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I have a DisneyWorld AP and frequent the parks throughout the year. That specific day I went to MK I park hopped all their theme parks. The others were well kept and clean and none had any noticeable overflowing trash cans throughout the parks or any piles of food spilled on the pathways. Now I'm not saying that MK is always like this but over recent years the care in keeping the park immaculate has gone down drastically.

Now if you want some really clean parks, you need to visit the ones in Japan. They make the cleanest parks here and in Europe look like landfills.
Comparing MK against itself yea it’s not as good.

Comparing MK against other parks? It’s still better.

0% disagreement on the Asian parks. It bothers me that there is 0 representation from them in the awards.
 

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Incidentally, in all my travels Singapore was by far the cleanest city I have ever been in. (Tokyo, Sasibo, and the other handful of Japanese cities I have been in were cleaner than most western cities but clean like Singapore) I did not get a chance to go to any of the theme parks when I was in Singapore, but I can only imagine they are spotless.
 
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Best Children’s Park
I assume Idlewild wins this because it's a nestalgic, historic park. As much as I love the vibe of the place, I don't think it is deserving of the title. Legoland Florida is better in quite literally every way sans, maybe, "park most lacking in Legos." Honestly, I'm pretty sure I think Dutch Wonderland is a better children's park as well, but the margin is a lot smaller than Idlewild vs. Legoland FL.
Meh. Both look fine in their own ways.

Best Marine Life Park
Assuming it qualifies (don't see why it wouldn't), Discovery Cove deserves this. It's arguably the greatest park in the world. If for some reason Discovery Cove doesn't count, the current title holder, SeaWorld Orlando, is the right pick.
Agreed.

Best Wooden Coaster
Foolish, even embarrassing levels of a very nestalgic bias seem glaringly obvious with Phoenix winning this award. I love Phoenix but frankly, making people believe it is one of the best (let alone the best) wooden coaster in the world is a massive disservice to the coaster. It doesn't hold a candle to the likes of El Toro, The Voyage, or Lightning Rod and, frankly, it shouldn't be expected to. It isn't in the same league. Phoenix is like a great neighborhood baseball team being ranked above the top teams in the MLB. It's just silly.
Ok Lightning Rod doesn't even deserve to sniff the top 10. For as little as it has been open it is ranked way too highly. As for Phoenix it easily is considered among the best woodies by many anyways.

Best Steel Coaster
Fury 325 isn't my favorite steel coaster, but I do believe it's a perfectly valid choice. Won't complain about this one.
Agreed

Best Kids’ Area
I prefer KD's children's area, but KI's is a perfectly valid pick.
Neither deserve it. It should be Knott's Camp Snoopy.

Friendliest Park
Sorry Dollywood, it's Magic Kingdom.
Eh no. MK has plenty of rude workers there. And keep in mind it's still my favorite park. But I can't call it the friendliest.

Cleanest Park
Sorry Holiday World, it's Magic Kingdom.
Either one is suitable.

Best Landscaping
Ok. Here is one that really fucking bothers me. 20 years ago, BGW may have deserved this award. They don't anymore and haven't for a long time. There's a case to be made for Islands of Adventure, Epcot, and Legoland FL, sure, but honestly there is one park that stands vastly above all the rest: Gilroy-motherfuckin'-Gardens.
No no no no no no for Epcot. No. Future World is an absolute mess right now. If it were just the World Showcase then sure but when half of it is an outdated rubber factory then it doesn't deserve it. Islands of Adventure looks awesome but it doesn't really excell at landscaping so much over theming. Legoland I can see. Gilroy Gardens has great landscaping but it's not really much of a theme park. BGW is up for debate but the next best alternatives are BGT, Animal Kingdom, and Dollywood.

Best Christmas Event
Dollywood's event is good. I prefer Busch Gardens Williamsburg's and Carowinds', but I can accept that Dollywood's is a reasonable contender.
All three are great options.

Best Food
This one I really don't get. Knoebels has good snacks. Cool. So does Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Neither of then are remotely deserving of this award though. Clearly this belongs to Epcot for both variety and quality.
Sorry but Epcot food isn't that great. There are some great options in the world showcase but elsewhere is basically Olive Garden/generic amusement quality stuff. Knoebels has a ton of variety and the quality is actually way beyond the price point, which btw is a huge factor in deciding what is the best food. If you have slightly better tasting food that's way more expensive that means it's inferior. Sorry.
 
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Meh. Both look fine in their own ways.
"look fine"

Should I take this to mean that you haven't been to both (either?) of these parks? How many other judgements did you make in your post about parks you haven't actually visited?

Gilroy Gardens has great landscaping but it's not really much of a theme park.
This is bullshit. If a park is a theme/amusement park, it qualifies for the Golden Tickets. The category is best landscaping, not "best landscaping in the most amusement park-y theme park."

Sorry but Epcot food isn't that great. There are some great options in the world showcase but elsewhere is basically Olive Garden/generic amusement quality stuff. Knoebels has a ton of variety and the quality is actually way beyond the price point, which btw is a huge factor in deciding what is the best food. If you have slightly better tasting food that's way more expensive that means it's inferior. Sorry.
The category is "Best Food," not "Best Value Food." And even if they were factoring in value, Holiday World is way better than Knoebels in that category.

