Pasadena, CA (PressExposure) July 03, 2009 -- ThemeParkInsider.com readers have been voting, and for the second year in a row, they've selected Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California as the world's best theme park.
Disneyland leads the winners in this year's Theme Park Insider Awards, four awards selected based on cumulative reader ratings submitted to ThemeParkInsider.com over the past 12 months. Disneyland earned the highest average rating for its attractions and restaurants, among ThemeParkInsider.com readers who submitted ratings for locations at multiple parks during the past year.
ThemeParkInsider.com is an online consumers' guide to the world's top theme and amusement parks. Attracting more than 1.8 million unique readers a year, ThemeParkInsider.com has been named the top theme park site on the Internet by Forbes and Travel + Leisure magazines and has been a finalist for the Webby Award for best overall Guide/Ratings/Reviews site.
"Our goal at ThemeParkInsider.com is to give people the best advice on finding the best value in a theme park vacation for their families," said founder and editor Robert Niles. "The Theme Park Insider Awards provide us the chance to say 'thank you' to the very best of the best in the theme park industry, from its millions of customers and fans."
This year's winners are:
BEST THEME PARK - Disneyland, Anaheim, Calif. BEST NEW ATTRACTION - Manta, SeaWorld Orlando BEST THEME PARK HOTEL - Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando Resort BEST THEME PARK RESTAURANT - Les Chefs de France, Epcot, Walt Disney World
"We are always happy when people enjoy and appreciate our product," said Mike Hyland, director of public relations for Disneyland Resort. "Thank you for honoring Disneyland as World's Best Theme Park."
Manta, SeaWorld's new flying coaster from Bolliger & Mabillard, won the best new attraction award by gaining the highest average reader rating of all new rides and shows that debuted in U.S. theme parks between June 1, 2008 and May 31, 2009.
"We've known since the early design stages that Manta would be crowned as one of the world's top thrill rides, there's just nothing else like it," said SeaWorld spokesperson Nick Gollattscheck. "And to have Manta named Best New Attraction by readers of Theme Park Insider is quite an honor. They are our biggest fans and people who know an incredible thrill ride when they see one."
Loews Portofino Bay Hotel won the Best Theme Park Hotel honor for the Universal Orlando Resort, earning praise for its service, setting and accommodations, in addition for providing its guests free front-of-the-line access to the rides and shows at the Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure theme parks.
"The entire team here at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel is thrilled and delighted to receive this honor," said General Manager Paul Leclerc. "Our loyal guests mean so much to us and ensuring their satisfaction is our highest priority. Our commitment to delivering a taste of 'la dolce vita' - the sweet life - to our guests is stronger than ever."
And in the final - and closest - category, Epcot's Les Chefs de France edged six-time Theme Park Insider Award winner Mythos from Universal's Islands of Adventure to claim this year's honor as Best Theme Park Restaurant. Voting's been tight in this category for the past several years, reflecting the high quality of the top three honored restaurants, and the passion they elicit among their fans.
In addition, Theme Park Insider named the "top three" finalists in each category:
THEME PARK INSIDER'S TOP THREE THEME PARKS: Disneyland Park Busch Gardens Williamsburg Universal's Islands of Adventure
THEME PARK INSIDER'S TOP THREE NEW ATTRACTIONS: Manta, SeaWorld Orlando Prowler, Worlds of Fun Diamondback, Kings Island
THEME PARK INSIDER'S TOP THREE THEME PARK HOTELS: Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge at Walt Disney World Disney's Wilderness Lodge at Walt Disney World
THEME PARK INSIDER'S TOP THREE THEME PARK RESTAURANTS: Les Chefs de France, Epcot Mythos Restaurant, Universal's Islands of Adventure Sharks Underwater Grill, SeaWorld Orlando