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The top Theme Park Insider stories of 2012

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Published: December 27, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Stuck at work today? Or just stuck in a line at Walt Disney World or Universal Orlando, and looking for something to read to pass the time?

We've got you covered, either way. Why not take a break to re-live some of the top moments on Theme Park Insider from the past year? After all, we kicked off 2012 with a biggie, didn't we? ;^)

Gringotts bank, under construction at Universal Studios Florida
Gringotts Bank, under construction at Universal Studios Florida. We first let you know about the plans for the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter last New Year's Eve.

Here are the top 20 most-read Blog Flume articles from 2012:

  1. Plans for Harry Potter at Universal Studios Florida revealed
  2. What's the best roller coaster park in the world?
  3. Disney claims top 8 spots in 2011 global theme park industry attendance report
  4. The '2fer' deal returns to Disneyland Resort
  5. Ride review - Transformers: The Ride at Universal Studios Hollywood
  6. Disneyland cranks up ticket prices
  7. Which Walt Disney World ticket should I buy?
  8. 'I'm going to (Tokyo) Disneyland!' - Planning a trip to the Tokyo Disney Resort
  9. Universal Studios Hollywood officially opens Transformers: The Ride 3D
  10. Disney World confirms opening dates for new Fantasyland attractions (sort of)
  11. Ride review - Radiator Springs Racers and Cars Land at Disney California Adventure
  12. Update on the Universal Orlando/Transformers rumors
  13. Ranking the Disney theme parks: What is the world's best Disney park?
  14. Magic Mornings coming to California Adventure?
  15. What will close at Universal Studios Hollywood to make way for Harry Potter?
  16. Will you pay to skip the lines at a theme park this year?
  17. Planning a trip to Disneyland Paris
  18. Ride review - Manta at SeaWorld San Diego [with on-ride video]
  19. Walt Disney Studios Paris, and the problem with movie studio theme parks
  20. Vote of the week: Which new ride are you looking forward to most?

What was your favorite theme park moment from the past year?

Readers' Opinions

From Rob Pastor on December 27, 2012 at 10:29 AM
TPI's exclusive Harry Potter 2 (Gringott's attraction etc.)expansion at Universal Studios Orlando, hands down.
From Mike Gallagher on December 27, 2012 at 10:52 AM
I'm trying to figure out how I missed the BEST COASTER PARK discussion...
From Rob Pastor on December 27, 2012 at 12:25 PM
Mike: I think they ran it the day you visited the fantastic Six Flags St. Louis Resort.
From Mike Gallagher on December 27, 2012 at 1:20 PM
From James Rao on December 27, 2012 at 2:58 PM
Yeah, how SFSTL did not make the list is a complete mystery to all of us "in the know". What could be better than a filthy park where you can ride weed infested coasters and get a free tetanus shot all in the same visit?

Honestly, how did this terrific story not get top honors? Or this one?

The fix is in... I am turning in my electronic pen.

From Andrew Dougherty on December 27, 2012 at 11:29 PM
You should make a top 20 forum posts of the year.
From Matt Babiak on December 29, 2012 at 3:58 PM
Not trying to be mean or anything, but I think it's pretty funny how the top story of 2012 was written in 2011.

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