Published: July 1, 2011 at 10:26 AMCongratulations to the winners!
Happy that Universal Orlando gets recognition for a second straight year and also happy to see California Adventure come in third place. The park seems like it's come a long way already.
I also agree that the Grand Californian is just a spectacular hotel. Pricey beyond hell but you literally could not be more immersed in two of the best theme parks in the world.
Published: July 1, 2011 at 10:57 AMI can't argue with any of the winners, but I can urge everyone who likes coasters to take a jaunt down to Six Flags Over Texas and ride the Texas Giant. This coaster has experienced a baptism of sorts, being reborn as a pristine and new creature ready to inspire the spirit of coaster lovers for years to come. The Iron Horse solution the Six Flags brass decided to implement is brilliant and it provides hope for dilapidated Dinn Corp woodies everywhere!
Published: July 1, 2011 at 11:32 AMIslands of Adventure is totally "outrages" is the good sense. And was worth the cost of the annual passes I purchased for my family. We never get tired of the Harry Potter venue - every visit we seem to see something new... an outstanding venue for detail; the best on the planet. I'm waiting for Disney to top "Harry". P.S. I live 2 miles from Disney and have been an annual pass holder for over 15 years. This was the first year I didn't renew.
Published: July 1, 2011 at 11:35 AMThis is slightly unrelated, but I saw a commercial on TV yesterday for Islands of Adventure that mentioned Harry Potter's win last year and cited TPI. Congrats to Robert for taking this site to the heights that it's reached.
Published: July 1, 2011 at 1:46 PMI can't believe that I spaced this in the article and press release, but this year's awards were the 10th annual Theme Park Insider Awards. Time flies!
Published: July 1, 2011 at 1:51 PMIt's time for Harry Potter, awesome,
Published: July 1, 2011 at 2:50 PMCongratulations to all the winners!
Published: July 1, 2011 at 7:41 PMAll the winners are perfect! Next year, I predict Despicable Me will be the best new ride, and IOA will still remain the best park.
Published: July 1, 2011 at 9:15 PMOh, we wanna start handicapping 2012 already? ;^)
I'm looking forward to Despicable Me, but next year's going to be tough in the Best New Attraction category with Transformers at Universal Studios in Singapore and Hollywood and Radiators Springs Racers in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure. And that's before we get all the official announcements of new coasters at the regional parks for next spring.
I'm really looking forward to next year!
Published: July 1, 2011 at 9:49 PMSame here Robert. But, I fear Transformers will just be a Transformers version of Spiderman.Radiator Springs Racers and Despicable Me are completley different then Test track and Jimmy Neutron though.
Published: July 2, 2011 at 5:51 AMMythos was a great choice for runner up in the table service division (I voted it #1), but how could Via Napoli possibly even rank in the top 100?
My wife and I have dined there twice and each time the wait staff was horrible! Not mean or rude, just "Duh where do I go now George" horrible!
The food quality was a joke! Gino's Pizza on Orange Ave in Orlando is a THOUSAND times better than this crud. It was "Take and Bake" quality at best.
To add insult to insult...We ordered the "Kool Aid" mix of the day and both had refils and were charged like $5 for each refil of this swill.
Each time we pleaded our case with the Manager (not complained heatedly in front of people or threw a tourist fit) and each time we received a shrug and nothing off our check.
This place is TRASH in my book! First Disney ruined Alfredo's and now they created a Mouse Ear version of Domino's.
Either evil lightning struck twice for myself and my wife or something went terribly wrong with the voting!
Published: July 2, 2011 at 4:55 PMCan't argue with the results either, and I agree with James on Texas Giant (see my review of the ride from Opening Day).
Now that I'm thinking about it, I'll have to think about when I'm going over there next! It won't be tomorrow (it's supposed to be 103 degrees), though!
Published: July 5, 2011 at 9:43 AMWow! We've been voting on the best in the theme park business for 10 years? Doesn't seem that long.
But, when you think about it, look at all of the changes over the past ten years.
Eisner and his cheapskate cohorts are gone.
California Adventure is becoming a real theme park.
IOA is finally a full day park.
Fantasyland is getting a much-needed upgrade.
and Six Flags may have actually figured out how to provide thrills and good customer service.
Its a good time to be a theme park enthusiast.
BTW. Congratulations on the site, Robert.