5 Strange Amusement Parks (Slideshow)
When you think of an amusement park, you usually picture ferris wheels, thrill rides and $7 hot dogs. But, as the following examples will show, not all amusement parks follow that model. Check out some of the world’s oddest theme parks.
1.Dickens World, United Kingdom
Get transported into the world of famed writer Charles Dickens at this indoor theme park. One highlight? Ebenezer Scrooge’s haunted house!
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2. Grutas Park, Lithuania
Grutas Park is dedicated to an era gone by — when Lithuania was still under Soviet control. The park’s main attraction is its sculpture garden, with dozens of statues of communist leaders. Also on the property is a re-created Gulag prison camp and a Soviet-era cafe.
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3. Diggerland, United Kingdom
Ever have the urge to operate your own forklift? Well, it’s time to book your ticket to the U.K. and check out one of the four Diggerland amusement parks where you can do exactly that!
4. Seagaia Ocean Dome, Japan
Before it closed in 2007, the Seagaia Ocean dome was the largest indoor waterpark in the world — and, interestingly, less than 330 yards from the actual ocean!
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5. Dwarf Empire, China
About 100 little people work at Dwarf Empire, doing slapstick performances that tourists pay $9 to see. As you may suspect, the theme park has drawn international criticism for its treatment of the performers, with a spokesman for the Little People of America calling it little more than a “human zoo.”