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World’s top amusement parks and water parks announced

World’s top amusement parks and water parks announced

The winners of the Travelers’ Choice awards for Amusement Parks and Water Parks were announced today. Award winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for amusement parks and water parks worldwide, gathered over a 12-month period.

Universal’s Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Florida continues to capture the imagination of U.S. and global travelers around the world with its eight themed islands as the best Amusement Park for the fourth year in a row. Siam Park continues to thrill visitors to Tenerife, Spain with its Thai architecture, winding rivers and free-fall slides as the world’s top Water Park for the fifth consecutive year.

“Featuring adrenaline-pumping roller coasters, thrilling rides and stirring water slides, these amazing theme parks that have been ranked best in the world by travelers around the globe are the perfect next adventure that should be on your ‘to do’ list ,” said Brooke Ferencsik, senior director of communications for TripAdvisor. “In addition to providing traveler insights about these popular parks, TripAdvisor also provides easy access to book admission and skip the line passes in advance to let travelers maximize their time playing instead of waiting.”

Top 10 Amusement Parks in the U.S.:

1. Universal’s Islands of Adventure – Orlando, Florida

Travelers’ favorite amusement park for 2018 features exciting rides and attractions on spectacularly themed islands from Jurassic Park to Harry Potter.

2. Magic Kingdom – Orlando, Florida

Magic Kingdom captures the enchantment of fairy tales with exciting entertainment, classic attractions such as Space Mountain and beloved Disney Characters to meet and greet visitors.

3. Universal Studios Hollywood – Los Angeles, California

Travelers can tour the legendary Universal Studios backlot and jump on heart-pounding rides inside some of the world’s biggest movies such as King Kong and Fast and the Furious.

4. Universal Studios Florida – Orlando, Florida

Home of Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, this park is full of entertainment and nightlife alike along the CityWalk, where travelers can explore rides like The Simpsons and Jimmy Fallon Race through New York.

5. Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Orlando, Florida

The largest of the four theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort – and the biggest animal-themed park in the world – Disney’s Animal Kingdom reflects Walt Disney’s dedication to nature and conservation from safaris to roller coasters to Broadway-quality performances.

6. The Island in Pigeon Forge – Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

This 23-acre entertainment destination offers affordable family fun day and night as the home to Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville restaurant, the Margaritaville Island Hotel and Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen.

7. SeaWorld Orlando – Orlando, Florida

SeaWorld features Orlando’s longest, tallest and fastest roller coaster (Mako), among many exciting rides and adventures featuring a host of marine life such as dolphins, penguins, turtles and more.

8. Disneyland Park – Anaheim, California

Build in 1955, “The Happiest Place on Earth” remains a family favorite with enchanting characters from pirates to fairytale princesses, in the sea to the stars.

9. Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Orlando, Florida

This park offers a behind-the-scenes look at Hollywood-style action where travelers can bump into Storm Troopers, watch live shows, ride thrilling attractions like the Aerosmith Rock N Rollercoaster, and experience Toy Story Mania, Beauty and the Beast, and more.

10. Disney California Adventure Park – Anaheim, California

Travelers can experience the thrill of an old wooden rollercoaster but with modern technology on “California Screamin” or enjoy a live character performance at Disney’s newest theme park.

Top 10 Water Parks in the U.S.:

1. Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park – Orlando, Florida
2. Aquatica Orlando – Orlando, Florida
3. Shipwreck Island Waterpark – Panama City Beach, Florida
4. Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park – Orlando, Florida
5. Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari – Santa Claus, Indiana
6. Water Country USA – Williamsburg, Virginia
7. Splash Lagoon Indoor Water Park Resort – Erie, Pennsylvania
8. SplashDown Beach Water Park – Fishkill, New York
9. Waldameer Park & Water World – Erie, Pennsylvania
10. Enchanted Forest Water Safari – Old Forge, New York

Top 10 Amusement Parks in the World:

1. Universal’s Islands of Adventure – Orlando, Florida
2. Magic Kingdom – Orlando, Florida
3. Le Puy du Fou – Les Epesses, France
4. Universal Studios Hollywood – Los Angeles, California
5. Universal Studios Florida – Orlando, Florida
6. Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Orlando, Florida
7. Europa-Park – Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
8. Tivoli Gardens – Copenhagen, Denmark
9. The Island in Pigeon Forge – Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
10. Disneyland Park – Marne-la-Vallee, France

Top 10 Water Parks in the World:

1. Siam Park – Tenerife, Spain
2. Waterbom Bali – Kuta, Indonesia
3. Beach Park – Aquiraz, State of Ceara, Brazil
4. Thermas dos Laranjais – Olimpia, State of Sao Paulo, Brazil
5. Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park – Orlando, Florida
6. Aquapark Istralandia – Novigrad, Croatia
7. Wild Wadi Waterpark – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
8. Makadi Water World – Hurghada, Egypt
9. Eco Parque Arraial d’Ajuda – Porto Seguro, Brazil
10. WetSide Water Park – Hervey Bay, Australia

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