Amusement Today

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Amusement Today is a monthly periodical that features articles, news, pictures and reviews about all things relating to the amusement park industry, including parks, rides, and ride manufacturers. The trade newspaper, which is based in Arlington, Texas, United States, was founded in January 1997 by Gary Slade, Virgil E. Moore III and Rick Tidrow.[1] In 1997, Amusement Today won the Impact Award in the services category for "Best New Product" from the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA). A year later, in 1998, the magazine founded the Golden Ticket Awards, for which it has become best known for throughout the amusement park industry. On January 2, 2001, Slade bought out his two partners, giving him sole ownership of the paper.[1] The paper has two full-time and two part-time staff members at its Arlington office, along with two full-time writers and several freelance writers in various parts of the world.[2]

Amusement Today
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Editor-in-ChiefGary Slade
CategoriesAmusement parks
Circulation3,000
PublisherGary Slade
FounderGary Slade
Year founded1997
First issueApril 1997 (1997-04)
CountryUnited States
Based inArlington, Texas[1]
LanguageEnglish
Websitewww.amusementtoday.com

Golden Ticket AwardsEdit

Every year, Amusement Today gives out awards to the best of the best in the amusement park industry in a ceremony known as the Golden Ticket Awards. The awards are handed out based on surveys given to experienced and well-traveled amusement park enthusiasts from around the world. The awards, which were first handed out in 1998, have been featured on the Discovery Channel and the Travel Channel.

2020 winnersEdit

2020 Golden Ticket Awards[3]

The Amusement Today Golden Ticket Awards were announced on September 23, 2020

Category Rank 2020 Recipient Location
Innovation of the Year 1 (Tie) Six Flags Over Texas Arlington, Texas
1 (Tie) Six Flags Entertainment Corporation Grand Prairie, Texas
2 Embed Dallas, Texas
3 Ralph S. Alberts Montoursville, Pennsylvania
4 Chance Rides Wichita, Kansas
5 Zamperla Vicenza, Italy
Industry Leader: Supplier 1 Gateway Ticketing Systems Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania
2 Embed Dallas, Texas
3 Zamperla Vicenza, Italy
4 Bob's Space Racers Holly Hill, Florida
5 Firestone Financial Needham, Massachusetts
Industry Leader: Amusement/Theme Park 1 Knotts Berry Farm Buena Park, California
2 Gatorland Orlando, Florida
3 San Antonio Zoo San Antonio, Texas
4 Kentucky Kingdom Louisville, Kentucky
5 Quassy Amusement Park Middlebury, Connecticut
Industry Leader: FEC 1 Urban Air Adventure Parks Rockwall, Texas
2 Scene75 Entertainment Centres Dayton, Ohio
3 Funplex East Hanover Township, New Jersey
4 Funspot Laconia, New Hampshire
Industry Leader: Outdoor Entertainment 1 Tally Amusements Fort Worth, Texas
2 Sky Eye/Biggest Wheel Winter Park, Florida
3 Rides 4 U Somerville, New Jersey
4 Rocken Graphics Riverview, Florida
5 Delaware State Fair Harrington, Delaware
Industry Leader: Association 1 New England Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions Saco, Maine

2019 winnersEdit

2019 Golden Ticket Awards[4]
Host Park: Silverwood Theme Park

The Amusement Today Golden Ticket Awards were announced on September 9, 2019 at Silverwood Theme Park

Category Rank 2019 Recipient Location/Park
Best Park 1 Europa-Park Rust, Germany
2 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
3 Cedar Point Sandusky, Ohio
4 Disneyland Anaheim, California
5 Busch Gardens Williamsburg Williamsburg, Virginia
Best Waterpark 1 Schlitterbahn New Braunfels, Texas
2 Universal's Volcano Bay Water Theme Park Orlando, Florida
3 Holiday World & Splashin' Safari Santa Claus, Indiana
4 Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Orlando, Florida
5 Disney's Blizzard Beach Orlando, Florida
Best Family Park 1 Dutch Wonderland Lancaster, Pennsylvania
2 Sesame Place Langhorne, Pennsylvania
3 Idlewild and Soak Zone Ligonier, Pennsylvania
4 Paultons Park Romsey, England
5 Legoland Florida Winter Haven, Florida
Best Wildlife/Marine Park 1 SeaWorld Orlando Orlando, Florida
2 Disney's Animal Kingdom Orlando, Florida
3 Discovery Cove Orlando, Florida
4 Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Tampa, Florida
5 Ocean Park Hong Kong, China
Breakout Family Entertainment Center 1 C.J. Barrymore's Clinton Township, Michigan
2 Funland of Fredericksburg Fredericksburg, Virginia
3 Two Bit Circus Los Angeles, California
4 Clifton Hill Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
5 Frankie's Fun Park Charlotte, North Carolina
Most Beautiful Park 1 Busch Gardens Williamsburg Williamsburg, Virginia
2 Europa-Park Rust, Germany
3 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
4 Gilroy Gardens Gilroy, California
5 Silver Dollar City Branson, Missouri
Best Water Ride 1 Valhalla Blackpool Pleasure Beach
2 Timber Mountain Log Ride Knott's Berry Farm
3 Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls Universal's Islands of Adventure
4 Infinity Falls SeaWorld Orlando
5 Jurassic Park River Adventure Universal's Islands of Adventure
Best Kids' Area 1 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
2 Kings Island Kings Mills, Ohio
3 Canada's Wonderland Vaughan, Ontario, Canada
4 Efteling Kaatsheuvel, The Netherlands
5 Universal's Islands of Adventure Orlando, Florida
Best Halloween Event of 2018 1 Universal Orlando Resort Orlando, Florida
2 Knott's Berry Farm Buena Park, California
3 Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania
4 Europa-Park Rust, Germany
5 Kennywood West Mifflin, Pennsylvania
Best New Show 1 Reuben's Swashbuckling Adventure Silver Dollar City
2 Paddington On Ice - The Grand Voyage Europa-Park
3 Detention at Rockville Six Flags Fiesta Texas
Best New Roller Coaster 1 Steel Curtain Kennywood
2 Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure Universal's Islands of Adventure
3 Copperhead Strike Carowinds
4 Yukon Striker Canada's Wonderland
5 Untamed Walibi Holland
Best New Family Attraction 1 Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run Disneyland
2 Kaleidoscope Elitch Gardens
3 Kings Mills Antique Autos Kings Island
4 Tidal Twister SeaWorld San Diego
5 Masters of Flight Legoland Florida
Best New Water Park Ride 1 Cutback Water Coaster Water Country USA
2 Lava Drifting Shanghai Haichang Ocean Park
3 Daredevil's Peak Perfect Day at CocoCay
4 Infinity Racers Schlitterbahn Galveston
5 Rapid Remix SoundWaves at Gaylord Opryland
Best New Attraction Installation 1 Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure Universal's Islands of Adventure
2 Steel Curtain Kennywood
3 Copperhead Strike Carowinds
4 Sesame Street: Street Mission PortAventura World
5 The Zenith Mega Parc
Best Guest Experience 1 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
2 Splashin' Safari Santa Claus, Indiana
3 Silver Dollar City Branson, Missouri
4 Europa-Park Rust, Germany
5 Disneyland Anaheim, California
Best Dark Ride 1 Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for the Sunken Treasure Shanghai Disneyland
2 Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey Universal's Islands of Adventure
3 Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Disney's Hollywood Studios
4 Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Forbidden Eye Disneyland
5 Haunted Mansion Knoebels Amusement Resort
Best Waterpark Ride 1 Wildebeest (ride) Splashin' Safari
2 Krakatau Aqua Coaster Universal's Volcano Bay Water Theme Park
3 Mammoth Splashin' Safari
4 Ray Rush SeaWorld Orlando
5 The Falls Schlitterbahn
Best Food 1 Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania
2 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
3 Epcot Orlando, Florida
4 Silver Dollar City Branson, Missouri
5 Europa-Park Rust, Germany
Best Christmas Event of 2018 1 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
2 Silver Dollar City Branson, Missouri
3 Hersheypark Hershey, Pennsylvania
4 SeaWorld Orlando Orlando, Florida
5 Kings Island Kings Mills, Ohio
Top 50 Steel Roller Coasters
Rank 2019 Recipient Park Supplier Year
1 Fury 325 Carowinds B&M 2015
2 Millennium Force Cedar Point Intamin 2000
3 Steel Vengeance Cedar Point Dinn (rebuilt RMC) 1991 (rebuilt 2018)
4 Superman the Ride Six Flags New England Intamin 2000
5 Expedition GeForce Holiday Park Intamin 2001
6 Twisted Colossus Six Flags Magic Mountain International Amusement Devices (rebuilt RMC) 1978 (rebuilt 2015)
7 Iron Rattler Six Flags Fiesta Texas RCCA (rebuilt RMC) 1992 (rebuilt 2013)
8 Apollo's Chariot Busch Gardens Williamsburg B&M 1999
9 Leviathan Canada's Wonderland B&M 2012
10 Nitro Six Flags Great Adventure B&M 2001
11 Intimidator 305 Kings Dominion Intamin 2010
12 Phantom's Revenge Kennywood Arrow Dynamics (rebuilt Morgan) 1991 (rebuilt 2001)
13 Maverick Cedar Point Intamin 2007
14 Diamondback Kings Island B&M 2009
15 Mako SeaWorld Orlando B&M 2016
16 Nemesis Alton Towers B&M 1994
17 Taron Phantasialand Intamin 2016
18 Magnum XL-200 Cedar Point Arrow Dynamics 1989
19 Helix Liseberg Mack Rides 2014
20 Steel Dragon 2000 Nagashima Spa Land Morgan 2000
21 Top Thrill Dragster Cedar Point Intamin 2003
22 Time Traveler Silver Dollar City Mack Rides 2018
23 Blue Fire Europa-Park Mack Rides 2009
X2 Six Flags Magic Mountain Arrow Dynamics 2002
25 Mind Bender Six Flags Over Georgia Schwarzkopf 1978
26 New Texas Giant Six Flags Over Texas Dinn (rebuilt RMC) 1990 (rebuilt 2011)
27 Skyrush Hersheypark Intamin 2012
28 Intimidator Carowinds B&M 2010
29 Behemoth Canada's Wonderland B&M 2008
30 Goliath Six Flags Over Georgia B&M 2006
Montu Busch Gardens Tampa Bay B&M 1996
32 Alpengeist Busch Gardens Williamsburg B&M 1997
33 Banshee Kings Island B&M 2014
34 Yukon Striker Canada's Wonderland B&M 2019
35 Tron Lightcycle Power Run Shanghai Disneyland Vekoma 2016
36 Cheetah Hunt Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Intamin 2011
37 Twisted Timbers Kings Dominion International Coasters, Inc. (rebuilt RMC) 1994 (rebuilt 2018)
38 Verbolten Busch Gardens Williamsburg Zierer 2012
39 Wicked Cyclone Six Flags New England Frontier Construction (rebuilt RMC) 1983 (rebuilt 2015)
40 Kumba Busch Gardens Tampa Bay B&M 1996
41 Cannibal
Lagoon
2015
42 Steel Curtain Kennywood S&S 2019
43 Black Mamba Phantasialand B&M 2006
44 Whizzer Six Flags Great America Schwarzkopf 1976
45 Full Throttle Six Flags Magic Mountain Premier Rides 2013
46 Raging Bull Six Flags Great America B&M 1999
47 Lisebergbanan Liseberg Schwarzkopf 1987
Superman: Ride of Steel Six Flags America Intamin 2000
49 Goliath Six Flags Magic Mountain Giovanola 2000
Tatsu Six Flags Magic Mountain B&M 2006
Top 50 Wood Roller Coasters
Rank 2019 Recipient Park Supplier Year
1 Phoenix Knoebels Amusement Resort PTC 1985
2 The Voyage Holiday World & Splashin' Safari The Gravity Group 2006
3 El Toro Six Flags Great Adventure Intamin 2006
4 Boulder Dash Lake Compounce CCI 2000
5 The Beast
Kings Island
1979
6 GhostRider Knott's Berry Farm CCI 1998
7 Lightning Rod Dollywood RMC 2016
8 Outlaw Run Silver Dollar City RMC 2013
9 Ravine Flyer II Waldameer The Gravity Group 2008
10 Mystic Timbers Kings Island GCII 2017
11 Thunderhead Dollywood GCII 2004
12 Gold Striker California's Great America GCII 2013
13 Balder Liseberg Intamin 2003
14 Lightning Racer Hersheypark GCII 2000
15 Shivering Timbers Michigan's Adventure CCI 1998
16 Wildfire Kolmården Wildlife Park RMC 2016
17 Giant Dipper Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Arthur Looff 1924
18 Thunderbolt Kennywood John Miller (rebuilt Andy Vettel) 1924 (rebuilt 1968)
19 The Comet The Great Escape PTC 1994
20 Jack Rabbit Kennywood Harry C. Baker 1921
21 The Raven Holiday World & Splashin' Safari CCI 1995
22 White Lightning Fun Spot America Orlando GCII 2013
23 Wodan - Timburcoaster Europa-Park GCII 2012
24 Renegade Valleyfair GCII 2007
25 Troy Toverland GCII 2007
26 The Legend Holiday World & Splashin' Safari CCI 2000
27 Goliath Six Flags Great America RMC 2014
28 Cyclone Luna Park Harry C. Baker 1927
29 Prowler Worlds of Fun GCII 2009
30 Colossos Heide Park Intamin 2001
31 Boardwalk Bullet Kemah Boardwalk Martin & Vleminckx 2007
32 Coaster Playland Carl Phare/Walker LeRoy 1958
33 Flying Turns
Knoebels Amusement Resort
2013
34 Rampage Alabama Splash Adventure CCI 1998
35 The Cú Chulainn Coaster Tayto Park The Gravity Group 2015
36 The Boss Six Flags St. Louis CCI 2000
37 T Express Everland Intamin 2008
38 Blue Streak Cedar Point PTC 1964
39 American Thunder Six Flags St. Louis GCII 2009
40 Blue Streak Conneaut Lake Park Ed Vettel 1938
41 InvadR Busch Gardens Williamsburg GCII 2017
42 Screamin' Eagle Six Flags St. Louis PTC 1976
43 Hades 360 Mount Olympus Theme Park The Gravity Group 1995
44 Megafobia Oakwood Theme Park CCI 1996
45 Rutschebanen Tivoli Gardens Valdemar Lebech 1915
Twister
Knoebels Amusement Resort
1999
47 El Toro Freizeitpark Plohn GCII 2009
48 Twister Gröna Lund The Gravity Group 2011
49 Switchback ZDT's Amusement Park The Gravity Group 2015
50 Grizzly Kings Dominion Taft Broadcasting Company 1982

2018 winnersEdit

2018 Golden Ticket Awards[5]
Host Park: Silver Dollar City

The Amusement Today Golden Ticket Awards were announced on September 8, 2018 at Silver Dollar City

Category Rank 2018 Recipient Location/Park Vote
Best New Ride (Amusement Park) 1 Steel Vengeance Cedar Point 33%
2 Time Traveler Silver Dollar City 29%
3 Twisted Timbers Kings Dominion 6%
4 Oscar's Wacky Taxi Sesame Place 5%
Wicker Man Alton Towers
Best New Ride (Water Park) 1 Ray Rush Aquatica Orlando 23%
2 Breakers Edge Water Coaster Hersheypark 21%
3 Whitecap Racer Hersheypark 12%
4 Rock Wheel Chimelong Water Park 11%
5 Raja Noah's Ark 9%
Best Park 1 Europa-Park Rust, Germany 25%
2 Cedar Point Sandusky, Ohio 20%
3 Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania 8%
4 Busch Gardens Williamsburg Williamsburg, Virginia 7%
5 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 6.5%
Best Waterpark 1 Schlitterbahn New Braunfels New Braunfels, Texas 51%
2 Holiday World and Splashin' Safari Santa Claus, Indiana 20%
3 Universal's Volcano Bay Water Theme Park Orlando, Florida 8%
4 Dollywood's Splash Country Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 5%
5 Aquatica Orlando Orlando, Florida 4%
Best Children's Park 1 Idlewild and Soak Zone Ligonier, Pennsylvania 16%
2 Morgan's Wonderland San Antonio, Texas 11%
3 Sesame Place Langhorne, Pennsylvania 10%
4 Legoland Florida Winter Haven, Florida 8%
5 Storybook Land Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey 7%
Best Marine Life Park 1 SeaWorld Orlando Orlando, Florida 56%
2 SeaWorld San Diego San Diego, California 13%
3 SeaWorld San Antonio San Antonio, Texas 9%
4 Discovery Cove Orlando, Florida 7%
5 Ocean Park Hong Kong, China 6%
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Vallejo, California
Best Seaside Park 1 Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Santa Cruz, California 33%
2 Morey's Piers Wildwood, New Jersey 22%
3 Blackpool Pleasure Beach Blackpool, England 20%
4 Gröna Lund Stockholm, Sweden 19%
5 Kemah Boardwalk Kemah, Texas 4%
Best Kids’ Area 1 Kings Island Kings Mills, Ohio 23%
2 Universal's Islands of Adventure Orlando, Florida 13%
3 Efteling Kaatsheuvel, The Netherlands 10%
4 Europa-Park Rust, Germany 9%
5 Paultons Park Romsey, England 8%
Cleanest Park 1 Holiday World and Splashin' Safari Santa Claus, Indiana 25%
2 Busch Gardens Williamsburg Williamsburg, Virginia 12%
3 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 11%
4 Europa-Park Rust, Germany 9%
5 Tokyo DisneySea Tokyo, Japan 8%
Friendliest Park 1 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 29%
2 Silver Dollar City Branson, Missouri 19%
3 Holiday World and Splashin' Safari Santa Claus, Indiana 15%
4 Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania 12%
5 Lagoon Farmington, Utah 4%
Magic Kingdom Orlando, Florida
Best Shows 1 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 42%
2 Six Flags Fiesta Texas San Antonio, Texas 14%
3 Busch Gardens Williamsburg Williamsburg, Virginia 9%
4 Disney's Animal Kingdom Orlando, Florida 5%
Silver Dollar City Branson, Missouri
Best Landscaping 1 Busch Gardens Williamsburg Williamsburg, Virginia 34%
2 Gilroy Gardens Gilroy, California 16%
3 Efteling Kaatsheuvel, The Netherlands 12%
4 Tivoli Gardens Copenhagen, Denmark 9%
5 Disney's Animal Kingdom Orlando, Florida 6%
Europa-Park Rust, Germany
Best Food 1 Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania 22%
2 Dollywood Elysburg, Pennsylvania 20%
3 Epcot Orlando, Florida 14%
4 Silver Dollar City Branson, Missouri 13%
5 Busch Gardens Williamsburg Williamsburg, Virginia 8%
Best Carousel 1 Grand Carousel Knoebels Amusement Resort 43%
2 Looff Carousel Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk 17%
3 Riverview Carousel Six Flags Over Georgia 8%
4 Stoomcarrousel Efteling 6%
5 Caro-Seuss-El Universal's Islands of Adventure 5%
Best Water Ride (Park) 1 Valhalla Blackpool Pleasure Beach 22%
2 Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls Universal's Islands of Adventure 18%
3 Splash Mountain Magic Kingdom 10%
4 Chiapas Phantasialand 9.5%
5 Timber Mountain Log Ride Knott's Berry Farm 9%
Best Water Park Ride 1 Wildebeest Holiday World and Splashin' Safari 29%
2 Mammoth Holiday World and Splashin' Safari 16%
3 The Falls Schlitterbahn 11%
4 Master Blaster Schlitterbahn 10%
5 Krakatau Aqua Coaster Universal's Volcano Bay Water Theme Park 9%
Best Dark Ride 1 The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Disney's Hollywood Studios 13%
2 Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey Universal's Islands of Adventure 12%
3 Haunted Mansion Knoebels Amusement Resort 11%
4 Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for the Sunken Treasure Shanghai Disneyland 10%
5 Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts Universal Studios Florida 9%
Best Indoor Roller Coaster 1 Revenge of the Mummy Universal Studios Florida 25%
2 Space Mountain Disneyland 12%
3 Tron Lightcycle Power Run Shanghai Disneyland 11.5%
Winja's Fear & Force Phantasialand
5 Black Diamond Knoebels Amusement Resort 11%
Best Funhouse/Walk-Through 1 Noah's Ark Kennywood 34%
2 Frankenstein's Castle Indiana Beach 13%
3 Ghost Ship Morey's Piers 12%
4 Gasten Ghost Hotel Liseberg 11%
5 Lustiga Huset Gröna Lund 10%
Best Halloween Event 1 Universal Orlando Resort Orlando, Florida 28%
2 Knott's Berry Farm Buena Park, California 22%
3 Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania 13%
4 Kings Island Kings Mills, Ohio 6%
5 Kennywood West Mifflin, Pennsylvania 5%
Six Flags Fiesta Texas San Antonio, Texas
Best Christmas Event 1 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 35%
2 Silver Dollar City Branson, Missouri 14%
3 Disneyland Anaheim, California 8%
4 Kings Island Kings Mills, Ohio 6%
Magic Kingdom Orlando, Florida
Top 50 Steel Roller Coasters
Rank 2018 Recipient Park Supplier Year Points
1 Fury 325 Carowinds B&M 2015 1,222
2 Millennium Force Cedar Point Intamin 2000 1,156
3 Steel Vengeance Cedar Point Dinn (rebuilt RMC) 1991 (rebuilt 2018) 829
4 Expedition GeForce Holiday Park Intamin 2001 540
5 Superman the Ride Six Flags New England Intamin 2000 535
6 Apollo's Chariot Busch Gardens Williamsburg B&M 1999 522
7 Iron Rattler Six Flags Fiesta Texas Dinn (rebuilt RMC) 1990 (rebuilt 2013) 483
8 Leviathan Canada's Wonderland B&M 2012 410
9 Maverick Cedar Point Intamin 2007 390
10 Diamondback Kings Island B&M 2009 347
11 Nitro Six Flags Great Adventure B&M 2001 345
12 Intimidator 305 Kings Dominion Intamin 2010 344
13 Phantom's Revenge Kennywood Arrow Dynamics (rebuilt Morgan) 1991 (rebuilt 2001) 324
14 Magnum XL-200 Cedar Point Arrow Dynamics 1989 300
15 Taron Phantasialand Intamin 2016 283
16 Top Thrill Dragster Cedar Point Intamin 2003 278
17 Mako SeaWorld Orlando B&M 2016 251
18 Time Traveler Silver Dollar City Mack Rides 2018 248
19 Blue Fire Europa-Park Mack Rides 2006 244
20 Nemesis Alton Towers B&M 1994 238
21 Helix Liseberg Mack Rides 2014 234
22 Intimidator Carowinds B&M 2010 233
23 New Texas Giant Six Flags Over Texas Dinn (rebuilt RMC) 1992 (rebuilt 2011) 222
24 Twisted Colossus Six Flags Magic Mountain International Amusement Devices (rebuilt RMC) 1978 (rebuilt 2015) 212
25 Mind Bender Six Flags Over Georgia Schwarzkopf 1978 211
26 Goliath Six Flags Over Georgia B&M 2006 201
27 Behemoth Canada's Wonderland B&M 2008 187
28 Montu Busch Gardens Tampa Bay B&M 1996 186
29 Banshee Kings Island B&M 2014 175
30 Skyrush Hersheypark Intamin 2012 173
31 X2 Six Flags Magic Mountain Arrow Dynamics 2002 162
32 Alpengeist Busch Gardens Williamsburg B&M 1997 160
33 Wicked Cyclone Six Flags New England Frontier Construction (rebuilt RMC) 1983 (rebuilt 2015) 158
34 Black Mamba Phantasialand B&M 2006 137
35 Cheetah Hunt Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Intamin 2011 132
36 Verbolten Busch Gardens Williamsburg Zierer 2012 116
37 Kumba Busch Gardens Tampa Bay B&M 1996 115
38 Twisted Timbers Kings Dominion International Coasters, Inc. (rebuilt RMC) 1994 (rebuilt 2018) 109
39 Superman: Ride of Steel Six Flags America Intamin 2000 99
Jetline Gröna Lund Anton Schwarzkopf 1988
41 Goliath La Ronde B&M 2006 97
42 Lisebergbanan Liseberg Schwarzkopf 1987 96
43 Griffon Busch Gardens Williamsburg B&M 2007 93
44 Cannibal
Lagoon
2015 92
45 Shambhala PortAventura Park B&M 2012 89
46 Expedition Everest Disney's Animal Kingdom Vekoma 2006 82
47 Storm Chaser Kentucky Kingdom Martin & Vleminckx (rebuilt RMC) 1998 (rebuilt 2016) 81
48 Raging Bull Six Flags Great America B&M 1999 78
49 Thunderbird Holiday World & Splashin' Safari B&M 2015 72
50 Whizzer Six Flags Great America Schwarzkopf 1976 70
Top 50 Wood Roller Coasters
Rank 2018 Recipient Park Supplier Year Points
1 Phoenix Knoebels Amusement Resort PTC 1985 1,330
2 El Toro Six Flags Great Adventure Intamin 2006 1,197
3 The Voyage Holiday World & Splashin' Safari The Gravity Group 2006 1,086
4 Boulder Dash Lake Compounce CCI 2000 982
5 The Beast
Kings Island
1979 781
6 Lightning Rod Dollywood RMC 2016 691
7 Outlaw Run Silver Dollar City RMC 2013 573
8 Ravine Flyer II Waldameer The Gravity Group 2008 560
9 Gold Striker California's Great America GCII 2013 497
10 Thunderhead Dollywood GCII 2004 477
11 Mystic Timbers Kings Island GCII 2017 465
12 Lightning Racer Hersheypark GCII 2000 329
13 GhostRider Knott's Berry Farm CCI 1998 307
14 Balder Liseberg Intamin 2003 289
15 Thunderbolt Kennywood John Miller (rebuilt Andy Vettel) 1924 (rebuilt 1968) 260
16 Wodan - Timburcoaster Europa-Park GCII 2012 236
17 Wildfire Kolmården Wildlife Park RMC 2016 232
18 The Raven Holiday World & Splashin' Safari CCI 1995 229
19 Goliath Six Flags Great America RMC 2014 215
20 Jack Rabbit Kennywood Harry C. Baker 1921 211
21 Giant Dipper Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Arthur Looff 1924 206
Shivering Timbers Michigan's Adventure CCI 1998
23 The Legend Holiday World & Splashin' Safari CCI 2000 201
24 White Lightning Fun Spot America Orlando GCII 2013 196
25 Troy Toverland GCII 2007 183
26 Renegade Valleyfair GCII 2007 182
27 The Cú Chulainn Coaster Tayto Park The Gravity Group 2015 177
28 Colossos Heide Park Intamin 2001 171
29 Cyclone Luna Park Harry C. Baker 1927 169
30 Prowler Worlds of Fun GCII 2009 165
Rampage Alabama Splash Adventure CCI 1998
32 The Comet The Great Escape PTC 1994 164
33 Boardwalk Bullet Kemah Boardwalk Martin & Vleminckx 2007 157
34 Flying Turns
Knoebels Amusement Resort
2013 148
35 Rutschebanen Tivoli Gardens Valdemar Lebech 1915 135
36 Switchback ZDT's Amusement Park The Gravity Group 2015 130
37 Blue Streak Conneaut Lake Park Ed Vettel 1938 118
38 American Thunder Six Flags St. Louis GCII 2009 117
Screamin' Eagle Six Flags St. Louis PTC 1976
40 Grizzly Kings Dominion Taft Broadcasting Company 1982 115
41 Blue Streak Cedar Point PTC 1964 109
42 Coaster Playland Carl Phare/Walker LeRoy 1958 107
43 The Boss Six Flags St. Louis CCI 2000 106
44 The Wild One Six Flags America Dinn 1986 98
45 T Express Everland Intamin 2008 87
46 Megafobia Oakwood Theme Park CCI 1996 84
47 Hades 360 Mt. Olympus Theme Park The Gravity Group 1995 80
48 Mine Blower Fun Spot America Kissimmee The Gravity Group 2017 79
49 Wooden Warrior Quassy Amusement Park The Gravity Group 2011 77
50 Twister Gröna Lund The Gravity Group 2011 75

2017 winnersEdit

2017 Golden Ticket Awards[6]
Host Park: Lake Compounce

The Amusement Today Golden Ticket Awards were announced on September 9, 2017, at a ceremony held in the Starlight Theater at Lake Compounce

