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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2015 GTA Winners

The 2015 Golden Ticket Awards were hosted at Victorian Gardens, NYC Bus Tour, Luna Park at Coney Island (New York).

2015 Print Issue
Best New Attraction for 2015 (Amusement Park)
Fury 325Carowinds27%
Wicked CycloneSix Flags New England14%
Twisted ColossusSix Flags Magic Mountain13%
Cu ChulainnTayto Park10%
ThunderbirdHoliday World9.5%
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Best New Ride for 2015 (Water Park)
Dive BomberSix Flags White Water15%
SlidezillaElitch Gardens14%
Aqua RocketRaging Water San Dimas13% (tie)
SlideboardingWet ‘n’ Wild Las Vegas13% (tie)
AnacondaKalahari Resorts – Poconos10%
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Best Park
Europa-ParkRust, Germany24%
Cedar PointSandusky, Ohio14%
Knoebels Amusement ResortElysburg, Pa.11%
DollywoodPigeon Forge, Tenn.9%
DisneylandAnaheim, Calif.7%
Blackpool Pleasure BeachBlackpool, England5% (tie)
Busch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Va.5% (tie)
Universal’s Islands of AdventureOrlando, Fla.4.5%
Alton TowersStraffordshire, England4% (tie)
Holiday WorldSanta Claus, Ind.4% (tie)
Magic KingdomOrlando, Fla.4% (tie)
Toyko Disney SeaToyko, Japan4% (tie)
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Best Water Park
SchlitterbahnNew Braunfels, Texas52%
Splashin’ SafariSanta Claus, Ind.19%
Dollywood’s Splash CountryPigeon Forge, Tenn.6%
AquaticaOrlando, Fla.5%
Typhoon LagoonOrlando, Fla.4%
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Best Children’s Park
Idlewild & SoakZoneLigonier, Pa.21%
Storybook LandEgg Harbor Twp., N.J.20%
Story LandGlen, N.H.9%
Legoland WindsorWindsor, England8%
Legoland CaliforniaCarlsbad, Calif.7% (tie)
Legoland FloridaWinterhaven, Fla.7% (tie)
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Best Marine Life Park
SeaWorld OrlandoOrlando, Fla.55%
SeaWorld San DiegoSan Diego, Calif.10%
Discovery CoveOrlando, Fla.9%
SeaWorld San AntonioSan Antonio, Texas8%
Six Flags Discovery KingdomVallejo, Calif.7%
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Best Seaside Park
Morey’s PiersWildwood, N.J.27%
Santa Cruz Beach BoardwalkSanta Cruz, Calif.26.5%
Blackpool Pleasure BeachBlackpool, England26%
Gröna LundStockhom, Sweden12%
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Best Kids’ Area
Kings IslandMason, Ohio27%
EftelingKaatsheuvel, Netherlands10%
Universal’s Islands of AdventureOrlando, Fla.9.5%
Kings DominionDoswell, Va.8%
Blackpool Pleasure BeachBlackpool, England6% (tie)
Nockelodeon UniverseBloomington, Minn.6% (tie)
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Cleanest Park
Holiday WorldSanta Claus, Ind.25%
DollywoodPigeon Forge, Tenn.14%
Busch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Va.11%
Europa-ParkRust, Germany9%
DisneylandAnaheim, Calif.8%
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Friendliest Park
DollywoodPigeon Forge, Tenn.35%
Holiday WorldSanta Claus, Ind.18%
Knoebel’s Amusement ResortElysburg, Pa.12%
Adventure IslandSouthend-on-Sea, England9%
Silver Dollar CityBranson, Mo.8%
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Best Shows
DollywoodPigeon Forge, Tenn.42%
Six Flags Fiesta TexasSan Antonio, Texas11%
Silver Dollar CityBranson, Mo.8%
Europa-ParkRust, Germany7%
Disney California AdventureAnaheim, Calif6%
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Best Outdoor Show Production
IlluminationsEpcot24%
World of ColorDisney California Adventure15%
Fantasmic!Disney’s Hollywood Studios12%
Fantasmic!Disneyland11%
Lone Star NightsSix Flags Fiesta Texas9%
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Best Landscaping
