The 25 most popular amusement parks of 2018

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Slide 1 of 26: 
 Trip Advisor ranks the best
 amusement parks based on visitor comments. 
 Visitors have shared how to get
 the most for your money and what's great about each
 park. 
 While Disneyland continues to
 be one of the most popular, other parks are also
 popular. 
 Love them or hate them, a day
 spent at a theme park almost guarantees a memorable outing. As
 such, TripAdvisor's
 users have named their favorite amusement parks of their
 year.
 Perhaps unsurprisingly, a few
 names dominate the list, but there are likely some parks on there
 that you've never heard of.
Slide 2 of 26: 
 Modeled after Universal Studios'
 American locations, 
 Universal Studios
 Japan in Osaka
 features rides and attractions themed after popular movies like
 Jurassic Park, Spider-Man, Jaws, Back to the Future and The
 Terminator.
Slide 3 of 26: 
 The only British theme park on
 the list, 
 Paultons Park
 in Romsey, England is also known
 as the Home of 
 Peppa Pig World. The park's best feature may be its
 two-for-one deal, which allows guests to return to the park for
 free the day after their first visit.
Slide 4 of 26: 
 Just 20 minutes from fashion
 capital Milan, 
 Leolandia in Capriate San Gervasio, Italy offers a
 variety of unique attractions. Along with roller coasters and
 rides, the park features an aquarium, a farm, and a Leonardo Da
 Vinci Museum.
Slide 5 of 26: 
 The perfect day trip from
 Amsterdam, TripAdvisor dubs 
 Efteling "Holland's hidden gem". Located in
 Kaatsheuvel, just an hour's train from The Netherlands' capital
 city, the theme park is loved for its fairytale-like atmosphere
 which enchants children and adults alike.
Slide 6 of 26: 
 Just an hour and a half south of
 Orlando, 
 Busch Gardens
 in Tampa, Florida is the perfect
 place for both wildlife and roller coaster enthusiasts. The park
 features over 12,000 animals as well as some of the tallest and
 fastest roller coasters in the Southeast US.
Slide 7 of 26: 
 Visitors to 
 Hong Kong Disneyland
 on Lantau Island can get all the
 magic of Disney on the opposite side of the world from Mickey's
 original home in Florida. One reviewer commented that the park
 felt like the perfect escape from Hong Kong's busy city
 life.
Slide 8 of 26: 
 Boasting the title of Singapore's
 only movie-theme park, 
 Universal
 Studios' Singapore
 location offers a number of rides that mirror their American
 counterparts alongside 18 attractions that were re-designed
 specifically for their new home in Asia.
Slide 9 of 26: 
 PortAventura World
 in Salou, Spain is just an hour
 away from Barcelona on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. The
 largest family destination resort in the Mediterranean, the park
 is divided into three different areas: PortAventura Park,
 PortAventura Caribe Aquatic Park, and Ferrari Land Park.
Slide 10 of 26: 
 Modeled after Hollywood
 Studios, 
 Walt Disney Studios
 Park focuses on
 celebrating cinema and showbiz. The most recent addition to
 Disneyland Paris, the park features familiar rides like the Tower
 of Terror and Toy Story Land, as well as a Ratatouille-themed
 ride and restaurant.
Slide 11 of 26: 
 Silver Dollar City
 in Branson, Missouri brings six
 festivals, thrill rides and attractions, live shows, and over 100
 demonstrating craftsmen all to one giant park. Guests can stay on
 dry land or choose to take a dip - along with roller coasters,
 the park also features water rides.
Slide 12 of 26: 
 Recognizable in photos by its
 giant Mickey Mouse Ferris Wheel, 
 Disney's California Adventure
 Park has an incredible
 skyline and incredible rides to match. The park, rated the #1
 attraction in Anaheim, draws crowds for its old-school wooden
 roller coaster and live performances.
Slide 13 of 26: 
 The smallest of Walt Disney World
 Resort's four Florida parks, 
 Hollywood Studios
 gives guests a behind-the-scenes
