It's almost time for the annual Theme Park Insider Awards

December 29, 2019, 6:33 PM · As we get ready to welcome the new year, it's almost time to honor the best of the year gone by.

On New Year's Day, we will begin revealing the winners of this year's Theme Park Insider Awards — our 19th annual honors for the best of theme park industry around the world.

Last year's winners included Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, Shanghai Disneyland, Walt Disney World, and Universal Orlando. This year, for this first time, instead of announcing all the winners at once, we will reveal the winner and honorable mentions in a single category each day, starting Wednesday and continuing through January 8, when we will announce the 2020 winner for World's Best Theme Park.

Your ratings over the past year have determined the winners in each category, honoring the top hotels, restaurants, and attractions in the industry. Long-time Theme Park Insider readers might remember that we originally presented the awards each year in the middle of the summer, on the American Independence Day of July 4. Starting last year, however, we switch to presenting the awards in January, so that the Best New Attraction awards would represent a full calendar year, rather than a 12-month period ending on either May 31 or June 30.

Thank you to everyone who had participated in Theme Park Insider in 2019, by rating, by commenting, or even just by reading. I deeply appreciate the honor of your time with and attention to the site, and I know that the parks also appreciate the honor of winning one of your awards.

Happy New Year, and we hope to see you for the award reveals starting Wednesday.

Replies (4)

January 1, 2020 at 3:32 PM

With the addition of Soarin’, I’d be surprised if Tokyo DisneySea didn’t take back its title as Best Theme Park. Once DL opens RotR and finishes “plussing” Snow White, I’d expect DL to edge TDS and TDL as Best Theme Park in 2020. Though I wouldn’t be surprised if TDL won in 2020, aided by its Fantasyland, Tomorrowland and Toontown expansion. VelociCoaster should boost IOA as a serious contender for Best Theme Park when it opens in 2021, but then I’d expect TDS to regain its title in 2023 with the addition of Fantasy Springs. DHS and DAK need a few new additions to get on the same level of TDS, DL and IOA. If MK imports the Beauty and the Beast ride from TDL, MK would definitely be in the mix for Best Theme Park as well. And as a personal favorite, if Dollywood were to have a couple more nice additions over the next couple of years, Dollywood should get serious consideration for Best Theme Park.

December 30, 2019 at 12:23 PM

Hey Robert! How does one submit rankings?

December 30, 2019 at 12:54 PM

Hi Clayton,

Just navigate to, then click on the parks you have visited and then click the individual rides, shows, and restaurants you have experienced to rate them on their listing pages.

December 30, 2019 at 1:10 PM

Perfect, thank you!

This article has been archived and is no longer accepting comments.

Buy Tickets

Plan a Trip

Weekly Newsletter