What is your least favorite theme park in Central Florida?
Submitted by Jack Goodwin
Is it Epcot, with its Future World filled with dated attractions and World Showcase that has a lack of rides?
Is it Hollywood Studios, with its lack of attractions and ugly backlot?
Is it Animal Kingdom, with its broken yeti and lack of rides?
Is it Universal Studios, with its ugly soundstages and several dated attractions?
Is it Islands of Adventure, with its Six Flagsy theming in certain areas and lack of kid rides?
Is it SeaWorld, with its overrated Antarctica?
Or is it Busch Gardens, with its lack of themed rides and too much focus on rollercoasters?
If you had to pick one, what is your least favorite theme park in Central Florida?
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From Jason Hauck on August 14, 2014 at 5:26 PMAnimal kingdom because of lack of rides and the crappy dinoland
From James Trexen on August 14, 2014 at 7:58 PMI disagree with the criticisms regarding Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Universal, and Islands. Looking outside of the big companies, the worst park in Central Florida is easily Old Town.
From Jack Goodwin on August 14, 2014 at 8:11 PMSorry James. I love all these theme parks and it was very hard to search for bad qualities. If I were to list good qualities, I would be typing forever!
Is it Islands of Adventure, with its immersive Harry Potter land, enchanting Port of Entry, state-of the-art Spiderman ride, insanely funny Dudley flume, underrated Jurassic Park, and many immersive, themed islands?
I have never been to Old Town, and I have no interest going there.
From Kelly Muggleton on August 15, 2014 at 8:11 AMEPCOT, haven't been for years and never really 'got it' myself. I adore Illuminations with every fibre of my being but that, for me, is its only redeeming feature. (Might be a European thing though - I'm from England and have never come across many of my countryfolk who are mad about it).
From Court E on August 15, 2014 at 10:05 AMJurassic Park at IOA isn't underrated compared to its Hollywood counter part. It's decent and nothing more.
From Robert Niles on August 15, 2014 at 1:24 PMOf the Big 7?
Hollywood Studios -- Up until I rode the Tokyo version of Tower of Terror, I loved the DHS version, but now that's devolved into a mere "like." I love Animation Academy and Star Tours, but beyond that, I'd rather play Midway Mania in California, where the lines are much shorter. Everything else here is a miss for me. DHS also has the worst selection of counter-service food in Orlando, and outside the very expensive Brown Derby, none of the table-service food is worth the price or hassle. Bring on Star Wars Land!
From Tyler Harris on August 16, 2014 at 3:48 AMEither HWS or Epcot because HWS lacks rides, and the last time I went to Epcot, I got the flu for a week :(
I also looked up the Old Town website and it looks awful compared to it's neighbors.
From Jack Goodwin on August 16, 2014 at 5:40 AMI noticed that the only major parks listed are the 3 Disney non-Magic Kingdom parks.
From Bryce McGibeny on August 16, 2014 at 2:26 PMDisagreed at first about the comment regarding Islands of Adventure, but then I realized how reminiscent the transition between Marvel and Toon Lagoon is to a Six Flags. The rest of the park is amazing, and it is easily my favorite park. Even above Disneyland.
My least favorite is SeaWorld Orlando.
From luca ferracuti on August 17, 2014 at 4:39 PMAnimal Kingdom because of lack of thrill rides and a very big park for little interesting attractions
From James Rao on August 17, 2014 at 6:38 PMCentral Florida has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to themed entertainment. All the parks listed are top notch. Come to Kansas City some time where Worlds of Fun is your "theme" park and you'll once again appreciate Central Florida, warts and all.
From Jack Goodwin on August 17, 2014 at 7:40 PMHow bad is Worlds of Fun?
From James Rao on August 18, 2014 at 3:41 AMWorlds of Fun is a two - four hour park at best. It has one standout coaster (Prowler), two decent coasters (Mamba, Patriot), one or two okay flats, and little else. Come visit sometime, I'd be glad to show you around. It won't take too long. Point is, if you live in Central Florida (or SoCal, or Ohio, or even Virginia), or call those parks home, you really don't know quite how good you have it until you step back and look closely at what the rest of the US has to deal with on a regular basis. If it weren't for Silver Dollar City being just four hours away, I would have gone insane a long time ago.
When folks complain about Central Florida parks, it is like a King telling his starving peasants how tough it is to be King because he is forced to eat three huge, delicious meals each and every day.
From Jack Hammond on August 18, 2014 at 4:20 AMI hear ya James. I lived in Liberty Missouri for ten years and just moved to Florida last year. World's of Fun is a fun little afternoon excursion, but nothing more. I had a lot of fun as a pre-teen- early teen, but eventually I got to where I didn't even want to go anymore.
