The world’s best amusement and water parks 2019 named by TripAdvisor

World’s best amusement and water parks for 2019 named by TripAdvisor, with attractions in Florida ruling the rankings roost and Peppa Pig World No1 in the UK (again)

  • Highly rated amusement parks globally include Disney’s Magic Kingdom and Universal Studios Florida 
  • In the UK, Peppa Pig World, The Milky Way Adventure Park and Blackpool Pleasure Beach are deemed best
  • The best water park in the world for the sixth year running is Siam Park, located on the island of Tenerife

The world’s best amusement parks have been named by TripAdvisor in its 2019 Travellers’ Choice awards – and it’s theme parks in Florida that dominate the top spots.

Universal’s Islands of Adventure in Orlando is ranked the best by the travel review site ahead of Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, which comes second, Universal Studios Florida in third and Disney’s Animal Kingdom in fourth. The top-rated attraction in the UK is Paultons Park, home of Peppa Pig World, which has claimed the title for four years running. 

TripAdvisor also ranked water parks and Siam Park in Tenerife took the top spot for a sixth consecutive year. It is  followed by the Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark in Dubai in second and WetSide Water Park in Hervey Bay, Australia, in third. The annual rankings are determined by an algorithm that takes into account both the quality and quantity of reviews and ratings for amusement parks and water parks worldwide, gathered over 12 months. Amusement parks 

The Toon Lagoon area of Universal’s Islands of Adventure in Orlando, which has been ranked the best amusement park in the world by TripAdvisor for the fifth year in a row 

The Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Florida, pictured, which came second on the list of the best amusement parks in the world

The entrance to Universal Studios Florida, which was named the third-best amusement park in the world

Disney’s Animal Kingdom, pictured, which is also part of Walt Disney World in Florida, came fourth in the ranking 

