Disney California Adventure and Universal Studios Hollywood saw huge attendance increases in 2012, boosted by the debuts of Cars Land and Transformers: The Ride - 3D respectively.
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Efteling Nature Park Foundation
The largest theme park in Holland, Efteling boasts a large array of classic attractions along with a sprinkling of modern thrill rides. The heart of the park remains Sprookjesbos (the Fairytale Forest), and it features a number of enchanting, story-driven dark rides that will appeal to young children. Adults won't feel left out, though, with the Flying Dutchman water coaster and Joris en de Draak wooden coaster offering pulse-racing excitement.
History: Efteling first opened in 1952, when its only attraction was the walkthrough Sprookjesbos. The fairytale scenes within drew large crowds, and the park gradually expanded its list of child-friendly activities. Eventually, management recognised the need to attract a broader audience, and the opening of the innovative Spookslot "haunted castle" in 1978 marked a shift in strategy. Still, Efteling has retained its charm, and boasts more dark rides that the vast majority of European theme parks.
Top Rides and Shows:
Disney's theme parks again occupy the top positions in the industry's annual attendance report, although rival Universal's parks continue to perform well.
Efteling will launch a new €19 million show dubbed Aquanura on May 31, 2012, which is set to become the third largest water display in the world.