Orlando theme parks fared very well in this year’s Theme Park Insider Awards, scoring victories in three of the four categories. For the second consecutive year, Universal’s Islands of Adventure won best theme park, while Star Tours at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (and Disneyland) was named best new attraction. Epcot’s Bistro de Paris earned the best theme park restaurant nod for the second year in a row.
Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel in Anaheim, Calif., repeated as best on-site theme park hotel.
The Theme Park Insider Awards are based on average reader ratings on themeparkinsider.com over the past 12 months.
The popularity of Wizarding World of Harry Potter contributed to IOA getting top reviews from the website’s readers. Busch Gardens in Tampa and Disney California Adventure were runners-up for best theme park. Cheetah Hunt, the new coaster at Busch Gardens, and Texas Giant, the revamped wooden coaster at Six Flags Over Texas, fell just short of the new attraction prize.
In the restaurant category, multiple winner Mythos at Islands of Adventure, and Epcot’s via Napoli were runners-up.
Universal’s Portofino Bay and Disney World’s Beach Club Resort were voted runners-up in the hotel division by the website’s readers.