The Golden Ticket Awards for 2011
The Golden Ticket Awards have been given out, overall there aren’t many changes from last years awards. Here is the list of winners:
Best Amusement Park – Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio (14th year in a row!)
Best Waterpark – Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort, New Braunfels, Texas (14th year in a row!)
Best Children’s Park – Idlewild and SoakZone, Ligonier, Pa.
Best Marine Life Park – SeaWorld Orlando, Orlando, Fla.
Best Seaside Park – Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz, Calif.
Best Wooden Coaster – The Voyage at Holiday World, Santa Claus, Ind.
Best Steel Coaster – Millennium Force at Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio
Best Kids’ Area – Kings Island, Kings Mills, Ohio
Friendliest Staff – Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, Santa Claus, Ind.
Cleanest Park – Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, Santa Claus, Ind.
Best Halloween Event – Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando, Orlando, Fla.
Best Landscaping – Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Williamsburg, Va.
Best Christmas Event – Smoky Mountain Christmas at Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
Best Food – Knoebels Amusement Resort, Elysburg, Pa.
Best Shows – Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
Best Outdoor Night Show Production – IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth at Walt Disney World’s Epcot, Orlando, Fla.
Best Water Ride – Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Orlando, Fla.
Best Waterpark Ride – Wildebeest at Splashin’ Safari, Santa Claus, Ind.
Best Dark Ride – Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Orlando, Fla.
Best New Ride of 2011: Amusement Park – New Texas Giant at Six Flags Over Texas, Arlington, Texas
Best New Ride of 2011: Waterpark – The Falls at Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort, New Braunfels, Texas
Best Carousel – Grand Carousel at Knoebels Amusement Resort, Elysburg, Pa.
Best Indoor Roller Coaster – Revenge of the Mummy at Universal Studios Orlando, Orlando, Fla.
Best Indoor Waterpark – Schlitterbahn Galveston Island, Galveston, Texas
Best Funhouse/Walk-Through Attraction – Noah’s Ark at Kennywood, West Mifflin, Pa.
The only major change in the Best Steel Coaster list is that the New Texas Giant jumped up to 7th place in its first year kicking out Diamondback at King’s Island. Once again there are no coasters with inversions in the top ten. Intimidator 305 still didn’t make it into the top ten, this surprises me because a ton of people love it (I haven’t been on it though). I can’t argue with Millennium Force winning #1 Steel Coaster (again).
El Toro lost second place in the Wooden Coaster list to Phoenix at Knoebels which got 3rd last year. Shivering Timbers and Prowler got 9th and 10th place, replacing The Raven and Lightning racer.
You can see all of the results at goldenticketawards.com
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