Do you wonder what are the America’s Top Amusement Parks and Best Theme Parks? Let’s see the list which is the results of aggregation of most important rankings you can find in the amusement industry and among the amusement fans. For this best park ranking we considered theme parks, amusement parks as well as the water parks.
1. CEDAR POINT, Sandusky, Ohio
I know this must be boring to see Cedar Point almost everywhere on the first place but it seems that there must be some truth in it. With 16 roller coasters, it is home to the largest collection of coasters on the planet. In addition Cedar Point amusement park/resort has been voted the “Best Amusement Park in the World” for a record 15 consecutive years. If you’re still not convinced you need to know that this summer Cedar Point will debut another roller coaster – GateKeeper! It will be located at the front of the park and allegedly this mammoth ride will be the longest wing roller coaster and boast the longest drop of any wing roller coaster on Earth! But Cedar Point is not only for roller coaster enthusiast. One of the reason it still in the all possible top 10 Amusement Parks in America is because of the attractions balance. Cedar Point has 72 rides, four children’s areas and last but not least a gigantic waterpark (Soak City). The other thing worth mentioning is the location which you won’t find in any other theme and amusement park. Read more about one of the world’s most popular amusement park in the recent post: http://www.bestamusementpark.net/cedar-point-in-sandusky-ohio/
2. WALT DISNEY WORLD’S MAGIC KINGDOM, Bay Lake, Florida
This is the icon of The Disney World Resort and with over 17 millions guest in 2011 it is most attended park in the world. Magic Kingdom is the home of the world-famous Cinderella Castle and Main Street U.S.A. where the dazzling parades thrill the little ones and ignite childhood memories of parents every single day. According to theme park reviewers it is a wonderful environment for those with kids under the age of 12. With tons of rides that everyone can ride together as a family, thrill-seekers may find the park boring but you can’t be all things to everybody. Between famous attractions like Pirates of the Caribbean, Jungle Cruise and Enchanted Tiki Room you will find top class restaurants and if your dream is to eat at Cinderella’s Royal Table inside the castle you will need make the reservation 6 months in advance! Read more…
3. DISNEYLAND PARK, Anaheim, California
Disneyland is the icon of the theme parks around the world. This park has started the theme-park industry and set the standards for the parks that are followed for more than 50 years. This is the only park built under the direct supervision of Walt Disney. For hundreds of thousands of theme park fans, Disneyland could never be anything but #1, but even in fifth position there’s no question that Disneyland Park and the larger resort, with 20 million annual visitors combined, is simply one of the best. Disneyland Park is visited by more than 14 million guests every year, the second most of any theme park in the world. Read more…
4. KNOEBELS AMUSEMENT RESORT, Elysburg, Pennsylvania
You may be surprised seeing Knoebels Amusement Resort on the 4th place. It is not even in the 20 top attended parks in the North America, but somehow it appears in most of the best and top 10 lists. So, what makes this old-fashioned park such famous? You can find two answers here: nostalgia and money. Nostalgia because stepping into Knoebels Amusement Park is like stepping back in time to the best childhood memories. The park is filled with a blend of both classic and newer rides for the whole family to enjoy. The second answer is money. Knoebels Amusement proclaiming itself ”America’s Largest Free Admission Park” offers free parking as well as admission. Reportedly a family of 4 can eat and ride all day for $100. If you want great value for your money, Knoebels is for you. As always you decide!
5. ISLANDS OF ADVENTURE, Orlando, Florida
“Live the Adventure” is the slogan of the “most high-tech theme park in the world”. Five different “themed” islands make up the Islands of Adventure Park. Park focus on superheroes, dinosaurs, Harry Potter, cartoon characters and the imaginative world of Dr. Seuss. With the unique selection of coasters; three highly themed water rides; and many attractions with a level of detail usually reserved for Disney parks, Islands of Adventure becomes strong competitor of the nearby Walt Disney World. There are plenty food locations. In addition the full-service restaurant Mythos is considered one of the best restaurants in any other theme park.
6.SIX FLAGS MAGIC MOUNTAIN, Valencia, California
Six Flags Magic Mountain, located about an hour north of Downtown LA is the 19th most attended amusement park is North America. Magic Mountain is really more an “iron park,” an amusement park filled with a hodgepodge of rides, than a cohesive theme park. With 18 thrill machines, Six Flags Magic Mountain is the world’s largest arsenal of coasters. The Park has few shows, no dark rides and is enormous, so be prepared for lots of walking. Also children’s area is not that impressive so it is still very limited in what families can do together If riding coasters is a priority this is must-to-visit park similar like Cedar Point.
