2 Ohio amusement parks among top 20

2 Ohio amusement parks among top 20
Riders hit the summit of the Top Thrill Dragster at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. (Paul M. Walsh, AP File Photo)

Kings Island and Cedar Point are the most popular seasonal amusement parks in the U.S., according to a report issued by the Theme Entertainment Association.

Both parks, owned by

Cedar Fair

Entertainment of Sandusky, Ohio, saw a slight rise in attendance last year.

Cedar Fair is the seventh-largest theme park group in the world.

Among all theme/amusement parks in

North America

, including those open year round, Kings Island, near Cincinnati, and Cedar Point, in Sandusky, ranked 15th and 16th. The big gorillas on the list, naturally, were

Walt Disney World



. At

Universal Orlando

, the new

Wizarding World of Harry Potter

attraction lifted attendance at its

Islands of Adventure

park 28 percent to sixth on the list.

Theme park attendance in North America last year rose 2.9 percent to 127 million visitors, the report found.

Here's the list of the top theme/amusement parks in North America:



Kingdom, Disney World, Orlando

2. Disneyland, Anaheim, Calif.

3. Epcot, Disney World, Orlando, Fla.

4. Animal Kingdom, Disney World, Orlando

5. Hollywood Studios, Disney World, Orlando

6. Islands of Adventure, Universal Orlando

7. California Adventure, Disneyland, Anaheim

8. Universal Studios, Orlando

9. SeaWorld Florida, Orlando

10. Universal Studios Hollywood, Calif.

11. SeaWorld California, San Diego


Busch Gardens

, Tampa

13. Knott's Berry Farm, Buena Park, Calif.

14. Canada's Wonderland, Toronto

15. Kings Island, near Cincinnati

16. Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio


Hershey Park



, Pa.


Busch Gardens Europe

, Williamsburg, Va.


Six Flags

Magic Mountain, Valencia, Calif.

20. SeaWorld Texas, San Antonio