Top 10 Theme Parks In the World

As Dubai prepares to build a $2.5 billion theme park complex, we look at the most-visited amusement parks in the world.

1. Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World

Location: Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USAnnual Visitors in 2011: 17,142,000Change since 2010: 1% Major attractions: Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, Cinderella Castle, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Disney’s Electrical Parade

Two weeks ago, Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum announced plans to build a Dhs10 billion ($2.7 billion) complex of five theme parks in the city.

The development, located near Jebel Ali, will include a park themed on India’s Bollywood cinema industry, an adventure park featuring Hollywood brands, a marine park, a children’s park and a night safari.

The complex is expected to boost Dubai’s tourism numbers, said the Dubai ruler’s office.

Theme parks are massive attraction hotspots, with the top 10 busiest theme parks in the world (combined) attracting over 116 million visitors last year, according to annual figures from the Themed Entertainment Association and AECOM.

Here are the top theme parks drawing the biggest crowds.