The Theme Park Insider Awards
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 2013 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 restaurant and hotel with the highest average among those with a determined minimum number of votes were awarded the Theme Park Insider Awards in those categories. The attraction with the highest average among those that debuted in the 12 months before June 30, 2013 and that has at least a minimum number of votes received the best new attraction honor.
Starting in 2012, the winner of Theme Park Insider Award as the world's best theme park is the park with the largest number of attractions receiving both a minimum number of votes and an average reader rating of 9 or above (with extra credit given to attractions with a perfect 10 average reader rating). The tie-breaker is the overall average rating of all attractions and restaurants.
About Theme Park Insider
Theme Park Insider reaches more than 15,000 unique visitors each day on the Web, and more than 300,000 unique visitors each month, according to Google Analytics. The readers of ThemeParkInsider.com each year collectively spend nearly $3 billion on theme park visits and vacations, according to a random-sample survey of site visitors.
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:
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