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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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    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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      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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        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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                    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.

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                      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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                        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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                                  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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                                        21. Springfield, USA

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

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                                          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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                                            23. Star Trek Resort, Jordan

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

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                                              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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                                                  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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                                                            18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

                                                            18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

                                                            The act of writing in a journal often seems daunting or unnecessary to many people. Even authors who work on novels might shun the idea of daily diaries. What purpose does jotting down words on a regular basis do if not contributing to the next novel, play or song? I know from experience many benefits of journaling that I wish to share.

                                                            1. Understand Yourself Better

                                                            Though many people and even writers avoid keeping journals, I vow to do it more often. Not only do I desire to take up daily journaling but also I plan to do it with pen to paper.

                                                            Some of the benefits I’ve found from my more active days include finding myself in the sense of understanding what matters to me and what I want out of life. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to find a spouse who is my best friend and advocate in raising children. I attribute this and much more to what I learned about myself in keeping journals for years.

                                                            2. Keep Track of Small Changes

                                                            I’ll admit that I never got very far with my guitar lessons, but in writing in a journal, I have seen the ability to track small changes like those that come when you practice anything.

                                                            Those learning a musical instrument often fail to see the small improvements that come with regular practice. Writing won’t help you switch chords any faster, but it will help you to develop a better sense for language and grammar just by doing it.

                                                            3. Become Aware of What Matters

                                                            As you continue to write in a journal, following a stream-of-consciousness feel, you can look back on the topics that you chose to write about. Those issues and emotions that poured out of you will provide insight on to what matters most to you.

                                                            You may not even realize that you’re job is depressing you or that you want to spend more time with your kids until you look over your thoughts that you weren’t really thinking about.

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                                                            4. Boost Creativity

                                                            The idea that the brain and its neural activity across hemispheres encourages learning also shows up in increased creativity. Just like with learning an instrument, your increased activity will inspire your thoughts to connect and reconnect in different ways.

                                                            When I wrote in a journal, I often wrote poetry as well as just my thoughts as they came out. I started to hear poems more in my mind; so much so that I took to scrawling lines on napkins and finding metaphors in mundane activities.

                                                            You really are what you do, so writing helps grow more than being a writer. Writing boosts the way you communicate and structure language, which really is a creative process.

                                                            5. Represents Your Emotions in a Safe Environment

                                                            A journal is as private as it gets. You can lock it in a safe or tuck it under a pillow and no one will accidentally share it on social media or have an opportunity to “leave a comment.”

                                                            Write about your sorrow as much as your happiness and frustration and know that you don’t have to keep your emotions inside your body. You can put them on paper.

                                                            6. Process Life Experiences

                                                            When you take the time to look back over what you’ve written, be it a week or a year later, you will have the distance you need to more objectively interpret your raw feelings.

                                                            Everything from losing a job to losing a loved one can emerge in a new light for a fresh perspective. Figuring out how the benefits of journaling affect your perspective on life will create connection and increase creativity.

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                                                            7. Stress Relief

                                                            In combining the exercise inherent in fine motor coordination that comes from the act of writing with the emotional release of self expression, those who maintain a journal relieve stress.

                                                            Try it out. Go home and write about your day. Write about the traffic. Write about the coffee order the barista got wrong but you didn’t have time to change. See how you can physically purge some of that pent-up stress by putting it on paper.

                                                            8. Provide Direction

                                                            Though journaling is often conducted as an activity without much direction, it often provides direction.

                                                            One of the biggest benefits of journaling is that your chaotic thoughts merge to show a direction in which to head. Asking the right questions is the only way to achieve the best solutions, so look to your journal to find your way toward your next goal.

                                                            9. Solve Problems

                                                            Just as in practicing math problems, we all get better at finding hidden solutions through the act of processing.

                                                            Think of your next goal as X and solve your life problems by reading your journals as word problems. The benefit of journaling here is that you write, explore and process to recognize and then solve problems.

                                                            When life is too in-your-face, you have to step back to see reality. Living in the moment allows us to write in the moment and use that expression to solve problems.

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                                                            10. Find Relief From Fighting

                                                            Solving your problems only comes after time to process, recognize and strategize. Just as in the benefit of journaling where relief comes from the act of writing, relief from fighting comes when you decide to “sit this one out” and communicate one-way.

                                                            Fighting is only productive when the fighters care to communicate and find common ground. When the emotions are as high as the stress levels, writing will function as the best time out.

                                                            11. Find Meaning in Life

                                                            Journaling will show you why you are living, whether you are wallowing in things you wish to change or striving to make the changes. Your life will begin to take on new meaning and your own words will reveal the actions that got you where you are so that you can assess and pave a new path for your future.

                                                            12. Allow Yourself to Focus

                                                            Taking even a small amount of time out of every day will provide you with not only peace of mind but also increased focus. Taking a break to meditate in writing and journaling will sharpen your mental faculties.

                                                            13. Sharpen Your Spirituality

                                                            When we write, we allow all the energy and experiences to flow through us, which often provides further insight into our own spirituality. Even if your parents didn’t raise you to follow a specific religion, your thoughts will start to show you what you believe about the universe and your place in it.

                                                            14. Let the Past Go

                                                            I’ve mentioned a few examples where going back over your writing offers advice and direction, but the simply truth is that writing down our feelings can be the best way to let them go. We can choose to literally throw these pages away when they’re filled with negativity and hate.

                                                            15. Allow Freedom

                                                            Journaling is the perfect way to not only express yourself but to also experience the freedom of being who you are. Your books can stay private or you can publish them. Your freedom stems from your sense of self and your perception of your thoughts.

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                                                            16. Enhance Your Career

                                                            Again, the private act of pen-to-paper processing provides the benefits of journaling mentioned above, but you can also enhance your career when you take similar ideas and categorize, edit and publish them in an online blog.

                                                            Your thoughts will often be personal and express emotions, but another benefit of journaling is uncovering fresh ideas about your work.

                                                            17. Literally Explore Your Dreams

                                                            All the benefits I’ve mentioned explore ideas, thoughts and emotions, which is also what our dreams and nightmares do. Through writing down your dreams from the previous night, you can enhance your creativity as well as connect some of the metaphorical dots from the rest of your journal.

                                                            18. Catalog Your Life for Others

                                                            No one wants to think about dying, but we all die. Leaving a journal will act as a way to reconnect with family and friends left behind. The ideas you wish to keep personal while you process the life you’re living will serve to rekindle and inspire those who loved you through the process.

                                                            We consider our partners our life witnesses, but writing provides a tangible mark on the world.

                                                            Now that you’ve learned all the benefits of journaling, it’s time to start writing a journal:

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