Amusement Park Webcams, Awards and Trivia

May 6th, 2010 by Gill

The awards for best theme parks, favourite rides, most popular rides and best new attractions in the multi-billion dollar world of entertainment has just been released and the usual names seem to hog the list. All credit to Busch Gardens for being voted the Most Beautiful Amusement Park for the 20th consecutive year. However, this is not the Busch Gardens you may know from visits to Florida, but the much less well-publicized location in Williamsburg. The live webcam shown here does not give any clue to the beauty of the gardens as it is focused on the Hippo pool, but it is a fun sight.

The Favourite Theme Park category was predictably won by Walt Disney World in Florida with neighbouring Universal Studios in Florida and Holiday World in the wonderfully named town of Santa Claus, Indiana, about a three hour drive south of Indianapolis. There’s a great link to the webcam here, focused on Wildebeest, the world’s longest water coaster, which opens May 14.

Great views of the weather and sights of Orlando can be seen via webcams, but unfortunately Walt Disney World pulled the plug on its Main Street webcam some time ago.

The award for Favourite Wooden-built Roller Coaster Ride was given to Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee but those who really like an adrenalin rush should try out of the winners of the Favourite Steel Roller Coaster including Millennium Force and Magnum XL200 rides at Cedar Point Ohio or the Phantom’s Revenge at Kennywood in Pennsylvania.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach was on the list as Favourite Traditional Park and there are some great views of the beach here from the top of the Blackpool Tower.

Sea World’s new ride, Manta, was listed as one of the Best New Attractions and it offers head-first, face-down thrilling views of the park’s animals. Hailed as the only flying roller coaster of its kind in the world, visitors are flocking to this top attraction. More traditional entertainment is still provided by the dolphins and orcas and you can see them in their pool via the Shamu webcam.

One Response to “Amusement Park Webcams, Awards and Trivia”

  1. Thanks for mentioning Holiday World theme park! Just wanted to clarify that we’re in the town of Santa Claus, Indiana, about a three hours drive south of Indianapolis. Here’s a link to our webcam, focused on Wildebeest, the world’s longest water coaster, which opens May 14: Come see us!

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