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Universal's Islands of Adventure tops TripAdvisor's list of world's best amusement parks 2016

Relaxnews (AFP) logoRelaxnews (AFP) 16-07-2016
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Orlando, Florida has emerged the world capital of amusement parks, taking up half the top spots in TripAdvisor's international top 10 list for 2016.

After looking at the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings of amusement parks from their members over a 12-month period, the travel and booking site released a ranking of the most popular parks around the world.

Taking the top spot for both the worldwide and US ranking is Universal's Islands of Adventure in Orlando, whose star attractions include The Wizarding World of Harry Potter -- Hogsmeade, Marvel Super Hero Island, Jurassic Park, Seuss Landing, Toon Lagoon and the Lost Continent.

This summer, visitors will also be able to help inaugurate the park's newest attraction, Skull Island: Reign of Kong.

Orlando claimed the top three spots on both the US and worldwide list with Discovery Cove taking the second spot, and Magic Kingdom placing third.

The only two parks from outside the US to crack the top 10 world list is Europa-Park in Rust, Germany (4th) and Beto Carrero World in Penha, Brazil (10th).

The balance come from Orlando or California.

TripAdvisor also released a list of the top-ranked water parks around the world, with Siam Park in Adeje, Spain, retaining its stronghold in the No. 1 position for the third year in a row.

The Thai-themed water park in Tenerife features a mix of thrill slides and lazy river attractions across 46 acres.

One of its most popular thrill rides is the Tower of Power, which stands 28 m tall and propels riders at speeds of up to 80 km/hr.

Here are the top 10 amusement parks in the world, according to TripAdvisor:

1. Universal's Islands of Adventure
Orlando, Florida

2. Discovery Cove
Orlando, Florida

3. Magic Kingdom
Orlando, Florida

4. Europa-Park
Rust, Germany

5 Universal Studios Florida
Orlando, Florida

6. Universal Studios Hollywood
Los Angeles, California

7. Disney's Hollywood Studios
Orlando, Florida

8. Disneyland Park
Anaheim, California

9. Disney California Adventure Park
Anaheim, California

10. Beto Carrero World
Penha, Brazil

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