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Top 10 Theme/Amusement Parks

Discussion in 'General Discussions & Opinions' started by ECG, Jun 21, 2013.

  1. ThomVD

    ThomVD Well-Known Member

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    Re: Top 10 Theme/Amusement Parks: 2015 Edition page 6

    I guess I should say Phantasialand is a family-thrill park. Surely it's not like a Six Flags/Cedar Fair park with thrill rides all over, but I visited the park with a couple of people who don't do coasters or flats, and with Chiapas' drop being quite intimidating as well, there was very little that Phantasialand had to offer. The dark rides are mostly crap, and there is very little walkthrough-ish stuff.

    I would say Efteling is the best family park I've ever visited. It literally has something for anyone, and you can easily spend most of the day in the park without riding any coaster. They have a couple of great dark rides too. Tripsdrill is probably the closest to Efteling in that aspect. Particularly the first half has so much lovely stuff and secrets to explore, that make it a wonderful place for anyone. Plopsaland de Panne is also a great family park like that, to a lesser extend. It has plenty of family stuff, but lacks the charm of Efteling and Tripsdrill.

    I find Joris more of a thrill than Baron to be honest. Much more pacey and fast. Both are fantastic family-thrill coasters that suit the park perfectly.
     
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    Re: Top 10 Theme/Amusement Parks: 2015 Edition page 6

    Of course; if you don't do any rides at all than Phantasialand is not the place to go.. :p But if you enjoy rides, which the majority of folks do, then Phantasia is a most wonderfull place!

    I actually forgot about Python in my last comparison, which is a multi-looper with the same amount of inversions as Black Mamba although a lot rougher, probably making it the more physically straining coaster out of the two. Add to that the (near) vertical drop of Baron, which imo makes it the most intimidating looking ride out of both parks, and the fact that the aforementioned Winjas, Colorado and Chiapas are no more intense than Joris and I would say the parks are very equal in terms of "thrill/intimidation-factor". Unless you don't do rides that is.
     
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    Python is probably one of the least thrilling rides in Efteling, but I guess the GP doesn't think that way :p Though I do hear more and more random people saying "Wow, that was much more intense than Python" after a ride on Joris. But I still think Phantasialand has much more of a thrill factor than Efteling.

    And there are more kind of rides than just coasters, flats and small kiddie rides :wink: I just think Phantasialand is really lacking in non-coaster family rides. They only have Maus and River Quest, and even that scares some people off. I do agree that Phantasialand is one of the most amazing parks ever though <3 It's tied with Efteling for my #1, I rank Efteling higher because it's just closer to my heart, with the best atmosphere of any park I've been to.
     
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    Re: Top 10 Theme/Amusement Parks: 2015 Edition page 6

    For me It would be
    1) Broadway Amusement Rides
    2) Beto Carrero World
    3) Parque De La Costa
    4) Fantasilandia
    5) Hopi Hari
    6) Playcenter
    7) Universal Orlando
    8) Six flags great america
    9) Busch Gardens tampa
    10) Magic Kingdom
     
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    Re: Top 10 Theme/Amusement Parks: 2015 Edition page 6

    After a visit to Disneyland this weekend,

    1. Disneyland
    2. Magic Kingdom
    3. Epcot
    4. Islands of Adventure
    5. Cedar Point
    6. Silver Dollar City
    7. California Adventure
    8. Port Aventura
    9. Universal Studios Florida
    10. Animal Kingdom
     
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    1. Alton Towers
    2. Port Aventura
    3. Plopsa de Panne
    4. Disneyland Paris
    5. Thorpe Park
    6. Adventure Island
    7. Chessington World Of Adventures
    8. Blackpool Pleasure Beach
    9. Legoland Windsor
    10. New Pleasureland
     
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    1. Efteling
    2. Phantasialand
    3. Gröna Lund
    4. Liseberg

    5. Europa Park
    6. Tripsdrill
    7. PowerPark
    8. Toverland
    9. Plopsaland De Panne
    10. Holiday Park
    11. Bellewaerde
    12. Walibi Holland
    13. Linnanmäki
    14. Plopsa Coo
    15. Särkänniemi
    16. Movie Park Germany
    17. Walibi Belgium
    18. Tayto Park
    19. Bobbejaanland
    20. Hellendoorn

    Update Finland/Ireland/Sweden.

