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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2018 GTA Winners

The 2018 Golden Ticket Awards were hosted at Silver Dollar City, The Showboat Branson Belle (Missouri).

CATEGORYWINNER
Best Amusement ParkEuropa-Park, Rust, Germany
Best Water ParkSchlitterbahn Waterpark Resort, New Braunfels, Texas
Best Children’s ParkIdlewild & SoakZone, Ligonier, Pa.
Best Marine Life ParkSeaWorld Orlando, Orlando, Fla.
Best Seaside ParkSanta Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz, Calif.
Best Wooden CoasterPhoenix at Knoebels Amusement Resort, Elysburg, Pa.
Best Steel CoasterFury 325, Carowinds, Charlotte, N.C.
Best Kids’ AreaKings Island, Kings Mills, Ohio
Friendliest ParkDollywood, Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
Cleanest ParkHoliday World & Splashin’ Safari, Santa Claus, Ind.
Best Halloween EventHalloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando, Orlando, Fla.
Best LandscapingBusch Gardens Williamsburg, Williamsburg, Va.
Best Christmas EventSmoky Mountain Christmas at Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
Best FoodKnoebels Amusement Resort, Elysburg, Pa.
Best ShowsDollywood, Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
Best Water RideValhalla at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Blackpool, Lancashire, England
Best Water Park RideWildebeest at Splashin’ Safari, Santa Claus, Ind.
Best Dark RideTwilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Orlando, Fla.
Best New Ride of 2018 – Amusement ParkSteel Vengeance, Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio
Best New Ride of 2018 – Water ParkRay Rush at Aquatica in Orlando, Fla.
Best CarouselGrand Carousel at Knoebels Amusement Resort, Elysburg, Pa.
Best Indoor Roller CoasterRevenge of the Mummy at Universal Studios Orlando, Orlando, Fla.
Best Funhouse/Walk-Through AttractionNoah’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:

  • Innovation of the Year – Chance Rides, Wichita, Kan., for its green initiatives  specifically involving the all-electric C.P. Huntington train.  This attraction has changed the way the industry is evolving in terms of environment reliability, operator satisfaction and guest experience.
  • Turnstile Award – Silver Dollar City, Branson, Mo., for its commitment to excellence, willingness to push themselves and take risks. These characteristics are proof in the park’s Time Traveler attraction introduced this year, which has helped create jobs, increase attendance and define a new area of the park.

2018’s Top 50 Steel Roller Coasters

RankNameParkLocationSupplierYearTotal
1Fury 325CarowindsCharlotte, N.C.B&M20151222
2Millennium ForceCedar PointSandusky, OhioIntamin20001156
3Steel VengeanceCedar PointSandusky, OhioRocky Mountain2018829
4Expedition GeForceHoliday ParkHassloch, GermanyIntamin2001540
5Superman: The RideSix Flags New EnglandAgawam, Mass.Intamin2000535
6Apollo’s ChariotBusch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Va.B&M1999522
7Iron RattlerSix Flags Fiesta TexasSan Antonio, TexasRocky Mountain2013483
8LeviathanCanada’s WonderlandVaughan, Ontario, CanadaB&M2012410
9MaverickCedar PointSandusky, OhioIntamin2007390
10DiamondbackKings IslandMason, OhioB&M2009347
11NitroSix Flags Great AdventureJackson, N.J.B&M2001345
12Intimidator 305Kings DominionDoswell, Va.Intamin2010344
13Phantom’s RevengeKennywoodWest Mifflin, Pa.Morgan/Arrow2001324
14Magnum XL-200Cedar PointSandusky, OhioArrow1989300
15TaronPhantasialandBrühl, GermanyIntamin2016283
16Top Thrill DragsterCedar PointSandusky, OhioIntamin2003278
17MakoSeaWorld OrlandoOrlando, Fla.B&M2016251
18Time TravelerSilver Dollar CityBranson, Mo.Mack2018248
19Blue FireEuropa-ParkRust, GermanyMack2009244
20NemesisAlton TowersStaffordshire, EnglandB&M1994238
21HelixLisebergGothenburg, SwedenMack2014234
22IntimidatorCarowindsCharlotte, N.C.B&M2010233
23New Texas GiantSix Flags Over TexasArlington, TexasRocky Mountain2011222
24Twisted ColossusSix Flags Magic MountainValencia, Calif.Rocky Mountain2015212
25Mind BenderSix Flags Over GeorgiaAustell, Ga.Schwarzkopf1978211
26GoliathSix Flags Over GeorgiaAustell, Ga.B&M2006201
27BehemothCanada’s WonderlandVaughan, Ontario, CanadaB&M2008187
28MontuBusch Gardens TampaTampa, Fla.B&M1996186
29BansheeKings IslandMason, OhioB&M2014175
30SkyrushHersheyparkHershey, Pa.Intamin2012173
31X2Six Flags Magic MountainValencia, Calif.Arrow2001162
32AlpengeistBusch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Va.B&M1997160
33Wicked CycloneSix Flags New EnglandAgawam, Mass.Rocky Mountain2015158
34Black MambaPhantasialandBrühl, GermanyB&M2006137
35Cheetah HuntBusch Gardens TampaTampa, Fla.Intamin2011132
36VerboltenBusch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Va.Zierer2012116
37KumbaBusch Gardens TampaTampa, Fla.B&M1993115
38Twisted TimbersKings DominionDoswell, Va.Rocky Mountain2018109
39 – tieJetlineGröna LundStockholm, SwedenSchwarzkopf198899
39 – tieSuperman Ride of SteelSix Flags AmericaUpper Marlsboro, Md.Intamin200099
41GoliathLa RondeMontreal, Quebec, CanadaB&M200697
42LisebergbananLisebergGothemburg, SwedenSchwarzkopf198796
43GriffonBusch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Va.B&M200793
44CannibalLagoonFarmington, UtahLagoon201592
45ShambhalaPortAventuraSalou, SpainB&M201289
46Expedition EverestDisney’s Animal KingdomOrlando, Fla.Vekoma200682
47Storm ChaserKentucky KingdomLouisville, Ky.Rocky Mountain201681
48Raging BullSix Flags Great AmericaGurnee, Ill.B&M199978
49ThunderbirdHoliday WorldSanta Claus, Ind.B&M201572
50WhizzerSix Flags Great AmericaGurnee, Ill.Schwarzkopf197670