Busch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg Va.29%
Gilroy GardensGilroy, Calif.17%
EftelingKaatsheuvel, Netherlands11%
Alton TowersStaffordshire, England9%
DollywoodPigeon Forge, Tenn.7%
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Best Food
Knoebel’s Amusement ResortElysburg, Pa.23%
DollywoodPigeon Forge, Tenn.20%
EpcotOrlando, Fla.16%
Silver Dollar CityBranson, Mo.9%
Europa-ParkRust, Germany7%
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Best Carousel
Knoebels Amusement ResortElysburg, Pa.40%
Santa Cruz Beach BoardwalkSanta Cruz, Calif.10%
Six Flags Great AmericaGurnee, Ill.6%
EftelingKaatsheuvel, the Netherlands5% (tie)
Six Flags Over GeorgiaAustell, Ga.5% (tie)
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Best Water Ride (Park)
ValhallaBlackpool Pleasure Beach28%
Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw FallsUniversal’s Islands of Adventure19%
Splash MountainDisneyland9%
Mountain SlidewinderDollywood7%
Timber Mountain Log RideKnott’s Berry Farm6%
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Best Water Park Ride
WildebeestSplashin’ Safari25%
MammothSplashin’ Safari18%
Master BlasterSchlitterbahn14%
The FallsSchlitterbahn9%
VerrücktSchlitterbahn, Kansas City8%
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Best Dark Ride
Harry Potter and the Forbidden JourneyUniversal’s Islands of Adventure13%
Twilight Zone Tower of TerrorDisney’s Hollywood Studios12%
Harry Potter / Escape from GingottsUniversal Studios Orlando9%
The Amazing Adventures of Spider-ManUniversal’s Islands of Adventure8.5%
Haunted MansionKnoebels Amusement Resort7%
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Best Indoor Water Park
Schlitterbahn Galveston IslandGalveston, Texas28%
Kalahari ResortSandusky, Ohio17%
Kalahari ResortWisconsin Dells, Wis.12%
World WaterparkEdmonton, Alberta, Canada11%
Splash LandingsStaffordshire, England6%
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Best Indoor Roller Coaster
Revenge of the MummyUniversal Studios Orlando23%
Space MountainDisneyland12%
WinjasPhantasialand11%
Black DiamondKnoebels Amusement Resort10%
MindbenderGalaxyland7% (tie)
Rock ‘n’ Roller CoasterDisney’s Hollywood Studios7% (tie)
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Best Funhouse/Walk-Through
Noah’s ArkKennywood27%
Ghost ShipMorey’s Piers23%
Gasten Ghost HotelLiseberg12%
Frankenstein’s CastleIndiana Beach10%
Lustiga HusetGröna Lund8%
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Best Halloween Event
Universal Studios OrlandoOrlando, Fla.28%
Knott’s Berry FarmBuena Park, Calif.18%
Knoebels Amusement ResortElysburg, Pa.11%
KennywoodWest Mifflin, Pa.8%
Busch Gardens TampaTampa, Fla.6%
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Best Christmas Event
DollywoodPigeon Forge, Tenn.40%
DisneylandAnaheim, Calif.10%
Silver Dollar CityBranson, Mo.9%
Magic KingdomOrlando, Fla.6%
Europa-ParkRust, Germany5.5%
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Personally chosen by Gary Slade, publisher and editor-in-chief of Amusement Today, this year’s Publisher’s Pick Awards were presented in the following categories:
Renaissance Award – Huck Finn’s Playland for moving and restoring the sheltered Hoffman’s Playland attractions;
Turnstile Award – Quassy Amusement Park for its continued efforts in reinvestment and rebuilding;
Park of the Year – Lagoon Amusement Park for the longtime dedication of the Freed family and its staff in preserving Utah history and a national treasure; and
Person of the Year – Alberto Zamperla and Valerio Ferrari for their vision, strength and dedication of Astarted the rebirth of Coney Island.