THE WORLD’S BEST AMUSEMENT PARKS ACCORDING TO TRIPADVISOR  

WORLD’S TOP AMUSEMENT PARKS

1. Universal’s Islands of Adventure – Orlando, Florida

2. Magic Kingdom Park – Orlando, Florida

3. Universal Studios Florida 

4. Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Orlando, Florida

5. Le Puy du Fou – Les Epesses, France

6. Universal Studios Hollywood – Los Angeles

7. Tivoli Gardens – Copenhagen, Denmark

8. Europa-Park – Rust, Germany

9. The Island in Pigeon Forge – Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

10. SeaWorld – Orlando, Florida

11. Disneyland Paris – Marne-la-Vallee, France

12. Disneyland Park – Anaheim, California

13. Dollywood – Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

14. Leolandia – Capriate San Gervasio, Italy

15. Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Orlando, Florida

16. Silver Dollar City – Branson, Missouri

17. Efteling – Kaatsheuvel, Netherlands

18. Disney California Adventure Park – Anaheim, California

19. Beto Carrero World – Penha, Brazil

20. Walt Disney Studios Park – Marne-la-Vallee, France 

21. Universal Studios Singapore – Sentosa Island, Singapore

22. Fun Spot America – Kissimmee, Florida

23. Hong Kong Disneyland

24. Paultons Park – Romsey, United Kingdom

25. Universal Studios Japan – Osaka, Japan

EUROPE’S TOP AMUSEMENT PARKS

1. Le Puy du Fou – Les Epesses, France

2. Tivoli Gardens – Copenhagen, Denmark

3. Europa-Park – Rust, Germany

4. Disneyland Paris – Marne-la-Vallee, France

5. Leolandia – Capriate San Gervasio, Italy

6. Efteling – Kaatsheuvel, Netherlands

7. Walt Disney Studios Park – Marne-la-Vallee, France

8. Paultons Park – Romsey, United Kingdom

9. Parc Asterix – Plailly, France

10. The Milky Way Adventure Park – Clovelly, United Kingdom

11. Blackpool Pleasure Beach – United Kingdom

12. Playmobil FunPark – Zirndorf, Germany

13. LEGOLAND Billund – Denmark

14. Sazova Park – Eskisehir, Turkey

15. Liseberg Amusement Park – Gothenburg, Sweden 

16. Gardaland Park – Castelnuovo del Garda, Italy

17. Faarup Sommerland – Blokhus, Denmark

18. Le PAL – Dompierre-sur-Besbre, France

19. Clifton Park – Rotherham, United Kingdom

20. Djurs Sommerland – Nimtofte, Denmark

21. Fraispertuis City – Jeanmenil,  France

22. Prater – Vienna, Austria

23. Sundown Adventureland – Retford, United Kingdom

24. Nigloland – Dolancourt, France

25. Phantasialand – Bruhl, Germany

THE UK’S TOP AMUSEMENT PARKS

1. Paultons Park – Romsey, Hampshire

2. The Milky Way Adventure Park – Clovelly, Devon

3. Blackpool Pleasure Beach – Lancashire

4. Clifton Park – Rotherham, Yorkshire

5. Sundown Adventureland – Retford, Nottinghamshire

6. Adventure Island – Southend-on-Sea, Essex

7. Crealy Family Theme Park – Exeter, Devon

8. Brighton Palace Pier

9. Harbour Park – Littlehampton, West Sussex

10. Alton Towers – Alton, Staffordshire

Source: TripAdvisor 

Globally, Universal’s Islands of Adventure in Orlando is the favourite amusement park among travellers for the fifth year in a row.

One of the attraction’s most popular rides is The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, a motion-based 3D ride. It is also home to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which includes a replica Hogwarts and Hogsmeade. 

Second-placed Magic Kingdom is the world’s most visited theme park, attracting 20.8million visitors last year. Its most popular attractions include the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, Space Mountain and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

Third-placed Universal Studios Florida is the sister park of top-ranked Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Famous rides here include Men in Black Alien Adventure, The E.T. Adventure and Revenge of the Mummy.  

The top-rated attraction in the UK is Paultons Park, home of Peppa Pig World, pictured, which has claimed the title for four years running

The Milky Way Adventure Park in Devon, pictured, – a space-themed attraction – comes second as well as being ranked 10th in Europe

One of the roller coasters at the famous Blackpool Pleasure Beach. The attraction came third on the list of the top amusement parks in the UK

Following fourth-placed Animal Kingdom in the global ranking of amusement parks is Le Puy du Fou in France, which has a history theme.

In sixth place is Universal Studios Hollywood in Los Angeles followed by Tivoli Gardens, a theme park based in the Danish capital, Copenhagen.

The top ten is rounded off by Europa-Park in Germany in eighth place, The Island in Pigeon Forge, located in Tennessee, in ninth, and SeaWorld in Orlando in 10th.

The UK’s No1 amusement park, Paultons Park, has over 70 rides and attractions including the world’s first Peppa Pig World, boasting nine Peppa-themed rides. There is also the dinosaur-themed Lost Kingdom, which is home to the Flight of the Pterosaur suspended roller coaster.  

The Milky Way Adventure Park in Devon – a space-themed attraction – is the second best amusement park in the UK as well as being ranked 10th in Europe. 

It is followed by the historic Blackpool Pleasure Beach, which is ranked third in the UK and 11th in Europe.

Clifton Park in Rotherham, known for its ‘toon train’ and log roller coaster, is fourth in the UK followed by Sundown Adventureland in Retford, which is especially for children under 10, in fifth.

The rest of the UK top 10 comprises Adventure Island, Southend on Sea (sixth), Crealy Family Theme Park in Exeter (seventh), Brighton Palace Pier (eighth), Harbour Park in Littlehampton (ninth) and Alton Towers (10th).

