Difference between an amusement park and a theme park

Can Disney World be classified as an amusement park or a theme park? Is there any particular difference between an amusement park and a theme park? A lot of confusion arises over the two terms. There are a lot of theme parks, amusement parks and attractions available worldwide.

Definition
An amusement park can be defined as a fixed location where multiple rides are set up and attractions are assembled in order to entertain people. Amusement parks have been around since the sixteenth century. Amusement parks and attractions came up much before theme parks.

The definition of an amusement park is simple enough. But there have been many changes in the designs of the rides over the years. These changes have been contributed by the invention of the automobiles and the mass media. However, even with all these changes taking place, one thing that is still constant is the definition of an amusement park. It is still an assembly of entertaining rides and attractions in one place.

Theme parks
It can be safely said that theme parks were invented by Walt Disney who was influenced Knott’s Berry Farm amusement parks of Europe.

An actual theme park has different themed lands or regions integrated into the park itself. There are a lot of efforts taken to create the illusion of an outside world. This is done with the help of the architecture, the landscaping and also the music and food. The employees are also made to dress up in particular fashions. Unlike an amusement park, the rides and the attractions are not the priority of the theme park. In fact, the attraction of a theme park is the theme itself.

Amusement parks and attractions cannot be compared to a theme park because it would be like comparing apples to oranges.

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