Vote of the week: Which theme parks outside the US would you most want to visit?
Published: April 20, 2012 at 9:17 AM
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.
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!