Theme Park Insider Awards, honoring our readers' picks for the "best of the best" among the world's top theme parks and attractions.Starting next week, we will open voting for the 2019
The Theme Park Insider Awards started in 2002, and we have awarded the honors on the Fourth of July holiday every year since. Starting this year, however, we are moving the awards to the beginning of the calendar year... and changing the selection process.
Up until now, reader ratings accumulated over the previous 12 months have determined the winners in each category. This time, the reader ratings will select the six finalists in each category, and then a reader poll will determine the winner. The 2019 Theme Park Insider Awards categories will be:
The Best New Attraction Award will return in 2020, to honor readers' pick as the best attraction to open at a major theme park during the previous calendar year. Since attractions that opened after July 1, 2018 were not eligible for the 2018 award that Cedar Point's Steel Vengeance won last July 4, we will have a one-time 18-month eligibility period for the 2020 honor in this category.
(In other words, the Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi attractions will get their shot against the new Harry Potter coaster and Disney's Star Wars attractions, plus whatever other members of the class of 2019 can rise to the top of the reader ratings. SeaWorld's Infinity Falls can join that party, too... if it gets back up and running, of course.)
By switching to calendar-year eligibility and a reader vote among the finalists, I hope that these changes will make the selection process for the Theme Park Insider Awards quite a bit more intuitive for everyone. We will start the voting next week, so this would be a great time to subscribe to our email newsletter to ensure that you are notified of each category's vote when it opens.Tweet
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