Category Rank 2017 Recipient Location/Park Vote
Best New Ride (Amusement Park) 1 Mystic Timbers Kings Island 45%
2 Avatar Flight of Passage Disney's Animal Kingdom 15%
3 Mine Blower Fun Spot America - Kissimmee 8%
4 InvadR Busch Gardens Williamsburg 7%
5 Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster SeaWorld San Antonio 6%
Best New Ride (Water Park) 1 Thunder Rapids Six Flags Fiesta Texas 47%
2 Krakatau Aqua Coaster Universal's Volcano Bay Water Theme Park 31%
3 Point Plummet Cedar Point Shores 7%
Miss Adventure Falls Disney's Typhoon Lagoon
5 Ko’okiri Body Plunge Universal's Volcano Bay Water Theme Park 4%
Best Park 1 Europa-Park Rust, Germany 27%
2 Cedar Point Sandusky, Ohio 18%
3 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 11%
4 Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania 10%
5 Disneyland Anaheim, California 6%
Best Waterpark 1 Schlitterbahn New Braunfels New Braunfels, Texas 57%
2 Holiday World and Splashin' Safari Santa Claus, Indiana 17%
3 Universal's Volcano Bay Water Theme Park Orlando, Florida 6%
4 Dollywood's Splash Country Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 4%
5 Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Orlando, Florida 3%
Best Children's Park 1 Idlewild and Soak Zone Ligonier, Pennsylvania 19%
2 Storybook Land Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey 11%
3 Story Land Glen, New Hampshire 9%
4 Morgan's Wonderland San Antonio, Texas 8%
5 Gilroy Gardens Gilroy, California 7%
Legoland California Carlsbad, California
Legoland Florida Winter Haven, Florida
Best Marine Life Park 1 SeaWorld Orlando Orlando, Florida 58%
2 SeaWorld San Diego San Diego, California 10%
3 Discovery Cove Orlando, Florida 8%
4 SeaWorld San Antonio San Antonio, Texas 7%
5 Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Vallejo, California 6%
Best Seaside Park 1 Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Santa Cruz, California 31%
2 Morey's Piers Wildwood, New Jersey 26%
3 Blackpool Pleasure Beach Blackpool, England 25%
4 Gröna Lund Stockholm, Sweden 12%
Best Kids’ Area 1 Kings Island Kings Mills, Ohio 23%
2 Universal's Islands of Adventure Orlando, Florida 13%
3 Efteling Kaatsheuvel, The Netherlands 10%
4 Europa-Park Rust, Germany 9%
5 Paultons Park Romsey, England 8%
Cleanest Park 1 Holiday World and Splashin' Safari Santa Claus, Indiana 56%
2 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 17%
3 Europa-Park Rust, Germany 9%
4 Busch Gardens Williamsburg Williamsburg, Virginia 7%
5 Magic Kingdom Orlando, Florida 6%
Friendliest Park 1 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 39%
2 Holiday World and Splashin' Safari Santa Claus, Indiana 18%
3 Silver Dollar City Branson, Missouri 12%
4 Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania 11%
5 Alabama Splash Adventure Bessemer, Alabama 10%
Best Shows 1 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 46%
2 Six Flags Fiesta Texas San Antonio, Texas 18%
3 Silver Dollar City Branson, Missouri 5%
SeaWorld Orlando Orlando, Florida
5 Disney's Hollywood Studios Orlando, Florida 4%
Best Landscaping 1 Busch Gardens Williamsburg Williamsburg, Virginia 31%
2 Gilroy Gardens Gilroy, California 15%
3 Efteling Kaatsheuvel, The Netherlands 12%
4 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 8%
5 Disney's Animal Kingdom Orlando, Florida 6%
Best Food 1 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 25%
2 Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania 23%
3 Epcot Orlando, Florida 17%
4 Silver Dollar City Branson, Missouri 11%
5 Busch Gardens Williamsburg Williamsburg, Virginia 5%
Best Carousel 1 Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania 41%
2 Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Santa Cruz, California 20%
3 Six Flags Over Georgia Austell, Georgia 7%
4 Six Flags Great America Gurnee, Illinois 6%
5 Efteling Kaatsheuvel, The Netherlands 5.5%
Best Water Ride (Park) 1 Valhalla Blackpool Pleasure Beach 24%
2 Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls Universal's Islands of Adventure 18%
3 Chiapas Phantasialand 8%
4 Splash Mountain Magic Kingdom 7%
5 Jurassic Park River Adventure Universal's Islands of Adventure 6%
Best Water Park Ride 1 Wildebeest Holiday World and Splashin' Safari 47%
2 Mammoth Holiday World and Splashin' Safari 18%
3 The Falls Schlitterbahn New Braunfels 14%
4 Master Blaster Schlitterbahn New Braunfels 8%
5 Massiv Schlitterbahn Galveston Island 6%
Best Dark Ride 1 The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Disney's Hollywood Studios 16%
2 Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey Universal's Islands of Adventure 10%
3 Haunted Mansion Knoebels Amusement Resort 9.5%
4 The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man Universal's Islands of Adventure 9%
5 Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts Universal Studios Florida 8%
Best Indoor Roller Coaster 1 Revenge of the Mummy Universal Studios Florida 24%
2 Space Mountain Disneyland 11%
3 Winja's Fear & Force Phantasialand 10%
4 Black Diamond Knoebels Amusement Resort 9.5%
Best Funhouse/Walk-Through 1 Noah's Ark Kennywood 32%
2 Ghost Ship Morey's Piers 18%
3 Frankenstein's Castle Indiana Beach 12%
4 Gasten Ghost Hotel Liseberg 11%
5 Lustiga Huset Gröna Lund 10%
Best Halloween Event 1 Universal Orlando Resort Orlando, Florida 26%
2 Knott's Berry Farm Buena Park, California 20%
3 Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania 10%
4 Kennywood West Mifflin, Pennsylvania 6%
5 Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Tampa, Florida 5%
Six Flags Fiesta Texas San Antonio, Texas
Universal Studios Hollywood Hollywood, California
Best Christmas Event 1 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 47%
2 Silver Dollar City Branson, Missouri 9%
3 Disneyland Anaheim, California 7%
Magic Kingdom Orlando, Florida
5 Kennywood West Mifflin, Pennsylvania 5%
Top 50 Steel Roller Coasters
Rank 2017 Recipient Park Supplier Year Points
1 Fury 325 Carowinds B&M 2015 1,354
2 Millennium Force Cedar Point Intamin 2000 1,129
3 Superman the Ride Six Flags New England Intamin 2000 705
4 Iron Rattler Six Flags Fiesta Texas Dinn (rebuilt RMC) 1990 (rebuilt 2013) 657
5 Expedition GeForce Holiday Park Intamin 2001 575
6 Leviathan Canada's Wonderland B&M 2012 481
7 Nitro Six Flags Great Adventure B&M 2001 442
8 Diamondback Kings Island B&M 2009 381
9 New Texas Giant Six Flags Over Texas RCCA (rebuilt RMC) 1992 (rebuilt 2011) 379
10 Maverick Cedar Point Intamin 2007 375
11 Apollo's Chariot Busch Gardens Williamsburg B&M 1999 374
12 Phantom's Revenge Kennywood Arrow Dynamics (rebuilt Morgan) 1991 (rebuilt 2001) 344
13 Intimidator 305 Kings Dominion Intamin 2010 330
14 Goliath Six Flags Over Georgia B&M 2006 291
Wicked Cyclone Six Flags New England Frontier Construction (rebuilt RMC) 1983 (rebuilt 2015)
16 Twisted Colossus Six Flags Magic Mountain International Amusement Devices (rebuilt RMC) 1978 (rebuilt 2015) 284
17 Top Thrill Dragster Cedar Point Intamin 2003 276
18 Blue Fire Europa-Park Mack Rides 2006 272
19 Intimidator Carowinds B&M 2010 261
20 Nemesis Alton Towers B&M 1994 254
21 Taron Phantasialand Intamin 2016 253
22 Banshee Kings Island B&M 2014 244
23 Magnum XL-200 Cedar Point Arrow Dynamics 1989 238
24 Skyrush Hersheypark Intamin 2012 235
25 X2 Six Flags Magic Mountain Arrow Dynamics 2002 217
26 Mind Bender Six Flags Over Georgia Schwarzkopf 1978 209
27 Montu Busch Gardens Tampa Bay B&M 1996 200
28 Behemoth Canada's Wonderland B&M 2008 184
29 Cheetah Hunt Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Intamin 2011 181
Helix Liseberg Mack Rides 2014
31 Mako SeaWorld Orlando B&M 2016 171
32 Cannibal
Lagoon
2015 163
33 Storm Chaser Kentucky Kingdom Martin & Vleminckx (rebuilt RMC) 1998 (rebuilt 2016) 135
34 Raging Bull Six Flags Great America B&M 1999 113
35 Black Mamba Phantasialand B&M 2006 109
36 Alpengeist Busch Gardens Williamsburg B&M 1997 104
37 Medusa Steel Coaster Six Flags Mexico CCI (rebuilt RMC) 2000 (Rebuilt 2014) 98
38 Quimera La Feria Schwarzkopf 2007 93
39 Thunderbird Holiday World & Splashin' Safari B&M 2015 91
40 Lisebergbanan Liseberg Schwarzkopf 1987 84
41 Goliath La Ronde B&M 2006 78
Kumba Busch Gardens Tampa Bay B&M 1996
Lightning Run Kentucky Kingdom Chance 2014
44 Steel Force Dorney Park Morgan 1997 76
45 Euro-Mir Europa-Park Mack Rides 1997 72
46 Shock Wave Six Flags Over Texas Schwarzkopf 1978 68
Whizzer Six Flags Great America Schwarzkopf 1976
48 Griffon Busch Gardens Williamsburg B&M 2007 62
49 Expedition Everest Disney's Animal Kingdom Vekoma 2006 61
50 Full Throttle Six Flags Magic Mountain Premier Rides 2013 59
Top 50 Wood Roller Coasters[7]
Rank 2017 Recipient Park Supplier Year Points
1 El Toro Six Flags Great Adventure Intamin 2006 1,241
2 Phoenix Knoebels Amusement Resort PTC 1985 1,212
3 Boulder Dash Lake Compounce CCI 2000 1,171
4 The Voyage Holiday World & Splashin' Safari The Gravity Group 2006 1,113
5 Lightning Rod Dollywood RMC 2016 710
6 The Beast
Kings Island
1979 666
7 Ravine Flyer II Waldameer The Gravity Group 2008 612
8 Thunderhead Dollywood GCII 2004 560
9 Outlaw Run Silver Dollar City RMC 2013 541
10 Gold Striker California's Great America GCII 2013 489
11 Mystic Timbers Kings Island GCII 2017 345
12 Lightning Racer Hersheypark GCII 2000 276
13 Goliath Six Flags Great America RMC 2014 269
14 Boardwalk Bullet Kemah Boardwalk Martin & Vleminckx 2007 236
15 Wodan - Timburcoaster Europa-Park GCII 2012 223
16 Balder Liseberg Intamin 2003 221
17 Thunderbolt Kennywood John Miller (rebuilt Andy Vettel) 1924 (rebuilt 1968) 220
18 GhostRider Knott's Berry Farm CCI 1998 219
Troy Toverland GCII 2007
White Lightning Fun Spot America Orlando GCII 2013
21 Rampage Alabama Splash Adventure CCI 1998 218
22 Cyclone Luna Park Harry C. Baker 1927 217
23 The Raven Holiday World & Splashin' Safari CCI 1995 214
24 The Legend Holiday World & Splashin' Safari CCI 2000 198
25 Shivering Timbers Michigan's Adventure CCI 1998 197
26 Jack Rabbit Kennywood Harry C. Baker 1921 188
27 Prowler Worlds of Fun GCII 2009 186
28 The Boss Six Flags St. Louis CCI 2000 183
29 Wildfire Kolmården Wildlife Park RMC 2016 177
30 The Cú Chulainn Coaster Tayto Park The Gravity Group 2015 168
31 Giant Dipper Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Arthur Looff 1924 167
32 The Comet The Great Escape PTC 1994 157
33 Switchback ZDT's Amusement Park The Gravity Group 2015 139
34 Colossos Heide Park Intamin 2001 129
35 Twister
Knoebels Amusement Resort
1999 119
36 Wild Mouse
Blackpool Pleasure Beach
1958 112
37 Blue Streak Conneaut Lake Park Ed Vettel 1938 109
38 Hades 360 Mt. Olympus Theme Park The Gravity Group 1995 107
39 Coaster Playland Carl Phare/Walker LeRoy 1958 98
40 American Thunder Six Flags St. Louis GCII 2009 96
41 El Toro Freitzeitpark Plohn GCII 2006 92
42 Blue Streak Cedar Point PTC 1964 87
43 Screamin' Eagle Six Flags St. Louis PTC 1976 86
44 Flying Turns
Knoebels Amusement Resort
2013 84
45 Wooden Warrior Quassy Amusement Park The Gravity Group 2011 82
46 Grizzly Kings Dominion Taft Broadcasting Company 1982 81
47 Tremors Silverwood CCI 1999 80
48 Grand National Blackpool Pleasure Beach Charles Paige 1935 75
49 Kentucky Rumbler Beech Bend Park GCII 2006 77
50 Twister Gröna Lund The Gravity Group 2011 66

2016 winnersEdit

2016 Golden Ticket Awards[8]
Host Park: Cedar Point

The Amusement Today Golden Ticket Awards were announced on September 10, 2016 at a ceremony held at the Cedar Point Convention Center

Category Rank 2016 Recipient Location/Park Vote
Best New Ride (Amusement Park) 1 Lightning Rod Dollywood 20%
2 Storm Chaser Kentucky Kingdom 13%
3 Mako SeaWorld Orlando 11%
4 Valravn Cedar Point 9%
5 Switchback ZDT's Amusement Park 8%
Best New Ride (Water Park) 1 Massiv Schlitterbahn Galveston Island 48%
2 Blackbeard's Revenge Carowinds 15%
3 Cyclone Saucers Beech Bend Park 13%
Tropical Plunge Kings Island
5 Wonambi Raging Waves 6%
Best Park 1 Europa-Park Rust, Germany 26%
2 Cedar Point Sandusky, Ohio 19%
3 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 11%
4 Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania 9%
5 Universal's Islands of Adventure Orlando, Florida 7%
6 Blackpool Pleasure Beach Blackpool, England 6%
7 Busch Gardens Williamsburg Williamsburg, Virginia 5%
8 Phantasialand Brühl, Germany 4.5%
9 Alton Towers Staffordshire, England 4%
Tokyo DisneySea Tokyo, Japan
Best Waterpark 1 Schlitterbahn New Braunfels New Braunfels, Texas 47%
2 Storybook Land Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey 28%
3 Dollywood's Splash Country Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 6%
4 Disney's Blizzard Beach Orlando, Florida 5%
5 Aquatica Orlando Orlando, Florida 4%
Best Children's Park 1 Idlewild and Soak Zone Ligonier, Pennsylvania 23%
2 Storybook Land Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey 12%
3 Legoland California Carlsbad, California 10%
Story Land Glen, New Hampshire
5 Paultons Park Romsey, England 9%
Best Marine Life Park 1 SeaWorld Orlando Orlando, Florida 57%
2 SeaWorld San Diego San Diego, California 10%
3 SeaWorld San Antonio San Antonio, Texas 8%
4 Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Vallejo, California 7%
5 Discovery Cove Orlando, Florida 6.5%
Ocean Park Hong Kong, China
Best Seaside Park 1 Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Santa Cruz, California 30%
2 Blackpool Pleasure Beach Blackpool, England 28%
3 Morey's Piers Wildwood, New Jersey 26%
4 Gröna Lund Stockholm, Sweden 12%
5 Luna Park Brooklyn, New York 4%
Best Kids’ Area 1 Kings Island Kings Mills, Ohio 23%
2 Efteling Kaatsheuvel, The Netherlands 13%
3 Paultons Park Romsey, England 9%
4 Knott's Berry Farm Buena Park, California 8%
5 Kings Dominion Doswell, Virginia 7%
Nickelodeon Universe Bloomington, Minnesota
Cleanest Park 1 Holiday World & Splashin' Safari Santa Claus, Indiana 26%
2 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 19%
3 Europa-Park Rust, Germany 7.5%
4 Disneyland Anaheim, California 7%
5 Busch Gardens Williamsburg Williamsburg, Virginia 6%
Friendliest Park 1 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 45%
2 Holiday World & Splashin' Safari Santa Claus, Indiana 15%
3 Silver Dollar City Branson, Missouri 7%
4 Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania 6%
5 Adventure Island Southend-on-Sea, England 5%
Best Shows 1 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 45%
2 Six Flags Fiesta Texas San Antonio, Texas 15%
3 Silver Dollar City Branson, Missouri 7%
4 Disney California Adventure Anaheim, California 6%
5 Europa-Park Rust, Germany 5%
Best Landscaping 1 Busch Gardens Williamsburg Williamsburg, Virginia 27%
2 Gilroy Gardens Gilroy, California 18%
3 Efteling Kaatsheuvel, The Netherlands 15%
4 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 7%
5 Epcot Orlando, Florida 6%
Best Food 1 Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania 23%
2 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 20%
3 Epcot Orlando, Florida 14%
4 Silver Dollar City Branson, Missouri 13%
5 Europa-Park Rust, Germany 8%
Best Carousel 1 Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania 40%
2 Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Santa Cruz, California 22%
3 Six Flags Great America Gurnee, Illinois 7%
4 Efteling Kaatsheuvel, The Netherlands 6%
5 Six Flags Over Georgia Austell, Georgia 5%
Best Water Ride (Park) 1 Valhalla Blackpool Pleasure Beach 27%
2 Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls Universal's Islands of Adventure 20%
3 Chiapas Phantasialand 7%
Popeye & Bluto's Bilge-rat Barges Universal's Islands of Adventure
Splash Mountain Magic Kingdom
Timber Mountain Log Ride Knott's Berry Farm
Best Water Park Ride 1 Wildebeest Holiday World & Splashin' Safari 40%
2 Mammoth Holiday World & Splashin' Safari 18%
3 Master Blaster Schlitterbahn New Braunfels 11%
4 The Falls Schlitterbahn New Braunfels 6%
Best Dark Ride 1 The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Disney's Hollywood Studios 14%
2 Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey Universal's Islands of Adventure 13.5%
3 Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts Universal Studios Florida 9%
4 Haunted Mansion Knoebels Amusement Resort 8%
5 Radiator Springs Racers Disney California Adventure 5%
Best Indoor Roller Coaster 1 Revenge of the Mummy Universal Studios Florida 24%
2 Space Mountain Disneyland 16%
3 Winja's Fear & Force Phantasialand 14%
4 Space Mountain Magic Kingdom 11%
5 Black Diamond Knoebels Amusement Resort 10%
Best Funhouse/Walk-Through 1 Noah's Ark (fun house) Kennywood 38%
2 Ghost Ship Morey's Piers 16%
3 Gasten Ghost Hotel Liseberg 14%
4 Frankenstein's Castle Indiana Beach 11%
5 Lustiga Huset Gröna Lund 9%
Best Halloween Event 1 Universal Orlando Resort Orlando, Florida 27%
2 Knott's Berry Farm Buena Park, California 20%
3 Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania 13%
4 Kennywood West Mifflin, Pennsylvania 7%
5 Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Tampa, Florida 6%
Best Christmas Event 1 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 41%
2 Disneyland Anaheim, California 9%
3 Silver Dollar City Branson, Missouri 8.5%
4 Magic Kingdom Orlando, Florida 7%
5 Kennywood West Mifflin, Pennsylvania 6%
Top 50 Steel Roller Coasters
Rank 2016 Recipient Park Supplier Year Points
1 Fury 325 Carowinds B&M 2015 1,126
2 Millennium Force Cedar Point Intamin 2000 1,122
3 Superman the Ride Six Flags New England Intamin 2000 698
4 Expedition GeForce Holiday Park Intamin 2001 613
5 Nitro Six Flags Great Adventure B&M 2001 454
6 Apollo's Chariot Busch Gardens Williamsburg B&M 1999 397
7 Leviathan Canada's Wonderland B&M 2012 393
8 Intimidator Carowinds B&M 2010 350
9 Diamondback Kings Island B&M 2009 330
10 Phantom's Revenge Kennywood Arrow Dynamics (rebuilt Morgan) 1991 (rebuilt 2001) 329
11 Nemesis Alton Towers B&M 1994 311
12 Maverick Cedar Point Intamin 2007 306
13 Banshee Kings Island B&M 2014 286
14 Blue Fire Europa-Park Mack Rides 2006 283
15 Magnum XL-200 Cedar Point Arrow Dynamics 1989 279
16 New Texas Giant Six Flags Over Texas RCCA (rebuilt RMC) 1992 (rebuilt 2011) 272
17 Intimidator 305 Kings Dominion Intamin 2010 268
18 Wicked Cyclone Six Flags New England Frontier Construction (rebuilt RMC) 1983 (rebuilt 2015) 265
19 Top Thrill Dragster Cedar Point Intamin 2003 258
20 Goliath Six Flags Over Georgia B&M 2006 255
21 Iron Rattler Six Flags Fiesta Texas Dinn (rebuilt RMC) 1990 (rebuilt 2013) 254
22 Montu Busch Gardens Tampa Bay B&M 1996 203
23 X2 Six Flags Magic Mountain Arrow Dynamics 2002 202
24 Behemoth Canada's Wonderland B&M 2008 198
25 Black Mamba Phantasialand B&M 2006 178
26 Twisted Colossus Six Flags Magic Mountain International Amusement Devices (rebuilt RMC) 1978 (rebuilt 2015) 175
27 Mind Bender Six Flags Over Georgia Schwarzkopf 1978 168
28 Storm Chaser Kentucky Kingdom Martin & Vleminckx (rebuilt RMC) 1998 (rebuilt 2016) 166
29 Helix Liseberg Mack Rides 2014 165
30 Alpengeist Busch Gardens Williamsburg B&M 1997 144
31 Goliath La Ronde B&M 2006 128
32 Raging Bull Six Flags Great America B&M 1999 122
Taron Phantasialand Intamin 2016
34 Thunderbird Holiday World B&M 2015 113
35 Mako SeaWorld Orlando B&M 2016 110
36 Wild Eagle Dollywood B&M 2012 107
37 Steel Force Dorney Park Morgan 1997 105
38 Lisebergbanan Liseberg Schwarzkopf 1987 99
39 Cheetah Hunt Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Intamin 2011 97
40 Euro-Mir Europa-Park Mack Rides 1997 94
Medusa Steel Coaster Six Flags Mexico CCI (rebuilt RMC) 2000 (Rebuilt 2014)
42 Cannibal
Lagoon
2015 92
Kumba Busch Gardens Tampa Bay B&M 1993
44 Lightning Run Kentucky Kingdom Chance Rides 2014 90
45 Whizzer Six Flags Great America Schwarzkopf 1976 85
46 Olympia Looping Wurstelprater Schwarzkopf 1989 81
47 Raptor Cedar Point B&M 1994 80
48 Bizarro Six Flags Great Adventure B&M 1999 74
49 Expedition Everest Disney's Animal Kingdom Vekoma 2006 72
GateKeeper Cedar Point B&M 2013
Top 50 Wood Roller Coasters
Rank 2016 Recipient Park Supplier Year Points
1 Boulder Dash Lake Compounce CCI 2000 1,216
2 Phoenix Knoebels Amusement Resort PTC 1985 1,144
3 El Toro Six Flags Great Adventure Intamin 2006 1,121
4 The Voyage Holiday World & Splashin' Safari The Gravity Group 2006 1,028
5 Ravine Flyer II Waldameer The Gravity Group 2008 692
6 The Beast
Kings Island
1979 670
7 Thunderhead Dollywood GCII 2004 641
8 Outlaw Run Silver Dollar City RMC 2013 611
9 Gold Striker California's Great America GCII 2013 525
10 Lightning Racer Hersheypark GCII 2000 347
11 Lightning Rod Dollywood RMC 2016 336
12 Balder Liseberg Intamin 2003 292
13 Goliath Six Flags Great America RMC 2014 267
14 Prowler Worlds of Fun GCII 2009 256
15 The Raven Holiday World & Splashin' Safari CCI 1995 245
16 The Legend Holiday World & Splashin' Safari CCI 2000 241
17 Giant Dipper Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Arthur Looff 1924 233
18 Colossos Heide Park Intamin 2001 222
19 Shivering Timbers Michigan's Adventure CCI 1998 213
20 Jack Rabbit Kennywood Harry C. Baker 1921 208
21 Thunderbolt Kennywood John Miller (rebuilt Andy Vettel) 1924 (rebuilt 1968) 206
22 The Cú Chulainn Coaster Tayto Park The Gravity Group 2015 179
23 Wodan - Timburcoaster Europa-Park GCII 2012 175
24 Troy Toverland GCII 2007 174
25 The Comet The Great Escape PTC 1994 166
El Toro Freitzeitpark Plohn GCII 2009
27 Cyclone Luna Park Harry C. Baker 1927 165
28 Wildfire Kolmården Wildlife Park RMC 2016 153
29 GhostRider Knott's Berry Farm CCI 1998 141
30 Coaster Playland Carl Phare/Walker LeRoy 1958 141
31 The Boss Six Flags St. Louis CCI 2000 140
32 Wild Mouse
Blackpool Pleasure Beach
1958 132
33 American Thunder Six Flags St. Louis GCII 2009 129
34 White Lightning Fun Spot America GCII 2013 128
35 Megafobia Oakwood Theme Park CCI 1996 122
36 Hades 360 Mt. Olympus Theme Park The Gravity Group 1995 118
37 Rampage Alabama Splash Adventure CCI 1998 117
38 Blue Streak Conneaut Lake Park Ed Vettel 1938 116
39 Screamin' Eagle Six Flags St. Louis PTC 1976 116
40 Tremors Silverwood CCI 1999 115
41 Flying Turns
Knoebels Amusement Resort
2013 110
42 Blue Streak Cedar Point PTC 1964 103
43 Racer Kennywood Charles Mach 1927 94
44 T Express Everland Intamin 2008 84
45 Twister Gröna Lund The Gravity Group 2011 84
46 Wooden Warrior Quassy Amusement Park The Gravity Group 2011 81
47 Twister
Knoebels Amusement Resort
1999 78
48 Kentucky Rumbler Beech Bend Park GCII 2006 77
49 Wood Coaster Knight Valley GCII 2011 76
50 Boardwalk Bullet Kemah Boardwalk Martin & Vleminckx 2007 73

2015 winnersEdit

2015 Golden Ticket Awards[9]
Host Park: Coney Island

The Amusement Today Golden Ticket Awards were announced on September 12, 2015 at a ceremony held at Gargiulo's Italian Restaurant

