With all the popularity surrounding Disney and its theme parks, it is easy to think that any park at the Disney World Resort could be considered the number one theme park in the United States. However, a recent poll conducted by USA TODAY revealed that that is far from the case.
USA TODAY asked its readers to vote on their favorite theme park, as well as their favorite roller coaster in the United States. Disney almost didn’t make the cut when it came to fan-favorite theme parks, and it didn’t rank at all in the top 10 when it came to roller coasters. Instead, another Florida theme park took the number one honor when it came to both categories — SeaWorld Orlando!
SeaWorld took to social media to share its exciting news with all of its followers:
BREAKING NEWS: you voted and the results are in! We won – not one – but TWO incredible awards! SeaWorld Orlando and Mako, have been voted the #1 Amusement Park, and #1 Rollercoaster, by USA TODAY @10Best Readers’ Choice award.
BREAKING NEWS: you voted and the results are in! We won – not one – but TWO incredible awards! SeaWorld Orlando and Mako, have been voted the #1 Amusement Park, and #1 Rollercoaster, by USA TODAY @10Best Readers' Choice award. ?? pic.twitter.com/sV75cPBhYc
— SeaWorld (@SeaWorld) July 2, 2021
Not only was SeaWorld Orlando ranked the number one amusement park, but the theme park’s Mako roller coaster also ranked number one by fans. Mako is the tallest and fastest roller coaster in Orlando — reaching speeds of 73 miles per hour and heights of 200 feet.
While neither Disney World nor Universal Orlando took the number one spot, they both made appearances on the lists. Disney World’s Magic Kingdom theme park ranked number nine on the best theme parks list and Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure took the number ten spot on best roller coasters.
In order to determine the top theme park and top roller coaster, a panel of experts at USA TODAY created an initial list of nominees from more than 400 theme parks and hundreds of roller coasters. Readers were then asked to vote on their top ten from that list of nominees.
Which theme park do you think is number one? Let us know in the comments!
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