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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2019 GTA Winners

The 2019 Golden Ticket Awards were hosted at Rocky Mountain Construction, Silverwood Theme Park (Idaho)


Best Amusement ParkEuropa-Park, Rust, Germany
Best Water ParkSchlitterbahn Waterpark Resort,
New Braunfels, Texas
Best Family Park of 2019Dutch Wonderland, Lancaster, Pa.
Best Wildlife/Marine Life ParkSeaWorld Orlando, Orlando, Fla.
Best Water Park RideWildebeest at Splashin’ Safari,
Santa Claus, Ind.
Best Wooden CoasterPhoenix at Knoebels Amusement
Resort, Elysburg, Pa.     
Best Steel CoasterFury 325, Carowinds, Charlotte, N.C.
Best Kids’ AreaDollywood, Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
Best Guest ExperienceDollywood, Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
Breakout Family
Entertainment Center of 2019
C.J. Barrymore’s, Clinton, Mich.
BestHalloween Event of 2018Halloween Horror Nights at
Universal Orlando, Orlando, Fla.  
Most Beautiful Park  Busch Gardens Williamsburg,
Williamsburg, Va.
Best Christmas Event of 2018Smoky Mountain Christmas at Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
Best Food of 2019Knoebels Amusement Resort, Elysburg, Pa.  
Best New Show of 2019Reuben’s Swashbuckling Adventure at Silver Dollar City, Branson, Mo.
Best Water RideValhalla at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Blackpool, Lancashire, England
Best Dark RidePirates of the Caribbean: Battle for the Sunken Treasure
at Shanghai Disneyland, China
Best New Attraction Installation
of 2019
Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Orlando, Fla.
Best New Roller Coaster of 2019   The Steel Curtain at Kennywood, West Mifflin, Pa.      
Best New Family Attraction of 2019  Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run at Disneyland, Anaheim, Calif.
Best New Water Park Ride of 2019  Cutback Water Coaster at Water Country USA, Williamsburg, Va.
Best Innovation of 2019Canada’s Wonderland, Vaughan, Ontario

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:

  • Park of the Year – Morey’s Piers, Wildwood, N.J., for celebrating 50 years of innovation and creative success and for taking the lead in bringing big rides to vacationing families along the Jersey Shore;     
  • Renaissance Award – Kings Island, Kings Mills, Ohio, for respecting its roots and being committed to guest experience as evidenced in the installation of the Kings Mills Antique Autos and makeover of historical park attractions and aspects; and
  • Turnstile Award – Silverwood Theme Park, Athol, Idaho, for its imagination through the magic of storytelling and charm, which has resulted in bringing people through the gates and providing a lifetime of memories.            

2019’s Top 50 Steel Roller Coasters

1Fury 325 Carowinds Charlotte, N.C.B&M2015
2Millennium Force  Cedar PointSandusky, OhioIntamin2000
3Steel VengeanceCedar PointSandusky, OhioRocky Mountain2018
4Superman: The RideSix Flags New EnglandAgawam, Mass.Intamin2000
5Expedition GeForce Holiday ParkHassloch, GermanyIntamin2001
6Twisted Colossus Six Flags Magic MountainValencia, Calif.Rocky Mountain2015
7Iron Rattler Six Flags Fiesta TexasSan Antonio,TexasRocky Mountain2013
8Apollo’s Chariot Busch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Va.B&M1999
9Leviathan Canada’s WonderlandVaughan, Ontario, CanadaB&M2012
10NitroSix Flags Great AdventureJackson, N.J.B&M2001
11Intimidator 305Kings DominionDoswell, Va.Intamin2010
12Phantom’s RevengeKennywoodWest Mifflin, Pa.Arrow/Morgan2001
13Maverick Cedar PointSandusky, OhioIntamin2007
14Diamondback Kings IslandMason, OhioB&M2009
15Mako SeaWorld OrlandoOrlando, Fla.B&M2016
16NemesisAlton TowersStaffordshire, EnglandB&M1994
17Taron PhantasialandBrühl, GermanyIntamin2016
18Magnum XL-200 Cedar PointSandusky, OhioArrow 1989
19Helix LisebergGothenburg, SwedenMack2014
20Steel Dragon 2000 Nagashima Spa LandNagashima, JapanMorgan2000
21Top Thrill Dragster Cedar PointSandusky, OhioIntamin2003
22Time Traveler Silver Dollar CityBranson, Mo.Mack2018
23 tieBlue FireEuropa-ParkRust, GermanyMack2009
23 tieX2 Six Flags Magic MountainValencia, Calif.Arrow2002
25Mind Bender Six Flags Over GeorgiaAustell, Ga.Schwarzkopf1978
26New Texas GiantSix Flags Over TexasArlington, TexasRocky Mountain2011
27Skyrush Hershey, PennsylvaniaHershey, Pa.Intamin2012
28Intimidator CarowindsCharlotte, N.C.B&M2010
29Behemoth Canada’s WonderlandVaughan, Ontario, CanadaB&M2008
30 tieGoliath Six Flags Over GeorgiaAustell, Ga.B&M2006
30 tieMontu Busch Gardens TampaTampa, Fla.B&M1996
32Alpengeist Busch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Va.B&M1997
33BansheeKings IslandMason, OhioB&M2014
34Yukon Striker Canada’s WonderlandVaughan, Ontario, CanadaB&M2019
35TRON Lightcycle Power Run Shaghai DisneylandShanghai, China.Vekoma2016
36Cheetah Hunt Busch Gardens TampaTampa, Fla.Intamin2011
37Twisted Timbers Kings DominionDoswell, Va.Rocky Mountain2019
38Verbolten Busch Gardens WilliamsburgWilliamsburg, Va.Zierer2012
39Wicked Cyclone Six Flags New EnglandAgawam, Mass.Rocky Mountain2015
40Kumba Busch Gardens TampaTampa, Fla.B&M1993
41Cannibal LagoonSalt Lake City, UtahIn-house/ART Eng.2015
42Steel Curtain KennywoodWest Mifflin, Pa.S&S2019
43Black Mamba PhantasialandBrϋhl, GermanyB&M2006
44Whizzer Six Flags Great AmericaGurnee, Ill.Schwarzkopf1976
45Full Throttle Six Flags Magic MountainValencia, Calif.Premier2013
46Raging Bull Six Flags Great AmericaGurnee, Ill.B&M1999
47 tieLisebergbanan LisebergGothenburg, SwedenSchwarzkopf1987
47 tieSuperman Ride of Steel Six Flags AmericaLargo, MarylandIntamin2000
49 tieGoliathSix Flags Magic MountainValencia, Calif.B&M2000
49 tieTatsuSix Flags Magic MountainValencia, Calif.B&M2006


