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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2017 GTA Winners

The 2017 Golden Ticket Awards were hosted at Quassy Amusement Park, Lake Compounce (Connecticut).

Best Amusement Park – Europa-Park, Rust, Germany
Best Water Park – Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort, New Braunfels, Texas
Best Children’s Park – Idlewild & SoakZone, Ligonier, Pa.
Best Marine Life Park – SeaWorld Orlando, Orlando, Fla.
Best Seaside Park – Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz, Calif.
Best Wooden Coaster – El Toro at Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, N.J.
Best Steel Coaster – Fury 325, Carowinds, Charlotte, N.C.
Best Kids’ Area – Kings Island, Kings Mills, Ohio
Friendliest Park – Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
Cleanest Park – Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, Santa Claus, Ind.
Best Halloween Event – Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando, Orlando, Fla.
Best Landscaping – Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Williamsburg, Va.
Best Christmas Event – Smoky Mountain Christmas at Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
Best Food – Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
Best Shows – Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
Best Water Ride – Valhalla at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Blackpool, Lancashire, England
Best Water Park Ride – Wildebeest at Splashin’ Safari, Santa Claus, Ind.
Best Dark Ride – Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Orlando, Fla.
Best New Ride of 2017 – Amusement Park – Mystic Timbers at Kings Island, Kings Mills, Ohio
Best New Ride of 2017 – Water Park – Thunder Rapids at Six Flags Fiesta Texas, San Antonio, Texas
Best Carousel – Grand Carousel at Knoebels Amusement Resort, Elysburg, Pa.
Best Indoor Roller Coaster – Revenge of the Mummy at Universal Studios Orlando, Orlando, Fla.
Best Funhouse/Walk-Through Attraction – Noah’s Ark at Kennywood, West Mifflin, Pa.

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:
Supplier of the Year – Intamin in Wollerau, Switzerland, for its success story of creating a diverse catalog of products and hundreds of rides in all parts of the world spanning the last 50 years;
Park of the Year – Morgan’s Wonderland in San Antonio, for its ongoing mission to provide a safe, clean and beautiful environment free of physical and economic barriers; and
Person of the Year – Jerry Brick of Lake Compounce in Bristol, Conn., for his passion and commitment to providing a quality, thrilling and safe amusement park that caters to the New England family audience.

2017’s Top 50 Steel Roller Coasters

RankNameParkLocationYearSupplierTotal
1Fury 325CarowindsCharlotte, N.C.2015B&M1354
2Millennium ForceCedar PointSandusky, Ohio2000Intamin1129
3Superman The RideSix Flags New EnglandAgawam, Mass.2000Intamin705
4Iron RattlerSix Flags Fiesta TexasSan Antonio, Texas2013RMC657
5Expedition GeForceHoliday ParkHassloch, Germany2001Intamin575
6LeviathanCanada’s WonderlandVaughan, Ontario, Canada2012B&M481
7NitroSix Flags Great AdventureJackson, N.J.2001B&M442
8DiamondbackKings IslandMason, Ohio2009B&M381
9New Texas GiantSix Flags Over TexasArlington, Texas2011RMC379
10MaverickCedar PointSandusky, Ohio2007Intamin375
11Apollo’s ChariotBusch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Va.1999B&M374
12Phantom’s RevengeKennywoodWest Mifflin, Pa.2001Morgan344
13Intimidator 305Kings DominionDoswell, Va.2010Intamin330
14-tieGoliathSix Flags Over GeorgiaAustell, Ga.2006B&M291
14-tieWicked CycloneSix Flags New EnglandAgawam, Mass.2015RMC291
16Twisted ColossusSix Flags Magic MountainValencia, Calif.2015RMC284
17Top Thrill DragsterCedar PointSandusky, Ohio2003Intamin276
18Blue FireEuropa-ParkRust, Germany2006Mack272
19IntimidatorCarowindsCharlotte, N.C.2010B&M261
20NemesisAlton TowersStaffordshire, England1994B&M254
21TaronPhantasialandBrühl, Germany2016Intamin253
22BansheeKings IslandMason, Ohio2014B&M244
23Magnum XL-200Cedar PointSandusky, Ohio1989Arrow238
24SkyrushHersheyparkHershey, Pa.2012Intamin235
25X2Six Flags Magic MountainValencia, Calif.2002Arrow217
26Mind BenderSix Flags Over GeorgiaAustell, Ga.1978Schwarzkopf209
27MontuBusch Gardens TampaTampa, Fla.1996B&M200
28BehemothCanada’s WonderlandVaughan, Ontario, Canada2008B&M184
29-tieCheetah HuntBusch Gardens TampaTampa, Fla.2011Intamin181
29-tieHelixLisebergGothenburg, Sweden2014Mack181
31MakoSeaWorld OrlandoOrlando, Fla.2016B&M171
32CannibalLagoonFarmington, Utah2015Lagoon163
33Storm ChaserKentucky KingdomLouisville, Ky.2016RMC135
34Raging BullSix Flags Great AmericaGurnee, Ill.1999B&M113
35Black MambaPhantasialandBrühl, Germany2006B&M109
36AlpengeistBusch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Va.1997B&M104
37Medusa Steel CoasterSix Flags MexicoMexico City, Mexico2014RMC98
38QuimeraLa FeriaMexico City, Mexico2007Schwarzkopf93
39ThunderbirdHoliday WorldSanta Claus, Ind.2015B&M91
40LisebergbananLisebergGothenburg, Sweden1987Schwarz84
41-tieGoliathLa RondeMontreal, Quebec, Canada2006B&M78
41-tieKumbaBusch Gardens TampaTampa, Fla.1993B&M78
41-tieLightning RunKentucky KingdomLouisville, Ky.2014Chance78
44Steel ForceDorney ParkAllentown, Pa.1997Morgan76
45Euro-MirEuropa-ParkRust, Germany1997Mack72
46-tieShock WaveSix Flags Over TexasArlington, Texas1978Schwarzkopf68
46-tieWhizzerSix Flags Great AmericaGurnee, Ill.1976Schwarzkopf68
48GriffonBusch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Va.2007B&M62
49Expedition EverestDisney’s Animal KingdomOrlando, Fla.2006Vekoma61
50Full ThrottleSix Flags Magic MountainValencia, Calif.2013Premier59

