Best Amusement Parks in the United States

The Golden Ticket Awards is an annual set of awards given out by Amusement Today, a newspaper published for the amusement and theme park industry. Each year, the magazine gives out awards based on a survey given out to park enthusiasts both in the US and overseas.

Below is the Top 10 List of the Best Amusement Parks in the World based on the Amusement Today Golden Ticket list. Also included here is the list of Top Ten Amusement Parks in the US based on attendance. Not surprisingly Disney Parks, SeaWorld, and Universal Studios dominate the list with incredible year-round attendance numbers. These theme parks vary widely based on the types of rides they offer and themes they adhere to. All these parks are worthy of any top list and all of them offer family-friendly attractions even if they are known for wild roller coaster rides.

Top 10 Best Amusement Parks in the World

Cedar Point
- Sandusky, Ohio
Knoebels Amusement Resort - Elysburg, Pennsylvania
Islands of Adventure - Orlando, Florida
Holiday World - Santa Claus, Indiana
Disneyland - Anaheim, California
Pleasure Beach Blackpool - Blackpool, England
Kennywood - West Mifflin, Pennsylvania
Busch Gardens - Williamsburg, Virginia
Europa Park Rust - Germany
Magic Kingdom - Orlando, Florida (Tie)
Tokyo Disney - Sea Tokyo, Japan (Tie)


Amusements Parks - Top Ten by Attendance in the United States

1. Disneyland, California  
Disneyland is a theme park in Anaheim, California, USA. It is owned and operated by The Walt Disney Company. More than 515 million guests, among them presidents, royalty, and other heads of state, have traveled to this American landmark from around the world since the park first opened to guests on July 17, 1955.  The park consists of different lands:  Main Street, U.S.A. , Adventureland, Frontierland, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, Critter Country and Mickey's Toontown.
2. Magic Kingdom, Disney World, Florida

The Magic Kingdom is a theme park within the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, near Orlando. It is owned and operated by The Walt Disney Company through its Walt Disney Parks and Resorts unit. Opened on October 1, 1971, it is the most famous Florida theme park. The park's layout and attractions are similar to Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California, which opened in 1955.

3. EPCOT, Disney World, Florida 

Epcot is the second theme park built at the Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Florida. It was dedicated to international culture and technological innovation. The park opened on October 1, 1982, and was named EPCOT Center from 1982 to 1993. Based on square footage, it was the largest Disney theme park in the world until 1998, when Disney's Animal Kingdom opened.

4. Disney-MGM Studios Theme Park, FL 

MGM's streets are the home for some great movie-themed attractions. With the addition of the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster, the park is now home to Disney World's most thrill-packed rides. 

5. Universal Studios, Florida

Go behind the scenes, beyond the screen and jump right into the action of your favorite movies at Unversal Studios, the number one based movie and TV theme park in the world.

6. Universal Studios, California

7. SeaWorld, Florida 

SeaWorld is a chain of marine mammal parks in the United States, with operations in Orlando, Florida, San Diego, California, San Antonio, Texas, and previously Cleveland, Ohio. The parks feature killer whale, sea lion, and dolphin shows and zoological displays featuring various other marine animals. The parks' icon is Shamu, the killer whale. SeaWorld parks also feature a variety of thrill rides, including roller coasters like Kraken at SeaWorld Orlando and Steel Eel and The Great White at SeaWorld San Antonio. Journey to Atlantis, a combination roller coaster and splashdown ride, can be found at both SeaWorld Orlando, SeaWorld San Diego and in 2007 at SeaWorld San Antonio.

8. Busch Gardens, Florida 
Busch Gardens opened on March 31, 1959, and has an African theme. The theme park is one of America's largest zoological institutions, with more than 2,700 animals. Attractions include: Rhino Rally, Montu, Kumba, Scorpion, Gwazi, Edge of Africa, and SheiKra, a vertical dive coaster which opened in 2005. The theme park is near Tampa, FL, bordering the town limits of Temple Terrace.

9. Great Adventure, New Jersey
Enormous Six Flags complex with a drive-through Wild Safari park, a separate admission Hurricane Harbor waterpark, and one of the country's biggest and most popular seasonal ride parks.

10. SeaWorld, California

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This listing of the Top Ten Amusement Parks in the World is constantly being revised as new data and attendance figures come out ever year. So, if you feel we are missing one, email us and let us know!