The Networking Event of the Year meets the Lone Star State in 2020. Scenic and historic San Antonio will host industry professionals from around the globe. In addition to Amusement Today honoring the “Best of the Best” with the Golden Ticket Awards ceremony, those in the industry will have numerous opportunities to share best practices, marketing ideas and see behind-the-scenes operations. The weekend takes place on Sept. 11 and 12, 2020.
San Antonio is famous for the historic Alamo and the delightful Riverwalk, but it also is home to numerous parks. Two will play host for the Golden Ticket Awards weekend event: SeaWorld San Antonio and Morgan’s Wonderland. The Friday night social will take place at Morgan’s Wonderland, and SeaWorld San Antonio will provide a day of hospitality on Saturday, including the venue for the Golden Ticket Awards ceremony.
Morgan’s Wonderland opened its gates in 2010. Developed by Gordon Hartman, the inspiration for this special theme park was his daughter Morgan. As a child with special needs, Morgan often experienced situations where other children did not wish to engage in play with her. Hartman was determined to build a place where all kids, no matter their abilities could play together. After years of development, Morgan’s Wonderland welcomed all families as a nonprofit park in San Antonio where any person with special needs was admitted free.
Continuing the goal of making recreation barrier free and inspiring children to interact together, Morgan’s Inspiration Island opened adjacent to Morgan’s Wonderland in 2017. The inclusive water park was welcome refreshment in the Texas sun and furthered the mission of “Everyone Can Play.”
With rides that accommodate wheelchairs and hands-on activities that inspire creativity and accomplishment, the parks continue to receive accolades and awards. Time magazine named Morgan’s Inspiration Island as one of the World’s Greatest Places in 2018.
SeaWorld San Antonio opened its gates in 1988. During the past three decades, the property was the first SeaWorld to offer a water park and thrill its guests with roller coasters. As the property has grown, it now contains Aquatica and Discovery Point, offering three distinct experiences.
In addition to the marine life encounters, SeaWorld boasts the only new wooden roller coaster in North America for 2020. Built by Great Coasters International, Inc., Texas Stingray is sure to wow attendees with a dynamic and exhilarating layout.
Delicious cuisine from the chefs at SeaWorld will welcome industry professionals with creative dishes and exotic flavors. As evening falls, attendees will gather to experience the live announcement of the winners of the 2020 Golden Ticket Awards. Honors are given in a variety of categories which are determined by the most experienced enthusiasts, industry journalists and park professionals, as well as specific awards given from AT Publisher Gary Slade.
Make plans now to be a part of The Networking Event of the Year and allow extra time to explore all the parks, attractions and everything the city of San Antonio has to offer.