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The world’s best theme parks at a glance

Entertainment theme parks and water parks attract millions of visitors from around the world. They are not only a wonderland for children, but have evolved to become a favoured destination for adults as well.

Thanks to their success, popular theme parks make millions of dollars in revenue, helped by the fact that most of them welcome visitors all year long. This is one big reason explaining why new, innovative and amusing theme parks are opening around the world, as they are regarded as a lucrative investment.

Below is a list of the world’s most popular and most entertaining entertainment complexes:

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts

Known simply as Disneyworld, this entertainment park in the state of California is the largest in the world. It was opened in 1971 and has welcomed 137.9 million visitors in 2015, according to the 2015 Theme Index: Global Attractions Attendance Report, published by the Themed Entertainment Association.

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Legoland is a chain of Lego-themed children’s and family theme parks, resorts and water parks, owned and operated by the UK’s Merlin Entertainment. It already has at seven parks open around the world and more are planned in the near future.

One of the planned parks is currently under construction in Dubai and is set to open on October 31, 2016. Part of Dubai Parks and Resorts, this is a massive entertainment project that will most likely place the emirate in a very good position on the global entertainment map.

Legoland Windsor in the UK welcomed 2.25m visitors in 2015.

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Six Flags Entertainment

Under this group fall a number of entertainment parks in Mexico and across the United States and Canada. The company was established in the state of Texas.

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Cedar Fair Amusement Parks

This one comes with a strong history in the field. It was established in 1983, has 17 branches and welcomed more than 24m visitors last year.

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Chimelong Paradise

This major amusement park is the largest in China. It opened its doors to visitors in 2006 and is operated by Chimelong Group, a local tourism company that also operates other attractions and amusement parks.

This destination includes an impressive water park that overlooks numerous beaches. Last year, it welcomed more than 23m visitors.

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IMG Worlds of Adventure

Set to open in Dubai on August 31, IMG Worlds of Adventure is spread over 1.5m square feet and is poised to be the world’s largest indoor theme park.

It comes at an investment cost of $1 billion and features international brands Marvel and Cartoon Network, in addition to two proprietary brands, IMG Boulevard and Lost Valley – Dinosaur Adventure.

It will also include 28 F&B outlets and 25 retail outlets.

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