Top 5: Amusement Parks in the United States

Polly Coleman
- Marketing - Nov 08, 2016

We take look at Trip Advisors list of the ‘Top 25 Amusement Parks in the United States’ and look in more depth at their top five.

5. Universal Studios Hollywood

Universal Studios Hollywood is a film studio and theme park in the Universal City community of Los Angeles, California.

It is not only the oldest amusement park on our top 5 list, (opening its doors in 1964) it is one of the oldest and most famous Hollywood film studios that is still in use in America. Universal Movie Studio opened in 1912. The park has loads of great attractions and rides such as The Walking Dead walk-through attraction which is open all year round and opened on the 4th of July 2016.

It also has a rustic tavern named Three Broomsticks which is situated at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter section of the park.

Universal Studios Hollywood also has a huge social media following with very nearly 2 million likes on its Facebook page, over 915,000 followers on Instagram, more than 275,000 followers on Twitter and even a YouTube channel with over 29 million views on its videos and over 43,000 subscribers.

4. Universal Studios Florida

Universal Studios Florida is a theme park situated in Orlando, Florida. The park opened in 1990 and revolves around movies and television.

The parks rides include Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon, E.T. Adventure, Shrek 4D, The Simpsons Ride and many more.

The park also has a variety of shows such as A Day in The Park with Barney, Fear Factor Live and Universal Orlando’s Horror Make-Up Show along with play areas such as Curious George Goes to Town.

The park also has The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley. Here, you can really immerse yourself in the world of Harry Potter by shopping at Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes shop, dining at the Leaky Cauldron, choosing a wand at Ollivanders wand shop and a thrill ride inside Gringotts bank.

3. Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom opened in October 1971 and was the first of the four theme parks to open at Walt Disney World Resort.

The park has attractions such as Astro Orbiter, The Barnstormer, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Dumbo the Flying Elephant and many more. Along with entertainment such as firework shows, Captain Jack Sparrow’s Pirate Tutorial, The Dapper Dan’s, Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade, Flag Retreat.

The park has special events and tours at certain times of the year such as Autumn at Walt Disney World Resort, Disney’s Family Magic Tour, Disney’s Keys to the Kingdom Tour and many others. The park also has a wide variety of different dining options to choose from whether you want to eat at Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies or Cinderella’s Royal Table.

In 2015, the park had over 20.49 million guests through its gates making it the worlds most visited theme park for the tenth consecutive year.

2. Discovery Cove

Discovery Cove is an all-inclusive amusement park owned and maintained by SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment.

The park was opened in July 2000, is located on the outskirts of Orlando, Florida and a maximum of 1,200 guests can be present in the park at any one time. The park gives guests the opportunity to interact with all sort of marine life including being able to “talk, touch, play and swim” with bottlenose dolphins. You can also feed tropical birds and walk on the floor of The Grand Reef. In the Grand Reef, you can also go snorkelling and cross a bridge which is dangling over a shark-filled lagoon.

1. Universal's Islands of Adventure

Universal’s Islands of Adventure opened in May 1999 and is a theme park in Orlando, Florida. It is split into eight themed islands which all include ground-breaking rides and interactive attractions. The eight islands are; The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Marvel Super Hero Island, Toon Lagoon, Jurassic Park, The Lost Continent, Seuss Landing, Port of Entry and Skull Island. The newest island (Skull Island) opened in July 2016.

In the Jurassic Park island, if you stand on one of the dinosaur footprints, they’ll roar at you.

The slogan for the theme park is ‘Vacation Like You Mean It’.

Attractions on the islands at the park include The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk Coaster, Doctor Doom's Fearfall, Storm Force Accelatron, The Cat in The Hat, Popeye & Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges, Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls, Jurassic Park River Adventure, Pteranodon Flyers, Flight of the Hippogriff and lots more.

Universal’s Islands of Adventure amusement won ‘Best Theme Park’ in both 2010 and 2011. Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey won ‘Best New Attraction’ in 2010 and Mythos Restaurant won third place in the ‘Best Theme Park Restaurant’ in 2010. (All awarded by ThemeParkInsider.com)

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