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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2016 GTA Winners

The 2016 Golden Ticket Awards were hosted at Goodtime Boat Ride, Cedar Point (Ohio).

Best New Attraction for 2016 (Amusement Park)
Lightning RodDollywood20%
Storm ChaserKentucky Kingdom13%
MakoSeaWorld Orlando11%
ValravnCedar Point9%
SwitchbackZDT’s Amusement Park8%
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Best New Ride for 2016 (Water Park)
MassivSchlitterbahn Galveston Island48%
Blackbeard’s RevengeCarowinds15%
Cyclone SaucersBeech Bend13% (tie)
Tropical PlungeKings Island13% (tie)
WonambiRaging Rivers6%
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Best Park
Europa-ParkRust, Germany26%
Cedar PointSandusky, Ohio19%
DollywoodPigeon Forge, Tenn.11%
Knoebels Amusement ResortElysburg, Pa.9%
Universal’s Islands of AdventureOrlando, Fla.7%
Blackpool Pleasure BeachBlackpool, England6%
Busch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Va.5%
PhantasialandBrühl, Germany4.5%
Alton TowersStraffordshire, England4% (tie)
Toyko Disney SeaToyko, Japan4% (tie)
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Best Water Park
SchlitterbahnNew Braunfels, Texas47%
Splashin’ SafariSanta Claus, Ind.28%
Dollywood’s Splash CountryPigeon Forge, Tenn.6%
Blizzard BeachOrlando, Fla.5%
AquaticOrlando, Fla.4%
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Best Children’s Park
Idlewild & SoakZoneLigonier, Pa.23%
Storybook LandEgg Harbor Twp., N.J.12%
Legoland CaliforniaCarlsbad, Calif.10% (tie)
Story LandGlen, N.H.10%
(tie)
Paultons ParkRomsey, England9%
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Best Marine Life Park
SeaWorld OrlandoOrlando, Fla.57%
SeaWorld San DiegoSan Diego, Calif.10%
Discovery CoveOrlando, Fla.8%
SeaWorld San AntonioSan Antonio, Texas7%
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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DollywoodPigeon Forge, Tenn.42%
Six Flags Fiesta TexasSan Antonio, Texas11%
Silver Dollar CityBranson, Mo.8%
Europa-ParkRust, Germany7%
Disney California AdventureAnaheim, Calif6%
Knoebel’s Amusement ResortElysburg, Pa.23%
DollywoodPigeon Forge, Tenn.20%
EpcotOrlando, Fla.16%
Silver Dollar CityBranson, Mo.9%
Europa-ParkRust, Germany7%
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%
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)
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 Landscaping
Busch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg Va.29%
Gilroy GardensGilroy, Calif.17%
EftelingKaatsheuvel, Netherlands11%
Alton TowersStaffordshire, England9%
DollywoodPigeon Forge, Tenn.7%
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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 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 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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2016’s Top Steel Roller Coasters

RankNameParkLocationYearSupplierPoints
1Fury 325CarowindsCharlotte, N.C.2015B&M1126
2Millennium ForceCedar PointSandusky, Ohio2000Intamin1122
3Superman The RideSix Flags New EnglandAgawam, Mass.2000Intamin698
4Expedition GeForceHoliday ParkHassloch, Germany2001Intamin613
5NitroSix Flags Great AdventureJackson, N.J.2001B&M454
6Apollo’s ChariotBusch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Va.1999B&M397
7LeviathanCanada’s WonderlandVaughan, Ontario, Canada2012B&M393
8IntimidatorCarowindsCharlotte, N.C.2010B&M350
9DiamondbackKings IslandMason, Ohio2009B&M330
10Phantom’s RevengeKennywoodWest Mifflin, Pa.2001Morgan329
11NemesisAlton TowersStaffordshire, England1994B&M311
12MaverickCedar PointSandusky, Ohio2007Intamin306
13BansheeKings IslandMason, Ohio2014B&M286
14Blue FireEuropa-ParkRust, Germany2006Mack283
15Magnum XL-200Cedar PointSandusky, Ohio1989Arrow279
16New Texas GiantSix Flags Over TexasArlington, Texas2011RMC272
17Intimidator 305Kings DominionDoswell, Va.2010Intamin268
18Wicked CycloneSix Flags New EnglandAgawam, Mass.2015RMC265
19Top Thrill DragsterCedar PointSandusky, Ohio2003Intamin258
20GoliathSix Flags Over GeorgiaAustell, Ga.2006B&M255
21Iron RattlerSix Flags Fiesta TexasSan Antonio, Texas2013RMC254
22MontuBusch Gardens TampaTampa, Fla.1996B&M203
23X2Six Flags Magic MountainValencia, Calif.2002Arrow202
24BehemothCanada’s WonderlandVaughan, Ontario, Canada2008B&M198
25Black MambaPhantasialandBrühl, Germany2006B&M178
26Twisted ColossusSix Flags Magic MountainValencia, Calif.2015RMC175
27Mind BenderSix Flags Over GeorgiaAustell, Ga.1978Schwarzkopf168
28Storm ChaserKentucky KingdomLouisville, Ky.2016RMC166
29HelixLisebergGothenburg, Sweden2014Mack165
30AlpengeistBusch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Va.1997B&M144
31GoliathLa RondeMontreal, Quebec, Canada2006B&M128
32 (tie)Raging BullSix Flags Great AmericaGurnee, Ill.1999B&M122
32 (tie)TaronPhantasialandBrühl, Germany2016Intamin122
34ThunderbirdHoliday WorldSanta Claus, Ind.2015B&M113
35MakoSeaWorld OrlandoOrlando, Fla.2016B&M110
36Wild EagleDollywoodPigeon Forge, Tenn.2012B&M107
37Steel ForceDorney ParkAllentown, Pa.1997Morgan105
38LisebergbananLisebergGothenburg, Sweden1987Schwarz99
39Cheetah HuntBusch Gardens TampaTampa, Fla.2011Intamin97
40 (tie)Euro-MirEuropa-ParkRust, Germany1997Mack94
40 (tie)Medusa Steel CoasterSix Flags MexicoMexico City, Mexico2014RMC94
42 (tie)CannibalLagoonFarmington, Utah2015Lagoon92
42 (tie)KumbaBusch Gardens TampaTampa, Fla.1993B&M92
44Lightning RunKentucky KingdomLouisville, Ky.2014Chance90
45WhizzerSix Flags Great AmericaGurnee, Ill.1976Schwarzkopf85
46Olympia LoopingWeiner PraterVienna, Austria1989Schwarzkopf81
47RaptorCedar PointSandusky, Ohio1994B&M80
48BizarroSix Flags Great AdventureJackson, N.J.1999B&M74
49 (tie)Expedition EverestDisney’s Animal KingdomOrlando, Fla.2006Vekoma72
49 (tie)GateKeeperCedar PointSandusky, Ohio2013B&M72

