Amusement parks are places that are known for providing a fun and relaxing environment to people. Most people visit amusement parks to create new beautiful memories with their family and friends while others visit to engage and interact with their favorite T.V characters. Many parks are meant to be a playground for all ages and often include an array of:
However, there are some parks that make the “amusement” factor a questionable one. Not all parks provide the “magic” of Disney World or the “big thrills” of Six Flags. Instead, some theme parks are the exact opposite, they turn up the weird but fun to the highest setting for an experience like no other. They are not you everyday amusement park, quite different but awesome.
Here are the top 10 most bizarre amusement parks from around the world.
Haw Par Villa.
This Singapore’s theme park offers guests an experience that is totally out of this world with unforgettable attractions that showcase Chinese folklore and mythology. It also has tasteful scenes from other Chinese legends like Madame White Snake and Journey to the West. Unlike most happy-go-lucky parks, Har Par Villa has become famous for its gruesome statues and dioramas.
Har Par Villa has over a thousand colorful statues and tableaux on display which depict extreme torture, particularly in the park’s most famous attraction, “Ten Courts of Hell.”
Wunderland Kalkar amusement park is located in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, It was created by Dutchman Hennie van Most. The site on which it was built was originally a Nuclear Power Plant, which never went online due to construction problems, protests, and the aftermath of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.
The park integrates the remaining skeleton of the power plant site with a rock climbing wall outside the former cooling tower and even a swing ride within. Wunderland Kalkar has become a popular amusement park, receiving around 600,000 visitors a year.
Also known popularly known as an “erotic Disneyland,” this proposed adults-only park is expected to be opened next year as the world’s first sex themed park. It gives the amusement park concept a more risqué spin.
ErotikaLand will open near Piracicaba, Brazil, and feature numerous erotic-themed rides and attractions including games, a museum, and even a 7D vibrating cinema, which is complete with vibrating chairs. Plans of opening the “adult” park have been postponed because of the economic recession in Brazil.
Located in the heart of Darwin city, Australia, Crocosaurus Cove amusement park is known for bringing its visitors as close as possible to crocodiles. The theme park also boasts of having the largest display of Australian reptiles.
It offers many crocodile-inspired attractions which allow an intimate experience with the ambush predators including “Fishing for Crocs” and “Swim with the Crocs.” However, the park’s most famous attraction is undeniably the “Cage of Death,” a cage that brings guests face to face with the largest saltwater crocodiles in captivity.
The Republic of the Children.
Many kids will be able to pretend to be grownups during playtime at a theme park in La Plata Partido, Argentina. This park offers children just that opportunity.
Also known as the “City of Children,” the park has a mini city that is proportionally sized for kids. It has all institutions such as parliament, a courthouse, church, hotel, theater, airport, and hotels among others. The park was initially created as a democracy and bureaucratic procedures teaching tool for Argentinian youth.
A former prison, which had a reputation for being one of the most notorious and feared in Japanese history, was transformed into museum theme park after it closed in 1984.
As a way of giving guests a glimpse into the conditions and daily life for those working and being held in the Abashiri Prison, the park was designed to be equipped with animatronics.
The Holy Land Experience.
The Holy Land Experience is a Christian theme park located in Orlando.
It was created as an educational platform for the history of Christianity. The park recreates the architecture and themes of the ancient city of Jerusalem and also conducts weekly church services and bible study for its guests.
One of the Holy Land Experience’s most popular attractions are the daily shows, which work to reenact moments from the Bible.
The Kingdom of the Little People.
This controversial theme park located near Kunming, Yunnan is staffed almost entirely by people with dwarfism. The required height to work there is 130 cm tall.
The park features comic performances by people with dwarfism who sing and dance for guests. While the park’s theme has been criticized by many organizations, supporters strongly believe that it has created so many jobs for people who might not be able to find work.
This New Jersey construction themed park is the only place in the world where all guests (adults and children) are allowed to drive, ride and operate heavy machinery.
The amazing park was inspired by diggers and JCBs. It features over 25 attractions including a ride made out of a specially designed track excavator and daily heavy machinery stunt shows performed by the park’s operating team.
This amusement park located in Abu Dhabi-UAE is the first ever Ferrari-branded them park and has the largest space frame structure that has ever been built.
It offers a number of fast-paced attractions for thrill seekers and car enthusiasts alike.
The Ferrari-branded theme park is home to the world’s fastest roller coaster, “Formula Rossa,” which launches passengers to reach a top speed of 149 mph (239 km/h) in just five seconds.