Top 10 Best Theme Parks in the World

The Top Ten
1 Walt Disney World Walt Disney World is a large entertainment complex located in the Orlando area of Central Florida. Opened in 1971, it includes four theme parks: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, and Disney's Animal Kingdom. The resort also features multiple hotels, water parks, and other recreational facilities. Walt Disney World is one of the most visited vacation resorts in the world, attracting... read more

That crown is deserved. The happiest place on Earth is definitely the winner, and that's why it's already been voted as the best. There's no better place than this magical world where the wonderful world of Disney is brought to life in such creative ways. Everyone plays their part: Imagineers, cast members, chefs, everyone! That's just one of the things that makes this place so special.

Not only that, the architecture brings out that childlike feeling, which is really touching. Nobody can beat the magic of this resort. The magic, the memories, and go Walt Disney World!

I agree with you guys. When my dad was a young boy, he went to Disney World. He told me he remembers the Skyway, PeopleMover, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and so much more. Ever since 1971 (the park's opening year), my family has gone to Disney and enjoyed every minute of it. So obviously, I love Disney World. My personal favorite hotel is Yacht Club, favorite park is Magic Kingdom, favorite land is Tomorrowland, and my favorite ride is Splash Mountain. So I think Disney deserves this position in the top ten, and they deserve all the money they get for giving my grandpa, dad, and me smiles!

2 Cedar Point

How can you not love this place? It's so beautiful, with so much stuff to do. Many of you are probably thinking it's all about roller coasters. Nope, there's way more! You can spend the night in cabins, and Soak City, the water park, is free to enter. You're allowed to sail and swim in Lake Erie, and there are over 70 rides with many shows. Need I say more? It's the best place to take your family and groups of friends. Cedar Point all the way!

I live about an hour away and get season passes every year, and let me just say, this place is awesome! I've been to other amusement parks across the country, but nothing beats Cedar Point! It's clean, has a great setup, and most importantly, has great roller coasters! Each and every roller coaster here has something new to offer, such as a giga coaster, winged coaster, dive coaster, etc. Every ride is different! I never get sick of this park.

Cedar Point, unlike Magic Mountain, is about quality, not quantity. Disney is overrated and is aimed at kids. Cedar Point has the best coaster in the world: Millennium Force. Not to mention Magnum, GateKeeper, Rougarou (formerly Mantis), Raptor, Top Thrill Dragster, and more. Disney is full of Vekoma death machines, whereas Cedar Point has some of the greatest coasters on Earth.

3 Disneyland

Put this higher. This and Walt Disney World are the best theme parks in the world! Cars Land in Disney California Adventure is the best theme park land ever created, and Radiator Springs Racers is the best theme park ride ever created! Disney parks do have thrill rides, and great ones! In addition, Disney parks are richly themed, and the rides are just like the commenter below described. No one can beat Disney parks.

Disneyland is far too often criticized for its lack of Six Flags-level thrill rides. I always respond to this type of criticism by explaining that Disney's attractions are higher quality: they are richly themed, heartwarmingly nostalgic, and open to a wider age group. Disney parks are truly amazing. Never deny it!

Umm, no question, it's the best thought-out, nostalgic, never too young, never too old theme park. WDW is too big. It takes more time to get from ride to ride and is less charming. Disneyland has everything you could possibly want in a few hundred acres. Best ride? Splash Mountain! I could ride this all day long.

4 Universal Studios Florida

Where is that old Hanna-Barbera/Jimmy Neutron ride? Despicable Me is the best ride of all time. I'll get to visit Curious George (the friendliest monkey) there. They have a stage show based on Pitch Perfect 2 and sell Universal Studios merchandise, including their newest American Girl movie, An American Girl: Isabelle Dances into the Spotlight, on Blu-ray Disc.

I love Islands of Adventure! It has so many cool and exciting rides.

I went to both Universal Studios and Disney World last summer, and I think Disney World is more for kids, while Universal Studios is more for teens.

It's just great for people who love big rides. Maybe not the best for little ones, though.

5 Six Flags Magic Mountain

Where to start here? Twisted Colossus, X2, Superman: Escape From Krypton, Goliath, Tatsu, Full Throttle, Riddler's Revenge, Scream!, Batman: The Ride, Viper, Ninja, Revolution, Gold Rusher, Apocalypse, Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom, Justice League: Battle for Metropolis, CraZanity, Tidal Wave, Roaring Rapids, Jet Stream. This park has it all for thrills. With 19 coasters, 3 water rides, 2 thrilling flat rides, and a dark ride, it's a thrill-seeker's paradise.

