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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2013 GTA Winners

The 2013 Golden Ticket Awards were hosted at Boardwalk Bowl, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, California’s Great America (California).

Best New Attraction for 2013 (Amusement Park)
Outlaw RunSilver Dollar City45%
Iron RattlerSix Flags Fiesta Texas19%
GateKeeperCedar Point15%
Gold StrikerCalifornia’s Great America6%
Tranformers the RideUniversal Studios Orlando5%
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Best New Ride for 2013 (Waterpark)
River RushDollywood’s Splash Country53%
Bonzai PipelinesSix Flags New England23%
ConstrictorWet ‘n’ Wild Las Vegas7%
Bonzai PipelinesSix Flags America6%
Bootlegger’s RunSplish Splash5%
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Best Park
Cedar PointSandusky, Ohio23%
Europa-ParkRust, Germany22%
Knoebels Amusement ResortElysburg, Pa.9%
DollywoodPigeon Forge, Tenn.8%
DisneylandAnaheim, Calif.7%
Tokyo DisneySeaTokyo, Japan6%
Busch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Va.(tie) 5%
Universal’s Islands of AdventureOrlando, Fla.(tie) 5%
Magic KingdomOrlando, Fla.4.50%
Silver Dollar CityBranson, Mo.4%
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Best Waterpark
SchlitterbahnNew Braunfels, Texas45%
Splashin’ SafariSanta Claus, Ind.17%
AquaticaOrlando, Fla.6%
Dollywood’s Splash CountryPigeon Forge, Tenn.(tie) 5%
Noah’s ArkWisconsin Dells, Wis.(tie) 5%
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Best Children’s Park
Idlewild & SoakZoneLigonier, Pa.39%
Legoland CaliforniaCarlsbad, Calif.16%
Legoland FloridaWinter Haven, Fla.11%
Dutch WonderlandLancaster, Pa.(tie) 7%
Story LandGlen, N.H.(tie) 7%
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Best Marine Life Park
SeaWorld OrlandoOrlando, Fla.58%
SeaWorld San DiegoSan Diego, Calif.13%
SeaWorld San AntonioSan Antonio, Texas9%
Discovery CoveOrlando, Fla.7%
Ocean ParkHong Kong, China(tie) 6%
Six Flags Discovery KingdomVallejo, Calif.(tie) 6%
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Best Seaside Park
Santa Cruz Beach BoardwalkSanta Cruz, Calif.36%
Pleasure Beach, BlackpoolBlackpool, England20%
Morey’s PiersWildwood, N.J.15%
Gröna LundStockholm, Sweden14%
Galveston Island Historic Pleasure PierGalveston, Texas5%
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Best Kids’ Area
Kings IslandMason, Ohio32%
Universal’s Islands of AdventureOrlando, Fla.15%
Nickelodeon UniverseBloomington, Minn.12%
EftelingKaatsheuvel, Netherlands8%
Cedar PointSandusky, Ohio(tie) 7%
Kings DominionDoswell, Va.(tie) 7%
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Cleanest Park
Holiday WorldSanta Claus, Ind.26%
DollywoodPigeon Forge, Tenn.14%
DisneylandAnaheim, Calif.10%
Busch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Va.9%
Silver Dollar CityBranson, Mo.8.50%
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Friendliest Park
DollywoodPigeon Forge, Tenn.35%
Holiday WorldSanta Claus, Ind.21%
Silver Dollar CityBranson, Mo.13%
Knoebel’s Amusement ResortElysburg, Pa.10%
Six Flags New EnglandAgawam, Mass.7%
Best Shows
DollywoodPigeon Forge, Tenn.41%
Six Flags Fiesta TexasSan Antonio, Texas23%
Disney’s Hollywood StudiosOrlando, Fla.6%
