Amusement Today

Amusement Today is a monthly periodical that features articles, news, pictures and reviews about all things relating to the amusement park industry, including parks, rides, and ride manufacturers. The trade newspaper, which is based in Arlington, Texas, United States, was founded in January 1997 by Gary Slade, Virgil E. Moore III and Rick Tidrow.[1] In 1997, Amusement Today won the Impact Award in the services category for "Best New Product" from the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA). A year later, in 1998, the magazine founded the Golden Ticket Awards, for which it has become best known for throughout the amusement park industry. On January 2, 2001, Slade bought out his two partners, giving him sole ownership of the paper.[1] The paper has two full-time and two part-time staff members at its Arlington office, along with two full-time writers and several freelance writers in various parts of the world.[2]

Amusement Today
Editor-in-ChiefGary Slade
CategoriesAmusement parks
Circulation3,000
PublisherGary Slade
FounderGary Slade
Year founded1997
First issueApril 1997 (1997-04)
CountryUnited States
Based inArlington, Texas[1]
LanguageEnglish
Websitewww.amusementtoday.com

Golden Ticket Awards

Every year, Amusement Today gives out awards to the best of the best in the amusement park industry in a ceremony known as the Golden Ticket Awards. The awards are handed out based on surveys given to experienced and well-traveled amusement park enthusiasts from around the world. The awards, which were first handed out in 1998, have been featured on the Discovery Channel and the Travel Channel.

2019 winners

2019 Golden Ticket Awards[3]
Host Park: Silverwood Theme Park

The Amusement Today Golden Ticket Awards were announced on September 9, 2019 at Silverwood Theme Park'

Category2019 RecipientLocation/Park
Best New Attraction InstallationHagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike AdventureUniversal's Islands of Adventure
Best New Roller CoasterSteel CurtainKennywood
Best New Family AttractionMillennium Falcon: Smugglers RunDisneyland
Best New Water Park RideCutback Water CoasterWater Country USA
Best InnovationYukon Striker locker storage systemCanada's Wonderland
Best ParkEuropa-ParkRust, Germany
Best WaterparkSchlitterbahnNew Braunfels, Texas
Best Family ParkDutch WonderlandLancaster, Pennsylvania
Best Wildlife/Marine ParkSeaWorld OrlandoOrlando, Fla.
Best Waterpark RideWildebeestSplashin’ Safari
Best Wooden CoasterPhoenixKnoebels Amusement Resort
Best Steel CoasterFury 325Carowinds
Best Kids' AreaDollywoodPigeon Forge, Tennessee
Best Guest ExperienceDollywoodPigeon Forge, Tennessee
Breakout Family Entertainment CenterC.J. Barrymore’sClinton Township, Michigan
Best Halloween Event of 2018Halloween Horror NightsUniversal Orlando
Most Beautiful ParkBusch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Virginia
Best Christmas Event of 2018Smoky Mountain ChristmasDollywood
Best FoodKnoebels Amusement ResortElysburg, Pennsylvania
Best New ShowReuben’s Swashbuckling AdventureSilver Dollar City
Best Water RideValhallaBlackpool Pleasure Beach
Best Dark RidePirates of the Caribbean: Battle for the Sunken TreasureShanghai Disneyland

2018 winners

2018 Golden Ticket Awards[4]
Host Park: Silver Dollar City

The Amusement Today Golden Ticket Awards were announced on September 8, 2018 at Silver Dollar City

Category2018 RecipientLocation/Park
Best New Ride (Amusement Park)Steel VengeanceCedar Point
Best New Ride (Water Park)Ray RushAquatica Orlando
Best ParkEuropa-ParkRust, Germany
Best WaterparkSchlitterbahn New BraunfelsNew Braunfels, Texas
Best Children's ParkIdlewild ParkLigonier, Pennsylvania
Best Marine Life ParkSeaWorld OrlandoOrlando, Florida
Best Seaside ParkSanta Cruz Beach BoardwalkSanta Cruz, California
Best Kids’ AreaKings IslandMason, Ohio
Cleanest ParkHoliday World and Splashin' SafariSanta Claus, Indiana
Friendliest ParkDollywoodPigeon Forge, Tennessee
Best ShowsDollywoodPigeon Forge, Tennessee
Best LandscapingBusch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Virginia
Best FoodKnoebels Amusement ResortElysburg, Pennsylvania
Best CarouselGrand CarouselKnoebels Amusement Resort
Best Water Ride (Park)ValhallaBlackpool Pleasure Beach
Best Water Park RideWildebeestHoliday World and Splashin' Safari
Best Dark RideThe Twilight Zone Tower of TerrorDisney's Hollywood Studios
Best Indoor Roller CoasterRevenge of the Mummy: The RideUniversal Studios Florida
Best Funhouse/Walk-ThroughNoah's ArkKennywood
Best Halloween EventHalloween Horror NightsUniversal Studios Orlando
Best Christmas EventSmoky Mountain ChristmasDollywood
Top 50 Steel Roller Coasters
Rank2018 RecipientParkSupplierPoints
1Fury 325CarowindsBolliger & Mabillard1222
2Millennium ForceCedar PointIntamin1156
3Steel VengeanceCedar PointRocky Mountain Construction829
4Expedition GeForceHoliday ParkIntamin540
5Superman The RideSix Flags New EnglandIntamin535
6Apollo's ChariotBusch Gardens WilliamsburgBolliger & Mabillard522
7Iron RattlerSix Flags Fiesta TexasRocky Mountain Construction483
8LeviathanCanada's WonderlandBolliger & Mabillard410
9MaverickCedar PointIntamin390
10DiamondbackKings IslandBolliger & Mabillard347
11NitroSix Flags Great AdventureBolliger & Mabillard345
12Intimidator 305Kings DominionIntamin344
13Phantom's RevengeKennywoodD. H. Morgan Manufacturing324
14Magnum XL 200Cedar PointArrow Dynamics300
15TaronPhantasialandIntamin283
16Top Thrill DragsterCedar PointIntamin278
17MakoSeaWorld OrlandoBolliger & Mabillard251
18Time TravelerSilver Dollar CityMack Rides248
19Blue FireEuropa ParkMack Rides244
20NemesisAlton TowersBolliger & Mabillard238
21HelixLisebergMack Rides234
22IntimidatorCarowindsBolliger & Mabillard233
23New Texas GiantSix Flags Over TexasRocky Mountain Construction222
24Twisted ColossusSix Flags Magic MountainRocky Mountain Construction212
25Mind BenderSix Flags Over GeorgiaAnton Schwarzkopf211
26GoliathSix Flags Over GeorgiaBolliger & Mabillard201
27BehemothCanada's WonderlandBolliger & Mabillard187
28MontuBusch Gardens TampaBolliger & Mabillard186
29BansheeKings IslandBolliger & Mabillard175
30SkyrushHersheyparkIntamin173
31X2Six Flags Magic MountainArrow Dynamics162
32AlpengeistBusch Gardens WilliamsburgBolliger & Mabillard160
33Wicked CycloneSix Flags New EnglandRocky Mountain Construction158
34Black MambaPhantasialandBolliger & Mabillard137
35Cheetah HuntBusch Gardens TampaIntamin132
36VerboltenBusch Gardens WilliamsburgZierer116
37KumbaBusch Gardens TampaBolliger & Mabillard115
38Twisted TimbersKings DominionRocky Mountain Construction109
39 (tie)Superman – Ride of SteelSix Flags AmericaIntamin99
39 (tie)JetlineGröna LundAnton Schwarzkopf99
41GoliathLa RondeBolliger & Mabillard97
42LisebergbananLisebergZierer96
43GriffonBusch Gardens WilliamsburgBolliger & Mabillard93
44CannibalLagoonLagoon92
45ShambhalaPortAventura ParkBolliger & Mabillard89
46Expedition EverestDisney's Animal KingdomVekoma82
47Storm ChaserKentucky KingdomRocky Mountain Construction81
48Raging BullSix Flags Great AmericaBolliger & Mabillard78
49ThunderbirdHoliday World & Splashin' SafariBolliger & Mabillard72
50WhizzerSix Flags Great AmericaAnton Schwarzkopf70
Top 50 Wood Roller Coasters
Rank2018 RecipientParkSupplierPoints
1PhoenixKnoebels Amusement ResortPhiladelphia Toboggan Coasters1330
2El ToroSix Flags Great AdventureIntamin1197
3The VoyageHoliday World & Splashin' SafariThe Gravity Group1086
4Boulder DashLake CompounceCustom Coasters International982
5The BeastKings IslandKings Island781
6Lightning RodDollywoodRocky Mountain Construction691
7Outlaw RunSilver Dollar CityRocky Mountain Construction573
8Ravine Flyer IIWaldameer ParkThe Gravity Group560
9Gold StrikerCalifornia's Great AmericaGreat Coasters International497
10ThunderheadDollywoodGreat Coasters International477
11Mystic TimbersKings IslandGreat Coasters International465
12Lightning RacerHersheyparkGreat Coasters International329
13GhostRiderKnott's Berry FarmCustom Coasters International307
14BalderLisebergIntamin289
15ThunderboltKennywoodAndy Vettel & John A. Miller260
16WodanEuropa-ParkGreat Coasters International236
17WildfireKolmården Wildlife ParkRocky Mountain Construction232
18RavenHoliday World & Splashin' SafariCustom Coasters International229
19GoliathSix Flags Great AmericaRocky Mountain Construction215
20Jack RabbitKennywoodJohn A. Miller211
21 (tie)Giant DipperSanta Cruz Beach BoardwalkArthur Looff Designer & Frank Prior, Frederick Church206
21 (tie)Shivering TimbersMichigan's AdventureCustom Coasters International206
23LegendHoliday World & Splashin' SafariCustom Coasters International201
24White LightningFun Spot AmericaGreat Coasters International196
25TroyToverlandGreat Coasters International183
26RenegadeValleyfairGreat Coasters International182
27The Cú Chulainn CoasterTayto ParkThe Gravity Group177
28ColossosHeide ParkIntamin171
29CycloneLuna Park Coney IslandVernon Keenan169
30 (tie)ProwlerWorlds of FunGreat Coasters International165
30 (tie)RampageAlabama Splash AdventureCustom Coasters International165
32CometThe Great EscapePhiladelphia Toboggan Coasters & Herbert Paul Schmeck164
33Boardwalk BulletKemah BoardwalkMartin & Vleminckx & The Gravity Group157
34Flying TurnsKnoebels Amusement ResortKnoebels Amusement Resort148
35RutschebananTivoli GardensLaMarcus Adna Thompson135
36SwitchbackZDT's Amusement ParkThe Gravity Group130
37Blue StreakConneaut Lake ParkEd Vettel118
38 (tie)American ThunderSix Flags St. LouisGreat Coasters International117
38 (tie)Screamin' EagleSix Flags St. LouisPhiladelphia Toboggan Coasters & John C. Allen117
40GrizzlyKings DominionTaft Broadcasting, Curtis D. Summers115
41Blue StreakCedar PointPhiladelphia Toboggan Coasters109
42Wooden Roller CoasterPlaylandCarl Phare & Walker LeRoy107
43BossSix Flags St. LouisCustom Coasters International106
44The Wild OneSix Flags AmericaPhiladelphia Toboggan Coasters, John A. Miller & Dinn Corporation98
45T ExpressEverlandIntamin87
46MegafobiaOakwood Theme ParkCustom Coasters International84
47Hades 360Mt. Olympus Water & Theme ParkThe Gravity Group80
48Mine BlowerFun Spot AmericaThe Gravity Group79
49Wooden WarriorQuassy Amusement ParkThe Gravity Group77
50TwisterKnoebels Amusement ResortJohn Fetterman & Knoebels Amusement Resort75

2017 winners

2017 Golden Ticket Awards[5]
Host Park: Lake Compounce

The Amusement Today Golden Ticket Awards were announced on September 9, 2017, at a ceremony held in the Starlight Theater at Lake Compounce

Category2017 RecipientLocation/Park
Best New Ride (Amusement Park)Mystic TimbersKings Island
Best New Ride (Water Park)Thunder RapidsSix Flags Fiesta Texas
Best ParkEuropa-ParkRust, Germany
Best WaterparkSchlitterbahn New BraunfelsNew Braunfels, Texas
Best Children's ParkIdlewild ParkLigonier, Pennsylvania
Best Marine Life ParkSeaWorld OrlandoOrlando, Florida
Best Seaside ParkSanta Cruz Beach BoardwalkSanta Cruz, California
Best Kids’ AreaKings IslandMason, Ohio
Cleanest ParkHoliday World and Splashin' SafariSanta Claus, Indiana
Friendliest ParkDollywoodPigeon Forge, Tennessee
Best ShowsDollywoodPigeon Forge, Tennessee
Best LandscapingBusch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Virginia
Best FoodDollywoodPigeon Forge, Tennessee
Best CarouselGrand CarouselKnoebels Amusement Resort
Best Water Ride (Park)ValhallaBlackpool Pleasure Beach
Best Water Park RideWildebeestHoliday World and Splashin' Safari
Best Dark RideThe Twilight Zone Tower of TerrorDisney's Hollywood Studios
Best Indoor Roller CoasterRevenge of the Mummy: The RideUniversal Studios Florida
Best Funhouse/Walk-ThroughNoah's ArkKennywood
Best Halloween EventHalloween Horror NightsUniversal Studios Orlando
Best Christmas EventSmoky Mountain ChristmasDollywood
Top 50 Steel Roller Coasters
Rank2017 RecipientParkSupplierPoints
1Fury 325CarowindsBolliger & Mabillard1354
2Millennium ForceCedar PointIntamin1129
3Superman the RideSix Flags New England705
4Iron RattlerSix Flags Fiesta TexasRocky Mountain Construction657
5Expedition GeForceHoliday ParkIntamin575
6LeviathanCanada's WonderlandBolliger & Mabillard481
7NitroSix Flags Great Adventure442
8DiamondbackKings Island381
9New Texas GiantSix Flags Over TexasRocky Mountain Construction379
10MaverickCedar PointIntamin375
11Apollo's ChariotBusch Gardens WilliamsburgBolliger & Mabillard374
12Phantom's RevengeKennywoodMorgan344
13Intimidator 305Kings DominionIntamin330
14 (tie)GoliathSix Flags Over GeorgiaBolliger & Mabillard291
14 (tie)Wicked CycloneSix Flags New EnglandRocky Mountain Construction291
16Twisted ColossusSix Flags Magic Mountain284
17Top Thrill DragsterCedar PointIntamin276
18Blue FireEuropa-ParkMack Rides272
19IntimidatorCarowindsBolliger & Mabillard261
20NemesisAlton Towers254
21TaronPhantasialandIntamin253
22BansheeKings IslandBolliger & Mabillard244
23Magnum XL-200Cedar PointArrow Dynamics238
24SkyrushHersheyparkIntamin235
25X2Six Flags Magic MountainArrow Dynamics217
26Mind BenderSix Flags Over GeorgiaSchwarzkopf209
27MontuBusch Gardens TampaBolliger & Mabillard200
28BehemothCanada's Wonderland184
29 (tie)Cheetah HuntBusch Gardens TampaIntamin181
29 (tie)HelixLisebergMack Rides181
31MakoSeaWorld OrlandoBolliger & Mabillard171
32CannibalLagoonLagoon163
33Storm ChaserKentucky KingdomRocky Mountain Construction135
34Raging BullSix Flags Great AmericaBolliger & Mabillard113
35Black MambaPhantasialand109
36AlpengeistBusch Gardens Williamsburg104
37Medusa Steel CoasterSix Flags MexicoRocky Mountain Construction98
38QuimeraLa Feria Chapultepec MágicoSchwarzkopf93
39ThunderbirdHoliday World & Splashin' SafariBolliger & Mabillard91
40LisebergbananLisebergStengel/Schwarzkopf84
41 (tie)GoliathLa RondeBolliger & Mabillard78
41 (tie)KumbaBusch Gardens Tampa78
41 (tie)Lightning RunKentucky KingdomChance78
44Steel ForceDorney ParkMorgan76
45Euro-MirEuropa-ParkMack Rides72
46 (tie)Shock WaveSix Flags Over TexasSchwarzkopf68
46 (tie)WhizzerSix Flags Great America68
48GriffonBusch Gardens WilliamsburgBolliger & Mabillard62
49Expedition EverestDisney's Animal KingdomVekoma61
50Full ThrottleSix Flags Magic MountainPremier Rides59
Top 50 Wood Roller Coasters[6]
Rank2017 RecipientParkSupplierPoints
1El ToroSix Flags Great AdventureIntamin1241
2PhoenixKnoebels Amusement ResortPhiladelphia Toboggan Coasters1212
3Boulder DashLake CompounceCustom Coasters International1171
4The VoyageHoliday World & Splashin' SafariThe Gravity Group1113
5Lightning RodDollywoodRocky Mountain Construction710
6The BeastKings IslandKings Entertainment Company666
7Ravine Flyer IIWaldameerThe Gravity Group612
8ThunderheadDollywoodGreat Coasters International560
9Outlaw RunSilver Dollar CityRocky Mountain Construction541
10Gold StrikerCalifornia's Great AmericaGreat Coasters International489
11Mystic TimbersKings Island345
12Lightning RacerHersheypark276
13GoliathSix Flags Great AmericaRocky Mountain Construction269
14Boardwalk BulletKemah BoardwalkMartin & Vleminckx/The Gravity Group236
15Wodan - TimburcoasterEuropa-ParkGreat Coasters International223
16BalderLisebergIntamin221
17ThunderboltKennywoodVettel/Miller220
18 (tie)GhostRiderKnott's Berry FarmCustom Coasters International219
18 (tie)TroyToverlandGreat Coasters International
18 (tie)White LightningFun Spot America
21RampageAlabama Splash AdventureCustom Coasters International218
22CycloneLuna ParkKeenan/Baker217
23The RavenHoliday World & Splashin' SafariCustom Coasters International214
24The LegendHoliday World & Splashin' Safari198
25Shivering TimbersMichigan's Adventure197
26Jack RabbitKennywoodPTC/Miller188
27ProwlerWorlds of FunGreat Coasters International186
28The BossSix Flags St. LouisCustom Coasters International183
29WildfireKolmården Wildlife ParkRocky Mountain Construction177
30The Cú Chulainn CoasterTayto ParkThe Gravity Group168
31Giant DipperSanta Cruz Beach BoardwalkPrior & Church/Looff167
32The CometThe Great EscapePTC/Herbert Schmeck157
33SwitchbackZDT's Amusement ParkThe Gravity Group139
34ColossosHeide ParkIntamin129
35TwisterKnoebels Amusement ResortFetterman/Knoebels Amusement Resort119
36Wild MouseBlackpool Pleasure BeachWright, Blackpool112
37Blue StreakConneaut Lake ParkVettel109
38Hades 360Mt. Olympus Theme ParkThe Gravity Group107
39Wooden Roller CoasterPlaylandPhare98
40American ThunderSix Flags St. LouisGreat Coasters International96
41El ToroFreitzeitpark Plohn92
42Blue StreakCedar PointPTC/Hoover87
43Screamin' EagleSix Flags St. LouisPTC/John C. Allen86
44Flying TurnsKnoebels Amusement ResortKnoebels84
45Wooden WarriorQuassy Amusement ParkThe Gravity Group82
46GrizzlyKings DominionTaft Attractions Group81
47TremorsSilverwoodCustom Coasters International80
48Grand NationalBlackpool Pleasure BeachPaige75
49Kentucky RumblerBeech Bend ParkGreat Coasters International77
50TwisterGröna LundThe Gravity Group66

