Golden Ticket Awards 2017

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Re: Golden Ticket Awards 2017

Postby Afterburner » Sun Sep 10, 2017 8:30 pm

Superbatboy wrote:Intimidator (Carowinds), Nitro, Top Thrill Dragster, Banshee, Magnum all rated above Skyrush? OMG just stop :roll:


Hey, at least they finally figured out which Intimidator is superior. Baby steps...

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Re: Golden Ticket Awards 2017

Postby kenban » Sun Sep 10, 2017 10:02 pm

I suspect the problem with the Golden Ticket Awards is actually one of demographics. The average voter is likely different then the individuals which visit coaster forums. If the average voter was maybe 10-15 years older then the people commenting here I would expect to see a preference towards smoother slightly less intense coasters. Basiclly a preference for B&M vs an Intamin.

I believe this is the same reason the awards are dominated by US parks and attractions. If the majority of the voters live here they will naturally spend more time at US parks and will then more often vote for those parks.

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Re: Golden Ticket Awards 2017

Postby DILinator » Sun Sep 10, 2017 11:05 pm

Hey, they got the Top Steel coaster right, and I can't fault El Toro over The Voyage (I haven't ridden Phoenix or Boulder Dash), so that's cool too! Who cares how the rest of the rankings shake out? Besides, I always felt like these rankings were more for a GP crowd, rather than the hardcore enthusiast crowd anyway... Though that doesn't explain Europa Park beating CP again. Never mind... I can't explain these awards after all! Carry on with the complaining! :lol:
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Re: Golden Ticket Awards 2017

Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Mon Sep 11, 2017 2:16 am

To be honest, a lot of the top 10 rankings on both lists are ones I have in my top 10. So that may mean that they're truly great rides, or it may mean this list is as limited as my own experience is. I really couldn't say with certainty, but I'm leaning toward the latter. I have been outside the U.S., several times in fact, but I've never been to an amusement park anywhere but the U.S., and mainly in the Midwest. There are still several major parks in this country I've not been to. I've never been to a Sea World/Busch park. I've never been to Orlando. So for this list to mirror my own as closely as it does.... I'm going to say that isn't great.
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Re: Golden Ticket Awards 2017

Postby Canobie Coaster » Mon Sep 11, 2017 5:21 am

I just want to see Phoenix finally win the top wood coaster spot one year. I think it would be pretty entertaining to see a ride finally get the award after 30+ years of operation.

I take the awards with a grain of salt, but still do like looking through them. From what I heard, Lake Compounce put on a great event for everyone this year.
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Re: Golden Ticket Awards 2017

Postby RAWKIN_coaster38 » Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:19 am

It's hard to explain to GP why seeing a bunch of "#1 coaster" Golden Tickets in front of Millennium Force doesn't necessarily mean it really was the best coaster in the world all those years.

I was happy for Mystic Timbers getting "best new ride" until I realized it won over Flight of Passage. Now I have mixed emotions. :|

Anyway, some rankings I agree with and some I don't and some I'm not travelled enough to really weigh in on. It's still interesting to see but personally, I don't take these too seriously.
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Re: Golden Ticket Awards 2017

Postby gerstlaueringvar » Mon Sep 11, 2017 9:49 am

Honestly, does Disney need the validation from GTA for the best new ride?

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Re: Golden Ticket Awards 2017

Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Mon Sep 11, 2017 9:58 am

RAWKIN_coaster38 wrote:It's hard to explain to GP why seeing a bunch of "#1 coaster" Golden Tickets in front of Millennium Force doesn't necessarily mean it really was the best coaster in the world all those years.

I wouldn't think it's any harder than explaining why Moonlight wasn't the best movie last year. Awards are opinions, when it comes down to it.
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Re: Golden Ticket Awards 2017

Postby CNYCoasterguy11 » Mon Sep 11, 2017 10:20 am

If these awards really meant anything wouldn't Walt Disney World be able to win every single award theoretically? I mean aside from say best sea life park lol.
But seriously almost every catergory you could slide in a Disney ride or park. I think Busch Gardens is a well landscaped park but come on, Animal Kingdom could easily take that claim too.
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Re: Golden Ticket Awards 2017

Postby CNYCoasterguy11 » Mon Sep 11, 2017 10:21 am

If these awards really meant anything wouldn't Walt Disney World be able to win every single award theoretically? I mean aside from say best sea life park lol.
But seriously almost every catergory you could slide in a Disney ride or park. I think Busch Gardens is a well landscaped park but come on, Animal Kingdom could easily take that claim too.
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