Theme Park Insider Awards, in addition to the celebration of American independence. Since the Fourth of the July is the height of the traditional summer vacation travel season, we've always thought it the best time to celebrate the best of the best in the world's theme parks, too.Happy Fourth of July! Theme Park Insider readers also know this day for the annual
So let's get on to it. Here are the winners of this 17th annual Theme Park Insider Awards, as selected collectively by the ratings submitted by readers on ThemeParkInsider.com:
Best new attraction: Steel Vengeance at Cedar Point
The Rocky Mountain Construction rebuild of Mean Streak earned high praise at its opening and even a first-weekend mishap that put the ride into one-train operation for a while could not mute the enthusiasm that fans have expressed for the world's first "hyper hybrid" coaster. Steel Vengeance beat out fellow RMC Twisted Timbers for the best coaster honors this year, but also rated high enough to win the overall Best New Attraction award. Read James Koehl's media day review.
Best new dark ride: Symbolica at Efteling
Missing eligibility for last year's awards by one day (the ride officially debuted July 1, 2017), Efteling's new centerpiece attraction has remained a fan favorite since its opening. Read Ben Mills' media day review.
Best full-service restaurant: Tiffins at Disney's Animal Kingdom
Tiffins repeats in this category, winning its second honor overall.
Best quick-service restaurant: The Three Broomsticks at Universal Studios Hollywood
Like Tiffins, USH's Harry Potter restaurant has won its honor in every year of its operation, making it three-for-three this year.
Best hotel: Universal's Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando
Four-star quality, convenient location, and front-of-line access throughout the parks? The Portofino Bay wins for a record-extending eighth time and sixth in a row.
Best theme park: Efteling
You picked this one in our tournament last spring. The Netherlands' most popular theme park repeats as Theme Park Insider winner in the Best Park category, driven this year by support for Symbolica and the park's family-friendly attractions. Read my Thanksgiving Day trip report.
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