7. BUSCH GARDENS, Williamsburg, Virginia
Busch Gardens is an action-packed European-themed adventure park with 17th-century charm and 21st-century technology, boasting more than 100 acres of fun-filled world exploration. Busch Gardens is the home of top-rated roller coasters including Griffon, one of the world’s tallest and first floorless dive coasters. With more than 50 rides and attractions, wide variety of culinary experiences and world-class shopping, Busch Gardens was voted the world’s “Most Beautiful Park” every year since 1990
8. DOLLYWOOD, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
The 2010 Applause Award winner, Dollywood is recognized as one of the world’s best theme parks. Spanning 150 acres and located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, Dollywood offers more than 40 rides and attractions, including the Thunderhead wooden coaster, the steel thriller Mystery Mine and Wild Eagle, the first wing coaster in the U.S. While the smaller children cannot ride the premier attractions, there are number of attractions the family can enjoy together in addition to wonderful shows, artisan/craft exhibits, and delicious food Hosting annually nearly 2.5 million visitors Dollywood’s entertainment is recognized worldwide, having received more trophies, 20, than any other theme park for its live entertainment which showcases country, bluegrass, Southern gospel, classic rock ‘n’ roll and Appalachian music. Daily demonstrations by more than a dozen master craftsmen offer a glimpse into the authentic artistry of the area’s rich heritage. In addition to mouth-watering Southern-style food offered throughout the park, Dollywood hosts five of the South’s largest festivals throughout the year bringing special performing groups and concerts. In 2012, Dollywood won five of Amusement Today’s Golden Ticket Awards for Best Food, Friendliest Park, Best New Ride for Wild Eagle, Best Shows and Best Christmas Event.
9. WALT DISNEY WORLD’S EPCOT, Bay Lake, Florida
Epcot (Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow) is the second of four theme parks built at Walt Disney World. Opened in 1982, spanning 300 acres (120 ha), more than twice the size of the Magic Kingdom park Epcot is one of the biggest theme parks in the world and 6th most attended in United States. The park is represented by 180-foot-tall Spaceship Earth, a geodesic sphere that also serves as an attraction. Epcot consists of two distinct parts, Future World and World Showcase. The World Showcase presents the culture of 11 countries at individual pavilions that’s why is often referred to as a “Permanent World’s Fair.” Future World encompasses the front of the park, providing unique, family-friendly attractions highlighting technology and innovation, along with our planet’s past, present, and future. The attractions are “for all ages” but if you’re looking for high thrills or a fast-paced park, Epcot won’t be for you.
10. KING’S ISLAND, Mason, Ohio
With more than 100 rides, shows and attractions, Kings Island offers the perfect combination of world-class thrills and family attractions. Guests can experience the park’s 14 thrill-inducing roller coasters, including Diamondback, the tallest and fastest roller coaster at Kings Island, and the world’s longest wooden roller coaster, The Beast! Families can spend the perfect day together in the 12-time, award-winning Planet Snoopy kids’ area, or step back in time to periods between 245 million and 65 million years ago in Dinosaurs Alive!. Admission to Kings Island includes Soak City – the park’s massive 33-acre waterpark!
11. UNIVERSAL STUDIOS FLORIDA, Orlando, Florida
Universal Studios opened on June 7, 1990 with more than 6 million guest in 2011 is the 14th most attended theme/amusement park in the North America. The main theme of this park is the entertainment industry, in particular movies and television. Universal Studios Florida inspires its guests to “ride the movies,” and features many highly-rated movie- and TV-themed attractions including Jaws, Revenge of the Mummy, The Simpsons Ride and Men in Black Alien Attack. The park consists of six themed areas – Hollywood, Production Central, New York, San Francisco, World Expo and Woody Woodpecker’s Kidzone. At this real, working film and TV production facility you’ll find an amazing array of rides, shows, movie sets and attractions that put you right in the picture. From entertaining shows that take you behind the scenes of the movie-making process to state-of-the-art rides.
