What will be the Best New Attraction in the 2008 Theme Park Insider Awards?
Published: June 5, 2008 at 2:35 PM
This means that we are just one month away from the announcement of the 2008 Theme Park Insider Awards, which honors your picks as the world's best in theme park entertainment.
One of the award this year will be "Best New Attraction," with the eligible entrants any permanent attraction that debuted at a theme park between June 1, 2007 and May 31, 2008. Here's where I need your help. I've listed the major contenders below, but would like to hear if I've missed any big ones.
The Dark Knight Coaster (Six Flags Great Adventure)
Eagles Life in the Fast Lane (Hard Rock Park)
Led Zeppelin - The Ride (Hard Rock Park)
Lost Kingdom Adventure (Legoland California)
Nights in White Satin (Hard Rock Park)
Pony Express (Knott's Berry Farm)
River Battle (Dollywood)
The Simpsons Ride (Universal Studios Florida)
Toy Story Midway Mania (Disney's Hollywood Studios)
Tree Top Trails (Jungala in Busch Gardens Africa)
In cases where the same ride debuted at more than one park (e.g. The Simpsons Ride), I selected the version that debuted first. Also, reinstallations from other parks and clones of rides introduced at other parks in previous years are not eligible. (That takes out Dominator.) I also left out minor kiddie rides that have no prayer of winning, such as the other rides around Lost Kingdom Adventure at Legoland.
Finally, for this list I picked what I thought would be the three top contenders from the new Hard Rock Park, where, of course, all the rides are new, and thus, eligible.
I'd like to invite all TPI readers to click the links above of attractions that they've ridden, and to submit a rating and review. (Please read our Guidelines for ratings and reviews on Theme Park Insider first, though.) Those ratings will help determine this year's winner.
The winners of the 2008 Theme Park Insider Awards will be announced on July 4, 2008. In the weeks between now and then, I'll be featuring leading contenders in the other categories, and inviting you to submit ratings and reviews for them, as well.
(And, please, let me know in the comments if I've spaced and forgotten one of the big new rides from the past year. Thanks!)