    PowerPark is so surprisingly good! Such an excellent selection of rides.

    Tayto Park has one amazing coaster and not a lot of other rides, but I enjoyed the do-it-yourself stuff and the overall humour and feel of the park. It's not particularly amazing (yet), but Cú Chulainn automatically makes me prefer it over Bobbejaanland.

    Both Liseberg and Gröna Lund have gone up after my visits this week. Liseberg was as good as I remember. Helix was even better than I remembered though and blew my mind again. The airtime is better than on any other coaster I've ridden and it's just so impressive. Liseberg really is in its element at night and it's just such a pleasant park with an impressive selection of rides. Europa Park didn't really have much of a lasting impression after my first visit so it drops two spots. It just lacks soul to me, but hopefully I will change my mind after my visit in Oct.

    Gröna Lund, however, blew me away the way it did when I first visited. Liseberg definitely has a superior ride selection, but when it comes to the atmosphere and park-feel, Gröna Lund is actually one of my all time favourites. It starts when you go to the park by ferry. What a way to build up anticipation by slowly sailing towards the park over Stockholm's water, hearing the sounds of the coasters and the screaming. During the day in the sun, the park is lovely. The setting in the middle of Stockholm (which is one of my fave places I've been to), the way it's surrounded by water, is just beautiful.

    During the sunset the park gets even more gorgeous. With the boardwalk area you get such great views, and it's stunning. Then when the night falls, and all the rides are lit up and going round and round, doing their thing. That's when the atmosphere truly gets surreal. It's something that needs to be experienced to be understood, but it's just beautiful. Eclipse during the night is one of the most mindblowingly gorgeous things I've done all year. Then, when the day is over, you take the ferry back and see the lit up park slowly drifting away from you. It really made me feel sad leaving a park, more than any other park I've been to. My day in Gröna Lund was easily the best park day I've had this year, only rivaled by the one in Tripsdrill. On top of all that, the staff is very friendly and the rides are mostly of high quality. What a place <3

    There is a fair chance Liseberg will be overtaken again by Europa Park, but I don't see it topping Gröna Lund to be honest.
     
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    Re: Top 10 Theme/Amusement Parks: 2015 Edition page 6

    Visited Alabama Splash Adventure this weekend which was great. Visited in 2015 in bold.

    1. Disneyland
    2. Magic Kingdom
    3. Epcot
    4. Islands of Adventure
    5. Cedar Point
    6. Silver Dollar City
    7. California Adventure
    8. Port Aventura
    9. Universal Studios Florida
    10. Alabama Splash Adventure
    11. Animal Kingdom
    12. Six Flags Fiesta Texas
    13. Dollywood
    14. Busch Gardens Tampa
    15. Disney's Hollywood Studios
     
  9. Jarrett

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    Re: Top 10 Theme/Amusement Parks: 2015 Edition page 6

    Got a few to add...

    1. Cedar Point
    2. Hersheypark
    3. Holiday World
    4. Busch Gardens Tampa
    5. Canada's Wonderland
    6. Knoebels
    7. Dollywood
    8. Busch Gardens Williamsburg
    9. Kings Island
    10. Kentucky Kingdom
     
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    Re: Top 10 Theme/Amusement Parks: 2015 Edition page 6

    1: Phantasialand
    2: Hersheypark
    3: Liseberg
    4: Universal Orlando Resort
    5: Busch Gardens Tampa
    6: Cedar Point
    7: Heide Park
    8: Alton Towers
    9: Europa Park
    10: Plopsaland De Panne
     
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    Re: Top 10 Theme/Amusement Parks: 2014 Edition

    An update after my recent trip out west. I've been to Lagoon before, but didn't get to enjoy the whole park as much as I did this time around.