2018’s Top 50 Wooden Roller Coasters

RankNameParkLocationSupplierYearTotal
1PhoenixKnoebels Amusement ResortElysburg, Pa.PTC/Schmeck-Dinn19851330
2El ToroSix Flags Great AdventureJackson, N.J.Intamin20061197
3VoyageHoliday WorldSanta Claus, Ind.Gravity Group20061086
4BoulderDashLake CompounceBristol, Conn.Custom Coasters2000982
5BeastKings IslandMason, OhioKECO1979781
6Lightning RodDollywoodPigeon Forge, Tenn.Rocky Mountain2016691
7Outlaw RunSilver Dollar CityBranson, Mo.Rocky Mountain2013573
8Ravine Flyer IIWaldameerErie, Pa.Gravity Group2008560
9Gold StrikerCaliforia’s Great AmericaSanta Clara, Calif.Great Coasters Int.2013497
10ThunderheadDollywoodPigeon Forge, Tenn.Great Coasters Int.2004477
11Mystic TimbersKings IslandMason, OhioGreat Coasters Int.2017465
12Lightning RacerHersheyparkHershey, Pa.Great Coasters Int.2000329
13GhostRiderKnott’s Berry FarmBuena Park, Calif.Custom Coasters1998307
14BalderLisebergGothenburg, SwedenIntamin2003289
15ThunderboltKennywoodWest Mifflin, Pa.Vettel/Miller1968260
16WodanEuropa-ParkRust, GermanyGreat Coasters Int.2012236
17WildfireKolmårdenNorrköping, SwedenRocky Mountain2016232
18RavenHoliday WorldSanta Claus, Ind.Custom Coasters1995229
19GoliathSix Flags Great AmericaGurnee, Ill.Rocky Mountain2014215
20Jack RabbitKennywoodWest Mifflin, Pa.Miller1920211
21 – tieGiant DipperSanta Cruz Beach BoardwalkSanta Cruz, Calif.Prior & Church/Looff1924206
21 – tieShivering TimbersMichigan’s AdventureMuskegon, Mich.Custom Coasters1998206
23LegendHoliday WorldSanta Claus, Ind.Custom Coasters2000201
24White LightningFun SpotOrlando, Fla.Great Coasters Int.2013196
25TroyToverlandSevenum, NetherlandsGreat Coasters Int.2007183
26RenegadeValleyfairShakopee, Minn.Great Coasters Int.2007182
27Cú ChulainnTayto ParkAshbourne, IrelandGravity Group2015177
28ColossosHeide ParkSoltau, GermanyIntamin2001171
29CycloneLuna Park/Coney IslandBrooklyn, N.Y.Keenan/Baker1927169
30 – tieProwlerWorlds of FunKansas City, Mo.Great Coasters Int.2009165
30 – tieRampageAlabama Splash AdventureBessemer, Ala.Custom Coasters1998165
32CometThe Great EscapeLake George, N.Y.PTC/Schmeck1994164
33Boardwalk BulletKemah BoardwalkKemah, TexasM&V/Gravity Group2007157
34Flying TurnsKnoebels Amusement ResortElysburg, Pa.Knoebels2013148
35RutschebananTivoli GardensCopenhagen, DenmarkL.A. Thompson1914135
36SwitchbackZDTsSeguin, TexasGravity Group2015130
37Blue StreakConneaut Lake ParkConneaut Lake, Pa.Vettel/NAD1938118
38 – tieAmerican ThunderSix Flags St. LouisEureka, Mo.Great Coasters Int.2008117
38 – tieScreamin’ EagleSix Flags St. LouisEureka, Mo.Allen/PTC1976117
40GrizzlyKings DominionDoswell, Va.Summers-KECO1982115
41Blue StreakCedar PointSandusky, OhioPTC/Hoover1964109
42Playland Wooden CoasterPNE PlaylandVancouver, B.C., CanadaPhare1959107
43BossSix Flags St. LouisEureka, Mo.Custom Coasters2000106
44Wild OneSix Flags AmericaUpper Marlboro, Md.PTC/Miller/Dinn198698
45T ExpressEverlandYonjin-si, South KoreaIntamin200887
46MegafobiaOakwoodPembrookshire, WalesCustom Coasters199684
47Hades 360Mount OlympusWisconsin Dells, Wis.Gravity Group200580
48Mine BlowerFun SpotKissimmee, Fla.Gravity Group201779
49Wooden WarriorQuassy Amusement ParkMeddlebury, Conn.Gravity Group201177
50TwisterKnoebels Amusement ResortElysburg, Pa.Fetterman/Knoebels199975

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