Each year, on the Fourth of July U.S. Independence Day holiday, the readers of ThemeParkInsider.com honor the world's best in theme parks.
Winners of the 2014 awards are:
Voting for the Theme Park Insider Awards is conducted over a 12-month period. Registered users of the site may rate attractions, restaurants and hotels on a scale from 0 to 10. Readers may vote only once on each location. ThemeParkInsider.com tallies those ratings and computes averages for each location. The locations with the highest average among those with a determined minimum number of votes were awarded the Theme Park Insider Awards in each category. The attraction with the highest average among those that debuted in the 12 months before June 30, 2014 and that has at least a minimum number of votes received the best new attraction honor.
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Theme Park Insider has been named the top theme park site on the Internet by Forbes and Travel + Leisure magazines and has been a finalist for the Webby Award for best overall Guide/Ratings/Reviews site. In 2001, Theme Park Insider was the first travel-related website to win the prestigious Online Journalism Award, presented by the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and the Online News Association.
Here are the previous winners of the Theme Park Insider Awards:
Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
Disney's Animal Kingdom
Disney's Hollywood Studios
Disney California Adventure
Universal Studios Florida
Universal's Islands of Adventure
Universal Studios Hollywood