Brits reveal their favourite theme parks and attractions in The Orlando Awards 2014
The most popular Orlando theme parks, rides and attractions for 2014 have been revealed by Attraction Tickets Direct, as the winners of its Orlando Awards 2014 are announced. Attraction Tickets Direct is the UK’s number one ticket provider and its 250,000 customers joined forces with readers of The Sun newspaper to cast their vote and show how they have most enjoyed their time in Orlando this year.
The most coveted award for ‘Best Theme Park in Florida’ was won for the first time in several years by Disney’s Magic Kingdom – taking the crown from perennial favourite, Universal’s Islands of Adventure.
Far from being left behind, Universal’s The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley, which expanded earlier this year, was voted far and away the ‘Best New Attraction’ with more than 50% of the votes, while Transformers: The Ride-3D at Universal Studios Florida was second with almost 20% of votes.
Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon was voted ‘Favourite Water Park’ while the Kennedy Space Centre was the Best Non-Theme Park Attraction.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Mickey Mouse was named as the Favourite Theme Park Character with more than 30% of the votes, with the Minions at Universal Studios Florida as runner-up.
Oliver Brendon, CEO of Attraction Tickets Direct, said: “We sell more tickets to Florida theme parks than any other supplier in the UK. This means that we have the largest and most experienced group of customers to tell us what they really think about the Orlando parks and attractions and how they have most enjoyed spending their time there this year.
“There have been some fantastic developments in Orlando this year and we’re pleased to see people are enjoying these new additions whilst honouring the classics. 2015 is sure to be just as exciting with several new rides and attractions to come.”
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The full list of winners are:
Best Theme Park in Florida
Winner: Disney’s Magic Kingdom
Runner-up: Universal’s Islands of Adventure
Best New Attraction (since 1 January 2013)
Winner: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley
Runner-up: Transformers: The Ride-3D at Universal Studios Florida
Best Overall Attraction
Winner: Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey at Universal’s Islands of Adventure
Runner-up: Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Ride that Gives the Best Theme Park Soaking
Winner: Popeye and Bluto’s Blige-Rat Barges at Universal’s Islands of Adventure
Runner-up: Dudley Do-Right’s Rip Saw Falls at Universal’s Islands of Adventure
Favourite Water Park
Winner: Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon
Best Non-Theme Park Attraction
Winner: Kennedy Space Centre
Runner-up: Boggy Creek Airboat Rides
Most Entertaining Evening Show
Winner: Cirque du Soleil – La Nouba, Downtown Disney
Runner-up: Blue Man Group, Universal CityWalk
Favourite Theme Park Character
Winner: Mickey Mouse, Disney
Runner-up: Minions, Universal Studios Florida
Best Live Theme Park Show
Winner: Fantasmic, Disney Hollywood Studios
Runner-up: Shamu Rocks, SeaWorld Orlando
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About Attraction Tickets Direct:
Attraction Tickets Direct is one of the world’s largest attraction ticket brokers serving more than 350,000 customers each year from four source markets - the UK, Ireland, Germany and Brazil. The company was founded in 2002 and by 2006 became the first company ever to sell '1 million visits' to Walt Disney World, Florida in a single year – something that has been achieved every year since. The multi award-winning company aims to Add Happiness® to holidays by making it easier, cheaper and faster to buy tickets to the world's leading attractions.