Amusement and theme parks have become popular attractions for diversion, fantasy and a bit of thrill. They are also big money makers. In the United States, the revenue generated from amusement and theme parks was around 20.49 billion U.S. dollars in 2016 and this is expected to continue to rise in the future. Both theme and amusement parks offer rides and attractions, however, theme parks are differentiated by having a consistent topical focus, such as Disneyland or Holiday World.
While there are amusement parks which date back long before the opening of Disneyland in the 1950s, it was Disneyland that popularized the idea of the theme park which has since become a model for other parks around the world. Disney Parks and Resorts continue to dominate the industry when it comes to revenue generation, but other companies are gaining in popularity. The concept and its application has spread beyond the United States to Japan, China, France and more.
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