 look at everything Disney. The park features shows, backstage
 tours, and restaurants, all themed around the glamour of Old
 Hollywood.
Slide 14 of 26: 
 The younger sibling of the
 Orlando mega-park, 
 Disneyland Park
 in Anaheim, California brings the
 magic of Disney to the Golden State. Though smaller than its
 counterpart, reviewers still love the park for offering fun,
 special moments to visitors of all ages.
Slide 15 of 26: 
 The only South American park on
 the list, 
 Beto Carrero World
 brings shows, rides, games and a
 zoo to guests in Penha, Brazil. It's the perfect spot to
 celebrate another trip around the sun-those visiting on their
 birthday get free entrance to the park.
Slide 16 of 26: 
 Beloved and 
 controversial, 
 SeaWorld Orlando
 still brings in crowds from
 around the world for their famous dolphin shows and themed rides.
 Inside, guests have the opportunity to ride Mako, the tallest,
 fastest and longest roller coaster across all of Orlando's many
 theme parks.
Slide 17 of 26: 
 Disneyland Paris
 offers a European audience a bit
 of Mickey Mouse magic. Though smaller than the American parks,
 Disneyland Paris offers many of the same attractions as the
 Florida and California resorts, including Space Mountain and
 extravagant fireworks shows.
Slide 18 of 26: 
 Located in Pigeon Forge,
 Tennessee, the 23-acre 
 Island in Pigeon Forge
 park is home to popular
 attractions like Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Restaurant and
 Island Hotel, as well as Paula Deen's Family Kitchen restaurant.
 The Island is best known for the Smoky Mountain Ferris Wheel,
 which gives visitors an incredible view of the surrounding
 landscape.
Slide 19 of 26: 
 Reviewers who visited Copenhagen
 between mid-April to mid-September believe 
 Tivoli Gardens
 is an absolute must. The
 amusement park, which offers more than two dozen rides and
 gorgeous decorations,  is more than 150 years old - one of the
 oldest in Europe.
Slide 20 of 26: 
 Over 80% of reviewers gave 
 Europa-Park
 a five-star review. Tucked
 between the Black Forest and the Vosges Mountains in Rust,
 Germany, visitors claim the theme park is one of the most
 beautiful in all of Europe.
Slide 21 of 26: 
 The second top-rated Disney
 attraction to make the list, the 
 Animal Kingdom
 is the largest of the four Walt
 Disney World Resort parks. In addition to the ever-popular
 safaris, the park's most recent addition, Pandora, brings the
 world of director James Cameron's "Avatar" to life.
Slide 22 of 26: 
 The older sibling of the
 California park, 
 Universal Studios
 Florida is one of the
 10 most-visited theme parks in Orlando. With features similar to
 the Hollywood location, the Orlando location boasts a water park
 and Diagon Alley, an essential destination for Harry Potter
 Fans.
Slide 23 of 26: 
 Located in a Los Angeles, 
 Universal Studios
 Hollywood stands out
 because it is located inside a fully-operational film studio.
 Visitors can be immersed in the worlds of dozens of popular
 movies and take the Back Lot Tour to see the magic behind their
 favorite films.
Slide 24 of 26: 
 Le Puy du Fou
 in Les Epesses, France is based
 on performances rather than rides, which seem to be pretty
 spectacular. Even visitor specialists for the park recommend
 visiting for at least two days in order to get the full
 experience.
Slide 25 of 26: 
 Known internationally as the
 "Happiest Place on Earth," the 
 Magic Kingdom Park
 was the first to open at Walt
 Disney World Resort. Fans can meet the full cast of Disney
 characters, ride the spinning teacups, and get an iconic shot in
 front of Cinderella's Castle.
Slide 26 of 26: 
 Fans of sci-fi, fantasy, and
 adventure can all get their fix at 
 Universal's Islands of
 Adventure in Orlando,
 Florida, the top-rated amusement park of the year. The park is
 home to Harry Potter World, as well as rides themed after
 Jurassic Park, Spider-Man, the Hulk, and more.
 Visit INSIDER's homepage for
 more.

