Congratulations to the finalists and winners in this year's Theme Park Insider Awards! Earlier this month, we announced six finalists in each of eight categories, based on average reader ratings submitted by Theme Park Insider readers over the past 12 months. (Locations had to have had a minimum number of ratings submitted to qualify.) Then, for the first time this year, we asked readers to pick the winner from among the finalists in a popular vote.
On to the winners....
Best Quick Service Restaurant: Satu'li Canteen
Pandora - The World of Avatar, Disney's Animal Kingdom
This is the first win for Satu'li Canteen. The other finalists were 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, which won this award the previous three years.
Best Table Service Restaurant: Mythos Restaurant
Universal's Islands of Adventure
Mythos returns to the top spot, which it enjoyed for six years between 2003-2008. The other finalists were the Disney California Adventure's Carthay Circle Restaurant, Walt Disney World's Jungle Navigation Company Skipper Canteen and Tiffins, Tokyo DisneySea's Magellan's, and Walt's at Disneyland Paris.
Best Value or Moderate Hotel: Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort
Universal Orlando Resort
The Cabana Bay wins the inaugural award for this category. Other finalists were 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
The Wilderness Lodge wins in this category for the second time, following a triumph in 2010. The other finalists were 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's RMC conversion won our Best New Attraction Award last year. The other finalists were 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)
This is the second win in this category for Fantasmic!, which previously won the honor in 2014. Other finalists were: 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
The 2016 winner for Best New Attraction becomes the third ride to win in this category, joining previous winners and fellow nominees Journey to the Center of the Earth and The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man. Other finalists were 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.
Best Theme Park: Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi
Yas Island Resort, United Arab Emirates
A park that wasn't even yet open at this time last year wins our reader vote, topping other finalists Disney's Animal Kingdom, two-time winner Efteling, Shanghai Disneyland, six-time winner Tokyo DisneySea, and five-time winner Universal's Islands of Adventure.
Thank you to everyone who voted in this year's awards. If you would like to help determine next year's finalists (which will include the return of the Best New Attraction Award), please rate and review the attractions, restaurants, hotels, and hotel restaurants you have visited in the past year, via the links on the page below. These ratings pages will determine next year's finalists.Tweet
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