2016 winners

2016 Golden Ticket Awards[7]
Host Park: Cedar Point

The Amusement Today Golden Ticket Awards were announced on September 10, 2016 at a ceremony held at the Cedar Point Convention Center

Category2016 RecipientLocation/Park
Best New Ride (Amusement Park)Lightning RodDollywood
Best New Ride (Water Park)MassivSchlitterbahn Galveston Island
Best ParkEuropa-ParkRust, Germany
Best WaterparkSchlitterbahn New BraunfelsNew Braunfels, Texas
Best Children's ParkIdlewild and Soak ZoneLigonier, Pennsylvania
Best Marine Life ParkSeaWorld OrlandoOrlando, Florida
Best Seaside Life ParkSanta Cruz Beach BoardwalkSanta Cruz, California
Best Kids’ AreaKings IslandMason, Ohio
Cleanest ParkHoliday World & Splashin' SafariSanta Claus, Indiana
Friendliest ParkDollywoodPigeon Forge, Tennessee
Best Shows
Best LandscapingBusch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Virginia
Best FoodKnoebels Amusement ResortElysburg, Pennsylvania
Best CarouselGrand CarouselKnoebel's Amusement Resort
Best Water Ride (Park)ValhallaBlackpool Pleasure Beach
Best Water Park RideWildebeestHoliday World
Best Dark RideThe Twilight Zone Tower of TerrorDisney's Hollywood Studios
Best Indoor Roller CoasterRevenge of the Mummy: The RideUniversal Studios Orlando
Best Funhouse/Walk-ThroughNoah's Ark (fun house)Kennywood
Best Halloween EventHalloween Horror NightsUniversal Studios Florida
Best Christmas EventSmoky Mountain ChristmasDollywood
Top 50 Steel Roller Coasters
Rank2016 RecipientParkSupplierPoints
1Fury 325CarowindsBolliger & Mabillard1126
2Millennium ForceCedar PointIntamin1122
3Superman the RideSix Flags New England698
4Expedition GeForceHoliday Park613
5NitroSix Flags Great AdventureBolliger & Mabillard454
6Apollo's ChariotBusch Gardens Williamsburg397
7LeviathanCanada's Wonderland393
8IntimidatorCarowinds350
9DiamondbackKings Island330
10Phantom's RevengeKennywoodMorgan329
11NemesisAlton TowersBolliger & Mabillard311
12MaverickCedar PointIntamin306
13BansheeKings IslandBolliger & Mabillard286
14Blue FireEuropa-ParkMack Rides283
15Magnum XL-200Cedar PointArrow Dynamics279
16New Texas GiantSix Flags Over TexasRocky Mountain Construction272
17Intimidator 305Kings DominionIntamin268
18Wicked CycloneSix Flags New EnglandRocky Mountain Construction265
19Top Thrill DragsterCedar PointIntamin258
20GoliathSix Flags Over GeorgiaBolliger & Mabillard255
21Iron RattlerSix Flags Fiesta TexasRocky Mountain Construction254
22MontuBusch Gardens TampaBolliger & Mabillard203
23X2Six Flags Magic MountainArrow Dynamics202
24BehemothCanada's WonderlandBolliger & Mabillard198
25Black MambaPhantasialand178
26Twisted ColossusSix Flags Magic MountainRocky Mountain Construction175
27Mind BenderSix Flags Over GeorgiaSchwarzkopf168
28Storm ChaserKentucky KingdomRocky Mountain Construction166
29HelixLisebergMack Rides165
30AlpengeistBusch Gardens WilliamsburgBolliger & Mabillard144
31GoliathLa Ronde128
32 (tie)Raging BullSix Flags Great America122
32 (tie)TaronPhantasialandIntamin122
34ThunderbirdHoliday WorldBolliger & Mabillard113
35MakoSeaWorld Orlando110
36Wild EagleDollywood107
37Steel ForceDorney ParkMorgan105
38LisebergbananLisebergSchwarzkopf99
39Cheetah HuntBusch Gardens TampaIntamin97
40 (tie)Euro-MirEuropa-ParkMack Rides94
40 (tie)Medusa Steel CoasterSix Flags MexicoRocky Mountain Construction94
42 (tie)CannibalLagoonLagoon92
42 (tie)KumbaBusch Gardens TampaBolliger & Mabillard92
44Lightning RunKentucky KingdomChance Rides90
45WhizzerSix Flags Great AmericaSchwarzkopf85
46Olympia LoopingWurstelprater81
47RaptorCedar PointBolliger & Mabillard80
48BizarroSix Flags Great Adventure74
49 (tie)Expedition EverestDisney's Animal KingdomVekoma72
49 (tie)GateKeeperCedar PointBolliger & Mabillard72
Top 50 Wood Roller Coasters
Rank2016 RecipientParkSupplierPoints
1Boulder DashLake CompounceCustom Coasters International1216
2PhoenixKnoebels Amusement ResortPhiladelphia Toboggan Coasters1144
3El ToroSix Flags Great AdventureIntamin1121
4The VoyageHoliday World & Splashin' SafariThe Gravity Group1028
5Ravine Flyer IIWaldameer692
6The BeastKings IslandKings Entertainment Company670
7ThunderheadDollywoodGreat Coasters International641
8Outlaw RunSilver Dollar CityRocky Mountain Construction611
9Gold StrikerCalifornia's Great AmericaGreat Coasters International525
10Lightning RacerHersheypark347
11Lightning RodDollywoodRocky Mountain Construction336
12BalderLisebergIntamin292
13GoliathSix Flags Great AmericaRocky Mountain Construction267
14ProwlerWorlds of FunGreat Coasters International256
15The RavenHoliday WorldCustom Coasters International245
16The LegendHoliday World241
17Giant DipperSanta Cruz Beach BoardwalkPrior & Church/Looff233
18ColossosHeide ParkIntamin222
19Shivering TimbersMichigan's AdventureCustom Coasters International213
20Jack RabbitKennywoodPTC/Miller208
21ThunderboltKennywoodVettel/Miller206
22The Cú Chulainn CoasterTayto ParkThe Gravity Group179
23Wodan - TimburcoasterEuropa-ParkGreat Coasters International175
24TroyToverland174
25 (tie)The CometThe Great EscapePTC/Herbert Schmeck166
25 (tie)El ToroFreitzeitpark PlohnGreat Coasters International166
27CycloneLuna ParkKeenan/Baker165
28WildfireKolmården Wildlife ParkRocky Mountain Construction153
29GhostRiderKnott's Berry FarmCustom Coasters International141
30Wooden Roller CoasterPlaylandPhare141
31The BossSix Flags St. LouisCustom Coasters International140
32Wild MouseBlackpool Pleasure BeachWright, Blackpool132
33American ThunderSix Flags St. LouisGreat Coasters International129
34White LightningFun Spot America128
35MegafobiaOakwood Theme ParkCustom Coasters International122
36Hades 360Mt. Olympus Theme ParkThe Gravity Group118
37RampageAlabama Splash AdventureCustom Coasters International117
38Blue StreakConneaut Lake ParkVettel116
39Screamin' EagleSix Flags St. LouisPTC/John C. Allen116
40TremorsSilverwoodCustom Coasters International115
41Flying TurnsKnoebels Amusement ResortKnoebels110
42Blue StreakCedar PointPTC/Hoover103
43RacerKennywoodPTC/Miller94
44T ExpressEverlandIntamin84
45TwisterGröna LundThe Gravity Group84
46Wooden WarriorQuassy Amusement Park81
47TwisterKnoebels Amusement ResortFetterman/Knoebels Amusement Resort78
48Kentucky RumblerBeech Bend ParkGreat Coasters International77
49Wood CoasterKnight Valley76
50Boardwalk BulletKemah BoardwalkMartin & Vleminckx/The Gravity Group73

2015 winners

2015 Golden Ticket Awards[8]
Host Park: Coney Island

The Amusement Today Golden Ticket Awards were announced on September 12, 2015 at a ceremony held at Gargiulo's Italian Restaurant

Category2015 RecipientLocation/Park
Best New Ride (Amusement Park)Fury 325Carowinds
Best New Ride (Water Park)Dive BomberSix Flags White Water
Best ParkEuropa-ParkRust, Germany
Best WaterparkSchlitterbahn New BraunfelsNew Braunfels, Texas
Best Children's ParkIdlewild and Soak ZoneLigonier, Pennsylvania
Best Marine Life ParkSeaWorld OrlandoOrlando, Florida
Best Seaside ParkMorey's PiersWildwood, New Jersey
Best Kids’ AreaKings IslandMason, Ohio
Cleanest ParkHoliday World & Splashin' SafariSanta Claus, Indiana
Friendliest ParkDollywoodPigeon Forge, Tennessee
Best ShowsDollywoodPigeon Forge, Tennessee
Best Outdoor Show ProductionIllumiNations: Reflections of EarthEpcot
Best LandscapingBusch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Virginia
Best FoodKnoebels Amusement ResortElysburg, Pennsylvania
Best CarouselKnoebels Amusement ResortElysburg, Pennsylvania
Best Water Ride (Park)ValhallaBlackpool Pleasure Beach
Best Water Park RideWildebeestHoliday World & Splashin' Safari
Best Dark RideHarry Potter and the Forbidden JourneyUniversal's Islands of Adventure
Best Indoor Water ParkSchlitterbahn Galveston IslandGalveston, Texas
Best Indoor Roller CoasterRevenge of the Mummy: The RideUniversal Studios Florida
Best Funhouse/Walk-ThroughNoah's ArkKennywood
Best Halloween EventUniversal Studios OrlandoOrlando, Florida
Best Christmas EventDollywoodPigeon Forge, Tennessee
Top 10 Steel Roller Coasters
Rank2015 RecipientParkSupplierPoints
1Millennium ForceCedar PointIntamin1205
2BizarroSix Flags New England929
3Expedition GeForceHoliday Park714
4Fury 325CarowindsBolliger & Mabillard671
5NitroSix Flags Great Adventure650
6Apollo's ChariotBusch Gardens Williamsburg579
7IntimidatorCarowinds499
8LeviathanCanada's Wonderland491
9NemesisAlton Towers462
10New Texas GiantSix Flags Over TexasRocky Mountain Construction450
Top 10 Wood Roller Coasters
Rank2015 RecipientParkSupplierPoints
1Boulder DashLake CompounceCustom Coasters International1625
2El ToroSix Flags Great AdventureIntamin1464
3PhoenixKnoebels Amusement ResortPhiladelphia Toboggan Coasters1301
4The VoyageHoliday World & Splashin' SafariThe Gravity Group1184
5ThunderheadDollywoodGreat Coasters International904
6The BeastKings IslandKings Island740
7Ravine Flyer IIWaldameer ParkThe Gravity Group722
8Outlaw RunSilver Dollar CityRocky Mountain Construction637
9Gold StrikerCalifornia's Great AmericaGreat Coasters International560
10Lightning RacerHersheypark421

2014 winners

2014 Golden Ticket Awards[9]
Host Park: SeaWorld San Diego
The Amusement Today Golden Ticket Awards were announced at a ceremony on September 5, 2014, at the Mission Bay Theater
Category2014 RecipientLocation/Park
Best New Ride (Amusement Park)Flying TurnsKnoebels Amusement Resort
Best New Ride (Water Park)VerrücktSchlitterbahn Kansas City
Best ParkEuropa-ParkRust, Germany
Best WaterparkSchlitterbahn New BraunfelsNew Braunfels, Texas
Best Children's ParkIdlewild and Soak ZoneLigonier, Pennsylvania
Best Marine Life ParkSeaWorld OrlandoOrlando, Florida
Best Seaside ParkSanta Cruz Beach BoardwalkSanta Cruz, California
Best Kids’ AreaKings IslandMason, Ohio
Cleanest ParkHoliday World & Splashin' SafariSanta Claus, Indiana
Friendliest ParkDollywoodPigeon Forge, Tennessee
Best ShowsDollywoodPigeon Forge, Tennessee
Best Outdoor Show ProductionIllumiNations: Reflections of EarthEpcot
Best LandscapingBusch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Virginia
Best FoodDollywoodPigeon Forge, Tennessee
Best CarouselKnoebels Amusement ResortElysburg, Pennsylvania
Best Water Ride (Park)Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw FallsUniversal's Islands of Adventure
Best Water Park RideWildebeestHoliday World & Splashin' Safari
Best Dark RideHarry Potter and the Forbidden JourneyUniversal's Islands of Adventure
Best Indoor Water ParkSchlitterbahn Galveston IslandGalveston, Texas
Best Indoor Roller CoasterRevenge of the MummyUniversal Studios Florida
Best Funhouse/Walk-ThroughNoah's ArkKennywood
Best Halloween EventUniversal Studios OrlandoOrlando, Florida
Best Christmas EventDollywoodPigeon Forge, Tennessee
Top Steel Roller Coasters
Rank2014 RecipientParkSupplierPoints
1Millennium ForceCedar PointIntamin1,139
2BizarroSix Flags New England1,049
3Expedition GeForceHoliday Park764
4DiamondbackKings IslandBolliger & Mabillard579
5NitroSix Flags Great Adventure563
6LeviathanCanada's Wonderland500
7Apollo's ChariotBusch Gardens Williamsburg484
8New Texas GiantSix Flags Over TexasRocky Mountain Construction465
9GoliathSix Flags Over GeorgiaBolliger & Mabillard422
10IntimidatorCarowinds387
Top Wooden Roller Coasters
RankNameParkSupplierPoints
1Boulder DashLake CompounceCustom Coasters International1,480
2El ToroSix Flags Great AdventureIntamin1,291
3The VoyageHoliday World & Splashin' SafariThe Gravity Group1,129
4PhoenixKnoebels Amusement ResortPhiladelphia Toboggan Coasters1,036
5ThunderheadDollywoodGreat Coasters International837
6Ravine Flyer IIWaldameer ParkThe Gravity Group719
7Gold StrikerCalifornia's Great AmericaGreat Coasters International619
8The BeastKings IslandKings Island614
9Outlaw RunSilver Dollar CityRocky Mountain Construction605
10BalderLisebergIntamin393