Category Rank 2015 Recipient Location/Park Vote
Best New Ride (Amusement Park) 1 Fury 325 Carowinds 27%
2 Wicked Cyclone Six Flags New England 14%
3 Twisted Colossus Six Flags Magic Mountain 13%
4 The Cú Chulainn Coaster Tayto Park 10%
5 Thunderbird Holiday World & Splashin' Safari 9.5%
Best New Ride (Water Park) 1 Dive Bomber Six Flags White Water 15%
2 Slidezilla Elitch Gardens 14%
3 Aqua Rocket Raging Waters San Dimas 13%
Slideboarding Wet 'n' Wild Las Vegas
5 Anaconda Kalahari Resort Poconos 10%
Best Park 1 Europa-Park Rust, Germany 24%
2 Cedar Point Sandusky, Ohio 14%
3 Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania 11%
4 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 9%
5 Disneyland Anaheim, California 7%
6 Blackpool Pleasure Beach Blackpool, England 5%
Busch Gardens Williamsburg Williamsburg, Virginia
8 Universal's Islands of Adventure Orlando, Florida 4.5%
9 Alton Towers Staffordshire, England 4%
Holiday World & Splashin' Safari Santa Claus, Indiana
Magic Kingdom Orlando, Florida
Tokyo DisneySea Tokyo, Japan
Best Waterpark 1 Schlitterbahn New Braunfels New Braunfels, Texas 52%
2 Holiday World & Splashin' Safari Santa Claus, Indiana 19%
3 Dollywood's Splash Country Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 6%
4 Aquatica Orlando Orlando, Florida 5%
5 Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Orlando, Florida 4%
Best Children's Park 1 Idlewild and Soak Zone Ligonier, Pennsylvania 21%
2 Storybook Land Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey 20%
3 Story Land Glen, New Hampshire 9%
4 Legoland Windsor Windsor, England 8%
5 Legoland California Carlsbad, California 7%
Legoland Florida Winter Haven, Florida
Best Marine Life Park 1 SeaWorld Orlando Orlando, Florida 55%
2 SeaWorld San Diego San Diego, California 10%
3 Discovery Cove Orlando, Florida 9%
4 SeaWorld San Antonio San Antonio, Texas 8%
5 Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Vallejo, California 7%
Best Seaside Park 1 Morey's Piers Wildwood, New Jersey 27%
2 Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Santa Cruz, California 26.5%
3 Blackpool Pleasure Beach Blackpool, England 26%
4 Grona Lund Stockholm, Sweden 12%
Best Kids’ Area 1 Kings Island Kings Mills, Ohio 27%
2 Efteling Kaatsheuvel, The Netherlands 10%
3 Universal's Islands of Adventure Orlando, Florida 9.5%
4 Kings Dominion Doswell, Virginia 8%
5 Blackpool Pleasure Beach Blackpool, England 6%
Nickelodeon Universe Bloomington, Minnesota
Cleanest Park 1 Holiday World & Splashin' Safari Santa Claus, Indiana 25%
2 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 14%
3 Busch Gardens Williamsburg Williamsburg, Virginia 11%
4 Europa-Park Rust, Germany 9%
5 Disneyland Anaheim, California 8%
Friendliest Park 1 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 35%
2 Holiday World & Splashin' Safari Santa Claus, Indiana 18%
3 Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania 12%
4 Adventure Island Southend-on-Sea, England 9%
5 Silver Dollar City Branson, Missouri 8%
Best Shows 1 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 42%
2 Six Flags Fiesta Texas San Antonio, Texas 11%
3 Silver Dollar City Branson, Missouri 8%
4 Europa-Park Rust, Germany 7%
5 Disney California Adventure Anaheim, California 6%
Best Outdoor Show Production 1 IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth Epcot 24%
2 World of Color Disney California Adventure 15%
3 Fantasmic! Disney's Hollywood Studios 12%
4 Fantasmic! Disneyland 11%
5 Lone Star Nights Six Flags Fiesta Texas 9%
Best Landscaping 1 Busch Gardens Williamsburg Williamsburg, Virginia 29%
2 Gilroy Gardens Gilroy, California 17%
3 Efteling Kaatsheuvel, The Netherlands 11%
4 Alton Towers Staffordshire, England 9%
5 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 7%
Best Food 1 Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania 23%
2 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 20%
3 Epcot Orlando, Florida 16%
4 Silver Dollar City Branson, Missouri 9%
5 Europa-Park Rust, Germany 7%
Best Carousel 1 Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania 42%
2 Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Santa Cruz, California 23%
3 Six Flags Great America Gurnee, Illinois 6%
4 Efteling Kaatsheuvel, The Netherlands 5%
Six Flags Over Georgia Austell, Georgia
Best Water Ride (Park) 1 Valhalla Blackpool Pleasure Beach 28%
2 Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls Universal's Islands of Adventure 19%
3 Splash Mountain Magic Kingdom 9%
4 Mountain Slidewinder Dollywood 7%
5 Timber Mountain Log Ride Knott's Berry Farm 6%
Best Water Park Ride 1 Wildebeest Holiday World & Splashin' Safari 25%
2 Mammoth Holiday World & Splashin' Safari 18%
3 Master Blaster Schlitterbahn 14%
4 The Falls Schlitterbahn 9%
5 Verrückt Schlitterbahn Kansas City 8%
Best Dark Ride 1 Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey Universal's Islands of Adventure 13%
2 Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Disney's Hollywood Studios 12%
3 Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts Universal Studios Florida 9%
4 The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man Universal's Islands of Adventure 8.5%
5 Haunted Mansion Knoebels Amusement Resort 7%
Best Indoor Water Park 1 Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Galveston, Texas 28%
2 Kalahari Resort Ohio Sandusky, Ohio 17%
3 Kalahari Resort Wisconsin Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin 12%
4 World Waterpark Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 11%
5 Splash Landings Staffordshire, England 6%
Best Indoor Roller Coaster 1 Revenge of the Mummy: The Ride Universal Studios Florida 23%
2 Space Mountain Disneyland 12%
3 Winja's Fear & Force Phantasialand 11%
4 Black Diamond (roller coaster) Knoebels Amusement Resort 10%
5 Mindbender Galaxyland 7%
Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith Disney's Hollywood Studios
Best Funhouse/Walk-Through 1 Noah's Ark Kennywood 27%
2 Ghost Ship Morey's Piers 23%
3 Gasten Ghost Hotel Liseberg 12%
4 Frankenstein's Castle Indiana Beach 10%
5 Lustiga Huset Grona Lund 8%
Best Halloween Event 1 Universal Orlando Resort Orlando, Florida 28%
2 Knott's Berry Farm Buena Park, California 18%
3 Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania 11%
4 Kennywood West Mifflin, Pennsylvania 8%
5 Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Tampa, Florida 5%
Best Christmas Event 1 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 40%
2 Disneyland Anaheim, California 10%
3 Silver Dollar City Branson, Missouri 9%
4 Magic Kingdom Orlando, Florida 6%
5 Europa-Park Rust, Germany 5.5%
Top 50 Steel Roller Coasters
Rank 2015 Recipient Park Supplier Year Points
1 Millennium Force Cedar Point Intamin 2000 1,205
2 Bizarro Six Flags New England Intamin 2000 929
3 Expedition GeForce Holiday Park Intamin 2001 714
4 Fury 325 Carowinds B&M 2015 671
5 Nitro Six Flags Great Adventure B&M 2001 650
6 Apollo's Chariot Busch Gardens Williamsburg B&M 1999 597
7 Intimidator Carowinds B&M 2010 499
8 Leviathan Canada's Wonderland B&M 2012 491
9 Nemesis Alton Towers B&M 1994 462
10 New Texas Giant Six Flags Over Texas RCCA (rebuilt RMC) 1992 (rebuilt 2011) 450
11 Diamondback Kings Island B&M 2009 440
12 Goliath Six Flags Over Georgia B&M 2006 427
13 Top Thrill Dragster Cedar Point Intamin 2003 408
14 Phantom's Revenge Kennywood Arrow Dynamics (rebuilt Morgan) 1991 (rebuilt 2001) 405
15 Magnum XL-200 Cedar Point Arrow Dynamics 1989 355
16 Intimidator 305 Kings Dominion Intamin 2010 315
17 Blue Fire Europa-Park Mack Rides 2009 302
18 Behemoth Canada's Wonderland B&M 2008 301
19 Iron Rattler Six Flags Fiesta Texas Dinn (rebuilt RMC) 1990 (rebuilt 2013) 294
20 Banshee Kings Island B&M 2014 275
X2 Six Flags Magic Mountain Arrow Dynamics 2002
22 Maverick Cedar Point Intamin 2007 257
23 Wicked Cyclone Six Flags New England Frontier Construction (rebuilt RMC) 1983 (rebuilt 2015) 251
24 Montu Busch Gardens Tampa Bay B&M 1996 238
25 Skyrush Hersheypark Intamin 2012 219
26 Alpengeist Busch Gardens Williamsburg B&M 1997 207
27 Mind Bender Six Flags Over Georgia Schwarzkopf 1978 200
28 Twisted Colossus Six Flags Magic Mountain International Amusement Devices (rebuilt RMC) 1978 (rebuilt 2015) 193
29 Black Mamba Phantasialand B&M 2006 179
30 The Swarm Thorpe Park B&M 2012 154
31 Raging Bull Six Flags Great America B&M 1999 138
Wild Eagle Dollywood B&M 2012
33 Griffon Busch Gardens Williamsburg B&M 2007 136
34 Helix Liseberg Mack Rides 2014 127
35 Lisebergbanan Liseberg Schwarzkopf 1987 114
36 Goliath La Ronde B&M 2006 110
37 Cheetah Hunt Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Intamin 2011 109
38 Air Alton Towers B&M 2002 108
Kumba Busch Gardens Tampa Bay B&M 1993
Lightning Run Kentucky Kingdom Chance Rides 2014
41 Shock Wave Six Flags Over Texas Schwarzkopf 1978 107
42 SheiKra Busch Gardens Tampa Bay B&M 2005 105
43 Manta SeaWorld Orlando B&M 2009 101
44 Bizarro Six Flags Great Adventure B&M 1999 96
45 Steel Force Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom Morgan 1998 92
46 Whizzer Six Flags Great America Schwarzkopf 1976 90
47 Expedition Everest Disney's Animal Kingdom Vekoma 2006 89
48 Olympia Looping R. Barth & Sohn KB Schwarzkopf 1989 86
49 Kingda Ka Six Flags Great Adventure Intamin 2005 83
Medusa Steel Coaster Six Flags Mexico CCI (rebuilt RMC) 2000 (Rebuilt 2014)
Top 50 Wooden Roller Coasters
Rank 2015 Recipient Park Supplier Year Points
1 Boulder Dash Lake Compounce CCI 2000 1,625
2 El Toro Six Flags Great Adventure Intamin 2006 1,464
3 Phoenix Knoebels Amusement Resort PTC 1985 1,301
4 The Voyage Holiday World & Splashin' Safari The Gravity Group 2006 1,184
5 Thunderhead Dollywood GCII 2004 904
6 The Beast
Kings Island
1979 740
7 Ravine Flyer II Waldameer Park The Gravity Group 2008 722
8 Outlaw Run Silver Dollar City RMC 2013 637
9 Gold Striker California's Great America GCII 2013 560
10 Lightning Racer Hersheypark GCII 2000 421
11 Balder Liseberg Intamin 2003 391
12 The Raven Holiday World & Splashin' Safari CCI 1995 286
13 Giant Dipper Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Arthur Looff 1924 278
14 Goliath Six Flags Great America RMC 2014 269
15 Thunderbolt Kennywood John Miller (rebuilt Andy Vettel) 1924 (rebuilt 1968) 265
16 Cyclone Luna Park Harry C. Baker 1927 242
17 Prowler Worlds of Fun GCII 2009 231
18 Troy Toverland GCII 2007 231
19 The Cú Chulainn Coaster Tayto Park The Gravity Group 2015 228
20 Shivering Timbers Michigan's Adventure CCI 1998 219
21 Flying Turns
Knoebels Amusement Resort
2013 211
Jack Rabbit Kennywood Harry C. Baker 1921
23 Colossos Heide Park Intamin 2001 207
24 The Comet Great Escape PTC 1994 198
25 The Legend Holiday World & Splashin' Safari CCI 2000 193
26 Wild Mouse
Blackpool Pleasure Beach
1958 185
27 Megafobia Oakwood Theme Park CCI 1996 171
28 Rampage Alabama Splash Adventure CCI 1998 167
29 Wodan - Timburcoaster Europa-Park GCII 2012 158
30 Coaster Playland Carl Phare/Walker LeRoy 1958 157
31 Hades 360 Mount Olympus Water & Theme Park The Gravity Group 2005 156
32 Tremors Silverwood Theme Park CCI 1999 152
33 Kentucky Rumbler Beech Bend Park GCII 2006 149
34 Grand National Blackpool Pleasure Beach Charles Paige 1935 140
35 Blue Streak Cedar Point PTC 1964 133
Blue Streak Conneaut Lake Park Ed Vettel 1938
37 El Toro Freizeitpark Plohn GCII 2009 132
38 Wooden Warrior Quassy Amusement Park The Gravity Group 2011 130
39 American Thunder Six Flags St. Louis GCII 2008 123
40 White Lightning Fun Spot America GCII 2013 115
41 Twister
Knoebels Amusement Resort
1999 98
42 The Boss Six Flags St. Louis CCI 2000 91
43 Boardwalk Bullet Kemah Boardwalk Martin & Vleminckx 2007 88
44 Twiser Grona Lund The Gravity Group 2011 83
45 Comet Hersheypark PTC 1946 78
Zippin Pippin Bay Beach Amusement Park John Miller (rebuilt The Gravity Group) 1912 (rebuilt 2011)
47 T Express Everland Intamin 2008 74
48 Big Dipper Blackpool Pleasure Beach John Miller 1923 70
Tonnerre de Zeus Parc Astérix CCI 1997
50 Racer Kennywood Charles Mach 1927 69

2014 winnersEdit

2014 Golden Ticket Awards[10]
Host Park: SeaWorld San Diego

The Amusement Today Golden Ticket Awards were announced at a ceremony on September 5, 2014, at the Mission Bay Theater

Category Rank 2014 Recipient Location/Park Vote
Best New Ride (Amusement Park) 1 Flying Turns Knoebels Amusement Resort 27%
2 Banshee Kings Island 19%
3 Goliath Six Flags Great America 11%
4 Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts Universal's Islands of Adventure 10%
5 Lightning Run Kentucky Kingdom 9%
Best New Ride (Water Park) 1 Verrückt Schlitterbahn Kansas City 59%
2 Colossal Curl Water Country USA 11%
3 Bahama Blasters Six Flags Fiesta Texas 10%
4 Deep Water Dive Kentucky Kingdom 8%
5 Snake Pit Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom 4%
Best Park 1 Europa-Park Rust, Germany 25%
2 Cedar Point Sandusky, Ohio 16%
3 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 9%
4 Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania 8%
5 Disneyland Anaheim, California 8%
6 Universal's Islands of Adventure Orlando, Florida 5%
7 Magic Kingdom Orlando, Florida 4%
Tokyo DisneySea Tokyo, Japan
9 Busch Gardens Williamsburg Williamsburg, Virginia 3.5%
10 Holiday World & Splashin' Safari Santa Claus, Indiana 3%
Best Waterpark 1 Schlitterbahn New Braunfels New Braunfels, Texas 55%
2 Holiday World & Splashin' Safari Santa Claus, Indiana 17%
3 Dollywood's Splash Country Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 5%
4 Disney's Blizzard Beach Orlando, Florida 4.5%
5 Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Orlando, Florida 4%
Best Children's Park 1 Idlewild and Soak Zone Ligonier, Pennsylvania 34%
2 Story Land Glen, New Hampshire 13%
3 Legoland California Carlsbad, California 12.5%
4 Legoland Florida Winter Haven, Florida 10%
5 Enchanted Forest Turner, Oregon 5%
Santa's Village Jefferson, New Hampshire
Best Marine Life Park 1 SeaWorld Orlando Orlando, Florida 52%
2 SeaWorld San Diego San Diego, California 12%
3 Discovery Cove Orlando, Florida 10%
4 Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Vallejo, California 9%
5 SeaWorld San Antonio San Antonio, Texas 8%
Best Seaside Park 1 Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Santa Cruz, California 45%
2 Blackpool Pleasure Beach Blackpool, England 16%
3 Grona Lund Stockholm, Sweden 15%
4 Morey's Piers Wildwood, New Jersey 12%
5 Belmont Park San Diego, California 4%
Best Kids’ Area 1 Kings Island Kings Mills, Ohio 26%
2 Efteling Kaatsheuvel, The Netherlands 13%
3 Knott's Berry Farm Buena Park, California 10%
4 Universal's Islands of Adventure Orlando, Florida 9.5%
5 Nickelodeon Universe Bloomington, Minnesota 9%
Cleanest Park 1 Holiday World & Splashin' Safari Santa Claus, Indiana 23%
2 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 13%
3 Disneyland Anaheim, California 12%
4 Europa-Park Rust, Germany 10%
5 Busch Gardens Williamsburg Williamsburg, Virginia 9%
Friendliest Park 1 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 39%
2 Holiday World & Splashin' Safari Santa Claus, Indiana 14%
3 Silver Dollar City Branson, Missouri 11%
4 Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania 6%
5 Disneyland Anaheim, California 5%
Best Shows 1 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 45%
2 Six Flags Fiesta Texas San Antonio, Texas 12%
3 Europa-Park Rust, Germany 8%
4 Silver Dollar City Branson, Missouri 6.5%
5 Disney California Adventure Anaheim, California 6%
Best Outdoor Show Production 1 IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth Epcot 27%
2 World of Color Disney California Adventure 19%
3 Fantasmic! Disneyland 11%
4 Lone Star Nights Six Flags Fiesta Texas 10%
5 Fantasmic! Disney's Hollywood Studios 9%
Best Landscaping 1 Busch Gardens Williamsburg Williamsburg, Virginia 24%
2 Gilroy Gardens Gilroy, California 23%
3 Efteling Kaatsheuvel, The Netherlands 17%
4 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 6%
5 Epcot Orlando, Florida 5%
Best Food 1 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 21%
2 Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania 18%
3 Epcot Orlando, Florida 17.5%
4 Silver Dollar City Branson, Missouri 13%
5 Europa-Park Rust, Germany 7%
Best Carousel 1 Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania 40%
2 Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Santa Cruz, California 27%
3 Six Flags Great America Gurnee, Illinois 5.5%
4 Kennywood West Mifflin, Pennsylvania 5%
Phantasialan Bruhl, Germany
Best Water Ride (Park) 1 Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls Universal's Islands of Adventure 21%
2 Valhalla Blackpool Pleasure Beach 12%
3 Splash Mountain Disneyland 11%
4 Timber Mountain Log Ride Knott's Berry Farm 10.5%
5 Mountain Slidewinder Dollywood 9%
Best Water Park Ride 1 Wildebeest Holiday World & Splashin' Safari 23%
2 Master Blaster Schlitterbahn 16%
3 Mammoth Holiday World & Splashin' Safari 15%
4 The Falls Schlitterbahn 7%
5 Congo River Expedition Schlitterbahn 8%
Verrückt Schlitterbahn Kansas City
Best Dark Ride 1 Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey Universal's Islands of Adventure 20%
2 Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Disney's Hollywood Studios 10.5%
3 Radiator Springs Racers Disney California Adventure 10%
4 The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man Universal's Islands of Adventure 9%
Haunted Mansion Knoebels Amusement Resort
Best Indoor Water Park 1 Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Galveston, Texas 25%
2 Kalahari Resort Sandusky, Ohio 19%
3 World Waterpark Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 12%
4 Kalahari Resort Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin 9%
5 Splash Landings Stafforshire, England 8%
Best Indoor Roller Coaster 1 Revenge of the Mummy Universal Studios Florida 21%
2 Space Mountain Disneyland 14%
3 Winja's Fear & Force Phantasialand 12%
4 Black Diamond Knoebels Amusement Resort 9%
5 Mindbender Galaxyland 8.5%
Best Funhouse/Walk-Through 1 Noah's Ark Kennywood 32%
2 Frankenstein's Castle Indiana Beach 17%
3 Gasten Ghost Hotel Liseberg 15%
4 Ghost Ship Morey's Piers 12%
5 Lustiga Juset Grona Lund 11%
Best Halloween Event 1 Universal Orlando Resort Orlando, Florida 28%
2 Knott's Berry Farm Buena Park, California 20%
3 Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania 14%
4 Kennywood West Mifflin, Pennsylvania 9%
5 Cedar Point Sandusky, Ohio 6%
Best Christmas Event 1 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 41%
2 Disneyland Anaheim, California 10%
3 Silver Dollar City Branson, Missouri 9.5%
4 Magic Kingdom Orlando, Florida 9%
5 Kennywood West Mifflin, Pennsylvania 7%
Top 50 Steel Roller Coasters
Rank 2014 Recipient Park Supplier Year Points
1 Millennium Force Cedar Point Intamin 2000 1,139
2 Bizarro Six Flags New England Intamin 2000 1,049
3 Expedition GeForce Holiday Park Intamin 2001 764
4 Diamondback Kings Island B&M 2009 579
5 Nitro Six Flags Great Adventure B&M 2001 563
6 Leviathan Canada's Wonderland B&M 2012 500
7 Apollo's Chariot Busch Gardens Williamsburg B&M 1999 484
8 New Texas Giant Six Flags Over Texas RCCA (rebuilt RMC) 1992 (rebuilt 2011) 465
9 Goliath Six Flags Over Georgia B&M 2006 422
10 Intimidator Carowinds B&M 2010 387
11 Phantom's Revenge Kennywood Arrow Dynamics (rebuilt Morgan) 1991 (rebuilt 2001) 384
12 Iron Rattler Six Flags Fiesta Texas Dinn (rebuilt RMC) 1990 (rebuilt 2013) 367
13 Magnum XL-200 Cedar Point Arrow Dynamics 1989 366
Intimidator 305 Kings Dominion Intamin 2010
15 Behemoth Canada's Wonderland B&M 2008 318
16 Banshee Kings Island B&M 2014 317
17 Blue Fire Europa-Park Mack Rides 2009 304
18 X2 Six Flags Magic Mountain Arrow Dynamics 2002 292
19 Top Thrill Dragster Cedar Point Intamin 2003 273
20 Mind Bender Six Flags Over Georgia Schwarzkopf 1978 249
21 Nemesis Alton Towers B&M 1994 245
22 Montu Busch Gardens Tampa Bay B&M 1996 229
23 Alpengeist Busch Gardens Williamsburg B&M 1997 220
24 Black Mamba Phantasialand B&M 2006 179
25 Lightning Run Kentucky Kingdom Chance Rides 2014 165
26 Goliath La Ronde B&M 2006 157
Skyrush Hersheypark Intamin 2012
28 Maverick Cedar Point Intamin 2007 138
Wild Eagle Dollywood B&M 2012
30 Helix Liseberg Mack Rides 2014 134
31 Raging Bull Six Flags Great America B&M 1999 124
32 GateKeeper Cedar Point B&M 2013 117
33 Griffon Busch Gardens Williamsburg B&M 2007 116
34 Tatsu Six Flags Magic Mountain B&M 2006 115
35 Lisebergbanan Liseberg Schwarzkopf 1987 113
36 Kumba Busch Gardens Tampa Bay B&M 1993 110
37 Steel Force Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom Morgan 1998 106
38 SheiKra Busch Gardens Tampa Bay B&M 2005 101
39 Full Throttle Six Flags Magic Mountain Premier Rides 2013 95
40 Shock Wave Six Flags Over Texas Schwarzkopf 1978 90
41 Manta SeaWorld Orlando B&M 2009 87
42 Euro-Mir Europa-Park Mack Rides 1997 81
43 Goliath Six Flags Magic Mountain Giovanola 2000 79
44 Whizzer Six Flags Great America Schwarzkopf 1976 77
45 Kingda Ka Six Flags Great Adventure Intamin 2005 76
46 Piraten Djurs Sommerland Intamin 2008 74
47 Raptor Cedar Point B&M 1994 73
48 Cheetah Hunt Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Intamin 2011 71
49 California Screamin' Disney California Adventure Intamin 2001 70
Volcano, The Blast Coaster Kings Dominion Intamin 1998
Top 50 Wooden Roller Coasters
Rank 2014 Recipient Park Supplier Year Points
1 Boulder Dash Lake Compounce CCI 2000 1,480
2 El Toro Six Flags Great Adventure Intamin 2006 1,291
3 The Voyage Holiday World & Splashin' Safari The Gravity Group 2006 1,129
4 Phoenix Knoebels Amusement Resort PTC 1985 1,036
5 Thunderhead Dollywood GCII 2004 837
6 Ravine Flyer II Waldameer Park The Gravity Group 2008 719
7 Gold Striker California's Great America GCII 2013 619
8 The Beast
Kings Island
1979 614
9 Outlaw Run Silver Dollar City RMC 2013 605
10 Balder Liseberg Intamin 2003 393
11 Lightning Racer Hersheypark GCII 2000 342
12 Prowler Worlds of Fun GCII 2009 302
13 The Raven Holiday World & Splashin' Safari CCI 1995 298
14 Thunderbolt Kennywood John Miller (rebuilt Andy Vettel) 1924 (rebuilt 1968) 270
15 Shivering Timbers Michigan's Adventure CCI 1998 264
16 Troy Toverland GCII 2007 260
17 Giant Dipper Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Arthur Looff 1924 238
18 The Comet Great Escape PTC 1994 211
19 Jack Rabbit Kennywood Harry C. Baker 1921 204
20 Kentucky Rumbler Beech Bend Park GCII 2006 203
21 Wodan - Timburcoaster Europa-Park GCII 2012 200
22 Cyclone Luna Park Harry C. Baker 1927 177
23 Goliath Six Flags Great America RMC 2014 166
24 Colossos Heide Park Intamin 2001 162
25 Flying Turns
Knoebels Amusement Resort
2013 155
26 Hades 360 Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park The Gravity Group 2005 143
27 The Legend Holiday World & Splashin' Safari CCI 2000 137
28 Wooden Warrior Quassy Amusement Park The Gravity Group 2011 122
29 El Toro Freizeitpark Plohn GCII 2009 119
30 Blue Streak Conneaut Lake Park Ed Vettel 1938 117
31 American Thunder Six Flags St. Louis GCII 2008 114
32 Grand National Blackpool Pleasure Beach Charles Paige 1935 110
33 Megafobia Oakwood Theme Park CCI 1996 108
34 Tremors Silverwood Theme Park CCI 1999 105
35 Blue Streak Cedar Point PTC 1964 104
Boardwalk Bullet Kemah Boardwalk Martin & Vleminckx 2007
37 Coaster Playland Carl Phare/Walker LeRoy 1958 103
38 Apocalypse Six Flags Magic Mountain GCII 2009 101
White Lightning Fun Spot America GCII 2013
40 Twister
Knoebels Amusement Resort
1999 100
41 Rutschebanen Tivoli Gardens Valdemar Lebech 1915 98
42 Racer Kennywood Charles Mach 1927 96
43 Wild Mouse
Blackpool Pleasure Beach
1958 95
44 GhostRider Knott's Berry Farm CCI 1998 94
45 Colossus Six Flags Magic Mountain International Amusement Devices 1978 86
46 Tonnerre de Zeus Parc Astérix CCI 1997 85
47 HellCat Timber Falls Adventure Park S&S 2004 78
48 The Boss Six Flags St. Louis CCI 2000 70
49 Viper
Six Flags Great America
1995 69
50 Wood Coaster Knight Valley GCII 2011 68

2013 winnersEdit

2013 Golden Ticket Awards[11]
Host Park: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

The Amusement Today Golden Ticket Awards were announced at a ceremony held September 7, 2013, at the Cocoanut Grove Ballroom

