Inspired by John's quote in the other topic about a new forum being an excuse to create some classic and fundamental topics! So... what are your ten favourite parks? At least a sentence on each please, and nicely formatted so it's easy to read! 1: Europa Park From my original review: "In my humble opinion, Europa Park is the greatest thing man-kind has ever achieved in the field of entertainment. It is simply awe-inspiring. I think no other thing (a film, a book, an opera) could ever compete with EP, purely because unlike almost any other form of entertainment, it's roots in a physical place has allowed it to be constantly expanded and improved at the highest level of quality anywhere in the world every year for decades. I don't think it's possible to find any built environment more fun, perfect or awe-inspiring anywhere on planet earth." 2: Disneyland Park, California The original, and best. While EP is constantly expanding and growing, Disneyland is an absolutely perfect 'complete park'. Even more-so than in Florida, the magic is engrained in every attraction, every piece of scenery. It's idyllic, theme park paradise. Perfectly measured, perfectly proportioned, a masterpiece in miniature. And the two best rides in the park, Matterhorn Bobsleds and Indiana Jones dark rides, aren't even at any other Disney park. 3. Efteling Ahh, my dear Efteling. The most beautiful park on my list, with its gorgeous landscapes being complimented by the beautiful built environments of stunningly themed rides, gorgeous street scenery (those lampposts!) and amazing architecture (the entrance!). Some pretty good rides too, though it needs more, but another park like EP where as AstroDan put it, it feels like they're rolling out the red carpet for every visitor. 4. Alton Towers With all the negativity around Merlin, it's easy to forget how great Alton is. Imagine you're driving around Europe and your friend suggests a visit to a park you've never heard of. "Oh, what rides does it have?" "Oh, just an Intamin Accelerator, a B&M Flyer, an Intamin rapids, a B&M dive machine, a Maurer spinner, a HUSS Topspin, a Mack powered coaster, an experimental Intamin drop coaster, two Mack dark rides and the best regarded B&M Invert and Vekoma Madhouse in the world, respectively. Wanna go?" "Err... YES!" 5. Blackpool Pleasure Beach An actual living museum. Compared to other historical amusement parks around the world, that may have one or two rides of interest, the amount of historical gems in this park is breathtaking. It's really an incredible treasure trove, an anthropological study in British leisure over the past century. And it's got two cracking coasters. 6. Phantasialand Seriously lacking in atmosphere, magic and soul, but BOY do they have the hardware. And really stunning theming. RiverQuest, Mystery Castle, Mamba, Talocan, Winjas and Colorado are all amongst the world's greatest rides in their respective categories. The theming in the Chinese area at night is the most beautiful moment I've ever experienced in a park. 7. Islands of Adventure (pre-Potter) What it lacks in quantity, it makes up for in quality! Seriously not enough to do for a major park, but what there is to do is amazing. Dueling Dragons and the first half of Hulk are great, Spiderman is good, and the rapids, log flume and Jurassic Park boat ride are all top-notch. 8. Magic Mountain Absolutely no theming, soul or anything even approaching a heart. But do you know what? It's just a big load of bloody huge coasters plonked in the desert. Which is fine. Tatsu and X2 are amongst the most intense rides I've ever been on. Goliath, Terminator and Batman are all also brilliant coasters! Credit whores paradise. 9. EPCOT Something completely different - less of a theme park and more the world's greatest visitor centre. The atmosphere around the World Showcase is electric. What I love about the park is it's such a... wait for it... cerebral and thought-provoking experience. It doesn't patronise or insult your intelligence, but helps you imagine other cultures on our planet, or other planets entirely. 10. Animal Kingdom (pre-Everest) Not enough to do really, but still great. A totally different vibe, just so relaxed. Dinosaur! and Kali River Rapids are both brilliant in their fields. Great potential in this park. What Chessington should be. Honourable mentions: Thorpe Park, Magic Kingdom Florida, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Knott's Berry Farm. Go, go, go!