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100 Amusement Park Innovations

From $40 Million Thrill Rides to Glowing Cotton Candy

— April 30, 2012 — Pop Culture
This top list of amusement park innovations shows that you're never too young for a little fun. And here, the definition of fun is wide-ranging. Say you're a construction worker by day, and want to spend your weekend in the same zone, there's a theme park there for your pleasure (or pain).

The majority of these amusement park innovations actually aren't centered around children. At the same time, however, much of these ideas do revolve what everyone needs to do more: play.

Drug lord theme parks, glowing cotton candy, LED amusement parks and rundown park photography are just a few of the cooler than cool things featured. Mind-blowing (perhaps literally?) roller coasters or hardcore gamer re-enactments -- the choice is yours.

Plan your next vacation around one of these and you'll be itching to get back.
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Child Hotel Attendants
Child Hotel Attendants
The Junior Concierge Competition Offers Kids a Dream Holiday Job
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Animated Peak Projections
Animated Peak Projections
The Tantrum Design Canada's Wonderland 3D Show is Grand
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98
Theme Park Trivia Apps
Theme Park Trivia Apps
Six Flags & Ask.com's Skip the Line App Rewards You for Playing
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97
Gilded Thrill Rides
Gilded Thrill Rides
A Golden Royal Roller Coaster Has Been Given to Will and Kate
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96
Self-Sustaining Roller Coasters
Self-Sustaining Roller Coasters
The Toyota Prius Rollercoaster Creates and Collects Energy
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95
LEGO Shellfish Abodes
LEGO Shellfish Abodes
Harry The Crab is a Happy Block-Made Hermit
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94
Amusement Park Lookbooks
Amusement Park Lookbooks
The Ykiki Copenhagen FW11 Catalog is Colorfully Nostalgic
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93
Roller Coaster Symphony Campaigns
Roller Coaster Symphony Campaigns
The Zurich Chamber Orchestra Ad is a Musical Ride
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92
Sliding Steeringwheel Bug Concepts
Sliding Steeringwheel Bug Concepts
The Bug-E is Perfect for Public Parks or Golf Courses
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91
Mount Rushmore Ruins
Mount Rushmore Ruins
The Ruins of the Western Village Make for Outstanding Photography
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90
Sweet Tooth Appliances
Sweet Tooth Appliances
The Nostalgia Electrics Cotton Candy Maker is Yummy
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89
Play Land Pictorials
Play Land Pictorials
'Maria' by Aleksandra Podburtnajara Takes Fashion to a Theme Park
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Glowing Cotton Candy
Glowing Cotton Candy
The Glo Cone Brings Even More Lights and Novelty to Carnivals
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87
Interactive Technology Coasters
Interactive Technology Coasters
The Space Fantasy Ride is Getting the Multi-Touch 3D Experience
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Theme Park Phone Ads
Theme Park Phone Ads
The AT&T Blackberry Torch 'Rollercoaster' Ad Mixes Business with Fun
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85
Flower Power Hotels
Flower Power Hotels
The MVRDV Flowerbed Hotel is Designed to Double as a Greenhouse
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84
Sweet Theme Park Photos
Sweet Theme Park Photos
The Lou Doillon 'United Generations' Exhibition is Surreal
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Hypnotic Theme Parks
Hypnotic Theme Parks
Chessington Offers Professional Help for Scared Parents
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82
Infinite Waterslide Advertising
Infinite Waterslide Advertising
This Beach Park Campaign States the Fun Will Never End
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81
Grassy Snakelike Structures
Grassy Snakelike Structures
The B iConic-Montecito Heights is Inspired by a Transport Network
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80
Trekkie Attractions
Trekkie Attractions
The Star Trek Resort is Beaming in Twenty-Third Century Theme Parks
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Monarchic Theme Parks
Monarchic Theme Parks
Seibu Amusement Park Lets Guests Play King for a Day
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78
Billion Dollar Robotic Jurassic Park
Billion Dollar Robotic Jurassic Park
Restless Planet in Dubai
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Gigantic Glass Installations
Gigantic Glass Installations
Shanghai's Museum of Glass by Tilman Thuermer Sparkles and Shines
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Educational Theme Parks
Educational Theme Parks
The New AIDES Ad Illustrates that Condoms Allow You to Have Fun Longer
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Keyboard-Powered Toys
Keyboard-Powered Toys
The USB Ferris Wheel
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Rollercoasters for Babies
Rollercoasters for Babies
The Giant Gurgle
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Ultra-Exclusive Dining Clubs
Ultra-Exclusive Dining Clubs
Disney Club 33 is a Members-Only Restaurant Hidden Within the Park
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Art-Riddled Parks