Love them or hate them, a day
spent at a theme park almost guarantees a memorable outing. As
such, TripAdvisor’s
users have named their favorite amusement parks of their
year.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, a few
names dominate the list, but there are likely some parks on there
that you’ve never heard of.

Universal Studios Japan in Osaka, Japan is themed after popular movies.

Modeled after Universal Studios’
American locations,
Universal Studios
Japan in Osaka
features rides and attractions themed after popular movies like
Jurassic Park, Spider-Man, Jaws, Back to the Future and The
Terminator.

Paultons Park in Romsey, United Kingdom has a good deal.

The only British theme park on
the list,
Paultons Park
in Romsey, England is also known
as the Home of
Peppa Pig World. The park’s best feature may be its
two-for-one deal, which allows guests to return to the park for
free the day after their first visit.

Leolandia in Capriate San Gervasio, Italy has unique attractions.

Just 20 minutes from fashion
capital Milan,
Leolandia in Capriate San Gervasio, Italy offers a
variety of unique attractions. Along with roller coasters and
rides, the park features an aquarium, a farm, and a Leonardo Da
Vinci Museum.

Efteling in Kaatsheuvel, The Netherlands is like a fairytale.

The perfect day trip from
Amsterdam, TripAdvisor dubs
Efteling “Holland’s hidden gem”. Located in
Kaatsheuvel, just an hour’s train from The Netherlands’ capital
city, the theme park is loved for its fairytale-like atmosphere
which enchants children and adults alike.

Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida combines wildlife and roller coasters.

Just an hour and a half south of
Orlando,
Busch Gardens
in Tampa, Florida is the perfect
place for both wildlife and roller coaster enthusiasts. The park
features over 12,000 animals as well as some of the tallest and
fastest roller coasters in the Southeast US.

Hong Kong Disneyland in Hong Kong, China hosts Mickey on the other side of the world.

Visitors to
Hong Kong Disneyland
on Lantau Island can get all the
magic of Disney on the opposite side of the world from Mickey’s
original home in Florida. One reviewer commented that the park
felt like the perfect escape from Hong Kong’s busy city
life.

Universal Studios Singapore in Sentosa Island, Singapore is its only movie-themed park.

Boasting the title of Singapore’s
only movie-theme park,
Universal
Studios’ Singapore
location offers a number of rides that mirror their American
counterparts alongside 18 attractions that were re-designed
specifically for their new home in Asia.

PortAventura in Salou, Spain is the biggest resort destination in the Mediterranean.

PortAventura World
in Salou, Spain is just an hour
away from Barcelona on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. The
largest family destination resort in the Mediterranean, the park
is divided into three different areas: PortAventura Park,
PortAventura Caribe Aquatic Park, and Ferrari Land Park.

Walt Disney Studios Park in Marne-la-Vallee, France has some unique attractions.

Modeled after Hollywood
Studios,
Walt Disney Studios
Park focuses on
celebrating cinema and showbiz. The most recent addition to
Disneyland Paris, the park features familiar rides like the Tower
of Terror and Toy Story Land, as well as a Ratatouille-themed
ride and restaurant.

Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri has rides, craftsmen, and attractions.

Silver Dollar City
in Branson, Missouri brings six
festivals, thrill rides and attractions, live shows, and over 100
demonstrating craftsmen all to one giant park. Guests can stay on
dry land or choose to take a dip – along with roller coasters,
the park also features water rides.

Disney’s California Adventure Park in Anaheim, California has an iconic ferris wheel.

Recognizable in photos by its
giant Mickey Mouse Ferris Wheel,
Disney’s California Adventure
Park has an incredible
skyline and incredible rides to match. The park, rated the #1
attraction in Anaheim, draws crowds for its old-school wooden
roller coaster and live performances.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida

The smallest of Walt Disney World
Resort’s four Florida parks,
Hollywood Studios
gives guests a behind-the-scenes
look at everything Disney. The park features shows, backstage
tours, and restaurants, all themed around the glamour of Old
Hollywood.

Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California is the West Coast sibling of Disney World.