Category Rank 2013 Recipient Location/Park Vote
Best New Ride (Amusement Park) 1 Outlaw Run Silver Dollar City 45%
2 Iron Rattler Six Flags Fiesta Texas 19%
3 GateKeeper Cedar Point 15%
4 Gold Striker California's Great America 6%
5 Transformers: The Ride Universal Studios Florida 5%
Best New Ride (Waterpark) 1 RiverRush Dollywood's Splash Country 53%
2 Bonzai Pipelines Six Flags New England 23%
3 Constrictor Wet 'n' Wild Las Vegas 7%
4 Bonzai Pipelines Six Flags America 6%
5 Bootlegger's Run Splish Splash 5%
Best Park 1 Cedar Point Sandusky, Ohio 23%
2 Europa-Park Rust, Germany 22%
3 Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania 9%
4 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 8%
5 Disneyland Anaheim, California 7%
6 Tokyo DisneySea Tokyo, Japan 6%
7 Busch Gardens Williamsburg Williamsburg, Virginia 5%
Universal's Islands of Adventure Orlando, Florida
9 Magic Kingdom Orlando, Florida 4.5%
10 Silver Dollar City Branson, Missouri 4%
Best Waterpark 1 Schlitterbahn New Braunfels, Texas 45%
2 Holiday World & Splashin' Safari Santa Claus, Indiana 17%
3 Aquatica Orlando Orlando, Florida 6%
4 Dollywood's Splash Country Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 5%
Noah's Ark Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
Best Children's Park 1 Idlewild and Soak Zone Ligonier, Pennsylvania 39%
2 Legoland California Carlsbad, California 16%
3 Legoland Florida Winter Haven, Florida 11%
4 Dutch Wonderland Lancaster, Pennsylvania 7%
Story Land Glen, New Hampshire
Best Marine Life Park 1 SeaWorld Orlando Orlando, Florida 58%
2 SeaWorld San Diego San Diego, California 13%
3 SeaWorld San Antonio San Antonio, Texas 9%
4 Discovery Cove Orlando, Florida 7%
5 Ocean Park Hong Kong, China 6%
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Vallejo, California
Best Seaside Park 1 Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Santa Cruz, California 36%
2 Blackpool Pleasure Beach Blackpool, England 20%
3 Morey's Piers Wildwood, New Jersey 15%
4 Grona Lund Stockholm, Sweden 14%
5 Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier Galveston, Texas 5%
Best Indoor Waterpark 1 Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Galveston, Texas 31%
2 Kalahari Resort Sandusky, Ohio 21%
3 Kalahari Resort Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin 15%
4 World Waterpark Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 12%
5 Splash Landings Staffordshire, England 8%
Friendliest Park 1 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 35%
2 Holiday World & Splashin' Safari Santa Claus, Indiana 21%
3 Silver Dollar City Branson, Missouri 13%
4 Knoebel's Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania 10%
5 Six Flags New England Agawam, Massachusetts 7%
Cleanest Park 1 Holiday World & Splashin' Safari Santa Claus, Indiana 26%
2 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 14%
3 Disneyland Anaheim, California 10%
4 Busch Gardens Williamsburg Williamsburg, Virginia 9%
5 Silver Dollar City Branson, Missouri 8.5%
Best Shows 1 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 41%
2 Six Flags Fiesta Texas San Antonio, Texas 23%
3 Disney's Hollywood Studios Orlando, Florida 6%
4 Europa-Park Rust, Germany 5%
SeaWorld Orlando Orlando, Florida
Silver Dollar City Branson, Missouri
Best Food 1 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 24%
Knoebel's Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania
3 Epcot Orlando, Florida 18%
4 Silver Dollar City Branson, Missouri 14%
5 Tivoli Gardens Copenhagen, Denmark 5%
Best Water Ride (Park) 1 Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls Universal's Islands of Adventure 20%
2 Splash Mountain Magic Kingdom 13%
3 Timber Mountain Log Ride Knott's Berry Farm 10%
4 Valhalla Blackpool Pleasure Beach 9%
5 Mountain Slidewinder Dollywood 8.5%
Best Waterpark Ride 1 Wildebeest Holiday World & Splashin' Safari 24%
2 Master Blaster Schlitterbahn 22%
3 Mammoth Holiday World & Splashin' Safari 15%
4 The Falls Schlitterbahn 10%
5 Congo River Expedition Schlitterbahn 9%
Best Kids' Area 1 Kings Island Kings Mills, Ohio 32%
2 Universal's Islands of Adventure Orlando, Florida 15%
3 Nickelodeon Universe Bloomington, Minnesota 12%
4 Efteling Kaatsheuvel, The Netherlands 8%
5 Cedar Point Sandusky, Ohio 7%
Kings Dominion Doswell, Virginia
Best Dark Ride 1 Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey Universal's Islands of Adventure 19%
2 The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man Universal's Islands of Adventure 16%
3 Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Disney's Hollywood Studios 13%
4 Haunted Mansion Knoebel's Amusement Resort 8%
5 Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Forbidden Eye Disneyland 7%
Pirates of the Caribbean Disneyland
Best Outdoor Show Production 1 Epcot Orlando, Florida 29%
2 Disney California Adventure Anaheim, California 18%
3 Six Flags Fiesta Texas San Antonio, Texas 12%
4 Disney's Hollywood Studios Orlando, Florida 11.5%
5 Disneyland Anaheim, California 8%
Best Landscaping 1 Busch Gardens Williamsburg Williamsburg, Virginia 33%
2 Gilroy Gardens Gilroy, California 12%
3 Efteling Kaatsheuvel, The Netherlands 11%
4 Tivoli Gardens Copenhagen, Denmark 8%
5 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 7%
Best Halloween Event 1 Universal Studios Florida Orlando, Florida 30%
2 Knott's Berry Farm Buena Park, California 22%
3 Knoebel's Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania 11%
4 Kennywood West Mifflin, Pennsylvania 10%
5 Cedar Point Sandusky, Ohio 7%
Best Christmas Event 1 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 47%
2 Silver Dollar City Branson, Missouri 12%
3 Disneyland Anaheim, California 10%
4 Magic Kingdom Orlando, Florida 8%
5 Kennywood West Mifflin, Pennsylvania 5%
Best Carousel 1 Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania 48%
2 Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Santa Cruz, California 17%
3 Six Flags Great America Gurnee, Illinois 8%
4 Six Flags Over Georgia Austell, Georgia 7%
5 Universal's Islands of Adventure Orlando, Florida 4%
Best Indoor Coaster 1 Revenge of the Mummy: The Ride Universal Studios Florida 23%
2 Space Mountain Disneyland 14%
3 Winja's Fear & Force Phantasialand 11%
4 Mindbender Galaxyland 10%
Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith Disney's Hollywood Studios
Best Funhouse/Walk-Through Attraction 1 Noah's Ark Kennywood 34%
2 Frankenstein's Castle Indiana Beach 23%
3 Gasten Ghost Hotel Liseberg 14%
4 Lustiga Huset Grona Lund 13%
5 Ghost Ship Morey's Piers 12%
Top 50 Steel Roller Coasters
Rank 2013 Recipient Park Supplier Year Points
1 Millennium Force Cedar Point Intamin 2000 1,204
2 Bizarro Six Flags New England Intamin 2000 1,011
3 Expedition GeForce Holiday Park Intamin 2001 598
4 Nitro Six Flags Great Adventure B&M 2001 596
5 Apollo's Chariot Busch Gardens Williamsburg B&M 1999 542
6 New Texas Giant Six Flags Over Texas Dinn (rebuilt RMC) 1990 (rebuilt 2011) 512
7 Goliath Six Flags Over Georgia B&M 2006 494
8 Intimidator Carowinds B&M 2010 478
9 Magnum XL-200 Cedar Point Arrow Dynamics 1989 416
10 Intimidator 305 Kings Dominion Intamin 2010 412
11 Iron Rattler Six Flags Fiesta Texas RCCA (rebuilt RMC) 1992 (rebuilt 2013) 393
12 Top Thrill Dragster Cedar Point Intamin 2003 356
13 Phantom's Revenge Kennywood Arrow Dynamics (rebuilt Morgan) 1991 (rebuilt 2001) 334
14 Diamondback Kings Island B&M 2009 301
15 Leviathan Canada's Wonderland B&M 2012 298
16 X2 Six Flags Magic Mountain Arrow Dynamics 2002 290
17 Behemoth Canada's Wonderland B&M 2008 276
18 Montu Busch Gardens Tampa Bay B&M 1996 257
19 Mind Bender Six Flags Over Georgia Schwarzkopf 1978 247
20 Nemesis Alton Towers B&M 1994 210
21 Blue Fire Europa-Park Mack Rides 2009 192
22 Maverick Cedar Point Intamin 2007 183
23 Goliath La Ronde B&M 2006 156
24 Wild Eagle Dollywood B&M 2012 148
25 Alpengeist Busch Gardens Williamsburg B&M 1997 147
26 Skyrush Hersheypark Intamin 2012 136
27 Kumba Busch Gardens Tampa Bay B&M 1993 134
28 GateKeeper Cedar Point B&M 2013 113
29 Shock Wave Six Flags Over Texas Schwarzkopf 1978 103
30 Raptor Cedar Point B&M 1994 102
31 Raging Bull Six Flags Great America B&M 1999 100
32 SheiKra Busch Gardens Tampa Bay B&M 2005 98
33 Griffon Busch Gardens Williamsburg B&M 2007 97
34 Black Mamba Phantasialand B&M 2006 94
35 Afterburn Carowinds B&M 1999 92
Kingda Ka Six Flags Great Adventure Intamin 2005
37 Steel Force Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom Morgan 1998 87
38 Superman: Ride of Steel Six Flags America Intamin 2000 86
39 Volcano, The Blast Coaster Kings Dominion Intamin 1998 85
40 Whizzer Six Flags Great America Schwarzkopf 1976 80
41 Goliath Six Flags Magic Mountain Giovanola 2000 78
42 Expedition Everest Disney's Animal Kingdom Vekoma 2006 76
Powder Keg Silver Dollar City S&S Worldwide 2005
Titan Six Flags Over Texas Giovanola 2001
45 Olympia Looping owners: R. Barth and Sohn KG Schwarzkopf 1989 73
X-Flight Six Flags Great America B&M 2012
47 Dominator Kings Dominion B&M 2008 63
48 Kraken SeaWorld Orlando B&M 2000 60
Lisebergbanan Liseberg Schwarzkopf 1987
50 Tatsu Six Flags Magic Mountain B&M 2006 58
Top 50 Wooden Roller Coasters
Rank 2013 Recipient Park Supplier Year Points
1 Boulder Dash Lake Compounce CCI 2000 1,333
2 El Toro Six Flags Great Adventure Intamin 2006 1,302
3 Phoenix Knoebels Amusement Resort PTC 1985 1,088
4 The Voyage Holiday World & Splashin' Safari The Gravity Group 2006 1,086
5 Thunderhead Dollywood GCII 2004 923
6 Ravine Flyer II Waldameer Park The Gravity Group 2008 712
7 Outlaw Run Silver Dollar City RMC 2013 599
8 The Beast
Kings Island
1979 555
9 Lightning Racer Hersheypark GCII 2000 364
10 Shivering Timbers Michigan's Adventure CCI 1998 304
11 The Raven Holiday World & Splashin' Safari CCI 1995 296
12 Prowler Worlds of Fun GCII 2009 290
13 Balder Liseberg Intamin 2003 278
14 Hades 360 Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park The Gravity Group 2005 225
15 Thunderbolt Kennywood John Miller (rebuilt Andy Vettel) 1924 (rebuilt 1968) 222
16 The Comet Great Escape PTC 1994 215
17 Colossos Heide Park Intamin 2001 207
18 Jack Rabbit Kennywood Harry C. Baker 1921 192
19 Cyclone Luna Park Harry C. Baker 1927 166
The Legend Holiday World & Splashin' Safari CCI 2000
21 Kentucky Rumbler Beech Bend Park GCII 2006 160
22 Giant Dipper Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Arthur Looff 1924 146
23 El Toro Freizeitpark Plohn GCII 2009 138
24 Tremors Silverwood Theme Park CCI 1999 132
25 American Thunder Six Flags St. Louis GCII 2008 127
26 Gold Striker California's Great America GCII 2013 118
27 Blue Streak Cedar Point PTC 1964 116
28 Troy Toverland GCII 2007 115
29 GhostRider Knott's Berry Farm CCI 1998 113
30 Coaster Playland Carl Phare/Walker LeRoy 1958 111
31 Wodan - Timburcoaster Europa-Park GCII 2012 108
32 Cornball Express Indiana Beach CCI 2001 100
33 Blue Streak Conneaut Lake Park Ed Vettel 1938 99
34 Boardwalk Bullet Kemah Boardwalk Martin & Vleminckx 2007 94
35 Racer Kennywood Charles Mach 1927 90
36 Wooden Warrior Quassy Amusement Park The Gravity Group 2011 88
37 Zippin Pippin Bay Beach Amusement Park John Miller (rebuilt The Gravity Group) 1912 (rebuilt 2011) 84
38 Thunderbird PowerLand GCII 2006 83
39 Twister
Knoebels Amusement Resort
1999 80
40 Megafobia Oakwood Theme Park CCI 1996 76
41 Grand National Blackpool Pleasure Beach Charles Paige 1935 70
T Express Everland Intamin 2008
43 Great American Scream Machine Six Flags Over Georgia PTC 1973 66
44 Tonnerre de Zeus Parc Astérix CCI 1997 64
Viper
Six Flags Great America
1995
46 HellCat Timber Falls Adventure Park S&S 2004 62
Twister Gröna Lund The Gravity Group 2011
48 Cyclone Lakeside Amusement Park Edward Vettel 1940 60
49 Apocalypse Six Flags Magic Mountain GCII 2009 59
50 Yankee Cannonball Canobie Lake Park PTC 1930 55

2012 winnersEdit

2012 Golden Ticket Awards[12]
Host Park: Dollywood

The Amusement Today Golden Ticket Awards were announced at a ceremony held September 8, 2012, at the Celebrity theater

Category Rank 2012 Recipient Location Vote
Best New Ride (Amusement Park) 1 Wild Eagle Dollywood 30%
2 Radiator Springs Racers Disney California Adventure 15%
3 Leviathan Canada's Wonderland 14%
4 Verbolten Busch Gardens Williamsburg 7%
5 OzIris Parc Astérix 6%
Skyrush Hersheypark
Best New Ride (Waterpark) 1 Mammoth Holiday World & Splashin' Safari 54%
2 King Kaw Rapids River Schlitterbahn Kansas City 11%
3 King Cobra Six Flags Great Adventure 7%
4 The Lost City Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park 4%
Walhalla Wave Aquatica San Antonio
Best Park 1 Cedar Point Sandusky, Ohio 21%
2 Europa-Park Rust, Germany 14%
3 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 13.5%
4 Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania 9%
5 Disneyland Anaheim, California 8%
6 Busch Gardens Williamsburg Williamsburg, Virginia 7%
7 Magic Kingdom Orlando, Florida 6%
Universal's Islands of Adventure Orlando, Florida
9 Tokyo DisneySea Tokyo, Japan 4.5%
10 Blackpool Pleasure Beach Blackpool, England 4%
Best Waterpark 1 Schlitterbahn New Braunfels, Texas 53%
2 Holiday World & Splashin' Safari Santa Claus, Indiana 15%
3 Disney's Blizzard Beach Orlando, Florida 7%
4 Dollywood's Splash Country Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 6%
5 Aquatica Orlando Orlando, Florida 5%
Noah's Ark Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
Best Children's Park 1 Idlewild and Soak Zone Ligonier, Pennsylvania 31%
2 Legoland California Carlsbad, California 18%
3 Farup Sommerland Saltum, Denmark 12%
4 Legoland Florida Winter Haven, Florida 7%
5 Sesame Place Langhorne, Pennsylvania 6%
Best Marine Life Park 1 SeaWorld Orlando Orlando, Florida 55%
2 SeaWorld San Diego San Diego, California 11%
3 SeaWorld San Antonio San Antonio, Texas 10%
4 Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Vallejo, California 8%
5 Discovery Cove Orlando, Florida 6%
Best Seaside Park 1 Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Santa Cruz, California 34%
2 Blackpool Pleasure Beach Blackpool, England 20%
3 Grona Lund Stockholm, Sweden 19%
4 Morey's Piers Wildwood, New Jersey 16%
5 Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier Galveston, Texas 4%
Best Indoor Waterpark 1 Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Galveston, Texas 33%
2 Kalahari Resort Sandusky, Ohio 18%
3 Kalahari Resort Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin 17%
4 World Waterpark Edmonton, Alberta 12%
5 Splash Landings Staffordshire, England 8%
Friendliest Park 1 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 46%
2 Holiday World & Splashin' Safari Santa Claus, Indiana 25%
3 Silver Dollar City Branson, Missouri 7%
4 Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania 6%
5 Beech Bend Park Bowling Green, Kentucky 4%
Magic Kingdom Orlando, Florida
Cleanest Park 1 Holiday World & Splashin' Safari Santa Claus, Indiana 29%
2 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 16%
3 Busch Gardens Williamsburg Williamsburg, Virginia 14%
4 Disneyland Anaheim, California 13%
5 Magic Kingdom Orlando, Florida 8%
Best Shows 1 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 45%
2 Six Flags Fiesta Texas San Antonio, Texas 15%
3 Disney's Hollywood Studios Orlando, Florida 8%
4 Silver Dollar City Branson, Missouri 7%
5 SeaWorld Orlando Orlando, Florida 6%
Best Food 1 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 27%
2 Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania 20%
3 Epcot Orlando, Florida 18%
4 Silver Dollar City Branson, Missouri 13%
5 Busch Gardens Williamsburg Williamsburg, Virginia 6%
Best Water Ride (Park) 1 Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls Universal's Islands of Adventure 26%
2 Valhalla Blackpool Pleasure Beach 17%
3 Splash Mountain Magic Kingdom 11%
4 Mountain Slidewinder Dollywood 10%
5 Pilgrim's Plunge Holiday World & Splashin' Safari 8%
Best Waterpark Ride 1 Wildebeest Holiday World & Splashin' Safari 26%
2 Master Blaster Schlitterbahn 23%
3 The Falls Schlitterbahn 12%
4 Congo River Expedition Schlitterbahn 7%
5 Zoombabwe Holiday World & Splashin' Safari 5%
Best Kids' Area 1 Kings Island Kings Mills, Ohio 31%
2 Universal's Islands of Adventure Orlando, Florida 15%
3 Nickelodeon Universe Bloomington, Minnesota 13%
4 Efteling Kaatsheuvel, The Netherlands 9%
5 Knott's Berry Farm Buena Park, California 6%
Best Dark Ride 1 Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey Universal's Islands of Adventure 24%
2 The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man Universal's Islands of Adventure 18%
3 Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Disney's Hollywood Studios 13%
4 Haunted Mansion Knoebels Amusement Resort 10%
5 Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Forbidden Eye Disneyland 6%
Best Outdoor Show Production 1 Epcot Orlando, Florida 42%
2 Disney California Adventure Anaheim, California 17%
3 Six Flags Fiesta Texas San Antonio, Texas 13%
4 Magic Kingdom Orlando, Florida 11%
5 Disney's Hollywood Studios Orlando, Florida 10%
Best Landscaping 1 Busch Gardens Williamsburg Williamsburg, Virginia 36%
2 Gilroy Gardens Gilroy, California 13.5%
3 Efteling Kaatsheuvel, The Netherlands 13%
4 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 8%
5 Tivoli Gardens Copenhagen, Denmark 7%
Best Halloween Event 1 Universal Orlando Resort Orlando, Florida 35%
2 Knott's Berry Farm Buena Park, California 26%
3 Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania 13%
4 Kennywood West Mifflin, Pennsylvania 11%
5 Busch Gardens Williamsburg Williamsburg, Virginia 4%
Best Christmas Event 1 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 33%
2 Disneyland Anaheim, California 13%
3 Magic Kingdom Orlando, Florida 10%
Silver Dollar City Branson, Missouri
5 Busch Gardens Williamsburg Williamsburg, Virginia 4%
Best Carousel 1 Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania 44%
2 Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Santa Cruz, California 18%
3 Six Flags Over Georgia Austell, Georgia 8%
4 Six Flags Great America Gurnee, Illinois 7%
5 Universal's Islands of Adventure Orlando, Florida 6%
Best Indoor Coaster 1 Revenge of the Mummy Universal Studios Florida 30%
2 Space Mountain Disneyland 16%
3 Black Diamond Knoebels Amusement Resort 10%
4 Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith Disney's Hollywood Studios 9%
5 Space Mountain Magic Kingdom 8.5%
Best Funhouse/Walk-Through Attraction 1 Noah's Ark Kennywood 30%
2 Frankenstein's Castle Indiana Beach 25%
3 Lustiga Huset Grona Lund 14%
4 Gasten Ghost Hotel Liseberg 12%
Ghost Ship Morey's Piers
Top 50 Steel Roller Coasters
Rank 2012 Recipient Park Supplier Year Points
1 Millennium Force Cedar Point Intamin 2000 1,272
2 Bizarro Six Flags New England Intamin 2000 946
3 Nitro Six Flags Great Adventure B&M 2001 650
4 Apollo's Chariot Busch Gardens Williamsburg B&M 1999 597
5 New Texas Giant Six Flags Over Texas Dinn (rebuilt RMC) 1990 (rebuilt 2011) 564
6 Expedition GeForce Holiday Park Intamin 2001 537
7 Intimidator Carowinds B&M 2010 520
8 Magnum XL-200 Cedar Point Arrow Dynamics 1989 480
9 Goliath Six Flags Over Georgia B&M 2006 444
10 Diamondback Kings Island B&M 2009 395
11 Phantom's Revenge Kennywood Arrow Dynamics (rebuilt Morgan) 1991 (rebuilt 2001) 374
12 Intimidator 305 Kings Dominion Intamin 2010 351
13 Top Thrill Dragster Cedar Point Intamin 2003 332
14 Montu Busch Gardens Tampa Bay B&M 1996 318
15 Wild Eagle Dollywood B&M 2012 292
16 Nemesis Alton Towers B&M 1994 238
17 Behemoth Canada's Wonderland B&M 2008 224
18 Six Flags Magic Mountain Arrow Dynamics 2002 209
19 Raging Bull Six Flags Great America B&M 1999 196
20 Mind Bender Six Flags Over Georgia Schwarzkopf 1978 195
21 Maverick Cedar Point Intamin 2007 189
22 Leviathan Canada's Wonderland B&M 2012 173
23 Kumba Busch Gardens Tampa Bay B&M 1993 141
24 Alpengeist Busch Gardens Williamsburg B&M 1997 133
25 Goliath La Ronde B&M 2006 132
26 Griffon Busch Gardens Williamsburg B&M 2007 124
Shock Wave Six Flags Over Texas Schwarzkopf 1978
28 Tatsu Six Flags Magic Mountain B&M 2006 116
29 Superman: Ride of Steel Six Flags America Intamin 2000 115
30 SheiKra Busch Gardens Tampa Bay B&M 2005 113
31 Raptor Cedar Point B&M 1994 111
32 Blue Fire Europa-Park Mack Rides 2009 109
33 Lisebergbanan Liseberg Schwarzkopf 1987 100
34 Manta SeaWorld Orlando B&M 2009 99
35 Dragon Challenge Universal's Islands of Adventure B&M 1999 98
36 Titan Six Flags Over Texas Giovanola 2001 94
37 Piraten Djurs Sommerland Intamin 2008 93
38 Kingda Ka Six Flags Great Adventure Intamin 2005 91
39 Steel Force Dorney Park Morgan 1997 87
40 Volcano, The Blast Coaster Kings Dominion Intamin 1998 80
41 Goliath Six Flags Magic Mountain Giovanola 2000 78
42 Skyrush Hersheypark Intamin 2012 77
43 Ride of Steel Darien Lake Intamin 1999 74
44 Storm Runner Hersheypark Intamin 2004 66
45 Afterburn Carowinds B&M 1999 59
46 Powder Keg Silver Dollar City S&S 2005 58
47 The Incredible Hulk Coaster Universal's Islands of Adventure B&M 1999 56
48 Goliath Walibi Holland Intamin 2002 55
49 Black Mamba Phantasialand B&M 2006 50
50 Euro-Mir Europa-Park Mack Rides 1997 49
Top 10 Wooden Roller Coasters
Rank 2012 Recipient Park Supplier Year Points
1 El Toro Six Flags Great Adventure Intamin 2006 1,279
2 The Voyage Holiday World & Splashin' Safari The Gravity Group 2006 1,190
3 Phoenix Knoebels Amusement Resort PTC 1985 1,091
4 Thunderhead Dollywood GCII 2004 1,018
5 Boulder Dash Lake Compounce CCI 2000 1,009
6 Ravine Flyer II Waldameer Park The Gravity Group 2008 762
7 The Beast
Kings Island
1979 677
8 The Raven Holiday World & Splashin' Safari CCI 1995 385
9 Shivering Timbers Michigan's Adventure CCI 1998 378
10 Balder Liseberg Intamin 2003 364
11 Lightning Racer Hersheypark GCII 2000 351
12 Hades Mt. Olympus Theme Park Gravity Group 2005 344
13 Prowler Worlds of Fun GCII 2009 284
14 Cyclone Luna Park Harry C. Baker 1927 259
15 Thunderbolt Kennywood John Miller (rebuilt Andy Vettel) 1924 (rebuilt 1968) 228
16 Jack Rabbit Kennywood Harry C. Baker 1921 197
17 Giant Dipper Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Arthur Looff 1924 179
18 The Legend Holiday World & Splashin' Safari CCI 2000 171
19 Colossos Heide Park Intamin 2001 169
20 The Comet Great Escape PTC 1994 161
21 Tremors Silverwood Theme Park CCI 1999 149
22 Kentucky Rumbler Beech Bend Park GCII 2006 147
23 GhostRider Knott's Berry Farm CCI 1998 142
24 Twister Gröna Lund The Gravity Group 2011 120
25 Troy Toverland GCII 2007 117
26 Viper
Six Flags Great America
1995 116
27 Megafobia Oakwood Theme Park CCI 1996 115
28 Apocalypse Six Flags Magic Mountain GCII 2009 111
29 Coaster Playland Carl Phare/Walker LeRoy 1958 107
30 Grand National Blackpool Pleasure Beach Charles Paige 1935 106
31 American Thunder Six Flags St. Louis GCII 2008 104
32 Wooden Warrior Quassy Amusement Park The Gravity Group 2011 100
33 Twister
Knoebels Amusement Resort
1999 99
34 El Toro Freizeitpark Plohn GCII 2009 97
35 Thunderbird PowerPark GCII 2006 93
36 HellCat Timber Falls Adventure Park S&S 2004 90
37 Tonnerre de Zeus Parc Astérix CCI 1997 87
38 Blue Streak Cedar Point PTC 1964 85
39 Boardwalk Bullet Kemah Boardwalk Martin & Vleminckx 2007 80
Cornball Express Indiana Beach CCI 2001
41 Rutschebanen Tivoli Gardens Valdemar Lebech 1915 79
42 The Boss Six Flags St. Louis CCI 2000 73
Racer Kennywood Charles Mach 1927
44 Blue Streak Conneaut Lake Park Ed Vettel 1938 65
45 Mean Streak Cedar Point Dinn 1991 57
46 T Express Everland Intamin 2008 55
Timber Terror Silverwood Theme Park CCI 1996
48 Great American Scream Machine Six Flags Over Georgia PTC 1973 52
49 Wild Mouse
Blackpool Pleasure Beach
1958 50
50 Renegade Valleyfair GCII 2007 49

2011 winnersEdit

2011 Golden Ticket Awards[13]
Host Park: Holiday World & Splashin' Safari
Category Rank 2011 Recipient Location Vote
Best New Ride (Amusement Park) 1 New Texas Giant Six Flags Over Texas 45%
2 Cheetah Hunt Busch Gardens Tampa Bay 12%
3 Wooden Warrior Quassy Amusement Park 11%
4 Twister Gröna Lund 5%
Zippin Pippin Bay Beach Amusement Park
Best New Ride (Waterpark) 1 The Falls Schlitterbahn 45%
2 Vanish Point Water Country USA 15%
3 Bombs Away Raging Waters 8%
Viper NRH2O
Best Park 1 Cedar Point Sandusky, Ohio 23%
2 Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania 13%
3 Europa-Park Rust, Germany 12%
4 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 8%
5 Disneyland Anaheim, California 7%
6 Universal's Islands of Adventure Orlando, Florida 6.5%
7 Busch Gardens Williamsburg Williamsburg, Virginia 5.5%
8 Tokyo DisneySea Tokyo, Japan 5%
Kennywood West Mifflin, Pennsylvania
9 Holiday World & Splashin' Safari Santa Claus, Indiana 4.5%
Blackpool Pleasure Beach Blackpool, England
Best Waterpark 1 Schlitterbahn New Braunfels, Texas 66%
2 Holiday World & Splashin' Safari Santa Claus, Indiana 14%
3 Disney's Blizzard Beach Orlando, Florida 6%
4 Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Orlando, Florida 5%
5 Noah's Ark Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin 4%
Best Children's Park 1 Idlewild and Soak Zone Ligonier, Pennsylvania 30%
2 Legoland California Carlsbad, California 25%
3 Fårup Sommerland Saltum, Denmark 11%
4 Legoland Windsor Windsor, England 10%
5 Dutch Wonderland Lancaster, Pennsylvania 6%
Best Marine Life Park 1 SeaWorld Orlando Orlando, Florida 55%
2 SeaWorld San Antonio San Antonio, Texas 14%
3 Discovery Cove Orlando, Florida 11%
4 SeaWorld San Diego San Diego 10%
5 Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Vallejo, California 6%
Best Seaside Park 1 Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Santa Cruz, California 29%
2 Blackpool Pleasure Beach Blackpool, England 28%
3 Morey's Piers Wildwood, New Jersey 16%
4 Gröna Lund Stockholm, Sweden 5%
5 Kemah Boardwalk Kemah, Texas 4%
Best Indoor Waterpark 1 Schlitterbahn Galvestron Island Galveston, Texas 31%
2 Kalahari Resort Sandusky, Ohio 16%
3 Kalahari Resort Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin 15%
4 World Waterpark Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 12%
5 Splash Landings Staffordshire, England 11%
Friendliest Park 1 Holiday World & Splashin' Safari Santa Claus, Indiana 32%
2 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 25%
3 Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania 13%
4 Silver Dollar City Branson, Missouri 12%
5 Beech Bend Park Bowling Green, Kentucky 5%
Cleanest Park 1 Holiday World & Splashin' Safari Santa Claus, Indiana 35%
2 Busch Gardens Williamsburg Williamsburg, Virginia 15%
3 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 10%
4 Magic Kingdom Orlando, Florida 9%
5 Disneyland Anaheim, California 8%
Best Shows 1 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 30%
2 Six Flags Fiesta Texas San Antonio, Texas 28%
3 Silver Dollar City Branson, Missouri 10%
4 SeaWorld Orlando Orlando, Florida 8%
5 Disney's Hollywood Studios Orlando, Florida 7%
Best Food 1 Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania 29%
2 Epcot Orlando, Florida 17%
3 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 15%
4 Silver Dollar City Branson, Missouri 13%
5 Busch Gardens Williamsburg Williamsburg, Virginia 7%
Best Water Ride (Park) 1 Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls Universal's Islands of Adventure 26%
2 Valhalla Blackpool Pleasure Beach 19%
3 Pilgrim's Plunge Holiday World & Splashin' Safari 10%
4 Splash Mountain Magic Kingdom 9%
5 Journey to Atlantis SeaWorld Orlando 7%
Best Waterpark Ride 1 Wildebeest Holiday World & Splashin' Safari 34%
2 Master Blaster Schlitterbahn 24%
3 Dragon's Revenge Schlitterbahn 13%
4 Congo River Expedition Schlitterbahn 8%
5 ZOOMbabwe Holiday World & Splashin' Safari 5%
Best Kids' Area 1 Kings Island Mason, Ohio 30%
2 Universal's Islands of Adventure Orlando, Florida 16%
3 Nickelodeon Universe Bloomington, Minnesota 12%
4 Drayton Manor Theme Park Staffordshire, England 8%
5 Efteling Kaatsheuvel, Netherlands 7%
Best Dark Ride 1 Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey Universal's Islands of Adventure 26%
2 The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man Universal's Islands of Adventure 23%
3 Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Disney's Hollywood Studios 15%
4 Haunted Mansion Knoebels Amusement Resort 10%
5 Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Forbidden Eye Disneyland 6%
Best Outdoor Show Production 1 Epcot Orlando, Florida 34%
2 Six Flags Fiesta Texas San Antonio, Texas 17%
3 Disney California Adventure Anaheim, California 16%
4 Disneyland Anaheim, California 10%
Magic Kingdom Orlando, Florida
Best Landscaping 1 Busch Gardens Williamsburg Williamsburg, Virginia 33%
2 Efteling Kaatsheuvel, Netherlands 13%
3 Gilroy Gardens Gilroy, California 12%
4 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 9%
5 Epcot Orlando, Florida 7%
Best Halloween Event 1 Universal Orlando Resort Orlando, Florida 32%
2 Knott's Berry Farm Buena Park, California 26%
3 Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania 16%
4 Kennywood West Mifflin, Pennsylvania 10%
5 Europa-Park Rust, Germany 5%
Best Christmas Event 1 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 38%
2 Silver Dollar City Branson, Missouri 14%
3 Magic Kingdom Orlando, Florida 13.5%
4 Disneyland Anaheim, California 10%
5 Disney's Hollywood Studios Orlando, Florida 7%
Best Carousel 1 Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania 55%
2 Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Santa Cruz, California 18%
3 Six Flags Over Georgia Austell, Georgia 7%
4 Kennywood West Mifflin, Pennsylvania 5%
5 Six Flags Great America Gurnee, Illinois 4%
Best Indoor Coaster 1 Revenge of the Mummy Universal Studios Florida 31%
2 Space Mountain Disneyland 15%
3 Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith Disney's Hollywood Studios 13%
4 Mindbender Galaxyland 12%
5 Space Mountain Magic Kingdom 9%
Best Funhouse/Walk-Through Attraction 1 Noah's Ark Kennywood 24%
2 Frankenstein's Castle Indiana Beach 23%
3 Noah's Ark Blackpool Pleasure Beach 15%
4 Ghost Ship Morey's Piers 13%
5 Lustiga Huset Gröna Lund 12%
Top 50 Steel Roller Coasters
Rank 2011 Recipient Park Supplier Year Points
1 Millennium Force Cedar Point Intamin 2000 1,540
2 Bizarro Six Flags New England Intamin 2000 1,201
3 Nitro Six Flags Great Adventure B&M 2001 864
4 Goliath Six Flags Over Georgia B&M 2006 794
5 Phantom's Revenge Kennywood Arrow Dynamics (rebuilt Morgan) 1991 (rebuilt 2001) 756
6 New Texas Giant Six Flags Over Texas Dinn (rebuilt RMC) 1990 (rebuilt 2011) 743
7 Apollo's Chariot Busch Gardens Williamsburg B&M 1999 643
Expedition GeForce Holiday Park Intamin 2001
9 Top Thrill Dragster Cedar Point Intamin 2003 627
10 Magnum XL-200 Cedar Point Arrow Dynamics 1989 510
11 Diamondback Kings Island B&M 2009 493
12 Nemesis Alton Towers B&M 1994 470
13 Intimidator 305 Kings Dominion Intamin 2010 381
14 Montu Busch Gardens Tampa Bay B&M 1996 331
15 Behemoth Canada's Wonderland B&M 2008 278
16 Six Flags Magic Mountain Arrow Dynamics 2002 276
17 Mind Bender Six Flags Over Georgia Schwarzkopf 1978 217
18 Raptor Cedar Point B&M 1994 212
19 Intimidator Carowinds B&M 2010 207
20 Griffon Busch Gardens Williamsburg B&M 2007 190
21 Maverick Cedar Point Intamin 2007 187
22 SheiKra Busch Gardens Tampa Bay B&M 2005 186
23 Goliath La Ronde B&M 2006 182
24 Raging Bull Six Flags Great America B&M 1999 180
25 Titan Six Flags Over Texas Giovanola 2001 178
26 Steel Force Dorney Park Morgan 1997 177
27 Alpengeist Busch Gardens Williamsburg B&M 1997 156
28 Dragon Challenge Universal's Islands of Adventure B&M 1999 149
29 Ride of Steel Darien Lake Intamin 1999 148
Volcano, The Blast Coaster Kings Dominion Intamin 1998
31 Kumba Busch Gardens Tampa Bay B&M 1993 144
32 Piraten Djurs Sommerland Intamin 2008 130
33 Kingda Ka Six Flags Great Adventure Intamin 2005 129
34 Blue Fire Europa-Park Mack Rides 2009 123
35 The Incredible Hulk Coaster Universal's Islands of Adventure B&M 1999 116
36 Goliath Walibi Holland Intamin 2002 108
37 Powder Keg Silver Dollar City S&S 2005 102
38 Superman: Krypton Coaster Six Flags Fiesta Texas B&M 2000 99
39 Tatsu Six Flags Magic Mountain B&M 2006 98
40 Goliath Six Flags Magic Mountain Giovanola 2000 97
Superman: Ride of Steel Six Flags America Intamin 2000
42 Shock Wave Six Flags Over Texas Schwarzkopf 1978 93
43 Space Mountain Disneyland Dynamic Structures 1977 87
44 Sky Rocket Kennywood Premier Rides 2010 85
45 Manta SeaWorld Orlando B&M 2009 84
Olympia Looping R. Barth and Sohn Schwarzkopf 1989
47 Expedition Everest Disney's Animal Kingdom Vekoma 2006 80
48 The Big One Blackpool Pleasure Beach Arrow Dynamics 1994 79
49 Lisebergbanan Liseberg Zierer 1987 75
50 Mamba Worlds of Fun Morgan 1998 73
Top 50 Wooden Roller Coasters
Rank 2011 Recipient Park Supplier Year Points
1 The Voyage Holiday World & Splashin' Safari The Gravity Group 2006 1,631
2 Phoenix Knoebels Amusement Resort PTC 1985 1,375
3 El Toro Six Flags Great Adventure Intamin 2006 1,359
4 Boulder Dash Lake Compounce CCI 2000 1,267
5 Thunderhead Dollywood GCII 2004 1,065
6 Ravine Flyer II Waldameer Park The Gravity Group 2008 969
7 The Beast
Kings Island
1979 591
8 Hades Mount Olympus Water & Theme Park The Gravity Group 2005 494
9 Shivering Timbers Michigan's Adventure CCI 1998 484
10 Prowler Worlds of Fun GCII 2009 452
11 Lightning Racer Hersheypark GCII 2000 444
12 The Raven Holiday World & Splashin' Safari CCI 1995 405
13 Balder Liseberg Intamin 2003 377
14 Thunderbolt Kennywood John Miller (rebuilt Andy Vettel) 1924 (rebuilt 1968) 267
15 Cyclone Luna Park Harry C. Baker 1927 264
16 Kentucky Rumbler Beech Bend Park GCII 2006 263
17 Boardwalk Bullet Kemah Boardwalk Martin & Vleminckx 2007 241
18 The Legend Holiday World & Splashin' Safari CCI 2000 240
19 The Comet Great Escape PTC 1994 215
20 Megafobia Oakwood Theme Park CCI 1996 212
Twister
Knoebels Amusement Resort
1999
22 American Thunder Six Flags St. Louis GCII 2008 196
23 Jack Rabbit Kennywood Harry C. Baker 1921 195
24 Cornball Express Indiana Beach CCI 2004 179
25 Grand National Blackpool Pleasure Beach Charles Paige 1935 173
26 Renegade Valleyfair GCII 2007 161
27 GhostRider Knott's Berry Farm CCI 1998 151
28 Giant Dipper Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Arthur Looff 1924 147
29 Colossos Heide Park Intamin 2001 139
30 HellCat Timber Falls Adventure Park S&S 2004 138
31 Tremors Silverwood Theme Park CCI 1999 134
32 Rampage Alabama Adventure CCI 1998 127
33 Troy Toverland GCII 2007 123
34 Coaster Playland Carl Phare/Walker LeRoy 1958 118
35 El Toro Freizeitpark Plohn GCII 2009 111
36 Apocalypse Six Flags Magic Mountain GCII 2009 110
Twister Gröna Lund The Gravity Group 2011
38 Thunderbird PowerPark GCII 2006 102
39 T Express Everland Intamin 2008 101
40 Wooden Warrior Quassy Amusement Park The Gravity Group 2011 99
41 Viper
Six Flags Great America
1995 95
42 The Boss Six Flags St. Louis CCI 2000 93
43 Racer Kennywood Charles Mach 1927 86
44 Wild Mouse
Blackpool Pleasure Beach
1958 74
Zippin Pippin Bay Beach Amusement Park John Miller (rebuilt The Gravity Group) 1912 (rebuilt 2011)
46 Blue Streak Conneaut Lake Park Ed Vettel 1938 68
47 The Rattler Six Flags Fiesta Texas RCCA 1992 65
48 Rutschebanen Tivoli Gardens Valdemar Lebech 1915 62
49 Blue Streak Cedar Point PTC 1964 60
50 Tonnerre de Zeus Parc Astérix CCI 1997 52

