World's most popular theme parks you probably don't know about

Florida is indisputably Mecca for theme park enthusiasts.

Five of the top 10 most attended theme parks last year were located in the Sunshine State, according to the 2015 Global Attractions Attendance Report, conducted by AECOM and Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). Disney's Magic Kingdom came out on top with 20,492,000 visitors. Anaheim's Disneyland came in a close second with 18,278,000 revelers last year.

Even the most casual thrill seeker would be unsurprised to learn that Disney and Universal dominated the top 12, thanks, in part, to their international locations in Tokyo and Paris.

Things start to get interesting, however, as the list goes on.

The second-oldest theme park in the world, Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark, nearly beat SeaWorld Florida with 4,733,000 guests. Meanwhile, visitation to Chimelong Ocean Kingdom in China surged 36 percent in one year to 7,486,000 people. Chimelong is now closing in on Universal's Islands of Adventure, despite the popularity of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

In fact, if one were to ignore parks the run by the big guys (Disney, Universal, Six Flags, SeaWorld, etc.), there are tons of other options loved by millions around the world. And the far-flung locations mean you get to exercise your passport while crossing off your bucket list.

Click below to see some of the world's most popular theme parks that you may not know about as an American:

Popular theme parks little known by Americans
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Popular theme parks little known by Americans

Liseberg Amusement Park, Sweden

Visitors in 2015: 3,100,000

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Port Aventura, Spain

Visitors in 2015: 3,600,000

Photo: Getty

Kings Island, Ohio

Visitors in 2015: 3,335,000

Photo: Getty

Canada's Wonderland, Canada

Visitors in 2015: 3,617,000

Photo: Getty

Knott's Berry Farm, California

Visitors in 2015: 3,867,000

Photo: Getty

China Dinosaurs Park, China

Visitors in 2015: 3,950,000

Photo: Wikimedia

Songcheng Lijiang Romance Theme Park, China

Visitors in 2015: 4,678,000

Photo: Getty

Efteling, Denmark

Visitors in 2015: 4,680,000

Photo: Getty

Europa Park, Germany

Visitors in 2015: 5,500,000

Photo: Getty

Tivoli Gardens, Denmark

Visitors in 2015: 4,733,000

Photo: Getty

Nagashima Spa Land, Japan

Visitors in 2015: 5,870,000

Photo: Getty

Hangzhous Songcheng Park, China

Visitors in 2015: 7,289,000

Photo: Getty

Lotte World, South Korea

Visitors in 2015: 7,310,000  

Photo: Getty

Ocean Park, Hong Kong

Visitors in 2015: 7,387,000

Photo: Reuters

Everland, South Korea

Visitors in 2015: 7,423,000

Photo: Getty

Chimelong Ocean Kingdom, China

Visitors in 2015: 7,486,000  

Photo: Getty


By: Morgan Giordano,

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