2013 winners

2013 Golden Ticket Awards[10]
Host Park: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
The Amusement Today Golden Ticket Awards were announced at a ceremony held September 7, 2013, at the Cocoanut Grove Ballroom
CategoryRank2013 RecipientLocation/ParkVote
Best New Ride (Amusement Park)1Outlaw RunSilver Dollar City45%
2Iron RattlerSix Flags Fiesta Texas19%
3GateKeeperCedar Point15%
4Gold StrikerCalifornia's Great America6%
5Transformers: The RideUniversal Studios Orlando5%
Best New Ride (Waterpark)1RiverRushDollywood's Splash Country53%
Best Park1Cedar PointSandusky, Ohio23%
Best Waterpark1SchlitterbahnNew Braunfels, Texas45%
Best Children's Park1Idlewild and Soak ZoneLigonier, Pennsylvania39%
Best Marine Life Park1SeaWorld OrlandoOrlando, Florida58%
Best Seaside Park1Santa Cruz Beach BoardwalkSanta Cruz, California36%
Best Indoor Waterpark1Schlitterbahn Galveston IslandGalveston, Texas31%
Friendliest Park1DollywoodPigeon Forge, Tennessee35%
Cleanest Park1Holiday World & Splashin' SafariSanta Claus, Indiana26%
Best Shows1DollywoodPigeon Forge, Tennessee41%
Best Food1DollywoodPigeon Forge, Tennessee24%
Knoebels Amusement ResortElysburg, Pennsylvania
Best Water Ride (Park)1Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw FallsIslands of Adventure20%
Best Waterpark Ride1WildebeestHoliday World & Splashin' Safari24%
Best Kids' Area1Kings IslandMason, Ohio32%
Best Dark Ride1Harry Potter and the Forbidden JourneyIslands of Adventure19%
Best Outdoor Show Production1IllumiNations: Reflections of EarthEpcot29%
Best Landscaping1Busch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Virginia33%
Best Halloween Event1Universal Orlando ResortOrlando, Florida30%
Best Christmas Event1DollywoodPigeon Forge, Tennessee47%
Best Carousel1Knoebels Amusement ResortElysburg, Pennsylvania48%
Best Indoor Coaster1Revenge of the Mummy: The RideUniversal Studios Orlando23%
2Space MountainDisneyland14%
3Winja's Fear & ForcePhantasialand11%
4MindbenderGalaxyland10%
Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring AerosmithDisney's Hollywood Studios
Best Funhouse/Walk-Through Attraction1Noah's ArkKennywood34%
Top 50 Steel Roller Coasters
Rank2013 RecipientParkSupplierPoints
1Millennium ForceCedar PointIntamin1204
2BizarroSix Flags New EnglandIntamin1011
3Expedition GeForceHoliday ParkIntamin598
4NitroSix Flags Great AdventureB&M596
5Apollo's ChariotBusch Gardens WilliamsburgB&M542
6New Texas GiantSix Flags Over TexasRocky Mountain Construction512
7GoliathSix Flags Over GeorgiaB&M494
8IntimidatorCarowindsB&M478
9Magnum XL-200Cedar PointArrow Dynamics416
10Intimidator 305Kings DominionIntamin412
11Iron RattlerSix Flags Fiesta TexasRocky Mountain Construction393
12Top Thrill DragsterCedar PointIntamin356
13Phantom's RevengeKennywoodMorgan/Arrow334
14DiamondbackKings IslandB&M301
15LeviathanCanada's Wonderland298
16X2Six Flags Magic MountainArrow290
17BehemothCanada's WonderlandB&M276
18MontuBusch Gardens Tampa257
19Mind BenderSix Flags Over GeorgiaSchwarzkopf247
20NemesisAlton TowersB&M210
21Blue FireEuropa-ParkMack192
22MaverickCedar PointIntamin183
23GoliathLa RondeB&M156
24Wild EagleDollywood148
25AlpengeistBusch Gardens Williamsburg147
26SkyrushHersheyparkIntamin136
27KumbaBusch Gardens TampaB&M134
28GateKeeperCedar PointB&M113
29Shock WaveSix Flags Over TexasSchwarzkopf103
30RaptorCedar PointB&M102
31Raging BullSix Flags Great AmericaB&M100
32SheiKraBusch Gardens TampaB&M98
33GriffonBusch Gardens WilliamsburgB&M97
34Black MambaPhantasialandB&M94
35AfterburnCarowindsBolliger & Mabillard92
Kingda KaSix Flags Great AdventureIntamin
37Steel ForceDorney Park & Wildwater KingdomMorgan87
38Superman – Ride of SteelSix Flags AmericaIntamin86
39Volcano, The Blast CoasterKings DominionIntamin85
40WhizzerSix Flags Great AmericaSchwarzkopf80
41GoliathSix Flags Magic MountainGiovanola78
42Expedition EverestDisney's Animal KingdomVekoma/Walt Disney Imagineering76
Powder KegSilver Dollar CityS&S Worldwide
TitanSix Flags Over TexasGiovanola
45Olympia Loopingowners: R. Barth and Sohn KGSchwarzkopf73
X-FlightSix Flags Great AmericaBolliger & Mabillard
47DominatorKings DominionBolliger & Mabillard63
48KrakenSeaWorld OrlandoB&M60
LisebergbananLisebergStengel/Schwarzkopf
50TatsuSix Flags Magic MountainB&M58
Top 50 Wooden Roller Coasters
Rank2013 RecipientParkSupplierPoints
1Boulder DashLake CompounceCCI1333
2El ToroSix Flags Great AdventureIntamin1302
3PhoenixKnoebels Amusement ResortPTC/Schmeck1088
4The VoyageHoliday World & Splashin' SafariThe Gravity Group1086
5ThunderheadDollywoodGCII923
6Ravine Flyer IIWaldameer ParkThe Gravity Group712
7Outlaw RunSilver Dollar CityRocky Mountain Construction599
8The BeastKings IslandKings Island555
9Lightning RacerHersheyparkGCII364
10Shivering TimbersMichigan's AdventureCCI304
11The RavenHoliday World & Splashin' SafariCCI296
12ProwlerWorlds of FunGCII290
13BalderLisebergIntamin278
14Hades 360Mt. Olympus Water & Theme ParkThe Gravity Group225
15ThunderboltKennywoodVettel/Miller222
16The CometGreat EscapePTC/Schmeck215
17ColossosHeide ParkIntamin207
18Jack RabbitKennywoodPTC/Miller192
19CycloneConey Island/Luna ParkKeenan/Baker166
The LegendHoliday World & Splashin' SafariCCI
21Kentucky RumblerBeech Bend ParkGCII160
22Giant DipperSanta Cruz Beach BoardwalkPrior & Church/Looff146
23El ToroFreizeitpark PlohnGCII138
24TremorsSilverwood Theme ParkCCI132
25American ThunderSix Flags St. LouisGCII127
26Gold StrikerCalifornia's Great AmericaGCII118
27Blue StreakCedar PointPTC/Hoover116
28TroyToverlandGCI115
29GhostRiderKnott's Berry FarmCCI113
30Wooden Roller CoasterPlaylandPhare111
31Wodan - TimburcoasterEuropa-ParkGCI108
32Cornball ExpressIndiana BeachCCI100
33Blue StreakConneaut Lake ParkVettel99
34Boardwalk BulletKemah BoardwalkM&V/The Gravity Group94
35RacerKennywoodMiller90
36Wooden WarriorQuassy Amusement ParkThe Gravity Group88
37Zippin PippinBay Beach Amusement ParkM&V/The Gravity Group84
38ThunderbirdPowerParkGCII83
39TwisterKnoebels Amusement ResortFetterman/Knoebels80
40MegafobiaOakwood Theme ParkCCI76
41Grand NationalBlackpool Pleasure BeachPaige70
T ExpressEverlandIntamin
43Great American Scream MachineSix Flags Over GeorgiaPTC/John Allen66
44Tonnerre de ZeusParc AstérixCCI64
ViperSix Flags Great AmericaSix Flags
46HellCatTimber Falls Adventure ParkS&S62
TwisterGröna LundThe Gravity Group
48CycloneLakeside Amusement ParkVettel60
49ApocalypseSix Flags Magic MountainGCII59
50Yankee CannonballCanobie Lake ParkPTC/Herbert Schmeck55

2012 winners

2012 Golden Ticket Awards[11]
Host Park: Dollywood
The Amusement Today Golden Ticket Awards were announced at a ceremony held September 8, 2012, at the Celebrity theater
CategoryRank2012 RecipientLocationVote
Best New Ride (Amusement Park)1Wild EagleDollywood30%
2Radiator Springs RacersDisney California Adventure15%
3LeviathanCanada's Wonderland14%
4VerboltenBusch Gardens Williamsburg7%
5OzIrisParc Astérix6%
SkyrushHersheypark
Best New Ride (Waterpark)1MammothHoliday World & Splashin' Safari54%
2King Kaw Rapids RiverSchlitterbahn Kansas City11%
3King CobraSix Flags Great Adventure7%
4The Lost CityMt. Olympus Water & Theme Park4%
Walhalla WaveAquatica (San Antonio)
Best Park1Cedar PointSandusky, Ohio
Best Waterpark1SchlitterbahnNew Braunfels, Texas
Best Children's Park1Idlewild and Soak ZoneLigonier, Pennsylvania
Best Marine Life Park1SeaWorld OrlandoOrlando, Florida
Best Seaside Park1Santa Cruz Beach BoardwalkSanta Cruz, California
Best Indoor Waterpark1Schlitterbahn Galveston IslandGalveston, Texas
Friendliest Park1DollywoodPigeon Forge, Tennessee
Cleanest Park1Holiday World & Splashin' SafariSanta Claus, Indiana
Best Shows1DollywoodPigeon Forge, Tennessee
Best Food1DollywoodPigeon Forge, Tennessee
Best Water Ride (Park)1Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw FallsIslands of Adventure
Best Waterpark Ride1WildebeestHoliday World & Splashin' Safari
Best Kids' Area1Kings IslandMason, Ohio
Best Dark Ride1Harry Potter and the Forbidden JourneyIslands of Adventure
Best Outdoor Show Production1IllumiNations: Reflections of EarthEpcot
Best Landscaping1Busch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Virginia
Best Halloween Event1Universal Orlando ResortOrlando, Florida
Best Christmas Event1DollywoodPigeon Forge, Tennessee
Best Carousel1Knoebels Amusement ResortElysburg, Pennsylvania
Best Indoor Coaster1Revenge of the MummyUniversal Orlando Resort30%
2Space MountainDisneyland16%
3Black DiamondKnoebels Amusement Resort10%
4Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring AerosmithDisney's Hollywood Studios9%
5Space MountainMagic Kingdom8.5%
Best Funhouse/Walk-Through Attraction1Noah's ArkKennywood
Top 50 Steel Roller Coasters
Rank2012 RecipientParkSupplierPoints
1Millennium ForceCedar PointIntamin1272
2BizarroSix Flags New EnglandIntamin946
3NitroSix Flags Great AdventureB&M650
4Apollo's ChariotBusch Gardens WilliamsburgB&M597
5New Texas GiantSix Flags Over TexasRocky Mountain Construction564
6Expedition GeForceHoliday ParkIntamin537
7IntimidatorCarowindsB&M520
8Magnum XL-200Cedar PointArrow480
9GoliathSix Flags Over GeorgiaB&M444
10DiamondbackKings IslandB&M395
11Phantom's RevengeKennywoodMorgan/Arrow374
12Intimidator 305Kings DominionIntamin351
13Top Thrill DragsterCedar PointIntamin332
14MontuBusch Gardens Tampa BayB&M318
15Wild EagleDollywoodB&M292
16NemesisAlton TowersB&M238
17BehemothCanada's WonderlandB&M224
18Six Flags Magic MountainArrow209
19Raging BullSix Flags Great AmericaB&M196
20Mind BenderSix Flags Over GeorgiaSchwarzkopf195
21MaverickCedar PointIntamin189
22LeviathanCanada's WonderlandB&M173
23KumbaBusch Gardens Tampa BayB&M141
24AlpengeistBusch Gardens WilliamsburgB&M133
25GoliathLa RondeB&M132
26GriffonBusch Gardens WilliamsburgB&M124
Shock WaveSix Flags Over TexasSchwarzkopf
28TatsuSix Flags Magic MountainB&M116
29Superman – Ride of SteelSix Flags AmericaIntamin115
30SheiKraBusch Gardens Tampa BayB&M113
31RaptorCedar PointB&M111
32Blue FireEuropa-ParkMack109
33LisebergbananLisebergSchwarzkopf100
34MantaSeaWorld OrlandoB&M99
35Dragon ChallengeIslands of AdventureB&M98
36TitanSix Flags Over TexasGiovanola94
37PiratenDjurs SommerlandIntamin93
38Kingda KaSix Flags Great AdventureIntamin91
39Steel ForceDorney ParkMorgan87
40Volcano, The Blast CoasterKings DominionIntamin80
41GoliathSix Flags Magic MountainGiovanola78
42SkyrushHersheyparkIntamin77
43Ride of SteelDarien LakeIntamin74
44Storm RunnerHersheyparkIntamin66
45AfterburnCarowindsB&M59
46Powder KegSilver Dollar CityS&S58
47The Incredible Hulk CoasterIslands of AdventureB&M56
48GoliathWalibi HollandIntamin55
49Black MambaPhantasialandB&M50
50Euro-MirEuropa-ParkMack49
Top 10 Wooden Roller Coasters
Rank2012 RecipientParkSupplierPoints
1El ToroSix Flags Great AdventureIntamin1279
2The VoyageHoliday World & Splashin' SafariThe Gravity Group1190
3PhoenixKnoebels Amusement ResortPTC/Schmeck1091
4ThunderheadDollywoodGCI1018
5Boulder DashLake CompounceCCI1009
6Ravine Flyer IIWaldameer ParkThe Gravity Group762
7The BeastKings IslandKings Island677
8The RavenHoliday World & Splashin' SafariCCI385
9Shivering TimbersMichigan's AdventureCCI378
10BalderLisebergIntamin364
11Lightning RacerHersheyparkGCI351
12HadesMt. Olympus Theme ParkGravity Group344
13ProwlerWorlds of FunGCI284
14Coney Island CycloneLuna ParkKeenan/Baker259
15ThunderboltKennywood228
16Jack RabbitKennywoodPTC/Miller197
17Giant DipperSanta Cruz Beach BoardwalkPrior & Church/Looff179
18The LegendHoliday World & Splashin' SafariCCI171
19ColossosHeide ParkIntamin169
20The CometGreat EscapePTC/Schmeck161
21TremorsSilverwood Theme ParkCCI149
22Kentucky RumblerBeech Bend ParkGCII147
23GhostRiderKnott's Berry FarmCCI142
24TwisterGröna LundThe Gravity Group120
25TroyToverlandGCI117
26ViperSix Flags Great AmericaSix Flags116
27MegafobiaOakwood Theme ParkCCI115
28ApocalypseSix Flags Magic MountainGCII111
29Playland Wooden CoasterPlaylandPhare107
30Grand NationalBlackpool Pleasure BeachPaige106
31American ThunderSix Flags St. LouisGCII104
32Wooden WarriorQuassy Amusement ParkThe Gravity Group100
33TwisterKnoebels Amusement ResortFetterman/Knoebels99
34El ToroFreizeitpark PlohnGCI97
35ThunderbirdPowerParkGCI93
36HellCatTimber Falls Adventure ParkS&S90
37Tonnerre de ZeusParc AstérixCCI87
38Blue StreakConneaut Lake ParkVettel85
39Boardwalk BulletKemah BoardwalkM&V/The Gravity Group80
Cornball ExpressIndiana BeachCCI
41RutschebanenTivoli GardensThompson79
42The BossSix Flags St. LouisCCI73
RacerKennywoodMiller
44Blue StreakConneaut Lake ParkVettel65
45Mean StreakCedar PointDinn Corporation57
46T ExpressEverlandIntamin55
Timber TerrorSilverwood Theme ParkCCI
48Great American Scream MachineSix Flags Over GeorgiaPTC/John Allen52
49Wild MouseBlackpool Pleasure BeachWright50
50RenegadeValleyfairGCI49

