For the first time, more than half a billion people visited major theme and amusement parks worldwide in 2019. From water themes to movie scenes, theme parks of all kinds led the way for families looking to enjoy their entertainment offerings.
Fortunately, you don't have to travel to other parts of the world to find the best parks to play in. Florida boasts more than two dozen theme parks, ranking seven in America's top 10 most popular parks.
Orlando's Magic Kingdom is the world's most popular theme park, with nearly 21 million visitors in 2019. It's one of four major theme parks at the Walt Disney World Resort and gets more than twice the amount of visitors as the second most popular park.
Can't decide between visiting the zoo or spending the day on rides? You don't have to choose at Disney's Animal Kingdom. Florida's second busiest theme park blends the two for a fun-filled day of animal-themed rides and fun adventures such as Expedition Everest and Kilimanjaro Safari.
You're in for a cultural treat as you stroll through Epcot's World Showcase with pavilions featuring 11 countries. Guests can enjoy eating, drinking, shopping, and attractions related to each country as they make their way around the Showcase.
Disney's Hollywood Studios, formerly known as MGM Studios, might be the smallest of the four Walt Disney World parks, but it packs the biggest punch when it comes to thrill rides, like Rock' n' Roller Coaster.
Although Legoland is designed for a younger audience, don't be fooled into thinking there's nothing to entertain older kids and adults. The Great Lego Race coaster reaches speeds up to 35 miles per hour and has a 50-foot drop.