Art-Riddled Parks
The Franconia Sculpture Farm Fosters a Love of Creativity
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Slavery Theme Parks
Slavery Theme Parks
Michael Jackson's Brother Launches Controversial Entertainment Venue
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Blue Eyed Koala
Blue Eyed Koala
Product of Environmental Changes?
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Rice-Battered Wieners
Rice-Battered Wieners
The Asian Equivalent To A Delicious, Deep-Fried Corn Dog
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68
Disney World Domination
Disney World Domination
The House of Mouse Decides to Shanghai Its Iconic Park
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Rundown Park Photography
Rundown Park Photography
Flintstones Bedrock City Has Seen Better Days
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Disney Mobile Art
Disney Mobile Art
Collector Images For Cell Phones
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Surreal Amusement Parks
Surreal Amusement Parks
Escape from Everyday Routine into 'DreamCity' by Anoek Steketee
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Litigious Amusement Parks
Litigious Amusement Parks
Joyland Opens Its Doors, Despite Legal Concerns
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Global Theme Park Competitions
Global Theme Park Competitions
7 Cities With Giant Ferris Wheels
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62
Surveillance Video Souvenirs
Surveillance Video Souvenirs
Alton Towers 'YourDay' Program Sells You DVD of Personalized CCTV Foo
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Balloon-Filled Adverts (UPDATE)
Balloon-Filled Adverts (UPDATE)
The BLANCO Jeans Spring/Summer 2012 Campaign Celebrates the Season
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60
Theme Park Surprises
Theme Park Surprises
Disney Maryland Becomes ‘The Free State' Future Park
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Dreamworks Joins Dubailand
Dreamworks Joins Dubailand
World's First Dreamworks Theme Park
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Viral Disney Theme Park Ad
Viral Disney Theme Park Ad
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
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57
Where Kids Do What They "Wannado"
Where Kids Do What They "Wannado"
M-Lab At Wannado City
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Retro Theme Park Posters (UPDATE)
Retro Theme Park Posters (UPDATE)
Disney EPCOT's final three destinations
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Roller Coaster Inline Skating
Roller Coaster Inline Skating
Daredevil Dirk Auer Rolls Down The Mammoth
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54
Anime Hotel Rooms
Anime Hotel Rooms
The Neon Genesis Evangelion Hotel Room Lets You Live the Giant Robot Life
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Balloon House Homes
Balloon House Homes
Windows Vista Challenges You To “Fun Up Your Home”
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3D Elevator Illusions
3D Elevator Illusions
London Shoppers Hold on to Dear Life at the Southside Shopping Centre
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Ghostly Global Wonderlands
Ghostly Global Wonderlands
Dubai Festival City Announces Plans for Casper Theme Park
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Radioactive Theme Parks
Radioactive Theme Parks
Wunderland Kalkar is Built on an Old Nuclear Power Plant
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49
Magical Theme Parks
Magical Theme Parks
Universal Orlando to Open the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
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48
Villainous Vacation Videos
Villainous Vacation Videos
This Darth Vader Disneyland Video is Full of Laughs
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47
Special-Needs Theme Parks
Special-Needs Theme Parks
Morgon's Wonderland is Fun for Everyone
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DIY Dessert Home Machines
DIY Dessert Home Machines
Enjoy Scrumptuous Treats at Home with the Mini Doughnut Maker
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Construction Site Theme Parks
Construction Site Theme Parks
The Diggerland Amusement Park Looks Surprisingly Fun
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Alienesque Auto Theme Parks
Alienesque Auto Theme Parks
Ferrari World To House the World's Fastest Roller Coaster
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Mini-Me Theme Parks
Mini-Me Theme Parks
The China 'Dwarf Empire' is Entirely Staffed with Little People
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Twinset Fashiontography
Twinset Fashiontography
The Allure October 2010 Issue Makes You Do a Double-Take
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Ghostly Childhood Editorials
Ghostly Childhood Editorials
The Love Magazine Lullaby Spread Has a Supernatural Sense
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Self-Sustaining Future Farms
Self-Sustaining Future Farms
Oogst 1000 Wonderland Can Entertain Up to 1,000 People per Day
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Militia Theme Parks
Militia Theme Parks
'Drive a Tank' is Probably the Best Amusement Park Ever
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Towering Theme Parks
Towering Theme Parks
Ju-Hyun Kim's Awesome Design is More Than Just a Tall Tale
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Drug Lord Theme Parks
Drug Lord Theme Parks
"El Napoles" Amusement Park Pays Tribute to Pablo Escobar