2011 winners

2011 Golden Ticket Awards[12]
Host Park: Holiday World & Splashin' Safari
CategoryRank2011 RecipientLocationVote
Best New Ride (Amusement Park)1New Texas GiantSix Flags Over Texas45%
2Cheetah HuntBusch Gardens Tampa Bay12%
3Wooden WarriorQuassy Amusement Park11%
4TwisterGröna Lund5%
Zippin PippinBay Beach Amusement Park
Best New Ride (Waterpark)1The FallsSchlitterbahn45%
2Vanish PointWater Country USA15%
3Bombs AwayRaging Waters8%
ViperNRH2O
Best Park1Cedar PointSandusky, Ohio23%
2Knoebels Amusement ResortElysburg, Pennsylvania13%
3Europa-ParkRust, Germany12%
4DollywoodPigeon Forge, Tennessee8%
5DisneylandAnaheim, California7%
6Islands of AdventureOrlando, Florida6.5%
7Busch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Virginia5.5%
8Tokyo DisneySeaTokyo, Japan5%
KennywoodWest Mifflin, Pennsylvania
9Holiday World & Splashin' SafariSanta Claus, Indiana4.5%
Pleasure Beach BlackpoolBlackpool, England
Best Waterpark1SchlitterbahnNew Braunfels, Texas66%
2Holiday World & Splashin' SafariSanta Claus, Indiana14%
3Disney's Blizzard BeachOrlando, Florida6%
4Disney's Typhoon LagoonOrlando, Florida5%
5Noah's ArkWisconsin Dells, Wisconsin4%
Best Children's Park1Idlewild and Soak ZoneLigonier, Pennsylvania30%
2Legoland CaliforniaCarlsbad, California25%
3Fårup SommerlandSaltum, Denmark11%
4Legoland WindsorWindsor, England10%
5Dutch WonderlandLancaster, Pennsylvania6%
Best Marine Life Park1SeaWorld OrlandoOrlando, Florida55%
2SeaWorld San AntonioSan Antonio, Texas14%
3Discovery CoveOrlando, Florida11%
4SeaWorld San DiegoSan Diego10%
5Six Flags Discovery KingdomVallejo, California6%
Best Seaside Park1Santa Cruz Beach BoardwalkSanta Cruz, California29%
2Pleasure Beach BlackpoolBlackpool, England28%
3Morey's PiersWildwood, New Jersey16%
4Gröna LundStockholm, Sweden5%
5Kemah BoardwalkKemah, Texas4%
Best Indoor Waterpark1Schlitterbahn Galvestron IslandGalveston, Texas31%
2Kalahari ResortSandusky, Ohio16%
3Kalahari ResortWisconsin Dells, Wisconsin15%
4World WaterparkEdmonton, Alberta, Canada12%
5Splash LandingsStaffordshire, England11%
Friendliest Park1Holiday World & Splashin' SafariSanta Claus, Indiana32%
2DollywoodPigeon Forge, Tennessee25%
3Knoebels Amusement ResortElysburg, Pennsylvania13%
4Silver Dollar CityBranson, Missouri12%
5Beech Bend ParkBowling Green, Kentucky5%
Cleanest Park1Holiday World & Splashin' SafariSanta Claus, Indiana35%
2Busch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Virginia15%
3DollywoodPigeon Forge, Tennessee10%
4Magic KingdomOrlando, Florida9%
5DisneylandAnaheim, California8%
Best Shows1DollywoodPigeon Forge, Tennessee30%
2Six Flags Fiesta TexasSan Antonio, Texas28%
3Silver Dollar CityBranson, Missouri10%
4SeaWorld OrlandoOrlando, Florida8%
5Disney's Hollywood StudiosOrlando, Florida7%
Best Food1Knoebels Amusement ResortElysburg, Pennsylvania29%
2EpcotOrlando, Florida17%
3DollywoodPigeon Forge, Tennessee15%
4Silver Dollar CityBranson, Missouri13%
5Busch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Virginia7%
Best Water Ride (Park)1Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw FallsIslands of Adventure26%
2ValhallaPleasure Beach Blackpool19%
3Pilgrim's PlungeHoliday World & Splashin' Safari10%
4Splash MountainMagic Kingdom9%
5Journey to AtlantisSeaWorld Orlando7%
Best Waterpark Ride1WildebeestHoliday World & Splashin' Safari34%
2Master BlasterSchlitterbahn24%
3Dragon's RevengeSchlitterbahn13%
4Congo River ExpeditionSchlitterbahn8%
5ZOOMbabweHoliday World & Splashin' Safari5%
Best Kids' Area1Kings IslandMason, Ohio30%
2Islands of AdventureOrlando, Florida16%
3Nickelodeon UniverseBloomington, Minnesota12%
4Drayton Manor Theme ParkStaffordshire, England8%
5EftelingKaatsheuvel, Netherlands7%
Best Dark Ride1Harry Potter and the Forbidden JourneyIslands of Adventure26%
2The Amazing Adventures of Spider-ManIslands of Adventure23%
3Twilight Zone Tower of TerrorDisney's Hollywood Studios15%
4Haunted Mansion (Knoebels)Knoebels Amusement Resort10%
5Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Forbidden EyeDisneyland6%
Best Outdoor Show Production1IllumiNations: Reflections of EarthEpcot34%
2Six Flags Fiesta TexasSan Antonio, Texas17%
3Disney California AdventureAnaheim, California16%
4DisneylandAnaheim, California10%
Magic KingdomOrlando, Florida
Best Landscaping1Busch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Virginia33%
2EftelingKaatsheuvel, Netherlands13%
3Gilroy GardensGilroy, California12%
4DollywoodPigeon Forge, Tennessee9%
5EpcotOrlando, Florida7%
Best Halloween Event1Universal Orlando ResortOrlando, Florida32%
2Knott's Berry FarmBuena Park, California26%
3Knoebels Amusement ResortElysburg, Pennsylvania16%
4KennywoodWest Mifflin, Pennsylvania10%
5Europa-ParkRust, Germany5%
Best Christmas Event1DollywoodPigeon Forge, Tennessee38%
2Silver Dollar CityBranson, Missouri14%
3Magic KingdomOrlando, Florida13.5%
4DisneylandAnaheim, California10%
5Disney's Hollywood StudiosOrlando, Florida7%
Best Carousel1Knoebels Amusement ResortElysburg, Pennsylvania55%
2Santa Cruz Beach BoardwalkSanta Cruz, California18%
3Six Flags Over GeorgiaAustell, Georgia7%
4KennywoodWest Mifflin, Pennsylvania5%
5Six Flags Great AmericaGurnee, Illinois4%
Best Indoor Coaster1Revenge of the MummyUniversal Studios Orlando31%
2Space MountainDisneyland15%
3Rock 'n' Roller CoasterDisney's Hollywood Studios13%
4MindbenderGalaxyland12%
5Space MountainMagic Kingdom9%
Best Funhouse/Walk-Through Attraction1Noah's ArkKennywood24%
2Frankenstein's CastleIndiana Beach23%
3Noah's ArkPleasure Beach Blackpool15%
4Ghost ShipMorey's Piers13%
5Lustiga HusetGröna Lund12%
Top 50 Steel Roller Coasters
Rank2011 RecipientParkSupplierPoints
1Millennium ForceCedar PointIntamin1540
2BizarroSix Flags New EnglandIntamin1201
3NitroSix Flags Great AdventureB&M864
4GoliathSix Flags Over GeorgiaB&M794
5Phantom's RevengeKennywoodMorgan/Arrow756
6New Texas GiantSix Flags Over TexasRocky Mountain743
7Apollo's ChariotBusch Gardens WilliamsburgB&M643
Expedition GeForceHoliday ParkIntamin
9Top Thrill DragsterCedar PointIntamin627
10Magnum XL-200Cedar PointArrow510
11DiamondbackKings IslandB&M493
12NemesisAlton TowersB&M470
13Intimidator 305Kings DominionIntamin381
14MontuBusch Gardens Tampa BayB&M331
15BehemothCanada's WonderlandB&M278
16Six Flags Magic MountainArrow276
17Mind BenderSix Flags Over GeorgiaSchwarzkopf217
18RaptorCedar PointB&M212
19IntimidatorCarowindsB&M207
20GriffonBusch Gardens WilliamsburgB&M190
21MaverickCedar PointIntamin187
22SheiKraBusch Gardens Tampa BayB&M186
23GoliathLa RondeB&M182
24Raging BullSix Flags Great AmericaB&M180
25TitanSix Flags Over TexasGiovanola178
26Steel ForceDorney ParkD. H. Morgan Manufacturing177
27AlpengeistBusch Gardens WilliamsburgB&M156
28Dragon ChallengeIslands of AdventureB&M149
29Ride of SteelDarien LakeIntamin148
Volcano, The Blast CoasterKings DominionIntamin
31KumbaBusch Gardens Tampa BayB&M144
32PiratenDjurs SommerlandIntamin130
33Kingda KaSix Flags Great AdventureIntamin129
34Blue FireEuropa-ParkMack123
35The Incredible Hulk CoasterIslands of AdventureB&M116
36GoliathWalibi HollandIntamin108
37Powder KegSilver Dollar CityS&S102
38Superman: Krypton CoasterSix Flags Fiesta TexasB&M99
39TatsuSix Flags Magic MountainB&M98
40GoliathSix Flags Magic MountainGiovanola97
Superman – Ride of SteelSix Flags AmericaIntamin
42Shock WaveSix Flags Over TexasSchwarzkopf93
43Space MountainDisneylandWalt Disney Imagineering87
44Sky RocketKennywoodPremier Rides85
45MantaSeaWorld OrlandoB&M84
Olympia Loopingowners: R. Barth and SohnSchwarzkopf
47Expedition EverestDisney's Animal KingdomVekoma/Walt Disney Imagineering80
48The Big OnePleasure Beach BlackpoolArrow79
49LisebergbananLisebergStengel/Schwarzkopf75
50MambaWorlds of FunD. H. Morgan Manufacturing73
Top 50 Wooden Roller Coasters
Rank2011 RecipientParkSupplierPoints
1The VoyageHoliday World & Splashin' SafariThe Gravity Group1631
2PhoenixKnoebels Amusement ResortPTC/Schmeck1375
3El ToroSix Flags Great AdventureIntamin1359
4Boulder DashLake CompounceCCI1267
5ThunderheadDollywoodGCI1065
6Ravine Flyer IIWaldameer ParkThe Gravity Group969
7The BeastKings IslandKings Island591
8HadesMount Olympus Water & Theme ParkThe Gravity Group494
9Shivering TimbersMichigan's AdventureCCI484
10ProwlerWorlds of FunGCI452
11Lightning RacerHersheyparkGCI444
12The RavenHoliday World & Splashin' SafariCCI405
13BalderLisebergIntamin377
14ThunderboltKennywoodVettel/Miller267
15CycloneConey Island/Luna Park, Coney IslandKeenan/Baker264
16Kentucky RumblerBeech Bend ParkGCI263
17Boardwalk BulletKemah BoardwalkM&V/The Gravity Group241
18The LegendHoliday World & Splashin' SafariCCI240
19The CometGreat EscapePTC/Schmeck215
20MegafobiaOakwood Theme ParkCCI212
TwisterKnoebels Amusement ResortFetterman/Knoebels
22American ThunderSix Flags St. LouisGCI196
23Jack RabbitKennywoodPTC/Miller195
24Cornball ExpressIndiana BeachCCI179
25Grand NationalPleasure Beach BlackpoolPaige173
26RenegadeValleyfairGCI161
27GhostRiderKnott's Berry FarmCCI151
28Giant DipperSanta Cruz Beach BoardwalkPrior & Church/Looff147
29ColossosHeide ParkIntamin139
30HellCatTimber Falls Adventure ParkS&S138
31TremorsSilverwood Theme ParkCCI134
32RampageAlabama AdventureCCI127
33TroyToverlandGCI123
34Playland Wooden CoasterPlayland at the PNEPhare118
35El ToroFreizeitpark PlohnGCI111
36ApocalypseSix Flags Magic MountainGCI110
TwisterGröna LundThe Gravity Group
38ThunderbirdPowerParkGCI102
39T ExpressEverlandIntamin101
40Wooden WarriorQuassy Amusement ParkThe Gravity Group99
41ViperSix Flags Great AmericaSix Flags95
42The BossSix Flags St. LouisCCI93
43RacerKennywoodMiller86
44Wild MousePleasure Beach BlackpoolWright74
Zippin PippinBay Beach Amusement ParkM&V/The Gravity Group
46Blue StreakConneaut Lake ParkVettel68
47The RattlerSix Flags Fiesta TexasPierce65
48RutschebanenTivoli GardensThompson62
49Blue StreakCedar PointPTC/Hoover60
50Tonnerre de ZeusParc AstérixCCI52

2010 winners

2010 Golden Ticket Awards[13]
Host Park: Busch Gardens Williamsburg il Teatro di San Marco (outdoor theater)
CategoryRank2010 RecipientLocationVote
Best New Ride (Amusement Park)1Harry Potter and the Forbidden JourneyIslands of Adventure24%
2Intimidator 305Kings Dominion21%
3Sky RocketKennywood20%
4IntimidatorCarowinds14%
5Ghost ShipMorey's Piers4%
Joris en de DraakEfteling
Best New Ride (Waterpark)1WildebeestHoliday World & Splashin' Safari69%
2Scorpion's TailNoah's Ark12%
3Triple TwistGreat Wolf Lodge Kings Mills6%
4Omaka RockaAquatica5.5%
Best Park1Cedar PointSandusky, Ohio26%
2Knoebels Amusement ResortElysburg, Pennsylvania11%
3Islands of AdventureOrlando, Florida10%
4DisneylandAnaheim, California9%
5Busch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Virginia7%
Europa-ParkRust, Germany
7KennywoodWest Mifflin, Pennsylvania6%
Pleasure Beach BlackpoolBlackpool, England
9DollywoodPigeon Forge, Tennessee4.5%
Holiday World & Splashin' SafariSanta Claus, Indiana
Tokyo DisneySeaTokyo, Japan
Best Waterpark1SchlitterbahnNew Braunfels, Texas57%
2Holiday World & Splashin' SafariSanta Claus, Indiana16%
3Disney's Blizzard BeachOrlando, Florida8%
4Noah's ArkWisconsin Dells, Wisconsin6%
5Disney's Typhoon LagoonOrlando, Florida5.5%
Best Children's Park1Idlewild and Soak ZoneLigonier, Pennsylvania38%
2Legoland CaliforniaCarlsbad, California30%
3Fårup SommerlandSaltum, Denmark8%
4Dutch WonderlandLancaster, Pennsylvania6%
5Little AmerrickaMarshall, Wisconsin4%
Best Marine Life Park1SeaWorld OrlandoOrlando, Florida60%
2SeaWorld San AntonioSan Antonio, Texas13%
3SeaWorld San DiegoSan Diego10%
4Discovery CoveOrlando, Florida6%
5Six Flags Discovery KingdomVallejo, California5%
Best Seaside Park1Santa Cruz Beach BoardwalkSanta Cruz, California37%
2Pleasure Beach BlackpoolBlackpool, England28%
3Morey's PiersWildwood, New Jersey22%
4Gröna LundStockholm, Sweden5%
5Kemah BoardwalkKemah, Texas4%
Best Indoor Waterpark1Schlitterbahn Galveston IslandGalveston, Texas33%
2Kalahari ResortWisconsin Dells, Wisconsin17%
3Kalahari ResortSandusky, Ohio16%
4World WaterparkEdmonton, Alberta, Canada12%
5Splash LandingsStaffordshire, England9%
Friendliest Park1Holiday World & Splashin' SafariSanta Claus, Indiana34%
2DollywoodPigeon Forge, Tennessee24%
3Silver Dollar CityBranson, Missouri20%
4Knoebels Amusement ResortElysburg, Pennsylvania9%
5Beech Bend ParkBowling Green, Kentucky4%
Cleanest Park1Holiday World & Splashin' SafariSanta Claus, Indiana37%
2Busch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Virginia15%
3DollywoodPigeon Forge, Tennessee11%
4Magic KingdomOrlando, Florida10%
5DisneylandAnaheim, California9%
Best Shows1DollywoodPigeon Forge, Tennessee35%
2Six Flags Fiesta TexasSan Antonio, Texas18%
3Silver Dollar CityBranson, Missouri10%
4Disney's Hollywood StudiosOrlando, Florida8%
5SeaWorld OrlandoOrlando, Florida7.5%
Best Food1Knoebels Amusement ResortElysburg, Pennsylvania27%
2EpcotOrlando, Florida18%
Silver Dollar CityBranson, Missouri
4DollywoodPigeon Forge, Tennessee12%
5Busch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Virginia8%
Best Water Ride (Park)1Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw FallsIslands of Adventure24%
2ValhallaPleasure Beach Blackpool17%
3Splash MountainMagic Kingdom13%
4Pilgrim's PlungeHoliday World & Splashin' Safari11%
5Journey to AtlantisSeaWorld Orlando9%
Best Waterpark Ride1WildebeestHoliday World & Splashin' Safari33%
2Master BlasterSchlitterbahn21%
3ZOOMbabweHoliday World & Splashin' Safari9%
4Dragon's RevengeSchlitterbahn8%
5Congo River ExpeditionSchlitterbahn7%
Best Kids' Area1Kings IslandMason, Ohio33%
2Islands of AdventureOrlando, Florida13%
3Nickelodeon UniverseBloomington, Minnesota12%
4Knott's Berry FarmBuena Park, California7%
5Busch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Virginia5%
EftelingKaatsheuvel, Netherlands
Best Dark Ride1The Amazing Adventures of Spider-ManIslands of Adventure30%
2Twilight Zone Tower of TerrorDisney's Hollywood Studios19%
3Haunted MansionKnoebels Amusement Resort14%
4Harry Potter and the Forbidden JourneyIslands of Adventure10%
5The Curse of DarKastleBusch Gardens Williamsburg5%
Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Forbidden EyeDisneyland
Best Outdoor Show Production1IllumiNations: Reflections of EarthEpcot40%
2Disney California AdventureAnaheim, California17%
3Six Flags Fiesta TexasSan Antonio, Texas15%
4DisneylandAnaheim, California11%
5Disney's Hollywood StudiosOrlando, Florida7%
Best Landscaping1Busch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Virginia33%
2EftelingKaatsheuvel, Netherlands13%
3Gilroy GardensGilroy, California12%
4Disney's Animal KingdomOrlando, Florida9%
5EpcotOrlando, Florida7%
Best Halloween Event1Universal Orlando ResortOrlando, Florida32%
2Knott's Berry FarmBuena Park, California25%
3Knoebels Amusement ResortElysburg, Pennsylvania19%
4KennywoodWest Mifflin, Pennsylvania11%
5Kings IslandKings Mills, Ohio5%
Best Christmas Event1DollywoodPigeon Forge, Tennessee36%
2Magic KingdomOrlando, Florida17%
3Silver Dollar CityBranson, Missouri16%
4DisneylandAnaheim, California12%
5HersheyparkHershey, Pennsylvania6%
Best Carousel1Knoebels Amusement ResortElysburg, Pennsylvania50%
2Santa Cruz Beach BoardwalkSanta Cruz, California16%
3Six Flags Over GeorgiaAustell, Georgia11%
4Six Flags Great AmericaGurnee, Illinois9%
5HersheyparkHershey, Pennsylvania4%
Best Indoor Coaster1Revenge of the MummyUniversal Studios Orlando30%
2Space MountainDisneyland16%
3Space MountainMagic Kingdom12%
MindbenderGalaxyland
5Rock 'n' Roller CoasterDisney's Hollywood Studios11%
Best Funhouse/Walk-Through Attraction1Noah's ArkKennywood34%
2Frankenstein's CastleIndiana Beach32%
3Ghost ShipMorey's Piers10%
4Hotel GastenLiseberg7%
5Lustiga HusetGröna Lund6%
Top 50 Steel Roller Coasters
Rank2010 RecipientParkSupplierPoints
1Millennium ForceCedar PointIntamin1175
2BizarroSix Flags New EnglandIntamin1013
3NitroSix Flags Great AdventureB&M773
4Apollo's ChariotBusch Gardens WilliamsburgB&M573
5GoliathSix Flags Over GeorgiaB&M560
6Expedition GeForceHoliday ParkIntamin514
7DiamondbackKings IslandB&M484
8Magnum XL-200Cedar PointArrow427
9Phantom's RevengeKennywoodMorgan/Arrow392
10Top Thrill DragsterCedar PointIntamin312
11Intimidator 305Kings DominionIntamin295
12MontuBusch Gardens Tampa BayB&M288
13BehemothCanada's WonderlandB&M236
14Mind BenderSix Flags Over GeorgiaSchwarzkopf228
15Six Flags Magic MountainArrow213
16Raging BullSix Flags Great AmericaB&M199
17Sky RocketKennywoodPremier Rides198
18NemesisAlton TowersB&M181
19GriffonBusch Gardens WilliamsburgB&M172
SheiKraBusch Gardens Tampa BayB&M
21IntimidatorCarowindsB&M152
MaverickCedar PointIntamin
23AlpengeistBusch Gardens WilliamsburgB&M145
24KumbaBusch Gardens Tampa BayB&M129
RaptorCedar PointB&M
26Ride of SteelDarien LakeIntamin127
27Kingda KaSix Flags Great AdventureIntamin124
Steel ForceDorney ParkMorgan
29GoliathSix Flags Magic MountainGiovanola122
30GoliathLa RondeB&M120
31Dragon ChallengeIslands of AdventureB&M118
32Superman – Ride of SteelSix Flags AmericaIntamin107
33MantaSeaWorld OrlandoB&M103
34Powder KegSilver Dollar CityS&S102
35Volcano, The Blast CoasterKings DominionIntamin88
36Expedition EverestDisney's Animal KingdomVekoma/Walt Disney Imagineering86
37Shock WaveSix Flags Over TexasSchwarzkopf85
38MambaWorlds of FunMorgan79
39Storm RunnerHersheyparkIntamin74
40TatsuSix Flags Magic MountainB&M73
41GoliathWalibi HollandIntamin71
42TitanSix Flags Over TexasGiovanola62
43The Incredible Hulk CoasterIslands of AdventureB&M57
44Big OnePleasure Beach BlackpoolArrow49
45Euro-MirEuropa-ParkMack47
46Space MountainDisneylandWalt Disney Imagineering46
47Steel EelSeaWorld San AntonioMorgan43
48MindbenderGalaxylandSchwarzkopf42
Revenge of the MummyUniversal Studios FloridaPremier Rides
50KatunMirabilandiaB&M41
Top 50 Wooden Roller Coasters
Rank2010 RecipientParkSupplierPoints
1The VoyageHoliday World & Splashin' SafariThe Gravity Group1154
2El ToroSix Flags Great AdventureIntamin991
3PhoenixKnoebels Amusement ResortPTC/Schmeck952
4Boulder DashLake CompounceCCI874
5ThunderheadDollywoodGCI864
6Ravine Flyer IIWaldameer ParkThe Gravity Group781
7The BeastKings IslandKings Island552
8HadesMount Olympus Water & Theme ParkThe Gravity Group510
9The RavenHoliday World & Splashin' SafariCCI439
10Lightning RacerHersheyparkGCI403
11Shivering TimbersMichigan's AdventureCCI393
12ProwlerWorlds of FunGCI386
13CycloneConey Island/Luna Park, Coney IslandKeenan/Baker242
14ThunderboltKennywoodVettel/Miller214
15The LegendHoliday World & Splashin' SafariCCI211
16Kentucky RumblerBeech Bend ParkGCI159
17The CometGreat EscapePTC/Schmeck158
18ColossosHeide ParkIntamin157
19HellCatTimber Falls Adventure ParkS&S147
20Jack RabbitKennywoodPTC/Miller146
21BalderLisebergIntamin144
22Giant DipperSanta Cruz Beach BoardwalkPrior & Church/Looff142
23American ThunderSix Flags St. LouisGCI141
24GhostRiderKnott's Berry FarmCCI133
25TremorsSilverwood Theme ParkCCI128
26Playland Wooden CoasterPlayland at the PNEPhare124
27ApocalypseSix Flags Magic MountainGCI122
28Grand NationalPleasure Beach BlackpoolPaige116
29Cornball ExpressIndiana BeachCCI113
30MegafobiaOakwood Theme ParkCCI87
31The BossSix Flags St. LouisCCI86
32TwisterKnoebels Amusement ResortFetterman/Knoebels79
33RampageAlabama AdventureCCI78
34ViperSix Flags Great AmericaSix Flags74
35RacerKennywoodMiller70
36T ExpressEverlandIntamin67
37ThunderbirdPowerParkGCI57
38Boardwalk BulletKemah BoardwalkM&V/The Gravity Group51
39HurricaneBoomersCoaster Works48
40Tonnerre de ZeusParc AstérixCCI46
41TroyToverlandGCI43
42AskaNara DreamlandIntamin39
RenegadeValleyfairGCI
44Timber TerrorSilverwood Theme ParkCCI38
45GrizzlyKings DominionKECO/Summers36
46GwaziBusch Gardens Tampa BayGCI35
47Blue StreakCedar PointPTC/Hoover34
48Georgia CycloneSix Flags Over GeorgiaDinn/Summers33
49Giant DipperBelmont ParkPrior & Church31
50CycloneLakeside Amusement ParkVettel29

