An amusement park or theme park is a group of entertainment attractions, rides, and other events in a location for the enjoyment of large numbers of people.
Entertainment is a form of activity that holds the attention and interest of an audience, or gives pleasure and delight.
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Amusement parks have a fixed location, as opposed to travelling funfairs and traveling carnivals, and are more elaborate than simple city parks or playgrounds, usually providing attractions meant to cater specifically to certain age groups, as well as some that are aimed towards all ages.
A traveling carnival, usually simply called a carnival, is an amusement show that may be made up of amusement rides, food vendors, merchandise vendors, games of chance and skill, thrill acts, and animal acts.
A travelling funfair, often simply called a fair, is a small to medium-sized travelling show primarily composed of stalls and other amusements.
A playground, playpark, or play area is a place with a specific design to allow children to play there.
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Theme parks, a specific type of amusement park, are usually much more intricately themed to a certain subject or group of subjects than normal amusement parks.
Amusement parks evolved from European fairs and pleasure gardens, which were created for people's recreation.
A pleasure garden is usually a garden that is open to the public for recreation and entertainment.
Recreation is an activity of leisure, leisure being discretionary time.
World's fairs and expositions were another influence on the development of the amusement park industry.
A world's fair, world fair, world exposition, or universal exposition is a large public exhibition.
A theme park has landscaping, buildings, and attractions that are based on one or more specific themes or stories.
Despite many older parks adding themed rides and areas, qualifying the park as a theme park, the first park built with the original intention of promoting a specific theme, Santa Claus Land, in Santa Claus, Indiana, did not open until 1946.
Santa Claus is a town in Spencer County, Indiana, United States, in the southwestern part of the state.
Disneyland, located in Anaheim, California, built around the concept of encapsulating multiple theme parks into a single amusement park is often mistakenly cited as the first themed amusement park, but is instead the park that made the idea popular.
Disneyland Park, originally Disneyland, is the first of two theme parks built at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, opened on July 17, 1955.
Anaheim is a city in Orange County, California, part of the Los Angeles metropolitan area.