Golden Ticket Awards For 2012
The Golden Ticket Awards were given out today. Last years awards were pretty predictable, this year however there are a few surprises in the mix.
|Best Amusement Park||Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio|
|Best Waterpark||Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort, New Braunfels, Texas|
|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||El Toro at Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, N.J.|
|Best Steel Coaster||Millennium Force at Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio|
|Best Kids’ Area||Kings Island, Kings Mills, Ohio|
|Friendliest Park||Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, Tenn.|
|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||Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, Tenn.|
|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 2012 – Amusement Park||Wild Eagle at Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, Tenn.|
|Best New Ride of 2012 – Waterpark||Mammoth at Splashin’ Safari, Santa Claus, Ind.|
|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.|
Probably the biggest surprise this year was El Toro winning for best Wooden Coaster. The Voyage at Holiday World has won it every year since 2006. Having ridden El Toro this year I can honestly say that it deserves that spot.
Cedar Point and Schlitterbahn won for Best Amusement Park and Water Park, each for the 15th year in a row. I’ve never been to Schlitterbahn but all the reviewers say it’s excellent. Cedar Point is my personal favorite amusement park so I agree with its placement.
I was expecting Leviathan to win Best New Ride of 2012. Wild Eagle ended up winning though. Followed by Radiator Springs Racers at Disney’s California Adventure. Leviathan was third. Dollywood also won the most Golden Tickets with five awards.
2012 was a good year for the Golden Tickets, I find it great that both my favorite wooden coaster and favorite steel coaster won an award. You can visit goldenticketawards.com for more information.
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