The Golden Ticket Awards | Presented by Amusement Today

The Golden Ticket Awards | Presented by Amusement Today

The Golden Ticket Awards | Presented by Amusement Today

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2011 GTA Winners

The 2011 Golden Ticket Awards were hosted at Splashin’ Safari and the farm home of Pat Koch, Holiday World (Indiana).

Best New Ride for 2011 (Amusement Park)
New Texas GiantSix Flags Over Texas45%
Cheetah HuntBusch Gardens Tampa Bay12%
Wooden WarriorQuassy Amusement Park11%
TwisterGröna Lund5% tie
Zippin PippinBay Beach Amusement Park5% tie
Top
Best New Ride for 2011 (Waterpark)
The FallsSchlitterbahn45%
Vanish PointWater Country U.S.A.15%
Bombs AwayRaging Waters8% tie
ViperNRH2O8% tie
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Best Park 2011
Cedar PointSandusky, Ohio23%
Knoebels Amusement ResortElysburg, Pa.13%
Europa-ParkRust, Germany12%
DollywoodPigeon Forge, Tenn.8%
DisneylandAnahiem, Calif.7%
Universal’s Islands of AdventureOrlando, Fla.6.50%
Busch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Va.5.50%
KennywoodWest Mifflin, Pa.5% tie
Tokyo DisneySeaTokyo, Japan5% tie
Holiday WorldSanta Claus, Ind.4.5% tie
Pleasure Beach, BlackpoolBlackpool, England4.5% tie
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Best Waterpark 2011
SchlitterbahnNew Braunfels, Texas66%
Splashin’ SafariSanta Claus, Ind.14%
Blizzard BeachOrlando, Fla.6%
Typhoon LagoonOrlando, Fla.5%
Noah’s ArkWisconsin Dells, Wis.4%
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Best Childern’s Park 2011
Idlewild & SoakZoneLigonier, Pa.30%
Legoland CaliforniaCarlsbad, Calif.25%
Fårup SommerlandSaltum, Denmark11%
Legoland WindsorWindsor, England10%
Dutch WonderlandLancaster, Pa.6%
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Best Marine Life Park 2011
SeaWorld OrlandoOrlando, Fla.55%
SeaWorld San AntonioSan Antonio, Texas14%
Discovery CoveOrlando, Fla.11%
SeaWorld San DiegoSan Diego, Calif.10%
Six Flags Discovery KingdomVallejo, Calif.6%
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Best Seaside Park 2011
Santa Cruz Beach BoardwalkSanta Cruz, Calif.29%
Pleasure Beach BlackpoolBlackpool, England28%
Morey’s PiersWildwood, N.J.16%
Gröna LundStockholm, Sweden5%
Kemah BoardwalkKemah, Texas4%
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Best Indoor Waterpark 2011
Schlitterbahn Galveston IslandGalveston, Texas31%
Kalahari ResortSandusky, Ohio16%
Kalahari ResortWisconsin Dells, Wis.15%
World WaterparkEdmonton, Alberta, Canada12%
Splash LandingsStaffordshire, England11%
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Friendliest Park 2011
Holiday WorldSanta Claus, Ind.32%
DollywoodPigeon Forge, Tenn25%
Knoebels Amusement ResortElysburg, Pa.13%
Silver Dollar CityBranson, Mo.12%
Beech BendBowling Green, Ky.5%
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Cleanest Park 2011
Holiday WorldSanta Claus, Ind.35%
Busch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Va.15%
DollywoodPigeon Forge, Tenn.10%
Magic KingdomOrlando, Fla.9%
DisneylandAnaheim, Calif.8%
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Best Shows 2011
DollywoodPigeon Forge, Tenn.30%
Six Flags Fiesta TexasSan Antonio, Texas28%
Silver Dollar CityBranson, Mo.10%
SeaWorld OrlandoOrlando, Fla.8%
Disney’s Hollywood StudiosOrlando, Fla.7%
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Best Food 2011