    1. Universal Studios Orlando (I still count both parks as one)
    2. Busch Gardens Williamsburg
    3. Phantasialand
    4. Alton Towers
    5. Europa Park
    6. Silver Dollar City
    7. Dollywood
    8. Six Flags Magic Mountain
    9. Hersheypark
    10. Canada's Wonderland
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    11. PortAventura
    12. Tivoli Gardens
    13. Gröna Lund
    14. Lagoon*
    15. Busch Gardens Tampa
    16. Djurs Sommerland
    17. Liseberg
    18. Six Flags Fiesta Texas
    19. Knoebels
    20. Nigloland

    * - New additions to my Top 20
     
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    Re: Top 10 Theme/Amusement Parks: 2015 Edition page 6

    I haven't been to a lot of these in quite a ling time. Trying not to let additions post visit to influence the rankings.
    1. Magic Kingdom
    2. Disneyland Paris
    3. Epcot
    4. Efteling
    5. Islands of Adventure
    6. Phantasialand
    7. Disney's Animal Kingdom
    8. Alton Towers
    9. Disney Hollywood Studios
    10. Universal Studios Florida

    Visited in 2015 = bold
     
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    Liseberg goes in at 2. If I'd had a visit at night it'd probably just pip PA, but the climate and experiences at PA just swing it for me. Beautiful park, two stunning coasters, just a gorgeous park.

    Pleasurewood Hills and Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach don't really get close to top ten. Drayton was as bad this year as I remembered it in that post, if not worse.
     
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    Been a while since I posted in here. I try and take everything into consideration when deciding on my list such as coasters, theming, atmosphere etc. but it boils down to how good of a time I had on the day.

    1. Busch Gardens Tampa
    2. Efteling
    3. Liseberg
    4. Alton Towers
    5. Port Aventura
    6. Epcot
    7. Disneyland Park, Paris
    8. Universal Studios, Orlando
    9. Islands of Adventure
    10. Thorpe Park
     
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    Phantasialand is my new favorite park! :D

    1. Phantasialand
    2. SFMM
    3. Europa Park
    4. Mirabilandia
    5. Efteling
    6. Erlebnispark Tripsdrill
    7. Toverland
    8. Pleasure Beach, Blackpool
    9. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
    10. Walibi Holland
     
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    No Alton Towers? Help is at hand.
     
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    Re: Top 10 Theme/Amusement Parks: 2015 Edition page 6

    I do have a hard time believing how Alton Towers could possibly be worse than Walibi, but to each their own :wink:
     
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    I didn't really enjoy myself at Alton Towers. It's by no means a bad park, but it was a bit over its capacity the day I've visited. And it is those days that the flaws of such (chain-operated) parks show. I should re-visit on some off-day, just to fully enjoy what parks has to offer, rather than standing in 1h+ long lines to get all of the coasters. Ugh...
     
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    My top 10 parks:

    1.Port Aventura
    2.Canada's Wonderland
    3.Alton Towers
    4.Disneyland Paris
    5.Powerpark
    6.Legoland Windsor
    7.Tivoli Gardens
    8.Linnanmäki
    9.Legoland Billund
    10.Särkänniemi

    Easily Port Aventura is the best amusement park i've ever visited! Really want to go in 2016/2017 because Ferrari Land...
     
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    Guess it's time to make one:

    1) Holiday World
    2) Dollywood
    3) Silver Dollar City
    4) Hersheypark
    5) Cedar Point
    6) Six Flags Great America
    7) EPCOT
    8) Hollywood Studios FL
    9) Magic Kingdom FL
    10) Six Flags St. Louis

    I really need to travel more...
     

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