Want adrenaline pumping through your veins but not quite ready to jump off a bridge or paraglide? Then, head to the amusement park! Not some dismal playground with cotton candy kiosks but real, kick-ass parks with the latest technology and attractions that will have your head buzzing with excitement long after the ride is over. Oh, and some suggestions on how the little kiddos can have a whale of a time too.
Words: Efi Hafizah Hamzah
Europa Park in the city of Rust in Germany has so much to offer, including a new attraction, Twilight Saga that will be unveiled in September 2012. In 2013, the launch of yet another attraction by renowned director Luc Besson will take place. It will feature a theme park of 12 European countries including Scandinavia, each with its own themed rides plus shows and foods that are native to the particular country.
Silver Star It’s a ‘hypercoaster’ and is Europe’s highest and third fastest roller coaster. The ride is sponsored by Mercedes-Benz and on the ride’s grounds is a small museum that features a full scale replica of a Mercedes-Benz Formula One car.
Euro-Mir This is a high speed, steel track spinning roller coaster based around the Russian Space Missions. The spinning is controlled and only happens during some parts of the ride but what will keep your heart pumping is the background techno soundtrack, and the fact that this will be one of the longest rides you’ll ever have in your life – 4 minutes 33 seconds!
Swiss Bob Run This bobsled roller coaster ride features mini cabooses that are sent freewheeling down a twisted pipe, much like having an adventurous version of a bobsled ride.
HAPPY IN HONG KONG
Hong Kong has always kept up with global lifestyle and entertainment trends but with its own personal flavour. Hong Kong Disneyland is very much like that. Although you know you’re experiencing an established American brand, you’ll not miss the delectable Hong Kong flavour that spices up the theme park with a distinctly Oriental feel.
Toy Story Land RC Racer is an adrenaline-pumping trip on Andy’s toy car roller coaster ride that zooms through a 27-metre high, U-shaped track!
Fantasy Land Highlight A fairy tale comes to life as you step through the castle doors of this park. The small uns’ and the romantics will enjoy the happily-ever-after aspect of this land of princes and princesses.
Tomorrow Land This indoor roller coaster ride of space exploration will have park goers battling aliens with Buzz Lightyear and, interacting with Stitch.
Adventure Land All of Disney’s best jungle-themed creations are here, The Lion King and Tarzan being the anchors of the show. Guests can revel in the magical and exotic jungle world as they take a slow and leisurely ride on a boat that snakes through the attractions. Watch out for animatronics along the way!
Main St. USA Get transported back to the turn of 20th century America in this quaint little street packed with cute stores, diners and old fashioned car rides. The Flight of Fantasy parade is a must-do event here; almost all the characters from Disney parade down the street seated on floats with huge inflatables above them! Stick around till evening and watch the fabulous fireworks come to life.
Sunway Lost World of Tambun in Ipoh, Perak, is an exciting place for nature enthusiasts and animal lovers, offering water park and theme park activities for endless hours of fun!
Tiger Valley Get up close and personal with Siberian tigers and be captivated by their beauty and agility. Visitors will also be amazed at the animal’s majesty and how well they are handled during feeding time.
Tin Valley Ipoh is also known as ‘The City that Tin Built’. This educational attraction offers first-hand experience of how tin was mined in the past.
Lost World Petting Zoo With over 4,000 animals from 55 species, guests can pet, feed and play with many of these amazing creatures.
Water Park The action here is a fun-filled one that is great for everyone. There is the Jungle Wave Pool, Sandy Bay, Adventure River, Cliff Racer, Tube Raiders and Kid’s Explorabay. The Cliff Racer, in particular, is a wild water ride and offers endless hours of splashing fun!
Amusement Park If getting wet is not your thing, head for the Amusement Park. Storm Rider, Dragon Flight, Perak Parade, Giddy Galeon and Adventure Express are but some of the great rides available here.
For those who like it wet, head to Waterbom Bali, home to 17, world-class water slides! Located in Kuta, the water park is a beautifully landscaped Balinese garden, sprawling across 3.8 hectares of land.
The Climax Start in a little chamber 19 metres above the ground and set off for the adrenaline rush of a lifetime! With a G-force of 2.5, your heart will be racing as you hit a near vertical dip before going back up a loop towards the end.
The Boomerang Loop down from a 20-metre drop! And just when you thought the rush is ending, get swept back up again! Screaming your lungs out is part of the Boomerang fun, culminating in a super half-pipe slide.
The Macaroni The name is a dead give-away! It’s an enclosed pipeline that gives you the thrill of what it feels like riding a tunnel in super speed – spinning and reeling your way through!
The Boogie Ride A kid-friendly ride on a special sled mat that takes you head first to the glorious finishing line.
Singapore buzzes with excitement – be it shopping, eating, clubbing or amusement-seeking. Here are two reigning kings of the theme park world that are attracting fans by the droves!
