Written by Robert Niles
Published: July 3, 2004 at 6:50 PM
Theme park fans around the world again selected Universal's Islands of Adventure as the world's top theme park, as Orlando parks dominated the 2004 Theme Park Insider Awards. The awards are given each July 4 following a vote of more than 8,000 registered correspondents on ThemeParkInsider.com.
Islands of Adventure also won the top honor in 2002 and 2003, though the Universal Orlando park faced strong competition this year from SeaWorld Orlando and Disneyland Paris, as well as its sibling Universal Studios Florida.
Universal Studios Florida surged in the park rankings this year thanks to several new attractions. One of those, Revenge of the Mummy, won the Theme Park Insider Award for Best New Attraction this year, edging Mickey's PhilharMagic at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom.
Islands of Adventure's Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man won its third consecutive award for Best Overall Attraction, while Festival of the Lion King at Disney's Animal Kingdom won the honors for Best Family Attraction (given to the top-rated ride or show with no height restriction.) The Walt Disney Company dominated this new category, placing the top nine attractions in it.
Universal Orlando picked up its fourth award in the seven categories as Islands Of Adventure's Mythos repeated as Theme Park Insider readers' choice for Best Theme Park Restaurant.
California parks captured the other two awards, as Theme Park Insider readers again picked Legoland California as the world's Best Theme Park for Kids and Disneyland's Grand Californian Hotel as the world's Best Theme Park Hotel.
THE 2004 WINNERS
Best Theme Park: Universal's Islands of Adventure
Best Theme Park for Kids: Legoland California
Best Attraction: The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man (Universal's Islands of Adventure)
Best Family Attraction: Festival of the Lion King (Disney's Animal Kingdom)
Best New Attraction: Revenge of the Mummy (Universal Studios Florida)
Best Restaurant in a Theme Park: Mythos Restaurant (Universal's Islands of Adventure)
Best Hotel at a Theme Park Resort: Disney's Grand Californian Hotel (Disneyland)
ABOUT THEME PARK INSIDER
ThemeParkInsider.com is the leading online source for consumer information about theme parks around the world. It was the first travel-related website to win the prestigious Online Journalism Award, given by the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and the Online News Association. ThemeParkInsider.com serves more than a quarter-million unique readers each month and is edited by Robert Niles, a former online editor and staff writer for the Rocky Mountain News and Los Angeles Times.