12. SCHLITTERBAHN, New Braunfels, Texas
Schlitterbahn New Braunfels Waterpark is the #1 Waterpark in the World for 15 Consecutive Years . This incredible waterpark is the 5th most attended waterpark in the United States and 11th in the world. The park is located on the banks of the spring-fed Comal River in New Braunfels, between San Antonio and Austin, in south central Texas. Featuring three incredible parks: West, East and Blastenhoo, more than 40 rides, 9 tube chutes, 17 slides, 3 lazy rivers, uphill water coasters, and more than three miles of tube rides, Schlitterbahn is simply massive, and the variety is staggering. You will be pleasantly surprised that Schlitterbahn still allows guest to bring their own concessions.
13. HOLIDAY WORLD, Santa Claus, Indiana
Holiday World is the world’s first theme park with rides and attractions divided into four holiday-themed sections: Christmas, Halloween, Fourth of July, and Thanksgiving. Park is well known for its three wooden roller coasters: The Raven, The Legend, and The Voyage that were many times awarded as ‘Best Wooden Roller Coaster’ by Golden Tickets Award. Parks was also awarded in other categories like Friendliest and Cleanest Park. You will be also surprised that admission to water park that takes the general theme of a safari is included. Splashin’ Safari, the water park Holiday World added in 1993, has consistently ranked among the best water parks in the United States, even being named as the #1 water park in the United States. Another unusual approach to their guest are free parking, soft drinks, and sunscreen.
14. DISNEY’S ANIMAL KINGDOM, Bay Lake, Florida
Disney’s Animal Kingdom is the fourth of four theme parks built at the Walt Disney World Resort in Bay Lake, Florida, opened on Earth Day, April 22, 1998. Nowadays close to 19 million people visit this park every year. Disney’s Animal Kingdom includes many rides and shows that don’t feature actual live animals, as well, including the popular Expedition Everest roller coaster and the Finding Nemo and Festival of the Lion King live musical shows Although Disney’s Animal Kingdom runs a little short in the thrills department, not quite a theme park it does take the concept of a “zoo” to a new level. It’s one of the most beautiful parks, and its major lands (Africa and Asia) offer beautifully designed and crafted animal habitats and exhibits, including a dead-on re-creation of an African savanna.
15. SEAWORLD, Orlando, Florida
SeaWorld Orlando is the world’s largest marine-themed park, offering exhibits and live shows featuring mesmerizing creatures – gentle manatees, graceful dolphins, playful penguins, fascinating sharks and so much more. From the tiniest starfish to the ocean’s biggest star, Shamu, SeaWorld is alive with the ocean’s wonders. Read more…
16. SIX FLAGS GREAT AMERICA, Chicago, Illinois
Located in Gurnee, Illinois, off Interstate 94 north of Chicago, built in 1976 by Marriott and later purchased by Six Flags , Six Flags Great America is one of the most complete parks in the Six Flags chain. DC Comics and Looney Tunes characters are almost seamlessly integrated into the park’s “Americana” theming. Six Flags Great America boasts having some of the largest variety of coasters in the world from speeding roller coasters like Deja Vu and Viper to pure thrill rides like the Giant Drop and Vertical Velocity .Where the park really stands out among other corporate American parks is plenty of rides that families can enjoy together. The park also has three different water rides and admission to water park is included.
17. KNOTT’S BERRY FARM, Buena Park, California
Knott’s Berry Farm amusement park is one of the older parks in the US, Knott’s Berry Farm is a classic for those looking for thrill rides, water rides and with over 165 rides, shows and attractions, Knott’s Berry Farm is the place to go for family fun! With five themed areas, there is something at Knott’s for everyone. Soar over 300ft in the air on the all new WindSeeker, feel the thrill on Silver Bulletsm, the park’s first-ever suspended coaster, or Sierra Sidewindersm the spinning coaster that offers a panoramic view. Experience Pony Express – The Ridesm, delivering a horseback relay at speeds never imagined in the Old West. For something different, detour to the Park’s Old West Ghost Town or visit Camp Snoopy, home of the PEANUTS gang and filled with dozens of kid-sized adventures.
18. HERSHEYPARK, Hershey, Pennsylvania
Hersheypark also known as Town Built on Chocolate founded in 1905 as a leisure park for the employees of the Hershey Chocolate Company is now outstanding amusement park with 11 thrilling roller coasters, over 65 rides and attractions including over 20 kiddie rides. In addition Hersheypark features 9 unique water attractions and zoo all in one place. ZOOAMERICA, which is included with admission, features animals native to North America. This park is well known from his great atmosphere and the great customer service with beautiful gardens and amazing landscapes. With its amphitheater, sports arena and world-famous Chocolate World, Hershey is truly regional amusement park.