2015’s Top Steel Roller Coasters

RANKNAMEPARKLOCATIONYEARSUPPLIERPOINTS
1Millennium ForceCedar PointSandusky, Ohio2000Intamin1205
2BizarroSix Flags New EnglandAgawam, Mass.2000Intamin929
3Expedition GeForceHoliday ParkHassloch, Germany2001Intamin714
4Fury 325CarowindsCharlotte, N.C.2015B&M671
5NitroSix Flags Great AdventureJackson, N.J.2001B&M650
6Apollo’s ChariotBusch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Va.1999B&M597
7IntimidatorCarowindsCharlotte, N.C.2010B&M499
8LeviathanCanada’s WonderlandVaughan, Ontario, Canada2012B&M491
9NemesisAlton TowersStaffordshire, England1994B&M462
10New Texas GiantSix Flags Over TexasArlington, Texas2011Rocky Mountain450
11DiamondbackKings IslandMason, Ohio2009B&M440
12GoliathSix Flags Over GeorgiaAustell, Ga.2006B&M427
13Top Thrill DragsterCedar PointSandusky, Ohio2003Intamin408
14Phantom’s RevengeKennywoodWest Mifflin, Pa.2001Morgan405
15Magnum XL-200Cedar PointSandusky, Ohio1999Arrow355
16Intimidator 305Kings DominionDoswell, Va.2010Intamin315
17Blue Fire MegacoasterEuropa-ParkRust, Germany2009Mack302
18BehemothCanada’s WonderlandVaughan, Ontario, Canada2008B&M301
19Iron RattlerSix Flags Fiesta TexasSan Antonio, Texas2013Rocky Mountain294
20 (tie)BansheeKings IslandMason, Ohio2014B&M275
20 (tie)X2Six Flags Magic MountainValencia, Calif.2002Arrow275
22MaverickCedar PointSandusky, Ohio2007Intamin257
23Wicked CycloneSix Flags New EnglandAgawam, Mass.2015Rocky Mountain251
24MontuBusch Gardens TampaTampa, Fla.1996B&M238
25SkyrushHersheyparkHershey, Pa.2012Intamin219
 26AlpengeistBusch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Va.1997B&M207
27Mind BenderSix Flags Over GeorgiaAustell, Ga.1978Schwarzkopf200
28Twisted ColossusSix Flags Magic MountainValencia, Calif.2015Rocky Mountain193
29Black MambaPhantasialandBrühl, Germany2006B&M183
30The SwarmThorpe ParkChurtsey, England2012B&M154
31 (tie)Raging BullSix Flags Great AmericaGurnee, Ill.1999B&M138
31 (tie)Wild EagleDollywoodPigeon Forge, Tenn.2012B&M138
33GriffonBusch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Va.2007B&M136
34HelixLisebergGothenburg, Sweden2014Mack127
35LisebergbananLisebergGothenburg, Sweden1987Schwarzkopf114
36GoliathLa RondeMontreal, Quebec, Canada2006B&M110
37Cheetah HuntBusch Gardens TampaTampa, Fla.2011Intamin109
38 (tie)AirAlton TowersStaffordshire, England2002B&M108
38 (tie)KumbaBusch Gardens TampaTampa, Fla.1993B&M108
38 (tie)Lightning RunKentucky KingdomLouisville, Ky.2014Chance108
41Shock WaveSix Flags Over TexasArlington, Texas1978Schwarzkopf107
42SheiKraBusch Gardens TampaTampa, Fla.2005B&M105
43MantaSeaWorld OrlandoOrlando, Fla.2009B&M101
44BizarroSix Flags Great AdventureJackson, N.J.1999B&M96
45Steel ForceDorney ParkAllentown, Pa.1998Morgan92
46WhizzerSix Flags Great AmericaGurnee, Ill.1976Schwarzkopf90
47Expedition EverestDisney’s Animal KingdomOrlando, Fla.2006Vekoma89
48Olympia Loopingowner: R. Barth & Sohn KB(traveling)1989Schwarzkopf86
49 (tie)Kingda KaSix Flags Great AdventureJackson, N.J.2005Intamin83
49 (tie)Medusa Steel CoasterSix Flags MexicoMexico City, Mexico2014Rocky Mountain83

