Published: July 3, 2008 at 12:04 PMBy the way, watch the site next week for my interview with Universal Orlando executive chef Steve Jayson about Mythos.
Published: July 3, 2008 at 12:04 PMYay! I love all of the winners!
Published: July 3, 2008 at 12:20 PMIt's great that Universal's reps thanked the site for the honors. It's a shame nobody from AK Lodge or Disneyland was able to comment.
Interesting choices - Universal's innovation and constant strive to change gave them a boost for best new attraction and restaurant, and Disney's return to its glory days secured the best park.
Published: July 3, 2008 at 12:26 PMAlso, if you count up the awards in terms of rank (1st place gets three points, 2nd gets two, 3rd gets one), here are the results:
Disney - 12 points
Universal - 10 points
Busch Gardens - 1 point
Hard Rock Park - 1 point
I was hoping to see some smaller venues measure up, but I can't say I'm disappointed with the results. The Simpsons Ride was excellent, Mythos is great, AK Lodge is breathtaking, and Disneyland is always a pleasure.
Published: July 3, 2008 at 2:59 PMUniversal Picked it up quickly.
Updates sent to Universal Orlando Facebook Fans
It's official - Theme Park Insider awards, The 2008 Results are in.
We are proud to announce that the readers of Theme Park Insider (www.themeparkinsider.com) have voted The Universal Orlando Resort winners in the following categories.
Best New Attraction - The Simpsons Ride
Best Theme Park Restaurant - Mythos (6 years running)
Thanks go out to all who voted for us, an congratulations to Disney for the Best theme park: Disneyland Park and Best theme park hotel: Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge at Walt Disney World.
Published: July 3, 2008 at 5:22 PMI got that too, Gareth. Very classy of them to congratulate their competitors.
Published: July 3, 2008 at 7:46 PMImagine that, Disney and Universal split the vote...
Expand your horizons people.
Published: July 3, 2008 at 9:27 PMAren't people sick of Mythos yet?
I am a little sad that the Simpsons won especially since it really didn't add much in the attraction tech area. Good job Robert
Published: July 3, 2008 at 10:16 PMOn the day that The Simpsons Ride wins, let us pause to note the passing of the man who inspired Krusty the Clown.
I will leave the inevitable irreverent joke to others....
Published: July 4, 2008 at 1:03 AMNo sign of anything British again...
Published: July 4, 2008 at 7:16 AMlol, Bozo, the British Clown, but RIP.
So happy 4th of July everyone.
I'll be locked up inside today, windows & blinds closed, lights off with just a radio to update me on any rioting in the parks.
First mention of trouble and I'm outta town to the nearest British embassy, (good ole GPS).
I fear for the SunBurnt, English flag, soccer Jersey wearing tourist that will frequent the parks today, unaware of the patriotism that flows through Americans blood (Along with an unhealthy stream of cracker barrel fat).
Ah, to be oblivious again.
Be safe out there people ;)
Published: July 4, 2008 at 2:53 PMFrom when I was down there in May, Disney should be rioting with all the British.
American Adventure anybody?
Published: July 4, 2008 at 6:34 PMI haven't ridden the Simpsons ride or TSMM yet. But I'm glad that the world's best theme park got the recognition it deserves. Take a bow, Disneyland. I'll be seeing you again quite soon...
By the way, the real inspiration for Krusty the Clown is David Letterman. If you don't believe me, google it.