The World's Wackiest Theme Parks

by Colleen Clark

Kent, Devon, Durham, and Yorkshire, England

The British are so crazy for construction equipment that they have not one, not two, but four theme parks devoted to it. All of the Diggerland parks in England allow you to live out your Bob the Builder fantasies racing dump trucks and backhoes around massive lots of dirt (sure cuts down on the landscaping costs, doesn't it?). The park's theme song—a sunny Beach Boys–style ditty of surf guitars and falsetto harmonies (you can hear it on the Diggerland Web site)—extols it as the "most fun-packed adventure park in the land." Sure, if you like rides made from converted bits of heavy machinery, like the Spindizzy, a modified Tilt-a-Whirl in which guests sit in the bucket of a giant excavator. And don't forget the Dancing Diggers, a stunt show performed in a front-end loader. At break time, head to Dig Inn (get it?) for burgers. Nothing says "family fun time" like a little hard labor!

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