Knoebels Amusement ResortElysburg, Pa.29%
EpcotOrlando, Fla.17%
DollywoodPigeon Forge, Tenn.15%
Silver Dollar CityBranson, Mo.13%
Busch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Va.7%
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Best Water Ride (Park) 2011
Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw FallsUniversal’s Islands of Adventure26%
ValhallaPleasure Beach, Blackpool19%
Pilgrim’s PlungeHoliday World10%
Splash MountainMagic Kingdom9%
Journey to AtlantisSeaWorld Orlando7%
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Best Waterpark Ride 2011
WildebeestSplashin’ Safari34%
Master BlasterSchlitterbahn24%
Dragon’s RevengeSchlitterbahn13%
Congo River ExpeditionSchlitterbahn8%
ZoombabweSplashin’ Safari5%
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Best Kid’s Area 2011
Kings IslandKings Mills, Ohio30%
Universal’s Islands of AdventureOrlando, Fla.16%
Nickelodeon UniverseBloomington, Minn.12%
Drayton ManorStaffordshire, England8%
EftelingKaatsheuvel, The Netherlands7%
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Best Dark Ride 2011
Harry Potter and the Forbidden JourneyUniversal’s Islands of Adventure26%
Amazing Adventures of Spider-ManUniversal’s Islands of Adventure23%
Twilight Zone Tower of TerrorDisney’s Hollywood Studios15%
Haunted MansionKnoebels Amusement Resort10%
Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden EyeDisneyland6%
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Best Outdoor Show Production 2011
EpcotOrlando, Fla.34%
Six Flags Fiesta TexasSan Antonio, Texas17%
Disney California AdventureAnaheim, Calif.16%
DisneylandAnaheim, Calif.10% tie
Magic KingdomOrlando, Fla.10% tie
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Best Landscaping 2011
Busch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Va.33%
EftelingKaatsheuvel, The Netherlands13%
Gilroy GardensGilroy, Calif.12%
DollywoodPigeon Forge, Tenn.9%
EpcotOrlando, Fla.7%
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Best Halloween Event 2011
Universal Orlando ResortOrlando, Fla.32%
Knott’s Berry FarmBuena Park, Calif.26%
Knoebels Amusement ResortElysburg, Pa.16%
KennywoodWest Mifflin, Pa.10%
Europa-ParkRust, Germany5%
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Best Christmas Event 2011
DollywoodPigeon Forge, Tenn.38%
Silver Dollar CityBranson, Mo.14%
Magic KingdomOrlando, Fla.13.50%
DisneylandAnaheim, Calif.10%
Disney’s Hollywood StudiosOrlando, Fla.7%
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Best Carousel 2011
Knoebels Amusement ResortElysburg, Pa.55%
Santa Cruz Beach BoardwalkSanta Cruz, Calif.18%
Six Flags Over GeorgiaAustell, Ga7%
KennywoodWest Mifflin, Pa.5%
Six Flags Great AmericaGurnee, Ill.4%
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Best Indoor Coaster 2011
Revenge of the MummyUniversal Studios Orlando31%
Space MountainDisneyland15%
Rock ‘n’ Roller CoasterDisney’s Hollywood Studios13%
MindbenderGalaxyland12%
Space MountainMagic Kingdom9%
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Best Funhouse / Walk-Through Attraction
Noah’s ArkKennywood24%
Frankenstein’s CastleIndiana Beach23%
Noah’s ArkPleasure Beach, Blackpool15%
Ghost ShipMorey’s Piers13%
Lustiga HusetGröna Lund12%
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PUBLISHER’S PICKS:
Park of the Year: Grona Lund
Supplier of the Year: Chance Rides Manufacturing
GTA Legend: Richard L. Kinzel

