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The Golden Ticket Awards for 2011

September 18, 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

What do you think? Please comment. Thanks for reading. 🙂

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3 Comments
  1. Mariano Scotti permalink

    How I wish I had the money to make it to America again, and go on all the best coasters !!
    I´ve been on the Lock Ness Monster ages ago, though.

  2. I haven’t been on Loch Ness Monster, do you remember if it was good? Thanks for reading (and commenting) 🙂

  3. Matt P permalink

    Wow el toro did the opposite of what I wanted it to. I wanted it to become number one woodie in amusement today, and it moved back a spot! Amusement Today needs to get on board with alot of the other polls and recognize el toro as the worlds best wooden coaster. No woodie can compare to it(okay maybe voyage but el toro is definitely 1st or 2nd best woodie). El Toro is smooth, tall, fast, has a steep first drop, tons of airtime, and more. I can not believe they rated phoenix better. Phoenix is good, but it can not compete with el toro. As for the voyage, I still very much want to ride it. It looks great, it is longer than el toro giving it an advantage. I love long coasters. The voyage, however, I have heard lacks in the smoothness category. I can’t enjoy a ride when I am getting tossed around and smashed into the side. Hopefully Voyage gets timberliner trains before I ride it(it most likely will because I dont have a trip to holiday world planned for the near future). That would make it smooth, and would probrably beat el toro in my book then.

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