Anyway, I'd love to see a list of the Epcot restaurants you've dined at because it sounds like you may have a fairly limited amount of experience...
 
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I have to agree that Epcot's food is overrated. Sure, they have a decent selection of food, but most of their restaurants seem to value quantity over quality. I think Epcot is educational about foods that exist, but I would I would rather go and try it somewhere more authentic. The restaurant quality ranges anywhere from Carrabba's to Taco Bell, in authenticity and flavor.

Germany has an extensive list compared to Das Festhaus, but none of it should be sitting under heat lamps except for the sausages (Schnitzel on a buffet is irresponsible). Japan has a pleasant atmosphere, but the food it bland; same with Italy. Mexico is often overcooked...

You get the point. I appreciate that the park tries to offer something unique, but I still think of a theme park when I eat at Epcot. It's a shame because the countries represented could be so much more.

Edit: I know it's dangerous to speak out against Epcot. I just want to fan the flames/ add a counterpoint. 😝
 
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Epcot is kind of overrated as a whole. The world pavilion and garden is awesome but the big elephant in the room is that tacky outdated Future World section. It doesn’t feel as immersive as Magic Kingdom or Animal Kingdom.

Also as great as the World Showcase is I never felt it flowed as well as Busch Gardens does (either park). Each part is nice but they feel kind of tacked on.
 
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Epcot is kind of overrated as a whole. The world pavilion and garden is awesome but the big elephant in the room is that tacky outdated Future World section. It doesn’t feel as immersive as Magic Kingdom or Animal Kingdom.

Also as great as the World Showcase is I never felt it flowed as well as Busch Gardens does (either park). Each part is nice but they feel kind of tacked on.
That's fine. I agree in fact. Doesn't make the food any less good (which is the only thing relevant to this thread).

For the record, I do think Epcot has plenty of competition in the park food arena (especially of you are looking for "which park serves the best food" instead of "which park serves the best food on average").

The best food I've ever had in a park has been at King's Dominion special events (no, really). That said, since, on average, Kings Dominion food is mediocre at best and inedible at worse, I wouldn't select KD as the park worthy of "Best Food."

Epcot is the only park I've been to where I am confident that anywhere I choose to dine will be worth my time. It may not be mind-blowingly incredible, but it'll be pretty good, mid-level restaurant-quality food. What other park can you say that about?
 

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I am really confused and very curious about where y’all have been eating at Epcot. Setting aside the special event food, which I have always found creative and delicious, most of the restaurants I have tried have been great.

Spice Road Table, Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe, and the Boulangerie Patisserie particularly stand out for me. I also enjoyed the Rose and Crown and the San Angel Inn. I will admit that I didn’t like Monsieur Paul’s, but that was the worst experience I’ve had at Epcot.

Additionally, neither BGW’s F&WF nor KD’s food events are as good as either Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival or its Festival,of the Arts, in my opinion. The outdoor kitchens at both Epcot events are amazing. I am dying to try their F&WF, as well.

People compare Epcot dining with real non-park restaurants. They compare most other park food with chicken nuggets and dry pizza. There is a reason for that distinction.

While there are a few individual restaurants (at other Disney parks) that I might like better, and there are a few specific dishes at other parks that are probably better; overall, in my opinion, Epcot has the highest percentage of superior restaurants and food.
 

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Epcot has a MEAN fish and chips. They are deserving.

In all seriousness I didn't know Epcot was considered overrated, everyone I know dislikes that park and chooses not to go. I have always loved the feel of Epcot.

Then again maybe I'm just a sucker for parks including European themes.
 
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My $0.02 on the food thing:

All park food is somewhat bland. It has to be. They aren't cooking for specific tastes. They are cooking for thousands of tastes. Same with chain restaurants. To make it the same for different locations, it's made in a very bland way.
 
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All park food is somewhat bland.
On average, yes, mass-market theme park food is largely designed to appeal to bland, boring, mass-market palettes. "All" is a massive overstatement though in my opinion.

Food-focused events at regional parks and the sit-downs in the larger parks typically offer an abundance of options for truely great food inside the gates. Tiffin's, Skipper's, Spice Road, Mythos, and special food events at Busch Gardens, SeaWorld, Epcot, and even Kings Dominion all instantly come to mind as clear exceptions to the "bland" rule.
 
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On average, yes, mass-market theme park food is largely designed to appeal to bland, boring, mass-market palettes. "All" is a massive overstatement though in my opinion.

Food-focused events at regional parks and the sit-downs in the larger parks typically offer an abundance of options for truely great food inside the gates. Tiffin's, Skipper's, Spice Road, Mythos, and special food events at Busch Gardens, SeaWorld, Epcot, and even Kings Dominion all instantly come to mind as clear exceptions to the "bland" rule.
Agreed. I was a little rash in saying all. I should have said in general.

Pure just my opinion, I would put IoA over Epcot because of Mythos alone. Best theme park food right there. Although I will re-experience all the WDW foods this winter, as I just booked a stay there for 7 days.
 
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