Universal's Islands of Adventure Tops Best US Amusement Park List
PHOTO: Hogwarts Castle inside The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal's Island's of Adventure. (Photo by Barry Kaufman)
Universal's Islands of Adventure in Orlando was named as TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice winner as the top amusement park in the United States for 2015 on Wednesday.
According to TripAdvisor, the travel website examined millions of reviews based on quality and quantity, and then broke the results down into the top 25 amusement parks in the United States. The website also ranked the top 25 in the world.
With 17,095 excellent reviews and just over 600 poor or terrible reviews, Universal's Islands of Adventure has the rapport with guests to lift it to the top spot this year. Add in over 23,000 overall reviews, and people are talking about the amusement park.
Islands of Adventure had some fierce competition this year, though, as Discovery Cove in Orlando made a push for first, but ended up finishing second. Rounding out the top three was a perennial contender in Disney’s Magic Kingdom in Orlando as well.
The top-rated theme park not located in Florida was Universal Studios Hollywood in Los Angeles, but the Orlando dominance continued as Disney's Hollywood Studios and Universal Studios Florida—ranked fifth and sixth respectively—are both located in the amusement park hotbed.
As for overall notes, the biggest winner is clearly Orlando. With seven of the top 10 amusement parks in America located in the city, Florida has cemented its place as the Mecca of theme parks in the United States.
Here are TripAdvisor’s top 10 amusement parks in the U.S. For the full list, check out the company’s official website:
1. Universal's Islands of Adventure, Orlando
2. Discovery Cove, Orlando
3. Magic Kingdom, Orlando
4. Universal Studios Hollywood, Los Angeles
5. Disney's Hollywood Studios, Orlando
6. Universal Studios Florida, Orlando
7. Disneyland Park, Anaheim
8. Disney's Animal Kingdom, Orlando
9. Cedar Point Amusement Park, Sandusky, Ohio
10. SeaWorld Orlando
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