Water parks 

THE WORLD’S BEST WATER PARKS ACCORDING TO TRIPADVISOR 

THE WORLD’S BEST WATER PARKS

1. Siam Park – Adeje, Tenerife

2. Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark – Dubai

3. WetSide Water Park – Hervey Bay, Australia

4. Eco Parque Arraial d’Ajuda – Arraial d’Ajuda, Brazil

5. Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park – Orlando, Florida

6. Beach Park – Aquiraz, Brazil

7. Thermas dos Laranjais – Olimpia, Brazil

8. Wild Wadi Waterpark – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

9. Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park – Orlando, Florida

10. Ramayana Water Park – Pattaya, Thailand

11. Lost Paradise of Dilmun Water Park – Manama, Bahrain

12. Parque Aquatico Cascaneia – Gaspar, Brazil

13. Maya, Lost Mayan Kingdom – Mahahual, Mexico

14. Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates

15. Aquaventure, Nassau, The Bahamas

16. Shipwreck Island Waterpark – Florida

17. Enchanted Forest Water Safari – Old Forge, New York

18. Water Park – Faliraki, Rhodes, Greece

19. Makadi Water World – Hurghada, Egypt

20. AcquaPark Odissea 2000 – Rossano, Italy

21. Aqua Dome – Tralee, Ireland

22. Water Country USA- Williamsburg, Virginia

23. Noah’s Ark Water Park – Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

24. Hot Park – Rio Quente, Brazil

25. Black Mountain Water Park – Hua Hin, Thailand

EUROPE’S BEST WATER PARKS

1. Siam Park – Adeje, Tenerife

2. Water Park – Faliraki, Greece

3. AcquaPark Odissea 2000 – Rossano, Italy

4. Aqua Dome – Tralee, Ireland

5. Palantinus Strand, Budapest, Hungary

6. Therme Bucuresti, Balotesti, Romania

7. Druskininkai Aquapark – Druskininkai, Lithuania

8. Aquapark Aquamania – Albena, Bulgaria

9. Aqua Fantasy Aquapark – Selcuk, Turkey

10. Aquashow Park – Quateira, Portugal

11. Etnaland – Belpasso, Italy

12. Le Vele Acquapark – San Gervasio Bresciano, Italy

13. The LC – Swansea, UK

14. Aqualand Corfu Water Park – Agios Ioannis, Greece

15. Paphos Aphrodite Waterpark – Paphos, Cyprus

16. Action Aquapark – Sunny Beach, Cyprus

17. Star Beach – Hersonissos, Greece

18. Aquapark Aquacolors Porec – Porec, Croatia

19. Acqua Verde – Cefalu, Italy

20. Fasouri Watermania Water Park – Limassol, Cyprus

21. Parco Cavour – Ariano, Italy

22. Acqua Village Follinica – Follonica, Italy

23. WaterWorld Themed Waterpark – Ayia Napa, Cyprus

24. Acqua Plus Water Park – Hersonissos, Greece

25. Aquapark Flamingo – Torrevieja, Spain

Source: TripAdvisor  

Siam Park water park continues to thrill visitors to Tenerife, Spain, with its Thai architecture, winding rivers and free-fall slides

The Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark in Dubai, which boasts over 65,000 marine animals, is named as the second-best water park in the world 

The WetSide Water Park in Australia is ranked as the third-best water park in the world and is the only Australian entry on the list

The No1 water park, Siam Park, is known for its Thai architecture, winding rivers and free-fall slides. Its thrill rides include Naga Racer – a six-lane mat racing slide – while four people can climb aboard a raft to ride the Mekong Rapids.

Second place Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark is Dubai’s largest aquarium and water park. It is set across 42 acres and harbours water coasters and shark-filled lagoons. One ride, Leap of Faith, requires guests to climb a nine-storey structure before they are shot at high speed through a temple’s core, before bursting into a clear tunnel in a shark-filled lagoon.

Third place WetSide Water Park is on Australia’s Queensland coast and visitors to the park enjoy free entry. The park has a special area dedicated to under fives. Visitors can also enjoy a light show display featuring a combination of music, water fountains, and coloured illuminations on Friday and Saturday evenings. 

The Eco Parque Arraial d’Ajuda in Brazil is fourth while Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon in Florida is fifth.

Also making the top ten are Beach Park (sixth) and Thermas dos Laranjais (seventh), both in Brazil, Wild Wadi Waterpark in Dubai (eighth), Blizzard Beach in Orlando (ninth) and Ramayana Water Park in Pattaya, Thailand (10th).

Hayley Coleman, senior communications manager for TripAdvisor, said: ‘Thanks to our TripAdvisor travellers for submitting the reviews that helped us select these Travellers’ Choice winners, ranked best in the world for amusement parks and water parks.

‘Let our travellers guide you this summer and plan your next adventure to these TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice winners.’

  • For the complete list of 2019 Travellers’ Choice Amusement Parks and Water Parks winners, visit www.tripadvisor.co.uk/TravellersChoice-Attractions.

 

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