By Ashley Carter  |  July 24, 2018 @10:08 AM


ORLANDO, Fla. — Universal’s Islands of Adventure is the No. 1 amusement park in the U.S., according to TripAdvisor.

  • Universal’s Islands of Adventure tops U.S. parks list
  • Disney World’s Magic Kingdom ranked 2nd
  • Central Florida water parks also topped U.S. list

The travel site just released the rankings from its 2018 Travelers’ Choice awards.

Disney World’s Magic Kingdom placed second overall, with Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Studios Florida and Disney’s Animal Kingdom rounding out the top five.

Further down the list are SeaWorld Orlando at No. 7, Disney’s Hollywood Studios at No. 9, Disney California Adventure Park at No. 10 and Busch Garden Tampa Bay at No. 12.

Florida water parks also dominated the U.S. rankings, with Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon in the No. 1 spot. Rounding out the top five are Aquatica Orlando, Shipwreck Island Waterpark in Panama City Beach, Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park and Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari in Indiana.

To determine the winners, TripAdvisor used an algorithm with the quantity and quality of user reviews and rankings gathered over a 12-month period.

TripAdvisor used an algorithm of the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for

The travel site had previously released rankings for other categories, including best hotels and top experiences.