2010 winnersEdit

2010 Golden Ticket Awards[14]
Host Park: Busch Gardens Williamsburg il Teatro di San Marco (outdoor theater)
Category Rank 2010 Recipient Location Vote
Best New Ride (Amusement Park) 1 Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey Universal's Islands of Adventure 24%
2 Intimidator 305 Kings Dominion 21%
3 Sky Rocket Kennywood 20%
4 Intimidator Carowinds 14%
5 Ghost Ship Morey's Piers 4%
Joris en de Draak Efteling
Best New Ride (Waterpark) 1 Wildebeest Holiday World & Splashin' Safari 69%
2 Scorpion's Tail Noah's Ark 12%
3 Triple Twist Great Wolf Lodge Kings Mills 6%
4 Omaka Rocka Aquatica 5.5%
Best Park 1 Cedar Point Sandusky, Ohio 26%
2 Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania 11%
3 Islands of Adventure Orlando, Florida 10%
4 Disneyland Anaheim, California 9%
5 Busch Gardens Williamsburg Williamsburg, Virginia 7%
Europa-Park Rust, Germany
7 Kennywood West Mifflin, Pennsylvania 6%
Blackpool Pleasure Beach Blackpool, England
9 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 4.5%
Holiday World & Splashin' Safari Santa Claus, Indiana
Tokyo DisneySea Tokyo, Japan
Best Waterpark 1 Schlitterbahn New Braunfels, Texas 57%
2 Holiday World & Splashin' Safari Santa Claus, Indiana 16%
3 Disney's Blizzard Beach Orlando, Florida 8%
4 Noah's Ark Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin 6%
5 Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Orlando, Florida 5.5%
Best Children's Park 1 Idlewild and Soak Zone Ligonier, Pennsylvania 38%
2 Legoland California Carlsbad, California 30%
3 Fårup Sommerland Saltum, Denmark 8%
4 Dutch Wonderland Lancaster, Pennsylvania 6%
5 Little Amerricka Marshall, Wisconsin 4%
Best Marine Life Park 1 SeaWorld Orlando Orlando, Florida 60%
2 SeaWorld San Antonio San Antonio, Texas 13%
3 SeaWorld San Diego San Diego 10%
4 Discovery Cove Orlando, Florida 6%
5 Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Vallejo, California 5%
Best Seaside Park 1 Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Santa Cruz, California 37%
2 Blackpool Pleasure Beach Blackpool, England 28%
3 Morey's Piers Wildwood, New Jersey 22%
4 Gröna Lund Stockholm, Sweden 5%
5 Kemah Boardwalk Kemah, Texas 4%
Best Indoor Waterpark 1 Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Galveston, Texas 33%
2 Kalahari Resort Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin 17%
3 Kalahari Resort Sandusky, Ohio 16%
4 World Waterpark Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 12%
5 Splash Landings Staffordshire, England 9%
Friendliest Park 1 Holiday World & Splashin' Safari Santa Claus, Indiana 34%
2 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 24%
3 Silver Dollar City Branson, Missouri 20%
4 Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania 9%
5 Beech Bend Park Bowling Green, Kentucky 4%
Cleanest Park 1 Holiday World & Splashin' Safari Santa Claus, Indiana 37%
2 Busch Gardens Williamsburg Williamsburg, Virginia 15%
3 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 11%
4 Magic Kingdom Orlando, Florida 10%
5 Disneyland Anaheim, California 9%
Best Shows 1 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 35%
2 Six Flags Fiesta Texas San Antonio, Texas 18%
3 Silver Dollar City Branson, Missouri 10%
4 Disney's Hollywood Studios Orlando, Florida 8%
5 SeaWorld Orlando Orlando, Florida 7.5%
Best Food 1 Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania 27%
2 Epcot Orlando, Florida 18%
Silver Dollar City Branson, Missouri
4 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 12%
5 Busch Gardens Williamsburg Williamsburg, Virginia 8%
Best Water Ride (Park) 1 Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls Universal's Islands of Adventure 24%
2 Valhalla Blackpool Pleasure Beach 17%
3 Splash Mountain Magic Kingdom 13%
4 Pilgrim's Plunge Holiday World & Splashin' Safari 11%
5 Journey to Atlantis SeaWorld Orlando 9%
Best Waterpark Ride 1 Wildebeest Holiday World & Splashin' Safari 33%
2 Master Blaster Schlitterbahn 21%
3 ZOOMbabwe Holiday World & Splashin' Safari 9%
4 Dragon's Revenge Schlitterbahn 8%
5 Congo River Expedition Schlitterbahn 7%
Best Kids' Area 1 Kings Island Mason, Ohio 33%
2 Universal's Islands of Adventure Orlando, Florida 13%
3 Nickelodeon Universe Bloomington, Minnesota 12%
4 Knott's Berry Farm Buena Park, California 7%
5 Busch Gardens Williamsburg Williamsburg, Virginia 5%
Efteling Kaatsheuvel, Netherlands
Best Dark Ride 1 The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man Universal's Islands of Adventure 30%
2 Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Disney's Hollywood Studios 19%
3 Haunted Mansion Knoebels Amusement Resort 14%
4 Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey Universal's Islands of Adventure 10%
5 The Curse of DarKastle Busch Gardens Williamsburg 5%
Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Forbidden Eye Disneyland
Best Outdoor Show Production 1 Epcot Orlando, Florida 40%
2 Disney California Adventure Anaheim, California 17%
3 Six Flags Fiesta Texas San Antonio, Texas 15%
4 Disneyland Anaheim, California 11%
5 Disney's Hollywood Studios Orlando, Florida 7%
Best Landscaping 1 Busch Gardens Williamsburg Williamsburg, Virginia 33%
2 Efteling Kaatsheuvel, Netherlands 13%
3 Gilroy Gardens Gilroy, California 12%
4 Disney's Animal Kingdom Orlando, Florida 9%
5 Epcot Orlando, Florida 7%
Best Halloween Event 1 Universal Orlando Resort Orlando, Florida 32%
2 Knott's Berry Farm Buena Park, California 25%
3 Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania 19%
4 Kennywood West Mifflin, Pennsylvania 11%
5 Kings Island Kings Mills, Ohio 5%
Best Christmas Event 1 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 36%
2 Magic Kingdom Orlando, Florida 17%
3 Silver Dollar City Branson, Missouri 16%
4 Disneyland Anaheim, California 12%
5 Hersheypark Hershey, Pennsylvania 6%
Best Carousel 1 Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania 50%
2 Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Santa Cruz, California 16%
3 Six Flags Over Georgia Austell, Georgia 11%
4 Six Flags Great America Gurnee, Illinois 9%
5 Hersheypark Hershey, Pennsylvania 4%
Best Indoor Coaster 1 Revenge of the Mummy Universal Studios Florida 30%
2 Space Mountain Disneyland 16%
3 Space Mountain Magic Kingdom 12%
Mindbender Galaxyland
5 Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith Disney's Hollywood Studios 11%
Best Funhouse/Walk-Through Attraction 1 Noah's Ark Kennywood 34%
2 Frankenstein's Castle Indiana Beach 32%
3 Ghost Ship Morey's Piers 10%
4 Hotel Gasten Liseberg 7%
5 Lustiga Huset Gröna Lund 6%
Top 50 Steel Roller Coasters
Rank 2010 Recipient Park Supplier Year Points
1 Millennium Force Cedar Point Intamin 2000 1,175
2 Bizarro Six Flags New England Intamin 2000 1,013
3 Nitro Six Flags Great Adventure B&M 2001 773
4 Apollo's Chariot Busch Gardens Williamsburg B&M 1999 573
5 Goliath Six Flags Over Georgia B&M 2006 560
6 Expedition GeForce Holiday Park Intamin 2001 514
7 Diamondback Kings Island B&M 2009 484
8 Magnum XL-200 Cedar Point Arrow Dynamics 1989 427
9 Phantom's Revenge Kennywood Arrow Dynamics (rebuilt Morgan) 1991 (rebuilt 2001) 392
10 Top Thrill Dragster Cedar Point Intamin 2003 312
11 Intimidator 305 Kings Dominion Intamin 2010 295
12 Montu Busch Gardens Tampa Bay B&M 1996 288
13 Behemoth Canada's Wonderland B&M 2008 236
14 Mind Bender Six Flags Over Georgia Schwarzkopf 1978 228
15 Six Flags Magic Mountain Arrow Dynamics 2002 213
16 Raging Bull Six Flags Great America B&M 1999 199
17 Sky Rocket Kennywood Premier Rides 2010 198
18 Nemesis Alton Towers B&M 1994 181
19 Griffon Busch Gardens Williamsburg B&M 2007 172
SheiKra Busch Gardens Tampa Bay B&M 2005
21 Intimidator Carowinds B&M 2010 152
Maverick Cedar Point Intamin 2007
23 Alpengeist Busch Gardens Williamsburg B&M 1997 145
24 Kumba Busch Gardens Tampa Bay B&M 1993 129
Raptor Cedar Point B&M 1994
26 Ride of Steel Darien Lake Intamin 1999 127
27 Kingda Ka Six Flags Great Adventure Intamin 2005 124
Steel Force Dorney Park Morgan 1997
29 Goliath Six Flags Magic Mountain Giovanola 2000 122
30 Goliath La Ronde B&M 2006 120
31 Dragon Challenge Universal's Islands of Adventure B&M 1999 118
32 Superman: Ride of Steel Six Flags America Intamin 2000 107
33 Manta SeaWorld Orlando B&M 2009 103
34 Powder Keg Silver Dollar City S&S 2005 102
35 Volcano, The Blast Coaster Kings Dominion Intamin 1998 88
36 Expedition Everest Disney's Animal Kingdom Vekoma 2006 86
37 Shock Wave Six Flags Over Texas Schwarzkopf 1978 85
38 Mamba Worlds of Fun Morgan 1998 79
39 Storm Runner Hersheypark Intamin 2004 74
40 Tatsu Six Flags Magic Mountain B&M 2006 73
41 Goliath Walibi Holland Intamin 2002 71
42 Titan Six Flags Over Texas Giovanola 2001 62
43 The Incredible Hulk Coaster Universal's Islands of Adventure B&M 1999 57
44 Big One Blackpool Pleasure Beach Arrow Dynamics 1994 49
45 Euro-Mir Europa-Park Mack Rides 1997 47
46 Space Mountain Disneyland Dynamic Structures 1977 46
47 Steel Eel SeaWorld San Antonio Morgan 1999 43
48 Mindbender Galaxyland Schwarzkopf 1985 42
Revenge of the Mummy Universal Studios Florida Premier Rides 2004
50 Katun Mirabilandia B&M 2000 41
Top 50 Wooden Roller Coasters
Rank 2010 Recipient Park Supplier Year Points
1 The Voyage Holiday World & Splashin' Safari The Gravity Group 2006 1,154
2 El Toro Six Flags Great Adventure Intamin 2006 991
3 Phoenix Knoebels Amusement Resort PTC 1985 952
4 Boulder Dash Lake Compounce CCI 2000 874
5 Thunderhead Dollywood GCII 2004 864
6 Ravine Flyer II Waldameer Park The Gravity Group 2008 781
7 The Beast
Kings Island
1979 552
8 Hades Mount Olympus Water & Theme Park The Gravity Group 2005 510
9 The Raven Holiday World & Splashin' Safari CCI 1995 439
10 Lightning Racer Hersheypark GCII 2000 403
11 Shivering Timbers Michigan's Adventure CCI 1998 393
12 Prowler Worlds of Fun GCII 2009 386
13 Cyclone Luna Park Harry C. Baker 1927 242
14 Thunderbolt Kennywood John Miller (rebuilt Andy Vettel) 1924 (rebuilt 1968) 214
15 The Legend Holiday World & Splashin' Safari CCI 2000 211
16 Kentucky Rumbler Beech Bend Park GCII 2006 159
17 The Comet Great Escape PTC 1994 158
18 Colossos Heide Park Intamin 2001 157
19 HellCat Timber Falls Adventure Park S&S 2004 147
20 Jack Rabbit Kennywood Harry C. Baker 1921 146
21 Balder Liseberg Intamin 2003 144
22 Giant Dipper Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Arthur Looff 1924 142
23 American Thunder Six Flags St. Louis GCII 2008 141
24 GhostRider Knott's Berry Farm CCI 1998 133
25 Tremors Silverwood Theme Park CCI 1999 128
26 Coaster Playland Carl Phare/Walker LeRoy 1958 124
27 Apocalypse Six Flags Magic Mountain GCII 2009 122
28 Grand National Blackpool Pleasure Beach Charles Paige 1935 116
29 Cornball Express Indiana Beach CCI 2001 113
30 Megafobia Oakwood Theme Park CCI 1996 87
31 The Boss Six Flags St. Louis CCI 2000 86
32 Twister
Knoebels Amusement Resort
1999 79
33 Rampage Alabama Adventure CCI 1998 78
34 Viper
Six Flags Great America
1995 74
35 Racer Kennywood Charles Mach 1927 70
36 T Express Everland Intamin 2008 67
37 Thunderbird PowerPark GCII 2006 57
38 Boardwalk Bullet Kemah Boardwalk Martin & Vleminckx 2007 51
39 Hurricane Boomers! Dania Beach Dinn 2000 48
40 Tonnerre de Zeus Parc Astérix CCI 1997 46
41 Troy Toverland GCII 2007 43
42 Aska Nara Dreamland Intamin 1998 39
Renegade Valleyfair GCII 2007
44 Timber Terror Silverwood Theme Park CCI 1996 38
45 Grizzly Kings Dominion Taft Broadcasting Company 1982 36
46 Gwazi Busch Gardens Tampa Bay GCII 1999 35
47 Blue Streak Cedar Point PTC 1964 34
48 Georgia Cyclone Six Flags Over Georgia Dinn 1990 33
49 Giant Dipper Belmont Park Frank Prior/Frederick Church 1925 31
50 Cyclone Lakeside Amusement Park Edward Vettel 1940 29

2009 winnersEdit

2009 Golden Ticket Awards[15]
Host Park: Legoland California
Category Rank 2009 Recipient Location Vote
Best New Ride (Amusement Park) 1 Prowler Worlds of Fun 35%
2 Diamondback Kings Island 30%
3 Manta SeaWorld Orlando 12%
4 Terminator Salvation: The Ride Six Flags Magic Mountain 7%
5 Monster Mansion Six Flags Over Georgia 4%
Pilgrims Plunge Holiday World & Splashin' Safari
Best New Ride (Waterpark) 1 Congo River Expedition Schlitterbahn 67%
2 Wahoo Racer Six Flags St. Louis 11%
3 UpSurge! Alabama Adventure 10%
4 Maximum Velocity Wet'n'Wild Phoenix 5%
5 Dr. Von Dark's Tunnel of Terror Splish Splash 4%
Best Park 1 Cedar Point Sandusky, Ohio 27%
2 Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania 13%
3 Disneyland Anaheim, California 8%
4 Europa-Park Rust, Germany 7%
Universal's Islands of Adventure Orlando, Florida
6 Blackpool Pleasure Beach Blackpool, England 6.5%
7 Tokyo DisneySea Tokyo, Japan 6%
8 Magic Kingdom Orlando, Florida 5.5%
9 Busch Gardens Williamsburg Williamsburg, Virginia 5%
Holiday World & Splashin' Safari Santa Claus, Indiana
Best Waterpark 1 Schlitterbahn New Braunfels, Texas 60%
2 Holiday World & Splashin' Safari Santa Claus, Indiana 14%
3 Disney's Blizzard Beach Orlando, Florida 9%
4 Noah's Ark Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin 5%
5 Aquatica Orlando, Florida 4.5%
Best Children's Park 1 Legoland California Carlsbad, California 37%
2 Idlewild and Soak Zone Ligonier, Pennsylvania 26%
3 Dutch Wonderland Lancaster, Pennsylvania 11%
4 Fårup Sommerland Saltum, Denmark 7%
5 Kiddieland Amusement Park Melrose Park, Illinois 6%
Best Marine Life Park 1 SeaWorld Orlando Orlando, Florida 61%
2 SeaWorld San Antonio San Antonio, Texas 11%
3 Discovery Cove Orlando, Florida 9%
SeaWorld San Diego San Diego
5 Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Vallejo, California 5%
Best Seaside Park 1 Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Santa Cruz, California 41%
2 Blackpool Pleasure Beach Blackpool, England 28%
3 Morey's Piers Wildwood, New Jersey 21%
4 Kemah Boardwalk Kemah, Texas 4%
Best Indoor Waterpark 1 Schlitterbahn Galvestron Island Galveston, Texas 28%
2 Kalahari Resort Sandusky, Ohio 17%
3 Kalahari Resort Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin 14%
4 World Waterpark Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 13%
5 Splash Landings Staffordshire, England 7%
Friendliest Park 1 Silver Dollar City Branson, Missouri 30%
2 Holiday World & Splashin' Safari Santa Claus, Indiana 28%
3 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 13%
4 Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania 6%
5 Beech Bend Park Bowling Green, Kentucky 4%
Cleanest Park 1 Holiday World & Splashin' Safari Santa Claus, Indiana 36%
2 Busch Gardens Williamsburg Williamsburg, Virginia 14%
3 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 13%
4 Disneyland Anaheim, California 11%
5 Magic Kingdom Orlando, Florida 7%
Best Shows 1 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 25%
2 Six Flags Fiesta Texas San Antonio, Texas 23%
3 Silver Dollar City Branson, Missouri 15%
4 Disney's Hollywood Studios Orlando, Florida 10%
SeaWorld Orlando Orlando, Florida
Best Food 1 Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania 30%
2 Silver Dollar City Branson, Missouri 25%
3 Epcot Orlando, Florida 13%
4 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 11%
5 Busch Gardens Williamsburg Williamsburg, Virginia 7%
Best Water Ride (Park) 1 Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls Universal's Islands of Adventure 27%
2 Valhalla Blackpool Pleasure Beach 16%
3 Splash Mountain Magic Kingdom 12%
4 Mountain Sidewinder Dollywood 8%
5 Popeye and Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges Universal's Islands of Adventure 7%
Best Waterpark Ride 1 Master Blaster Schlitterbahn 35%
2 ZOOMbabwe Holiday World & Splashin' Safari 15%
3 Deluge Kentucky Kingdom 9%
Dragon's Revenge Schlitterbahn
5 Summit Plummet Disney's Blizzard Beach 8%
Best Kids' Area 1 Kings Island Mason, Ohio 41%
2 Universal's Islands of Adventure Orlando, Florida 17%
3 Nickelodeon Universe Bloomington, Minnesota 10%
4 Efteling Kaatsheuvel, Netherlands 6%
Knott's Berry Farm Buena Park, California
Best Dark Ride 1 The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man Universal's Islands of Adventure 32%
2 Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Disney's Hollywood Studios 16%
3 Haunted Mansion Knoebels Amusement Resort 12%
4 Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Forbidden Eye Disneyland 8%
5 Journey to the Center of the Earth Tokyo DisneySea 5%
Best Outdoor Show Production 1 Epcot Orlando, Florida 41%
2 Disneyland Anaheim, California 19%
3 Six Flags Fiesta Texas San Antonio, Texas 16%
4 Disney's Hollywood Studios Orlando, Florida 11%
Magic Kingdom Orlando, Florida
Best Landscaping 1 Busch Gardens Williamsburg Williamsburg, Virginia 35%
2 Efteling Kaatsheuvel, Netherlands 16%
3 Gilroy Gardens Gilroy, California 14%
4 Epcot Orlando, Florida 6%
5 Disney's Animal Kingdom Orlando, Florida 5%
Silver Dollar City Branson, Missouri
Best Halloween Event 1 Universal Orlando Resort Orlando, Florida 34%
2 Knott's Berry Farm Buena Park, California 25%
3 Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania 17%
4 Kennywood West Mifflin, Pennsylvania 12%
Best Christmas Event 1 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 35%
2 Silver Dollar City Branson, Missouri 19%
3 Magic Kingdom Orlando, Florida 13%
4 Disneyland Anaheim, California 12%
5 Hersheypark Hershey, Pennsylvania 6%
Best Carousel 1 Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania 46%
2 Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Santa Cruz, California 19%
3 Six Flags Over Georgia Austell, Georgia 10%
4 Universal's Islands of Adventure Orlando, Florida 8%
5 Six Flags Great America Gurnee, Illinois 6%
Best Indoor Coaster 1 Revenge of the Mummy Universal Studios Florida 28%
2 Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith Disney's Hollywood Studios 14%
3 Space Mountain Disneyland 13%
4 Mindbender Galaxyland 12.5%
5 Space Mountain Magic Kingdom 12%
Best Funhouse/Walk-Through Attraction 1 Frankenstein's Castle Indiana Beach 38%
2 Noah's Ark Kennywood 36%
3 Hotel Gasten Liseberg 10%
4 Lustiga Huset Gröna Lund 8%
5 Spok Huset Gröna Lund 6%
Top 50 Steel Roller Coasters
Rank 2009 Recipient Park Supplier Year Points
1 Bizarro Six Flags New England Intamin 2000 1,245
2 Millennium Force Cedar Point Intamin 2000 1,192
3 Nitro Six Flags Great Adventure B&M 2001 785
4 Goliath Six Flags Over Georgia B&M 2006 662
5 Apollo's Chariot Busch Gardens Williamsburg B&M 1999 584
6 Expedition GeForce Holiday Park Intamin 2001 541
7 Diamondback Kings Island B&M 2009 432
8 Phantom's Revenge Kennywood Arrow Dynamics (rebuilt Morgan) 1991 (rebuilt 2001) 431
9 Magnum XL-200 Cedar Point Arrow Dynamics 1989 423
10 Top Thrill Dragster Cedar Point Intamin 2003 348
11 Montu Busch Gardens Tampa Bay B&M 1996 282
12 Behemoth Canada's Wonderland B&M 2008 280
13 Six Flags Magic Mountain Arrow Dynamics 2002 263
14 Raging Bull Six Flags Great America B&M 1999 251
15 Maverick Cedar Point Intamin 2007 230
16 Mind Bender Six Flags Over Georgia Schwarzkopf 1978 227
17 Dueling Dragons Universal's Islands of Adventure B&M 1999 219
18 SheiKra Busch Gardens Tampa Bay B&M 2005 182
19 Alpengeist Busch Gardens Williamsburg B&M 1997 181
20 Nemesis Alton Towers B&M 1994 180
21 Powder Keg Silver Dollar City S&S 2005 171
22 Raptor Cedar Point B&M 1994 169
23 Steel Force Dorney Park Morgan 1997 161
24 Big Bad Wolf Busch Gardens Williamsburg Arrow Dynamics 1984 160
25 Goliath La Ronde B&M 2006 148
26 Griffon Busch Gardens Williamsburg B&M 2007 144
27 Kumba Busch Gardens Tampa Bay B&M 1993 139
28 Ride of Steel Darien Lake Intamin 1999 119
29 The Incredible Hulk Coaster Universal's Islands of Adventure B&M 1999 118
30 Mamba Worlds of Fun Morgan 1998 115
31 Kingda Ka Six Flags Great Adventure Intamin 2005 111
32 Tatsu Six Flags Magic Mountain B&M 2006 109
33 Goliath Six Flags Magic Mountain Giovanola 2000 107
34 Shock Wave Six Flags Over Texas Schwarzkopf 1978 105
35 Superman: Ride of Steel Six Flags America Intamin 2000 103
36 Expedition Everest Disney's Animal Kingdom Vekoma 2006 99
37 Titan Six Flags Over Texas Giovanola 2001 97
38 Manta SeaWorld Orlando B&M 2009 85
Storm Runner Hersheypark Intamin 2004
40 Goliath Walibi Holland Intamin 2002 81
41 Volcano, The Blast Coaster Kings Dominion Intamin 1998 80
42 Xcelerator Knott's Berry Farm Intamin 2002 75
43 Euro-Mir Europa-Park Mack Rides 1998 58
44 Superman: Krypton Coaster Six Flags Fiesta Texas B&M 2000 53
45 Big One Blackpool Pleasure Beach Arrow Dynamics 1994 52
46 Steel Eel SeaWorld San Antonio Morgan 1999 51
47 Whizzer Six Flags Great America Schwarzkopf 1976 50
48 Mindbender Galaxyland Schwarzkopf 1985 47
49 Space Mountain Disneyland Dynamic Structures 1977 45
50 Katun Mirabilandia B&M 2000 44
Top 50 Wooden Roller Coasters
Rank 2009 Recipient Park Supplier Year Points
1 The Voyage Holiday World & Splashin' Safari The Gravity Group 2006 1,250
2 Boulder Dash Lake Compounce CCI 2000 1,049
3 El Toro Six Flags Great Adventure Intamin 2006 948
4 Phoenix Knoebels Amusement Resort PTC 1985 929
5 Thunderhead Dollywood GCII 2004 899
6 Ravine Flyer II Waldameer Park The Gravity Group 2008 617
7 The Beast
Kings Island
1979 604
8 Prowler Worlds of Fun GCII 2009 502
9 Hades Mount Olympus Water & Theme Park The Gravity Group 2005 487
10 Shivering Timbers Michigan's Adventure CCI 1998 475
11 The Raven Holiday World & Splashin' Safari CCI 1995 418
12 Lightning Racer Hersheypark GCII 2000 415
13 Evil Knievel Six Flags St. Louis GCII 2008 239
14 Cyclone Astroland Harry C. Baker 1927 227
15 The Legend Holiday World & Splashin' Safari CCI 2000 223
16 HellCat Timber Falls Adventure Park S&S 2004 194
17 Kentucky Rumbler Beech Bend Park GCII 2006 191
18 Colossos Heide Park Intamin 2001 187
19 GhostRider Knott's Berry Farm CCI 1998 176
20 Tremors Silverwood Theme Park CCI 1999 173
21 Balder Liseberg Intamin 2003 167
22 Giant Dipper Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Arthur Looff 1924 153
23 Thunderbolt Kennywood John Miller (rebuilt Andy Vettel) 1924 (rebuilt 1968) 141
24 Cornball Express Indiana Beach CCI 2001 133
25 Megafobia Oakwood Theme Park CCI 1996 124
26 Coaster Playland Carl Phare/Walker LeRoy 1958 121
27 Grand National Blackpool Pleasure Beach Charles Paige 1935 113
28 Rampage Alabama Adventure CCI 1998 112
29 The Comet Great Escape PTC 1994 108
30 Viper
Six Flags Great America
1995 104
31 Twister
Knoebels Amusement Resort
1999 102
32 Texas Giant Six Flags Over Texas Dinn 1990 101
33 The Boss Six Flags St. Louis CCI 2000 100
34 Thunderbird PowerPark GCII 2006 91
35 Troy Toverland GCII 2007 76
36 Ozark Wildcat Celebration City GCII 2003 72
37 Boardwalk Bullet Kemah Boardwalk Martin & Vleminckx 2007 64
38 Tonnerre de Zeus Parc Astérix CCI 1997 63
39 Jack Rabbit Kennywood Harry C. Baker 1921 59
40 Screamin' Eagle Six Flags St. Louis PTC 1976 58
41 Hurricane Boomers! Dania Beach Dinn 2000 57
42 Timber Terror Silverwood Theme Park CCI 1996 52
43 Terminator Salvation: The Ride Six Flags Magic Mountain GCII 2009 49
44 Georgia Cyclone Six Flags Over Georgia Dinn 1990 48
45 Renegade Valleyfair GCII 2007 46
46 T Express Everland Intamin 2008 44
47 Aska Nara Dreamland Intamin 1998 42
Blue Streak Cedar Point PTC 1964
49 Giant Dipper Belmont Park Frank Prior/Frederick Church 1925 39
50 Excalibur Funtown Splashtown USA CCI 1998 38