2017’s Top 50 Wooden Roller Coasters

RankNameParkLocationSupplierYearTotal
1El ToroSix Flags Great AdventureJackson, N.J.Intamin20091241
2PhoenixKnoebels Amusement ResortElysburg, Pa.Dinn-PTC/Schmeck19851212
3Boulder DashLake CompounceBristol, Conn.Custom Coasters20001171
4VoyageHoliday WorldSanta Claus, Ind.Gravity Group20061113
5Lightning RodDollywoodPigeon Forge, Tenn.Rocky Mountain2016710
6BeastKings IslandMason, OhioKECO1979666
7Ravine Flyer IIWaldameerErie, Pa.Gravity Group2008612
8ThunderheadDollywoodPigeon Forge, Tenn.Great Coasters Int.2004560
9Outlaw RunSilver Dollar CityBranson, Mo.Rocky Mountain2013541
10Gold StrikerCalifornia’s Great AmericaSanta Clara, Calif.Great Coasters Int.2013489
11Mystic TimbersKings IslandMason, OhioGreat Coasters Int.2017345
12Lightning RacerHersheyparkHershey, Pa.Great Coasters Int.2000276
13GoliathSix Flags Great AmericaGurnee, Ill.Rocky Mountain2014269
14Boardwalk BulletKemah BoardwalkKemah BoardwalkM&V/Gravity Group2007236
15WodanEuropa-ParkRust, GermanyGreat Coasters Int.2012223
16BalderLisebergGothenburg, SwedenIntamin2003221
17ThunderboltKennywoodWest Mifflin, Pa.Vettel/Miller1968220
18-tieGhostRiderKnott’s Berry FarmBuena Vista, Calif.Custom Coasters1998219
18-tieTroyToverlandSevenum, NetherlandsGreat Coasters Int.2007219
18-tieWhite LightningFun Spot AmericaOrlando, Fla.Great Coasters Int.2013219
21RampageAlabama Splash AdventureBessemer, Ala.Custom Coasters1998218
22CycloneLuna ParkBrooklyn, N.Y.Keenan/Baker1927217
23RavenHoliday WorldSanta Claus, Ind.Custom Coasters1995214
24LegendHoliday WorldSanta Claus, Ind.Custom Coasters2000198
25Shivering TimbersMichigan’s AdventureMuskegon, Mich.Custom Coasters1998197
26Jack RabbitKennywoodWest Mifflin, Pa.PTC/Miller1920188
27ProwlerWorlds of FunKansas City, Mo.Great Coasters Int.2009186
28BossSix Flags St. LouisEureka, Mo.Custom Coasters2000183
29WildfireKolmårdenNorrköping, SwedenRocky Mountain2016177
30Cú ChulainnTayto ParkAshbourne, IrelandGravity Group2015168
31Giant DipperSanta Cruz Beach BoardwalkSanta Cruz, Calif.Prior & Church/Looff1924167
32CometThe Great EscapeLake George, N.Y.PTC/Schmeck1994157
33SwitchbackZDT’sSeguin, TexasGravity Group2015139
34ColossosHeide ParkSoltau, GermanyIntamin2001129
35TwisterKnoebels Amusement ResortElysburg, Pa.Fetterman/Knoebels1999119
36Wild MouseBlackpool Pleasure BeachBlackpool, EnglandWright, Blackpool1958112
37Blue StreakConneaut LakeConneaut Lake, Pa.Vettel1964109
38Hades 360Mt. Olympus Theme ParkWisconsin Dells, Wis.Gravity Group1995107
39Playland Wooden CoasterPlaylandVancouver, B.C., CanadaPhare195898
40American ThunderSix Flags St. LouisEureka, Mo.Great Coasters Int.200996
41El ToroFreitzeitpark PlohnLegendfeld, GermanyGreat Coasters Int.200692
42Blue StreakCedar PointSandusky, OhioPTC/Hoover196487
43Screamin’ EagleSix Flags St. LouisEureka, Mo.PTC/Allen197686
44Flying TurnsKnoebels Amusement ResortElysburg, Pa.Knoebels201384
45Wooden WarriorQuassy Amusement ParkMiddlebury, Conn.Gravity Group201182
46Grizzly (KD)Kings DominionDoswell, Va. 198281
47TremorsSilverwoodAthol, IdahoCustom Coasters199980
48Grand NationalBlackpool Pleasure BeachBlackpool, EnglandPaige193575
49Kentucky RumblerBeech BendBowling Green, Ky.Great Coasters Int.200671
50TwisterGröna LundStockholm, SwedenGravity Group201166

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