Okay, Universal Orlando fans. Time to choose.
It's easy for theme park fans to rally around their favorite brand. Universal fans tease Disney lovers, and vice versa. But things get a lot more interesting when fans are asked to choose their favorite parks from within the brand. That's what we are going to do today, in the first round of our 2018 Theme Park Insider Tournament.
Today's winner will represent Universal Orlando in the semifinals of the "Big Brand" regional, which includes parks from Universal, Disney and SeaWorld. This match-up might be one of the toughest in the tournament, as both parks include a Wizarding World of Harry Potter land, as well as multiple other beloved franchises. Each park has won multiple Theme Park Insider Awards over the years. This one really does feel like asking a parent to pick his or her favorite child.
We've talked about and covered these parks so much over the years that I don't know where to begin, or that I need to provide introductions. Nevertheless, here are our listing pages, where we invite you to submit ratings and reviews:
I'm looking forward to the analysis in the comments in this one. (And, for the love of all that is good and holy, please let's not hear anyone clamoring to include CityWalk as a write-in vote.)
Let's vote, Universal fans!
Congratulations to Shanghai Disneyland, which defeated Hong Kong Disneyland to move on to the second round. Tomorrow, in continuing tournament action, we will start with "Which is the best theme park in Korea?" with Everland and Lotte World competing, followed by "Which is the best coaster park (east coast division)?" with Canada's Wonderland, Carowinds, Hersheypark, Kings Dominion, and Six Flags Great Adventure up for your consideration.
And before anyone freaks, by our breakdown, the "east coast" ends somewhere around the Ohio/Pennsylvania border. Chill, Cedar Point fans. Your day is coming.Tweet
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