For an incredible 5th year in a row, TripAdvisor travellers have named Universal’s Islands of Adventure the number one amusement park in the world.

Here are the top ten parks according to TripAdvisor travellers for 2019:

  1. Universal’s Islands of Adventure
  2. Magic Kingdom
  3. Universal Studios Florida
  4. Disney’s Animal Kingdom
  5. Puy du Fou
  6. Universal Studios Hollywood
  7. Tivoli Gardens
  8. Europa-Park
  9. The Islands in Pigeon Forge
  10. SeaWorld Orlando

Already I am seeing a few potential issues with this worldwide list. Firstly it is incredibly surprising not to see the likes of Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disneyland, and Disney’s California Adventure not making it into the top ten list.

When exploring the criteria of how the top ten list is formed it makes a bit more sense. TripAdvisor base the list on a combination of the number of reviews being left for each of the theme parks, in combination with the overall review score.

Also consider that here in the UK, Paulton’s Park is currently rated #1 on Trip Advisor, something we can all agree is nowhere close to the reality. It would seem that this criteria is largely based on how well the team at each theme park push for positive reviews on Trip Advisor. Just goes to show that the team at Universal are doing a fantastic job!

Even with all of that in mind, Universal must be commended for guest satisfaction and the sheer number of positive reviews the resort has collected over the past 12 months. We’ve also heard many reports to suggest that team members at Universal have been fantastic in recent months, outshining the Cast Members over at Disney…

With recent additions to the park such as Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure this year and Skull Island: Reign of Kong back in 2016, Islands of Adventure keeps growing from strength to strength.

Skull Island: Reign of Kong
Credit: Universal Orlando Resort

We’ve also seen some construction work going on around the Jurassic Park area of the park though still no official word from Universal exists on what is being built though it’s been speculated (and pretty much confirmed) as a Jurassic Park coaster.

In recent weeks Universal has pressed ahead with plans to expand the Orland resort even further with the reveal of a brand new theme park, Universal’s Epic Universe. While we don’t know much more than that at this stage, there’s no doubt Universal will continue to be a big player in the theme park business for years to come.