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Thinking about leaving the country? Then head for a theme park!

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Published: November 5, 2012 at 10:13 PM

Happy "No More Political Commercials" Day tomorrow to all our American readers! Of course, with each Presidential election in the United States comes the inevitable threats that "if my candidate doesn't win, I'm going to move!"

Well, if you're going to leave the country, might I suggest that you at least go to a world-class theme park? ;^)

Inside the A380
If a flight on one of these is in your future - make sure it's heading toward a great theme park!

Yes, this is my flimsy excuse to celebrate Election Day with yet another Theme Park Insider poll. But instead of voting on anything actually important, we're going to vote on which theme park outside the United States would be your preferred choice for spending a self-imposed exile. I'm giving you five choices - one each from Disney and Universal, plus three other choices. We've got three European parks and two Asian - if that makes a difference to you.

Let's pick the park that best represents your ideal mix of theme, decor, narrative and thrill. And that includes attractions you'll want to experience again and again and again - for at least the next four years. :^p

I'm hoping that some of our international readers will jump into the comments to make the case for one or more of these parks. I've visited the Asian parks on the list, and if you by some chance have missed my many, many links to them, here again are my multi-part trip reports from Tokyo DisneySea and Universal Studios Singapore from last winter. Frequent readers will have seen some my recent "Attraction of the Week" posts featuring rides from Europa Park and Efteling. Rides from Port Aventura will be showing up in that feature in the weeks to come.

So, let's embrace the worst case scenario, shall we? Your guy lost. Where to next?


Don't wait to vote! These polls close shortly after midnight, Pacific time. And on Theme Park Insider, campaigning in the voting place (i.e. the comments) is not only allowed - it's encouraged!

(Of course, if you're an American 18 or over and haven't voted for real yet - please go out and do it today. It's your right and don't let anyone take it away from you.)

Readers' Opinions

From Jack Curley on November 5, 2012 at 10:23 PM
Singapore is a really cool place, not just for its theme park. It's got an incredible mix of cultures, incredible food readily available, and it's extremely clean. English is spoken by most, so it's a really good place for Americans who never learned another language to move to.
From Mark Kausch on November 6, 2012 at 1:52 AM
Although I'm drooling at the thought of going to Port Aventura - among others - how can you top Tokyo Disneysea? And for four years?

Not that I will, though, no matter which political candidate wins. I spent too much on my Disneyland Passport.

From Dominick D on November 6, 2012 at 5:32 AM
How could anyone pass up Tokyo?
From Joseph Catlett on November 6, 2012 at 8:02 AM
Dom speaks the truth. Tokyo Disney Sea is the place to be for all of us who may have to seek exile abroad after this election.

Mr Niles is correct, go out there and vote, it is your civic duty. However, don't just vote to vote...or because one person is "cool" or you like the other person's religion better. Be an informed voter. Do the research. Ask others what they think. Don't live in an isolation chamber, if you have a certain political point of view find out what the other side believes...and why.

Voting is not just a right...it is a RESPONSIBILITY.

From Mike Gallagher on November 6, 2012 at 8:05 AM
In the absence of the parks I want to visit in Merry Olde, I voted for Europa.

And I voted in "real life" at 6am today.

From Brandon Townsend on November 6, 2012 at 8:49 AM
Vote early and vote often, as they say in Chicago.

I'm actually moving to Abu Dhabi on Friday so I'm going to have to do a write in vote for Ferrari World. Having already been there I know it's not a great choice, but at least they have the fastest coaster in the world.

But from the list of choices I'd choose Tokyo Disney Sea as Robert has made it look so attractive.

From Amy Smith on November 6, 2012 at 9:17 AM
I voted for USS because I wouldn't have to kidnap a child to ride P-Fliers there! Oh and it has better overall theming to enjoy - any park that can make Shrek 4D look good gets my vote. ;)
From James Rao on November 6, 2012 at 10:05 AM
TDS is an easy selection, despite the high caliber parks from which to choose. By all appearances Disney just absolutely nailed it with their Tokyo resort.

FWIW, I have emerged from my isolation chamber and will cast my uninformed vote for Mickey Mouse shortly. Just gotta get done at Motor Vehicles first.... Ugh! Who would have thought it would be such a hassle to register a vehicle that uses a common trackless ride system??!!

PS Robert, I am rereading your book on my iPhone while I wait... The story about the Grandma leaping onto the Tom Sawyer raft is still my favorite!

From Anon Mouse on November 6, 2012 at 10:07 AM
I'm disappointed that you catered to the moving out sentiment instead of reigning them in. If you don't like the election results, why not take a Disney cruise?
From AJ Hummel on November 6, 2012 at 10:58 AM
Europa Park, partly because it seems to have the best balance of theming vs thrill of those selections and partly because there are a number of other parks in the region I would like to visit (yes, I know this is bending the rules). Tokyo Disney would be great, but it just doesn't have enough thrill factor for my personal tastes, and Universal Studios Singapore seems to have a very limited number of attractions and would probably get boring after a while (especially since there are no other easily accessible parks nearby).

Of course, if I were to actually leave the continent I'd probably move to the United Kingdom and have Alton Towers and Thorpe Park nearby.

From Daniel Etcheberry on November 6, 2012 at 3:14 PM
I would move to China since they will have 2 Disney resorts like we do. On the other hand, with more than a billion citizens, the rides' waiting time will be insane!
From 70.238.127.210 on November 6, 2012 at 7:52 PM
Where's Universal Studios Japan on the ballot?! In other words the only park in the world that still has Back to the Future the Ride. Osaka, Japan it is for me.
From Robert Niles on November 6, 2012 at 9:52 PM
I had only five options, and already had a Japanese park from Disney, so I went with Singapore as the Universal rep instead.
From Manny Barron on November 8, 2012 at 1:26 AM
Disneyland Paris! There really is lots of options for this.
From 166.122.239.130 on November 9, 2012 at 3:31 PM
I'd put in a vote for USJ too. Although I loved Tokyo Disney Sea, Journey to the Center of the Earth was too short when it got exciting. And it rained both times I went there. The last time it rained so hard that I was too cold and miserable to ride anything. Now that USJ will be getting Harry Potter attractions and butter beer, it is definitely a must stop for me next time. I only wish they got rid of the boring Music Coaster and put in a Hulk Coaster instead.

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