Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure is the World’s Best Theme Park According to TripAdvisor

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What’s the best theme park in the world? According to TripAdvisor, it’s Universal Orlando‘s Islands of Adventure.

According to this year’s TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice awards, Universal’s Islands of Adventure took the top spot for the fourth consecutive year. Winners are determined via an algorithm incorporating reviews and ratings over a year-long period.

This is due largely in part to a certain boy wizard casting a spell over Orlando, who has bested the Mouse year after year. And while Magic Kingdom ranks a close second, the other Disney theme parks are much further down the list than fans would expect them to be.

And, surprisingly enough, Epcot is completely absent from the list.

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Here is the complete worldwide theme-park ranking from TripAdvisor:

  1. Islands of Adventure
  2. Magic Kingdom
  3. Le Puy du Fou (Les Epesses, France)
  4. Universal Studios Hollywood
  5. Universal Studios Florida
  6. Disney’s Animal Kingdom
  7. Europa-Park (Rust, Germany)
  8. Tivoli Gardens (Copenhagen, Denmark)
  9. The Island in Pigeon Forge (Pigeon Forge, Tenn.)
  10. Disneyland Paris (Marne-la-Vallee, France)
  11. SeaWorld Orlando
  12. Beto Carrero World (Penha, Brazil)
  13. Disneyland (Anaheim, Calif.)
  14. Disney’s Hollywood Studios
  15. Disney California Adventure (Anaheim, Calif.)
  16. Silver Dollar City (Branson, Mo.)
  17. Walt Disney Studios Park (Marne-la-Valle, France)
  18. PortAventura (Salou, Spain)
  19. Universal Studios Singapore (Sentosa Island, Singapor)
  20. Hong Kong Disneyland
  21. Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
  22. Efteling (Kaatsheuvel, the Netherlands)
  23. Leolandia (Capriate San Gervasio, Italy)
  24. Paultons Park (Romsey, United Kingdom)
  25. Universal Studios Japan (Osaka)

[Source: Orlando Sentinel]


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