2008 winnersEdit

2008 Golden Ticket Awards[16]
Host Park: Give Kids The World Village
Category Rank 2008 Recipient Location Vote
Best New Ride (Amusement Park) 1 Ravine Flyer II Waldameer Park 53%
2 Boardwalk Bullet Kemah Boardwalk 11%
3 Behemoth Canada's Wonderland 10%
4 Led Zeppelin The Ride Freestyle Music Park 6%
5 Evel Knievel Six Flags St. Louis 5.5%
Best New Ride (Waterpark) 1 Dragon's Revenge Schlitterbahn 52%
2 Dolphin Plunge Aquatica 23%
3 Black Hole: The Next Generation Wet 'n Wild Orlando 11%
4 Rock & Roll Island Water Country USA 8%
5 Taumata Racer Aquatica 5%
Best Park 1 Cedar Point Sandusky, Ohio 26%
2 Busch Gardens Europe Williamsburg, Virginia 16%
3 Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania 7%
4 Disneyland Anaheim, California 6.5%
5 Universal's Islands of Adventure Orlando, Florida 6%
Blackpool Pleasure Beach Blackpool, England
7 Europa-Park Rust, Germany 5.5%
Kennywood West Mifflin, Pennsylvania
9 Holiday World & Splashin' Safari Santa Claus, Indiana 5%
10 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 4.8%
Best Waterpark 1 Schlitterbahn New Braunfels, Texas 53%
2 Holiday World & Splashin' Safari Santa Claus, Indiana 15%
3 Disney's Blizzard Beach Orlando, Florida 9%
4 Noah's Ark Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin 8%
5 Typhoon Lagoon Orlando, Florida 6%
Best Children's Park 1 Legoland California Carlsbad, California 41%
2 Idlewild and Soak Zone Ligonier, Pennsylvania 27%
3 Fårup Sommerland Saltum, Denmark 10%
4 Dutch Wonderland Lancaster, Pennsylvania 6%
5 Memphis Kiddie Park Brooklyn, Ohio 5%
Sesame Place Langhorne, Pennsylvania
Best Marine Life Park 1 SeaWorld Orlando Orlando, Florida 56%
2 SeaWorld San Antonio San Antonio 14%
3 SeaWorld San Diego San Diego 10%
4 Discovery Cove Orlando, Florida 8%
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Vallejo, California
Best Seaside Park 1 Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Santa Cruz, California 46%
2 Blackpool Pleasure Beach Blackpool, England 30%
3 Morey's Piers Wildwood, New Jersey 15%
4 Kemah Boardwalk Kemah, Texas 4%
Best Indoor Waterpark 1 Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Galveston, Texas 25%
2 World Waterpark Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 18%
3 Kalahari Resort Sandusky, Ohio 15%
4 Kalahari Resort Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin 12%
5 Castaway Bay Sandusky, Ohio 11%
Friendliest Park 1 Holiday World & Splashin' Safari Santa Claus, Indiana 32%
2 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 27%
3 Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania 13%
4 Silver Dollar City Branson, Missouri 6%
5 Beech Bend Park Bowling Green, Kentucky 4%
Cleanest Park 1 Holiday World & Splashin' Safari Santa Claus, Indiana 35%
2 Busch Gardens Europe Williamsburg, Virginia 16%
3 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 11%
Magic Kingdom Orlando, Florida
5 Disneyland Anaheim, California 9%
Best Shows 1 Six Flags Fiesta Texas San Antonio, Texas 27%
2 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 24%
3 Disney's Hollywood Studios Orlando, Florida 12%
4 Silver Dollar City Branson, Missouri 10%
5 Busch Gardens Europe Williamsburg, Virginia 8%
Best Food 1 Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania 28%
2 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 19%
3 Epcot Orlando, Florida 18%
4 Silver Dollar City Branson, Missouri 13%
5 Busch Gardens Europe Williamsburg, Virginia 8%
Best Water Ride (Park) 1 Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls Universal's Islands of Adventure 34%
2 Valhalla Blackpool Pleasure Beach 22%
3 Splash Mountain Magic Kingdom 13%
4 Popeye and Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges Universal's Islands of Adventure 9%
5 Journey to Atlantis SeaWorld Orlando 8%
Best Waterpark Ride 1 Master Blaster Schlitterbahn 25%
2 ZOOMbabwe Holiday World & Splashin' Safari 20%
3 Deluge Kentucky Kingdom 14%
4 Dragon's Revenge Schlitterbahn 12%
5 Black Anaconda Noah's Ark 7%
Best Kids' Area 1 Kings Island Mason, Ohio 38%
2 Universal's Islands of Adventure Orlando, Florida 21%
3 Knott's Berry Farm Buena Park, California 8%
4 Kings Dominion Doswell, Virginia 7.5%
Nickelodeon Universe Bloomington, Minnesota
Best Landscaping 1 Busch Gardens Europe Williamsburg, Virginia 38%
2 Efteling Kaatsheuvel, Netherlands 25%
3 Gilroy Gardens Gilroy, California 18%
4 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 7%
5 Epcot Orlando, Florida 5%
Best Outdoor Show Production 1 Epcot Epcot 38%
2 Six Flags Fiesta Texas San Antonio, Texas 22%
3 Disneyland Anaheim, California 13%
4 Freestyle Music Park Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 10%
5 Disney's Hollywood Studios Orlando, Florida 8%
Best Dark Ride 1 The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man Universal's Islands of Adventure 36%
2 Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Disney's Hollywood Studios 17%
3 Haunted Mansion Knoebels Amusement Resort 13%
4 Nights in White Satin: The Trip Freestyle Music Park 12%
5 Pirates of the Caribbean Disneyland 7%
Best Halloween Event 1 Universal Orlando Resort Orlando, Florida 29%
2 Knott's Berry Farm Buena Park, California 22%
3 Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania 16%
4 Kennywood West Mifflin, Pennsylvania 12%
5 Cedar Point Sandusky, Ohio 6%
Best Christmas Event 1 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 38%
2 Magic Kingdom Orlando, Florida 17%
3 Disneyland Anaheim, California 14%
4 Silver Dollar City Branson, Missouri 10%
5 Hersheypark Hershey, Pennsylvania 7%
Best Carousel 1 Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania 48%
2 Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Santa Cruz, California 21%
3 Six Flags Over Georgia Austell, Georgia 9%
4 Universal's Islands of Adventure Orlando, Florida 7%
5 Six Flags Great America Gurnee, Illinois 6%
Best Indoor Coaster 1 Revenge of the Mummy Universal Studios Florida 28%
2 Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith Disney's Hollywood Studios 15%
3 Space Mountain Disneyland 14%
4 Mindbender Galaxyland 11%
5 Exterminator Kennywood 10%
Best Funhouse/Walk-Through Attraction 1 Frankenstein's Castle Indiana Beach 36%
2 Noah's Ark Kennywood 33%
3 Hotel Gasten Liseberg 10%
Lustiga Huset Gröna Lund
Top 50 Steel Roller Coasters
Rank 2008 Recipient Park Supplier Year Points
1 Superman: Ride of Steel Six Flags New England Intamin 2000 1,363
2 Millennium Force Cedar Point Intamin 2000 1,107
3 Nitro Six Flags Great Adventure B&M 2001 838
4 Apollo's Chariot Busch Gardens Europe B&M 1999 718
5 Expedition GeForce Holiday Park Intamin 2001 651
6 Goliath Six Flags Over Georgia B&M 2006 646
7 Magnum XL-200 Cedar Point Arrow Dynamics 1989 518
8 Phantom's Revenge Kennywood Arrow Dynamics (rebuilt Morgan) 1991 (rebuilt 2001) 428
9 Top Thrill Dragster Cedar Point Intamin 2003 366
10 Montu Busch Gardens Africa B&M 1996 343
11 Raging Bull Six Flags Great America B&M 1999 278
12 Maverick Cedar Point Intamin 2007 254
13 Nemesis Alton Towers B&M 1994 246
14 Dragon Challenge Universal's Islands of Adventure B&M 1999 239
15 Mind Bender Six Flags Over Georgia Schwarzkopf 1978 232
16 Six Flags Magic Mountain Arrow Dynamics 2002 227
17 Ride of Steel Darien Lake Intamin 1999 205
18 Steel Force Dorney Park Morgan 1997 186
19 SheiKra Busch Gardens Africa B&M 2005 174
20 Griffon Busch Gardens Europe B&M 2007 170
21 Superman: Ride of Steel Six Flags America Intamin 2000 169
22 Alpengeist Busch Gardens Europe B&M 1997 161
Raptor Cedar Point B&M 1994
24 Titan Six Flags Over Texas Giovanola 2001 149
25 Kingda Ka Six Flags Great Adventure Intamin 2005 143
26 The Incredible Hulk Coaster Universal's Islands of Adventure B&M 1999 141
27 Kumba Busch Gardens Africa B&M 1993 139
28 Goliath La Ronde B&M 2006 133
29 Behemoth Canada's Wonderland B&M 2008 123
30 Goliath Six Flags Magic Mountain Giovanola 2000 110
31 Shock Wave Six Flags Over Texas Schwarzkopf 1978 102
32 Goliath Walibi Holland Intamin 2002 100
33 Volcano, The Blast Coaster Kings Dominion Intamin 1998 96
34 Big Bad Wolf Busch Gardens Europe Arrow Dynamics 1984 87
35 Expedition Everest Disney's Animal Kingdom Vekoma 2006 85
36 Tatsu Six Flags Magic Mountain B&M 2006 82
37 Xcelerator Knott's Berry Farm Intamin 2002 73
38 Storm Runner Hersheypark Intamin 2004 66
39 Afterburn Carowinds B&M 1999 64
40 Euro-Mir Europa-Park Mack Rides 1998 63
Mamba Worlds of Fun Morgan 1998
42 Kraken SeaWorld Orlando B&M 2000 59
43 Dominator Kings Dominion B&M 2008 57
Mindbender Galaxyland Schwarzkopf 1985
45 Whizzer Six Flags Great America Schwarzkopf 1976 55
46 Fahrenheit Hersheypark Intamin 2008 52
47 Big One Blackpool Pleasure Beach Arrow Dynamics 1994 51
Mystery Mine Dollywood Gerstlauer 2007
49 Powder Keg Silver Dollar City S&S 2005 50
50 Superman: Krypton Coaster Six Flags Fiesta Texas B&M 2000 46
Top 50 Wooden Roller Coasters
Rank 2008 Recipient Park Supplier Year Points
1 The Voyage Holiday World & Splashin' Safari The Gravity Group 2006 1,225
2 Thunderhead Dollywood GCII 2004 1,047
3 Phoenix Knoebels Amusement Resort PTC 1985 1,029
4 El Toro Six Flags Great Adventure Intamin 2006 993
5 Boulder Dash Lake Compounce CCI 2000 861
6 Hades Mount Olympus Water & Theme Park The Gravity Group 2005 677
7 Shivering Timbers Michigan's Adventure CCI 1998 523
8 The Beast
Kings Island
1979 471
9 Lightning Racer Hersheypark GCII 2000 447
10 The Raven Holiday World & Splashin' Safari CCI 1995 428
11 Ravine Flyer II Waldameer Park The Gravity Group 2008 427
12 Avalanche Timber Falls Adventure Park S&S 2004 287
13 Kentucky Rumbler Beech Bend Park GCII 2006 272
14 The Legend Holiday World & Splashin' Safari CCI 2000 249
15 Balder Liseberg Intamin 2003 237
16 Cyclone Astroland Harry C. Baker 1927 227
17 Tremors Silverwood Theme Park CCI 1999 218
18 Colossos Heide Park Intamin 2001 187
19 Thunderbolt Kennywood John Miller (rebuilt Andy Vettel) 1924 (rebuilt 1968) 186
20 Ozark Wildcat Celebration City GCII 2003 182
Rampage Alabama Adventure CCI 1998
22 Megafobia Oakwood Theme Park CCI 1996 177
23 Giant Dipper Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Arthur Looff 1924 170
24 GhostRider Knott's Berry Farm CCI 1998 163
25 Cornball Express Indiana Beach CCI 2001 156
26 Troy Toverland GCII 2007 148
27 Grand National Blackpool Pleasure Beach Charles Paige 1935 139
28 Texas Giant Six Flags Over Texas Dinn 1990 134
29 The Comet Great Escape PTC 1994 131
30 Viper
Six Flags Great America
1995 128
31 Coaster Playland Carl Phare/Walker LeRoy 1958 118
32 Twister
Knoebels Amusement Resort
1999 96
33 Tonnerre de Zeus Parc Astérix CCI 1997 93
34 Jack Rabbit Kennywood Harry C. Baker 1921 88
35 Renegade Valleyfair GCII 2007 81
Thunderbird PowerPark GCII 2006
37 Hurricane Boomers! Dania Beach Dinn 2000 78
38 Aska Nara Dreamland Intamin 1998 73
39 Boardwalk Bullet Kemah Boardwalk Martin & Vleminckx 2007 66
40 Georgia Cyclone Six Flags Over Georgia Dinn 1990 63
41 Blue Streak Cedar Point PTC 1964 58
42 Grizzly Kings Dominion KECO 1982 55
43 Timber Terror Silverwood Theme Park CCI 1996 51
44 Evil Knievel Six Flags St. Louis GCII 2008 50
45 Wildcat Hersheypark GCII 1996 44
46 The Boss Six Flags St. Louis CCI 2000 43
47 Racer Kennywood Charlie Mach 1927 42
48 Screamin' Eagle Six Flags St. Louis PTC 1976 40
49 Great American Scream Machine Six Flags Over Georgia PTC 1973 35
New Mexico Rattler
Cliff's Amusement Park
2002

2007 winnersEdit

2007 Golden Ticket Awards[17]
Host Park: Dollywood
Category Rank 2007 Recipient Location Vote
Best New Ride (Amusement Park) 1 Maverick Cedar Point 42%
2 Mystery Mine Dollywood 23%
3 Griffon Busch Gardens Europe 17%
4 Renegade Valleyfair 5%
5 Troy Toverland 3%
Best New Ride (Waterpark) 1 Bakuli Splashin' Safari 40%
2 Deluge Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom 30%
3 Brainwash Wet 'n Wild Orlando 11%
4 East Coaster Waterworks Hersheypark 6%
5 Poseidon's Rage Mt. Olympus 3%
Best Park 1 Cedar Point Sandusky, Ohio 33%
2 Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania 10%
3 Universal's Islands of Adventure Orlando, Florida 9%
4 Holiday World Santa Claus, Indiana 7%
5 Disneyland Anaheim, California 6%
Blackpool Pleasure Beach Blackpool, England
7 Kennywood West Mifflin, Pennsylvania 5%
8 Busch Gardens Europe Williamsburg, Virginia 4.5%
9 Europa-Park Rust, Germany 4%
10 Magic Kingdom Orlando, Florida 3%
Tokyo DisneySea Tokyo, Japan
Best Waterpark 1 Schlitterbahn New Braunfels, Texas 45%
2 Holiday World & Splashin' Safari Santa Claus, Indiana 23%
3 Disney's Blizzard Beach Orlando, Florida 9%
4 Noah's Ark Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin 4%
Typhoon Lagoon Orlando, Florida
Best Children's Park 1 Legoland California Carlsbad, California 51%
2 Idlewild and Soak Zone Ligonier, Pennsylvania 15%
3 Fårup Sommerland Saltum, Denmark 7%
Sesame Place Langhorne, Pennsylvania
4 Memphis Kiddie Park Brooklyn, Ohio 5%
Best Marine Life Park 1 SeaWorld Orlando Orlando, Florida 57%
2 SeaWorld San Antonio San Antonio 26%
3 SeaWorld San Diego San Diego 8%
4 Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Vallejo, California 6%
5 Marineland Ontario, Canada 3%
Best Seaside Park 1 Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Santa Cruz, California 49%
2 Blackpool Pleasure Beach Blackpool, England 21%
3 Morey's Piers Wildwood, New Jersey 12%
4 Belmont Park San Diego, California 4%
5 Kemah Boardwalk Kemah, Texas 3%
Best Indoor Waterpark 1 World Waterpark Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 18%
2 Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Galveston, Texas 12%
3 Castaway Bay Sandusky, Ohio 10%
Kalahari Resort Sandusky, Ohio
5 Great Wolf Lodge Sandusky, Ohio 6%
Kalahari Resort Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
Splash Landings/Alton Towers Staffordshire, England
Friendliest Park 1 Holiday World & Splashin' Safari Santa Claus, Indiana 48%
2 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 20%
3 Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania 5%
4 Silver Dollar City Branson, Missouri 4%
5 Disneyland Anaheim, California 3%
Beech Bend Park Bowling Green, Kentucky
Cleanest Park 1 Holiday World & Splashin' Safari Santa Claus, Indiana 49%
2 Busch Gardens Europe Williamsburg, Virginia 14%
3 Disneyland Anaheim, California 6%
Magic Kingdom Orlando, Florida
5 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 4%
Best Shows 1 Six Flags Fiesta Texas San Antonio, Texas 29%
2 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 27%
3 Busch Gardens Europe Williamsburg, Virginia 8%
Silver Dollar City Branson, Missouri
5 Disney's Hollywood Studios Orlando, Florida 6%
Best Food 1 Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania 25%
2 Epcot Orlando, Florida 15%
3 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 14%
4 Busch Gardens Europe Williamsburg, Virginia 11%
5 Silver Dollar City Branson, Missouri 9%
Best Water Ride (Park) 1 Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls Universal's Islands of Adventure 26%
2 Valhalla Blackpool Pleasure Beach 17%
3 Splash Mountain Magic Kingdom 8%
4 Popeye and Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges Universal's Islands of Adventure 6%
5 Journey to Atlantis SeaWorld Orlando 5%
Best Waterpark Ride 1 Master Blaster Schlitterbahn 32%
2 Deluge Kentucky Kingdom 10%
3 ZOOMbabwe Holiday World & Splashin' Safari 8%
4 Bakuli Holiday World & Splashin' Safari 7%
Summit Plummet Blizzard Beach
Best Kids' Area 1 Kings Island Kings Mills, Ohio 54%
2 Universal's Islands of Adventure Orlando, Florida 10%
3 Carowinds Charlotte, North Carolina 5%
4 Idlewild Ligonier, Pennsylvania 4%
Knott's Berry Farm Buena Park, California
Best Landscaping (Park) 1 Busch Gardens Europe Williamsburg, Virginia 43%
2 Gilroy Gardens Gilroy, California 16%
3 Efteling Kaatsheuvel, Netherlands 10%
4 Epcot Orlando, Florida 5%
Busch Gardens Africa Buena Park, California
Best Outdoor Show Production 1 IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth Epcot 37%
2 Six Flags Fiesta Texas San Antonio, Texas 16%
3 Disneyland Anaheim, California 13%
4 Disney's Hollywood Studios Orlando, Florida 11%
5 Cedar Point Sandusky, Ohio 7%
Best Dark Ride 1 The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man Universal's Islands of Adventure 37%
2 Haunted Mansion Knoebels Amusement Resort 20%
3 Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Disney's Hollywood Studios 7%
4 Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Forbidden Eye Disneyland 5%
5 Pirates of the Caribbean Disneyland 4%
Best Halloween Event 1 Knott's Berry Farm Buena Park, California 26%
2 Universal Orlando Resort Orlando, Florida 25%
3 Kennywood West Mifflin, Pennsylvania 11%
4 Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania 9%
5 Cedar Point Sandusky, Ohio 7%
Best Carousel 1 Grand Carousel Knoebels Amusement Resort 40%
2 Looff Carousel Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk 18%
3 The Riverview Carousel Six Flags Over Georgia 8%
4 Caro-Seuss-El Universal's Islands of Adventure 5%
5 Columbia Carousel Six Flags Great America 4%
Best Indoor Coaster 1 Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith Disney's Hollywood Studios 17%
2 Revenge of the Mummy Universal Studios Florida 16%
Space Mountain Disneyland
4 Space Mountain Magic Kingdom 13%
5 Exterminator Kennywood 8%
Top 50 Steel Roller Coasters
Rank 2007 Recipient Park Supplier Year Points
1 Superman: Ride of Steel Six Flags New England Intamin 2000 1,181
2 Millennium Force Cedar Point Intamin 2000 1,083
3 Nitro Six Flags Great Adventure B&M 2001 733
4 Apollo's Chariot Busch Gardens Europe B&M 1999 616
5 Magnum XL-200 Cedar Point Arrow Dynamics 1989 589
6 Expedition GeForce Holiday Park Intamin 2001 542
7 Phantom's Revenge Kennywood Arrow Dynamics (rebuilt Morgan) 1991 (rebuilt 2001) 439
8 Goliath Six Flags Over Georgia B&M 2006 392
9 Top Thrill Dragster Cedar Point Intamin 2003 372
10 Montu Busch Gardens Africa B&M 1996 309
11 Ride of Steel Darien Lake Intamin 1999 255
12 Raging Bull Six Flags Great America B&M 1999 249
13 Maverick Cedar Point Intamin 2007 220
14 Nemesis Alton Towers B&M 1994 219
Superman: Ride of Steel Six Flags America Intamin 2000
16 SheiKra Busch Gardens Africa B&M 2005 208
17 X Six Flags Magic Mountain Arrow Dynamics 2002 198
18 Alpengeist Busch Gardens Europe B&M 1997 183
19 Raptor Cedar Point B&M 1994 170
20 Steel Force Dorney Park Morgan 1997 167
21 Kumba Busch Gardens Africa B&M 1993 165
22 Mind Bender Six Flags Over Georgia Schwarzkopf 1978 149
23 Dueling Dragons Universal's Islands of Adventure B&M 1999 140
24 Goliath Six Flags Magic Mountain Giovanola 2000 130
Xcelerator Knott's Berry Farm Intamin 2002
26 Titan Six Flags Over Texas Giovanola 2001 119
27 Griffon Busch Gardens Europe B&M 2007 106
28 Volcano, The Blast Coaster Kings Dominion Intamin 1998 104
29 Goliath Walibi World Intamin 2002 95
30 The Incredible Hulk Coaster Universal's Islands of Adventure B&M 1999 89
31 Kingda Ka Six Flags Great Adventure Intamin 2005 87
32 Big Bad Wolf Busch Gardens Europe Arrow Dynamics 1984 84
Expedition Everest Disney's Animal Kingdom Vekoma 2006
Powder Keg Silver Dollar City S&S 2005
35 Shock Wave Six Flags Over Texas Schwarzkopf 1978 81
36 Superman: Krypton Coaster Six Flags Fiesta Texas B&M 2000 80
37 Goliath La Ronde B&M 2006 76
38 Storm Runner Hersheypark Intamin 2004 75
39 Mamba Worlds of Fun Morgan 1998 66
40 Kraken SeaWorld Orlando B&M 2000 64
41 Tatsu Six Flags Magic Mountain B&M 2006 63
Top Gun: The Jet Coaster Carowinds B&M 1999
43 Medusa Six Flags Great Adventure B&M 1999 57
44 Big One Blackpool Pleasure Beach Arrow Dynamics 1994 56
45 Revenge of the Mummy Universal Studios Florida Premier Rides 2004 49
46 Steel Eel SeaWorld San Antonio Morgan 1999 47
47 Mystery Mine Dollywood Gerstlauer 2007 45
48 Mindbender Galaxyland Schwarzkopf 1985 43
49 California Screamin' Disney's California Adventure Intamin 2001 42
50 Katun Mirabilandia B&M 2000 41
Top 50 Wooden Roller Coasters
Rank 2007 Recipient Park Supplier Year Points
1 The Voyage Holiday World & Splashin' Safari The Gravity Group 2006 1,240
2 Thunderhead Dollywood GCII 2004 932
3 Phoenix Knoebels Amusement Resort PTC 1985 844
4 Boulder Dash Lake Compounce CCI 2000 740
5 Hades Mount Olympus Water & Theme Park The Gravity Group 2005 702
6 Shivering Timbers Michigan's Adventure CCI 1998 550
7 The Raven Holiday World & Splashin' Safari CCI 1995 548
8 The Beast
Kings Island
1979 506
9 El Toro Six Flags Great Adventure Intamin 2006 494
10 Lightning Racer Hersheypark GCII 2000 402
11 The Legend Holiday World & Splashin' Safari CCI 2000 358
12 Avalanche Timber Falls Adventure Park S&S 2004 313
13 Kentucky Rumbler Beech Bend Park GCII 2006 308
14 Cyclone Astroland Harry C. Baker 1927 257
15 Balder Liseberg Intamin 2003 193
16 Tremors Silverwood Theme Park CCI 1999 188
17 GhostRider Knott's Berry Farm CCI 1998 176
18 Ozark Wildcat Celebration City GCII 2003 170
19 The Comet Great Escape PTC 1994 169
20 Texas Giant Six Flags Over Texas Dinn 1990 164
21 Thunderbolt Kennywood John Miller (rebuilt Andy Vettel) 1924 (rebuilt 1968) 149
22 Giant Dipper Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Arthur Looff 1924 137
23 Colossos Heide Park Intamin 2001 136
24 Cornball Express Indiana Beach CCI 2001 134
25 Megafobia Oakwood Theme Park CCI 1996 121
26 Tonnerre de Zeus Parc Astérix CCI 1997 112
27 Rampage Alabama Adventure CCI 1998 93
28 Grand National Blackpool Pleasure Beach Charles Paige 1935 88
29 Coaster Playland Carl Phare/Walker LeRoy 1958 87
30 Twister
Knoebels Amusement Resort
1999 86
31 Thunderbird PowerPark GCII 2006 76
32 The Boss Six Flags St. Louis CCI 2000 74
33 Jack Rabbit Kennywood Harry C. Baker 1921 71
34 Aska Nara Dreamland Intamin 1998 68
35 New Mexico Rattler
Cliff's Amusement Park
2002 64
36 Timber Terror Silverwood Theme Park CCI 1996 61
37 Viper
Six Flags Great America
1995 58
38 Wildcat Hersheypark GCII 1996 57
39 Mean Streak Cedar Point Dinn 1991 54
40 Gwazi Busch Gardens Africa GCII 1999 51
Hurricane Boomers! Dania Beach Dinn 2000
42 Roar Six Flags America GCII 1998 47
43 Georgia Cyclone Six Flags Over Georgia Dinn 1990 46
44 Great American Scream Machine Six Flags Over Georgia PTC 1973 45
45 The Racer Kings Island PTC 1972 44
46 Big Dipper Geauga Lake John Miller 1925 42
47 Roar Six Flags Discovery Kingdom GCII 1999 38
48 Blue Streak Cedar Point PTC 1964 35
49 Racer Kennywood Charlie Mach 1927 34
Thundercoaster Tusenfryd Vekoma 2001

