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Wet'n Wild
country: United States, North America

Wet’n Wild boasts the most thrilling and mad water slides in all of Florida. ‘The Bomb Bay’, ‘Brain Wash’ and ‘The Storm’ will make your sister cry, your father scream and your mother faint. A unique feature is the use of ominous music in the slides to prepare you for the drops, turns and spins. This water park won’t please the fans of themed surroundings, but it’s the perfect home for thrill seekers...

Universal Studios Florida
country: United States, North America

While it is the least beautiful of the existing Universal Studios parks, this is nevertheless a world-class theme park and a must-see when you visit Orlando. 'Revenge of the Mummy' is the park’s highlight, a well-themed, fast and surprising dark ride/ghost train/roller coaster-mix, different and superior to its Los Angeles version. Equally excellent is 'Jaws', a boat ride through Amity Village with a panicking skipper on board fending off surprise shark attacks...

Universal's Islands of Adventure
country: United States, North America

As of 2008, this is the only Universal theme park in the world which doesn't have the 'studio' theme. It's a great adventure-themed park featuring some of the world’s best and most thrilling attractions:
You'll enjoy the 'Jurassic Park' water ride, beautifully integrated into a jungle setting instead of a studio surrounding, featuring caves, primeval forests, swampland with dinosaur animatronics and John Williams’ film music. The ride's climax is one...

Typhoon Lagoon
country: United States, North America

What a wave, what a crazy wave! The first time I saw it coming and it crashed over me I thought: 'Does this conform to Disney’s safety standards? Someone must be getting hurt, people must be bumping into each other!” I looked around. Everybody ok. Uh-oh, next wave. Rumble, rumble, rolling rumble... yikes, mothers and children behind me... and here's another face-slapping crash-splash! Bobbing up, scanning the crowd: again, everyone’s happy. No one’s...

Aquatica
country: United States, North America

Aquatica by SeaWorld is the newest and unfortunately least enjoyable of the Orlando water parks. Disney's two splash parks have much more style and Wet’n Wild has more thrills. Its 'Polynesian' design leaves the impression that a kid put 100 little colored chunks of wood together at random. The park's trademark tunnel slide Dolphin Plunge doesn’t really work: you slide with such velocity that for the second or two you’re in the tunnel you probably...

Disney's Hollywood Studios
country: United States, North America

While not the best in Walt Disney World, Disney’s Hollywood Studios still provides the world-class experience you would expect from a Disney park. These are the unmissables:
- 'The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror' free fall ride is the best of its kind: the dropping elevator doesn’t just plunge you straight down, it takes you a bit around the hotel as well, which makes the Tower experience less predictable and more 3-dimensional. An absolute must! This...

Magic Kingdom
country: United States, North America

Here are two reasons why Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom is not the best Disneyland park in the world: 1) Access: the carpark is a one-mile walk and boat/monorail ride away from the park's entrance. This takes a lot of time and energy and creates a bottleneck, especially when the park is busy. 2) It's not as original as Disneyland California, not as beautiful as Disneyland Paris and not as attraction-packed as Tokyo Disneyland. If you make it to Walt Disney World, visit...

Disneyland
country: United States, North America

This is the original Disneyland, created by legend and entrepreneurial mastermind Walt Disney himself, inaugurated in 1955 in Anaheim, south of Los Angeles. Many of the attractions have now been updated or replaced, but the original tiny castle is still there, the tiniest of all the Disney castles (except for its Hong Kong Disneyland copy). Unfortunately, the vast, picturesque orange farms once surrounding the park have been turned into a rather unpleasant residential...

Disney's California Adventure
country: United States, North America

Disney’s California Adventure used to be one of the two worst parks in Disney history, however notably improved after the recent revamp. It still lacks a center, a landmark, and in my opinion an overarching identity, although efforts have been made to theme the park after a nostalgic version of California. What's great is that the park features some really good thrill rides, which Disneyland next door lacks. 'Radiator Springs Racers', themed on Pixar’s movie...

Universal Studios Hollywood
country: United States, North America

This is the original. The one and only Universal Studios Hollywood, the place where movie history was, and still is, made. The incredible Steven Spielberg has his office here, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer run Imagine Entertainment from the backlots, Robert Zemeckis and Alfred Hitchcock worked in the studios. Movies like ‘Back to the Future’, ‘Indiana Jones’, ‘War of the Worlds’ and ‘Apollo 13’ were all partially shot on these...

