Written by Robert Niles
Published: July 1, 2005 at 3:29 PM
Best Theme Park
Tokyo DisneySea wrested the award from three-time winner Universal's Islands of Adventure in the closest voting in Theme Park Insider Awards history. "Visitors adore Tokyo DisneySea's attention to detail and world-class line-up of high-tech attractions," said ThemeParkInsider.com Editor Robert Niles. "This marks the first time a park outside the United States has won a Theme Park Insider Award, a reflection of the growing excellence of the industry outside the U.S."
Best Theme Park for Kids
Legoland California narrowly edged SeaWorld Orlando for the honor. "Legoland has introduced some of the most innovative new attractions in the industry over the past year," said Niles. "The park's commitment to interactive play makes it an ideal choice for families with active kids."
The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man at Universal's Islands of Adventure continues its amazing run, winning this award for the fourth year in a row. A ThemeParkInsider.com reader from Leeds, United Kingdom wrote "Spider-Man is different to everything else in Florida - the rest are rides, but this is an experience. The story is excellent and the special effects are awesome; the final drop at the end is like nothing else, superb."
Best New Attraction
ThemeParkInsider.com readers selected Curse of DarKastle at Busch Gardens Williamsburg as this year's best new ride. ThemeParkInsider.com correspondent Russ Meyer called DarKastle "a top-notch theme park attraction... that will undoubtedly create a strong fan base."
"Busch Gardens very well may have constructed one of the greatest theme park attractions ever conceived," Meyer wrote.
Best Theme Park Restaurant
Mythos Restaurant at Universal's Islands of Adventure was again the choice of ThemeParkInsider.com readers for best table service restaurant located inside a theme park.
Best Theme Park Hotel
The Animal Kingdom Lodge at Walt Disney World is the new winner in this category, taking the honor from Disneyland's Grand Californian Hotel, last year's winner.
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The site attracts more than 250,000 unique visitors a month and includes ratings and reviews on dozens of the world's most popular theme parks, submitted by more than 10,000 registered members from around the world.