Europa-ParkRust, Germany(tie) 5%
SeaWorld OrlandoOrlando, Fla.(tie) 5%
Silver Dollar CityBranson, Mo.(tie) 5%
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Best Outdoor Show Production
EpcotOrlando, Fla.29%
Disney California AdventureAnaheim, Calif.18%
Six Flags Fiesta TexasSan Antonio, Texas12%
Disney’s Hollywood StudiosOrlando, Fla.11.50%
DisneylandAnaheim, Calif.8%
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Best Landscaping
Busch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg Va.33%
Gilroy GardensGilroy, Calif.12%
EftelingKaatsheuvel, Netherlands11%
Tivoli GardensCopenhagen, Denmark8%
DollywoodPigeon Forge, Tenn.7%
Best Food
DollywoodPigeon Forge, Tenn.(tie) 24%
Knoebel’s Amusement ResortElysburg, Pa.(tie) 24%
EpcotOrlando, Fla.18%
Silver Dollar CityBranson, Mo.14%
Tivoli GardensCopenhagen, Denmark5%
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Best Carousel
Knoebels Amusement ResortElysburg, Pa.48%
Santa Cruz Beach BoardwalkSanta Cruz, Calif.17%
Six Flags Great AmericaGurnee, Ill.8%
Six Flags Over GeorgiaAustell, Ga.7%
Universal’s Islands of AdventureOrlando, Fla.4%
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Best Water Ride
Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw FallsUniversal’s Islands of Adventure20%
Splash MountainMagic Kingdom13%
Timber Mountain Log RideKnott’s Berry Farm10%
ValhallaBlackpool Pleasure Beach9%
Mountain SlidewinderDollywood8.50%
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Best Waterpark Ride
WildebeestSplashin’ Safari24%
Master BlasterSchlitterbahn22%
MammothSplashin’ Safari15%
The FallsSchlitterbahn10%
Congo River ExpeditionSchlitterbahn9%
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Best Dark Ride
Harry Potter and the Forbidden JourneyUniversal’s Islands of Adventure19%
The Amazing Adventures of Spider-ManUniversal’s Islands of Adventure16%
Twilight Zone Tower of TerrorDisney’s Hollywood Studios13%
Haunted MansionKnoebels Amusement Resort8%
Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden EyeDisneyland(tie) 7%
Pirates of the CaribbeanDisneyland(tie) 7%
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Best Indoor Waterpark
Schlitterbahn Galveston IslandGalveston, Texas31%
KalahariSandusky, Ohio21%
KalahariWisconsin Dells, Ohio15%
World WaterparkEdmonton, Alberta, Canada12%
Splash LandingsStaffordshire, England8%
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Best Indoor Roller Coaster
Revenge of the MummyUniversal Studios Orlando23%
Space MountainDisneyland14%
WinjasPhantasialand11%
MindbenderGalaxyland(tie) 10%
Rock ‘n’ Roller CoasterDisney’s Hollywood Studios(tie) 10%
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Best Funhouse/Walk-Through
Noah’s ArkKennywood34%
Frankenstein’s CastleIndiana Beach23%
Gasten Ghost HotelLiseberg14%
Lustiga HusetGröna Lund13%
Ghost ShipMorey’s Piers12%
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Best Halloween Event
Universal Studios OrlandoOrlando, Fla.30%
Knott’s Berry FarmBuena Park, Calif.22%
Knoebels Amusement ResortElysburg, Pa.11%
KennywoodWest Mifflin, Pa.10%
Cedar PointSandusky, Ohio7%
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Best Christmas Event
DollywoodPigeon Forge, Tenn.47%