2009 winners

2009 Golden Ticket Awards[14]
Host Park: Legoland California
CategoryRank2009 RecipientLocationVote
Best New Ride (Amusement Park)1ProwlerWorlds of Fun35%
2DiamondbackKings Island30%
3MantaSeaWorld Orlando12%
4Terminator Salvation: The RideSix Flags Magic Mountain7%
5Monster MansionSix Flags Over Georgia4%
Pilgrims PlungeHoliday World & Splashin' Safari
Best New Ride (Waterpark)1Congo River ExpeditionSchlitterbahn67%
2Wahoo RacerSix Flags St. Louis11%
3UpSurge!Alabama Adventure10%
4Maximum VelocityWet'n'Wild Phoenix5%
5Dr. Von Dark's Tunnel of TerrorSplish Splash4%
Best Park1Cedar PointSandusky, Ohio27%
2Knoebels Amusement ResortElysburg, Pennsylvania13%
3DisneylandAnaheim, California8%
4Europa-ParkRust, Germany7%
Islands of AdventureOrlando, Florida
6Pleasure Beach BlackpoolBlackpool, England6.5%
7Tokyo DisneySeaTokyo, Japan6%
8Magic KingdomOrlando, Florida5.5%
9Busch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Virginia5%
Holiday World & Splashin' SafariSanta Claus, Indiana
Best Waterpark1SchlitterbahnNew Braunfels, Texas60%
2Holiday World & Splashin' SafariSanta Claus, Indiana14%
3Disney's Blizzard BeachOrlando, Florida9%
4Noah's ArkWisconsin Dells, Wisconsin5%
5AquaticaOrlando, Florida4.5%
Best Children's Park1Legoland CaliforniaCarlsbad, California37%
2Idlewild and Soak ZoneLigonier, Pennsylvania26%
3Dutch WonderlandLancaster, Pennsylvania11%
4Fårup SommerlandSaltum, Denmark7%
5Kiddieland Amusement ParkMelrose Park, Illinois6%
Best Marine Life Park1SeaWorld OrlandoOrlando, Florida61%
2SeaWorld San AntonioSan Antonio, Texas11%
3Discovery CoveOrlando, Florida9%
SeaWorld San DiegoSan Diego
5Six Flags Discovery KingdomVallejo, California5%
Best Seaside Park1Santa Cruz Beach BoardwalkSanta Cruz, California41%
2Pleasure Beach BlackpoolBlackpool, England28%
3Morey's PiersWildwood, New Jersey21%
4Kemah BoardwalkKemah, Texas4%
Best Indoor Waterpark1Schlitterbahn Galvestron IslandGalveston, Texas28%
2Kalahari ResortSandusky, Ohio17%
3Kalahari ResortWisconsin Dells, Wisconsin14%
4World WaterparkEdmonton, Alberta, Canada13%
5Splash LandingsStaffordshire, England7%
Friendliest Park1Silver Dollar CityBranson, Missouri30%
2Holiday World & Splashin' SafariSanta Claus, Indiana28%
3DollywoodPigeon Forge, Tennessee13%
4Knoebels Amusement ResortElysburg, Pennsylvania6%
5Beech Bend ParkBowling Green, Kentucky4%
Cleanest Park1Holiday World & Splashin' SafariSanta Claus, Indiana36%
2Busch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Virginia14%
3DollywoodPigeon Forge, Tennessee13%
4DisneylandAnaheim, California11%
5Magic KingdomOrlando, Florida7%
Best Shows1DollywoodPigeon Forge, Tennessee25%
2Six Flags Fiesta TexasSan Antonio, Texas23%
3Silver Dollar CityBranson, Missouri15%
4Disney's Hollywood StudiosOrlando, Florida10%
SeaWorld OrlandoOrlando, Florida
Best Food1Knoebels Amusement ResortElysburg, Pennsylvania30%
2Silver Dollar CityBranson, Missouri25%
3EpcotOrlando, Florida13%
4DollywoodPigeon Forge, Tennessee11%
5Busch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Virginia7%
Best Water Ride (Park)1Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw FallsIslands of Adventure27%
2ValhallaPleasure Beach Blackpool16%
3Splash MountainMagic Kingdom12%
4Mountain SidewinderDollywood8%
5Popeye and Bluto's Bilge-Rat BargesIslands of Adventure7%
Best Waterpark Ride1Master BlasterSchlitterbahn35%
2ZOOMbabweHoliday World & Splashin' Safari15%
3DelugeKentucky Kingdom9%
Dragon's RevengeSchlitterbahn
5Summit PlummetDisney's Blizzard Beach8%
Best Kids' Area1Kings IslandMason, Ohio41%
2Islands of AdventureOrlando, Florida17%
3Nickelodeon UniverseBloomington, Minnesota10%
4EftelingKaatsheuvel, Netherlands6%
Knott's Berry FarmBuena Park, California
Best Dark Ride1The Amazing Adventures of Spider-ManIslands of Adventure32%
2Twilight Zone Tower of TerrorDisney's Hollywood Studios16%
3Haunted MansionKnoebels Amusement Resort12%
4Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Forbidden EyeDisneyland8%
5Journey to the Center of the EarthTokyo DisneySea5%
Best Outdoor Show Production1IllumiNations: Reflections of EarthEpcot41%
2DisneylandAnaheim, California19%
3Six Flags Fiesta TexasSan Antonio, Texas16%
4Disney's Hollywood StudiosOrlando, Florida11%
Magic KingdomOrlando, Florida
Best Landscaping1Busch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Virginia35%
2EftelingKaatsheuvel, Netherlands16%
3Gilroy GardensGilroy, California14%
4EpcotOrlando, Florida6%
5Disney's Animal KingdomOrlando, Florida5%
Silver Dollar CityBranson, Missouri
Best Halloween Event1Universal Orlando ResortOrlando, Florida34%
2Knott's Berry FarmBuena Park, California25%
3Knoebels Amusement ResortElysburg, Pennsylvania17%
4KennywoodWest Mifflin, Pennsylvania12%
Best Christmas Event1DollywoodPigeon Forge, Tennessee35%
2Silver Dollar CityBranson, Missouri19%
3Magic KingdomOrlando, Florida13%
4DisneylandAnaheim, California12%
5HersheyparkHershey, Pennsylvania6%
Best Carousel1Knoebels Amusement ResortElysburg, Pennsylvania46%
2Santa Cruz Beach BoardwalkSanta Cruz, California19%
3Six Flags Over GeorgiaAustell, Georgia10%
4Islands of AdventureOrlando, Florida8%
5Six Flags Great AmericaGurnee, Illinois6%
Best Indoor Coaster1Revenge of the MummyUniversal Studios Orlando28%
2Rock 'n' Roller CoasterDisney's Hollywood Studios14%
3Space MountainDisneyland13%
4MindbenderGalaxyland12.5%
5Space MountainMagic Kingdom12%
Best Funhouse/Walk-Through Attraction1Frankenstein's CastleIndiana Beach38%
2Noah's ArkKennywood36%
3Hotel GastenLiseberg10%
4Lustiga HusetGröna Lund8%
5Spok HusetGröna Lund6%
Top 50 Steel Roller Coasters
Rank2009 RecipientParkSupplierPoints
1BizarroSix Flags New EnglandIntamin1245
2Millennium ForceCedar PointIntamin1192
3NitroSix Flags Great AdventureB&M785
4GoliathSix Flags Over GeorgiaB&M662
5Apollo's ChariotBusch Gardens WilliamsburgB&M584
6Expedition GeForceHoliday ParkIntamin541
7DiamondbackKings IslandB&M432
8Phantom's RevengeKennywoodMorgan/Arrow431
9Magnum XL-200Cedar PointArrow423
10Top Thrill DragsterCedar PointIntamin348
11MontuBusch Gardens Tampa BayB&M282
12BehemothCanada's WonderlandB&M280
13Six Flags Magic MountainArrow263
14Raging BullSix Flags Great AmericaB&M251
15MaverickCedar PointIntamin230
16Mind BenderSix Flags Over GeorgiaSchwarzkopf227
17Dragon ChallengeIslands of AdventureB&M219
18SheiKraBusch Gardens Tampa BayB&M182
19AlpengeistBusch Gardens WilliamsburgB&M181
20NemesisAlton TowersB&M180
21Powder KegSilver Dollar CityS&S171
22RaptorCedar PointB&M169
23Steel ForceDorney ParkMorgan161
24Big Bad WolfBusch Gardens WilliamsburgArrow160
25GoliathLa RondeB&M148
26GriffonBusch Gardens WilliamsburgB&M144
27KumbaBusch Gardens Tampa BayB&M139
28Ride of SteelDarien LakeIntamin119
29The Incredible Hulk CoasterIslands of AdventureB&M118
30MambaWorlds of FunMorgan115
31Kingda KaSix Flags Great AdventureIntamin111
32TatsuSix Flags Magic MountainB&M109
33GoliathSix Flags Magic MountainGiovanola107
34Shock WaveSix Flags Over TexasSchwarzkopf105
35Superman – Ride of SteelSix Flags AmericaIntamin103
36Expedition EverestDisney's Animal KingdomVekoma/Walt Disney Imagineering99
37TitanSix Flags Over TexasGiovanola97
38MantaSeaWorld OrlandoB&M85
Storm RunnerHersheyparkIntamin
40GoliathWalibi HollandIntamin81
41Volcano, The Blast CoasterKings DominionIntamin80
42XceleratorKnott's Berry FarmIntamin75
43Euro-MirEuropa-ParkMack58
44Superman: Krypton CoasterSix Flags Fiesta TexasB&M53
45Big OnePleasure Beach BlackpoolArrow52
46Steel EelSeaWorld San AntonioMorgan51
47WhizzerSix Flags Great AmericaSchwarzkopf50
48MindbenderGalaxylandSchwarzkopf47
49Space MountainDisneylandWalt Disney Imagineering45
50KatunMirabilandiaB&M44
Top 50 Wooden Roller Coasters
Rank2009 RecipientParkSupplierPoints
1The VoyageHoliday World & Splashin' SafariThe Gravity Group1250
2Boulder DashLake CompounceCCI1049
3El ToroSix Flags Great AdventureIntamin948
4PhoenixKnoebels Amusement ResortPTC/Schmeck929
5ThunderheadDollywoodGCI899
6Ravine Flyer IIWaldameer ParkThe Gravity Group617
7The BeastKings IslandKings Island604
8ProwlerWorlds of FunGCI502
9HadesMount Olympus Water & Theme ParkThe Gravity Group487
10Shivering TimbersMichigan's AdventureCCI475
11The RavenHoliday World & Splashin' SafariCCI418
12Lightning RacerHersheyparkGCI415
13American ThunderSix Flags St. LouisGCI239
14CycloneConey Island/Luna Park, Coney IslandKeenan/Baker227
15The LegendHoliday World & Splashin' SafariCCI223
16HellCatTimber Falls Adventure ParkS&S194
17Kentucky RumblerBeech Bend ParkGCI191
18ColossosHeide ParkIntamin187
19GhostRiderKnott's Berry FarmCCI176
20TremorsSilverwood Theme ParkCCI173
21BalderLisebergIntamin167
22Giant DipperSanta Cruz Beach BoardwalkPrior & Church/Looff153
23ThunderboltKennywoodVettel/Miller141
24Cornball ExpressIndiana BeachCCI133
25MegafobiaOakwood Theme ParkCCI124
26Playland Wooden CoasterPlayland at the PNEPhare121
27Grand NationalPleasure Beach BlackpoolPaige113
28RampageAlabama AdventureCCI112
29The CometGreat EscapePTC/Schmeck108
30ViperSix Flags Great AmericaSix Flags104
31TwisterKnoebels Amusement ResortFetterman/Knoebels102
32Texas GiantSix Flags Over TexasDinn/Summers101
33The BossSix Flags St. LouisCCI100
34ThunderbirdPowerParkGCI91
35TroyToverlandGCI76
36Ozark WildcatCelebration CityGCI72
37Boardwalk BulletKemah BoardwalkM&V/The Gravity Group64
38Tonnerre de ZeusParc AstérixCCI63
39Jack RabbitKennywoodPTC/Miller59
40Screamin' EagleSix Flags St. LouisPTC/Allen58
41HurricaneBoomersCoaster Works57
42Timber TerrorSilverwood Theme ParkCCI52
43Terminator Salvation: The RideSix Flags Magic MountainGCI49
44Georgia CycloneSix Flags Over GeorgiaDinn/Summers48
45RenegadeValleyfairGCI46
46T ExpressEverlandIntamin44
47AskaNara DreamlandIntamin42
Blue StreakCedar PointPTC/Hoover
49Giant DipperBelmont ParkPrior & Church39
50ExcaliburFuntown Splashtown USACCI38

