Orlando theme parks score high on TripAdvisor awards

Posted Tuesday, July 2, 2013 9:44 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Orlando’s theme parks topped a list of the best amusement and water parks in the nation last week, but it wasn’t the area’s best-known park in the No. 1 spot. SeaWorld’s Discovery Cove ranked ahead of both the Disney’s Magic Kingdom and Universal’s Islands of Adventure as the best U.S. amusement/water park.

Read more from The Orlando Sentinel.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 12:06 PM

Hmmmm... It seems to me that if one paid that price for that kind of service and individual attention that one would have to rank it number one. I don't have much desire, but I'm sure it's a great experience for those that are so inclined.

What was interesting in that article was the mention of the number 1 landmark, fountains at Bellagio. Seriously? I'll have to find that list and see what kind of landmarks they're talking about. The thing I remember the most about the fountains is that every time we walked by it was the wrong time, and being accosted by hundreds of people with their flap-flap-flap hooker flyers.

Empire State Building? Gateway Arch? Seattle Space Needle?

Edit to add: maybe because the fountains are free to see...

Last edited by RCMAC, Tuesday, July 2, 2013 12:11 PM
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Tuesday, July 2, 2013 12:12 PM
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RCMAC said:

Empire State Building? Gateway Arch? Seattle Space Needle?

None of those make the top 25.


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Tuesday, July 2, 2013 12:18 PM

I knew if I waited long enough (not even a minute) you'd find them for me. :-)

And wow. Some of those landmarks I'm ok with, but others IMO, belong in a top 50. Maybe I should TripAdvisor more often.

No Lakeside Park?

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013 7:30 PM

Best Landmark I ever saw?

Natural - The Matterhorn, Switzerland.

Man-Made - The Ancient City of Teotihuacan, Mexico

Coaster Landmarks - The ones you see as you cross the Causeway on the way to Cedar Point.


Answer my Prayers, Overbook my next Flight!
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Tuesday, July 2, 2013 8:20 PM

Best landmark I ever saw and participated in.

Natural- Grand Canyon

Man made- Red Light District (Amsterdam)

Can't argue with Cedar Point

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013 9:14 PM
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Lord Gonchar said:

None of those make the top 25.

Which makes all their lists irrelevant. They look like they were going out of their way to list a bunch of crap no one's ever heard of.

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013 10:42 PM
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Yeah, because any list that includes places you haven't heard of is crap.

Actually, wouldn't that make it more valuable to you? It's a list of highly rated places that you've never heard of.

Honestly, if the list read like a list of landmarks we all know and have been to, it'd be as useless as all the coaster polls that all have the same 10 or so coasters populating the top spots.

But hey, if you want to look at an article that reads like a list of places every schmoe has been to, more power to you. Might as well throw in The Statue Of Liberty and Niagara Falls while we're at it.


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Tuesday, July 2, 2013 11:14 PM
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Yeah, that's why the Golden Tickets, in addition to being dumb, is also useless for me as a traveler. I've been on 90% of the rides in both top 25's for 5 or so years. Mitch's and CBuzz 100 help me more because they actually list rides I haven't been on (more Mitch's here).

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Hobbes: "What's the point of attaching a number to everything you do?"
Calvin: "If your numbers go up, it means you're having more fun."

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013 11:29 PM

I think that it is incredible how many of the golden ticket winners also take out full page ads in the same publication. What are the odds?

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013 3:21 AM

What's incredible is that anyone would find that incredible.

You promote me, I'll support you.

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013 8:11 AM

What landmarks in that Top 25 have people not heard of?


If I were more clever, something funny would be here.
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Wednesday, July 3, 2013 12:08 PM
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Yeah. I didn't want to go there. So I took the high road.

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