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What is the world's best theme park hotel?

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Published: May 16, 2006 at 10:25 PM

Continuing our posts about the 2006 Theme Park Insider Awards, it is time to consider hotels.

In this category, we consider only "official," on-property hotels. I know that reduces the number of potential nominees, but... we really need to reduce the number of potential nominees. At what point away from a theme park resort is a hotel no longer considered a "theme park" hotel? One mile? Ten? The easiest way to draw the line is at the property line.

(Of course, we provide plenty of opportunities for readers to rate, review and book off-property theme park hotels. But we're just considering the on-site ones for the annual award.)

For those of you new to the site, here's how the awards work: click on the Browse Parks and Find Hotels links at the top of the page and browse to the attractions, restaurants and hotels you've been to in the past year. Submit your rating and review for each. We'll tally the ratings and the places with the highest average rating for the year win the awards. For parks, we take the highest cumulative rating for all the attractions and restaurants at the park.

Here are the leading contenders, in alphabetical order by resort, as of today:

Cedar Point:

Disneyland:

Universal Orlando:

Walt Disney World:

Votes, comments and wiki updates, as always, are encouraged!

Readers' Opinions

From melissa faulkner on May 17, 2006 at 9:31 AM
where do we go to vote?
From Robert Niles on May 17, 2006 at 10:41 AM
Click on the hotel names, or click on the "Find Hotels" link at the top of the page. Browse to the hotels you've stayed at. Then rate and review. The winner is the hotel with the highest average rating.
From Mike CP on May 17, 2006 at 2:59 PM
Why can't off-site 'official' hotels be apart of the awards? After all, they still are part of the company.
From Robert Niles on May 17, 2006 at 3:39 PM
Which one do you have in mind, Mike?
From Mike CP on May 17, 2006 at 4:11 PM
Castaway Bay and Breakers Express at Cedar Point. Even though they are not 'on-site', they are still Cedar Point Resorts. Since Castaway Bay is ranked higher than Hotel Breakers, I'm assuming your not including it, but correct me if I'm wrong.

Thanks!

From Robert Niles on May 17, 2006 at 4:17 PM
I didn't know Castaway was off-site. Since it is Cedar Point's -- and not in some far-away location -- I've considered it "on-site." It isn't on the short list due to only having two votes at this point.
From Gareth H on May 18, 2006 at 3:01 PM
Is the Hard Rock Hotel at USF an On site hotel?

Is it run by loews, like Portino?

From Robert Niles on May 18, 2006 at 3:28 PM
Yes, HRH at UO is in the running. I listed just 10 here, but the voting in this category tends to be close, so it is possible that something not on this Top 10 list today could end up the winner in a month.
From Gareth H on May 19, 2006 at 7:42 AM
Ah, thank you Robert.

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