2015’s Top Wooden Roller Coasters

RANKNAMEPARKLOCATIONYEARSUPPLIERPOINTS
1Boulder DashLake CompounceBristol, Conn.2000Custom Coasters1625
2El ToroSix Flags Great AdventureJackson,N.J.2006Intamin1464
3PhoenixKnoebels Amusement ResortElysburg, Pa.1985Dinn – PTC/Schmeck1301
4The VoyageHoliday WorldSanta Claus, Ind.2006Gravity Group1184
5ThunderheadDollywoodPigeon Forge, Tenn.2004Great Coasters Int.904
6The BeastKings IslandMason, Ohio1979KECO740
7Ravine Flyer IIWaldameerErie, Pa.2008Gravity Group722
8Outlaw RunSilver Dollar CityBranson, Mo.2013Rocky Mountain637
9Gold StrikerCalifornia’s Great AmericaSanta Clara, Calif.2013Great Coasters Int.560
10Lightning RacerHersheyparkHershey, Pa.2000Great Coasters Int.421
11BalderLisebergGothenburg, Sweden2003Intamin391
12The RavenHoliday WorldSanta Claus, Ind.1995Custom Coasters286
13Giant DipperSanta Cruz Beach BoardwalkSanta Cruz, Calif.1924Prior & Church/Looff278
14GoliathSix Flags Great AmericaGurnee, Ill.2014Rocky Mountain269
15ThunderboltKennywoodWest Mifflin, Pa1927Vettel/Miller265
16CycloneLuna Park/Coney IslandBrookyn, N.Y.1927Keenan/Baker242
17ProwlerWorlds of FunKansas City, Mo.2009Great Coasters Int.231
18TroyToverlandSevenum, the Netherlands2007Great Coasters Int.229
19Cú ChulainnTayto ParkAshbourne, Ireland2015Gravity Group228
20Shivering TimbersMichigan’s AdventureMuskegon, Mich.1998Custom Coasters219
21 (tie)Flying TurnsKnoebels Amusement ResortElysburg, Pa.2013Knoebels211
21 (tie)Jack RabbitKennywoodWest Mifflin, Pa.1920PTC/Miller211
23ColossosHeide ParkSoltau, Germany2001Intamin207
24CometThe Great EscapeLake George, N.Y.1994PTC/Schmeck198
25The LegendHoliday WorldSanta Claus, Ind.2000Custom Coasters193
26Wild MouseBlackpool Pleasure BeachBlackpool, England1958Wright, Blackpool185
27MegafobiaOakwoodPembrokeshire, Wales1996Custom Coasters171
28RampageAlabama’s Splash AdventureBessemer, Ala.1998Custom Coasters167
29Wodan Timbur CoasterEuropa-ParkRust, Germany2012Great Coasters Int.158
30Playland Wooden CoasterPlayland at the PNEVancouver, B.C., Canada1959Phare157
31Hades 360Mount OlympusWisconsin Dells, Wis.2005Gravity Group156
32TremorsSilverwoodAthol, Idaho1999Custom Coasters152
33Kentucky RumblerBeech BendBowling Green, Ky.2006Great Coasters Int.149
34Grand NationalBlackpool Pleasure BeachBlackpool, England1935Paige140
35 (tie)Blue StreakCedar PointSandusky, Ohio1964PTC/Hoover133
35 (tie)Blue StreakConneaut Lake ParkConneaut Lake, Pa.1938Vettel133
37El ToroFreizeitpark PlohnLengenfeld, Germany2009Great Coasters Int.132
38Wooden WarriorQuassy Amusement ParkMiddlebury, Conn.2011Gravity Group130
39American ThunderSix Flags St. LouisEureka, Mo.2009Great Coasters Int.123
40White LightningFun Spot AmericaOrlando, Fla.2013Great Coasters Int.115
41TwisterKnoebels Amusement ResortElysburg, Pa.1999Fetterman/Knoebels98
42The BossSix Flags St. LouisEureka, Mo.2000Custom Coasters91
43Boardwalk BulletKemah BoardwalkKemah, Texas2007M&V/Gravity Group88
44TwisterGröna LundStockholm, Sweden2011Gravity Group83
45 (tie)CometHersheyparkHershey, Pa.1946PTC/Schmeck78
45 (tie)Zippin PippinBay BeachGreen Bay, Wis.2011M&V78
47T ExpressEverlandYongin-si, South Korea2008Intamin74
48 (tie)Big DipperBlackpool Pleasure BeachBlackpool, England1923PTC/Miller70
48 (tie)Tonnerre de ZeusParc AsterixPlailly, France1997Custom Coasters70
50RacerKennywoodWest Mifflin, Pa.1927PTC/Miller69

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