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Throwback Thursday: What is your favorite theme park/attraction? #TBT

It's Thursday!
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I was 8 years old when my parents took me and my sister to Disneyland. I really loved it. I´ve gone a few times since and even as an adult, I think it is quite magical and fun. Here is a picture of me, my son, and my distant aunt in Disneyland in 1996.
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Soooo, what is your favorite theme park/attraction?
Let’s make it a great Thursday!
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John Funk
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July 27, 2023

That's varied through the years. When I was a kid, it was the Opryland theme part in Nashville. It was close, had some good roller coasters and music. And some water rides. I don't go to many nowadays and would say it would probably be more like Sea World or maybe a Zoo or museum. 

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Ananjan_miniOrange July 27, 2023

Woo-hoo, guess what day it is? It's Thursday, the gateway to the weekend!

I got to visit the Taj Mahal in the Agra city of India. It was a truly incredible experience! The majestic white marble architecture left me completely mesmerized. It's a must-visit destination. Standing there, I felt a profound sense of history and beauty, making it a cherished memory I'll carry forever.  

Seems like my photos decided to play hide-and-seek, but no worries! I've got a perfect one from Google to show you!

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Dan Breyen
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July 27, 2023

It's county fair season in the Midwest.  Nothing like hanging out when you're a kid on the midway, riding the rides, taking your chance on the carnival games, and most importantly for me, finding the arcade and hanging out in there for hours, one quarter at a time!

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Monique vdB
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July 27, 2023

I grew up in SoCal and am a Disneyland girl! I also love miniatures, so my first thought was the Storybook Land Canal Boats.  I also love the Jungle Cruise and the Haunted Mansion. And I love Tower of Terror, the WDW version.  

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Dana A July 27, 2023

Still today I am a huge disney fan, not the business just the characters...  Best memories are with my kids going to Disney and Universal 

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Chris Iacovelli July 27, 2023

I never got to experience the magic of Disney as a kid. Not complaining as I didn't know what I was missing.

For me, the magic of Disney was seeing the wonder and excitement in my son's eye when we took him. It wasn't until the second day when I realized I could be a kid again and experience the same wonder and excitement which made the trips even more enjoyable for me (well, except for the plunge of the Haunted Mansion).

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Chris Iacovelli July 27, 2023

Bushkill Falls in Pennsylvania has been a place I have enjoyed through my life, first as a kid of 9 walking through the trails, feeling excited by the waterfalls, and racing to see the next set of falls up slickened steps. Then, as a 20-something walking through the trails reliving the excitement but walking a bit slower to enjoy the beauty of the falls. Even more then, as a parent with his parents sharing the falls with my son.

I have been there several times by myself as it is a place where I find great comfort being amongst the older memories and in the never ending majesty of the falls.

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Amanda Barber
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July 27, 2023

Everest at Disney's Animal Kingdom - SO good! We had our first trip planned in 2020 that was postponed. We made it in 2021 though.

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July 27, 2023

It's the Euro-Mir Rollercoaster at the Europa-Park in Germany. It was one of the first "big" rollercoasters I was allowed (and brave enough) to ride.

The waiting line is already cool since it plays a song which sticks with you (click on own responsibility ... I warned you). Once you're in the building the waiting line turns into the hallways of the Enterprise: The Next Generation and other space references.

Once you're in the coaster you'll drive up in the inside of the towers and exit on the top - so it's a sudden and amazing view from the top.

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Fun fact: The seats are actually spinning in addition which causes some extra fun.

Damn I need to visit Europa-Park again and hop on this ride!

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Taranjeet Singh
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July 27, 2023

My favorite theme park is Disney World's Magic Kingdom in Florida. I went there only once with my family and friends when my daughter was 5 years old. She had a great fun time there and her excitement and energy made me feel that it was the best theme park experience of my life so far.

Have a great Thursday and rest of the week everyone!

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Dave Mathijs
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July 27, 2023

Here's the list of theme parks I visited:

  • Bellewaerde (Belgium)
  • Bobbejaanland (Belgium)
  • Disneyland Paris (France)
  • Efteling (Netherlands)
  • Movie Park Germany (Germany)
  • Phantasialand (Germany)
  • PortAventura (Spain)
  • Plopsa Indoor Hasselt (Belgium)
  • Plopsa Coo (Belgium)
  • Plopsaland (Belgium)
  • Toverland (Netherlands)
  • Walibi (Belgium)

Disneyland Paris was definitely my favorite. It was my first "holiday" in 2011 with my son and daughter (5 and 6 years old at the time), a couple of months after my divorce. I have such great memories about those 2 days.

