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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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            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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                            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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                                                      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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                                                            8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                                            8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                                            In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

                                                            Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

                                                            Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

                                                            Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

                                                            Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

                                                            The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

                                                            There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

                                                            How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

                                                            According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

                                                            Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

                                                            Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

                                                            The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

                                                            Listen carefully:

                                                            We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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                                                            The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

                                                            Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

                                                            8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

                                                            There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

                                                            Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

                                                            1. Pray Daily

                                                            You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

                                                            When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

                                                            Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

                                                            Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

                                                            2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

                                                            A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

                                                            By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

                                                            Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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                                                            If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

                                                            This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

                                                            How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

                                                            3. Smile Often

                                                            Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

                                                            Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

                                                            Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

                                                            The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

                                                            4. Organize Your Working Desk

                                                            A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

                                                            When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

                                                            Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

                                                            Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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                                                            5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

                                                            I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

                                                            Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

                                                            What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

                                                            6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

                                                            God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

                                                            I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

                                                            I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

                                                            7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

                                                            You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

                                                            How do you do that? This is my formula:

                                                            First, go to my website (find my website here in my profile) and take the smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

                                                            If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

                                                            If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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                                                            If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

                                                            Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

                                                            8. Go Exercise

                                                            Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

                                                            The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

                                                            You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

                                                            12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

                                                            The Bottom Line

                                                            It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

                                                            It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

                                                            Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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