2008 winners

2008 Golden Ticket Awards[15]
Host Park: Give Kids The World Village
CategoryRank2008 RecipientLocationVote
Best New Ride (Amusement Park)1Ravine Flyer IIWaldameer Park53%
2Boardwalk BulletKemah Boardwalk11%
3BehemothCanada's Wonderland10%
4Led Zeppelin The RideFreestyle Music Park6%
5Evel KnievelSix Flags St. Louis5.5%
Best New Ride (Waterpark)1Dragon's RevengeSchlitterbahn52%
2Dolphin PlungeAquatica23%
3Black Hole: The Next GenerationWet 'n Wild Orlando11%
4Rock & Roll IslandWater Country USA8%
5Taumata RacerAquatica5%
Best Park1Cedar PointSandusky, Ohio26%
2Busch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Virginia16%
3Knoebels Amusement ResortElysburg, Pennsylvania7%
4DisneylandAnaheim, California6.5%
5Islands of AdventureOrlando, Florida6%
Pleasure Beach BlackpoolBlackpool, England
7Europa-ParkRust, Germany5.5%
KennywoodWest Mifflin, Pennsylvania
9Holiday World & Splashin' SafariSanta Claus, Indiana5%
10DollywoodPigeon Forge, Tennessee4.8%
Best Waterpark1SchlitterbahnNew Braunfels, Texas53%
2Holiday World & Splashin' SafariSanta Claus, Indiana15%
3Disney's Blizzard BeachOrlando, Florida9%
4Noah's ArkWisconsin Dells, Wisconsin8%
5Typhoon LagoonOrlando, Florida6%
Best Children's Park1Legoland CaliforniaCarlsbad, California41%
2Idlewild and Soak ZoneLigonier, Pennsylvania27%
3Fårup SommerlandSaltum, Denmark10%
4Dutch WonderlandLancaster, Pennsylvania6%
5Memphis Kiddie ParkBrooklyn, Ohio5%
Sesame PlaceLanghorne, Pennsylvania
Best Marine Life Park1SeaWorld OrlandoOrlando, Florida56%
2SeaWorld San AntonioSan Antonio14%
3SeaWorld San DiegoSan Diego10%
4Discovery CoveOrlando, Florida8%
Six Flags Discovery KingdomVallejo, California
Best Seaside Park1Santa Cruz Beach BoardwalkSanta Cruz, California46%
2Pleasure Beach BlackpoolBlackpool, England30%
3Morey's PiersWildwood, New Jersey15%
4Kemah BoardwalkKemah, Texas4%
Best Indoor Waterpark1Schlitterbahn Galveston IslandGalveston, Texas25%
2World WaterparkEdmonton, Alberta, Canada18%
3Kalahari ResortSandusky, Ohio15%
4Kalahari ResortWisconsin Dells, Wisconsin12%
5Castaway BaySandusky, Ohio11%
Friendliest Park1Holiday World & Splashin' SafariSanta Claus, Indiana32%
2DollywoodPigeon Forge, Tennessee27%
3Knoebels Amusement ResortElysburg, Pennsylvania13%
4Silver Dollar CityBranson, Missouri6%
5Beech Bend ParkBowling Green, Kentucky4%
Cleanest Park1Holiday World & Splashin' SafariSanta Claus, Indiana35%
2Busch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Virginia16%
3DollywoodPigeon Forge, Tennessee11%
Magic KingdomOrlando, Florida
5DisneylandAnaheim, California9%
Best Shows1Six Flags Fiesta TexasSan Antonio, Texas27%
2DollywoodPigeon Forge, Tennessee24%
3Disney's Hollywood StudiosOrlando, Florida12%
4Silver Dollar CityBranson, Missouri10%
5Busch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Virginia8%
Best Food1Knoebels Amusement ResortElysburg, Pennsylvania28%
2DollywoodPigeon Forge, Tennessee19%
3EpcotOrlando, Florida18%
4Silver Dollar CityBranson, Missouri13%
5Busch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Virginia8%
Best Water Ride (Park)1Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw FallsIslands of Adventure34%
2ValhallaPleasure Beach Blackpool22%
3Splash MountainMagic Kingdom13%
4Popeye and Bluto's Bilge-Rat BargesIslands of Adventure9%
5Journey to AtlantisSeaWorld Orlando8%
Best Waterpark Ride1Master BlasterSchlitterbahn25%
2ZOOMbabweHoliday World & Splashin' Safari20%
3DelugeKentucky Kingdom14%
4Dragon's RevengeSchlitterbahn12%
5Black AnacondaNoah's Ark7%
Best Kids' Area1Kings IslandMason, Ohio38%
2Islands of AdventureOrlando, Florida21%
3Knott's Berry FarmBuena Park, California8%
4Kings DominionDoswell, Virginia7.5%
Nickelodeon UniverseBloomington, Minnesota
Best Landscaping1Busch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Virginia38%
2EftelingKaatsheuvel, Netherlands25%
3Gilroy GardensGilroy, California18%
4DollywoodPigeon Forge, Tennessee7%
5EpcotOrlando, Florida5%
Best Outdoor Show Production1IllumiNations: Reflections of EarthEpcot38%
2Six Flags Fiesta TexasSan Antonio, Texas22%
3DisneylandAnaheim, California13%
4Freestyle Music ParkMyrtle Beach, South Carolina10%
5Disney's Hollywood StudiosOrlando, Florida8%
Best Dark Ride1The Amazing Adventures of Spider-ManIslands of Adventure36%
2Twilight Zone Tower of TerrorDisney's Hollywood Studios17%
3Haunted MansionKnoebels Amusement Resort13%
4Nights in White Satin: The TripFreestyle Music Park12%
5Pirates of the CaribbeanDisneyland7%
Best Halloween Event1Universal Orlando ResortOrlando, Florida29%
2Knott's Berry FarmBuena Park, California22%
3Knoebels Amusement ResortElysburg, Pennsylvania16%
4KennywoodWest Mifflin, Pennsylvania12%
5Cedar PointSandusky, Ohio6%
Best Christmas Event1DollywoodPigeon Forge, Tennessee38%
2Magic KingdomOrlando, Florida17%
3DisneylandAnaheim, California14%
4Silver Dollar CityBranson, Missouri10%
5HersheyparkHershey, Pennsylvania7%
Best Carousel1Knoebels Amusement ResortElysburg, Pennsylvania48%
2Santa Cruz Beach BoardwalkSanta Cruz, California21%
3Six Flags Over GeorgiaAustell, Georgia9%
4Islands of AdventureOrlando, Florida7%
5Six Flags Great AmericaGurnee, Illinois6%
Best Indoor Coaster1Revenge of the MummyUniversal Studios Orlando28%
2Rock 'n' Roller CoasterDisney's Hollywood Studios15%
3Space MountainDisneyland14%
4MindbenderGalaxyland11%
5ExterminatorKennywood10%
Best Funhouse/Walk-Through Attraction1Frankenstein's CastleIndiana Beach36%
2Noah's ArkKennywood33%
3Hotel GastenLiseberg10%
Lustiga HusetGröna Lund
Top 50 Steel Roller Coasters
Rank2008 RecipientParkSupplierPoints
1Superman – Ride of SteelSix Flags New EnglandIntamin1363
2Millennium ForceCedar PointIntamin1107
3NitroSix Flags Great AdventureB&M838
4Apollo's ChariotBusch Gardens WilliamsburgB&M718
5Expedition GeForceHoliday ParkIntamin651
6GoliathSix Flags Over GeorgiaB&M646
7Magnum XL-200Cedar PointArrow518
8Phantom's RevengeKennywoodMorgan/Arrow428
9Top Thrill DragsterCedar PointIntamin366
10MontuBusch Gardens Tampa BayB&M343
11Raging BullSix Flags Great AmericaB&M278
12MaverickCedar PointIntamin254
13NemesisAlton TowersB&M246
14Dragon ChallengeIslands of AdventureB&M239
15Mind BenderSix Flags Over GeorgiaSchwarzkopf232
16Six Flags Magic MountainArrow227
17Ride of SteelDarien LakeIntamin205
18Steel ForceDorney ParkMorgan186
19SheiKraBusch Gardens Tampa BayB&M174
20GriffonBusch Gardens WilliamsburgB&M170
21Superman – Ride of SteelSix Flags AmericaIntamin169
22AlpengeistBusch Gardens WilliamsburgB&M161
RaptorCedar PointB&M
24TitanSix Flags Over TexasGiovanola149
25Kingda KaSix Flags Great AdventureIntamin143
26The Incredible Hulk CoasterIslands of AdventureB&M141
27KumbaBusch Gardens Tampa BayB&M139
28GoliathLa RondeB&M133
29BehemothCanada's WonderlandB&M123
30GoliathSix Flags Magic MountainGiovanola110
31Shock WaveSix Flags Over TexasSchwarzkopf102
32GoliathWalibi HollandIntamin100
33Volcano, The Blast CoasterKings DominionIntamin96
34Big Bad WolfBusch Gardens WilliamsburgArrow87
35Expedition EverestDisney's Animal KingdomVekoma/Walt Disney Imagineering85
36TatsuSix Flags Magic MountainB&M82
37XceleratorKnott's Berry FarmIntamin73
38Storm RunnerHersheyparkIntamin66
39AfterburnCarowindsB&M64
40Euro-MirEuropa-ParkMack63
MambaWorlds of FunMorgan
42KrakenSeaWorld OrlandoB&M59
43DominatorKings DominionB&M57
MindbenderGalaxylandSchwarzkopf
45WhizzerSix Flags Great AmericaSchwarzkopf55
46FahrenheitHersheyparkIntamin52
47Big OnePleasure Beach BlackpoolArrow51
Mystery MineDollywoodGerstlauer
49Powder KegSilver Dollar CityS&S50
50Superman: Krypton CoasterSix Flags Fiesta TexasB&M46
Top 50 Wooden Roller Coasters
Rank2008 RecipientParkSupplierPoints
1The VoyageHoliday World & Splashin' SafariThe Gravity Group1225
2ThunderheadDollywoodGCI1047
3PhoenixKnoebels Amusement ResortPTC/Schmeck1029
4El ToroSix Flags Great AdventureIntamin993
5Boulder DashLake CompounceCCI861
6HadesMount Olympus Water & Theme ParkThe Gravity Group677
7Shivering TimbersMichigan's AdventureCCI523
8The BeastKings IslandKings Island471
9Lightning RacerHersheyparkGCI447
10The RavenHoliday World & Splashin' SafariCCI428
11Ravine Flyer IIWaldameer ParkThe Gravity Group427
12AvalancheTimber Falls Adventure ParkS&S287
13Kentucky RumblerBeech Bend ParkGCI272
14The LegendHoliday World & Splashin' SafariCCI249
15BalderLisebergIntamin237
16CycloneAstrolandKeenan/Baker227
17TremorsSilverwood Theme ParkCCI218
18ColossosHeide ParkIntamin187
19ThunderboltKennywoodVettel/Miller186
20Ozark WildcatCelebration CityGCI182
RampageAlabama AdventureCCI
22MegafobiaOakwood Theme ParkCCI177
23Giant DipperSanta Cruz Beach BoardwalkPrior & Church/Looff170
24GhostRiderKnott's Berry FarmCCI163
25Cornball ExpressIndiana BeachCCI156
26TroyToverlandGCI148
27Grand NationalPleasure Beach BlackpoolPaige139
28Texas GiantSix Flags Over TexasDinn/Summers134
29The CometGreat EscapePTC/Schmeck131
30ViperSix Flags Great AmericaSix Flags128
31Playland Wooden CoasterPlayland at the PNEPhare118
32TwisterKnoebels Amusement ResortFetterman/Knoebels96
33Tonnerre de ZeusParc AstérixCCI93
34Jack RabbitKennywoodPTC/Miller88
35RenegadeValleyfairGCI81
ThunderbirdPowerParkGCI
37HurricaneBoomersCoaster Works78
38AskaNara DreamlandIntamin73
39Boardwalk BulletKemah BoardwalkM&V/The Gravity Group66
40Georgia CycloneSix Flags Over GeorgiaDinn/Summers63
41Blue StreakCedar PointPTC/Hoover58
42GrizzlyKings DominionKECO55
43Timber TerrorSilverwood Theme ParkCCI51
44American ThunderSix Flags St. LouisGCI50
45WildcatHersheyparkGCI44
46The BossSix Flags St. LouisCCI43
47RacerKennywoodPTC/Miller42
48Screamin' EagleSix Flags St. LouisPTC/Allen40
49Great American Scream MachineSix Flags Over GeorgiaPTC/Allen35
New Mexico RattlerCliff's Amusement ParkCCI/Cliff's

