2013 Winners: Top 10 Amusement Parks
1. Disney's Magic Kingdom Park: Orlando, FL (Score: 93)
Bursting with beloved attractions (It's a Small World, Dumbo the Flying Elephant) and a cast of characters so familiar you half expect to run into them at family reunions, Mickey's Orlando realm stands tall atop a crowded category. Distinguishing this park in its category is how personally connected people feel to it. "Makes you feel like a kid," "something everyone should do at least once," and "a very special place," are among the glowing comments we received. Nearly a half-century after Walt imagined it, the Magic Kingdom Park continues to live up to its name.
2. Disneyland: Anaheim, CA (Score: 93)
A whopping six in ten western survey respondents named the "Happiest Place on Earth" a favorite destination. Families give the original Disney park high marks for its range of activities, intergenerational appeal, and attentive customer service. But what really gets them is the pixie dust: "Magical atmosphere," wrote one mom; "Magical no matter what your age," said another. A California mother perhaps summed it up best: "I want to live there, and so does my daughter."
3. Holiday World & Splashin' Safari: Santa Claus, IN (Score: 91)
Midwesterners aren't inclined to boast, but they're justifiably proud of this family-owned and family-oriented park. Frequently cited highlights: four tooth-rattling roller coasters, a range of family rides, holiday-themed attractions for little ones, and a massive water park with a mind-blowing assortment of slides, rides, chutes, and plunges. Families said they love Holiday World's "fun for all ages" vibe and its generous giveaways: there's never any charge for soft drinks, sunscreen, or parking. Who's running this place? St. Nick?
4. Islands of Adventure: Orlando, FL (Score: 91)
5. Disney California Adventure: Anaheim, CA (Score: 90)
6. Cedar Point: Sandusky, OH (Score: 89)
7. Disney's Epcot: Orlando, FL (Score: 89)
8. Disney's Animal Kingdom: Orlando, FL (Score: 89)
9. Hersheypark: Hershey, PA (Score: 88)
10. Disney's Typhoon Lagoon: Orlando, FL (Score: 88)