Amusement parks - additional information
Amusement parks offer a broad diversity of rides and attractions. A popular feature of amusement parks is rollercoaster rides. Rollercoasters are special railroad systems which can include sharp curves, steep drops and sometimes vertical loops. The world’s tallest and fastest rollercoaster is the Kingda Ka, which is located at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey.
Amusement parks with water resources typically feature water play areas and water rides which are set over water. Water rides are generally gentler and shorter than rollercoaster rides. The most popular water parks in the U.S. are located in Orlando, Florida. Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park reported 2.28 million visitors, the highest number of water park attendees in 2016.
As well as water parks, Disney’s amusement park portfolio, perhaps more famously, includes the Magic Kingdom theme park. Opened in 1971, it is now one of the most visited tourist attractions worldwide. The park is dedicated to fairy tales and Disney characters and is divided into six themed areas, with the Cinderella Castle as its emblem. Attendance at the Magic Kingdom was 20.4 million in 2016.
Disney Parks and Resorts is by far the largest amusement and theme park company in terms of revenue worldwide. In 2015, Walt Disney Attractions were the most visited amusement park chains in the world.