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Top 6 theme parks in Europe 2024

Whether you go for the adrenaline rush of a racing roller coaster or the spectacular parades and shows, theme parks are places to make magical memories and spend time with your loved ones. From the picturesque, fairytale landscape of Efteling, to the incredible fireworks at Disneyland® Paris and the hair-raising thrills of Thorpe Park's Stealth, these six theme parks cover all the bases and there's something here to suit everyone!

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The best theme parks in Europe

What are the best theme parks in Europe? Which parks are family-friendly, where has the fastest rollercoasters and the best rides for adrenaline-junkies? And where can I book theme park tickets and accommodation? Here is a detailed run-down of the top theme parks in Europe:

Disneyland® Paris

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Disneyland® Paris

Disneyland® Paris is a firm favourite with the young and the young at heart thanks to its magical atmosphere and incredible sense of excitement. The park is divided into two separate parks – Disneyland® Park and Walt Disney Studios® Park. Both of which are brimming with exciting attractions. One of the draws of Disneyland® Paris is its staggering range of activities with everything from exhilarating roller coasters like The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and family-friendly rides like Crush’s Coaster to vibrant parade and firework shows.

Opening hours:

Disneyland® Paris is open all year round. Opening hours vary according to the time of year but are usually between 10:00 and 20:00-23:00.

Tickets:

Adults (12+): from £55
Children (3-11): from £51

Popular attractions:

Big Thunder Mountain, Avengers Assemble: Flight Force, Crush’s Coaster, Indiana Jones™ and the Temple of Peril, RC Racer, Star Wars: The Adventures Continue, Star Wars: Hyperspace Mountain, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.

Address:

Boulevard de Parc, Serris/Coupvray, 77700, France

Website:

https://www.disneylandparis.com/en-gb/

Efteling

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Efteling

You don’t have to limit yourself to theme parks in the UK, this enchanting fairytale park in the Netherlands is the country’s most popular resort and well worth a visit. This 72 hectare park is jam packed with fun for the whole family. With 31 attractions, there’s plenty to do, whether it’s exploring the oceans in a swinging boat or racing along on the Python roller coaster at hair-raising speeds – Efteling has it all!

Opening hours:

Efteling is open all year round. The park is open from 10:00/11:00 until at least 18:00 every day. Certain attractions are seasonal.

Tickets:

From approx. £34 per person (€38)
Children aged 0-3 can enter for free.

Popular attractions

Python, Joris en Draak, Märchenwald, De Vliegende Hollander, Vogel Rok, Symbolica

Address:

Europalaan 1, Kaatsheuvel, Netherlands

Website:

https://www.efteling.com/en

PortAventura World

## PortAventura World This fantastic resort is the most-visited theme park in Spain and it’s no surprise given the park’s stunning rides and attractions. The resort is comprised of three separate parks: Caribe Aquatic Park (a water park), Ferrari World (a park dedicated to the Italian Formula 1 brand) and PortAventura. [PortAventura Park](/portaventura) is made up of six vibrant worlds and boasts thrilling roller coasters like Furius Baco, astonishing shows and much more! So whether you want to get the adrenaline pumping on Shambhala, the park’s tallest roller coaster, or stock up on sweet treats in Mexico World, you can look forward to a fantastic trip. Located an hour from Barcelona, it’s also easy to combine a visit to the park with an excursion to explore the Spanish metropolis.

Opening hours

The resort is open throughout the year but the days of week on which the parks are open may vary according to the season. Open hours also vary between parks, so make sure you check the park website before your visit.