2019’s Top 50 Wooden Roller Coasters

1Phoenix  Knoebels Elysburg, Pa.Dinn-PTC/Schmeck
2Voyage  Holiday World Santa Claus, Ind. The Gravity Group
3El Toro   Six Flags Great AdventureJackson, N.J.Intamin
4BoulderDash  Lake CompounceBristol, Conn.Custom Coasters
5Beast Kings Island Mason, OhioKECO
6GhostRider Knott’s Berry Farm Buena Park, Calif.Custom Coasters
7Lightning Rod Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tenn.Rocky Mountain
8Outlaw Run  Silver Dollar CityBranson, Mo.Rocky Mountain
9Ravine Flyer 2  WaldameerErie, Pa.The Gravity Group
10Mystic TimbersKings Island Mason, OhioGreat Coasters Int.
11Thunderhead Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tenn.Great Coasters Int.
12Gold Striker California’s Great America Santa Clara, Calif.Great Coasters Int.
13Balder  LisebergGothenburg, SwedenIntamin
14Lightning Racer Hersheypark Hershey, Pa.Great Coasters Int.
15Shivering Timbers Michigan’s AdventureMuskegon, Mich.Custom Coasters
16Wildfire   KolmårdenNorrköping, SwedenRocky Mountain
17Giant Dipper Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Santa Cruz, Calif.Prior & Church/Looff
18Thunderbolt Kennywood West Mifflin, Pa.Vettel/Miller
19Comet  The Great EscapeLake George, N.Y.PTC/Schmeck
20Jack Rabbit  KennywoodWest Mifflin, Pa.Miller
21Raven Holiday World Santa Claus, Ind.Custom Coasters
22White Lightning  Fun SpotOrlando, Fla.Great Coasters Int.
23Wodan Europa-Park Rust, GermanyGreat Coasters Int.
24Renegade Valleyfair Shakopee, Minn.Great Coasters Int.
25Troy Toverland Sevenum, the NetherlandsGreat Coasters Int.
26Legend Holiday World Santa Claus, Ind.Custom Coasters
27Goliath Six Flags Great America Gurnee, Ill.Rocky Mountain
28Cyclone Luna Park/Coney Island Brooklyn, N.Y.Kennan/Baker
29Prowler  Worlds of FunKansas City, Mo.Great Coasters Int.
30Colossos Heide Park Soltau, GermanyIntamin
31Boardwalk Bullet Kemah Boardwalk Kemah, Texas The Gravity Group
32Playland Wooden Coaster PNE Playland Vancouver, B.C., Canada Phare
33Flying Turns Knoebels Elysburg, Pa.Fetterman
34Rampage  Alabama Adventure Bessemer, Ala.Custom Coasters
35Cú Chulainn Tayto Park Ashbourne, Ireland The Gravity Group
36Boss  Six Flags St. LouisEureka, Mo.Custom Coasters
37T ExpressEverland Yonjin-si, South Korea Intamin
38Blue Streak Cedar Point Sandusky, Ohio PTC/Hoover
39American Thunder Six Flags Six Flags St. Louis Eureka, Mo.Great Coasters Int.
40Blue Streak Conneaut Lake Park Conneaut Lake, Pa.Vettel /NAD
41InvadR Busch Gardens Williamsburg Williamsburg, Va.Great Coasters Int.
42Screamin’ EagleSix Flags St. Louis Eureka, Mo.PTC/Allen
43Hades 360  Mount OlympusWisconsin Dells, Wis.The Gravity Group
44Megafobia Oakwood Pembrokeshire, Wales Custom Coasters
45 tieRutschebanan Tivoli Gardens Copenhagen, Denmark L.A. Thompson S. R. Co.
45 tieTwister  KnoebelsElysburg, Pa.Fetterman
47El Toro Freizeitpark Plohn Lengenfeld, GermanyGreat Coasters Int.
48Twister  Gröna LundStockholm, Sweden The Gravity Group
49Switchback  ZDTsSeguin, Texas The Gravity Group
50Grizzly Kings Dominion Doswell, Va.Taft