We Ranked The Disney Parks Around The World

By Ellen Kershner on April 8 2020 in Travel

Minnie Mouse ears in front of the Eiffel Tower.
  • Animal Kingdom's top attractions include Expedition Everest: Legend of the Forbidden Mountain, Flight of Passage, Pandora —The World of Avatar, and Kilimanjaro Safaris.
  • Alcoholic beverages are also available at DisneySea, Tokyo.
  • Disneyland opened in 1955.

Mickey and Minnie Mouse sure do get around. With six different resorts that include a total of 14 parks, these two characters meet countless of visitors every year. Here is a list of the resorts, and the parks in each:

  • Disneyland Resort, California: Disneyland, California Adventure (2)
  • Walt Disney World Resort, Florida: Animal Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Magic Kingdom (4) -plus two water parks: Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon (2)
  • Hong Kong Disneyland Resort: Hong Kong Disneyland (1)
  • Shanghai Disney Resort: Shanghai Disneyland (1)
  • Tokyo Disney Resort: Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo DisneySea (2)
  • Disneyland Paris: Disneyland Park, Walt Disney Studios Park (2)

Disney fans can be fiercely loyal, and many even become “addicted” to the parks, traveling to them several times a year. They also like to rate the parks within the resorts frequently, based on rides, food quality, service, and overall experiences. Here is a roundup of fan favorites.

5. Animal Kingdom, Florida

Animal Kingdom has more of a relaxed atmosphere that focuses on details that make you feel like you are traveling along beautiful animal trails in Africa. This park appeals to animal and nature lovers, with breathtaking walk-throughs and zoological exhibits that blend natural and artificial beauty. It is not packed with thrill rides like some of the other parks, but it does have several high-profile ones. Its top attractions include Expedition Everest: Legend of the Forbidden Mountain, Flight of Passage, Pandora —The World of Avatar, and Kilimanjaro Safaris.

4. DisneySea, Tokyo

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This park gets rave reviews for its Soaring: Fantastic Flights and Finding Nemo: SeaRider attractions. This fantasy theme park has seven different ports of call, including Lost River Delta, American Waterfront, and Mermaid Lagoon. It is good for all ages but holds particular appeal for adults, with many sit-down restaurants. Alcoholic beverages are also available at an adjacent park. Tokyo DisneySea also has great entertainment, with constantly changing harbor shows and memorable holiday performances.

3. Disneyland Park, California

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Disneyland opened in 1955, and its Disneyland Park is a consistently high ranker. At its heart is the famous Sleeping Beauty Castle, and some of its best-loved landmarks include the traditional Matterhorn Bobsleds ride, Mickey and the Magical Map, and the Mad Tea Party. Sci-fi attractions like Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and Guardians of the Galaxy Mission: BREAKOUT! have awesome special effects, and more thrills can be had on rides like Hyperspace Mountain and Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride. The blend of classic Disney, exciting rides, top-drawer entertainment, and food for every taste keep the entire original park as a tourist favorite.

2. Disneyland Park, Paris

Disneyland Park has been voted one of Disney’s best, and also as one of the top theme parks in the entire world. It gets bonus points for its remarkable design work and enchanting details. It has some similarities to Disneyland, with a Sleeping Beauty Castle, Magic Kingdom, and Pirates of the Caribbean. There are two Star Wars attractions, including the unbelievable Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain. Added perks include live action shows and a good selection of restaurants.

1. Hollywood Studios, Florida

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With nine rides and strong non-ride attractions, Hollywood Studios is also a strong front-runner Disney theme park. Its Tower of Terror and Rise of the Resistance are rated as the two best rides here, and fans also line up for Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy and Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage. Other great experiences include Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Toy Story Land, and Sunset & Hollywood Boulevards.

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