The younger sibling of the
Orlando mega-park,
Disneyland Park
in Anaheim, California brings the
magic of Disney to the Golden State. Though smaller than its
counterpart, reviewers still love the park for offering fun,
special moments to visitors of all ages.

Beto Carrero World in Penha, Brazil gives free entrance tickets to people celebrating their birthday.

The only South American park on
the list,
Beto Carrero World
brings shows, rides, games and a
zoo to guests in Penha, Brazil. It’s the perfect spot to
celebrate another trip around the sun-those visiting on their
birthday get free entrance to the park.

SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida has faced controversy but remains a favorite.

Beloved and
controversial,
SeaWorld Orlando
still brings in crowds from
around the world for their famous dolphin shows and themed rides.
Inside, guests have the opportunity to ride Mako, the tallest,
fastest and longest roller coaster across all of Orlando’s many
theme parks.

Disneyland Paris in Marne-la-Vallee, France has lots of the same attractions as the parks in Florida and California.

Disneyland Paris
offers a European audience a bit
of Mickey Mouse magic. Though smaller than the American parks,
Disneyland Paris offers many of the same attractions as the
Florida and California resorts, including Space Mountain and
extravagant fireworks shows.

The Island in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee features Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville.

Located in Pigeon Forge,
Tennessee, the 23-acre
Island in Pigeon Forge
park is home to popular
attractions like Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Restaurant and
Island Hotel, as well as Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen restaurant.
The Island is best known for the Smoky Mountain Ferris Wheel,
which gives visitors an incredible view of the surrounding
landscape.

Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark is the oldest amusement park in Europe.

Reviewers who visited Copenhagen
between mid-April to mid-September believe
Tivoli Gardens
is an absolute must. The
amusement park, which offers more than two dozen rides and
gorgeous decorations, is more than 150 years old – one of the
oldest in Europe.

Europa-Park in Rust, Germany has lots of five-star reviews.

Over 80% of reviewers gave

Europa-Park
a five-star review. Tucked
between the Black Forest and the Vosges Mountains in Rust,
Germany, visitors claim the theme park is one of the most
beautiful in all of Europe.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Florida takes you around the world— including to Pandora.

The second top-rated Disney
attraction to make the list, the
Animal Kingdom
is the largest of the four Walt
Disney World Resort parks. In addition to the ever-popular
safaris, the park’s most recent addition, Pandora, brings the
world of director James Cameron’s “Avatar” to life.

Universal Studios Florida in Orlando, Florida has some different features than the Los Angeles park.

The older sibling of the
California park,
Universal Studios
Florida is one of the
10 most-visited theme parks in Orlando. With features similar to
the Hollywood location, the Orlando location boasts a water park
and Diagon Alley, an essential destination for Harry Potter
Fans.

Universal Studios Hollywood in Los Angeles, California is in an actual film studio lot.

Located in a Los Angeles,

Universal Studios
Hollywood stands out
because it is located inside a fully-operational film studio.
Visitors can be immersed in the worlds of dozens of popular
movies and take the Back Lot Tour to see the magic behind their
favorite films.

Le Puy du Fou in Les Epesses, France is performance-based.

Le Puy du Fou
in Les Epesses, France is based
on performances rather than rides, which seem to be pretty
spectacular. Even visitor specialists for the park recommend
visiting for at least two days in order to get the full
experience.

Magic Kingdom Park in Orlando, Florida is the “Happiest Place on Earth.”

Known internationally as the
“Happiest Place on Earth,” the
Magic Kingdom Park
was the first to open at Walt
Disney World Resort. Fans can meet the full cast of Disney
characters, ride the spinning teacups, and get an iconic shot in
front of Cinderella’s Castle.

Universal’s Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Florida has classics for fans of sci-fi and fantasy.

Fans of sci-fi, fantasy, and
adventure can all get their fix at
Universal’s Islands of
Adventure in Orlando,
Florida, the top-rated amusement park of the year. The park is
home to Harry Potter World, as well as rides themed after
Jurassic Park, Spider-Man, the Hulk, and more.

Visit INSIDER’s homepage for
more.

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