Golden Ticket Award for Best New Ride

The Golden Ticket Award for Best New Ride is presented by Amusement Today to the best new attraction in the water park industry. The award was presented for best new attraction in both water parks and amusement parks since its inception in 2005 until 2018.

Golden Ticket Award for Best New Ride
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Awarded forBest new attraction in both Amusement and Water parks
CountryUnited States
Presented byAmusement Today
First awarded2005
Currently held bySteel Vengeance (amusement park)
Cutback Water
Coaster (water park)
Websitegoldenticketawards.com

HistoryEdit

The Golden Ticket Awards have been presenting awards since 1998 acknowledging amusement and water parks for their achievement in different categories. The Best New Ride award was introduced in the form of two different awards to acknowledge the best in amusement and water parks. The award has been presented since 2005 and has been featured on the Discovery Channel and the Travel Channel. In 2019, the amusement park award was split into three categories. The overall award was renamed to Best New Attraction Installation of 2019, with "industry suppliers and parks hav[ing] direct involvement with nominations".[1] The Best New Family Attraction and Best New Roller Coaster categories were also introduced.

Amusement park ride recipientsEdit

Best New Amusement RideEdit

From 2005 to 2018, the fourteen winners were only produced by twelve different theme parks. The parks to introduce the most winners in this timespan were Cedar Point and Dollywood with two rides each. With 5 awards, Cedar Fair is the company that produced the most best new rides.

Year Winner(s) Park Other candidates
2005 Hades   Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park   [2]
2006 The Voyage   Holiday World & Splashin' Safari   [3]
2007 Maverick   Cedar Point   [4]
2008 Ravine Flyer II   Waldameer Park   [5]
2009 Prowler   Worlds of Fun   [6]
2010 Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey   Islands of Adventure   [7]
2011 New Texas Giant   Six Flags Over Texas   [8]
2012 Wild Eagle   Dollywood   [9]
2013 Outlaw Run   Silver Dollar City   [10]
2014 Flying Turns   Knoebels   [11]
2015 Fury 325   Carowinds   [12]
2016 Lightning Rod   Dollywood   [13]
2017 Mystic Timbers   Kings Island   [14]
2018 Steel Vengeance   Cedar Point   [15]
2019 Steel Curtain   Kennywood   [16]

Water park slide recipientsEdit

Winners of the Best New Water Slide has only been produced by seven different water parks out of the 13 slides that have been rewarded. The park to introduced the most exciting new water slide is Holiday World & Splashin' Safari with four slides, yet Schlitterbahn the company as a whole has released five across its properties.

Due to an incident in 2016 in which a ten-year-old boy was decapitated, Verrückt became the first ride that had won an award from Amusement Today for Best New Ride to be removed. Verrückt operated for 2 and a half seasons before closing indefinitely on August 7, 2016. [17] The Kansas City Schlitterbahn water slide is not the first award recipient to have a fatality incident as so did the New Texas Giant back in 2013, yet the roller coaster still operates today after an intensive investigation that was done on the ride.

Year Winner(s) Park Other candidates
2005 Black Anaconda   Noah's Ark Water Park [2]
2006 Bahari River   Holiday World & Splashin' Safari [3]
2007 Bakuli   Holiday World & Splashin' Safari [4]
2008 Dragon's Revenge   Schlitterbahn [5]
2009 Congo River Expedition   Schlitterbahn [6]
2010 Wildebeest   Holiday World & Splashin' Safari   [7]
2011 The Falls   Schlitterbahn [8]
2012 Mammoth   Holiday World & Splashin' Safari [9]
2013 River Rush   Dollywood's Splash Country [10]
2014 Verrückt   Schlitterbahn Kansas City   [11]
2015 Dive Bomber   Six Flags White Water [12]
2016 Massiv   Schlitterbahn, Galveston [13]
2017 Thunder Rapids   Six Flags Fiesta Texas   [14]
2018 Ray Rush   Aquatica Orlando [18]
2019 Cutback Water Coaster   Water Country USA [19]

ReferencesEdit

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  16. ^ "Amusement Today – Golden Ticket Awards 2019" (PDF). Amusement Today. 23 (6.2): 10. September 2018. Retrieved January 8, 2021.
  17. ^ Raine, Naja (August 9, 2016). "Caleb Schwab, 10, Decapitated in Water Slide Accident, Police Confirm". People. Retrieved February 6, 2017.
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  19. ^ "Amusement Today – Golden Ticket Awards 2019" (PDF). Amusement Today. 23 (6.2): 12. September 2019. Retrieved September 15, 2019.

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