This Thursday I’m going to take a look at the best amusement park resorts in the U.S. I’ve been to quite a few parks over the years, but I’ve only stayed a one resort; Walt Disney World when I was 8. So, how could I do a top 3 list? I can’t, but the travel experts over at the Hospitality Management Schools Blog can. They recently sent me their list of the 10 Best Amusement Park Resorts. Here’s the top 3:
1. Walt Disney World Resort (Orlando, Florida)
I knew that Walt Disney World was big, but according to the HMS Blog, it includes “32 resorts and hotels on the property, which covers 40 square miles, with 24 of those directly operated by Disney”. And of course they all allow for easy access to the Disney theme parks. I’m sure I’ll be heading back to Disney World one day with the family. Maybe it’ll be thirty years after my last visit.
2. Cedar Point (Sandusky, Ohio)
The ‘Center of the Coaster Universe’, Cedar Point, is still home to the most roller coasters of any theme park on the planet. Thanks in part to Magic Mountain’s recent delaying of their 17th coaster to 2011 (Mr. Six’s DanceCoaster). The mega park on Lake Erie offers more than enough to warrant an overnight stay. The Breakers Hotel is located right on the beach and it offers early access to the park, before the general park-goers.
3. Universal Orlando Resort (Orlando, Florida)
Universal Orlando’s hotels are within walking distance of the Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios theme parks. Also within walking distance is the entertainment hot spot CityWalk that offers bars, restaurants, and a movie theater. I would imagine that the resorts are going to be pretty busy with new Wizarding World of Harry Potter opening soon.
Here’s the rest of the list:
4. Hershey Resorts (Hershey, Pennsylvania)
5. Schlitterbahn (New Braunfels, Texas)
6. Darien Lake (Darien, New York)
7. Six Flags Great Escape Lodge (Lake George, New York)
8. Busch Gardens Williamsburg (Williamsburg, Virginia)
9. Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park (Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin)
10. Disneyland Resort (Anaheim, California)
Read the full post here: 10 Best Amusement Park Resorts
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What’s Your Take?
What’s your favorite theme park resort? Leave a comment below.