2011’s Top 50 Steel Roller Coasters

RANKNAMEPARKLOCATIONYEARSUPPLIERPOINTS
1Millennium ForceCedar PointSandusky, Ohio2000Intamin1540
2BizarroSix Flags New EnglandAgawam, Mass.2000Intamin1201
3NitroSix Flags Great AdventureJackson, N.J.2001B & M864
4GoliathSix Flags Over GeorgiaAustell, Ga.2006B & M794
5Phantom’s RevengeKennywoodWest Mifflin, Pa.2001B & M756
6New Texas GiantSix Flags Over TexasArlington, Texas2011Rocky Mountain743
7 (tie)Apollo’s ChariotBusch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Va.1999B&M643
7 (tie)Expedition GeForceHoliday ParkHassloch, Germany2001Intamin643
9Top Thrill DragsterCedar PointSandusky, Ohio2003Intamin627
10Magnum XL-200Cedar PointSandusky, Ohio1989Arrow510
11DiamondbackKings IslandKings Mills, Ohio2009B & M493
12NemesisAlton TowersStaffordshire, England1994B & M470
13Intimidator 305Kings DominionDoswell, Va.2010IntaRide381
14MontuBusch Gardens Tampa BayTampa, Fla.1996B & M331
15BehemothCanada’s WonderlandVaughan, Ontario, Canada2008B & M278
16X2Six Flags Magic MountainValencia, Calif.2002Arrow276
17Mind BenderSix Flags Over GeorgiaAustell, Ga.1978Schwarzkopf217
18RaptorCedar PointSandusky, Ohio1994B & M212
19IntimidatorCarowindsCharlotte, N.C.2010B & M207
20GriffonBusch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Va.2007B & M190
21MaverickCedar PointSandusky, Ohio2007Intamin187
22SheiKraBusch Gardens Tampa BayTampa, Fla.2005B & M186
23GoliathLa RondeMontréal, Quebec, Canada2006B & M182
24Raging BullSix Flags Great AmericaGurnee, Ill.1999B & M180
25TitanSix Flags Over TexasArlington, Texas2001Giovanola178
26Steel ForceDorney ParkAllentown, Pa.1997Morgan177
27AlpengeistBusch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Va.1997B & M156
28Dragon ChallengeUniversal’s Islands of AdventureOrlando, Fla.1999B & M149
29 (tie)Ride of SteelDarien LakeDarien Center, N.Y.1999Intamin148
29 (tie)Volcano: The Blast CoasterKings DominionDoswell, Va.1998Intamin148
31KumbaBusch Gardens Tampa BayTampa, Fla.1993B & M144
32PiratenDjurs SommerandJylland, Denmark2008Intamin130
33Kingda KaSix Flags Great AdventureJackson, N.J.2005Intamin129
34Blue FireEuropa-ParkRust, Germany2009Mack123
35Incredible Hulk CoasterUniversal’s Islands of AdventureOrlando, Fla.1999B & M116
36GoliathWalabi HollandBiddinghulzen, The Netherlands2002Intamin108
37Powder KegSilver Dollar CityBranson, Mo.2005S & S102
38Superman Krypton CoasterSix Flags Fiesta TexasSan Antonio, Texas2000B & M99
39TatsuSix Flags Magic MountainValencia, Calif.2006B & M98
40 (tie)GoliathSix Flags Magic MountainValencia, Calif.2000Giovanola97
40 (tie)Superman Ride of SteelSix Flags AmericaLargo, Md.2000Intamin97
42Shock WaveSix Flags Over TexasArlington, Texas1978Schwarzkopf93
43Space MountainDisneylandAnaheim, Calif.1977WED Imagineering87
44Sky RocketKennywoodWest Mifflin, Pa.2010Premier Rides85
45 (tie)MantaSeaWorld OrlandoOrlando, Fla.2009B & M84
45 (tie)Olympia LoopingR. Barth and SohnGermany1989Schwarzkopf/BHS84
47Expedition EverestDisney’s Animal KingdomOrlando, Fla.2006Vekoma/WED Imag.80
48Pepsi Max Big OnePleasure Beach, BlackpoolBlackpool, England1994Arrow79
49LisebergbananLisebergGothenburg, Sweden1987Schwarzkopf75
50MambaWorlds of FunKansas City, Mo.1998Morgan73