2007 winners

2007 Golden Ticket Awards[16]
Host Park: Dollywood
CategoryRank2007 RecipientLocationVote
Best New Ride (Amusement Park)1MaverickCedar Point42%
2Mystery MineDollywood23%
3GriffonBusch Gardens Williamsburg17%
4RenegadeValleyfair5%
5TroyToverland3%
Best New Ride (Waterpark)1BakuliSplashin' Safari40%
2DelugeSix Flags Kentucky Kingdom30%
3BrainwashWet 'n Wild Orlando11%
4East Coaster WaterworksHersheypark6%
5Poseidon's RageMt. Olympus3%
Best Park1Cedar PointSandusky, Ohio33%
2Knoebels Amusement ResortElysburg, Pennsylvania10%
3Islands of AdventureOrlando, Florida9%
4Holiday WorldSanta Claus, Indiana7%
5DisneylandAnaheim, California6%
Pleasure Beach BlackpoolBlackpool, England
7KennywoodWest Mifflin, Pennsylvania5%
8Busch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Virginia4.5%
9Europa-ParkRust, Germany4%
10Magic KingdomOrlando, Florida3%
Tokyo DisneySeaTokyo, Japan
Best Waterpark1SchlitterbahnNew Braunfels, Texas45%
2Holiday World & Splashin' SafariSanta Claus, Indiana23%
3Disney's Blizzard BeachOrlando, Florida9%
4Noah's ArkWisconsin Dells, Wisconsin4%
Typhoon LagoonOrlando, Florida
Best Children's Park1Legoland CaliforniaCarlsbad, California51%
2Idlewild and Soak ZoneLigonier, Pennsylvania15%
3Fårup SommerlandSaltum, Denmark7%
Sesame PlaceLanghorne, Pennsylvania
4Memphis Kiddie ParkBrooklyn, Ohio5%
Best Marine Life Park1SeaWorld OrlandoOrlando, Florida57%
2SeaWorld San AntonioSan Antonio26%
3SeaWorld San DiegoSan Diego8%
4Six Flags Discovery KingdomVallejo, California6%
5MarinelandOntario, Canada3%
Best Seaside Park1Santa Cruz Beach BoardwalkSanta Cruz, California49%
2Pleasure Beach BlackpoolBlackpool, England21%
3Morey's PiersWildwood, New Jersey12%
4Belmont ParkSan Diego, California4%
5Kemah BoardwalkKemah, Texas3%
Best Indoor Waterpark1World WaterparkEdmonton, Alberta, Canada18%
2Schlitterbahn Galveston IslandGalveston, Texas12%
3Castaway BaySandusky, Ohio10%
Kalahari ResortSandusky, Ohio
5Great Wolf LodgeSandusky, Ohio6%
Kalahari ResortWisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
Splash Landings/Alton TowersStaffordshire, England
Friendliest Park1Holiday World & Splashin' SafariSanta Claus, Indiana48%
2DollywoodPigeon Forge, Tennessee20%
3Knoebels Amusement ResortElysburg, Pennsylvania5%
4Silver Dollar CityBranson, Missouri4%
5DisneylandAnaheim, California3%
Beech Bend ParkBowling Green, Kentucky
Cleanest Park1Holiday World & Splashin' SafariSanta Claus, Indiana49%
2Busch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Virginia14%
3DisneylandAnaheim, California6%
Magic KingdomOrlando, Florida
5DollywoodPigeon Forge, Tennessee4%
Best Shows1Six Flags Fiesta TexasSan Antonio, Texas29%
2DollywoodPigeon Forge, Tennessee27%
3Busch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Virginia8%
Silver Dollar CityBranson, Missouri
5Disney's Hollywood StudiosOrlando, Florida6%
Best Food1Knoebels Amusement ResortElysburg, Pennsylvania25%
2EpcotOrlando, Florida15%
3DollywoodPigeon Forge, Tennessee14%
4Busch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Virginia11%
5Silver Dollar CityBranson, Missouri9%
Best Water Ride (Park)1Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw FallsIslands of Adventure26%
2ValhallaPleasure Beach Blackpool17%
3Splash MountainMagic Kingdom8%
4Popeye and Bluto's Bilge-Rat BargesIslands of Adventure6%
5Journey to AtlantisSeaWorld Orlando5%
Best Waterpark Ride1Master BlasterSchlitterbahn32%
2DelugeKentucky Kingdom10%
3ZOOMbabweHoliday World & Splashin' Safari8%
4BakuliHoliday World & Splashin' Safari7%
Summit PlummetBlizzard Beach
Best Kids' Area1Kings IslandMason, Ohio54%
2Islands of AdventureOrlando, Florida10%
3CarowindsCharlotte, North Carolina5%
4IdlewildLigonier, Pennsylvania4%
Knott's Berry FarmBuena Park, California
Best Landscaping (Park)1Busch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Virginia43%
2Gilroy GardensGilroy, California16%
3EftelingKaatsheuvel, Netherlands10%
4EpcotOrlando, Florida5%
Busch Gardens TampaBuena Park, California
Best Outdoor Show Production1IllumiNations: Reflections of EarthEpcot37%
2Six Flags Fiesta TexasSan Antonio, Texas16%
3DisneylandAnaheim, California13%
4Disney's Hollywood StudiosOrlando, Florida11%
5Cedar PointSandusky, Ohio7%
Best Dark Ride1The Amazing Adventures of Spider-ManIslands of Adventure37%
2Haunted MansionKnoebels Amusement Resort20%
3Twilight Zone Tower of TerrorDisney's Hollywood Studios7%
4Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Forbidden EyeDisneyland5%
5Pirates of the CaribbeanDisneyland4%
Best Halloween Event1Knott's Berry FarmBuena Park, California26%
2Universal Orlando ResortOrlando, Florida25%
3KennywoodWest Mifflin, Pennsylvania11%
4Knoebels Amusement ResortElysburg, Pennsylvania9%
5Cedar PointSandusky, Ohio7%
Best Carousel1Grand CarouselKnoebels Amusement Resort40%
2Looff CarouselSanta Cruz Beach Boardwalk18%
3The Riverview CarouselSix Flags Over Georgia8%
4Caro-Seuss-ElIslands of Adventure5%
5Columbia CarouselSix Flags Great America4%
Best Indoor Coaster1Rock 'n' Roller CoasterDisney's Hollywood Studios17%
2Revenge of the MummyUniversal Studios Orlando16%
Space MountainDisneyland
4Space MountainMagic Kingdom13%
5ExterminatorKennywood8%
Top 50 Steel Roller Coasters
Rank2007 RecipientParkSupplierPoints
1Superman – Ride of SteelSix Flags New EnglandIntamin1181
2Millennium ForceCedar PointIntamin1083
3NitroSix Flags Great AdventureB&M733
4Apollo's ChariotBusch Gardens EuropeB&M616
5Magnum XL-200Cedar PointArrow589
6Expedition GeForceHoliday ParkIntamin542
7Phantom's RevengeKennywoodMorgan/Arrow439
8GoliathSix Flags Over GeorgiaB&M392
9Top Thrill DragsterCedar PointIntamin372
10MontuBusch Gardens AfricaB&M309
11Ride of SteelDarien LakeIntamin255
12Raging BullSix Flags Great AmericaB&M249
13MaverickCedar PointIntamin220
14NemesisAlton TowersB&M219
Superman – Ride of SteelSix Flags AmericaIntamin
16SheiKraBusch Gardens AfricaB&M208
17XSix Flags Magic MountainArrow198
18AlpengeistBusch Gardens WilliamsburgB&M183
19RaptorCedar PointB&M170
20Steel ForceDorney ParkMorgan167
21KumbaBusch Gardens AfricaB&M165
22Mind BenderSix Flags Over GeorgiaSchwarzkopf149
23Dueling DragonsIslands of AdventureB&M140
24GoliathSix Flags Magic MountainGiovanola130
XceleratorKnott's Berry FarmIntamin
26TitanSix Flags Over TexasGiovanola119
27GriffonBusch Gardens EuropeB&M106
28Volcano, The Blast CoasterKings DominionIntamin104
29GoliathWalibi WorldIntamin95
30The IncredibleIslands of AdventureB&M89
31Kingda KaSix Flags Great AdventureIntamin87
32Big Bad WolfBusch Gardens EuropeArrow84
Expedition EverestDisney's Animal KingdomVekoma/Walt Disney Imagineering
Powder KegSilver Dollar CityS&S
35Shock WaveSix Flags Over TexasSchwarzkopf81
36Superman: Krypton CoasterSix Flags Fiesta TexasB&M80
37GoliathLa RondeB&M76
38Storm RunnerHersheyparkIntamin75
39MambaWorlds of FunMorgan66
40KrakenSeaWorld OrlandoB&M64
41TatsuSix Flags Magic MountainB&M63
Top Gun: The Jet CoasterCarowindsB&M
43MedusaSix Flags Great AdventureB&M57
44Big OnePleasure Beach BlackpoolArrow56
45Revenge of the MummyUniversal Studios FloridaPremier Rides49
46Steel EelSeaWorld San AntonioMorgan47
47Mystery MineDollywoodGerstlauer45
48MindbenderGalaxylandSchwarzkopf43
49California Screamin'Disney's California AdventureIntamin42
50KatunMirabilandiaB&M41
Top 50 Wooden Roller Coasters
Rank2007 RecipientParkSupplierPoints
1The VoyageHoliday World & Splashin' SafariThe Gravity Group1240
2ThunderheadDollywoodGCI932
3PhoenixKnoebels Amusement ResortPTC/Schmeck844
4Boulder DashLake CompounceCCI740
5HadesMount Olympus Water & Theme ParkThe Gravity Group702
6Shivering TimbersMichigan's AdventureCCI550
7The RavenHoliday World & Splashin' SafariCCI548
8The BeastKings IslandKings Island506
9El ToroSix Flags Great AdventureIntamin494
10Lightning RacerHersheyparkGCI402
11The LegendHoliday World & Splashin' SafariCCI358
12AvalancheTimber Falls Adventure ParkS&S313
13Kentucky RumblerBeech Bend ParkGCI308
14CycloneAstrolandKeenan/Baker257
15BalderLisebergIntamin193
16TremorsSilverwood Theme ParkCCI188
17GhostRiderKnott's Berry FarmCCI176
18Ozark WildcatCelebration CityGCI170
19The CometGreat EscapePTC/Schmeck169
20Texas GiantSix Flags Over TexasDinn/Summers164
21ThunderboltKennywoodVettel & Miller149
22Giant DipperSanta Cruz Beach BoardwalkPrior & Church/Looff137
23ColossosHeide ParkIntamin136
24Cornball ExpressIndiana BeachCCI134
25MegafobiaOakwood Theme ParkCCI121
26Tonnerre de ZeusParc AstérixCCI112
27RampageAlabama AdventureCCI93
28Grand NationalPleasure Beach BlackpoolPaige88
29Playland Wooden CoasterPlayland at the PNEPhare87
30TwisterKnoebels Amusement ResortFetterman/Knoebels86
31ThunderbirdPowerParkGCI76
32The BossSix Flags St. LouisCCI74
33Jack RabbitKennywoodPTC/Miller71
34AskaNara DreamlandIntamin68
35New Mexico RattlerCliff's Amusement ParkCCI/Cliff's64
36Timber TerrorSilverwood Theme ParkCCI61
37ViperSix Flags Great AmericaSix Flags58
38WildcatHersheyparkGCI57
39Mean StreakCedar PointDinn Corporation54
40GwaziBusch Gardens TampaGCI51
HurricaneBoomersCoaster Works
42RoarSix Flags AmericaGCI47
43Georgia CycloneSix Flags Over GeorgiaDinn/Summers46
44Great American Scream MachineSix Flags Over GeorgiaPTC/Allen45
45The RacerKings IslandPTC44
46Big DipperGeauga LakeMiller42
47RoarSix Flags Discovery KingdomGCI38
48Blue StreakCedar PointPTC/Hoover35
49RacerKennywoodPTC/Miller34
ThunderCoasterTusenFrydVekoma

2006 winners

2006 Golden Ticket Awards[17]
Host Park: Holiday World & Splashin' Safari
Category2006 RecipientLocation
Best Amusement ParkCedar PointSandusky, Ohio
Best WaterparkSchlitterbahnNew Baunfels, Texas
Best Children's ParkLegoland CaliforniaCarlsbad, California
Best Marine Life ParkSeaWorld OrlandoOrlando, Florida
Best Wooden CoasterThunderhead, DollywoodPigeon Forge, Tenn.
Best Steel CoasterSuperman – Ride of Steel, Six Flags New EnglandAgawam, Massachusetts
Best Kids' AreaParamount's Kings IslandKings Mills, Ohio
Friendliest ParkHoliday World & Splashin' SafariSanta Claus, Ind.
Cleanest ParkHoliday World & Splashin' SafariSanta Claus, Ind.
Best Halloween EventHalloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando ResortOrlando, Florida
Best Landscaping — Amusement ParkBusch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Virginia
Best Landscaping — WaterparkSchlitterbahnNew Braunfels, Texas
Best FoodKnoebels Amusement ResortElysburg, Pa.
Best ShowsSix Flags Fiesta TexasSan Antonio
Best Outdoor Night Show ProductionIllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, EpcotOrlando, Florida
Best Water RideDudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls, Universal's Islands of AdventureOrlando, Florida
Best Waterpark RideMaster Blaster, SchlitterbahnNew Braunfels, Texas
Best Dark RideThe Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, Universal's Islands of AdventureOrlando, Florida
Best New Ride of 2006 — Amusement ParkThe Voyage, Holiday World & Splashin' SafariSanta Claus, Indiana
Best New Ride of 2006 — WaterparkBahari River, Holiday World & Splashin' SafariSanta Claus, Indiana
Best CapacityCedar PointSandusky, Ohio
Best Theming of an AttractionDueling Dragons, Universal's Islands of AdventureOrlando, Florida
Best Concert VenueTimberWolf Amphitheater, Paramount's Kings IslandKings Mills, Ohio
Top 25 Steel Roller Coasters
Rank2006 RecipientParkSupplier
1Superman – Ride of SteelSix Flags New EnglandIntamin
2Millennium ForceCedar PointIntamin
3Magnum XL-200Cedar PointArrow
4NitroSix Flags Great AdventureB&M
5Apollo's ChariotBusch Gardens EuropeB&M
6Expedition GeForceHoliday ParkIntamin
7Phantom's RevengeKennywoodMorgan/Arrow
8MontuBusch Gardens AfricaB&M
9GoliathSix Flags Over GeorgiaB&M
10Top Thrill DragsterCedar PointIntamin
11Raging BullSix Flags Great AmericaB&M
12Superman – Ride of SteelDarien LakeIntamin
13SheiKraBusch Gardens AfricaB&M
14RaptorCedar PointB&M
15Steel ForceDorney Park & Wildwater KingdomMorgan
16NemesisAlton TowersB&M
17AlpengeistBusch Gardens EuropeB&M
18Dragon ChallengeIslands of AdventureB&M
19Mind BenderSix Flags Over GeorgiaSchwarzkopf
20XSix Flags Magic MountainArrow
21The Incredible HulkIslands of AdventureB&M
KumbaBusch Gardens AfricaB&M
23Superman – Ride of SteelSix Flags AmericaIntamin
24GoliathSix Flags Magic MountainGiovanola
25Volcano, The Blast CoasterKings DominionIntamin

2005 winners

2005 Golden Ticket Awards[18]
Host Park: Six Flags Fiesta Texas
Category2005 RecipientLocation
Best Amusement ParkCedar PointSandusky, Ohio
Best WaterparkSchlitterbahnNew Braunfels, Texas
Best Children's ParkLegoland CaliforniaCarlsbad, California
Best Wooden CoasterThunderhead, DollywoodPigeon Forge, Tennessee
Best Steel CoasterMillennium Force, Cedar PointSandusky, Ohio
Best Kids' AreaParamount's Kings IslandMason, Ohio
Friendliest ParkHoliday World & Splashin' SafariSanta Claus, Indiana
Cleanest ParkHoliday World & Splashin' SafariSanta Claus, Indiana
Best Halloween EventHalloween Haunt at Knott's Berry FarmBuena Park, California
Best Landscaping — Amusement ParkBusch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Virginia
Best Landscaping — WaterparkSchlitterbahnNew Braunfels, Texas
Best FoodKnoebels Amusement ResortElysburg, Pa.
Best ShowsSix Flags Fiesta TexasSan Antonio
Best Outdoor Night Show ProductionIllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, EpcotOrlando, Florida
Best Water RideValhalla, Pleasure Beach BlackpoolBlackpool, England
Best Waterpark RideMaster Blaster, SchlitterbahnNew Braunfels, Texas
Best Dark RideThe Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, Universal's Islands of AdventureOrlando, Florida
Best New Ride of 2005 — Amusement ParkHades, Mt. Olympus Water & Theme ParkWisconsin Dells, Wis.
Best New Ride of 2005 — WaterparkBlack Anaconda, Noah's Ark Water ParkWisconsin Dells, Wis.
Best Place to Ride Go-KartsMt. Olympus Water & Theme ParkWisconsin Dells, Wis.
Best SouvenirsCedar PointSandusky, Ohio
Best Games AreaCedar PointSandusky, Ohio

2004 winners

2004 Golden Ticket Awards[19]
Host Park: Cedar Point
Category2004 RecipientLocation
Best Amusement ParkCedar PointSandusky, Ohio
Best WaterparkSchlitterbahnNew Baunfels, Texas
Best Children's ParkLegoland CaliforniaCarlsbad, California
Best Wooden CoasterBoulder Dash, Lake CompounceBristol, Conn.
Best Steel CoasterMillennium Force, Cedar PointSandusky, Ohio
Best Kids' AreaParamount's Kings IslandMason, Ohio
Friendliest ParkHoliday World & Splashin' SafariSanta Claus, Ind.
Cleanest ParkHoliday World & Splashin' SafariSanta Claus, Indiana
Best LandscapingBusch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Virginia
Most Beautiful ParkBusch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Virginia
Most Beautiful WaterparkSchlitterbahnNew Braunfels, Texas
Best FoodKnoebels Amusement ResortElysburg, Pa.
Best ShowsSix Flags Fiesta TexasSan Antonio
Best Outdoor Night ShowThe Lone Star Spectacular, Six Flags Fiesta TexasSan Antonio
Best Water RideDudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls, Universal's Islands of AdventureOrlando, Florida
Best Waterpark RideMaster Blaster, SchlitterbahnNew Braunfels, Texas
Best Dark RideThe Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, Universal's Islands of AdventureOrlando, Florida
Best CarouselGrand Carousel, Knoebels Amusement ResortElysburg, Pa.
Best Indoor CoasterRock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, Disney-MGM StudiosOrlando, Florida
Best Indoor WaterparkWorld WaterparkEdmonton, Alberta, Canada