Silver Dollar CityBranson, Mo.12%
DisneylandAnaheim, Calif.10%
Magic KingdomOrlando, Fla.8%
KennywoodWest Mifflin, Pa.5%
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2013’s Top Steel Roller Coasters

RANKNAMEPARKLOCATIONYEARSUPPLIERPOINTS
1Millennium ForceCedar PointSandusky, Ohio2000Intamin1204
2BizarroSix Flags New EnglandAgawam, Mass.2000Intamin1011
3Expedition GeForceHoliday ParkHassloch, Germany2001Intamin598
4NitroSix Flags Great AdventureJackson, N.J.2001B & M596
5Apollo’s ChariotBusch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Va.1999B & M542
6New Texas GiantSix Flags Over TexasArlington, Texas2011Rocky Mountain512
7GoliathSix Flags Over GeorgiaAustell, Ga.2006B & M494
8IntimidatorCarowindsCharlotte, N.C.2010B & M478
9Magnum XL-200Cedar PointSandusky, Ohio1989Arrow416
10Intimidator-305Kings DominionDoswell, Va.2010Intamin412
11Iron RattlerSix Flags Fiesta TexasSan Antonio, Texas2013Rocky Mountain393
12Top Thrill DragsterCedar PointSandusky, Ohio2003Intamin356
13Phantom’s RevengeKennywoodWest Mifflin, Pa.2001Morgan/Arrow334
14DiamondbackKings IslandMason, Ohio2009B & M301
15LeviathanCanada’s WonderlandVaughan, Ontario, Canada2012B & M298
16X2Six Flags Magic MountainValencia, Calif.2002Arrow290
17BehemothCanada’s WonderlandVaughan, Ontario, Canada2008B & M276
18MontuBusch Gardens Tampa BayTampa, Fla.1996B & M257
19Mind BenderSix Flags Over GeorgiaAustell, Ga.1978Schwarzkopf247
20NemesisAlton TowersStaffordshire, England1994B & M210
21Blue FireEuropa-ParkRust, Germany2009Mack192
22MaverickCedar PointSandusky, Ohio2007Intamin183
23GoliathLa RondeMontreal, Quebec, Canada2006B & M156
24Wild EagleDollywoodPigeon Forge, Tenn.2012B & M148
25AlpengeistBusch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Va.1997B & M147
26SkyrushHersheyparkHershey, Pa.2012Intamin136
27KumbaBusch Gardens Tampa BayTampa, Fla.1993B & M134
28GateKeeperCedar PointSandusky, Ohio2013B & M113
29Shock WaveSix Flags Over TexasArlington, Texas1978Schwarzkopf103
30RaptorCedar PointSandusky, Ohio1994B & M102
31Raging BullSix Flags Great AmericaGurnee, Ill.1999B & M100
32SheiKraBusch Gardens Tampa BayTampa, Fla.2005B & M98
33GriffonBusch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Va.2007B & M97
34Black MambaPhantasialandBrühl, Germany2006B & M94
35 (tie)AfterburnCarowindsCharlotte, N.C.1999B & M92
35 (tie)Kingda KaSix Flags Great AdventureJackson, N.J.2005Intamin92
37Steel ForceDorney ParkAllentown, Pa.1998Morgan87
38Superman Ride of SteelSix Flags AmericaLargo, Md.2000Intamin86
39Volcano: The Blast CoasterKings DominionDoswell, Va.1998Intamin85
40WhizzerSix Flags Great AmericaGurnee, Ill.1976Schwarzkopf80
41GoliathSix Flags Magic MountainValencia, Calif.2000Giovanola78
42 (tie)Expedition EverestDisney’s Animal KingdomOrlando, Fla.2006Vekoma/WED Imagineering76
42 (tie)PowderKegSilver Dollar CityBranson, Mo.2005S & S76
42 (tie)TitanSix Flags Over TexasArlington, Texas2001Giovanola76
45 (tie)Olympia Loopingowner: R. Barth and Sohn KG[traveling]1989Schwarzkopf73
45 (tie)X FlightSix Flags Great AmericaGurnee, Ill.2012B & M73
47DominatorKings DominionDoswell, Va.2008B & M63
48 (tie)KrakenSeaWorld OrlandoOrlando, Fla.2000B & M60
48 (tie)LisebergbanenLisebergGothenburg, Sweden1987Schwarzkopf60
