Fasten your seatbelt and keep your hands inside the carriage as we take a three-day whirl around some of the world’s greatest theme parks.
Day 1: Knott’s Berry Farm
Kick start your heart at Knott’s Berry Farm, with adrenaline-pumping rides like Silver Bullet and Supreme Scream. And get a mini-tour of Southern California thrown in, with themed areas like Ghost Towns and Indian Trails. Cool off across the road at Knott’s Soak City, inspired by 1950’s surfing culture, then in the evening go much further back in history at the Medieval Times Dinner, where jousting, sorcery, and swordplay are all on the menu.
Day 2: Further Afield
Daytime comes down to an either/or
decision. If you’re entertaining younger kids, head south to seaside
Carlsbad and Legoland California, where the fun builds up
brick-by-brick. Even toddlers will feel like giants walking through the
amazingly detailed city scenes, and with over 40 twisting, turning rides
this is pint-sized paradise. On the other hand, for more grown-up
thrills there’s Six Flags Magic Mountain, north of Los Angeles, home of
Riddler's Revenge, the world’s tallest and fastest stand-up roller
coaster. At night, all ages can enjoy the interactive Pirate’s Dinner
Adventure with its amazing indoor lagoon and a show where no buckle goes
Day 3: Disneyland
Oh, and you may perhaps be
interested in something called Disneyland? Today is all about the
world’s most visited theme park, which has been delighting the young and
the young at heart since 1955. Who could fail to get excited walking up
Main Street USA with Sleeping Beauty’s Castle up ahead, as instantly
recognizable as the White House. From there the hardest decision will be
which “land” to visit first: go back to the future in Tomorrowland,
tour the world of the imagination at Fantasyland or see our very own
world as never before in Adventureland.