Theme Park Insider readers rate and review all the rides, shows, restaurants and hotels at the world's most popular theme park resorts. Follow the links below to learn more about these vacation destinations.
The Walt Disney World Resort, located just southwest of Orlando, Florida, is the world's most popular theme park resort, with four theme parks, two water parks, and more than two dozen hotels.
Disneyland, in Anaheim, California, is Disney's original park, and the only one ever visited by Walt Disney himself. Disney California Adventure opened in 2001 and enjoyed a multi-billion-dollar facelift in 2012, which included the opening of the popular Cars Land.
The Universal Orlando Resort offers a smaller, more walkable alternative to the sprawling Disney World resort, with two theme parks, four hotels and the wildly popular Wizarding World of Harry Potter spanning Universal's two theme parks.
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Tokyo Disney is home to Theme Park Insider readers' choice as the world's best theme park — Tokyo DisneySea. Its older sibling, Tokyo Disneyland, opened in 1983 as Disney's first theme park outside the United States.
Located in Osaka (a little under four hours by high speed train from Tokyo), Universal Studios Japan opened in 2001 and is Universal's most-visited theme park.
Europe most-popular theme park opened as Euro Disneyland in 1992 before getting its new name in 1995. A second gate, the Walt Disney Studios Park, opened in 2002.
Disney's newest theme park opened on June 16, 2016, featuring several unique attractions, including Disney's largest castle, a TRON roller coaster and an all-new version of Pirates of the Caribbean.