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Sci-Fi Robot Parks
Sci-Fi Robot Parks
Robot Land Amusement Park Set for South Korea
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Kidzania
Kidzania
The Adult-Experience Theme Park for Kids
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Star Wars Dance-Offs
Star Wars Dance-Offs
Darth Vader & Stormtroopers Rock Out to MC Hammer
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Automaker Theme Parks (UPDATE)
Automaker Theme Parks (UPDATE)
Ferrari World UAE Officially Opens Its Doors
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Magical Theme Parks (UPDATE)
Magical Theme Parks (UPDATE)
Get a Sneak Peek Into Harry Potter's Wizarding World
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Evil Theme Parks for Marketing
Evil Theme Parks for Marketing
Tiger Balm Gardens (Haw Par Villa) in Singapore
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Amusement Park Takeover Ads
Amusement Park Takeover Ads
Say Hello to Disney Hollywood Studios' Star Wars Weekends
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Wigged-Out Decade Photography
Wigged-Out Decade Photography
'It was acceptable in the 70s' Features Luma Grothe for i-D Online
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Log Ride Seating
Log Ride Seating
The Pile Isle Bamboo Bench by Elena Goray is Amusement Park-Ready
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Eco Theme Parks
Eco Theme Parks
Environmentaland Opens Its Doors in Hollywood
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All Wonders of the World in Dubai
All Wonders of the World in Dubai
Pyramid, Taj Mahal and More in Falcon City of Wonders
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Abandoned Amusement Park Photography
Abandoned Amusement Park Photography
Catherine Hyland Captures China's Deserted Wonderland Project
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$40 Million Thrill Rides
$40 Million Thrill Rides
Takabisha in Japan is the World's Steepest Roller Coaster
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Green Theme Parks
Green Theme Parks
'Gaia: The Living World' by AECOM is Set for Seoul, Korea
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Geeky Gamer Parks
Geeky Gamer Parks
The Joyland World Theme Park is a Tribute to Warcraft and Starcraft Players
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Amusement Park-Inspired Seating
Amusement Park-Inspired Seating
Rollercoaster by Interval Architects Takes Relaxers on a Ride
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Manmusement Parks
Manmusement Parks
The Maennerspielplatz is Like Disneyland for Dudes
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Giant Spaceships for Kids
Giant Spaceships for Kids
Second Solar at Sensapolis
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Garbage Dump Turned Eco-Theme Park
Garbage Dump Turned Eco-Theme Park
Ariel Sharon Park
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Ferrari Theme Park
Ferrari Theme Park
Disneyland of Italian Race Cars in Abu Dhabi
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Fun-Focused Workplaces
Fun-Focused Workplaces
The Davison Inventionland Office Looks like One Giant Theme Park
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Rollercoaster Bra Testing
Rollercoaster Bra Testing
Ultimo & Alton Towers Resort Cross-Marketing Promo
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Chic Carousel Flapper Photography
Chic Carousel Flapper Photography
The Auguste Abeliunaite Vogue Portugal September Issue is Hot
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Faux Tourist Photography
Faux Tourist Photography
Reiner Riedler's 'Fake Holidays' Shows a Break from Reality
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Scandalous Theme Parks
Scandalous Theme Parks
Love Land Adult Park Opens Its Doors in China
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Underground Theme Parks
Underground Theme Parks
The Intercontinental Shimao Shanghai Wonderland is Futuristic
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Underground Pit Lanes
Underground Pit Lanes
Abu Dhabi's Revamped F1 Racetrack
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Ancient Rome Theme Parks
Ancient Rome Theme Parks
Disneyland of Italy
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Fantasy-Filled Architecture
Fantasy-Filled Architecture
Dalki Theme Park Encourages Creativity in Children
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LED Theme Parks
LED Theme Parks
The i-City in Malaysia Just Took Christmas to a Whole New Level
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Sanrio Theme Parks
Sanrio Theme Parks
This Hello Kitty Kawaii Paradise is an Adorable Catty Getaway
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Vintage Theme Park Posters
Vintage Theme Park Posters
These Retro Disney Posters Depict EPCOT in the 1960s
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Bizarre Theme Parks
Bizarre Theme Parks
The Isgyvenimo Drama Soviet Bunker
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Street-Legal Bumper Cars
Street-Legal Bumper Cars
Taking the Theme Park on the Road
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2
Disney Furniture
Disney Furniture
Walt Disney Signature Collection is Contemporary Chic
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Immortalized Body-Mod Icons
Immortalized Body-Mod Icons
Ripley's Builds an Army of Lizard Men Modeled After Erik Sprague
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