Floridians know that Florida is a destination for fun and based on recent Trip Advisor rankings, it seems Florida know what they’re talking about. In a worldwide list of the 25 top Theme Parks, Florida claimed 7 spots, including the top four. From thrilling roller coasters to serene animal encounters, the Sunshine State has everything and more.
Number 1: Universal’s Islands of Adventure
Islands of Adventure is a journey into the extraordinary. Each of its 8 themed islands are packed with rides, food and excitement. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Marvel Super Hero Island alone are reason enough to visit this land of adventure. There’s an Island for everyone in this phenomenal Park.
Number 2: Magic Kingdom Park
Operating continuously since 1971, Disney’s Magic Kingdom has delighted generations of children and adults. From Roller Coasters to mouse-shaped ice cream, Disney goes above and beyond to ensure continuity at its park. Whether you’ve come to take photos with your favorite character or float through Small World, you’re sure to have a blast!
Number 3: Universal Studios Park
Universal Studios invites its guests to “ride the movies”. This movie and television-themed park is packed with exhilarating rides and world-class shows. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to step foot into your favorite television show or movie? Then Universal should be top on your theme park list.
Number 4: Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Opened on Earth Day in 1998, Disney’s Animal Kingdom takes conservation to the next level. This Park has hundreds of species of animals in its care. No straws, balloons or plastic cups are allowed within the gates. This is also one of the few parks with no fireworks, since many animals find the noise unnerving. Come see animals you never knew existed living in near natural environments.
Number 10: SeaWorld
With Orcas, dolphins and Sea Lions as its stars, SeaWorld has delighted visitors for decades. If that weren’t enough, it now hosts some of the fastest roller coasters in the state. This thrilling water world also leads major conservation efforts to protect marine life. Splashdown in SeaWorld and see what the fuss is about.
Number 15: Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Disney’s Hollywood Studios is the 3rd theme park introduced by Disney. Based on Hollywood’s golden age of film and television, Disney brings the screen to life. In 2018 alone, the park admitted 11.258 million guests. See what the movies are like behind the screen!
Number 22: Fun Spot America
With 4 go-kart tracks and 4 roller coasters it’s no surprise Fun Spot America earned a place in the top 25. Their wooden roller coaster White Lightning joins excitement and nostalgia, to thrill adventure seekers. They even have a suspended family coaster called Freedom Flyer. Be sure you don’t miss this hidden gem!
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