2016’s Top Wooden Roller Coasters

RankNameParkLocationYearSupplierPoints
1Boulder DashLake CompounceBristol, Conn.2000Custom Coasters1216
2PhoenixKnoebels Amusement ResortElysburg, Pa.1985Dinn-PTC/Schmeck1144
3El ToroSix Flags Great AdventureJackson, N.J.2006Intamin1121
4The VoyageHoliday WorldSanta Claus, Ind.2006Gravity Group1028
5Ravine Flyer IIWaldameerErie, Pa.2008Gravity Group692
6The BeastKings IslandMason, Ohio1979KECO670
7ThunderheadDollywoodPigeon Forge, Tenn.2004Great Coasters Int.641
8Outlaw RunSilver Dollar CityBranson, Mo.2013Rocky Mountain611
9Gold StrikerCalifornia’s Great AmericaSanta Clara, Calif.2013Great Coasters Int.525
10Lightning RacerHersheyparkHershey, Pa.2000Great Coasters Int.347
11Lightning RodDollywoodPigeon Forge, Tenn.2016Rocky Mountain336
12BalderLisebergGothenburg, Sweden2003Intamin292
13GoliathSix Flags Great AmericaGurnee, Ill.2014Rocky Mountain267
14ProwlerWorlds of FunKansas City, Mo.2009Great Coasters Int.256
15The RavenHoliday WorldSanta Claus, Ind.1995Custom Coasters245
16The LegendHoliday WorldSanta Claus, Ind.2000Custom Coasters241
17Giant DipperSanta Cruz Beach BoardwalkSanta Cruz, Calif.1924Prior & Church/Looff233
18ColossosHeide ParkSoltau, Germany2001Intamin222
19Shivering TimbersMichigan’s AdventureMuskegon, Mich.1998Custom Coasters213
20Jack RabbitKennywoodWest Mifflin, Pa.1920PTC/Miller208
21ThunderboltKennywoodWest Mifflin, Pa.1968Vettel/Miller206
22Cú ChulainnTayto ParkAshbourne, Ireland2015Gravity Group179
23WodanEuropa-ParkRust, Germany2012Great Coasters Int.175
24TroyToverlandSevenum, Netherlands2007Great Coasters Int.174
25 tieCometThe Great EscapeLake George, N.Y.1994PTC/Schmeck166
25 tieEl ToroFreitzeitpark PlohnLegendfeld, Germany2009Great Coasters Int.166
27CycloneLuna ParkBrooklyn, N.Y.1927Keenan/Baker165
28WildfireKolmårdenNorrköping, Sweden2016Rocky Mountain153
29GhostRiderKnott’s Berry FarmBuena Vista, Calif.1998Custom Coasters141
30Playland Wooden CoasterPlaylandVancouver, B.C., Canada1958Phare141
31The BossSix Flags St. LouisEureka, Mo.2000Custom Coasters140
32Wild MouseBlackpool Pleasure BeachBlackpool, England1958Wright, Blackpool132
33American ThunderSix Flags St. LouisEureka, Mo.2009Great Coasters Int.129
34White LightningFun Spot AmericaOrlando, Fla.2013Great Coasters Int.128
35MegafobiaOakwood Leisure ParkPembrokeshire, Wales1996Custom Coasters122
36Hades 360Mt. Olympus Theme ParkWisconsin Dells, Wis.1995Gravity Group118
37RampageAlabama Splash AdventureBessemer, Ala.1998Custom Coasters117
38Blue StreakConneaut Lake ParkConneaut Lake, Pa.1938Vettel116
39Screamin’ EagleSix Flags St. LouisEureka, Mo.1976PTC/Allen116
40TremorsSilverwoodAthol, Idaho1999Custom Coasters115
41Flying TurnsKnoebels Amusement ResortElysburg, Pa.2013Knoebels110
42Blue StreakCedar PointSandusky, Ohio1964PTC/Hoover103
43RacerKennywoodWest Mifflin, Pa.1927PTC/Miller94
44T ExpressEverlandYongin-si, South Korea2008Intamin84
45TwisterGröna LundStockholm, Sweden2011Gravity Group84
46Wooden WarriorQuassy Amusement ParkMiddlebury, Conn.2011Gravity Group81
47TwisterKnoebels Amusement ResortElysburg, Pa.1999Fetterman/Knoebels78
48Kentucky RumblerBeech BendBowling Green, Ky.2006Great Coasters Int.77
49Wood CoasterKnight ValleyShenzhen, China2011Great Coasters Int.76
50Boardwalk BulletKemah BoardwalkKemah, Texas2007M&V/The Gravity Group73

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