2003 winners

2003 Golden Ticket Awards[20]
Host Park: Schlitterbahn
CategoryRank2003 RecipientLocation/ParkVote
Best Amusement Park1Cedar PointSandusky, Ohio30%
2Islands of AdventureOrlando, Florida15%
3Blackpool Pleasure BeachBlackpool, England12%
Best Waterpark1SchlitterbahnNew Baunfels, Texas47%
2Holiday World & Splashin' SafariSanta Claus, Ind.23%
3Dorney Park & Wildwater KingdomAllentown, Pa.6%
Best Kids' Area1Paramount's Kings IslandMason, Ohio47%
2Islands of AdventureOrlando, Florida8%
3Paramount's Kings DominionDoswell, Virginia7%
Friendliest Park1Holiday World & Splashin' SafariSanta Claus, Ind.61%
2Knoebels Amusement ResortElysburg, Pennsylvania10%
3Paramount's Kings DominionDoswell, Virginia3%
Cleanest Park1Holiday World & Splashin' SafariSanta Claus, Indiana45%
2DisneylandAnaheim, California10%
3Busch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Virginia7%
Best Landscaping1Busch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Virginia37%
2EftelingKaatsheuvel, Netherlands23%
3Bonfante GardensGilroy, California7%
Alton TowersStaffordshire, England
Most Beautiful Park1Busch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Virginia38%
2EftelingKaatsheuvel, The Netherlands22%
3Europa ParkRust, Germany8%
Most Beautiful Waterpark1SchlitterbahnNew Braunfels, Texas24%
2Typhoon LagoonOrlando, Fla18%
3Blizzard Beach17%
Best Food1Knoebels Amusement ResortElysburg, Pa.
Best Shows1Six Flags Fiesta TexasSan Antonio, Texas
Best Water Ride1ValhallaPleasure Beach Blackpool
Best Waterpark Ride1ZingaHoliday World & Splashin' Safari
Best Dark Ride1The Amazing Adventures of Spider-ManIslands of Adventure34%
2Haunted MansionKnoebels Amusement Resort20%
3Dreamflight (Droomvlucht)Efteling8%
Best Park Capacity1Cedar PointSandusky, Ohio53%
2DisneylandAnaheim, California8%
3Magic KingdomOrlando, Florida6%
Best Non-Coaster Ride1Giant DropsMultiple locations20%
2The Amazing Adventures of Spider-ManIslands of Adventure14%
3The Twilight Zone Tower of TerrorDisney-MGM Studios8%
Best Theming of an Attraction1Dueling DragonsIslands of Adventure27%
2Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Forbidden EyeDisneyland14%
3The Twilight Zone Tower of TerrorDisney-MGM Studios10%
Top 50 Steel Roller Coasters
Rank2003 RecipientParkSupplierPoints
1Superman – Ride of SteelSix Flags New EnglandIntamin1,177
2Millennium ForceCedar PointIntamin1,093
3Expedition GeForceHoliday ParkIntamin794
4Magnum XL-200Cedar PointArrow789
5Apollo's ChariotBusch Gardens WilliamsburgB&M538
6NitroSix Flags Great AdventureB&M527
7NemesisAlton TowersB&M361
8Phantom's RevengeKennywoodMorgan/Arrow353
9Superman – Ride of SteelSix Flags Darien LakeIntamin320
10RaptorCedar PointB&M315
11Top Thrill DragsterIntamin298
12MontuBusch Gardens TampaB&M278
13Superman – Ride of SteelSix Flags AmericaIntamin272
14Dueling DragonsIslands of AdventureB&M257
15XSix Flags Magic MountainArrow243
16Steel ForceDorney Park & Wildwater KingdomMorgan242
17Raging BullSix Flags Great AmericaB&M239
18GoliathSix Flags Magic MountainGiovanola184
19 (tie)GoliathSix Flags HollandIntamin183
19 (tie)AlpengeistBusch Gardens WilliamsburgB&M
21The Incredible HulkIslands of Adventure179
22KumbaBusch Gardens Tampa148
23Euro-MirEuropa ParkMack147
24AirAlton TowersB&M140
25Superman: Krypton CoasterSix Flags Fiesta Texas138
26Mind BenderSix Flags Over GeorgiaSchwarzkopf137
27TitanSix Flags Over TexasGiovanola131
28Volcano, The Blast CoasterParamount's King's DominionIntamin122
29Big OneBlackpool Pleasure BeachArrow111
30Mr. FreezeSix Flags Over TexasPremier Rides97
31MambaWorlds of FunMorgan95
32ColossusThorpe ParkIntamin90
33Hypersonic XLCParamount's King's DominionS&S87
34Shock WaveSix Flags Over TexasSchwarzkopf80
35XceleratorKnott's Berry FarmIntamin79
36MedusaSix Flags Great AdventureB&M68
37MindbenderGalaxylandSchwarzkopf67
38Superman: Ultimate FlightSix Flags Over GeorgiaB&M64
39Top Gun: The Jet CoasterParamount's Carowinds60
40WildfireSilver Dollar City59
41The Riddler's RevengeSix Flags Magic Mountain56
42Big Bad WolfBusch Gardens WilliamsburgArrow47
43California Screamin'Disney's California AdventureIntamin43
44Magnum ForceFlamingo Land ResortSchwarzkopf39
45 (tie)Superman: The EscapeSix Flags Magic MountainIntamin37
45 (tie)Top GunParamount's Great AmericaB&M
47Superman: Ultimate EscapeSix Flags Worlds of AdventureIntamin35
48KrakenSeaWorld OrlandoB&M31
49DesperadoBuffalo Bill'sArrow30
50Wicked TwisterCedar PointIntamin28
Top 30 Wooden Roller Coasters
Rank2003 RecipientParkSupplierPoints
1The RavenHoliday World & Splashin' SafariCCI1194
2Shivering TimbersMichigan's Adventure912
3Boulder DashLake Compounce892
4PhoenixKnoebels Amusement ResortDinn/PTC823
5The LegendHoliday World & Splashin' SafariCCI724
6GhostRiderKnott's Berry Farm437
7Lightning RacerHersheyparkGCII427
8The Beast
Kings Island
422
9MegafobiaOakwood Leisure ParkCCI421
10Texas GiantSix Flags Over TexasDinn415
11ColossosHeide ParkIntamin335
12Grand NationalBlackpool Pleasure BeachCharles Paige314
13Cornball ExpressIndiana BeachCCI304
14The CometGreat EscapePTC/Schmeck284
15RampageVisionlandCCI279
16CycloneAstrolandHarry C. Baker269
17The BossSix Flags St. LouisCCI237
18Georgia CycloneSix Flags Over GeorgiaDinn225
19ThunderboltKennywoodAndy Vettel/John Miller194
20Tonnerre de ZeusParc AstérixCCI180
21TwisterKnoebels Amusement ResortKnoebels/Fetterman177
22TremorsSilverwood Theme ParkCCI168
23ViperSix Flags Great AmericaSix Flags139
24Playland Wooden CoasterPlaylandPhare130
25Texas CycloneSix Flags AstroWorldFrontier129
26Ozark WildcatCelebration CityGCII121
27VillainSix Flags Worlds of AdventureCCI112
28WildcatHersheyparkGCII104
29Giant DipperSanta Cruz Beach BoardwalkPrior & Church/Looff97
30Timber WolfWorlds of FunDinn/Summers89

2002 winners

2002 Golden Ticket Awards[21]
Host Park: Paramount's Kings Island
Category2002 RecipientLocation
Best Amusement ParkCedar PointSandusky, Ohio
Best WaterparkSchlitterbahnNew Baunfels, Texas
Best Wooden CoasterThe Raven, Holiday World & Splashin' SafariSanta Claus, Ind.
Best Steel CoasterMillennium Force, Cedar PointSandusky, Ohio
Best Kids' AreaParamount's Kings IslandMason, Ohio
Friendliest ParkHoliday World & Splashin' SafariSanta Claus, Ind.
Cleanest ParkHoliday World & Splashin' SafariSanta Claus, Ind.
Best LandscapingBusch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Virginia
Best FoodKnoebels Amusement ResortElysburg, Pa.
Best ShowsSix Flags Fiesta TexasSan Antonio
Best Water RideDudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls, Universal's Islands of AdventureOrlando, Florida
Best Waterpark RideHoliday World & Splashin' SafariSanta Claus, Indiana
Best Dark RideThe Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, Universal's Islands of AdventureOrlando, Florida
Best Park CapacityCedar PointSandusky, Ohio
Best SouvenirsKnoebels Amusement ResortElysburg, Pa.
Best Games AreaCedar PointSandusky, Ohio
Best Themed or Background MusicUniversal's Islands of AdventureOrlando, Florida
Most Classic or Distinctive Coaster StationCyclone, Lakeside Amusement ParkDenver, Colorado

2001 winners

2001 Golden Ticket Awards[22]
Host Park: Holiday World & Splashin' Safari
Category2001 RecipientLocation
Best Amusement ParkCedar PointSandusky, Ohio
Best WaterparkSchlitterbahnNew Baunfels, Texas
Best Wooden CoasterThe Raven, Holiday World & Splashin' SafariSanta Claus, Ind.
Best Steel CoasterMillennium Force, Cedar PointSandusky, Ohio
Best Kids' AreaParamount's Kings IslandMason, Ohio
Friendliest ParkHoliday World & Splashin' SafariSanta Claus, Ind.
Cleanest ParkHoliday World & Splashin' SafariSanta Claus, Indiana
Best LandscapingBusch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Virginia
Best FoodKnoebels Amusement ResortElysburg, Pa.
Best ShowsSix Flags Fiesta TexasSan Antonio
Best Water RideDudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls, Universal's Islands of AdventureOrlando, Florida
Best Waterpark RideMaster Blaster, SchlitterbahnNew Braunfels, Texas
Best Park CapacityCedar PointSandusky, Ohio
Best Dark RideThe Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, Universal's Islands of AdventureOrlando, Florida
Best CarouselKnoebels Amusement ResortElysburg, Pa.

2000 winners

2000 Golden Ticket Awards[23]
No host park, the awards were announced from Amusement Today's Arlington, Texas office
Category2000 RecipientLocation
Best Amusement ParkCedar PointSandusky, Ohio
Best WaterparkSchlitterbahnNew Baunfels, Texas
Best Wooden CoasterThe Raven, Holiday World & Splashin' SafariSanta Claus, Ind.
Best Steel CoasterMagnum XL-200, Cedar PointSandusky, Ohio
Friendliest ParkHoliday World & Splashin' SafariSanta Claus, Ind.
Cleanest ParkHoliday World & Splashin' SafariSanta Claus, Indiana
Best LandscapingBusch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Virginia
Best FoodKnoebels Amusement ResortElysburg, Pa.
Best ShowsSix Flags Fiesta TexasSan Antonio
Best Ride ThemingDueling Dragons, Universal's Islands of AdventureOrlando, Florida
Best Waterpark RideMaster Blaster, SchlitterbahnNew Braunfels, Texas
Best Park CapacityCedar PointSandusky, Ohio
Best Indoor AttractionThe Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, Universal's Islands of AdventureOrlando, Florida
Best Non-coaster RideThe Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, Universal's Islands of AdventureOrlando, Florida

1999 winners

1999 Golden Ticket Awards[24]
No host park, the awards were announced from Amusement Today's Arlington, Texas office
Category1999 RecipientLocation
Best Amusement/Theme ParkCedar PointSandusky, Ohio
Best WaterparkSchlitterbahnNew Baunfels, Texas
Best Wooden CoasterTexas Giant, Six Flags Over TexasArlington, Texas
Best Steel CoasterMagnum XL-200, Cedar PointSandusky, Ohio
Friendliest ParkHoliday World & Splashin' SafariSanta Claus, Ind.
Cleanest ParkBusch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Virginia
Best LandscapingBusch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Virginia
Best FoodBusch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Virginia
Best ShowsSix Flags Fiesta TexasSan Antonio, Texas
Best Ride Theming (ride, attraction or queue)Dueling Dragons, Universal's Islands of AdventureOrlando, Florida
Best Waterpark RideMaster Blaster, SchlitterbahnNew Branfels, Texas
Best Park CapacityCedar PointSandusky, Ohio
Best Indoor Attraction (noncoaster)The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, Universal's Islands of AdventureOrlando, Florida
Best Non-coaster RideGiant DropsMultiple locations

1998 winners

1998 Golden Ticket Awards[25]
No host park, the awards were announced from Amusement Today's Arlington, Texas office
CategoryRank1998 RecipientLocation/ParkVote
Best Amusement/Theme Park1Cedar PointSandusky, Ohio37%
2Busch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Virginia16%
3KennywoodWest Mifflin, Pa.9%
Best Waterpark1SchlitterbahnNew Braunfels, Texas
Friendliest Park1Holiday World & Splashin' SafariSanta Claus, Indiana
Cleanest Park1Busch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Virginia
Best Landscaping1Busch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Virginia62%
2DisneylandAnaheim, California6%
Walt Disney WorldLake Buena Vista, Florida
Busch Gardens TampaTampa, Florida
Best Food1Busch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Virginia21%
2KennywoodWest Mifflin, Pa.15%
Best Shows1Busch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Virginia
Best Themed Ride1NemesisAlton Towers11%
Batman: The RideSix Flags Great America
AlpengeistBusch Gardens Williamsburg
4The Twilight Zone Tower of TerrorDisney-MGM Studios10%
Best Waterpark Ride1Master BlasterSchlitterbahn
Best Capacity (fastest moving lines)1Cedar PointSandusky, Ohio
Best Simulator/Indoor Attraction1Back to the Future: The RideUniversal Studios Florida23%
2Star ToursDisneyland17%
3T2 3-D: Battle Across TimeUniversal Studios Florida15%
4Dino IslandMultiple locations11%
Best Non-coaster Ride1Giant DropsMultiple locations21%
2Space Shot15%
3Skycoaster11%
Top 25 Steel Roller Coasters
Rank1998 RecipientParkSupplierPoints
1Magnum XL-200Cedar PointArrow Dynamics466
2AlpengeistBusch Gardens WilliamsburgBolliger & Mabillard329
3MontuBusch Gardens TampaBolliger & Mabillard311
4KumbaBolliger & Mabillard257
5Steel ForceDorney Park & Wildwater KingdomD. H. Morgan Manufacturing241
6RaptorCedar PointBolliger & Mabillard203
7MambaWorlds of FunD. H. Morgan Manufacturing176
8DesperadoBuffalo Bill'sArrow Dynamics146
9Big Bad WolfBusch Gardens WilliamsburgArrow Dynamics113
10NemesisAlton TowersBolliger & Mabillard100
11Steel PhantomKennywoodArrow Dynamics94
12Mind BenderSix Flags Over GeorgiaSchwarzkopf90
13MindbenderGalaxylandSchwarzkopf84
14MantisCedar PointB&M83
15 (tie)Taz's Texas TornadoSix Flags AstroWorldSchwarzkopf82
15 (tie)Loch Ness MonsterBusch Gardens WilliamsburgArrow Dynamics
17ShockwaveSix Flags Over TexasSchwarzkopf74
18Big OneBlackpool Pleasure BeachArrow Dynamics61
19Batman: The RideSix Flags Great AdventureBolliger & Mabillard57
20Superman: The EscapeSix Flags Magic MountainIntamin53
21Batman: The RideSix Flags St. LouisBolliger & Mabillard52
22The Great WhiteSeaWorld San AntonioBolliger & Mabillard49
23Mr. FreezeSix Flags Over TexasPremier Rides47
Batman: The RideSix Flags Great AmericaBolliger & Mabillard
25Crazy MouseDinosaur BeachReverchon45
Top 25 Wooden Roller Coasters
Rank1998 RecipientParkSupplierPoints
1Texas GiantSix Flags Over TexasDinn477
2The RavenHoliday World & Splashin' SafariCCI295
3The Beast
Kings Island
231
4The CometGreat EscapePTC213
5MegafobiaOakwood Theme ParkCCI197
6Shivering TimbersMichigan's Adventure193
7CycloneAstrolandKeenan/Baker189
8Timber WolfWorlds of FunDinn168
9ThunderboltKennywoodVettel/Miller157
10PhoenixKnoebelsPTC135
11WildcatHersheyparkGCII121
12Georgia CycloneSix Flags Over Georgia96
13CycloneRiverside Park95
14GrizzlyParamount's Kings Dominion85
15The Wild OneAdventure World77
16Great WhiteWild Wheels Pier69
17RampageVisionLandCCI66
18 (tie)Giant DipperSanta Cruz Beach Boardwalk65
18 (tie)Screamin' EagleSix Flags St. Louis
20Jack RabbitKennywood57
21Mean StreakCedar Point50
22Playland Wooden CoasterPlayland49
23Rebel YellParamount's Kings DominionJohn C. Allen/PTC48
24ViperSix Flags Great America47
25Blue StreakConneaut Lake ParkVettel44

Publisher's Picks

Publisher's Pick Award Winners
YearCategoryRecipient
2019Park of the YearMorey's Piers
Renaissance AwardKings Island
Turnstyle AwardSilverwood
2018Innovation AwardChance Rides
Turnstyle AwardSilver Dollar City
2017Person of the YearJerry Brick
Park of the YearMorgan's Wonderland
Supplier of the YearIntamin
2016Person of the YearRaffi Kaprelyan
Renaissance AwardEd Hart
Supplier of the YearBolliger & Mabillard
Park of the YearCedar Point
2015Park of the YearLagoon
Persons of the YearAlberto Zamperla and Valerio Ferrari
Renaissance AwardHuck Finn's Playland
Turnstile AwardQuassy Amusement Park
2014Persons of the YearSeaWorld Rescue Team
2013Person of the YearJohn Arie Sr., Fun Spot America Theme Parks
Person of the YearKim Samarelli, New Jersey Amusement Association
Supplier of the YearRonald Bussink, Bussink Design GmBH
Turnstyle AwardTimber Mountain Log Ride, Knott's Berry Farm
2012Park of the YearDisney California Adventure
Supplier of the YearRWS and Associates (Luminosity — Ignite the Night!)
Person of the YearTilan K. Fertitta (Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier)
Turnstile AwardSeaWorld San Diego
2011Park of the YearGröna Lund
Supplier of the YearChance Rides Manufacturing
Legends SeriesRichard Kinzel (Cedar Fair Entertainment Company)
2010Park of the YearBeech Bend Park
Person of the YearJeff Novotny (National Roller Coaster Museum and Archives)
Legends SeriesWill Koch (Holiday World & Splashin' Safari)
2009Park of the YearWonderland Park
Persons of the YearDick & Barbara Knoebel (Knoebels Amusement Resort)
Supplier of the YearGary Goddard Entertainment
Legends SeriesJack Krantz (Adventureland)
2008Park of the YearXocomil Waterpark
Person of the YearPaul Nelson (Waldameer Park)
Supplier of the YearZamperla
2007Park of the YearDollywood
Person of the YearMilton S. Hershey (Hersheypark)
Supplier of the YearNational Ticket Company
2006Park of the YearState Fair of Texas
Person of the YearPat Thomson (Western Playland)
Supplier of the YearWilliam H. Robinson
2005Park of the YearDisneyland
Person of the YearNick Laskaris (Mount Olympus Water & Theme Park)
Supplier of the YearWerner Stengel
2004Park of the YearHoliday World & Splashin' Safari
Person of the YearDan Feicht (Cedar Point)
Supplier of the YearPhiladelphia Toboggan Company
2003Park of the YearCliff's Amusement Park

Host Park

Times Hosting Park Years
3 Holiday World & Splashin' Safari 2001, 2006, 2011
2 Cedar Point 2004, 2016
2 Dollywood 2007, 2012
1 Busch Gardens Williamsburg 2010
1 Kings Island 2002
1 Lake Compounce 2017
1 Legoland California 2009
1 Luna Park, Coney Island 2015
1 Quassy Amusement Park 2017
1 Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk 2013
1 Schlitterbahn 2003
1 SeaWorld San Diego 2014
1 Silver Dollar City 2018
1 Silverwood Theme Park 2019
1 Six Flags Fiesta Texas 2005
  • From 1998–2000 there was no Host Park, the awards were announced from Amusement Today's Arlington, Texas, office instead. The 2008 awards were announced at Give Kids the World Village in Orlando, Florida.
  • 2017 was hosted by two parks.

Former awards

Repeat winners

References

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