Central Florida on the other hand is magnificent. If people were to stop, just for a second, comparing the top-of-the-lines with other top-of-the-lines, I think they would see how amazing these parks are, including the parks they consider "lacking".
If World's of Fun were in SOCO or Central Florida, it would have been out of business years ago.
From Brent Moody on August 18, 2014 at 7:52 AMAlthough none of these parks are bad parks by any means and all of them have some great things to offer I guess it is a toss up for me between Animal Kingdom and Sea World. But I guess if I have to pick one as my least favorite I would go with Animal Kingdom because Manta is better that Expedition Everest for me so Manta saves Sea World from the bottom.
To me Epcot and HS have some issues that need to be fixed too so I would really have no problem with someone picking any of those 4 parks (Epcot, HS, AK, Sea World) for the bottom. But I am not really sure if anyone could be trusted that put Magic Kingdom, Universal Studios, or IOA at the bottom. To me these are clearly the best 3 parks in Orlando.
From Tony Duda on August 18, 2014 at 12:01 PMLegoland is the real answer. As a grown-up, Legoland has no appeal to me and I can't see buying a ticket to walk around the old Cypress Gardens areas. Why didn't you include Legoland as a choice when Busch Gardens "Tampa" is a choice?
Remember, this is 'least favorite' and not worst.
From Anon Mouse on August 18, 2014 at 12:52 PMOf the Orlando Disney parks, Disney Hollywood Studios is the least favorite. It has the worst theming of all the parks. It has the most dated and boring attractions. Not much to do. Nothing to get excited about.
From Daniel Etcheberry on August 18, 2014 at 1:45 PMA tie between Legoland and Holy Land Experience.
From James Rao on August 19, 2014 at 6:06 PM@Jack Hammond You, my friend, hit the target squarely on the nose. Nice shooting, Tex.
From Anthony Murphy on August 19, 2014 at 8:21 PMThe Holyland Experience looks to be a bit of a mess.
For what its worth, it appears that the two parks that have not really kept up their game with new exciting attractions is Seaworld and Busch Gardens.
From Tony Duda on August 19, 2014 at 8:36 PMBusch Gardens has done a lot over the last 10 years to improve.
And it still has the world class roller coasters-
Along with the many shows and minor rides and fabulous animal encounters, it just doesn't seem to get the respect it deserves. Or is no more 2 free beers the only thing that matters to everyone?
From Court E on August 20, 2014 at 9:01 AMI don't think people's standards or expectations to judge and rate what their least favorite experience among the world class theme parks should be hushed due to some crappy amusement park in the Midwest. That mentality led to Disneyland becoming run down and California Adventure being born. Top of the lines should be compared to top of the lines as it leads to bigger pushes in creativity and innovation. When a park is lacking in one area or another, it should be called on it, even if it is light years ahead of some crappy regional park.
I mean I lived in Colorado for years with Elitch Gardens as my home town "theme park." But that never changed my perception of quality, nor did I feel that people living in SoCal or the Eye should be humbled just because my park got a SLC clone and Disney received another uniquely themed "dumbo" spinner.
DHS is lame by the way. Too many studio boxes and too much concrete. It's been open almost 30 years now and it's still a half day park.
From Russell Meyer on August 20, 2014 at 9:46 AMI would inject DisneyQuest into the conversation. Initially billed as the world's first interactive indoor theme park, the facility has become nothing more than a glorified arcade that you need to pay an up-front admission to enter in exchange for unlimited play on all games/attractions.
DisneyQuest continues to putter along, and still consumes a "plus" credit on a MagicYourWay pass. While I haven't been in a couple of years, I haven't heard anything to suggest it's improved one bit despite the Disney Springs renovation.
BTW, Antarctica is not "overrated" (rated a 5 here) as much as it was over-hyped.
From Court E on August 20, 2014 at 2:03 PMDisneyQuest can bill itself how ever it likes but it isn't a "theme park." It's nothing more than a 4 story arcade with little to no "theming." Nothing redeeming in that building...
From James Rao on August 20, 2014 at 4:34 PMFair criticism should never be hushed, but calling one of the Central Florida parks "lame" tells me someone has lost their perspective. Worlds of Fun is lame, DHS is light years better than Worlds of Fun.
From Court E on August 20, 2014 at 6:54 PMI don't feel it's out of perspective at all. I feel DHS is a totally lame park and your Worlds of Fun is probably a pathetic attempt at an amusement park. Perhaps one not even worth mentioning...
From James Rao on August 20, 2014 at 7:06 PMGood thing you live on the west coast, then, eh? You don't have to visit either park. Enjoy Great America.
From Court E on August 20, 2014 at 8:07 PMI was pretty critical of Great America in my trip report so I'm not sure I'll be doing that... But thanks anyways.
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