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Robert Niles

Busch Gardens Europe wins 2006 Theme Park Insider Award as 'World's Best Theme Park'

Published: July 2, 2006 at 3:47 PM

Internet readers around the world this year selected Busch Gardens Europe in Williamsburg, Virginia as the "World's Best Theme Park" in the 2006 Theme Park Insider Awards.

The awards, presented annually by, are based on votes over the previous 12 months by the site's more than 12,000 registered members, in all 50 states and more than 80 countries.

The win by the former Busch Gardens Williamsburg marks the first for a Busch theme park in the top award, which in the contest's first four years was captured by theme parks from Universal and Disney.

The Williamsburg park's 3D dark ride Curse of DarKastle won last year's Theme Park Insider Award for "World's Best New Theme Park Attraction."

This year, that honor goes to Expedition Everest at Disney's Animal Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Everest is a highly-themed roller coaster attraction that has won praise for its mix of thrills and story-telling.

Two repeat winners round out this year's honors. readers for the fourth consecutive year picked Mythos Restaurant at Universal's Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Florida as the "World's Best Theme Park Restaurant."

Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida won the honor for "World's Best Theme Park Hotel" for the second consecutive year.

Replies (8)

Chuck Campbell

Published: July 2, 2006 at 7:34 PM

Let's hear it for my home park! Good to see that BGE is getting its due.
Fred Jacobs

Published: July 3, 2006 at 8:02 AM

To everyone who voted for Busch Gardens Europe: Thank you. To everyone who didn't: We'll try harder to win your vote next time.

This is a great honor.

Fred Jacobs
Communications Director
Anheuser-Busch Adventure Parks

Chris P.

Published: July 3, 2006 at 8:34 AM

How did Cedar Point do?
Anthony Murphy

Published: July 3, 2006 at 2:11 PM

Good Stuff!

I really need to check that Mythos out!

What happened to some of the categories this year (like best kids park)

Gareth H

Published: July 3, 2006 at 2:55 PM

Really need to check Mythos out. Guess it might be a good time!!!

Can I get a press pass Robert, lol

Robert Niles

Published: July 3, 2006 at 4:07 PM

We stopped tracking votes for kids and toddlers earlier this year, so that's why that category wasn't in this year.

But it is my hope that the category will be back next year. Look for some news in the next week about how we will be handling kids' votes on Theme Park Insider.

Phillip S

Published: July 3, 2006 at 5:51 PM

There needs to be a "Best Rollercoaster" category next year.
Chris Walton

Published: July 6, 2006 at 1:17 PM

Congrats to all, especially Mythos for defending their title for the fourth straight year.

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