Often a trip to an amusement park can be the highlight of a child’s summer and one of the lasting memories of their childhood. These days, there is no end of amusement parks to choose from whether it’s a local theme park or one of the massive name brand parks such as Disneyland. So come with us and discover TK of America’s top amusement parks!
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Orlando, FL
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is part of Universal’s Islands of Adventure and admission is included in the general park ticket price. You’ll enter the magical world of Hogwarts, enjoying themed rides, shops and restaurants all designed to faithfully recreate the world of Harry, Hermoine and Ron.
On the rides, you’ll make stops at Dumbledore’s office, the Gryffindor common room, the Defense Against the Dark Arts classroom and more. You’ll even come face to face with dragons and hippogriffs. You can visit Hogsmeade to shop for wands, Quidditch essentials, gag gifts, Bertie Botts jelly Post (complete with screaming owls). To quench your thirst and hunger, head over to the Three Broomsticks for a glass of butterscotch and meal of shepherd’s pie.
Disneyland (Anaheim, CA) and Disneyworld (Orlando, FL)
The Magic Kingdom has long been a favorite amusement park for, as the saying goes, “kids of all ages”. The original Disneyland opened in 1955 and was actually designed by Walt Disney. It has become the model for most amusement parks today.
The two parks offer rides, shops, shows and restaurants all based on Disney’s many famous characters and movies. You’ll enter on Main Street USA, walking toward Sleeping Beauty’s Castle in the distance—a sure hit with any little girl. Then, from the hub in front of the castle, you enter one of the many themed lands in the park: Adventureland, Frontierland, Fantasyland, and Tomorrowland, and behind them, New Orleans Square, Critter Country and Mickey’s Toontown. In each land, you’ll find themed rides, restaurants and shows.
Everywhere you go through the parks, you’ll meet various Disney characters who are glad to shake your hand and pose for pictures. The characters have areas where they are scheduled to appear but they can also be found just wandering around for surprise visits. And if you go on weekend during peak seasons you’ll be in for a special treat of fireworks over Sleeping Beauty’s Castle as it gets dark. It’s a fireworks treat you won’t soon forget!
Cedar Point, Sandusky, OH
If you love roller coasters and rides, Cedar Point is your park. Cedar Point features a world-record 71 rides, including 17 roller coasters, which are second-most in the entire world behind Six Flags Magic Mountain. It is the only amusement park in the world with five roller coasters taller than 200 feet. And, one huge point in this park’s favor, is that even though it is heavily visited the lines actually move quite fast. You’ll barely have time to catch your breath after a ride before, whoosh, you are on your way to another!