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Disney Did Not Win America’s Top Theme Park this Year

Disney Did Not Win America’s Top Theme Park this Year

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The people have spoken. This year, America’s Top Amusement Park is not one of Disney’s properties. See what park claimed the prize.

Trip Advisor Traveler’s Choice Awards

Credit: Trip Advisor

Each year, Trip Advisor, a trusted and hotly utilized travel review site, compiles the winners of the Traveler’s Choice Awards. These awards are meant to recognize the best in tourism and hospitality according to those who matter the most of all: the actual guests.

That’s right, the rankings are entirely based upon the rankings and reviews of guests who visit and make their voices heard within a given time period. This year’s awards were tabulated from May 1, 2021, to April 30, 2022.

The 2022 Awards are here. Disney Parks travelers may (or may not) be surprised to find that a Disney park is not at the top of the list for the title of America’s Best Amusement Park.

And the Winner is…

Credit: Dollywood

This year’s Trip Advisor Traveler’s Choice Award for America’s Top Amusement Park goes to none other than Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

Dolly Parton stated, “I am so proud of the work my people do to make Dollywood such a great place for families. When I started dreaming up Dollywood all those years ago, I hoped it would be somewhere folks were excited to come visit and enjoy time together.

To hear that they are leaving so many positive comments about their time here really shows what we’re doing is working. In the current world, I want Dollywood to be a place where the light shines every day.”

So Where did Disney Parks Rank?

Credit: KtP

It looks like only one Disney Park cracked the top 10 for this year’s awards. The top 10 are as follows:

  1. Dollywood (Pigeon Forge, Tennessee)
  2. Universal’s Islands of Adventure (Orlando, Florida)
  3. Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park (Orlando, Florida)
  4. Universal Studios Hollywood (Los Angeles, California)
  5. Universal Studios Florida (Orlando, Florida)
  6. Silver Dollar City (Branson, Missouri)
  7. Funland (Rehoboth Beach, Delaware)
  8. Fun Spot America (Kissimmee, Florida)
  9. Santa’s Village (Jefferson, New Hampshire)
  10. Busch Gardens (Tampa, Florida)
Credit: Disney

The next Disney Park mentioned is Disneyland in California, coming in at number 11. Disney’s Hollywood Studios finished at number 12.

Tell me, Disney goers, do the rankings surprise you? Or, does Disney’s placement behind both Dollywood and Universal check out? Would you rank a Disney Park as Number 1? Please, let us know your thoughts on the Kenny the Pirate Facebook page. Don’t forget to join the KtP crew page, too!

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Marlene vandyke

Tuesday 21st of June 2022

We have been to Disney over 8 times last time we were there 2021, was the worst time ever. The magic is gone, prices have gone through the roof,all extras are gone. It seems like all their concerned with is profits!!!!

Michael Faussett

Sunday 19th of June 2022

I liked the older fast pass system where everyone goes to the ride it's self and put your park pass in and get a come back time I think that it was fear for everyone hotel guests are not because everyone had a chance of getting one.


Sunday 19th of June 2022

Had a 7 day trip planned and paid for to Disney World (where I have stayed countless times) before COVID shut down. When Disney World re-opened, they had changed and deleted so many things, I canceled and went to Universal Orlando, (where I have also stayed several times) never regretted a thing. Also, got to keep my tickets to Cirque de Solia, and Universal provided me transportation to Disney Springs to see it.


Sunday 19th of June 2022

I’m not surprised at all, either. I grew up a Disney kid, did the College Program and eventually became a full time Cast Member at WDW and it is not the same company that I began working for. It’s very sad. I won’t be back until some major changes are made. It’s the politics and “wokeness” for me. I can’t support it. It was on a downward slope before that with price and quality changes occurring. I did, however, visit Dollywood for the first time in 2019 and it is now my “home away from home.” Our family fell in love with Dollywood the first day of our visit and we now have season passes there instead of WDW. We go multiple times a year now. It is such a beautiful park, I would even call it magical, wholesome, amazing food, a great kids area, world class roller coasters, and customer service that has now surpassed Disney. It is now our vacation destination for the foreseeable future and I’m happy about it. I do truly hope that the Disney corporation changes. They need to stay out of politics and bring back the quality and magic.


Sunday 19th of June 2022

There is NO WAY that Fun Spot legitimately made that list. It looks like Fun Spot instructed their employees to vote for themselves again (not the first time). They are such a ghetto park -- and total fraudsters when it comes to their marketing. Seriously, Fun Spot made the Top 10 but no Cedar Point, Magic Mountain, Knott's, Lake Winnie, Disneyland, Lake Compounce, Epcot? Sure, yeah... That wasn't a cooked poll by Fun Spot.

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