2011’s Top 50 Wooden Roller Coasters

RANKNAMEPARKLOCATIONYEARSUPPLIERPOINTS
1The VoyageHoliday WorldSanta Claus, Ind.2006Gravity Group1631
2PhoenixKnoebels Amusement ResortElysburg, Pa.1985Dinn/PTC-Schmeck1375
3El ToroSix Flags Great AdventureJackson, N.J.2006Intamin1359
4Boulder DashLake CompounceBristol, Conn.2000CCI1267
5ThunderheadDollywoodPigeon Forge, Tenn.2004GCII1065
6Ravine Flyer IIWaldameerErie, Pa.2008Gravity Group969
7The BeastKings IslandKings Mills, Ohio1979KECO591
8HadesMt. Olympus Theme ParkWisconsin Dells, Wis.2005Gravity Group494
9Shivering TimbersMichigan’s AdventureMuskegon, Mich.1998CCI484
10ProwlerWorlds of FunKansas City, Mo.2009GCII452
11Lightning RacerHersheyparkHershey, Pa.2000GCII444
12The RavenHoliday WorldSanta Claus, Ind.1995CCI405
13BalderLisebergGothenburg, Sweden2003Intamin377
14ThunderboltKennywoodWest Mifflin, Pa.1968Vettel/Miller267
15CycloneConey Island/Luna ParkBrooklyn, N.Y.1927Keenan/Baker264
16Kentucky RumblerBeech BendBowling Green, Ky.2006GCII263
17Boardwalk BulletKemah BoardwalkKemah, Texas2007M&V/Gravity Group241
18The LegendHoliday WorldSanta Claus, Ind.2000CCI240
19CometThe Great EscapeLake George, N.Y.1994PTC-Schmeck215
20 (tie)MegafobiaOakwood Theme ParkPembrokshire, Wales1996CCI212
20 (tie)TwisterKnoebels Amusement ResortElysburg, Pa.1999Fetterman-Knoebels212
22American ThunderSix Flags St. LouisEureka, Mo.2008GCII196
23Jack RabbitKennywoodWest Mifflin, Pa.1920PTC – Miller195
24Cornball ExpressIndiana BeachMonticello, Ind.2004CCI179
25Grand NationalPleasure Beach, BlackpoolBlackpool, England1935Paige173
26RenegadeValleyfairShakopee, Minn.2007GCII161
27GhostRiderKnott’s Berry FarmBuena Park, Calif.1998CCI151
28Giant DipperSanta Cruz Beach BoardwalkSanta Cruz, Calif.1924Prior & Church/Looff147
29ColossosHeide-ParkSoltau, Germany2001Intamin139
30HellcatTimber FallsWisconsin Dells, Wis.2004S&S138
31TremorsSilverwoodAthol, Idaho1999CCI134
32RampageAlabama AdventureBessemer, Ala.1998CCI127
33TroyToverlandSevenum, The Netherlands2007GCII123
34Playland Wooden CoasterPlayland at the PNEVancouver, B.C. Canada1958Phare118
35El ToroFreizeitpark PlohnLengenfeld, Germany2009GCII111
36 (tie)ApocalypseSix Flags Magic MountainValencia, Calif.2009GCII110
36 (tie)TwisterGröna LundStockholm, Sweden2011Gravity Group110
38ThunderbirdPowerLandAlahärmä, Finland2006GCII102
39T ExpressEverlandYongin-si, South Korea2008Intamin101
40Wooden WarriorQuassy Amusement ParkMiddlebury, Conn.2011Gravity Group99
41ViperSix Flags Great AmericaGurnee, Ill.1995Starkey/Six Flags95
42The BossSix Flags St. LouisEureka, Mo.2000CCI93
43RacerKennywoodWest Mifflin, Pa.1927Miller86
44 (tie)Wild MousePleasure Beach, BlackpoolBlackpool, England1958Wright74
44 (tie)Zippin PippinBay Beach Amusement ParkGreen Bay, Wis.2011M&V/Gravity Group74
46Blue StreakConneaut Lake ParkConneaut Lake, Pa.1938Vettel68
47RattlerSix Flags Fiesta TexasSan Antonio, Texas1992Pierce65
48RutschebanenTivoli GardensCopenhagen, Denmarkca. 1915unknown62
49Blue StreakCedar PointSandusky, Ohio1964PTC-Hoover60
50Tonnerre de ZeusParc AsterixPlailly, France1997CCI52

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