One of the fun parts of running Theme Park Insider for all these years has been discovering so many great theme parks outside of Orlando and Southern California. For almost all of these parks, I din't discover them by traveling. I first heard of them from the descriptions of passionate fans here on the site.
That's why I encourage everyone on the site to submit reviews, not just ratings, on our listing pages... and to put up trip reports on the discussion board. (Register here to do both.) The more fans we attract to our favorite, overlooked parks, the more success they might enjoy that can translate to investments in new attractions and experiences in the future. A decade ago, the only park in Europe I ever considered visiting was Disneyland Paris. But thanks to the Theme Park Insider community, a bunch of other parks have moved onto my personal "must visit" list.
Two of those are last year's winner of our Theme Park Insider Award for the world's best theme park, Efteling, and the most-visited theme park in Europe besides Disneyland Paris, Europa Park. These independently-owned parks provide exquisite theming and customer services, along with some world-class rides, propelling them alongside Disneyland Paris as the most-visited theme parks in Europe.
We invite you to read more about these parks on their Theme Park Insider listing pages. As always, your ratings and reviews of these parks' attractions on their listing pages are encouraged and welcomed.
Which one of these parks should move on to face Disneyland Paris in the second round? It's time to vote!
Tomorrow, we conclude the first round of the 2018 Theme Park Insider Tournament. First, we vote on the best theme park for sun-starved Europeans. Then we will ask you to pick the best theme park in Southern California. Thanks to everyone for participating!Tweet
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