2006 winnersEdit

2006 Golden Ticket Awards[18]
Host Park: Holiday World & Splashin' Safari
Category Rank 2006 Recipient Location/Park Vote
Best Amusement Park 1 Cedar Point Sandusky, Ohio 37%
2 Blackpool Pleasure Beach Blackpool, England 10%
3 Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania 8%
4 Universal's Islands of Adventure Orlando, Florida 7%
5 Disneyland Anaheim, California 6%
6 Kennywood West Mifflin, Pennsylvania 6%
Europa Park Rust, Germany
8 Holiday World & Splashin' Safari Santa Claus, Indiana 5%
Busch Gardens Europe Williamsburg, Virginia
10 Magic Kingdom Orlando, Florida 3%
Best Waterpark 1 Schlitterbahn New Baunfels, Texas 52%
2 Holiday World & Splashin' Safari Santa Claus, Indiana 22%
3 Disney's Blizzard Beach Orlando, Florida 6%
4 Noah's Ark Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin 5%
5 Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Orlando, Florida 4%
Best Children's Park 1 Legoland California Carlsbad, California 43%
2 Idlewild Ligonier, Pennsylvania 15%
3 Memphis Kiddie Park Cleveland, Ohio 8%
Sesame Place Langhorne, Pennsylvania
5 Kiddieland Amusement Park Melrose Park, Illinois 6%
Best Marine Life Park 1 SeaWorld Orlando Orlando, Florida 65%
2 SeaWorld San Antonio San Antonio, Texas 15%
3 SeaWorld San Diego San Diego, California 8%
4 Marineland Niagara Falls, Ontario 6%
Six Flags Marine World Vallejo, California
Best Kids' Area 1 Paramount's Kings Island Kings Mills, Ohio 53%
2 Universal's Islands of Adventure Orlando, Florida 11%
3 Paramount's Carowinds Charlotte, North Carolina 6%
4 Paramount's Kings Dominion Doswell, Virginia 5%
5 Idlewild Ligonier, Pennsylvania 4%
Friendliest Park 1 Holiday World & Splashin' Safari Santa Claus, Indiana 44%
2 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 20%
3 Cedar Point Sandusky, Ohio 11%
4 Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania 5%
Magic Kingdom Orlando, Florida
Cleanest Park 1 Holiday World & Splashin' Safari Santa Claus, Indiana 46%
2 Busch Gardens Europe Williamsburg, Virginia 10%
3 Disneyland Anaheim, California 9%
4 Magic Kingdom Orlando, Florida 7%
5 Epcot Orlando, Florida 5%
Best Halloween Event 1 Universal Orlando Resort Orlando, Florida 23%
2 Knott's Berry Farm Buena Park, California 22%
3 Kennywood West Mifflin, Pennsylvania 13%
4 Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania 11%
5 Cedar Point Sandusky, Ohio 9%
Best Landscaping — Amusement Park 1 Busch Gardens Europe Williamsburg, Virginia 44%
2 Efteling Kaatsheuvel, The Netherlands 14%
3 Bonfante Gardens Gilroy, California 8%
4 Busch Gardens Africa Tampa, Florida 6%
5 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 4%
Best Landscaping — Waterpark 1 Schlitterbahn New Braunfels, Texas 29%
2 Disney's Blizzard Beach Orlando, Florida 20%
3 Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Orlando, Florida 17%
4 Holiday World & Splashin' Safari Santa Claus, Indiana 8%
5 Boomerang Bay Kings Mills, Ohio 4%
Best Food 1 Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania 24%
2 Epcot Orlando, Florida 17%
3 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 10%
4 Busch Gardens Europe Williamsburg, Virginia 9%
Silver Dollar City Branson, Missouri
Best Shows 1 Six Flags Fiesta Texas San Antonio, Texas 28%
2 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 21%
3 Busch Gardens Europe Williamsburg, Virginia 10%
4 Silver Dollar City Branson, Missouri 6%
5 Disney-MGM Studios Orlando, Florida 5%
Best Outdoor Night Show Production 1 Epcot Orlando, Florida 31%
2 Six Flags Fiesta Texas San Antonio, Texas 22%
3 Disneyland Anaheim, California 14%
4 Cedar Point Sandusky, Ohio 10%
Disney-MGM Studios Orlando, Florida
Best Water Ride 1 Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls Universal's Islands of Adventure 25%
2 Valhalla Blackpool Pleasure Beach 18%
3 Mountain Slidewinder Dollywood 9%
4 Splash Mountain Magic Kingdom 8%
5 Journey to Atlantis SeaWorld Orlando 8%
Best Waterpark Ride 1 Master Blaster Schlitterbahn 34%
2 Zinga Holiday World & Splashin' Safari 13%
3 Zoombabwe Holiday World & Splashin' Safari 7%
4 Typhoon Six Flags New England 6%
5 Black Anaconda Noah's Ark 4%
Summit Plummet Disney's Blizzard Beach
Best Dark Ride 1 The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man Universal's Islands of Adventure 35%
2 Haunted Mansion Knoebels Amusement Resort 15%
3 Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Disney-MGM Studios 7%
4 Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Forbidden Eye Disneyland 6%
5 The Haunted Mansion Magic Kingdom 5%
Best New Ride of 2006 — Amusement Park 1 The Voyage Holiday World & Splashin' Safari 50%
2 Expedition Everest Disney's Animal Kingdom 16%
3 El Toro Six Flags Great Adventure 8%
4 Goliath Six Flags Over Georgia 7%
5 Kentucky Rumbler Beech Bend Park 4%
Best New Ride of 2006 — Waterpark 1 Bahari River Holiday World & Splashin' Safari 32%
2 Time Warp Noah's Ark 15%
Tornado Six Flags Great America
4 Fire Tower Falls Dolly's Splash Country 9%
Best Capacity 1 Cedar Point Sandusky, Ohio 42%
2 Magic Kingdom Orlando, Florida 14%
3 Disneyland Anaheim, California 9%
4 Holiday World & Splashin' Safari Santa Claus, Indiana 4%
Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania
Best Theming of an Attraction 1 Dueling Dragons Universal's Islands of Adventure 22%
2 Expedition Everest Disney's Animal Kingdom 18%
3 Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Disney-MGM Studios 11%
4 Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Forbidden Eye Disneyland 7%
5 Revenge of the Mummy Universal Studios Florida 6%
Best Concert Venue 1 Paramount's Kings Island Kings Mills, Ohio 13%
2 Six Flags Fiesta Texas San Antonio, Texas 12%
3 Hersheypark Hershey, Pennsylvania 11%
4 Six Flags Darien Lake Darien Center, New York 10%
5 Universal Orlando Resort Orlando, Florida 6%
Top 50 Steel Roller Coasters
Rank 2006 Recipient Park Supplier Year Points
1 Superman: Ride of Steel Six Flags New England Intamin 2000 1,129
2 Millennium Force Cedar Point Intamin 2000 1,052
3 Magnum XL-200 Cedar Point Arrow Dynamics 1989 663
4 Nitro Six Flags Great Adventure B&M 2001 615
5 Apollo's Chariot Busch Gardens Europe B&M 1999 610
6 Expedition GeForce Holiday Park Intamin 2001 500
7 Phantom's Revenge Kennywood Arrow Dynamics (rebuilt Morgan) 1991 (rebuilt 2001) 446
8 Montu Busch Gardens Africa B&M 1996 388
9 Goliath Six Flags Over Georgia B&M 2006 354
10 Top Thrill Dragster Cedar Point Intamin 2003 333
11 Raging Bull Six Flags Great America B&M 1999 319
12 Superman: Ride of Steel Six Flags Darien Lake Intamin 1999 304
13 SheiKra Busch Gardens Africa B&M 2005 237
14 Raptor Cedar Point B&M 1994 219
15 Steel Force Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom Morgan 1997 214
16 Nemesis Alton Towers B&M 1994 212
17 Alpengeist Busch Gardens Europe B&M 1997 206
18 Dragon Challenge Universal's Islands of Adventure B&M 1999 204
19 Mind Bender Six Flags Over Georgia Schwarzkopf 1978 182
20 X Six Flags Magic Mountain Arrow Dynamics 2002 181
21 The Incredible Hulk Coaster Universal's Islands of Adventure B&M 1999 157
Kumba Busch Gardens Africa B&M 1993
23 Superman: Ride of Steel Six Flags America Intamin 2000 156
24 Goliath Six Flags Magic Mountain Giovanola 2000 155
25 Volcano, The Blast Coaster Kings Dominion Intamin 1998 110
26 Mamba Worlds of Fun Morgan 1998 102
27 Titan Six Flags Over Texas Giovanola 2001 98
28 Kingda Ka Six Flags Great Adventure Intamin 2005 88
29 Goliath Walibi World Intamin 2001 83
30 Big Bad Wolf Busch Gardens Europe Arrow Dynamics 1984 79
31 Expedition Everest Disney's Animal Kingdom Vekoma 2006 77
32 Top Gun: The Jet Coaster Paramount's Carowinds B&M 1999 74
33 Superman: Krypton Coaster Six Flags Fiesta Texas B&M 2000 72
34 Euro-Mir Europa Park Mack Rides 1997 71
35 Xcelerator Knott's Berry Farm Intamin 2002 68
36 Shock Wave Six Flags Over Texas Schwarzkopf 1978 62
37 Goliath La Ronde B&M 2006 59
38 The Riddler's Revenge Six Flags Magic Mountain B&M 1998 58
39 Storm Runner Hersheypark Intamin 2004 57
40 Talon Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom B&M 2001 56
Tatsu Six Flags Magic Mountain B&M 2006
42 Big One Blackpool Pleasure Beach Arrow Dynamics 1994 51
Dominator Geauga Lake B&M 2000
44 Mindbender Galaxyland Schwarzkopf 1985 48
45 Desperado Buffalo Bill's Arrow Dynamics 1993 47
Kraken SeaWorld Orlando B&M 2000
Powder Keg: A Blast into the Wilderness Silver Dollar City S&S 2005
49 Air Alton Towers B&M 2002 43
Superman: Ultimate Flight Six Flags Over Georgia B&M 2002
Top 50 Wooden Roller Coasters
Rank 2006 Recipient Park Supplier Year Points
1 Thunderhead Dollywood GCII 2004 904
2 The Voyage Holiday World & Splashin' Safari The Gravity Group 2006 844
3 Boulder Dash Lake Compounce CCI 2000 746
Hades Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park The Gravity Group 2005
5 Phoenix Knoebels Amusement Resort PTC 1985 720
6 Shivering Timbers Michigan's Adventure CCI 1998 696
7 The Raven Holiday World & Splashin' Safari CCI 1995 624
8 The Beast
Paramount's Kings Island
1979 431
9 The Legend Holiday World & Splashin' Safari CCI 2000 420
10 Lightning Racer Hersheypark GCII 2000 385
11 Avalanche Timber Falls S&S 2004 286
12 GhostRider Knott's Berry Farm CCI 1998 279
13 El Toro Six Flags Great Adventure Intamin 2006 218
14 Texas Giant Six Flags Over Texas Dinn 1990 211
15 Rampage Visionland CCI 1998 209
16 Cyclone Astroland Harry C. Baker 1927 208
17 Tremors Silverwood Theme Park CCI 1999 196
18 Cornball Express Indiana Beach CCI 2001 167
19 Thunderbolt Kennywood John Miller (rebuilt Andy Vettel) 1924 (rebuilt 1968) 163
20 Kentucky Rumbler Beech Bend Park GCII 2006 160
Ozark Wildcat Celebration City GCII 2003
22 The Comet Great Escape PTC 1994 155
23 Colossos Heide Park Intamin 2001 154
24 Megafobia Oakwood Leisure Park CCI 1996 153
25 Aska Nara Dreamland Intamin 1998 148
26 Grand National Blackpool Pleasure Beach Charles Paige 1935 146
27 Balder Liseberg Intamin 2003 135
28 Coaster Playland Carl Phare/Walker LeRoy 1958 130
29 Twister
Knoebels Amusement Resort
1999 115
30 Tonnerre de Zeus Parc Astérix CCI 1997 112
31 Georgia Cyclone Six Flags Over Georgia Dinn 1990 108
32 Viper
Six Flags Great America
1995 103
33 The Boss Six Flags St. Louis CCI 2000 92
34 Giant Dipper Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Arthur Looff 1924 86
35 Silver Comet Martin's Fantasy Island CCI 1999 77
36 New Mexico Rattler
Cliff's Amusement Park
2002 76
37 Jack Rabbit Kennywood Harry C. Baker 1921 70
38 Blue Streak Cedar Point PTC 1964 63
39 Roar Six Flags America GCII 1998 57
40 Great American Scream Machine Six Flags Over Georgia PTC 1973 54
41 Grizzly Paramount's Kings Dominion Taft Broadcasting Company 1982 52
Timber Terror Silverwood Theme Park CCI 1996
43 Racer Kennywood Charlie Mach 1927 49
Wildcat Hersheypark GCII 1996
45 Hurricane Boomers! Dania Beach Dinn 2000 47
46 Gwazi Busch Gardens Africa GCII 1999 46
47 Thundercoaster Tusenfryd Vekoma 2001 40
48 Son of Beast Paramount's Kings Island RCCA 1964 36
49 Timber Wolf Worlds of Fun Dinn 1989 35
50 Cyclone Lakeside Amusement Park Edward A. Vettel 1940 33

2005 winnersEdit

2005 Golden Ticket Awards[19]
Host Park: Six Flags Fiesta Texas
Category Rank 2005 Recipient Location/Park Vote
Best Amusement Park 1 Cedar Point Sandusky, Ohio 37%
2 Universal's Islands of Adventure Orlando, Florida 14%
3 Blackpool Pleasure Beach Blackpool England 9%
4 Europa Park Rust, Germany 7%
Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania
Best Waterpark 1 Schlitterbahn New Braunfels, Texas 52%
2 Holiday World & Splashin' Safari Santa Claus, Indiana 17%
3 Disney's Blizzard Beach Orlando, Florida 7%
4 Noah's Ark Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin 5%
5 Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Orlando, Florida 3%
Best Children's Park 1 Legoland California Carlsbad, California 44%
2 Idlewild Ligonier, Pennsylvania 12%
3 Kiddieland Amusement Park Melrose Park, Illinois 9%
4 Sesame Place Langhorne, Pennsylvania 8%
5 Dutch Wonderland Lancaster, Pennsylvania 6%
Best Kids' Area 1 Paramount's Kings Island Kings Mills, Ohio 50%
2 Universal's Islands of Adventure Orlando, Florida 10%
3 Paramount's Carowinds Charlotte, North Carolina 8%
4 Paramount's Kings Dominion Doswell, Virginia 4%
5 Disneyland Anaheim, California 3%
Knott's Berry Farm Buena Park, California
Friendliest Park 1 Holiday World & Splashin' Safari Santa Claus, Indiana 47%
2 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 17%
3 Cedar Point Sandusky, Ohio 7%
Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania
5 Magic Kingdom Orlando, Florida 4%
Cleanest Park 1 Holiday World & Splashin' Safari Santa Claus, Indiana 37%
2 Busch Gardens Williamsburg Williamsburg, Virginia 10%
3 Cedar Point Sandusky, Ohio 9%
4 Magic Kingdom Orlando, Florida 7%
5 Disneyland Anaheim, California 6%
Best Halloween Event 1 Knott's Berry Farm Buena Park, California 25%
2 Universal Studios Florida Orlando, Florida 24%
3 Kennywood West Mifflin, Pennsylvania 10%
4 Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania 9%
5 Cedar Point Sandusky, Ohio 6%
Best Landscaping — Amusement Park 1 Busch Gardens Williamsburg Williamsburg, Virginia 43%
2 Efteling Kaatsheuvel, The Netherlands 18%
3 Bonfante Gardens Gilroy, California 7%
4 Europa Park Rust, Germany 4%
5 Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Tampa, Florida 3%
Best Landscaping — Waterpark 1 Schlitterbahn New Braunfels, Texas 30%
2 Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Orlando, Florida 20%
3 Disney's Blizzard Beach Orlando, Florida 14%
4 Holiday World & Splashin' Safari Santa Claus, Indiana 10%
5 Dolly's Splash Country Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 6%
Best Food 1 Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania 26%
2 Epcot Orlando, Florida 13%
3 Busch Gardens Williamsburg Williamsburg, Virginia 12%
4 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 11%
5 Silver Dollar City Branson, Missouri 9%
Best Shows 1 Six Flags Fiesta Texas San Antonio, Texas 30%
2 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 19%
3 Busch Gardens Williamsburg Williamsburg, Virginia 10%
4 Silver Dollar City Branson, Missouri 6%
5 Cedar Point Sandusky, Ohio 5%
Disney-MGM Studios Orlando, Florida
Best Outdoor Night Show Production 1 Epcot Orlando, Florida 27%
2 Six Flags Fiesta Texas San Antonio, Texas 21%
3 Disneyland Anaheim, California 13%
4 Disney-MGM Studios Orlando, Florida 12%
5 Cedar Point Sandusky, Ohio 9%
Best Water Ride 1 Valhalla Blackpool Pleasure Beach 24%
2 Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls Universal's Islands of Adventure 20%
3 Popeye and Bluto's Bilge-rat Barges Universal's Islands of Adventure 9%
4 Splash Mountain Magic Kingdom 7%
5 Mountain Slidewinder Dollywood 6%
Best Waterpark Ride 1 Master Blaster Schlitterbahn 29%
2 Zinga Holiday World & Splashin' Safari 12%
3 Zoombabwe Holiday World & Splashin' Safari 10%
4 Summit Plummet Disney's Blizzard Beach 6%
5 Crush 'N Gusher Disney's Typhoon Lagoon 5%
Best Dark Ride 1 The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man Universal's Islands of Adventure 38%
2 Haunted Mansion Knoebels Amusement Resort 16%
3 Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Disney-MGM Studios 5%
Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Forbidden Eye Disneyland
5 Droomvlucht Efteling 4%
Pirates of the Caribbean Disneyland
Best New Ride of 2005 — Amusement Park 1 Hades Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park 45%
2 Kingda Ka Six Flags Great Adventure 16%
3 Italian Job: Turbo Coaster Paramount's Kings Island 8%
4 maXair Cedar Point 6%
Powder Keg: A Blast into the Wilderness Silver Dollar City
SheiKra Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Best New Ride of 2005 — Waterpark 1 Black Anaconda Noah's Ark Water Park 21%
2 Crush 'N Gusher Disney's Typhoon Lagoon 17%
3 Typhoon Six Flags New England 14%
4 Bahari Holiday World & Splashin' Safari 9%
Funnel of Fear Michigan's Adventure
Best Place to Ride Go-Karts 1 Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin 86%
2 NASCAR Speedpark Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 4%
3 Cedar Point Sandusky, Ohio 3%
Best Souvenirs 1 Cedar Point Sandusky, Ohio 19%
2 Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania 12%
3 Magic Kingdom Orlando, Florida 11%
4 Disneyland Anaheim, California 10%
5 Universal's Islands of Adventure Orlando, Florida 8%
Best Games Area 1 Cedar Point Sandusky, Ohio 37%
2 Paramount's Kings Island Kings Mills, Ohio 13%
3 Kennywood West Mifflin, Pennsylvania 9%
4 Six Flags Great Adventure Jackson, New Jersey 7%
5 Six Flags Great America Gurnee, Illinois 5%
Top 50 Steel Roller Coasters
Rank 2005 Recipient Park Supplier Year Points
1 Millennium Force Cedar Point Intamin 2000 1,032
2 Superman: Ride of Steel Six Flags New England Intamin 2000 923
3 Magnum XL-200 Cedar Point Arrow Dynamics 1989 569
4 Apollo's Chariot Busch Gardens Williamsburg B&M 1999 542
5 Nitro Six Flags Great Adventure B&M 2001 508
6 Expedition GeForce Holiday Park Intamin 2001 498
7 Top Thrill Dragster Cedar Point Intamin 2003 436
8 Phantom's Revenge Kennywood Arrow Dynamics (rebuilt Morgan) 1991 (rebuilt 2001) 393
9 Raging Bull Six Flags Great America B&M 1999 333
10 Montu Busch Gardens Tampa Bay B&M 1996 329
11 Raptor Cedar Point B&M 1994 249
12 X Six Flags Magic Mountain Arrow Dynamics 2002 235
13 Superman: Ride of Steel Six Flags Darien Lake Intamin 1999 228
14 Steel Force Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom Morgan 1997 227
15 Dueling Dragons Universal's Islands of Adventure B&M 1999 219
16 Nemesis Alton Towers B&M 1994 218
17 Alpengeist Busch Gardens Williamsburg B&M 1997 185
18 Superman: Ride of Steel Six Flags America Intamin 2000 183
19 The Incredible Hulk Coaster Universal's Islands of Adventure B&M 1999 152
20 Goliath Six Flags Magic Mountain Giovanola 2000 148
21 Mind Bender Six Flags Over Georgia Schwarzkopf 1978 133
22 Kumba Busch Gardens Tampa Bay B&M 1993 127
23 Volcano, The Blast Coaster Paramount's King's Dominion Intamin 1998 101
24 Goliath Six Flags Holland Intamin 2001 91
25 Mamba Worlds of Fun Morgan 1998 81
26 Kraken SeaWorld Orlando B&M 2000 80
27 Big Bad Wolf Busch Gardens Williamsburg Arrow Dynamics 1984 79
28 SheiKra Busch Gardens Tampa Bay B&M 2005 77
29 Big One Blackpool Pleasure Beach Arrow Dynamics 1994 75
Top Gun: The Jet Coaster Paramount's Carowinds B&M 1999
31 Kingda Ka Six Flags Great Adventure Intamin 2005 72
32 Euro-Mir Europa Park Mack Rides 1997 70
33 Superman: Krypton Coaster Six Flags Fiesta Texas B&M 2000 69
34 Storm Runner Hersheypark Intamin 2004 65
Titan Six Flags Over Texas Giovanola 2001
36 Air Alton Towers B&M 2002 64
37 Shock Wave Six Flags Over Texas Schwarzkopf 1978 55
38 Xcelerator Knott's Berry Farm Intamin 2002 50
39 Lisebergbanan Liseberg Schwarzkopf 1987 47
40 Mindbender Galaxyland Schwarzkopf 1985 44
Powder Keg: A Blast into the Wilderness Silver Dollar City S&S 2005
42 Desperado Buffalo Bill's Arrow Dynamics 1993 43
43 Medusa Six Flags Great Adventure B&M 1999 42
44 Dominator Geauga Lake B&M 2000 41
45 Batman: The Ride Six Flags Great America B&M 1992 38
Colossus Thorpe Park Intamin 2002
The Riddler's Revenge Six Flags Magic Mountain B&M 1998
Superman: Ultimate Flight Six Flags Over Georgia B&M 2002
49 Wildfire Silver Dollar City B&M 2001 36
50 Whizzer Six Flags Great America Schwarzkopf 1976 35
Top 50 Wooden Roller Coasters
Rank 2005 Recipient Park Supplier Year Points
1 Thunderhead Dollywood GCII 2004 838
2 Boulder Dash Lake Compounce CCI 2000 690
3 Shivering Timbers Michigan's Adventure CCI 1998 671
4 Phoenix Knoebels Amusement Resort PTC 1985 662
5 The Raven Holiday World & Splashin' Safari CCI 1995 616
6 Hades Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park The Gravity Group 2005 579
7 The Legend Holiday World & Splashin' Safari CCI 2000 537
8 The Beast
Paramount's Kings Island
1979 436
9 Lightning Racer Hersheypark GCII 2000 355
10 GhostRider Knott's Berry Farm CCI 1998 301
11 Avalanche Timber Falls S&S 2004 263
12 Texas Giant Six Flags Over Texas Dinn 1990 238
13 Megafobia Oakwood Leisure Park CCI 1996 236
14 Cyclone Astroland Harry C. Baker 1927 220
15 Tremors Silverwood Theme Park CCI 1999 218
16 Ozark Wildcat Celebration City GCII 2003 212
17 Rampage Visionland CCI 1998 199
18 Cornball Express Indiana Beach CCI 2001 195
19 Colossos Heide Park Intamin 2001 193
20 The Comet Great Escape PTC 1994 163
21 Balder Liseberg Intamin 2003 153
22 Georgia Cyclone Six Flags Over Georgia Dinn 1990 149
Grand National Blackpool Pleasure Beach Charles Paige 1935
Thunderbolt Kennywood John Miller (rebuilt Andy Vettel) 1924 (rebuilt 1968)
25 Twister
Knoebels Amusement Resort
1999 113
26 Viper
Six Flags Great America
1995 112
27 Tonnerre de Zeus Parc Astérix CCI 1997 104
28 Jack Rabbit Kennywood Harry C. Baker 1921 102
29 Coaster Playland Carl Phare/Walker LeRoy 1958 93
30 New Mexico Rattler
Cliff's Amusement Park
2002 87
31 Son of Beast Paramount's Kings Island RCCA 1964 80
32 Wildcat Hersheypark GCII 1996 70
33 Giant Dipper Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Arthur Looff 1924 68
Mean Streak Cedar Point Dinn 1991
Timber Terror Silverwood Theme Park CCI 1996
36 The Boss Six Flags St. Louis CCI 2000 63
37 Grizzly Paramount's Kings Dominion Taft Broadcasting Company 1982 68
38 Blue Streak Cedar Point PTC 1964 53
39 Villain Geauga Lake CCI 2000 51
40 Racer Kennywood Charlie Mach 1927 47
41 Big Dipper Geauga Lake John Miller 1925 42
42 Texas Cyclone Six Flags AstroWorld Frontier Construction 1976 41
43 Cyclone Six Flags New England Frontier Construction 1983 37
Gwazi Busch Gardens Tampa Bay GCII 1999
45 Timber Wolf Worlds of Fun Dinn 1989 36
46 The Racer Paramount's Kings Island PTC 1972 33
Thundercoaster Tusenfryd Vekoma 2001
48 Hurricane Boomers! Dania Beach Dinn 2000 32
49 Roar Six Flags America GCII 1998 31
50 Excalibur Funtown Splashtown USA CCI 1998 27

