Tokyo, Hong Kong parks lead the 12th annual Theme Park Insider Awards
Published: July 3, 2013 at 8:51 PM
We used the cumulative ratings submitted over the past year by Theme Park Insider readers to determine the winners in four categories: Best Theme Park, Best Hotel, Best Restaurant and Best New Attraction.
We determined the Best Theme Park award by determining which parks had the largest number of highly-rated attractions that received more than a minimum number of ratings. In the other three categories, the eligible location with the highest average reader rating, given at least a minimum number of ratings, was declared the winner. We considered only table-service restaurants in the Best Restaurant category, "official" on-site hotels for Best Hotel, and attractions that opened officially since July 1, 2012 in the Best New Attraction category.
With those techie details aside, let's get to this year's winners!
Best Theme Park:
This is the third overall Theme Park Insider Award for Best Theme Park for Tokyo DisneySea, and second in a row.
Universal's Portofino Bay Hotel
This is the third overall Theme Park Insider Award for Best Hotel for the Portofino Bay, which last won in 2009.
S.S. Columbia Dining Room, Tokyo DisneySea
This is the first Theme Park Insider Award for the S.S. Columbia Dining Room, which is the first restaurant outside the United States to win our Best Restaurant award.
Best New Attraction:
Mystic Manor, Hong Kong Disneyland
This is the second year in a row that an attraction outside the United States has won the Best New Attraction award, following Universal Studios Singapore's Transformers: The Ride (which shared the award with its sister attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood).
For the first time, a majority of our winners represent parks outside the United States, with the Tokyo Disney Resort claiming two of the four awards, and Hong Kong Disneyland claiming the third honor. Universal Orlando kept the American theme parks from being shut out, as Universal Orlando returned to winning after a one-year absence last year, which followed an 11-year streak of winning at least one Theme Park Insider Award every year.
Including the runners-up honors, here is how this year's top theme park resorts fared:
- Tokyo Disney Resort - 2 winners
- Hong Kong Disneyland - 1 winner, 1 runner-up
- Universal Orlando Resort - 1 winner, 1 runner-up
- Disneyland Resort - 4 runners-up
- Silver Dollar City - 1 runner-up
- Walt Disney World Resort - 1 runner-up
Congratulations to all of these parks, and to all the people who help make them award-winning destinations!