Written by Robert Niles
Published: May 26, 2004 at 8:13 PM
Best Theme Park
Universal's Islands of Adventure is the defending champ in this category, having won both previous awards.
Best Theme Park for Kids
Legoland California won the inaugural award in this category last year.
Islands of Adventure's Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man captured this award in 2002 and 2003.
Best Family Attraction
This award will be presented for the first time this year, and will go to the highest rated attraction without a height restriction.
Best New Attraction
Also debuting this year, the award will go to the highest-rated new attraction (no clones) opened to the public after June 1, 2003.
Website members rate may each attraction, restaurant and hotel at the world's major theme parks on a scale from 0 to 10. They may rate each only once and all votes expire after 12 months.
Locations are eligible for the annual awards once they have been rated a minimum number of times. The highest rated eligible location in each category on June 30, 2004 will be crowned the winner in that category.
ThemeParkInsider.com is one of the leading sources of information online for planning a theme park vacation, attracting more than 200,000 unique readers and serving more than 1.2 million page views per month. The site is independently owned by its founder, operated by its members and not affiliated with any theme park or entertainment company.
In 2001, the site won the journalism industry's highest honor for websites, the Online Journalism Award, for its coverage of theme park safety. The Online Journalism Award was given by a jury of news professionals from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, the same organization which awards the Pulitzer Prizes to newspapers.