Best Of 2018

Best Magical Queue

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Theme park lines occupy – or, really, are – a special place in hell, especially the ones in Central Florida, where standing under the Florida sun usually results in enough back sweat to fill a kiddie pool. One place, though, stops us from Avada Kedavra-ing ourselves – the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. With meticulous attention to detail and the Harry Potter canon, Universal engineers have created immersive waiting areas that are just as magically engaging as the ride itself. Talk to the castle portraits while you wait for the Forbidden Journey ride, trade dollars with a goblin at Gringotts before exploring the bank's secret passageways, or leave the Muggles behind as you cross a seemingly solid brick wall into Platform 9 3/4 for a journey on the Hogwarts Express.

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Best Accidental Dick Joke
Photo by Seth Kubersky

Disney's giant Woody

Back in April, Disney was very excited to open Toy Story Land at Hollywood Studios, and in doing so, they announced to everyone that they had erected a giant 20-foot Woody at the entrance of the new land. Though there was no mention of girth, Disney did also tell us the statue had a 7-foot-wide hat and a 4-foot-tall yo-yo. Naturally, the announcement made all stand at attention.

Best Adult Sports League

1. Orlando Roller Derby,

2. Orlando Sport and Social Club,

3. Orlando Gay Kickball,

Best Attraction That's Not a Theme Park

1. Orlando Science Center,

2. Kennedy Space Center,

3. (tie) Topgolf,

3. (tie) Gatorland,

Best Beach

1. New Smyrna Beach,

2. Clearwater Beach,

3. Siesta Key,

Best Bowling Alley

1. Splitsville,

2. Aloma Bowl,

3. Kings Dining & Entertainment,

Honorable Mention: Colonial Lanes (RIP),

Best Canoeing/Kayaking

1. Wekiwa Springs,

2. Wekiva Island,

3. Blue Springs,

Best City Park

1. Lake Eola Park,

2. Central Park, Winter Park,

3. Dickson Azalea Park,

Best Dog Park

1. Lake Baldwin Park,

2. Dr. Phillips Dog Park,

3. Downey Dog Park,

Best Escape Room

1. Escapology,

2. The Great Escape Room,

3. The Escape Game Orlando,