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30 Theme Parks That Make Childhood Dreams Come True

30 Theme Parks That Make Childhood Dreams Come True

Theme parks are awesome! They can help us live out amazing adventures in magical lands that are usually inaccessible. These theme parks can help you fulfill all those childhood fantasies you’ve almost forgotten.

Get ready to take a step back into childhood with this amazing list of fantastic theme parks — emphasis on “fantastic”.

1. Hello Kitty Secret Garden, East Sussex

This Hello Kitty wonderland is located in the UK. Step into this Kitty’s world on her magical tea cups, a sky-hopper, and a meet-and-greet with the lady herself! Check it out here.

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    via theguardian.com

    2. CBeebies, Staffordshire

    Come and play with all your favorite characters from the UK cartoon CBeebies! These cute little characters include Tree Fu Tom and the Zingzillas. With so many ways to explore this magical space, CBeebies is the place to be. Check it out here.

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      via Cbeebies.com

      3. Thomas Land, Staffordshire

      Remember Thomas the Tank Engine? Get ready to enter his world at Thomas Land. This train themed park is tons of fun for the whole family. With over a dozen different rides, you are guaranteed to have some real train fun. Check it out here.

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        via theguardian.com

        4. Nickelodian Land, Blackpool

        Nick Na Nick Nick Na Nick Nick Nick, Nickelodian! Get ready to meet Dora the Explorer, the Rugrats and more at this Nick themed park. Come see the land of your childhood dreams here.

        Nickelodean land, Blackpool Pleasure Beach

          via theguardian.com

          5. Pegga Pig World, Hampshire

          Pegga Pig is a wonderful children’s cartoon character. You can come meet her and all her friends at this enchanting magical park. Check it out here.

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            via theguardian.com

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            6. The Little Prince Park, Alsace

            If you haven’t read The Little Prince, you need to get on that right now. This amazing book tells a heartwarming tale of a young boy and the stars. You can visit this charming boy in his very own home at The Little Prince Park. Check it out here.

            7. Adventure City, California

            Did you ever wonder what being a police officer or fireman would be like? Live out that childhood dream at Adventure City’s Rescue 911. Check it out here.

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              8. Sesame Place, Pennsylvania

              Did you ever dream of meeting Big Bird or Elmo? At Sesame Place, you can do exactly that. Get the details here.

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                9. Story Land, New Hampshire

                If you have ever read a classic fairy tale, this is the place for you. Its geared toward younger kids, and makes those classics jump right off the page. Check it out here.

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                  10. Santa’s Village

                  Who doesn’t want to meet Santa? Ditch all your doubts and come visit Santa in the flesh. Check it here.

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                    via santa’svillage.com

                    11.Schenzhen Happy Valley, China

                    Come to Happy Valley and experience Cartoon City, Adventure Mountain, and even Shangri-la Forrest. There are so many interesting things to see. You will never get bored! Check it out here.

                    Happy Valley

                      via chinatouronline.com

                      12. Schenzen Window of the World, China

                      Travel the whole world without even leaving China. Did you ever dream of being an adventurer when you were a kid? Well, you can do that at Window of the World by exploring 130 different installations. Check it out here.

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                        via matthewniederhauser.com

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                        13. Gardaland, Italy

                        Have you ever dreamed of stepping into a land of silly fantasy? Dreams come true at Gardaland. Explore the Funny Express, Prezzemolo land, and even the baby canoe. Check it out here.

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                          14. Efteling, Netherlands

                          This charming Dutch creation gives you the opportunity to travel through the wonderful world of folklore and fantasy. It is one of the oldest theme parks in the world. Check it out here.

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                            via Wikipedia.org

                            15. i-City, Malaysia

                            This LED theme park gives you the power to walk through a magical multi colored forrest. Get ready for some authentic nigh-time magic here.

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                              16. Joyland World Theme Park, China

                              Did you ever dream of walking through your favorite video game? If you love Warcraft and Starcraft this is the place for you. Check it out here.

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                                17. Ferrari World, UAE

                                Did you ever dream of being a race car driver? Live the dream here.

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                                  via arabianindustry.com

                                  18. Drive a Tank, USA

                                  Did you ever play soldier as a kid? Live the dream here,

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                                    19. The Lost World of Tanbum, Malaysia

                                    You know you dreamed of being in the world of Jurassic Park when you were little. This place doesn’t have a lot of dinosaurs, but it definitely looks like something right out of the movie. Check it out here.

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                                      20. Diggerland Amusement Park, UK

                                      If you loved Bob the Builder, or just liked the excitement of a construction site, then you have to check out Diggerland Amusement Park. Check out any of their four locations here.

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                                        via trendhunter.com

                                        21. Springfield, USA

                                        This Simpsons themed area brings the setting of this beloved show to life. Check it out here.

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                                          via trendhunter.com

                                          22. Robot Land, Korea

                                          Robots are cool. They were when you were young, and they still are now. Live the dream of life with robots here.

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                                            via trendhunter.com

                                            23. Star Trek Resort, Jordan

                                            Travel through space with your favorite Star Trek characters. Check it out here.

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                                              via trendhunter.com

                                              24. Seibu Amusement Park, Japan

                                              Did you ever pretend to be a King of Queen for a day? Live the dream at Seibu Amusement Park. Check it out here.

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                                                via traveljapanblog.com

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                                                25. Angry Birds Land, Finland

                                                If you love the app, then you will love the land. Check it out here.

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                                                  via sarkanniemi.fi

                                                  26. Cartoon Network Amazone, Thailand

                                                  Enjoy a day of play with all your Cartoon Network Friends. Check it out here.

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                                                    via cartoonnetworkamazone.com

                                                    27. Bedrock City, Arizona

                                                    Get ready to party with the Flinstones. Live the authentic Bedrock experience here.

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                                                      via legendsofamerica.com

                                                      28. Silver Dollar City, USA

                                                      There are tons of fun things for kids and the young at heart o at Silver Dollar City. Check it here.

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                                                        29. Asterix Park, France

                                                        Enter the fun filled world of the lovable Asterix. Check it out here.

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                                                          30. Dream World, Thailand

                                                          This is the ultimate journey through the surreal. Check it out here,

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                                                            via eztourthailand.com

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                                                            7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                                                            7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                                                            Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

                                                            Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

                                                            1. Exercise Daily

                                                            It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

                                                            If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

                                                            Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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                                                            2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

                                                            Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

                                                            One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

                                                            This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

                                                            3. Acknowledge Your Limits

                                                            Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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                                                            Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

                                                            Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

                                                            4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

                                                            Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

                                                            The basic nutritional advice includes:

                                                            • Eat unprocessed foods
                                                            • Eat more veggies
                                                            • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
                                                            • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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                                                            Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

                                                              5. Watch Out for Travel

                                                              Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

                                                              This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

                                                              If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

                                                              6. Start Slow

                                                              Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

                                                              If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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                                                              7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

                                                              Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

                                                              My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

                                                              If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

                                                              I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

                                                              Final Thoughts

                                                              Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

                                                              Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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