What is your least favorite theme park in Central Florida?
Is it Magic Kingdom, with its lack of thrill rides and dated Tomorrowland?
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?
Animal kingdom because of lack of rides and the crappy dinoland
I 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.
Sorry 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!
EPCOT, 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).
Jurassic Park at IOA isn't underrated compared to its Hollywood counter part. It's decent and nothing more.
Of the Big 7?
Either HWS or Epcot because HWS lacks rides, and the last time I went to Epcot, I got the flu for a week :(
I noticed that the only major parks listed are the 3 Disney non-Magic Kingdom parks.
Disagreed 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.
Animal Kingdom because of lack of thrill rides and a very big park for little interesting attractions
Central 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.
How bad is Worlds of Fun?
Worlds 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.
I 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.
Although 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.
Legoland 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?
Of 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.
A tie between Legoland and Holy Land Experience.
@Jack Hammond You, my friend, hit the target squarely on the nose. Nice shooting, Tex.
The Holyland Experience looks to be a bit of a mess.
Busch Gardens has done a lot over the last 10 years to improve.
I 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 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 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...
Fair 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.
I 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...
Good thing you live on the west coast, then, eh? You don't have to visit either park. Enjoy Great America.
I 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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