What will be the Best New Attraction of the year?
Written by Robert Niles
We're less than two weeks away from the Fourth of July, which means we're less than two weeks away from announcing the winners of the 13th annual Theme Park Insider Awards. Your ratings for the attractions, restaurants and hotels listed on the site will determine this year's winners, so we encourage you to visit our theme park and hotel listing pages and rate all the locations you've visited in the park year.Tweet
One contender for Best New Attraction: Disney's Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
We'd especially like to draw your attention to the major attractions that have opened since last July 1, as they are the candidates for this year's "Best New Attraction" award. Several of the leading contenders we expected to be in the mix for this year's award will not make the June 30 deadline to be eligible (we're looking at you, Gringotts, Hogwarts Express, Ratatouille, and Falcon's Fury), so the competition's wide open among those that did.
Another: Kings Island's Banshee
Here are 10 new attractions that have debuted since July 1, 2013. Remember, clones of previously opened attractions — rides that share the same name, theme and substantially same design as a previously eligible attraction — are not eligible. That's why Universal Studios Hollywood's Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem is not listed here. Also, basic carnival rides are not eligible, including spinners, swinging ships, etc.
One more: Six Flags' newest Goliath
Please follow the links to rate any of these attractions that you've actually experienced. Please do not rate attractions, restaurants, or hotels you've not experienced in person. This helps ensure the our ratings accurately reflect the personal experience of our readers.
(If we've missed any openings from the past 12 months at the parks we cover, please let us know in the comments.)
We'd love to read your thoughtful analysis of these new attractions, in the comments. Please help get the conversation going about this year's new rides and shows, to help encourage people to rate and review not just these attractions, but all of the attractions and hotels we've listed on Theme Park Insider. Thank you, and we're looking forward to finding out this year's winners on July 4.
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