Tickets:

Adults (11+): from approx. £16 (€18)
Children (4-10): from approx. £14 (€16)

Popular attractions:

Furius Baco, Tutuki Splash, Kontiki, Tami Tami, Shambhala, Dragon Khan, Hurakan Condor

Address:

Avinguda Alcalde Pere Molas, s/n 43480 Vila-Seca, Tarragona, Spain

Website:

https://www.portaventuraworld.com/en

Thorpe Park

## Thorpe Park Thorpe Park is home to some of the most famous rides and roller coasters in the UK. From the UK’s fastest roller coaster, Stealth, to the country’s only winged roller coaster, THE SWARM, thrill-seekers are bound to love the adrenaline-fuelled fun at this incredible theme park. Thorpe Park is located 20 miles from Central London and it’s easy to reach from the capital by car and on public transport so if you’re looking for a theme park close to London, this is the place for you. The rides at Thorpe Park are not all twisting turns and hair-raising drops, the park also boasts several water rides like Storm Surge, Tidal Wave and Rhumba Rapids.

Opening hours:

Thorpe Park is open between March and October between 10:00 and 17:00-19:00. Exact opening times and days can vary according to the time of year so check the website for more details.

Tickets:

From £34 per person
Children under 3 have free entry

Popular attractions:

Stealth, Colossus, THE SWARM, Saw, Rush, Ghost Train (coming Spring 2023), Samurai, Nemesis Inferno

Address:

THORPE PARK Resort, Staines Road, Chertsey, Surrey KT16 8PN, United Kingdom

Website:

https://www.thorpepark.com/

Europa Park

## Europa Park This classic German theme park is made up of 18 picturesque themed areas with 15 European lands like Italy and Greece and 3 fantasy lands. Europa Park attracts over 5 million visitors every year making it Germany’s most visited theme park. The park is a treasure trove of over 60 attractions and rides including roller coasters, water rides and a fairytale forest making it an unforgettable experience for the whole family!

Opening hours:

Summer season: End of March until mid November
Winter season: End of November until mid January

Tickets

Adults (12+): from approx. £51 (€58) Children under 4: free

Popular attractions:

Eurosat - CanCan Coaster, Atlantis Adventure, Blue Fire Megacoaster, ARTHUR, Euro-Tower, Fjord Rafting, Pirates in Batavia, WODAN

Address:

Europa-Park-Straße 2, 77977 Rust, Germany

Website:

https://www.europapark.de/en/park

Alton Towers

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Alton Towers

Alton Towers is a theme resort in Staffordshire, England which contains a theme park, CBeebies Land, a waterpark and other activities like crazy golf. Not to be out done by the record-breaking rides at Thorpe Park, Alton Towers is home to the world’s first 14 loop roller coaster, The Smiler and a whole host of other fantastic attractions like The Curse at Alton Manor (opening 18th March 2023). Whilst the theme park contains numerous jaw-dropping rides, CBeebies Land is perfect for children with popular characters like Postman Pat and fun-filled rides.

Opening hours

The theme park is open from mid March until early November. Opening hours vary according to the season but range from 10:00-16:00 to 10:00-21:00 so check the website before your visit for more details.

Tickets:

From £36 per person
Children under 3 have free entry

Popular attractions:

Nemesis, The Smiler, Oblivion, Wicker Man, Galactica, Rita, Hex, Runaway Mine Train, Enterprise

Address:

Alton Towers Resort, Alton, Staffordshire, ST10 4DB, United Kingdom

Website:

https://www.altontowers.com/

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FAQs: Frequently Asked Questions about theme parks in Europe

How many theme parks are there in Europe?

There are over 1,000 theme parks in Europe.

When are European theme parks normally open?

Most theme parks in Europe are open from the end of March until the start of November. There are only a few parks like Disneyland® Paris and Efteling which are open all year round.

How expensive are theme park tickets in Europe?

The cost of day tickets for theme parks in Europe varies significantly and range from less than £9 to over £90. As a rule, children’s tickets are less expensive. You can also save money by buying tickets online in advance!

When is the best time of year to visit theme parks in Europe?

Theoretically, you can plan your European theme park visit for any season because some parks are open all year round. Special events like Halloween nights, long Summer opening hours and children’s events are particularly popular. If you want to avoid long queues, you are better off visiting theme parks during the week and outside of school holidays.

What’s the biggest theme park in Europe?

Disneyland® Paris is the largest theme park in Europe.

Which theme parks in Europe can I book tickets for with Travelcircus?

You can book the following theme parks in Europe with Travelcircus: