You’ll have so much fun at these theme parks that the crowds and long lines will be worth it!
From the thrill of zooming down a roller coaster, to getting to eat all the glorious candy and snacks and being suckered into buying the cute, yet overpriced souvenirs, there’s nothing quite like the experience you have at a theme park. (Even the lining up for centuries to get on a ride!) Whether you’re 5- or 50-years old, it’s hard not to enjoy yourself when everyone else has a smile on their face, unless you are at the tail of an hour-long queue. But STILL – you’re eating candy floss while you wait and that line just allows for more excitement to build! Whether you’re convinced that the queue is worth it or not, there’s no denying that amusement parks are famous for family fun. We’ve put together a list of the top 5 theme parks in Asia that are definitely worth a family visit, and will not disappoint.
Universal Studios Singapore
Located on the resort paradise of Sentosa Island, The Universal Studios in Singapore takes all your favourite movies and creates a magical world for you to enter. Go beyond the screen and experience the technologically riveting Transformers ride, bump and splash along on Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure and be thrilled by the tallest dueling roller coaster in the world, the Battlestar Galactica. Get ready for an action-packed day (or two) full of happy screams and laughter. There are seven zones to cover, so make sure you book a room at one of the nine hotels on the island. This will allow you to split up the attractions into two days or at least give you a convenient place to collapse from that theme park exhaustion. There is also a Universal Studios located in Osaka that is just as gratifying. Head over there if you prefer sushi over chili crab!
Ocean Park in Hong Kong
Right in our backyard, we host one of the best and most-raved-about theme parks in Asia. It’s hard not to brag, but we’ve got rides that will get your heart beating out of your chest like the Hair Raiser, the Flash and the Abyss. Besides that, Ocean Park is also home to giant pandas, An An and Jia Jia, glowing jelly fish, sharks, dolphins, sea lions, and countless other valuable treasures of the ocean. You and your children are given the opportunity to interact with many of these sea creatures and learn about our ecosystem and ways to help preserve what’s left. Many who visit Ocean Park say their highlight is the scenic cable car ride which takes visitors from one side of the park to the other. This park is definitely a hit for parents and kids, alike.
Disneyland/DisneySea in Tokyo, Japan
You’ll be relieved to hear that you don’t need to fly all the way over to Florida to make your dreams come true. It’s safe to say that (almost) everyone has at least one favourite Disney character or movie from their childhood and they can all be found at this magical park. You will recognise the classic rides like Splash Mountain, Alice’s Tea Party and Pooh’s Hunny Hunt. But what makes this Disneyland special is that it features water-themed movie characters and rides in its DisneySea section, with a Mermaid Lagoon, Mysterious Island and Lost River Delta. The combination of the polite Japanese hospitality and their attention to detail and technology will have you enthralled in a Disney fantastical spell that will leave you in a dream you won’t want to wake from.
Everland in Yongin, South Korea
It is hard to ask for anything more after a visit to South Korea’s largest theme park, Everland. This park is home to a zoo, aquarium, waterpark, art museum, gardens, roller coasters, and a racing track… are you blown away yet? Only an hour or so drive away from Seoul, you can get there easily by subway, bus or car. If you’re looking for a trip that will cater to everyone in the family, Everland should be on the top of your list because it’s worth the trip itself to South Korea. We don’t need to say much else, get crackin’ on booking those flights to Seoul!
LEGOLand in Nusajaya, Johor, Malaysia
Who loves LEGO? We do!! The talent and dedication it takes to create 10 feet tall LEGO sculptures deserves a standing ovation from anyone, and Sassy Mamas will happily stand up in a heartbeat. Obviously this park might appeal a little more to boys, but it will be a fun-filled day for everyone nonetheless. There are eight areas of the park for you to discover, so plan your journey well, there’s a lot of ground to cover! At LEGOLand, you have the chance to build your own car and and then race it, admire famous Asian landmarks made with LEGOs, go on high-speed rides, enter into an age of myth at LEGO Kingdom, or land of Pharaohs and dinosaurs in the Land of Adventure. Come here and build many wonderful memories your family will never be able to LEGO of. (Did you see what we did there?)