Published: May 22, 2013 at 2:42 PMVisiting Asia for the theme parks seem like a narrow agenda. They don't necessarily have a theme park culture. Besides, the country that has the mature theme park culture is Japan. You can mainly go there and get the whole theme park experience.
Is there a reason to go outside the country? Having traveled to many places, but not as a much as Stefan, I have to say America has the best to offer. My assessment of other countries is they are a collection of minor independent amusement parks. Only after Disney and Universal expanded outside of the U.S. did it legitimize the theme park industry. So it was correct that Stefan mentioned that sometimes safety could be a concern (as well as hygeine and food quality).
Published: May 22, 2013 at 5:18 PMI would love to do this...but i would not travel alone. Now i wouldn't take my whole family..but i would for sure take my girl. i think it would be fun to plan a ATW trip!
Published: May 22, 2013 at 6:11 PMI wouldn't suggest visiting any destination just for the theme parks (even Orlando). But if a trip to a theme park is what it takes to get you to visit a new state or country or continent, then I hope that we can inspire more people to travel.
Published: May 22, 2013 at 9:33 PMGreat!!
Published: May 23, 2013 at 4:17 AMRobert, you missed the most important question: How does one get the rare combination of time and money to do this?
Published: May 23, 2013 at 12:43 PMCome on, Robert, this is a theme park site...many readers of this site DO travel exclusively for theme parks. Is that a big surprise?
Published: May 23, 2013 at 1:13 PMI'm grateful for every reader, thrilled for the ones who do travel abroad (even more so if they rate and reviews attractions in the listings!) and ever encouraging to those who haven't set out yet.
Published: May 26, 2013 at 9:41 AMWait ... The guy's name is "Stefan?" I'm so very sorry ... but I can't ... stop ... myself!
Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes .... If you are looking for an authentic theme park experience, look no further ... Orlando's hottest attraction is SCREEEEEEEEEEEEEEECH! ... Located in the burned out shell of the abandoned Mystery Funhouse, this park has everything ... Spinners, lap bars, a lying disabled woman trying to skip the line ... Turnstile security is managed by a Ron Miller impersonator ... The password is "Rao!" ... And who is that over by the bounce house that looks like NB's local pub? Why it's Anthony Murphy playing "Big Kid Pong!"
Seth: I'm sorry, Stefan, but what is "Big Kid Pong?"
Stefan: It's that thing where people hold up two midgets and bat a pop-a-shot basketball between them.