2004 winnersEdit

2004 Golden Ticket Awards[20]
Host Park: Cedar Point
Category Rank 2004 Recipient Location/Park Vote
Best Amusement Park 1 Cedar Point Sandusky, Ohio 35%
2 Universal's Islands of Adventure Orlando, Florida 15%
3 Blackpool Pleasure Beach Blackpool, England 7%
4 Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania 7%
5 Kennywood West Mifflin, Pennsylvania 6%
Best Waterpark 1 Schlitterbahn New Baunfels, Texas 56%
2 Holiday World & Splashin' Safari Santa Claus, Indiana 18%
3 Disney's Blizzard Beach Orlando, Florida 6%
4 Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Orlando, Florida 4%
5 Boomerang Bay Kings Mills, Ohio 3%
Best Children's Park 1 Legoland California Carlsbad, California 41%
2 Idlewild Ligonier, Pennsylvania 13%
3 Memphis Kiddie Park Cleveland, Ohio 10%
4 Sesame Place Langhorne, Pennsylvania 7%
5 Dutch Wonderland Lancaster, Pennsylvania 4%
Best Kids' Area 1 Paramount's Kings Island Kings Mills, Ohio 50%
2 Universal's Islands of Adventure Orlando, Florida 10%
3 Paramount's Kings Dominion Doswell, Virginia 7%
4 Cedar Point Sandusky, Ohio 6%
5 Knott's Berry Farm Buena Park, California 5%
Friendliest Park 1 Holiday World & Splashin' Safari Santa Claus, Indiana 43%
2 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 11%
3 Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania 8%
4 Cedar Point Sandusky, Ohio 6%
5 Silver Dollar City Branson, Missouri 5%
Cleanest Park 1 Holiday World & Splashin' Safari Santa Claus, Indiana 36%
2 Magic Kingdom Orlando, Florida 11%
3 Busch Gardens Williamsburg Williamsburg, Virginia 10%
4 Cedar Point Sandusky, Ohio 8%
5 Disneyland Anaheim, California 7%
Best Landscaping 1 Busch Gardens Williamsburg Williamsburg, Virginia 44%
2 Efteling Kaatsheuvel, The Netherlands 19%
3 Bonfante Gardens Gilroy, California 9%
4 Magic Kingdom Orlando, Florida 4%
5 Epcot Orlando, Florida 3%
Most Beautiful Park 1 Busch Gardens Williamsburg Williamsburg, Virginia 36%
2 Efteling Kaatsheuvel, The Netherlands 23%
3 Europa Park Rust, Germany 9%
4 Universal's Islands of Adventure Orlando, Florida 7%
5 Epcot Orlando, Florida 4%
Most Beautiful Waterpark 1 Schlitterbahn New Braunfels, Texas 31%
2 Disney's Blizzard Beach Orlando, Florida 25%
3 Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Orlando, Florida 14%
4 Holiday World & Splashin' Safari Santa Claus, Indiana 7%
5 Hyland Hills Water World Denver, Colorado 5%
Best Food 1 Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania 28%
2 Silver Dollar City Branson, Missouri 13%
3 Busch Gardens Williamsburg Williamsburg, Virginia 10%
Kennywood West Mifflin, Pennsylvania
5 Epcot Orlando, Florida 9%
Best Shows 1 Six Flags Fiesta Texas San Antonio, Texas 34%
2 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 14%
3 Busch Gardens Williamsburg Williamsburg, Virginia 12%
4 Silver Dollar City Branson, Missouri 8%
5 Cedar Point Sandusky, Ohio 5%
Best Outdoor Night Show 1 Six Flags Fiesta Texas San Antonio, Texas 22%
2 Epcot Orlando, Florida 21%
3 Disney-MGM Studios Orlando, Florida 13%
4 Disneyland Anaheim, California 12%
5 Cedar Point Sandusky, Ohio 10%
Best Water Ride 1 Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls Universal's Islands of Adventure 23%
2 Valhalla Blackpool Pleasure Beach 21%
3 Popeye and Bluto's Bilge-rat Barges Universal's Islands of Adventure 9%
4 Splash Mountain Magic Kingdom 7%
5 Journey to Atlantis SeaWorld Orlando 6%
Best Waterpark Ride 1 Master Blaster Schlitterbahn 37%
2 Zinga Holiday World & Splashin' Safari 14%
3 Zoombabwe Holiday World & Splashin' Safari 10%
4 Tasmanian Typhoon Boomerang Bay 4%
5 Voyage to the Center of the Earth Hyland Hills Water World 3%
Whitewater Tube Chute Schlitterbahn
Best Dark Ride 1 The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man Universal's Islands of Adventure 37%
2 Haunted Mansion Knoebels Amusement Resort 22%
3 Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Disney-MGM Studios 6%
4 Droomvlucht Efteling 4%
Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Forbidden Eye Disneyland
Top 50 Steel Roller Coasters
Rank 2004 Recipient Park Supplier Year Points
1 Millennium Force Cedar Point Intamin 2000 1,181
2 Superman: Ride of Steel Six Flags New England Intamin 2000 1,167
3 Magnum XL-200 Cedar Point Arrow Dynamics 1989 767
4 Expedition GeForce Holiday Park Intamin 2001 694
5 Apollo's Chariot Busch Gardens Williamsburg B&M 1999 636
6 Nitro Six Flags Great Adventure B&M 2001 554
7 Top Thrill Dragster Cedar Point Intamin 2003 433
8 Phantom's Revenge Kennywood Arrow Dynamics (rebuilt Morgan) 1991 (rebuilt 2001) 421
9 Montu Busch Gardens Tampa Bay B&M 1996 347
10 Raptor Cedar Point B&M 1994 314
11 Steel Force Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom Morgan 1997 282
12 Superman: Ride of Steel Six Flags America Intamin 2000 266
13 Superman: Ride of Steel Six Flags Darien Lake Intamin 1999 260
14 Raging Bull Six Flags Great America B&M 1999 248
15 X Six Flags Magic Mountain Arrow Dynamics 2002 245
16 Dueling Dragons Universal's Islands of Adventure B&M 1999 244
17 Nemesis Alton Towers B&M 1994 242
18 Goliath Six Flags Magic Mountain Giovanola 2000 233
19 Alpengeist Busch Gardens Williamsburg B&M 1997 232
20 The Incredible Hulk Coaster Universal's Islands of Adventure B&M 1999 203
21 Mind Bender Six Flags Over Georgia Schwarzkopf 1978 181
22 Kumba Busch Gardens Tampa Bay B&M 1993 152
23 Volcano, The Blast Coaster Paramount's King's Dominion Intamin 1998 135
24 Goliath Six Flags Holland Intamin 2001 130
25 Titan Six Flags Over Texas Giovanola 2001 124
26 Shock Wave Six Flags Over Texas Schwarzkopf 1978 94
27 Superman: Krypton Coaster Six Flags Fiesta Texas B&M 2000 93
28 Mamba Worlds of Fun Morgan 1998 90
29 Kraken SeaWorld Orlando B&M 2000 88
30 Big One Blackpool Pleasure Beach Arrow Dynamics 1994 86
31 Euro-Mir Europa Park Mack Rides 1997 84
32 Air Alton Towers B&M 2002 81
33 Storm Runner Hersheypark Intamin 2004 79
34 Medusa Six Flags Great Adventure B&M 1999 66
35 Superman: Ultimate Flight Six Flags Over Georgia B&M 2002 65
36 Xcelerator Knott's Berry Farm Intamin 2002 64
37 Dominator Geauga Lake B&M 2000 63
38 Desperado Buffalo Bill's Arrow Dynamics 1993 60
39 Big Bad Wolf Busch Gardens Williamsburg Arrow Dynamics 1984 55
40 Top Gun: The Jet Coaster Paramount's Carowinds B&M 1999 50
41 California Screamin' Disney's California Adventure Intamin 2001 48
42 Talon Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom B&M 2001 47
43 Superman: The Escape Six Flags Magic Mountain Intamin 1997 46
44 The Riddler's Revenge Six Flags Magic Mountain B&M 1998 45
45 Mindbender Galaxyland Schwarzkopf 1985 43
46 Wildfire Silver Dollar City B&M 2001 38
47 Lisebergbanan Liseberg Schwarzkopf 1987 31
48 Colossus Thorpe Park Intamin 2002 30
49 Magnum Force Flamingoland Schwarzkopf 2000 28
Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith Disney-MGM Studios Vekoma 1999
Top 50 Wooden Roller Coasters
Rank 2004 Recipient Park Supplier Year Points
1 Boulder Dash Lake Compounce CCI 2000 972
2 Shivering Timbers Michigan's Adventure CCI 1998 854
3 The Raven Holiday World & Splashin' Safari CCI 1995 843
4 Phoenix Knoebels Amusement Resort PTC 1985 745
5 The Legend Holiday World & Splashin' Safari CCI 2000 634
6 Thunderhead Dollywood GCII 2004 530
7 The Beast
Paramount's Kings Island
1979 448
8 GhostRider Knott's Berry Farm CCI 1998 434
9 Texas Giant Six Flags Over Texas Dinn 1990 395
10 Lightning Racer Hersheypark GCII 2000 376
11 Tremors Silverwood Theme Park CCI 1999 290
12 The Comet Great Escape PTC 1994 289
13 Rampage Visionland CCI 1998 279
14 Megafobia Oakwood Leisure Park CCI 1996 251
15 Colossos Heide Park Intamin 2001 246
16 Cyclone Astroland Harry C. Baker 1927 231
17 Cornball Express Indiana Beach CCI 2001 230
18 Thunderbolt Kennywood John Miller (rebuilt Andy Vettel) 1924 (rebuilt 1968) 221
19 Grand National Blackpool Pleasure Beach Charles Paige 1935 207
20 Georgia Cyclone Six Flags Over Georgia Dinn 1990 199
21 Ozark Wildcat Celebration City GCII 2003 162
22 The Boss Six Flags St. Louis CCI 2000 160
23 Balder Liseberg Intamin 2003 159
24 New Mexico Rattler
Cliff's Amusement Park
2002 142
25 Twister
Knoebels Amusement Resort
1999 125
26 Tonnerre de Zeus Parc Astérix CCI 1997 124
27 Texas Cyclone Six Flags AstroWorld Frontier Construction 1976 119
28 Wildcat Hersheypark GCII 1996 117
29 Viper
Six Flags Great America
1995 115
30 Timber Terror Silverwood Theme Park CCI 1996 111
31 Coaster Playland Carl Phare/Walker LeRoy 1958 98
32 Giant Dipper Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Arthur Looff 1924 92
33 Villain Geauga Lake CCI 2000 88
34 Jack Rabbit Kennywood Harry C. Baker 1921 87
35 Timber Wolf Worlds of Fun Dinn 1989 86
36 Grizzly Paramount's Kings Dominion Taft Broadcasting Company 1982 71
Son of Beast Paramount's Kings Island RCCA 1964
38 Gwazi Busch Gardens Tampa Bay GCII 1999 70
39 Racer Kennywood Charlie Mach 1927 67
40 Excalibur Funtown Splashtown USA CCI 1998 62
41 Great America Scream Machine Six Flags Over Georgia PTC 1973 59
42 Blue Streak Cedar Point PTC 1964 57
43 Cyclone Six Flags New England Frontier Construction 1983 56
44 Screechin' Eagle LeSourdsville Lake John Miller 1938 54
45 Mega Zeph Six Flags New Orleans CCI 2000 47
46 Big Dipper Geauga Lake John Miller 1925 45
Roar Six Flags Marine World GCII 1999
48 Roar Six Flags America GCII 1998 40
49 Thunder Run Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom Dinn 1990 36
50 Hurricane Boomers! Dania Beach Dinn 2000 33

2003 winnersEdit

2003 Golden Ticket Awards[21]
Host Park: Schlitterbahn
Category Rank 2003 Recipient Location/Park Vote
Best Amusement Park 1 Cedar Point Sandusky, Ohio 30%
2 Universal's Islands of Adventure Orlando, Florida 15%
3 Blackpool Pleasure Beach Blackpool, England 12%
Best Waterpark 1 Schlitterbahn New Baunfels, Texas 47%
2 Holiday World & Splashin' Safari Santa Claus, Indiana 23%
3 Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom Allentown, Pennsylvania 6%
Best Kids' Area 1 Paramount's Kings Island Kings Mills, Ohio 47%
2 Universal's Islands of Adventure Orlando, Florida 8%
3 Paramount's Kings Dominion Doswell, Virginia 7%
Friendliest Park 1 Holiday World & Splashin' Safari Santa Claus, Indiana 61%
2 Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania 10%
3 Paramount's Kings Dominion Doswell, Virginia 3%
Cleanest Park 1 Holiday World & Splashin' Safari Santa Claus, Indiana 45%
2 Disneyland Anaheim, California 10%
3 Busch Gardens Williamsburg Williamsburg, Virginia 7%
Best Landscaping 1 Busch Gardens Williamsburg Williamsburg, Virginia 37%
2 Efteling Kaatsheuvel, The Netherlands 23%
3 Bonfante Gardens Gilroy, California 7%
Alton Towers Staffordshire, England
Most Beautiful Park 1 Busch Gardens Williamsburg Williamsburg, Virginia 38%
2 Efteling Kaatsheuvel, The Netherlands 22%
3 Europa Park Rust, Germany 8%
Most Beautiful Waterpark 1 Schlitterbahn New Braunfels, Texas 24%
2 Typhoon Lagoon Orlando, Florida 18%
3 Blizzard Beach 17%
Best Food 1 Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania 30%
2 Silver Dollar City Branson, Missouri 13%
3 Busch Gardens Williamsburg Williamsburg, Virginia 10%
Best Shows 1 Six Flags Fiesta Texas San Antonio, Texas 32%
2 Busch Gardens Williamsburg Williamsburg, Virginia 13%
3 Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 8%
Silver Dollar City Branson, Missouri
Best Water Ride 1 Valhalla Blackpool Pleasure Beach 23%
2 Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls Universal's Islands of Adventure 14%
3 Popeye and Bluto's Bilge-rat Barges Universal's Islands of Adventure 6%
Best Waterpark Ride 1 Zinga Holiday World & Splashin' Safari 27%
2 Master Blaster Schlitterbahn 26%
3 Zoombabwe Holiday World & Splashin' Safari 16%
Best Dark Ride 1 The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man Universal's Islands of Adventure 34%
2 Haunted Mansion Knoebels Amusement Resort 20%
3 Dreamflight (Droomvlucht) Efteling 8%
Best Park Capacity 1 Cedar Point Sandusky, Ohio 53%
2 Disneyland Anaheim, California 8%
3 Magic Kingdom Orlando, Florida 6%
Best Non-Coaster Ride 1 Giant Drops Multiple locations 20%
2 The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man Universal's Islands of Adventure 14%
3 The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Disney-MGM Studios 8%
Best Theming of an Attraction 1 Dueling Dragons Universal's Islands of Adventure 27%
2 Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Forbidden Eye Disneyland 14%
3 The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Disney-MGM Studios 10%
Top 50 Steel Roller Coasters
Rank 2003 Recipient Park Supplier Year Points
1 Superman: Ride of Steel Six Flags New England Intamin 2000 1,177
2 Millennium Force Cedar Point Intamin 2000 1,093
3 Expedition GeForce Holiday Park Intamin 2001 794
4 Magnum XL-200 Cedar Point Arrow Dynamics 1989 789
5 Apollo's Chariot Busch Gardens Williamsburg B&M 1999 538
6 Nitro Six Flags Great Adventure B&M 2001 527
7 Nemesis Alton Towers B&M 1994 361
8 Phantom's Revenge Kennywood Arrow Dynamics (rebuilt Morgan) 1991 (rebuilt 2001) 353
9 Superman: Ride of Steel Six Flags Darien Lake Intamin 1999 320
10 Raptor Cedar Point B&M 1994 315
11 Top Thrill Dragster Cedar Point Intamin 2003 298
12 Montu Busch Gardens Tampa Bay B&M 1996 278
13 Superman: Ride of Steel Six Flags America Intamin 2000 272
14 Dueling Dragons Universal's Islands of Adventure B&M 1999 257
15 X Six Flags Magic Mountain Arrow Dynamics 2002 243
16 Steel Force Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom Morgan 1997 242
17 Raging Bull Six Flags Great America B&M 1999 239
18 Goliath Six Flags Magic Mountain Giovanola 2000 184
19 Goliath Six Flags Holland Intamin 2001 183
Alpengeist Busch Gardens Williamsburg B&M 1997
21 The Incredible Hulk Coaster Universal's Islands of Adventure B&M 1999 179
22 Kumba Busch Gardens Tampa Bay B&M 1993 148
23 Euro-Mir Europa Park Mack Rides 1997 147
24 Air Alton Towers B&M 2002 140
25 Superman: Krypton Coaster Six Flags Fiesta Texas B&M 2000 138
26 Mind Bender Six Flags Over Georgia Schwarzkopf 1978 137
27 Titan Six Flags Over Texas Giovanola 2001 131
28 Volcano, The Blast Coaster Paramount's King's Dominion Intamin 1998 122
29 Big One Blackpool Pleasure Beach Arrow Dynamics 1994 111
30 Mr. Freeze Six Flags Over Texas Premier Rides 1998 97
31 Mamba Worlds of Fun Morgan 1998 95
32 Colossus Thorpe Park Intamin 2002 90
33 Hypersonic XLC Paramount's King's Dominion S&S 2001 87
34 Shock Wave Six Flags Over Texas Schwarzkopf 1978 80
35 Xcelerator Knott's Berry Farm Intamin 2002 79
36 Medusa Six Flags Great Adventure B&M 1999 68
37 Mindbender Galaxyland Schwarzkopf 1985 67
38 Superman: Ultimate Flight Six Flags Over Georgia B&M 2002 64
39 Top Gun: The Jet Coaster Paramount's Carowinds B&M 1999 60
40 Wildfire Silver Dollar City B&M 2001 59
41 The Riddler's Revenge Six Flags Magic Mountain B&M 1998 56
42 Big Bad Wolf Busch Gardens Williamsburg Arrow Dynamics 1984 47
43 California Screamin' Disney's California Adventure Intamin 2001 43
44 Magnum Force Flamingo Land Resort Schwarzkopf 2000 39
45 Superman: The Escape Six Flags Magic Mountain Intamin 1997 37
Top Gun Paramount's Great America B&M 1993
47 Superman: Ultimate Escape Six Flags Worlds of Adventure Intamin 2000 35
48 Kraken SeaWorld Orlando B&M 2000 31
49 Desperado Buffalo Bill's Arrow Dynamics 1993 30
50 Wicked Twister Cedar Point Intamin 2002 28
Top 30 Wooden Roller Coasters
Rank 2003 Recipient Park Supplier Year Points
1 The Raven Holiday World & Splashin' Safari CCI 1995 1194
2 Shivering Timbers Michigan's Adventure CCI 1998 912
3 Boulder Dash Lake Compounce CCI 2000 892
4 Phoenix Knoebels Amusement Resort PTC 1985 823
5 The Legend Holiday World & Splashin' Safari CCI 2000 724
6 GhostRider Knott's Berry Farm 1998 437
7 Lightning Racer Hersheypark GCII 2000 427
8 The Beast
Paramount's Kings Island
1979 422
9 Megafobia Oakwood Leisure Park CCI 1996 421
10 Texas Giant Six Flags Over Texas Dinn 1990 415
11 Colossos Heide Park Intamin 2001 335
12 Grand National Blackpool Pleasure Beach Charles Paige 1935 314
13 Cornball Express Indiana Beach CCI 2001 304
14 The Comet Great Escape PTC 1994 284
15 Rampage Visionland CCI 1998 279
16 Cyclone Astroland Harry C. Baker 1927 269
17 The Boss Six Flags St. Louis CCI 2000 237
18 Georgia Cyclone Six Flags Over Georgia Dinn 1990 225
19 Thunderbolt Kennywood John Miller (rebuilt Andy Vettel) 1924 (rebuilt 1968) 194
20 Tonnerre de Zeus Parc Astérix CCI 1997 180
21 Twister
Knoebels Amusement Resort
1999 177
22 Tremors Silverwood Theme Park CCI 1999 168
23 Viper
Six Flags Great America
1995 139
24 Coaster Playland Carl Phare/Walker LeRoy 1958 130
25 Texas Cyclone Six Flags AstroWorld Frontier Construction 1976 129
26 Ozark Wildcat Celebration City GCII 2003 121
27 Villain Six Flags Worlds of Adventure CCI 2000 112
28 Wildcat Hersheypark GCII 1996 104
29 Giant Dipper Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Arthur Looff 1924 97
30 Timber Wolf Worlds of Fun Dinn 1989 89
31 Timber Terror Silverwood Theme Park CCI 1996 78
32 Grizzly Paramount's Kings Dominion Taft Broadcasting Company 1982 76
33 Cyclone Six Flags New England Frontier Construction 1983 69
34 Excalibur Funtown Splashtown USA CCI 1998 60
35 Thunder Run Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom Dinn 1990 54
Blue Streak Cedar Point PTC 1964
37 Son of Beast Paramount's Kings Island RCCA 1964 49
Wild Mouse
Blackpool Pleasure Beach
1958
39 Roar Six Flags America GCII 1998 48
40 Screechin' Eagle LeSourdsville Lake John Miller 1938 45
Werewolf Six Flags Belgium Vekoma 2001
42 Jack Rabbit Kennywood Harry C. Baker 1921 44
43 Thundercoaster Tusenfryd Vekoma 2001 42
44 Gwazi Busch Gardens Tampa Bay GCII 1999 41
Racer Kennywood Charlie Mach 1927
Roar Six Flags Marine World GCII 1999
47 Cyclops Big Chief's Cart & Coaster World CCI 1995 37
Hurricane Boomers! Dania Beach Dinn 2000
49 Mean Streak Cedar Point Dinn 1991 36
50 Mega Zeph Six Flags New Orleans CCI 2000 35

2002 winnersEdit

2002 Golden Ticket Awards[22]
Host Park: Paramount's Kings Island
Category Rank 2002 Recipient Location/Park Vote
Best Amusement Park 1 Cedar Point Sandusky, Ohio 28%
2 Universal's Islands of Adventure Orlando, Florida 18%
3 Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania 9%
Best Waterpark 1 Schlitterbahn New Baunfels, Texas 48%
2 Holiday World & Splashin' Safari Santa Claus, Indiana 17%
3 Disney's Blizzard Beach Orlando, Florida 9%
Best Kids' Area 1 Paramount's Kings Island Kings Mills, Ohio 38%
2 Legoland California Carlsbad, California 6%
3 Idlewild Ligonier, Pennsylvania 5%
Friendliest Park 1 Holiday World & Splashin' Safari Santa Claus, Indiana 60%
2 Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania 8%
3 Cedar Point Sandusky, Ohio 6%
Cleanest Park 1 Holiday World & Splashin' Safari Santa Claus, Indiana 40%
2 Disneyland Anaheim, California 9%
3 Busch Gardens Williamsburg Williamsburg, Virginia 8%
Best Landscaping 1 Busch Gardens Williamsburg Williamsburg, Virginia 37%
2 Efteling Kaatsheuvel, The Netherlands 17%
3 Bonfante Gardens Gilroy, California 6%
Best Food 1 Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania 28%
2 Silver Dollar City Branson, Missouri 11%
3 Busch Gardens Williamsburg Williamsburg, Virginia 10%
Best Shows 1 Six Flags Fiesta Texas San Antonio, Texas 29%
2 Busch Gardens Williamsburg Williamsburg, Virginia 11%
3 Silver Dollar City Branson, Missouri
Best Water Ride 1 Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls Universal's Islands of Adventure 16%
2 Valhalla Blackpool Pleasure Beach 15%
3 Popeye & Bluto's Bilge-rat Barges Universal's Islands of Adventure 6%
Best Waterpark Ride 1 Master Blaster Schlitterbahn 34%
2 Zoombabwe Holiday World & Splashin' Safari 32%
3 Summit Plummit Disney's Blizzard Beach 7%
Best Dark Ride 1 The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man Universal's Islands of Adventure 31%
2 Haunted Mansion Knoebels Amusement Resort 13%
3 The Haunted Mansion Disneyland 9%
Best Park Capacity 1 Cedar Point Sandusky, Ohio 45%
2 Disneyland Anaheim, California 10%
3 Europa Park Rust, Germany 9%
Best Souvenirs 1 Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pennsylvania 16%
2 Cedar Point Sandusky, Ohio 13%
3 Universal's Islands of Adventure Orlando, Florida 8%
Best Games Area 1 Cedar Point Sandusky, Ohio 19%
2 Paramount's Kings Island Kings Mills, Ohio 11%
3 Disney's California Adventure Anaheim, California 8%
Best Themed or Background Music 1 Universal's Islands of Adventure Orlando, Florida 38%
2 Disney's California Adventure Anaheim, California 10%
3 Efteling Kaatsheuvel, The Netherlands 7%
Most Classic or Distinctive Coaster Station 1 Cyclone Lakeside Amusement Park 22%
2 Racer Kennywood 12%
3 Dueling Dragons Universal's Islands of Adventure 11%
Top 25 Steel Roller Coasters
Rank 2002 Recipient Park Supplier Year Points
1 Millennium Force Cedar Point Intamin 2000 970
2 Superman: Ride of Steel Six Flags New England Intamin 2000 897
3 Magnum XL-200 Cedar Point Arrow Dynamics 1989 723
4 Nitro Six Flags Great Adventure B&M 2001 398
5 Apollo's Chariot Busch Gardens Williamsburg B&M 1999 359
6 Steel Force Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom Morgan 1997 353
7 Phantom's Revenge Kennywood Arrow Dynamics (rebuilt Morgan) 1991 (rebuilt 2001) 330
8 Expedition GeForce Holiday Park Intamin 2001 329
9 Montu Busch Gardens Tampa Bay B&M 1996 303
10 Superman: Ride of Steel Six Flags Darien Lake Intamin 1999 303
11 Dueling Dragons Universal's Islands of Adventure B&M 1999 267
12 Raptor Cedar Point B&M 1994 247
13 Alpengeist Busch Gardens Williamsburg B&M 1997 244
14 Goliath Six Flags Magic Mountain Giovanola 2000 243
Raging Bull Six Flags Great America B&M 1999
16 Superman: Ride of Steel Six Flags America Intamin 2000 224
17 The Incredible Hulk Coaster Universal's Islands of Adventure B&M 1999 213
18 Nemesis Alton Towers B&M 1994 203
19 Kumba Busch Gardens Tampa Bay B&M 1993 188
20 X Six Flags Magic Mountain Arrow Dynamics 2002 169
21 The Big One Blackpool Pleasure Beach Arrow Dynamics 1994 137
22 Mind Bender Six Flags Over Georgia Schwarzkopf 1978 131
23 Titan Six Flags Over Texas Giovanola 2001 128
24 Mamba Worlds of Fun Morgan 1998 102
Superman: Krypton Coaster Six Flags Fiesta Texas B&M 2000
Top 25 Wooden Roller Coasters
Rank 2002 Recipient Park Supplier Year Points
1 The Raven Holiday World & Splashin' Safari CCI 1995 838
2 Shivering Timbers Michigan's Adventure CCI 1998 788
3 Boulder Dash Lake Compounce CCI 2000 764
4 The Legend Holiday World & Splashin' Safari CCI 2000 661
5 Phoenix Knoebels PTC 1985 604
6 GhostRider Knott's Berry Farm CCI 1998 570
7 The Beast
Paramount's Kings Island
1979 394
8 Texas Giant Six Flags Over Texas Dinn 1990 363
9 Megafobia Oakwood Theme Park CCI 1996 328
10 Rampage Alabama Splash Adventure CCI 1998 321
11 Lightning Racer Hersheypark GCII 2000 307
12 The Comet Great Escape PTC 1994 278
13 Cyclone Six Flags Astroland Harry C. Baker 1927 244
14 Georgia Cyclone Six Flags Over Georgia Dinn 1990 221
15 Thunderbolt Kennywood John Miller (rebuilt Andy Vettel) 1924 (rebuilt 1968) 218
16 Colossos Heide Park Intamin 2001 216
17 The Boss Six Flags St. Louis CCI 2000 200
18 Cornball Express Indiana Beach CCI 2001 166
19 Villain Six Flags Ohio CCI 2000 153
20 Tonnerre de Zeus Parc Asterix CCI 1997 152
21 Tremors Silverwood Theme Park CCI 1999 149
22 Twister
Knoebels Grove
1999 147
23 Grand National Blackpool Pleasure Beach Charles Paige 1935 118
24 Viper
Six Flags Great America
1995 116
25 Wildcat Hersheypark GCII 1996 113

2001 winnersEdit

2001 Golden Ticket Awards[23]
Host Park: Holiday World & Splashin' Safari
Category Rank 2001 Recipient Location/Park Vote
Best Amusement Park 1 Cedar Point Sandusky, Ohio 21%
2 Universal's Islands of Adventure Orlando, Florida 12%
3 Knoebel's Grove Elysburg, Pennsylvania 11%
4 Kennywood West Mifflin, Pennsylvania 10%
Best Waterpark 1 Schlitterbahn New Baunfels, Texas 50%
2 Disney's Blizzard Beach Orlando, Florida 7%
3 Holiday World & Splashin' Safari Santa Claus, Indiana 6%
Best Kids' Area 1 Paramount's Kings Island Kings Mills, Ohio 24%
2 Universal's Islands of Adventure Orlando, Florida 24%
3 Six Flags Worlds of Adventure Aurora, Ohio 7%
Friendliest Park Staff 1 Holiday World & Splashin' Safari Santa Claus, Indiana 60%
2 Knoebel's Grove Elysburg, Pennsylvania 5%
Cleanest Park 1 Holiday World & Splashin' Safari Santa Claus, Indiana 46%
2 Busch Gardens Williamsburg Williamsburg, Virginia 16%
3 Walt Disney World Orlando, Florida 15%
Best Landscaping 1 Busch Gardens Williamsburg Williamsburg, Virginia 52%
2 Walt Disney World Orlando, Florida 8%
3 Silver Dollar City Branson, Missouri 6%
Best Food 1 Knoebel's Grove Elysburg, Pennsylvania 23%
2 Silver Dollar City Branson, Missouri 21%
3 Kennywood West Mifflin, Pennsylvania 10%
Best Shows 1 Six Flags Fiesta Texas San Antonio, Texas 23%
2 Silver Dollar City Branson, Missouri 14%
3 Walt Disney World Orlando, Florida 8%
Best Water Ride 1 Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls Universal's Islands of Adventure 35%
2 Perilous Plunge Knott's Berry Farm 9%
3 Escape from Pompeii Busch Gardens Williamsburg 8%
4 Journey to Atlantis SeaWorld Orlando 7%
Best Waterpark Ride 1 Master Blaster Schlitterbahn 42%
2 Raging River Schlitterbahn 9%
3 Summit Plummit Disney's Blizzard Beach 7%
Best Park Capacity 1 Cedar Point Sandusky, Ohio 51%
2 Walt Disney World Orlando, Florida 12%
3 Disneyland Anaheim, California 7%
Best Dark Ride 1 The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man Universal's Islands of Adventure 31%
2 Haunted Mansion Knoebel's Grove 23%
3 Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Forbidden Eye Disneyland 8%
Best Carousel 1 Knoebel's Grove Elysburg, Pennsylvania 39%
2 Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Santa Cruz, California 13%
3 Six Flags Over Georgia Atlanta, Georgia 12%
4 Universal's Islands of Adventure Orlando, Florida 6%
Top 25 Steel Roller Coasters
Rank 2001 Recipient Park Supplier Year Points
1 Millennium Force Cedar Point Intamin 2000 758
2 Superman: Ride of Steel Six Flags New England Intamin 2000 682
3 Magnum XL-200 Cedar Point Arrow Dynamics 1989 661
4 Steel Force Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom Morgan 1997 399
5 Montu Busch Gardens Tampa Bay B&M 1996 336
6 Superman: Ride of Steel Six Flags Darien Lake Intamin 1999 305
7 Apollo's Chariot Busch Gardens Williamsburg B&M 1999 298
8 Raptor Cedar Point B&M 1994 266
9 The Incredible Hulk Coaster Universal's Islands of Adventure B&M 1999 261
10 Alpengeist Busch Gardens Williamsburg B&M 1997 252
11 Raging Bull Six Flags Great America B&M 1999 220
12 Dueling Dragons Universal's Islands of Adventure B&M 1999 210
13 Kumba Busch Gardens Tampa Bay B&M 1993 201
14 Goliath Six Flags Magic Mountain Giovanola 2000 196
15 Phantom's Revenge Kennywood Arrow Dynamics (rebuilt Morgan) 1991 (rebuilt 2001) 168
16 Nitro Six Flags Great Adventure B&M 2001 164
17 Mind Bender Six Flags Over Georgia Schwarzkopf 1978 163
18 Mamba Worlds of Fun Morgan 1998 158
19 Nemesis Alton Towers B&M 1994 148
20 Superman: Ride of Steel Six Flags America Intamin 2000 146
21 Titan Six Flags Over Texas Giovanola 2001 126
22 Medusa Six Flags Great Adventure B&M 1999 125
23 Superman: Ultimate Escape Six Flags Worlds of Adventure Intamin 2000 100
24 Desperado Buffalo Bill's Arrow Dynamics 1994 99
25 Volcano Paramount's Kings Dominion Intamin 1998 93
Top 25 Wooden Roller Coasters
Rank 2001 Recipient Park Supplier Year Points
1 The Raven Holiday World & Splashin' Safari CCI 1995 688
2 Shivering Timbers Michigan's Adventure CCI 1998 615
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