There’s no doubt that Americans love theme parks, even many adults look forward to the atmosphere, cuisine – even the roller coasters! Other countries may have surpassed us on building the world’s tallest building or the world’s largest hotel but the worlds two most visited theme parks are still in America, thanks to Walt Disney (Wikipedia lists the worlds most visited amusement parks and water parks). Personally, I have visited Walt Disney World over a dozen times and visited many theme parks across the nation so I hope I can help you plan your next vacation.
One of the top theme park sites on the internet is ThemeParkInsider.com. If you have time, check out my interview with Robert Niles, the founder and editor of Theme Park Insider. See their list of what’s under construction at top theme parks. Wondering where the closest theme park to you is? Check out the Theme Park Insider map of US theme parks. Six Flags is the largest theme park chain in the USA with parks in eleven different cities so they are most likely to have a theme park closest to you. InsideTheMagic.net is another great resource, especially for those looking to visit one of the Disney parks; check out my interview with the founder, Ricky Brigante.
Orlando is known as the theme park capitol of the world with seven major theme parks and four main water parks. Walt Disney World is home to the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
Southern California is the United States’ second largest theme park area. Larger theme parks include: Disneyland, Disney California Adventure, Sea World San Diego, and Universal Studios Hollywood. You can get a package deal to these four theme parks with CityPASS, which will save you 25% and it will allow you to skip lines. Smaller theme parks include Legoland California and Knotts Berry Farm.
Some of my favorite theme parks tend to be those that are the most unique:
Dollywood – Country music super star Dolly Parton is the owner of this incredible theme park.
Holiday World – Located in scenic Santa Claus, IN