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Robert Niles
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Announcing the Winners of the 14th Annual Theme Park Insider Awards

Published: July 3, 2015 at 10:45 AM

Every year on or around the Fourth of July holiday, Theme Park Insider honors our readers' favorite theme park hotels, restaurants, and attractions with our Theme Park Insider Awards. Over the past 12 months, we've enjoyed record traffic on ThemeParkInsider.com, as well as an unprecedented collection of great new attractions opening around the world. That has made this year's honors, our 14th annual, a particular joy to award.

With the addition of hotel restaurants to our listings this year, as well as all of those great new attractions, we've expanded the number of categories in this year's awards to a record 11. The winners are the locations in each category with the highest average reader rating and a minimum number of ratings overall. Attractions that opened officially to the public at major theme parks between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015 were eligible in the Best New Attraction categories. Let's get to the honors!

Best Hotel: Universal's Portofino Bay Hotel, Universal Orlando

Universal's Portofino Bay Hotel

This is the third year in a row that the Portofino Bay as won our hotel award, and the fourth time overall.

Best Hotel Restaurant: Victoria and Albert's, Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, Walt Disney World

Victoria and Albert's

Victoria and Albert's captures our first-award in this new category.

Best Quick-Service Restaurant: The Leaky Cauldron, Universal Studios Florida

The Leaky Cauldron

In its first year of operation, Diagon Alley's signature eatery moved immediately to the head of the field.

Best Full-Service Restaurant: Monsieur Paul, Epcot

Monsieur Paul

This is the first award for Monsieur Paul, although its predecessor, Bistro de Paris, was a three-time winner in this category.

Best Show: Aladdin, Disney California Adventure

Aladdin

This is our second year giving an award in this category, and this is Aladdin's first win.

Best Roller Coaster: El Toro, Six Flags Great Adventure

El Toro

This wooden favorite captures our honor for the second year in a row.

Best New Roller Coaster: Thunderbird, Holiday World

Thunderbird

Holiday World's first all-steel coaster is Bolliger & Mabillard's first launched wing coaster and a big hit with our readers.

Best New Family Attraction: Hogwarts Express, Universal Orlando

Hogwarts Express

For the best new attraction with no height restriction, Hogwarts Express already ranks among the top themed rides in the world overall with our readers.

Best New Attraction: Justice League Battle for Metropolis, Six Flags Over Texas and Six Flags St. Louis

Justice League Battle for Metropolis

Six Flags capturers its first win in this category with its ground-breaking, motion-base, 3-D shooter ride.

Best Themed Attraction: Journey to the Center of the Earth, Tokyo DisneySea

Journey to the Center of the Earth

The centerpiece of the park's Mysterious Island wins our award for the second year in a row

Best Theme Park: Tokyo DisneySea

Tokyo DisneySea

Tokyo DisneySea is our choice as the world's best theme park for the third year in a row, and for the fourth time overall.

For those not keeping count, here is the tally by brand:

  • Disney: 5 awards
  • Universal: 3 awards
  • Six Flags: 2 awards
  • Holiday World: 1 award

Congratulations to all our winners, and thank you to everyone who has taken the time to submit ratings, reviews, and photos on ThemeParkInsider.com over the past year. We are honored to have you as part of our community!

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