How did Orlando Theme Parks fare in the Golden Ticket Awards

Hey Thrill Seekers,

The winners of the annual Golden Ticket Awards were announced over the weekend so lets take a look at how our beloved Orlando parks done..

The Golden Ticket Awards are presented annually to honor the “Best of the Best” in the amusement industry and are calculated from an international poll conducted by Amusement Today. The prestigious survey asks experienced amusement park voters around the country and world to rate the “bests” in 23 categories.

WINNERS!

Best Marine Life Park –  SeaWorld Orlando

YES! It’s great to see SeaWorld win this award as it does some amazing stuff for marine life (and of course has some of the best coasters in Orlando)

Best Halloween Event – Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando

Now that one is an absolute no brainer! Wan’t to go to the most amazing Halloween Event ever? You know where to go

Best Dark Ride – Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Fun & Intense, what more do you want from a dark ride? Oh yeah.. Ghosts

Best Indoor Roller Coaster –  Revenge of the Mummy at Universal Studios Orlando

YES YES YES! This ride sometimes doesn’t get the credit it deserves so we’re very happy that it has won this award!

Best New Ride of 2018 – Water Park – Ray Rush, Aquatica, Orlando

Should have also won ‘best name of an attraction’ in Gavin’s opinion but unfortunately that is never going to be a category ‍♂️‍♀️

5 out of 23 awards is not bad at all for the theme park capital of the world

Smiles Included

Abby

 

Golden Ticket Award Winners 2016

Hey Thrill Seekers,

It’s that time of year again when the whole world votes for the ‘Best of the Best’ in the amusement industry. ‘Amusement Today’ select the winners of each category via their panel of voters and the theme park equivalent of the Oscars.

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Each voter will be able to select one choice from each category. These choices are then tallied up and the most votes in each category will be the winner.

This years winners are:

CATEGORY WINNER
Best Amusement Park Europa-Park, Rust, Germany
Best Water Park Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort, New Braunfels, Texas
Best Children’s Park Idlewild & SoakZone
Best Marine Life Park SeaWorld Orlando, Orlando, Fla
Best Seaside Life Park Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz, Calif
Best Wooden Coaster Boulder Dash, Lake Compounce, Bristol, Conn
Best Steel Coaster Fury 325, Carowinds, Charlotte, N.C.
Best Kids’ Area Kings Island, Kings Mills, Ohio
Friendliest Park Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
Cleanest Park Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, Santa Claus, Ind
Best Halloween Event Halloween Horror Nights, Universal Studios Orlando, Fla.
Best Landscaping Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Williamsburg, Va.
Best Christmas Event Smoky Mountain Christmas, Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
Best Food Knoebels Amusement Resort, Elysburg, Pa.
Best Shows Dollywood, Piegon Forge, Tenn.
Best Water Ride Valhalla, Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Blackpool, England
Best Water Park Ride Wildebeest, Splashin’ Safari, Santa Claus, Ind.
Best Dark Ride Twilight Zone Tower Of Terror, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Orlando, Fla.
Best New Attraction of 2016 – Amusement Park Lightning Rod, Dollywood, Piegon Forge, Tenn.
Best New Attraction of 2016 – Water Park Massiv, Schlitterbahn Galveston Island, Texas
Best Carousel Grand Carousel, Knoebels Amusement Resort, Elysburg, Pa.
Best Indoor Coaster Revenge of the Mummy, Universal Studios Orlando, Fla.
Best Funhouse/Walkthrough Attraction Noah’s Ark, Kennywood, West Mifflin, Pa.

The Orlando winners were:

SeaWorld Orlando – Best Marine Life Park

Halloween Horror Nights, Universal Studios – Best Halloween Event

Twilight Zone Tower Of Terror, Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Best Dark Ride

Revenge of The Mummy, Universal Studios – Best Indoor Coaster

Congratulations!

Smiles Included…

Louise

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Which Orlando Parks Took Home A Golden Ticket?

Afternoon Thrill Seekers,

If you were an actor you’d want an Oscar… in the World of theme GTA 2013Parks the Oscar equivalent is a Golden Ticket. On the 7th September the great and good of the Theme Park industry gathered for the 15th annual awards ceremony with some of our favourite friends rightfully up for awards.

The Golden Ticket Awards (GTA) relies on a panel of voters from all over the world consisting of experienced park enthusiasts. The U.S. ballots are divided into four geographical regions, with approximately the same number of voters in each region. In addition to the American voters, Amusement Today invites a number of international voters to participate.

Voters are asked to submit one choice in each of the categories (except best coaster). The results are tallied and the park or attraction with the most votes is awarded the Golden Ticket for that category. For roller coasters, we ask that each voter submit a list of their top ten coasters — wood and steel — in order from one to ten, taking into consideration the overall experience including capacity, operations, reliability and re-rideability.

So without anymore delay the winners are;

CATEGORY WINNER
Best Amusement Park Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio
Best Waterpark Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort, New Braunfels, Texas
Best Children’s Park Idlewild and SoakZone, Ligonier, Pa.
Best Marine Life Park SeaWorld Orlando, Orlando, Fla.
Best Seaside Park Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz, Calif.
Best Wooden Coaster Boulder Dash at Lake Compounce, Bristol, Conn.
Best Steel Coaster Millennium Force at Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio
Best Kids’ Area Kings Island, Kings Mills, Ohio
Friendliest Park Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
Cleanest Park Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, Santa Claus, Ind.
Best Halloween Event Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando, Orlando, Fla.
Best Landscaping Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Williamsburg, Va.
Best Christmas Event Smoky Mountain Christmas at Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
Best Food TIE!  Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, Tenn., and Knoebels Amusement Resort, Elysburg, Pa.
Best Shows Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
Best Outdoor Night Show Production IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth at Walt Disney World’s Epcot, Orlando, Fla.
Best Water Ride Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Orlando, Fla.
Best Waterpark Ride Wildebeest at Splashin’ Safari, Santa Claus, Ind.
Best Dark Ride Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Orlando, Fla.
Best New Ride of 2013 – Amusement Park Outlaw Run at Silver Dollar City, Branson, Mo.
Best New Ride of 2013 – Waterpark River Rush at Dollywood’s Splash Country, Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
Best Carousel Grand Carousel at Knoebels Amusement Resort, Elysburg, Pa.
Best Indoor Roller Coaster Revenge of the Mummy at Universal Studios Orlando, Orlando, Fla.
Best Indoor Waterpark Schlitterbahn Galveston Island, Galveston, Texas
Best Funhouse/Walk-Through Attraction Noah’s Ark at Kennywood, West Mifflin, Pa.

Orlando based winners were

  • SeaWorld Orlando, best marine-life park.
  • Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando, best Halloween event.
  • IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth at Epcot, best outdoor night show production.
  • Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls at Islands of Adventure, best water ride.
  • Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey at Islands of Adventure, best dark ride.
  • Revenge of the Mummy at Universal Studios Orlando, best indoor roller coaster.

Congratulations to all the winners.

Smiles included…

Jamie

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