Theme Park Insider Awards

The readers of honor the world's best in theme parks. The winners of the 2019 Theme Park Insider Awards are:

Best Quick Service Restaurant: Satu'li Canteen, Pandora - The World of Avatar, Disney's Animal Kingdom
Finalists: Walt Disney World's Columbia Harbour House and Flame Tree Barbecue, Tokyo Disneyland's Queen of Hearts Banquet Hall, Universal Studios Florida's The Leaky Cauldron, and Universal Studios Hollywood's The Three Broomsticks

Best Table Service Restaurant: Mythos Restaurant, Universal's Islands of Adventure
Finalists: Disney California Adventure's Carthay Circle Restaurant, Walt Disney World's Jungle Navigation Company Skipper Canteen and Tiffins, Tokyo DisneySea's Magellan's, and Disneyland Paris' Walt's

Best Value or Moderate Hotel: Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Universal Orlando Resort
Finalists: Universal Orlando's Aventura Hotel and Sapphire Falls Resort and Walt Disney World's Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground, Port Orleans - French Quarter Resort, and Port Orleans - Riverside Resort

Best Deluxe Hotel: Disney's Wilderness Lodge, Walt Disney World Resort
Finalists: Disney's Grand Californian Hotel, Disney's Grand Floridian Resort, Universal's Hard Rock Hotel, Universal's Portofino Bay Hotel, and Universal's Royal Pacific Resort

Best Roller Coaster: Steel Vengeance, Cedar Point
Finalists: Six Flags Great Adventure's El Toro, Carowinds' Fury 325, Kings Dominion's Intimidator 305 and Twisted Timbers, and Six Flags Magic Mountain's Twisted Colossus

Best Show: Fantasmic!, Disneyland (also runs at Disney's Hollywood Studios and Tokyo DisneySea)
Finalists: Disney's Frozen - Live at the Hyperion, Happily Ever After, Mickey and the Magician, and Paint the Night, and Universal's WaterWorld

Best Themed Ride: Pirates of the Caribbean Battle of the Sunken Treasure, Shanghai Disneyland
Finalists: Universal's The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, Batman: Knight Flight at Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, Flight of Passage at Disney's Animal Kingdom, and Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey at Universal Studios Hollywood, and Journey to the Center of the Earth at Tokyo DisneySea.

Best Theme Park: Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, Yas Island Resort, United Arab Emirates
Finalists: Disney's Animal Kingdom, Efteling, Shanghai Disneyland, Tokyo DisneySea, Universal's Islands of Adventure

Starting with the 2019 awards, six finalists are determined in each category, based upon the highest average reader ratings (with a minimum number of votes) from among the eligible locations listed on A reader poll, published on the front page of the site, determines the category's winner from among the six finalists. (Previous awards were determined solely by the reader ratings, without the final poll.)

About Theme Park Insider reaches more three million unique readers a year via its website, according to Google Analytics. The readers of collectively spend nearly $4 billion each year on theme park visits and vacations, according to a random-sample survey of site visitors.

Theme Park Insider has been named the top theme park site on the Internet by Forbes and Travel + Leisure magazines and has been a finalist for the Webby Award for best overall Guide/Ratings/Reviews site. In 2001, Theme Park Insider was the first travel-related website to win the prestigious Online Journalism Award, presented by the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and the Online News Association.

Here are the previous winners of the Theme Park Insider Awards:


















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