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Four of a Kind: World’s Wildest Rides

Hang onto your mouse ears because Disneyland will feel positively tame by comparison after a visit to any one of these weird and wonderful amusement parks. By Annie Brookstone


1. Salina Turda
Turda, Romania
Around 400ft underground — in one of the world’s oldest salt mines — is the last place you’d expect to find a giant theme park. This subterranean space comes complete with a bowling alley, boating lake, amphitheatre, sports fields and mini golf. A Ferris wheel overlooks the cavernous surroundings where more than three billion tons of salt have been carved out of the earth. salinaturda.eu

2. Dollywood
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
It should come as no surprise that an icon such as Dolly Parton has her own amusement park, incorporating the ‘more is more’ principles that have made her a legend. Organized into 10 themed areas, including Showstreet, Jukebox Junction and the County Fair, there’s no shortage of jaw-dropping rides, shows, exhibits and a Dolly Parton museum called Chasing Rainbows. dollywood.com

3. Wunderland Kalkar
Kalkar, Germany
What do you do with a nuclear power plant that never went operational? If you’re Dutch entrepreneur Hennie van der Most, you turn it into a theme park. Offering 40 different attractions for all ages, ranging from bumper boats to ball pits, the highlights are features built around the mammoth cooling tower, including a climbing wall along the sides and a gravity-defying swing inside the tower itself. wunderlandkalkar.eu

4. SuOi TiEn Amusement Park
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
At this Buddhism-themed waterpark, rollercoasters and Ferris wheels stand alongside beaming statues of Buddha and kaleidoscope-colored temples, while employees dressed as golden monkeys play pranks on visitors. Bold guests will enjoy feeding time at the crocodile enclosure, where hundreds of the reptiles await raw meat, but for those feeling particularly fearless, the misleadingly named Unicorn Palace — a graphic trip through Buddhism’s 18 gates of hell — is a must. suoitien.com

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