contains a water park, a children's playground and an animal petting farm, among others. Very deserted on a Monday. Probably hard to maintain...

Marine World Uminonakamichi

Visited 2016. Oceanarium that looks a bit like the residence of a James Bond villain from the 60s. Highlights: a huge shark tank and giant squid plush toys in the souvenir shop!...

Kashii-kaen Amusement Park

Visited 2016. Small funfair-style amusement park with one major roller coaster. Was closed when I went there on a Monday...

Miroku-no Sato

Visited 2016. Amusement park up in the green hills south-west of Fukuyama. Has everything necessary to be called an amusement park – Ferris wheel, roller coaster, carousels, water park – but lacks soul, heart, identity and beauty. Not a hit...

DreamWorks Experience Macau

Visited 2016. This is NOT a theme park, but a roofed, themed little garden within the Sands Cotai casino complex offering parades and birthday parties powered by DreamWorks characters...

Pink Pearl Fun City

Visited 2017. Medium-sized water park in the outskirts of Jaipur. Equipped with a range of extremly rotten dry amusement rides, as well. The pool and slides are a hit with the locals (it gets hot in Jaipur!). International visitors are best advised to venture elsewhere, such as staying at the absolutely fantastic Raj Palace hotel...

Snoopy's World

Visited 2017. Charming, tiny amusement park for children in the midst of towering residential skyscrapers. Not really worth making trip, but I am sure the neighborhood appreciates it!...

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