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TripAdvisor names Travelers' Choice awards for amusement and water parks

Online travel site TripAdvisor has just released its 2014 Travelers’ Choice awards for Amusement Parks and Water Parks in the United States and the world. Travelers looking for the fun-in-the-sun excitement of roller coasters, water slides and family entertainment, should look no further than TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice awards.

TripAdvisor has named the 2014 Travelers' Choice awards for favorite amusement and water parks in the U.S. and worldwide.
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Travelers’ Choice awards are based on millions of reviews and opinions by real travelers. Award winners were determined by taking into account the quantity and quality of reviews for amusement parks and water parks worldwide over a 12 month period.

According to the press release, Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor, said:

“Travelers in search of outdoor entertainment should look no further than TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Amusement Parks and Water Parks. There is a wide variety of activities to appeal to all ages at these top-rated parks around the globe.”

Not surprisingly, Florida swept the categories with its vast array of theme parks and water park attractions, with the big three – Disney, SeaWorld/Busch Gardens and Universal - dominating the lists. Discovery Cove, a SeaWorld Park, managed to swim its way to the top of both the U.S. and worldwide amusement park categories.

Williamsburg, Virginia’s own Water Country USA made the list of favorite U.S. water parks, coming in at number five, while its sister park Busch Gardens came in at number 13 on the list of favorite amusement parks. Brazil, Spain and Singapore provided a number of contenders for worldwide parks.

This theme park Examiner has been to many of the top 10 parks, as well as a few that made the top 20, and can say that they are all excellent choices, each with its own unique brand of entertainment, history and attractions. How about you? Did your favorite park make the list?

Following are the top 10 Travelers’ Choice picks for amusement parks and water parks in the U.S. and the world.

Traveler’s Choice Amusement Parks – United States

  1. Discovery Cove – Orlando, FL
  2. Universal’s Islands of Adventure – Orlando, FL
  3. Magic Kingdom – Orlando, FL
  4. Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Orlando, FL
  5. Disneyland Park – Anaheim, CA
  6. Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Orlando, FL
  7. SeaWorld Orlando – Orlando, FL
  8. Cedar Point – Sandusky, OH
  9. Universal Studios Hollywood – Los Angeles, CA
  10. Busch Gardens Tampa – Tampa, FL

Travelers’ Choice Amusement Parks – World

  1. Discovery Cove – Orlando, FL
  2. Europa Park – Rust, Germany
  3. Universal’s Islands of Adventure – Orlando, FL
  4. Magic Kingdom – Orlando, FL
  5. Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Orlando, FL
  6. Beto Carrero World – Penha, Brazil
  7. Disneyland Park – Anaheim, CA
  8. Universal Studios Singapore – Sentosa Island, Singapore
  9. PortAventura Park – Salou, Spain
  10. Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Orlando, FL

Travelers’ Choice Water Parks – United States

  1. Disney’s Blizzard Beach – Orlando, FL
  2. Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon – Orlando, FL
  3. Aquatica – Orlando, FL
  4. Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari – Santa Claus, IN
  5. Water Country USA – Williamsburg, VA
  6. Morey’s Piers and Beachfront Waterparks – Wildwood, NJ
  7. Noah’s Ark Water Park – Wisconsin Dells, WI
  8. Dollywood’s Splash Country Water Adventure Park – Pigeon Forge, TN
  9. Wet ‘n Wild – Orlando, FL
  10. Cedar Point, Soak City – Sandusky, OH

Travelers’ Choice Water Parks - World

  1. Siam Park – Adeje, Spain
  2. Beach Park – Aquiraz, Spain
  3. Disney’s Blizzard Beach – Orlando, FL
  4. Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon – Orlando, FL
  5. Waterbom Balii – Kuta, Indonesia
  6. Wild Wadi Water Park- Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  7. Hot Park – Rio Quente, Brazil
  8. Aquaventure Water Park – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  9. Aquatica – Orlando, FL
  10. Aquaventure Water Park at Atlantis Paradise Island – Paradise Island, Bahamas

To see the complete list of top 25 Travelers’ Choice Amusement and Water Park locations, please click here for Amusement Parks and here for Water Parks.

Offering trusted advice from real travelers on hotels, resorts, flights, restaurants and attractions, TripAdvisor is the world’s largest travel site. The site has a wide variety of planning features as well as links to booking tools. TripAdvisor operates and manages 23 other travel sites that include,,, and Visit TripAdvisor online at to start planning your next family vacation, getaway or business trip.

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