Yeah, Disneyland and Disney World are really good if you're looking to experience and walk through your favorite franchises, like Star Wars and Harry Potter. But Six Flags is for those who are looking for thrilling and suspenseful rides.

This park is way more supreme than Cedar Point. Cedar Point is good, but Magic Mountain still stands out.

6 Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

This is a great theme park, and I've been to them all! It integrates animals and water and is great for families and children. It's such a great place. The admission is competitive, and it has awesome rides throughout.

Busch Gardens can't be beat. It has roller coasters that can make you scream your head off, water rides that can get you soaked, and animals you've never even imagined. Busch Gardens is everything: a zoo mixed with water rides, roller coasters, and other fun attractions.

I know this park like the back of my hand!

7 Sea World, Orlando
8 Hersheypark

I think that Hersheypark is so much fun, especially rides like Fahrenheit, Sky Rush, etc. Plus, I love Hershey's chocolate.

I love this place, and I love the cute mascots!

Great variety of rides.

9 Universal Studios Hollywood

Universal eats Disney for breakfast and uses Disney's blood as salad dressing.

I love this place! The Nick Hotel sucks. It's so stupid. Why do so many people like it?

10 Universal's Islands of Adventure

This isn't the best theme park in the world. It may not have the most insane coasters or thrill rides, but everybody can enjoy Islands of Adventure. They have the Incredible Hulk, Dragon Challenge, and the little Harry Potter coaster that's nice for the little ones. Like I said, these aren't the best coasters, but the way they interact with the "island" is just incredible.

This park also has the best simulators and water rides ever created. Ripsaw Falls is THE best log flume, and Jurassic Park River Adventure is beautiful! This park also has the Spider-Man and Harry Potter simulators that will be one of the best experiences you've ever had. Not to mention, the food in Universal's CityWalk is OUTSTANDING. This park just sends such a different vibe than all of the Disney, Six Flags, and Cedar Fair parks. Therefore, it is my favorite theme park.

What's going on here? Why isn't this in the top 3? This is the best Universal park in the world! With Harry Potter, Marvel, Kong, and other excellent, immersive lands, groundbreaking thrills, and the award-winning Mythos restaurant, they have set a new standard for theme parks. Universal Express allows you to skip the lines without any limits.

They have unique attractions with amazing theming such as The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, and Skull Island: Reign of Kong. They have two great roller coasters: Incredible Hulk and Dueling Dragons. Three of the best water rides - Popeye and Bluto's Bilge Rat Barges, Dudley Do Right's Ripsaw Falls, and Jurassic Park River Adventure - live at this park. It has Seuss Landing so children can enjoy the park too. Without a doubt, this is the best theme park in the U.S., so get out to Islands of Adventure now.

The Contenders
11 Kings Dominion
12 Kings Island

Number 28? It should be higher. It has the longest wooden roller coaster in the world and is owned by Cedar Point. It also had the tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster, and it was the only wooden roller coaster with a loop. Plus, it has a new ride called WindSeeker that many parks have.

It really should be higher because they have one of the best rides on Earth! I am just furious.

Number 28 is way too high. Let's take back Knott's Berry Farm and Canada's Wonderland for Kings Island.

13 Legoland California

If I could, I would totally build a Legoland for all ages, kids and adults alike. When I was a kid, Lego was for ages 4-99. However, the Legolands we have now, for example, Legoland Denmark opened in 1968, Legoland Windsor in 1996, and Legoland California in 1999, are geared toward little kids, much like Gulliver's theme parks, which are okay.

Awesome and great for kids. The only negative is that the lines are kind of long. It's good for both girls and boys, with cool rides that kids will enjoy. We had lots of fun there.

Number 1! Number 1! I vote number 1!

14 California's Great America

I love this place. Ever since it opened, I've loved going here every year.

15 Alton Towers, Stoke-on-Trent

This is such a great park! The food is amazing, the water park is on point, and all the rides are just phenomenal. I stayed there for two nights, and the accommodations were spot-on. All the staff were friendly, and the nighttime entertainment was splendid. I have nothing bad to say about it because it is just perfect! The rides vary from adult ones like Nemesis and Oblivion to kids' ones like the Runaway Mine Train and CBeebies Land! If you are going, have a great time! You won't regret it!

