Vote of the week: Which theme parks outside the US would you most want to visit?
I've been working to increase our coverage of major theme parks outside the United States, and late last year we posted in-depth looks at Universal Studios Singapore and the Tokyo Disney Resort. This summer, I'm pleased to announce, we're planning to add an in-depth look at Disneyland Paris to the mix.
So today, I'd like to get your feedback on international theme parks. Which of the Disney and Universal theme parks outside the United States would you most like to visit some day? (Eventually, I'd like to increase coverage of other non-US parks that attract at least two-million-plus English-speaking visitors a year, but we're starting with the Disney and Universal parks because they have the largest existing following on the site.)
We've got five choices today. In making your decision, let's ignore cost. Yeah, I know that's the big barrier to actually visiting these parks, but let's look at this as an opportunity for American readers to send a message about what kind of attractions, development and experiences you'd most like to see replicated in the U.S. theme parks.
Here are our candidates:
Disneyland Paris includes two theme parks, Disneyland Paris and Walt Disney Studios. Like all multi-theme park resorts not named "Walt Disney World," the parks are located within easy walking distance of each other, a shopping plaza, and several on-site themed hotels.
Hong Kong Disneyland is Disney's newest theme park, and in the middle of a major expansion plan, with a Toy Story land opening last year, a Frontierland-style "Grizzly Gulch" land opening this year, and "Mystic Point," featuring a Haunted Mansion-type dark ride, debuting next year.
Tokyo Disney Resort, located on Tokyo Bay, includes Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea, the only non-US theme park to the win the Theme Park Insider Award for Best Theme Park.
Universal Studios Japan is located in Osaka, in the southern part of the country, and is the last place on Earth where you can still ride Back to the Future and a stand-alone Jaws ride. And there's the trippy Space Fantasy indoor roller coaster, too.
Universal Studios Singapore is part of the Resorts World Sentosa development, standing just a few yards away from one of the world's most popular casinos, and includes several attractions not found in Universal's parks in the US.
Time to vote!
I'd love to hear your thoughts about these parks (especially if you have visited), as well as take questions you might have about them. The comments are open (for the next few days, at least....) As always, thank you for reading Theme Park Insider and have a great weekend!
Tokyo to see the wonders of the Parks & to see our wonderful friends that we haven't seen in 6 years! :o)
I've been to Disneyland Paris and would love to go back and spend more time there. My choice, however, is Tokyo Disneyland because of what I've heard about DisneySea. The attractions sound amazing and way beyond what we get in Florida and California. It also wasn't done on the cheap like California Adventure and Animal Kingdom.
Tokyo. It has the best second theme park and the best customer service. It also has the best city to be in. Tokyo is a wonderful place to visit. It has a marvelous cultural experience.
I choose Disney Paris only because I have alredy been to Tokyo Disney before.
Efteling should probably be on the list, it is possibly the best themed park I have ever been to outside of the US....
I had the opportunity to visit Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea in 2007 and they are amazing!
I voted for TDL/TDS and I'm not at all surprised to be in the vast majority - at least at this time.
i chose Universal studios Japan as i would like to ride Back to the future again,
Tokyo Disney...I want to go to there!
Ricardo K, back in 2007, what about the winnie pooh attration?
I voted for Hong Kong, Mystic point and grizzly trail are the new hounted mansion and big thunder mountain, and that is important, and one day in disneyland in 2013 will be first fast pass for grizzly then mistic, afther the use of the fast past, it is time for another in space mountain and the single rider available in that space mountain, and that could be a day. I wondered if any could write some information about winnie the pooh in tokyo,only with disneysea the resort wins, but with pooh?
My choice was decided by Tokyo Disne Sea.
Back to the Future! It's my favorite ride ever and it is still open in Universal Studios Japan. This vote wasn't even close for me, but I want to and plan to visit all of these theme parks in the future.
I'd like to visit Tivoli Gardens in Denmark, especially since it served as an example for Walt Disney of what a theme park should be like.
Of the five listed here, it would be Tokyo Disney. However, I've got a whole list of parks (definitely Alton Towers and Europa Park, and maybe Efteling, Tivoli Gardens, and a few other miscellaneous European parks) that I would place a higher priority on visiting. I actually don't care too much about the other four options in this poll, but they are parks that I'd visit if I was in the area and had some spare time (this may change after I get to all the major US parks, especially in Florida).
Although many may not be known to many Americans listing some European parks like Alton Towers and Port Aventura wouldn't go a miss
My vote went to Tokyo Disney for all the reasons everyone else voted for it, but I second (or third or fourth) the idea of including parks like Europa Park and Alton Towers more often on this site.
I hardly would want to go to another country to do Disney, since I don't even want to see Disney here in America.
On a slightly different note...breaking news...Disney Studio Chairman Richard Ross, resigned today. The resignation was due in response to some large losses on releases, especially John Carter & Mars Needs Moms, and underperformance of Prince of Persia & Winnie the Pooh, plus others.
All I can say is: don't ride the Winnie-the-Pooh ride in Japan, and then ride it in Florida - you will definitely get the feeling that the Japan ride is first class and the effort at WDW in Florida is shoddy. That mostly holds true for the entire DisneySea park vs. WDW, as well. I can only hope that with the new Fantasyland expansion the WDW folks are improving the quality of the park offerings, or the Florida park will begin to lose the lusterous edge it has held for years.
I'm voting for Disneyland Paris. Loved it when I was there last year. What I would really love to see is more on the Parks that aren't Disney/Universal. I regret not going to Tivoli Gardens when I was in Copenhagen. Might need to go back.
My reasons for picking Tokyo Disneyland is that the Magic Kingdom is supposed to be a "Best-Of" compilation of the best versions of attractions from the U.S. Disney parks. In some cases, it seems that Tokyo has gone the extra mile to create even better versions of what is available stateside. Secondly, and this can not be overemphasized, Tokyo DisneySea, which may well be the best theme park in the world. If only something this amazing could be built here in the U.S...
It seems to me that Tokyo Disneyland is one of the best set of parks out there!
The Efteling! That's my number one "wish" theme park. But since that's not on the list, I have to vote for Tokyo Disney Sea.
Rod: Your comment made me curious about Efteling. I looked it up and it appears fabulous. It would be a good one for Robert to report on in the future...I voted for Tokyo Disney, especially Disney Seas. Robert's previous special report made it look fantastic in my eyes. It really does appear to be the pinnacle of theme parkdom.
My family and I have been able to visit every Disney park in the world. They have have pros and cons. For that reason I chose the Universal Studio options- Singapore is the newest.
It's a toss up between Disneyland Paris and HKD.
TDL is high on my list.
I think disneyland paris will be overshadowed by shanghai for the title of the magic kingdom most beautiful.
From the list Tokyo Disney.
I have been to Disneyland Paris and it was a huge disapointment. The Magic Kingdom park was kind of ok but the staff and the language messup was disturbing and the moviepark is horrible and cheap.
my choice is tokyo because they say that tokyo disneyland has the best of magic kindom and disneyland and I want to go to tokyo disney sea
Also isn't the last backdraft in Japan?
Slightly depressing that the only parks chosen were Universal and Disney parks. I don't think parks from the UK definitely should have been included but Efteling and Europa-Park should on this list.
Interesting. When I voted TDR was at 70%; it's been going down steadily since then (now 63%) though you wouldn't know that by the comments.
The one I'd love to go to is Universal in Japan, mainly to ride BTTF again!
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