50TatsuSix Flags Magic MountainValencia, Calif.2006B & M58

2013’s Top Wooden Roller Coasters

RANKNAMEPARKLOCATIONYEARSUPPLIERPOINTS
1Bouder DashLake CompounceBristol, Conn.2000CCI1333
2El ToroSix Flags Great AdventureJackson, N.J.2006Intamin1302
3PhoenixKnoebels Amusement ResortElysburg, Pa.1985Dinn/PTC-Schmeck1088
4The VoyageHoliday WorldSanta Claus, Ind.2006Gravity Group1086
5ThunderheadDollywoodPigeon Forge, Tenn.2004GCII923
6Ravine Flyer IIWaldameerErie, Pa.2008Gravity Group712
7Outlaw RunSilver Dollar CityBranson, Mo.2013Rocky Mountain599
8The BeastKings IslandMason, Ohio1979KECO555
9Lightning RacerHersheyparkHershey, Pa.2000GCII364
10Shivering TimbersMichigan’s AdventureMuskegon, Mich.1998CCI304
11The RavenHoliday WorldSanta Claus, Ind.1995CCI296
12ProwlerWorlds of FunKansas City, Mo.2009GCII290
13BalderLisebergGothenburg, Sweden2003Intamin278
14Hades 360Mt. Olympus Theme ParkWisconsin Dells, Wis.2005Gravity Group225
15ThunderboltKennywoodWest Mifflin, Pa.1968Vettel/Miller222
16CometThe Great EscapeLake George, N.Y.1994PTC – Schmeck215
17ColossosHeide ParkSoltau, Germany2001Intamin207
18Jack RabbitKennywoodWest Mifflin, Pa.1920PTC – Miller192
19 (tie)CycloneLuna Park (Coney Island)Brooklyn, N.Y.1927Keenan/Baker166
19 (tie)The LegendHoliday WorldSanta Claus, Ind.2000CCI166
21Kentucky RumblerBeech BendBowling Green, Ky.2006GCII160
22Giant DipperSanta Cruz Beach BoardwalkSanta Cruz, Calif.1924Prior & Church/Looff146
23El ToroFreizeitpark PlohnLengenfeld, Germany2009GCII138
24TremorsSilverwoodAthol, Idaho1999CCI132
25American ThunderSix Flags St. LouisEureka, Mo.2008GCII127
26Gold StrikerCalifornia’s Great AmericaSanta Clara, Calif.2013GCII118
27Blue StreakCedar PointSandusky, Ohio1964PTC – Hoover116
28TroyToverlandSevenum, Netherlands2007GCII115
29GhostRiderKnott’s Berry FarmBuena Park, Calif.1998CCI113
30Playland Wooden CoasterPlayland at the PNEVancouver, B.C., Canada1958Phare111
31Wodan Timbur CoasterEuropa-ParkRust, Germany2012GCII108
32Cornball ExpressIndiana BeachMonticello, Ind.2001CCI100
33Blue StreakConneaut Lake ParkConneaut Lake, Pa.1938Vettel99
34Boardwalk BulletKemah BoardwalkKemah, Texas2007M&V/Gravity Group94
35RacerKennywoodWest Mifflin, Pa.1927PTC – Miller90
36Wooden WarriorQuassy Amusement ParkMiddlebury, Conn.2011Gravity Group88
37Zippin PippinBay Beach Amusement ParkGreen Bay, Wis.2011M&V84
38ThunderbirdPowerLandAlahärmä, Finland2006GCII83
39TwisterKnoebels Amusement ResortElysburg, Pa.1999Fetterman-Knoebels80
40MegafobiaOakwoodPembrokeshire, Wales1996CCI76
41 (tie)Grand NationalPleasure Beach, BlackpoolBlackpool, England1935Paige70
41 (tie)T ExpressEverlandYongin-si, South Korea2008Intamin70
43Great American Scream MachineSix Flags Over GeorgiaAustell, Ga.1973PTC – Allen66
44 (tie)Tonnerre de ZeusParc AstérixPlailly, France1997CCI64
44 (tie)ViperSix Flags Great AmericaGurnee, Ill.1995Starkey – Six Flags64
46 (tie)HellCatTimber FallsWisconsin Dells, Wis.2004S & S62
46 (tie)TwisterGröna LundStockholm, Sweden2011Gravity Group62
48CycloneLakeside ParkDenver, Colo.1940Vettel60
49ApocalypseSix Flags Magic MountainValencia, Calif.2009GCII59
50Yankee CannonballCanobie Lake ParkSalem, N.H.1936PTC – Schmeck55

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