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Discovery Cove named 'best amusement park' by TripAdvisor

By Frances Cha, CNN
updated 10:53 AM EDT, Tue July 15, 2014
Visitors to Orlando, Florida's Discovery Cove, named world's best amusement park by TripAdvisor, encounter dolphins, snorkel with tropical fish and get soaked on an array of rides. Visitors to Orlando, Florida's Discovery Cove, named world's best amusement park by TripAdvisor, encounter dolphins, snorkel with tropical fish and get soaked on an array of rides.
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Best amusement parks: Discovery Cove
Siam Water Park (Tenerife, Spain)
Wild Wadi Water Park (Dubai, UAE)
Aquaventure (Dubai, UAE)
Beach Park (Aquiraz, Brazil)
Europa Park (Rust, Germany)
Magic Kingdom (Orlando, Florida)
PortAventura (Salou, Spain)
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • TripAdvisor publishes new rankings for best water parks and amusement parks based on reviews
  • Spain's Siam Park takes top spot for world's best water parks
  • Florida is home to five out of 10 of the world's best amusement parks

(CNN) -- In the hunt for the world's best amusement park, the people have spoken -- and it seems the people like mixing with creatures who eat a lot of fish.

Travel review site TripAdvisor has revealed its new rankings of the the best amusement and water parks around the world, with the winners in both categories both featuring marine life attractions.

Discovery Cove, a sprawling aquatic complex in Orlando, Florida where visitors can swim with dolphins and snorkel with tropical fish in Orlando, scooped the top amusement park prize.

Meanwhile Siam Park, an unlikely-sounding Thai-themed venue on the Spanish island of Tenerife, which features a colony of frisky sea lions, was named best water park.

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The results of TripAdvisor's Traveler's Choice awards were based on data gathered from reviews over the past 12 months.

Orlando did well -- claiming five out of the world's top 10, including three hits for the Disney empire.

With its whimsical European fairy tale settings and thrilling rides, Germany's Europa Park came in second while Universal's Islands of Adventure, also in Orlando, placed third.

Disney and Orlando also proved a strong combination in the world of water parks with the Florida destination claiming two of the top 10 -- Disney's Blizzard Beach, at number three, and Typhoon Lagoon at four.

In Brazil, Beach Park in Aquiraz polled second in the water park category while Dubai fielded two of the top 10 -- Wild Wadi Water Park and Aquaventure.

World's top amusement parks

1. Discovery Cove, Orlando, Florida
2. Europa Park, Rust, Germany
3. Universal's Islands of Adventure, Orlando, Florida
4. Magic Kingdom, Orlando, Florida
5. Disney's Hollywood Studios, Orlando, Florida
6. Beto Carrero World, Penha, Brazil
7. Disneyland Park, Anaheim, California
8. Universal Studios Singapore, Sentosa Island, Singapore
9. PortAventura Park, Salou, Spain
10. Disney's Animal Kingdom, Orlando, Florida

World's top water parks

1. Siam Park, Adeje, Spain
2. Beach Park, Aquiraz, Brazil
3. Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park, Orlando, Florida
4. Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park,Orlando, Florida
5. Waterbom Bali, Kuta, Indonesia
6. Wild Wadi Water Park, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
7. Hot Park, Rio Quente, Brazil
8. Aquaventure Waterpark, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
9. Aquatica, Orlando, Florida
10. Aquaventure Water Park at Atlantis, Paradise Island, Paradise Island, Bahamas

For the complete rankings, go to TripAdvisor.com.

What's your favorite water park and amusement park? Do you agree with these rankings? Let us know in the comments.

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