This is the legend of all parks, and its thrills, fun, and theming will remain unbeaten. It features the first 14-looping roller coaster, the first vertical drop roller coaster, the first free-fall drop roller coaster, the first flying coaster, and the first inverted coaster. GET THIS IN THE TOP TEN NOW!

Let's get this to number one, fellow Alton Towers fans!

16 California Adventure

DCA underwent a huge billion-dollar facelift from 2007-2012, transforming the park from a bad one to an amazing one! Cars Land is the best theme park land ever created. The theming of the rockwork and mountains, along with the lush waterfalls, is superb. Radiator Springs Racers is the best theme park ride ever created!

In addition to Cars Land, there's the masterpiece World of Color, and many other awesome rides like Silly Symphony Swings, Soarin' Over California, Goofy's Sky School, California Screamin', Toy Story Mania, Mater's Junkyard Jamboree, Ladybug Boogie, and more!

This place deserves to be in first place because look at Cars Land, Paradise Pier, and even my favorite show, the World of Color! They show pictures in the shades of spouting water, which is way more creative. Plus, it is less crowded than Walt Disney World! The Dwarf Mountain in Walt Disney World has no lower than a 70-minute wait on an 80-degree temperature day! It really makes me impatient! California Adventure is the best!

17 SeaWorld, San Diego

Ok, guys, stop it. SeaWorld isn't that bad. Sure, it makes orcas do tricks for money, but if you just remove some of the shows, the place is still an amazing theme park. They have two roller coasters, Manta and Journey to Atlantis, and they are building a new roller coaster for people who want more thrills. So yeah, maybe SeaWorld is forcing orcas to do tricks, but just take out the animal shows and add some new rides, and you've got a good theme park that PETA won't go crazy about.

I remember my first time watching Blackfish. Thankfully, I watched it after I saw orcas doing backflips in what seemed like a bathtub to them. I guess orcas like swimming a lot. But that really is the only bad thing about SeaWorld San Diego. Everything else is pretty good. I mean, they have sharks there and other things like sea turtles. Overall, it's pretty nice. They plan to release their orcas to some place for retired orcas this year.

18 Six Flags Great Adventure

Super underrated theme park. It has such an interesting atmosphere. Log flumes and roller coasters dangle menacingly over reservoirs and lakes to provide an experience like no other. Parks in Eastern PA and NJ like Dorney Park and the Morey's Piers have nothing in comparison to the Six Flags empire.

Roller Coasters (El Toro, Kingda Ka, Saw Mill Log Flume, Skull Mountain, etc.) - 9/10

Rides/Themes (Superman, Twister, Skyway, Green Lantern, The Joker, etc.) - 8/10

Food/Shops - 7.5/10

Location - 7/10

43? You're kidding.

19 Carowinds

While I love Disney World, I have to say that Carowinds is good too. Carowinds has shorter wait times, more coasters, and nowhere near as many people. Nighthawk and The Intimidator are amazing. I can't wait for the new ride to be up and running. It's going to be exciting.

I have been to Carowinds several times and really enjoyed it! The roller coasters there are so fun, and they also have stuff for smaller kids. I always look forward to going there.

This should make the top 10! This park is amazing! I had an amazing experience! Please vote for this park!

20 Europa-Park

Probably the best park out there. Great theming, amazing rides, and brilliant atmosphere.

21 Silver Dollar City

This is my home park. It needs to be way higher on the list. It's a fantastic park with great coasters like Wildfire, Powderkeg, Outlaw Run, Time Traveler, etc.

22 Canada's Wonderland

Canada's Wonderland is my favorite theme park! With giant roller coasters like Leviathan and Behemoth, and a huge water park, you might see why. Lots of theme parks have fewer rides but larger areas. However, Canada's Wonderland is the second-biggest theme park by the number of rides, and there is literally one ride every 20 meters. Luckily, I live close to this theme park and have a season's pass, so I can go every day! I can ride my favorite ride, Leviathan, so many times.

Possibly the greatest theme park in the world, and not only because I'm Canadian.

I love this place! Can't wait to go on the Leviathan!

23 Busch Gardens, Williamsburg

The most beautiful park, and one of the best in the country. It is so much better than going to a theme park that's just gross-looking.

24 Disney World Walt Disney World is a large entertainment complex located in the Orlando area of Central Florida. Opened in 1971, it includes four theme parks: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, and Disney's Animal Kingdom. The resort also features multiple hotels, water parks, and other recreational facilities. Walt Disney World is one of the most visited vacation resorts in the world, attracting... read more
25 Walt Disney World's Epcot

The Epcot ball is the eighth wonder of the world.

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