Does Merlin own Legoland?
I puked a little in my mouth when I read that Six Flags was second place. So much for "Theme Park Insider".
"None of the Above" and "Other."
Come to think of it... Here's a suggestion for a related poll -- "Least favorite park."
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No NOTA on this one, 'cause I wanted to push the leaners.
Anyway, I am shocked that its such a split after that!
Nevertheless, Disney still provides the best overall experience - when Islands of Adventure first opened they had a chance to beat Disney in the imagination realm but they have not passed the time test (Can you do this over time and keep it up).
Is Wild Adventures really that good?
They set the standard in virtually every facet of the industry. The parks have consistently surpassed the expectations of a significant majority of their guests.
They have moved into international markets in virtually every corner of the globe. Correct me if I am wrong, but I believe a Disney park is up and operating at every hour of every day. That's an extraordinary achievement and it seems very unlikely that the other choices in this poll will ever make the same claim.
But even more important is that the business model(s) Disney has pursued has created conditions which has allowed the same company to own these parks since their opening. The rival park operators in the TPI poll can't make the same claim. The Disney theme parks have always been owned by the company founded by Walt and Roy Disney. In an era where corporate ownership trades hands at the speed of light, the consistent ownership of the Disney parks by the Disney company is an intangible achievment that is worthy of acknowledgement and respect.
Disney wrote the book on themepark development and operation. Regardless who is in second place it is a decidedly distant second.
Getting to the top is only part of the battle. Remaining on top is the challenge. Disney has done so since the beginning. With all do respect, other theme parks can learn a great deal from the mouse! But it looks as though SeaWorld (Busch) is gaining ground.
This would probably explain why they are getting a high percentage of votes.
Also, a lot more people have been to Disney and have never visited Universal Studios. We went to Disney three times and finally my wife talked me into Universal Studios.
The attention to detail at Universal far surpasses anything at any of the Disney parks in my opinion.
My 9 year old daughter and I just visited Six Flags in Gurnee yesterday. It's a great bang for the buck park with more coasters than all the Disney parks combined.
I wouldnt vote for a park I've never visited, I hear Cedar Point is spectacular and I can't wait to go.