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5 Unusual Theme Parks

November 23rd, 2011

Miniature theme-park at the Miniature Wonderland | Photo credit: Andrey Belenko

As grown ups, we usually head to amusement parks for the kids and for the rides, but we’ve heard of a few we’d visit for the sheer novelty! We’ve listed 5 of the most unusual theme parks that will definitely bring out the kid in you.

Legoland, Billund, Denmark

Legoland | Photo credit: Karen Roe

Whether you’re in Denmark or the United states, Legoland is one of the only places where a grown man doesn’t look odd playing with toys.

Plaza Sesamo, Monterrey, Mexico

Parque Plaza Sesamo, Mexico

Parque Plaza Sesamo…because it’s always fun to see how beloved children’s characters are depicted in different cultures, like Abelardo (a green version of Big Bird) and Pancho Contreras (a blue Oscar the Grouch!).

Ocean Park, Honk Kong, China

Ocean Park , Hong Kong

For an “ocean”-themed attraction, there sure are a lot of pandas at Ocean Park. And since you’re there already, you might as well take a ride on the world’s second longest escalator (225 m).

Miniature Wonderland, Hamburg, Germany

Miniature theme-park at the Miniature Wonderland | Photo credit: Andrey Belenko

Watch where you step! It took seven years to build the Miniature Wonderland, and cost an estimated 4.8 million dollars. The miniatures consist of some forty aircraft, five hundred vehicles, fifteen thousand figurines, three hundred buildings and forty thousand lights. And it’s still not finished!

Sanrio Harmonyland, Oita, Japan

 Hello Kitty Vending Machine | Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons/日:Muramasa

Sanrio Harmonyland is one of two Hello Kitty-themed parks in Japan (the other being indoor Sanrio Puroland), where all your pink, cartoon dreams come true! And since the white feline is like the Mickey Mouse of Asia, fans in China’s Zhejiang province can expect an influx of cuteness when the brand completes construction of a third Hello Kitty themed park in 2014.

Honorable Mention

Shijingshan Amusement Park, Beijing, China

Beijing's Shinjingshan Amusement Park | Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons/Dyliu714

A list of unusual theme-parks would be incomplete without a mention of China’s “Fake Disneyland”, Shijingshan Amusement Park,  although the attraction has been closed due to Disney’s expanding into Shanghai with a new theme-park expected to open in 2016.

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