Tokyo, Hong Kong parks lead the 12th annual Theme Park Insider Awards
Written by Robert Niles
For the past year, you've voted with your ratings of the world's most popular theme park attractions here on Theme Park Insider. And today, for the 12th consecutive year, we are pleased to announce the winners of the Theme Park Insider Awards, the best of the best in the global theme park industry, voted on by you, the world's best theme park fans.
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!
This is the third overall Theme Park Insider Award for Best Theme Park for Tokyo DisneySea, and second in a row.
This is the third overall Theme Park Insider Award for Best Hotel for the Portofino Bay, which last won in 2009.
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:
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:
Congratulations to all of these parks, and to all the people who help make them award-winning destinations!
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