Final Round Vote: What Is the Best Theme Park Attraction?

December 22, 2021, 7:40 PM · We're almost to the end of voting for the 21st annual Theme Park Insider Awards. Today, we announce the finalists that will compete for the Best Attraction award.

Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventure (also Universal Studios Japan)

Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man

Avatar Flight of Passage, Walt Disney World's Disney's Animal Kingdom

Avatar Flight of Passage

Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, Islands of Adventure

Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure

Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, Islands of Adventure (also Universal Studios Beijing, Hollywood, and Japan)

Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey

Indiana Jones Adventure, Disneyland (also Tokyo DisneySea)

Indiana Jones Adventure

Jurassic World VelociCoaster, Islands of Adventure

Jurassic World VelociCoaster

Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for the Sunken Treasure, Shanghai Disneyland

Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for the Sunken Treasure

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, Disneyland (also Disney's Hollywood Studios)

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Disney's Hollywood Studios

Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

If you haven't voted in all the categories yet, these remain open for your vote:

We will announce the winners in the 21st annual Theme Park Insider Awards on January 1, 2022.

Replies (12)

December 22, 2021 at 11:29 PM

Last year, I very much wanted to vote for Rise of the Resistance, but could not go through with it given the boarding pass hassle and constant breakdowns. Since those problems are not really relevant anymore, I will gladly pull the lever for it today. This is the future of theme park attractions and am anxious to see who delivers the next game-changer.

December 22, 2021 at 11:43 PM

Man, so many great ones and love classics like Tower of Terror in there.

And yes, striking to realize that now counts as a "classic."

December 23, 2021 at 8:12 AM

Had to vote for Hagrid's here... though I have a feeling that, if I ever got to Shanghai, their Pirates would give it a strong run for its money -- I love the look of that ride.

Haven't had the chance to try ROTR yet and I'm sure its impressive. However, hearing other people's reviews of it, I think it might not provide the amount of re-ride pleasure that attractions such as Hagrid's, Spiderman and TOT do.

December 23, 2021 at 12:15 PM

No Radiator Springs Racers?

December 23, 2021 at 1:32 PM

This isn't even close: Rise of the Resistance. To quote everybody's best friend Robert Niles: "Disney did it. It met the ridiculous standard. Welcome Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance... the world's best theme park ride."

Done and done.

December 23, 2021 at 3:08 PM

Battle for the Sunken Treasure is the only one I haven't ridden on this list so I can't vote for it, but it does look like a serious contender. From the rest, my pick goes to Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man. Despite the age of the attraction, I don't think anything that has come since has done a better job of blending screens and practical sets (though Forbidden Journey comes pretty close), and it is an insanely re-rideable attraction that I still occasionally find new Easter eggs on. That said, I think everything on this list is a deserving winner except Avatar Flight of Passage, which I rode again on my recent trip and still don't get the insane love for (I personally only consider it the third best ride at Animal Kingdom after Kilimanjaro Safaris and Expedition Everest).

December 23, 2021 at 3:37 PM

I expect Jurassic World Adventure to bump one of the older rides off this list next year.

December 24, 2021 at 6:42 AM

I’m going to confirm Melanie’s suspicion about RotR, and say that yes, I don’t see it as something having a great re-ride factor. Some may disagree, but that’s how I feel (insane wait times aside).

Could RotR have the best first time “shock value” of any attraction to date ? That’s certainly possible. I’m very glad to have experienced it, but if I never ride it again, I think I’d be just fine…

December 24, 2021 at 11:37 AM

RotR is easily the best ride I've ever been on, though I'm voting against it given Disney's beyond obnoxious "rich people go first" boarding system. I mean, crazy to think that I likely won't ride it again for years because I'm not (i) standing in a 2+ hour standby line, or (ii) paying $20 more than the ticket price.

How about a vote on who's the most hated person in theme park management? Guess there's no point, the answer is obvious.

December 24, 2021 at 11:40 PM

it's christmas eve (merry christmas to those who celebrate) at 7:15 local time and rise of the resistance has a 75 minute wait at Disneyland.

seems pretty manageable for a one-year old attraction that’s incredibly popular!

December 28, 2021 at 2:42 AM

Definitely Indiana Jones and Star Wars! Like you are in a different place, give you vibes that you will surely enjoy.

henry, nearby electrician

December 28, 2021 at 4:36 PM

Spiderman alone should win for how its consistently at the top after all these years. Nothing has topped that for me. Has someone who hates screens its an accomplishment to say it wows me every time

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