Winners announced in 9th annual Theme Park Insider Awards
By Robert NilesFor the ninth year, the readers of ThemeParkInsider.com have honored the best of the best in the theme park industry with the annual Theme Park Insider Awards. This year's winners represent the highest-rated institutions among the nation's theme parks, based on ratings submitted by ThemeParkInsider.com visitors over the past 12 months.
Published: July 2, 2010 at 7:40 AM
The 2010 Theme Park Insider Award winners are:
Best Theme Park Restaurant
Year after year, the restaurant award is the most closely contested of all the Theme Park Insider Awards, and 2010 provided no exception. With specialities including rack of lamb, pan-seared lobster and filet mignon, Epcot's Bistro de Paris wins praise for "great food and great service," providing "a great way to experience classic French cuisine without having to fly across the world." This is the first year winning the Best Theme Park Restaurant honor for Bistro de Paris, which edges out last year's winner, Les Chef de France, as well as the 2003-2008 winner, Mythos.
Best Theme Park Hotel
A runner-up last year, Disney's Wilderness Lodge in 2010 wins the Best Theme Park Hotel honor for this first time. Located near Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, the Wilderness Lodge nevertheless is set back into the Central Florida woods, evoking the resort's theme of a national park lodge. Yet the level of service is pure Disney, winning raves - and repeat visits - from many ThemeParkInsider.com readers.
Best New Attraction
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey dominated in 2010, winning the Best New Attraction honor by a wide margin. Not only does Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey enjoy the highest reader rating on ThemeParkInsider.com of any attraction that debuted in the past 12 months, it currently boasts the highest reader rating of *all* attractions listed on the website. Simply put, our readers say that not only is Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey clearly the best new theme park ride of the year, it's the best theme park ride in the America.
Best Theme Park
Propelled by the runaway enthusiasm for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, including the Theme Park Insider Award-winning Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, Universal's Islands of Adventure reclaims the title as the nation's top theme park by winning the 2010 Theme Park Insider Award. The winner of the Best Theme Park award in 2002-2004, Islands of Adventure wins praise not only for Harry Potter, but for a wide line-up of world-class attractions and restaurants, including former Theme Park Insider Award winners the Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man and Mythos.
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