Orlando Top Destination for Theme, Water Parks

Universal Orlando has been named among the top theme parks by two different theme park groups.

Theme Park Insider ranked Universal’s Islands of Adventure as best theme park for the second year, while Themed Entertainment Association (TEA), which listed best theme parks and water parks in the world, named Islands of Adventure number 12 and Universal Studios as number 13.

Theme Park Insider Awards are based on average reader ratings on the web site over the past year. TEA ratings were based on attendance.

The popularity of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter contributed to IOA getting top reviews from Theme Park Insider’s readers, reported the Orlando Sentinel. Busch Gardens in Tampa and Disney California Adventure were listed as runners up. Universal’s Portofino Bay and Disney World’s Beach Club Resort were runners-up in the hotel division, while in the restaurant category, Mythos at Islands of Adventure and Epcot’s Via Napoli were also runners-up.

TEA listed the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World as number 1 among the world’s most popular theme parks and Typhoon Lagoon at Disney World as top water park.

Other top-ranking Orlando area theme parks include Epcot (5), Animal Kingdom (7), and Disney’s Hollywood Studios (8). Other top-ranking water parks include Aquatica (5) and Wet’N Wild, Orlando (7).

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