Home of the Universal Studios Singapore®, this nook of Sentosa offers fantastic excitement with roller coaster rides, themed shows, aquatic activities and not forgetting, Singapore’s main joie de vivre – dining, shopping and clubbing.
Universal Studios Singapore Seven zones of Hollywood to be experienced – the Hollywood Boulevard, New York city, Sci-fi City, Ancient Egypt, the set of Jurassic Park’s Lost World, Shrek’s Far, Far Away and Madagascar. Soak up the Hollywood experience as you hop on the Ride The Movies™ roller coaster.
Marine Life Park Get into a wetsuit and dive with dolphins, snorkel with rays and get in direct contact with some of the ocean’s amazing creatures.
Maritime Experiential Museum & Aquarium Interactive, innovative and multi-sensory, visitors get to experience the history of Asian shipwrecks and treasures in a safe and modern way.
FestiveWalk A true hit for insomniacs! This area is a 500-metre, 24/7 thoroughfare offering dining, shopping and clubbing options.
This 500-hectare resort island is home to an exciting array of themed attractions, award-winning spa retreats and resort accommodation, alongside lush rainforests, sandy beaches, world-renowned championship golf courses, a deep-water yachting marina and luxury residences.
Imbiah Lookout Get 360-degree views from this lookout near Mount Imbiah on Sentosa. This spot is particularly great to drink in nature’s beauty.
Fort Siloso Tours As Singapore’s only preserved coastal fort, Fort Siloso stands as a window to the colonial past and a poignant reminder of the war years. Navigate the old tunnels, watch a recreated gun firing, examine 17th Century guns and cannons and browse through 245 photographs, documents and film clips on display.
MegaZip Adventure Park This SGD2 million attraction offers a mix of adventure and thrills on the flying fox and high rope course. This attraction also appeals to families, as it has a tandem facility that allows the young uns’ to hitch a ride with mum or dad.
Sentosa 4D Magix This state-of-the-art theatre offers a whole new generation of movie magic. Through the synchronisation of a full spectrum of visual effects, surround-sound, individually-controlled motion seats and special ‘live’ environmental effects such as a water spray, this is an experience that will fully engage one’s senses!
Jewel Cable Car Ride Featuring a stunning fleet of 67 metallic black and chrome cabins, the ride from Mount Faber on the mainland to Sentosa Island offers a 360-degree bird’s eye view of the lush greenery on the hilltop, the harbour and city from 120 metres above sea level. After dark, each cabin is illuminated by Jewel LEDs, creating the effect of sparkling jewels as they zip through the night sky.
Wave House Sentosa This 7,650-square metre simulated wave surfing attraction sits in the heart of the high-energy Siloso Beach. Here, professional surfers can attempt stunts that cannot be achieved on real waves, while visitors will be able to experience the
thrill of surfing on artificial waves that curl up to three metres high in the two wave pools – the FlowRider
Underwater World and Dolphin Lagoon This attraction is the place to go to learn about marine life such as the dugong, sea dragons and many more. The oceanarium on Sentosa is home to more than 2,500 fishes from 250 different species. Venture into the ocean depths on a moving travellator that ferries guests through an 83-metre-long acrylic tunnel. All around, sharks, stingrays, eels and schools of fish glide past.
iFly Singapore With a transparent wind tunnel offering spectacular views, iFly Singapore is the world’s largest skydiving simulator that offers an adrenaline-pumping experience at a flying height of 17 metres!
OH MY OHIO
Get all the action you seek at Cedar Point in the Midwestern state of Ohio in USA. There are 17 roller coaster rides, 15 thrill rides, 20 family rides, 19 kid’s rides and 3 water rides! This is the place for the ride of your life.
Top Thrill Dragster One of the fastest and first ‘Strata Coasters’ in the world that races up to the sky at a blurry speed of 193 kilometres per hour reaching 120 metres high!
maXair This ride gives a whole new meaning to ‘airtime’! Strap in with your feet dangling in the air in a giant ring and then, it is a 150-minute ride of spinning in pendulum that peaks at 73 metres high!
Tilt-a-Whirl One of Cedar Point’s favourite family rides; this classic twirling ride leans, turns and hangs for a spinny, giggly, tummy-tickly experience.
Frog Hopper Kids are raised above the midway point and then encounter little bounces on their way down. Riders must be between 36” and 54” tall to ride.
Snake River Falls Take a ride 82 feet into the air before experiencing the ultimate plunge – an 80-foot, 50-degree drop! Your boat will create the ultimate splash, drenching you and providing relief in the summer heat.
DinosaursAlive! This attraction features 48 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs. It’s a multisensory and interactive display set with an excavation site and a kid’s dig area where a Ruyangosaurus is featured alongside the flying reptile, Angustinaripterus with a wingspan of more than five feet.