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The Best Amusement Parks In America

Updated August 14, 2019 18.4k votes 3.2k voters 48.9k views67 items

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Here is a list of the most popular amusement parks that can be found in the US. Theme parks can be great destinations for quick getaways or family vacations. Roller Coaster parks add that bit of excitement your vacation needs. Feel free to comment on the parks you've been to and make your own list using the make your version button. Even though amusements parks are loads of fun, still be careful because there's always the occasional horrible theme park accident that occurs. The US theme parks can be voted up or down according to preferences.
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    Dollywood is a theme park owned by entertainer Dolly Parton and Herschend Family Entertainment. It is located in the Knoxville-Smoky Mountains metroplex in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Hosting over 3 million guests in a typical season—Presidents' Day to the Christmas holidays—Dollywood is the biggest "ticketed" tourist attraction in Tennessee. In addition to standard amusement park thrill rides, Dollywood features traditional crafts and music of the Smoky Mountains area. The park hosts a number of concerts and musical events each year, including appearances by Parton and her family, as well as other national and local musical acts, and is the site of the Southern Gospel Museum and Hall of...  more
    • Located In: Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, USA
    • Area (km sq.): 0.53
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    Universal Studios Florida is a theme park located in Orlando, Florida. Opened on June 7, 1990, the park's theme is the entertainment industry, in particular movies and television. Universal Studios Florida inspires its guests to "ride the movies", and it features numerous attractions and live shows. The park is one component of the larger Universal Orlando Resort. In 2013, the park hosted an estimated 7.06 million guests, ranking it the eighth-most visited theme park in the United States, and ranking it sixteenth worldwide....  more
    • Located In: Orlando, Florida, USA
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    Magic Kingdom Park, commonly known as Magic Kingdom, is the first-built of the four theme parks at the Walt Disney World Resort in Bay Lake, Florida, near Orlando, Florida. It opened on October 1, 1971. Designed and built by WED Enterprises, its layout and attractions are similar to Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California, and is dedicated to fairy tales and Disney characters. In 2013, the park hosted 18.58 million visitors, making it the most visited theme park in the world for the fifth consecutive year. The park is represented by Cinderella Castle, a replica of the fairy tale castle seen in the 1950 film....  more
    • Located In: Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA
    • Area (km sq.): 0.43
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  • Busch Gardens Williamsburg is a 383-acre theme park located in James City County, Virginia, about 60.40 miles northwest of Virginia Beach, originally developed by Anheuser-Busch and currently owned by SeaWorld Entertainment, a division of Blackstone Group. The park opened on May 16, 1975, adjacent to Anheuser-Busch's brewery and near its other developments including the Kingsmill Resort complex. The park is themed around old-world Europe and Sesame Street. The park was originally called Busch Gardens: The Old Country, reflecting the European theme. In 1993, the park was renamed Busch Gardens Williamsburg before briefly being named Busch Gardens Europe in 2006 until it returned to the...  more
    • Located In: Virginia, USA
    • Area (km sq.): 1.55
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