Blizzard Beach
country: United States, North America

Blizzard Bach is a quality Disney water park with a snow storm theme: great when you arrive in Florida on a hot and humid summer day, not so great when you arrive on a chilly winter day. Brrr. There are two monstrously fast and steep slides starting from a fake ski jump on top of the park's centerpiece mountain structure. 'Summit Plummet' is so frighteningly steep that I was clenching my teeth while thundering down. Some of the potential sliders in the queue looked like...

Epcot
country: United States, North America

Epcot is a unique member of the Disney theme park family and I would call it Disney's second best in North America. Opened in 1982, its 'futuristic' design is a bit timeworn but inside the decades-old structures you will be amazed by genuinely state-of-the-art crackerjack rides. Not to forget the best world exhibition ever, right behind! 'Test Track' is Epcot's best attraction and exclusive to the park. The ride vehicles of this so-called slot car ride move forward, brake,...

Legoland California
country: United States, North America

This is really a park for kids and their parents. There are no thrills (except maybe 'Test Track', the park's major roller coaster) and no surprises: everything is sweet and child-compliant. Unfortunately, there are no mentionable innovations either: Legoland has an Egyptian-themed ride in Indiana Jones style, a Jungle Cruise with LEGO elephants and a castle roller coaster featuring LEGO animatronics that look even less life-like than your lego figures back home. Yet, it is...

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
country: United States, North America

The Six Flags brand usually stands for roller coaster farms, but the chicken in the henhouse was laying a SeaWorld egg and a mixture of coaster paradise and zoo was hatched. Set in the beautiful hills of the Northern San Francisco Bay area (half an hour drive from the city), it easily beats its competitor in the south, 'California’s Great America', which by comparison lacks design, beauty and attention to detail. Five major roller coasters deliver the usual thrills,...

SeaWorld San Diego
country: United States, North America

I was really disappointed when I visited SeaWorld San Diego the first time. This is the original SeaWorld! It's supposed to look awesome, isn’t it? Well, it doesn't. The marine theme park is located in a quite neglected stretch of land: no landscaped access road, no inviting atmosphere, no music – it's in the middle of nowhere. Inside the park you feel like you are nowhere, as well. There is no architecturally appealing design to the buildings and no proper...

Discovery Cove
country: United States, North America

Discovery Cove is less of a water park and more of an interactive aquatic zoo experience. Stingrays are there to touch, exotic birds to feed, dolphins to cuddle. The 'Dolphin Swim Experience' is the highlight of the park: it feels refreshingly intimate being in groups of around ten in the water with these amazing animals as they wave, splash and shake their fins at you before taking each participant on a quick, invigorating ride through the water. Anheuser-Busch, the owners...

Disney's Animal Kingdom
country: United States, North America

Animal Kingdom is the best Disney park in North America, containing unique thrill rides, a drive-through safari and terrific landscaping. I love strolling around here: its dense jungle and perfect cocktail of rides make for the best possible theme park experience. 'Expedition Everest', opened in 2006, is a colossal, fast and surprising backwards-and-forwards roller coaster careering through a Himalayan landscape in search of the yeti. With stops, thrills and a stunningly...

Hawaiian Waters
country: United States, North America

Every time I reminisce about this water park, I think: “Hey, that was the water park that closed at 3:30pm”. It’s true! It was April in Hawaii and the one and only Hawaiian water park closed at 3:30pm! 5pm would be an early closure, 4pm would be an untimely engine stall, but 3:30pm? I witnessed people arriving at the park's gate at 2pm, only to find the staff getting ready for supper. Nevertheless, Hawaiian Waters is worth a visit. It’s not one of...

SeaWorld Orlando
country: United States, North America

The Orlando version of Anheuser-Busch's SeaWorld is superior to its San Diego cousin. More and better rides, neat landscaping and its satellite water parks Aquatica and Discovery Cove make for an interesting marine theme park experience. The world-famous killer whale show 'Believe' marks the highlight of the park with its outstanding orca whale and trainer performances (not to be forgotten: the brave fish which are being fed to the whales for performing the stunts)...

