Call for ratings: The annual Theme Park Insider Awards are coming soon
Published: May 28, 2012 at 10:49 AM
Last year's winner for Best Theme Park: Universal's Islands of Adventure
Here are this year's candidates for Best New Attraction - rides and shows that debuted at major theme parks since July 1, 2011. Please rate only those new attractions you've actually experienced - this isn't supposed to be a brand-name popularity contest. But you have been on some of these rides or shows, please click through to submit your rating and review:
- Transformers The Ride at Universal Studios Singapore
- Wild Eagle at Dollywood
- Turtle Trek at SeaWorld Orlando
- Universal's Cinematic Spectacular at Universal Studios Florida
- X Flight at Six Flags Great America
- Leviathan at Canada's Wonderland
- Shambhala at Port Aventura
- Verbolten at Busch Gardens Williamsburg
- Transformers: The Ride 3D at Universal Studios Hollywood
- Manta at SeaWorld San Diego
- Pirate Reef at Legoland California
- Skyrush at Hersheypark
We're still awaiting the opening of Radiator Springs Racers at Disney California Adventure on June 15. And if Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem at Universal Studios Florida and Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom open by the first day of summer - June 20, they'll be eligible, too.
We'd like to make these international awards, but we need to make sure that we have an adequate number of ratings submitted for attractions at major parks outside North America. So if you've been to any of these potential "Best Theme Park" candidates in the past year, please click through and submit ratings for the all attractions there which you experienced during your visit.
The award winners will be announced this year on July 2. (We're doing it a couple days early because on July 4, I'll be on a plane to Disneyland Paris! Look for that coverage later in July.)
I'm also making a change to selection criterion for Best Theme Park this year, employing the technique I used to determine the Best Roller Coaster Park earlier this spring. That changes the criterion from the winner being the park with the overall average rating for all attractions and restaurants, to one which rewards parks for having a large number of highly-rated attractions and restaurants. Under the old system, a park could jump in the awards ranking simply by closing low-rated attractions. That rewarded parks with a relatively small number of rides and shows, so long as they were consistently good. The new system will help make parks with 30+ attractions more competitive, so long as they have more great rides and shows than any "smaller" park.
Anyway, thanks again to all Theme Park Insider readers who help support the site by rating and reviewing the attractions, restaurants, and on-site hotels that we list. Your reviews always have been the heart of the site, and I greatly appreciate them. Thanks again.