The Most Popular Amusement & Theme Parks In The World, From The Group That Would Know

The list of the most popular theme and amusement parks in 2018 was recently released by the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA), which is an international non-profit association representing the world’s leading creators, developers, designers and producers of compelling places and experiences, worldwide. Their 1,600 members are designers, producers, consultants, vendors/supplies, developers, owners/operators etc., in/for theme parks, water parks, museums, zoos, corporate visitor centers, casinos, restaurants, branded experiences, multimedia spectaculars, retail spaces, resorts and hospitality, destination attractions and more.

But we’re just going to talk about theme parks today, since the13th annual TEA/AECOM 2018 Theme Index and Museum Index: The Global Attractions Attendance Report was just released. I think you’ll see that some of the results are pretty “same old, same old” (spoilers: Disney parks), but others give a good idea of theme parks and other attractions you might want to visit in the future, if they’re that popular and well attended.

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Why Did Anyone Think This Was A Good Way To Travel From Point A To Point B?

If you want to get from one place to another, you have lots of options, depending on the circumstances. Plane. Ship. Train. Car. Horseback, maybe. Sometimes, if it’s not that far, people just walk.

In the resort town of Estepona, located on Spain’s Costa del Sol, it was a ten-minute walk to get between two particular streets, Avenida Reina Sofia and Calle Eslovaquia. So in the interest of saving time, they built a much faster way to get from one street to another, to avoid the 10-minute walk.

They built a slide. A 125ft slide.

There was only one problem, though…

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More Info About What You’ll Soon Need To Do Before Traveling To Europe As A U.S. Citizen

U.S. citizens traveling to Europe will soon have to apply to enter several European countries.

We had reported a while back that although no visa is currently needed for U.S. citizens to visit Europe, a new system was in the works for citizens of over five dozen countries around the world. And now more details are available for those from the U.S.

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The Reasons We Didn’t Fly on Ryanair and Probably Never Will

We like to poke fun at Ryanair on here every once in a while. After all, looking at how Ryanair operates gives us a welcome break away from being upset about how United, Delta and American are constantly one upping each other with customer unfriendly policies.

I’ve shared the time when the CEO called the customers a bunch of whiners because they didn’t pay for seat assignments. Sharon found what might be the funniest customer complaint letter ever written by a passenger after their experience with Ryanair agents at the airport when they were running late for a flight.

The airline was previously in the news over their decision to cut over 2,000 flights from the schedule over a six week time period. The airline said the cancellations were to increase on-time performance of the airline but it was quickly figured out the cancellations were because they didn’t properly schedule for pilots’ vacations. Even the company CEO has said this situation was handled poorly, while at the same time saying that it was the correct decision to make.

Cancelled Flights board

There was one time when we could have taken a Ryanair flight. Here’s why we considered it (for a split second) and why we still didn’t fly with them.

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Book Your Flight To Europe & Learn Where You’re Going Afterwards?!?!?!

Imagine booking a flight (granted, a discounted flight) and you don’t know what your final destination will be until you’ve paid for the flight. Does the spontaneity make you feel excited? Or does it make you cower at the loss of control? Either way, it’s exactly what German airline Lufthansa is doing, and despite the preferences of control freaks like me where everything has to be planned ahead of time, it seems to be doing quite well!
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