Las Vegas
country: United States, North America

Las Vegas once played host to a Wet'n Wild water park, an MGM theme park, a Star Trek ride at the Hilton and an IMAX flight simulator at the Luxor. They are all gone. Remains of its theme-parky past are the Stratosphere Tower with its three very good thrill rides on top (all playing with your fear of falling over the edge), a wild launch coaster at the Sahara (fun!), the yellow roller coaster at New York, New York (looks better than it is), an indoor theme park called...

WhiteWater West factory
country: Canada, North America

While you're hurtling down the water slides at Atlantis The Palm in Dubai, Caribbean Bay in South Korea or Aquatica by SeaWorld in Florida, you're probably too busy screaming to wonder which Bermuda-short wearing geniuses designed and built those funnels of slippery thrills. Well, you certainly wouldn't picture them making their home next to the snow-covered pines of Canada's Rocky Mountains! But it is in the unlikely town of Kelowna, BC, that WhiteWater West's slide...

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
country: United States, North America

'The Wizarding World of Harry Potter' is a section within the existing Universal's Islands of Adventure theme park in Florida. There will be a winterly-themed Potter-esque village boasting charmingly crooked Hogsmeade architecture and two overhauled 11-year-old roller coasters, but the true monster of a new theme park attraction awaits inside the castle: I am really keen to see what the Universal Creative teams have conjured up with the Harry Potter signature attraction...

Splendid China Florida
country: United States, North America

I really like Splendid China. In China's Shenzhen, next door to Window of the World, it is fully operational and showcases Chinese miniature landmarks amongst well-groomed and beautiful gardens. The Florida version, inaugurated in 1993 and co-owned by the Chinese government, wasn't lucky with visitor numbers and closed for good in 2003. Since then, the abandoned property has played host to invading burglars, skaters and vandals and the remaining miniatures models and...

Cedar Point
country: United States, North America

Cedar Point is a 100-year old fun fair that turned into a wholeheartedly American suburban coaster jungle. It is so spread out and boasts so many coasters that it's a struggle to make it round the park in one day. There are hanging coasters, racing coasters, dueling coasters, even standing coasters (imagine approaching a loop while standing!), catering to all ages, though pubescent teens are well overrepresented. The park contains some of the highest and wildest coasters I...

Busch Gardens Tampa

Visited 2004. Huge theme park, 90-minutes drive from Orlando. Lots of coasters and thrill rides. African theme. The majority of guests are challenged by puberty. You just can't beat Disney World and Universal Studios...

California's Great America

Visited 2008. Theme park south of San Francisco. Standard assortment of coasters, carousels and flume rides. Nothing special. Indifferent staff (they think the same). Wouldn't come back...

Coney Island

Visited 2007. Witnessed the old, run-down Coney Island pre-resurrection, so can't comment on the new version...

DisneyQuest

Visited 2007. Disney's worst 'theme park'. A giant, multi-storey, loud, dark, claustrophobic video arcade. Wonder if this building would prove safe if a fire broke out. Probably yes. But it doesn't feel like. Happy when I left. What a flop...

Gatorland

Visited 2010. Beautiful, family-run crocodile farm that allows for very, very close encounters. Croc feeding is a lot of fun. Well-manicured and themed. This is how you do it when creating an attraction on a budget - you do it like Gatorland. A zip line has been added since my visit. Bravissimo!...

Knott's Berry Farm

Visited 2007. Ancient amusement park close to Disneyland. Wild West theme. Probably went through too many revamps. Lacks idendity. Lacks warmth. Has some thrilling coasters. A far cry from what Walt Disney created just around the corner...

Six Flags Magic Mountain

Visited 2013. Well-equipped and well-known roller coaster paradise north of Los Angeles. Lacks a bit of heart and soul, however. Best coasters: Full Throttle (innovative!), Tatsu (flying!) and X2 (crazy!)...

The Holy Land Experience

Visited 2010. Orlando's small, charming bible-themed park is more an open-air museum/church than a theme park, but is often refered to as the latter. ...

Buffalo Bill's Resort & Casino roller coaster

Visited 2006. I love this place. It marks the end of California and the beginning of Nevada. Having the confidence to build a stand-alone casino resort-cum-theme park in the middle of nowhere commands respect. The prominent coaster is rattling wild and really scary and serves as a fitting welcome to rebellious, untamed, glamerous and shabby Las Vegas...

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