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Most Visited Amusement Parks in the U.S.

November 12, 2014

According to the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, It is estimated that 290 million people in the U.S. visit amusement parks and attractions every year. Some amusement parks bring in over 18,000,000 people annually and is the number one is the Magic Kingdom, located in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

In 2013, Magic Kingdom brought in an attendance of 18,588,000 people and is currently ranked number one as the top amusement park in the world by CNN. Attractions at Magic Kingdom include Space Mountain, a galaxy themed roller coaster ride and Splash Mountain, a log flume-style ride. Magic Kingdom also includes one of Disney’s most iconic structures, the Cinderella Castle. Opened in October of 1971, Cinderella Castle measures 189 feet tall and is surrounded by a 3.37 million gallon moat.

One of the best rides Disney has ever made. Certainly better than anything at Disney World.”

— Los Angeles Times

Disneyland, located in Anaheim, California is second on the list for most visited amusement parks, with a yearly turnout of around 16,202,000 people. Even though it is only the second most visited amusement park in the U.S., Disneyland has the largest cumulative attendance in the world, with 650,000,000 guests since its opening in 1955. Iconic attractions at Disneyland include Sleeping Beauty Castle, the oldest of all Disney castles and It’s a Small World, an old mill boat ride.

According to the Los Angeles Times the best ride at Disneyland is Indiana Jones Adventure which they said is “One of the best rides Disney has ever made. Certainly better than anything at Disney World.” Last on the list for most visited amusement parks is Epcot, also located in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Epcot has a yearly visitation of 11,229,000 people and was ranked #1 as Best Amusement Parks and Water Parks 2014 by Travel Channel. Built as celebration to human achievement, Epcot extends 300 acres, making it one of Florida’s largest amusement parks. Noteworthy rides at Epcot include Spaceship Earth, a time travel ride and Mission: Space, a shuttle simulator.

The Indiana Jones Adventure attraction.
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Part of the Indiana Jones Adventure attraction.

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