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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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. 

This is the tentative schedule! All times/events are subject to change!
Event registration is open to all amusement industry professionals!

Amusement Today’s
2022 Golden Ticket Awards
Presented by Amusement Today, 25th annual edition
Hosted by Six Flags Fiesta Texas
and Morgan’s Wonderland

September 8

Annual Board of Directors Meetings at J.W. Marriott Resort for:
8 a.m.-5 p.m.: AIMS International
8 a.m.-5 p.m.: National Roller Coaster Museum & Archives
7 p.m.-10 p.m.: AIMS, NRCMA board members and spouses enjoy private dinner together at
Natural Bridge Caverns. Transportation provided

September 9

Guests arrive at J.W. Marriott Resort

8 a.m. – Tee time for Golf Event at J.W. Marriott, The Oaks TCP Golf Course
ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED, Walt Bowser coordinator, Baynum Painting

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Registration and GTA badge pickup
J.W. Marriott Resort / Sunday House

6 p.m. – Transportation provided for evening at Morgan’s Wonderland
Busses depart J.W. Marriott Conference Center
NOTE: Due to LIMITED PARKING at Morgan’s, GTA attendees are encouraged to take provided bus transportation.

6:30 p.m. – Guest arrive Morgan’s Wonderland

6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. – Cocktail hour / park tours / rides operational

8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. – Dinner hosted by Morgan’s Wonderland at Event Center
Amusement Today will present brief recap of 2020 and 2021 Golden Ticket Awards,
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Morgan’s Wonderland founder Gordon Hartman

10 p.m. – Busses depart from Morgan’s Wonderland to J.W. Marriott

September 10

9 a.m. to 11 a.m. – LATE EVENT REGISTRATION
J.W. Marriott Resort / Sunday House

Attendees depart on their own for Six Flags Fiesta Texas, 17000 Interstate 10 West, San Antonio, Texas 78257
PARK OPEN: 12 noon to 10 p.m.

Attendees can show GTA name badge for:

  • Free Parking; Free Admission;
  • Early Show Seating;
  • THE FLASH PASS for certain quick ride access;
  • EXPRESS FRIGHT PASS for Haunted Houses
  • and access to the Golden Ticket Lounge located at the La Terraza in the park’s main entry area.

10 a.m. to 11 a.m. – Welcome Breakfast
with Amusement Today and Six Flags Fiesta Texas Park President Jeffrey Siebert

11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. – Tours begin at Six Flags Fiesta Texas for GTA attendees
•Fright Fest Attraction Tour with lights on at RockKill High School
•Poltergeist Coaster Tour to see themed queue area and spaghetti bowl track tour
•Sangerfest Halle Culinary Tour, front and back of house tour

11:45 a.m. – Exclusive GTA first rides on Dr. Diabolical’s Cliffhanger Dive Coaster

1 p.m. – Walking Clifftop Tour of the park
from Road Runner Express in Crackaxle Canyon to just beyond Iron Rattler and back.
NOTE: this is a steep and long walk and is not recommended for those with special needs or health conditions

5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. – Golden Ticket Cocktail Reception in Zaragoza Theater lobby

5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – 2022 Golden Ticket Awards, presented by Amusement Today
at Zaragoza Theater

7:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. – GTA Upscale Buffet Dinner
at Picnic Grove in A/C Tent

9:15 p.m. – Monster Mash Bash at Lone Star Lil’s Amphitheater,
with GTA Reserved Seating (Show begins at 9:30 p.m.)

10:15 p.m. – Frightful Finale Fireworks Show
at Lone Star Lil’s VIP Area, with special seating
Featuring a special tribute to all sponsors on Quarry Wall

10:30 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. – Closing Reception with desserts, drinks and ERT in Crackaxle Canyon

September 10

BONUS: 2022 Golden Ticket Awards attendees can also enjoy FREE Admission with GTA badge and lanyard at:

  • Natural Bridge Caverns
  • San Antonio Zoo & Kiddie Park
  • Schlitterbahn Waterpark
  • SeaWorld San Antonio
  • Six Flags Fiesta Texas
  • ZDT’s Amusement Park

Gold Sponsor:

Silver Sponsors:

Bronze Sponsors:

Special Thanks to:

Hospitality and Transportation provided by:

AIMS International • Amusement Industry Consulting • T. Harold Hudson • The Hoffman Consulting Group • International Ride Training • LJM & Associates • National Roller Coaster Museum • Natural Bridge Caverns • San Antonio Zoo & Kiddie Park • Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort • Traders Village San Antonio • Worldwide Safety Group • ZDT’s Amusement Park