This is one for the adrenaline junkies. Here at St Christopher’s Inns, we can’t get enough of crazy, fun activities that push us out of our comfort zone and give us that sudden rush. And what better place to get your heart pumping than a theme park? Rollercoasters, water rides, cotton candy and hotdogs - sounds like the perfect day out. Start packing your bags because once you’ve read this, you’ll be dying to get some thrills in Europe's greatest amusement parks...
1) DISNEYLAND PARIS/WALT DISNEY STUDIOS
77777 Marne-la-Vallée, France
No list of amusement parks would be complete without including Disneyland Paris. This park is incredibly magical, even when you’re an adult!
And whilst you’re here, there are so many things you need to do.. Take a picture in front of sleeping beauty's castle, meet Mickey and the whole crew, watch an unforgettable firework and light show - and most importantly check out some crazy rides. Some of our favourites are Big Thunder Mountain, Indiana Jones and the new Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain (a new and improved version of Space Mountain).
If you want more thrill rides be sure to get tickets which allow you to enter both Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studio Park where you can rock out on the Rock n Roll coaster or if you’re feeling brave, head to the Tower of terror and dive through the 13 floors of this haunted hotel. Just hop on the Eurostar and you'll be transported right outside the Disneyland gates.
2) PARC ASTERIX
60128 Plailly, France
Located in France, Parc Asterix is based on the stories of Asterix, a very popular comic book cartoon in this country. This theme park is home of some wild roller coasters guaranteed to get your blood pumping. From inverted coasters to roller coasters with over seven loops, Parc Asterix has it all...And for those of you who love a little splash, you’ll definitely want to check out L’Oxygenarium, a really fun rapid. WARNING: you will get soaked!
The best thing about this place? It’s located under 2 hours train ride from our Paris hostel but also not far from our hostel in Bruges either (2.3 hours) - making it the perfect way to visit the medieval city and enjoy this amazing theme park at the same time.
3) THORPE PARK
Staines Rd, Chertsey KT16 8PN, United Kingdom
Thorpe Park (on the outskirts of London) has some incredible unique rides for extreme thrill seekers which will spin you around and throw you about. Are you liking what you’re hearing? Then carry on reading. Swarm, Nemesis, Colossus and Saw (watch video) are some of our all time favourites. Another unique ride is Derren Brown’s Ghost Train where you will come face to face with the demon as it rises from darkness.. We’d love to tell you more but it’s a secret so I guess you’ll just have to find out for yourself...
Quick Tip: If you’re going during summer maybe think about using the fast track options as queues can get quite long but, if you don’t want to pay for fast track options make sure to head to the big rides such as Saw first as the queues will only get longer as the day goes on.
4) PORT AVENTURA WORLD
Av. Pere Molas, km 2, 43840 Vila-seca, Tarragona, Spain
Located in Barcelona, Port Aventura World is a park you do not want to miss out on! With three separate parks: PortAventura Park, PortAventura Caribe Aquatic Park and Ferrari Land, there’s definitely something that will get your heart beating a little faster.
Unlike most parks, PortAventura World is open until 12am and gets quieter during the evening meaning that you won’t have to queue for as long. This park has plenty of crazy rides such as Shambhala, a 200 ft hyper coaster, Dragon Khan, an 8 loop steel twister, Furius baco, Europe’s second fastest roller coaster and the newly built Red Force which is now Europe’s highest and fastest rollercoaster!
5) TIVOLI GARDENS
Vesterbrogade 3, 1630 København V, Denmark
Also known as Denmark’s own Disneyland, Tivoli Gardens is the second oldest amusement park in the world, with rollercoasters up to 100 years old! Full of beautiful shops, wonderful restaurants and an incredible ambiance with flowerbeds and little waterways, this park is great even if you’re not an adventure seeker.
Although, if you do love to get that rush, make sure to get the unlimited ride option when buying your tickets because it’s definitely worth it and you’ll get to enjoy all the different rides that Tivoli Gardens has to offer. Trust me there are so many that you’ll need to spend at least two days here! Talking about rides, don’t forget to try out Vertigo, the wildest and fastest ride in Tivoli!
Europalaan 1, 5171 KW Kaatsheuvel, Netherlands
This cool fairy tale theme park had to be in our list. Why? Simply because the atmosphere is truly amazing. It has some epic rides, some cleverly designed themed villages - and you can even try some traditional Dutch pancakes! That’s not all though, Efteling has some cool dive coasters including the new Baron ride which is a must for any thrill seeker and a twin-racing coaster where you go head to head against another team of racers to slay the dragon!
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7) OAKWOOD THEME PARK
Canaston Bridge, Narberth SA67 8DE, Wales
Oakwood theme park is the home of some very fast rollercoasters and the UK’s number one wooden roller coaster: Megafobia. This park has plenty of rides that will take your breath away such Waterfall, Vertigo, Drenched and Speed where you’re guaranteed to plunge, loop, roll, twist and turn so quickly! If you’re faint hearted this is not the ride for you!
The perks of this place is that it can be quite quiet if you come and the right time meaning that you’ll avoid queues and get to go on rides multiple times!
8) EUROPA PARK
Europa-Park-Straße 2, 77977 Rust, Germany
Europa Park has some attractions that are guaranteed to increase your heart rate! From extreme roller coasters such as Wodan and Silver Star to virtual coaster such as Artur, to waterides for those of you who love a bit of H20.. because let’s face it who doesn’t?
Quick tip: If you’re getting a little bit peckish check out the rollercoaster restaurant for an exceptional experience with good quality, cheap food. It’s something unique that no other park offer’s!
Örgrytevägen 5, 402 22 Göteborg, Sweden
Last but definitely not least is Liseberg. Located in Sweden, this theme park has some incredible roller coasters such as Balder a fantastic wooden coaster, Atmosfear and Helix one of the best rollercoasters in the world.
Make sure to download the Liseberg app which will give you an estimate queuing meaning you can avoid some of the queue times! Also, they have some awesome queue entertainment on their app, especially for the Helix where you have the opportunity to win a fastpass ticket to the ride and all you have to do is participate in the game and whoever gets the highest score wins the fastpass ticket!
Quick tip: Make sure to buy your tickets online as they offer express ride passes that aren’t available when buying the tickets in the park.