The first round of the 2018 Theme Park Insider Tournament to determine the world's best theme park continues with some of America's favorite, but smaller, theme parks.
While you won't find any of these parks on the TEA/AECOM attendance lists, each of them consistently shows up in online discussions about America's best theme parks. They've won over their devoted fanbases with excellent customer service, pleasant surroundings, and some surprisingly innovative attractions that casual fans might not expect from parks you never see in a national TV commercial.
Dollywood, in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, has won Theme Park Insider Awards for Miss Lillian's Chicken House and Mystery Mine. Santa Claus, Indiana's Holiday World dominated several of our original Theme Park Insider Tournaments back in the day. Branson, Missouri's Silver Dollar City is about to drop the world the world's fastest, tallest, and steepest spinning coaster later this month. (Theme Park Insider will be there for the opening!) And Knoebels, in Elysburg, Pennsylvania, is a great, old-school park where you don't have to pay to park or enter. It's all pay-per-ride.
Here is our Theme Park Insider coverage of recent major coaster openings at each park, including POV video:
If you have visited any of these parks, please help add to our reader ratings and reviews via these pages:
Time to vote!
And congratulations to Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, which won our "play in" round vote and now advances into the European regional. Tomorrow, the first round continues with "Which is the better theme park in the UK?," featuring Alton Towers vs. Thorpe Park, and a biggie, "What's the best park at Universal Orlando?" with Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure squaring off.
No, CityWalk is not a contestant in that vote.Tweet
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