So, travel site TripAdvisor announced that Universal Studios Singapore (USS) is Asia’s top amusement park for the third year running. Globally, USS is ranked #17 in the world.

Award winners were determined based on the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings made on the TripAdvisor website over a 12-month period.

With its #1 ranking, USS beats fierce regional competitors such as Hong Kong Disneyland (#2), Ocean Park Hong Kong (#3), Tokyo DisneySea (#4), Universal Studios Japan (#5) and Tokyo Disneyland (#6).

And here’s a list of the top 20 amusement parks in Asia:

  1. Universal Studios Singapore
  2. Hong Kong Disneyland
  3. Ocean Park (Hong Kong)
  4. Tokyo DisneySea
  5. Universal Studios Japan
  6. Tokyo Disneyland
  7. Vinpearl Amusement Park (Vietnam)
  8. Wonderla Amusement Park (Bangalore, India)
  9. Ramoji Film City (Hyderabad, India)
  10. Imagica (Mumbai, India)
  11. Everland (South Korea)
  12. Legoland Malaysia
  13. Harbin Ice and Snow World
  14. Fuji-Q Highland (Japan)
  15. Wonderla Amusement Park (Kochi, India)
  16. Rusutsu Resort (Japan)
  17. Seoul Children’s Grand Park
  18. Hangzhou Songcheng
  19. EsselWorld (Mumbai, India)
  20. Lotte World (South Korea)

However, many Singaporeans were not amused by amusement park rankings, and expressed their bewilderedness online.

Most felt that the amusement parks in Japan were far better:



One even wondered if the PAP government had somehow rigged the ranking:


Are you also puzzled by TripAdvisor’s ranking?

A post written in 2014 (when USS was also ranked #1) pretty much sums up how USS managed to clinch the top spot.

According to the post:

  • USS is NOT the best, but the MOST POPULAR of all amusement parks in Asia

  • There are about 20% more “Excellent” ratings for the Japanese theme parks than the ones from Singapore and Hongkong

  • TripAdvisor’s rankings prioritises popularity over ratings

  • Being situated in a primarily English speaking country will affect the number of reviews received on TripAdvisor

Now, that sounds legit.

So USS, don’t pop your champagne so early. You’ve got more work to do (such as fixing your problematic rides) if you truly want to become the best in Asia.