The yummy cotton candy and flavored warm popcorn, that fluttering butterfly in your stomach just before the roller coaster you’re on takes the plunge, and that hearty joyful laughter only happy kids are capable of – who doesn’t love a good fun day out at the amusement park, right?
Thankfully, we have no shortage of theme parks close to home for an impromptu getaway. Here, we’ve rounded up a list of really cool theme parks in Asia for kids (and of course, the young at heart too)!
Universal Studios Singapore
USS needs no introduction; it has created such a buzz even before it opened its gate to thrill-seekers and Hollywood movie buffs! Located within Resort World Sentosa, it features an array of rides, entertainment, and attractions suitable for the young and old.
Divided into 7 movie theme zones, you’ll be able to walk down the Hollywood Walk of Fame, explore New York City, even battle a hurricane using special effects produced by Steven Spielberg! And of course, don’t miss out on the famous TRANSFORMERS The Ride: The Ultimate 3D Battle ride at Sci-Fi City.
For the little ones, there’s the Shrek 4D Adventure at Far Far Away to experience the movie in person. To end the day, unwind with a nice meal of your choice in the many themed restaurants all across the parks and enjoy spectacular performances.
With so much to do, see, and play, it’s no wonder USS is celebrated as one of the must-visit amusement parks in Asia!
Enchanted Kingdom, The Philippines
Enchanted Kingdom, or fondly known as EK by the locals, is a fantasy land where magic happens. Founded by avid amusement park enthusiasts, Mario and Cynthia Mamon, the park is touted as the first and only world-class theme park in the Philippines, with rides and attractions unique to the country.
EK has seven themed zones, namely Victoria Park, Boulderville, Midway Boardwalk, Portobello, Brooklyn Place, Jungle Outpost, and Spaceport; these zones are interspersed with F&B and merchandise outlets as well as various game stands that add to the magical experience of the park for its visitors.
For the adrenalin junkie, be sure to check out its signature roller coaster ride – Space Shuttle. During weekends and public holidays, you will be able to enjoy spectacular firework displays. With its spellbinding entertainment and top-notch rides, EK promises to enthrall every child, young or young at heart, who walks through its door.
Sunway Lagoon, Malaysia
For some wild, wet fun (and we mean the clean, family-friendly type!), there is only one park to be. Why, Sunway Lagoon, of course! Built 150 ft below ground level on a tin mining wasteland, the massive 88-acre park has so much to offer, that one day may not even be enough to cover all the attractions.
The amusement park has five different zones: the water park, Scream Park (not for the faint-hearted!), Amusement Park, Wildlife Park, and the Extreme Park; with the most popular park being its water park, named the Waters of Africa, where surfers can come and show off their surfing skills.
Popular rides include the Congo Challenge – a whopping six-lane water slide, and the African Pythons where thrill-seekers will be spun around in loops before they get spat out of huge tubes.
To unwind after a day of excitement, just head over to Sunway Pyramid Shopping Centre right next door, where you’ll be presented with endless F&B and retail options!
Everland, South Korea
For some serious thrill, look no further than South Korea’s hottest, most-visited theme park, Everland. Receiving no less than 7 million visitors a year, you can already tell it is not a park to be missed in this lifetime!
The park area covers approximately 247 acres of hilly area, which means lots of legwork to get around, but worry not! There are the Sky Cruise gondola and the Skyway chairlift available to make navigating around the park slightly easier.
For Kpop fans, there is one attraction you just must not miss at all cost – the Kpop Hologram concert! Super realistic projections of your favorite Korean artists such as Big Bang and Psy will perform to their popular hits; definitely check it out to satiate your desire to meet your Kpop idols!
Roller coaster fans are in for a hair-raising treat because this is where South Korea’s highest, longest, and steepest roller coaster is found! The wooden roller coaster is approximately 200 ft tall with a steep angle of 77 degrees – is that crazy or what! Without a doubt, this park highlight has the longest queue, so consider picking a Q-Pass early to avoid a long wait.
Wonderla Bangalore, India
Wonderla Bangalore is one of the top leading theme parks in India which boasts about 60 different rides and activities for kids of all ages. Spread over an area of 84 acres, and with categories such as Dry Rides, Wet Rides, Kids’ Rides, and High Thrill Rides to explore, there is no shortage of fun and excitement for holidaymakers visiting the theme park.
One ride that is note worthy is Recoil, India’s first ever reverse looping roller coaster. Yes! You read it right, reverse! Imagine the adrenalin you’re going to get pumped with while riding the monster!
Other heart-stopping rides include Maverick, where you are turned upside down, twisted, tilted, and swiveled around; and if that is not gripping enough, why not get shot up and down over 40 meters tall on the Flash Tower? To calm the nerves, get a bird’s eye view from the Sky Wheel, a Ferris wheel ride, from 13 stories above a tower! One thing’s for sure, a trip to Wonderla Bangalore will be anything but boring!
If visiting an amusement park is your idea of fun, then these top 5 places make a great start to your weekend or holiday adventure! Pack up today and plan for a trip with family and friends already!