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Dana A July 27, 2023

@Dave Mathijs  

 

My daughter has only 2 more Disney parks to go to .....  Shanghai and Hong Kong and she can says she has been to them all 

  • Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Resort  :)  California 
  • Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World Resort  :) Florida 
  • Cinderella Castle at Tokyo Disneyland :)
  • Le Château de la Belle au Bois dormant at Disneyland Paris :)
  • Castle of Magical Dreams at Hong Kong Disneyland
  • Enchanted Storybook Castle at Shanghai Disney Resort
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July 27, 2023

I also love Disney theme parks and water parks, but my personal favorite right now is Universal Studios, specifically the Wizarding World of Harry Potter! I'm sure a lot of you are not surprised by me choosing this! I love the scenery, the rides, the food and the BUTTERBEER! 

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July 27, 2023

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July 27, 2023

On my first trip to the US as a kid, we went to Sea World Orlando. That was quite amazing. Although all the animals were great, as a rollercoaster enthusiast I still remember the Kraken being the only rollercoaster ever giving me a bit of an upset stomach. 😆

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Ram Kumar Aravindakshan _Adaptavist_
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July 28, 2023

I've gone to Disneyland Los Angeles back in 2008. It was a good experience except that you will have to wait a couple of hours to get a ride due to the queue.

Back in 2008, I think the most fun ride was The Simpsons roller coster.

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July 28, 2023

When I think of amusement parks, two memories immediately come to my mind:

 

Playmobil Funpark (Germany)

 

When I was 7 years old, I went on a trip to the Playmobil Fun Park with my sister (8 years old) under supervision. Since we had tons of Playmobil at home, it was an absolute dream to experience all the buildings like the pirate ship, the Aztec temple or the knight's castle in life size. I was so impressed with the attractions that I lost my sister and the entire group.

 

So there was me, a lost little boy alone in the funpark. After a while, when I couldn't find anyone, I swallowed one chewing gum after the other as a consolation. They helped me a lot to cope with the stress, unfortunately it was over after 20 chewing gums because my mouth was full and the pack was empty :P

 

After a few hours my sister finally found me and I happily jumped into her arms. She then took me to the supervisor, who in the meantime was calmly sunbathing. So I was in good hands, right?… :D

 

 

Europa Park (Germany)

 

For my 24th birthday I was surprised by my girlfriend. She invited my best friend, who I hadn't seen for a long time. We drove off together without me knowing where we were going. We finally arrived at Europa Park and I was absolutely thrilled. Admittedly, the roller coasters made me scream like a bird, which amused my girlfriend and my mate a lot. My personal highlight was when I got 3 out of 3 hits when throwing a target and was able to choose a huge Pokémon of my choice. Since I already own Charmander, I chose Shiggy. That was a great day.

 

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Dana A July 28, 2023

Does your favorite movie have a theme park ride?  or representation at a theme park?  

My favorite movie is UP, Coco, and Lilo & Stich . Animal Kingdon has Wilderness badges you can get for the movie UP, but the others no :(

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Kristján Geir Mathiesen
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July 28, 2023

@Luka Hummel - codefortynine  yes! I also went to Sea World during my first trip to America :) Good memories.

Thank you all for sharing. I really like reading and interacting with you all via #TBT. Have a fantastic Friday!

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Brant Schroeder
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July 28, 2023

Anything with water.  

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Sayed Bares _ServiceRocket_
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July 30, 2023

It is Genting SkyWorlds Theme Park for me.

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Fabio Racobaldo _Herzum_
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July 31, 2023

Disneyland Paris! It was an amazing experience

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July 31, 2023

Harry Potter world Universal Studios Orlando Image result for universal studios orlando harry potter world

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Karen Bottai August 1, 2023

Six Flags over Texas - the original six flags!

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August 10, 2023

Disney World in Florida is my ultimate favorite theme park. I had the incredible opportunity to visit in 2008, and I thoroughly enjoyed exploring Magic Kingdom and Universal Studios during that trip. Those days spent at the parks are etched in my memory as some of the most unforgettable moments of my life.

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