TripAdvisor ranks theme parks based on reviews, puts Discovery Cove on top

Posted | Contributed by Jeff

Discovery Cove, SeaWorld's day resort that features interactions with dolphins, exotic fish and birds, again has won the top spot in TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice competition. It was ranked the No. 1 amusement park in the world for 2014. Universal's Islands of Adventure, Magic Kingdom and Disney's Hollywood Studios were ranked second, third and fourth in the U.S.

Read more from The Orlando Sentinel and see the entire feature from TripAdvisor.

  1. Discovery Cove
  2. Islands of Adventure
  3. Magic Kingdom
  4. Disney Hollywood Studios
  5. Disneyland
  6. Disney's Animal Kingdom
  7. SeaWorld Orlando
  8. Cedar Point
  9. Universal Studios Hollywood
  10. Busch Gardens Tampa
  11. Epcot
  12. Disney California Adventure
  13. Busch Gardens Williamsburg
  14. Dollywood
  15. Universal Studios Florida
  16. Silver Dollar City
  17. SeaWorld San Diego
  18. Hersheypark
  19. Six Flags Over Texas
  20. Six Flags Magic Mountain
  21. SeaWorld San Antonio
  22. Dutch Wonderland
  23. Knoebels
  24. Warner Bros. Studios
  25. Santa's Village
sirloindude's avatar

What? No Conneaut?

13 Boomerang, 9 SLC, and 8 B-TR clones

rollergator's avatar

Unsurprising in that Discovery Cove, as the most expensive park, also delivers the highest-quality experience. If they weren't the best, the pricing structure would have to change drastically.

Jeff's avatar

Other than Disney, I think SeaWorld Parks are the biggest winners with six parks in there.

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eightdotthree's avatar

Funny seeing Hollywood Studios on the list.

Discovery Cove is amazing. We have gone twice now and have had fantastic deals both times... I believe we have paid like $149 a person without the dolphin portion and it included a 10-day ticket to Sea World or Aquatica (don't remember if there was a small fee for the hopper on top of the ticket). You simply can't beat that deal either way though for what you get.

Jeff's avatar

Today you get 14-day access to SeaWorld and Aquatica "around" your DCO reservation date.

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Sounds about right, I couldn't remember the exact details. I just know it was a fantastic deal, especially if you can go during slower times of the year.

When we went to Discovery Cove last year it was cool and rainy (unusual for May) but it was still one of the best theme park days we have ever had. The all inclusive nature of it was fabulous. I'm not a cruiser but I see the appeal of that. We didn't take advantage of the free days at Sea World and Aquatica but it was still a great value.

Rickrollercoaster's avatar

Ah, Discovery Cove, can't wait to swim with some Rays in October.

"It's kind of fun to do the impossible." - Walt Disney
ApolloAndy's avatar

Rickrollercoaster said:

Ah, Discovery Cove, can't wait to swim with some Rays in October.

Everybody loves Rays.

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."

Rickrollercoaster's avatar

Has anyone done the Diving helmet experience? I'm a bit claustrophobic and wanted to know If it's something I should avoid or that it's not that intense.

"It's kind of fun to do the impossible." - Walt Disney

The past two times in Orlando we contemplated on doing Discovery Cove, and didn't find the time. Now it sounds as though we have to go next visit. Others that have been it is worth it? I want to hear the opinions.

There are almost 7,000 opinions that resulted in Discovery Cove being ranked the #1 theme park. You're still not convinced of its worth?

Jeff's avatar

Yeah, that's pretty solid to me, because the Internet mostly hates everything.

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Shawn Meyer's avatar

I know this is just TripAdvisor, but I wander If Cedar Point will be dethroned this year as far as "Best Amusement Park in the World" from Golden ticket awards? Do the fans vote on that or do they just pick different parks?

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Jeff's avatar

The Golden Tickets are a joke. Any poll that involves selling advertising to the winners is dubious at best.

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LostKause's avatar

I wouldn't count Discovery Cove as an amusement park in the traditional sense. I really don't know what to call it, bur I wouldn't call it an amusement or a theme park.

I'm not knocking Discovery Cove, because it looks pretty fantastic. I hope to go there some day. It looks like a fantastic value with the added park admissions.

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rollergator's avatar

I always considered getting a GT ballot to be a more impressive achievement than winning. Then again, I never had one of my attractions nominated... ;~P

ApolloAndy's avatar

Discovery Cove also does not appeal to the traditional voter on the GT's. Not a single ride in sight (unless you count dolphins).

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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