2017 GTA Itinerary

The Golden Ticket Awards are reserved exclusively for working professionals in the amusement industry such as park owners, operators and management, as well as manufacturers, designers, vendors and consultants. 

Please wear your Golden Ticket Award name badge for the duration of Friday and Saturday as this will be your “ticket” into all activities and events.  If you misplace your name badge or arrive at a time outside of registration times you can pick up a name badge at either Quassy Amusement Park or Lake Compounce Family Theme Park.

Friday, September 8
Quassy Amusement Park

1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Registration
Registration at the Doubletree in the English Oak meeting room off the main lobby

4:30 p.m. –  Buses leave the Doubletree for Quassy Amusement Park
If you would like to utilize the transportation, please meet in the main lobby

5 p.m. to 9 p.m. – Cocktails 
Location – Quassy’s Carousel Theatre stage area, Quassy Restaurant and Bella, and Bessie’s Sweet Shoppe

5 p.m. to 7 p.m. – Rides on the award-winning Wooden Warrior and more!
Enjoy rides on the Wooden Warrior roller coaster, Frantic, Reverse Time, Tea Cups, Grand Carousel, Free Fall’N Drop Tower, Quassy Express train, Skipper’s Clippers and Up, Up & Away.

5 p.m. to 8 p.m. – Live entertainment

5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. – Fantastic Appetizers along the midway

6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – Dinner at Quassy Restaurant and Patio Party area
Location – overlooking Lake Quassapaug

7:30 p.m. – Dessert at Quassy Restaurant and Patio Party area

8:15 p.m. – Spectacular ‘3-D’ Fireworks
Location – overlooking Lake Quassapaug

9 p.m. – Event closes and buses return to Doubletree

Saturday, September 9
Lake Compounce

Lake Compounce Family Theme Park is open to the public 11 am-7 pm. There will be a shuttle running 11 am-midnight between Lake Compounce and the Doubletree. You may also park at Lake Compounce for no charge by showing your Golden Ticket Award name badge.

10 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Registration
Registration at the Doubletree in the English Oak meeting room off the main lobby

11 a.m. – Park opens!
A shuttle bus will run to and from the Doubletree by Hilton (Bristol, Conn) to the park

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Free to roam & enjoy Lake Compounce

2 p.m. – Guided tours of Lake Compounce
Participate in a guided tour of the 4-year-old state-of-the-art campground, revenue areas, the award-winning Halloween event The Haunted Graveyard, or the maintenance area. Those interested should meet in the Main Gate Plaza at 2 p.m.

4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. – Cocktails, appetizers, and dinner
Location – catering area

5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. – Dinner
Location – catering area

6:30 p.m. – Procession to the Starlight Theatre

7 p.m. to 9 p.m. – The 2017 Golden Ticket Awards ceremony
The 20th Annual Golden Ticket Awards from the comfort of the historic Starlight Theatre.

9 p.m. – After Awards Show Celebration at the Croc Pot
Location – overlooking the Lazy River
Feast on after dinner drinks and desserts on the first level of the Starlight Theatre while you enjoy views of Crocodile Cove Water Park and rub elbows with the esteemed performers from the night and the “Best of the Best” in the Amusement Industry! Don’t miss the Martini luge.

Shuttles will run continuously between Lake Compounce and the Doubletree, departing from the Starlight Theatre. Shuttle service will conclude at 12 a.m.

Sunday, September 10
Six Flags New England

10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. – Six Flags New England (operating hours) – Six Flags News England is offering free admission to the park — as a courtesy to all Golden Ticket Awards attendees — only on Sunday, September 10.

Golden Ticket Awards attendees must show their GTA name badge at the GROUP SALES window at the park’s front gate to receive their admission ticket.

Six Flags New England is located at 1623 Main St., Agawam, Mass. 01001

Thank you to Six Flags New England for extending this courtesy to event attendees!


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