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Amusement Today Golden Ticket Awards 2014

Postby A.J. » Sun Sep 07, 2014 7:22 am

I know how much we just LOVE to discuss these, so, here they are in one thread!

Amusement Today's Golden Ticket Award Winners 2014
Click here for the full results - www.goldenticketawards.com/#


Best Park - Europa Park
Best Seaside Park - Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Best Children's Park - IdleWild & SoakZone
Best Marine Life Park - SeaWorld Orlando
Cleanest Park - Holiday World
Friendliest Park - Dollywood
Best Landscaping - Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Best Food - Dollywood

Best Dark Ride - Harry Potter & The Forbidden Journey at Islands of Adventure
Best Indoor Roller Coaster - Revenge of the Mummy at Universal Studios Orlando
Best Fun House / Walkthrough - Noah's Ark at Kennywood
Best Carousel - Grand Carousel at Knoebels
Best Water Ride in an Amusement Park - Dudley Do-Right at Islands of Adventure
Best New Attraction at an Amusement Park - Flying Turns at Knoebels
Best Kids Area - Planet Snoopy at Kings Island

Best Waterpark - Schlitterbahn New Braunfels
Best Indoor Waterpark - Schlitterbahn Galveston Island
Best Ride in a Water Park - Wildebeest at Splashin' Safari
Best New Attraction at a Waterpark - Verrückt at Schlitterbahn Kansas City

Best Shows - Dollywood
Best Outdoor Show Production - IllumiNations at EPCOT
Best Halloween Event - Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Orlando
Best Christmas Event - Smoky Mountain Christmas at Dollywood

Best Wooden Coasters:
#1 - Boulder Dash at Lake Compounce
#2 - El Toro at Six Flags Great Adventure
#3 - Voyage at Holiday World
#4 - Phoenix at Knoebels
#5 - Thunderhead at Dollywood
#6 - Ravine Flyer II at Waldameer
#7 - Gold Striker at California's Great America
#8 - Beast at Kings Island
#9 - Outlaw Run at Silver Dollar City
#10 - Balder at Liseberg

Best Steel Coasters:
#1 - Millennium Force at Cedar Point
#2 - Bizarro at Six Flags New England
#3 - Expedition GeForce at Holiday Park
#4 - Diamondback at Kings Island
#5 - Nitro at Six Flags Great Adventure
#6 - Leviathan at Canada's Wonderland
#7 - Apollo's Chariot at Busch Gardens Williamsburg
#8 - New Texas Giant at Six Flags Over Texas
#9 - Goliath at Six Flags Over Georgia
#10 - Intimidator [232] at Carowinds

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Yeah, this one's a doozy. Let's see here -

Flying Turns won the best new attraction handily - Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts placed fourth behind it, Banshee and Goliath.

Parks such as Islands of Adventure, Magic Kingdom and Tokyo DisneySea placed behind Disneyland and Knoebels in the Best Park category.

Blackfish who? The amusement press continues to support SeaWorld Orlando, with it taking more than half of the vote for best marine life park.

Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey took home the best dark ride award again. Haunted Mansion at Knoebels and the Amazing Adventures of Spider Man tied this year, and both placed behind Radiator Springs Racers. Does that even really count as a dark ride?

Notable wooden coasters absent from the Top 10 list are: Dauling Dragon, Fireball, Goliath, T-Express, Troy, and Wood Coaster (Knight Valley). I'm surprised of how low Outlaw Run placed considering all the praise it's got, and also that Goliath didn't place on the list at all.

Notable steel coasters absent from the Top 10 list are: Bizarro, Intimidator 305, Iron Rattler, Katun, Maverick, Medusa Steel Coaster, any of the Mega Lites, Nemesis, Shambhala and Skyrush. Diamondback snuck its way up to fourth place out of complete nowhere, and Intimidator 232 actually placed in the top 10 - above Intimidator 305! How does that even work?!?

Again, here's the site with the full results - www.goldenticketawards.com/#
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Re: Knoebels Discussion Thread

Postby A.J. » Sun Sep 07, 2014 7:27 am

Coaster19 wrote:I have not been on flying turns, but could the historical factor play into the decision vs. Gringotts?

That's a possible factor, another one could be that they finally built it after seven years. It seems as though the Golden Ticket panel appreciates attractions with historical significance more than others. Flying Turns is wicked fun but I feel like Escape from Gringotts and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train are both pushing theme parks forward into the future (in different ways).
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Re: Amusement Today Golden Ticket Awards 2014

Postby gerstlaueringvar » Sun Sep 07, 2014 7:34 am

I just can't understand... Nearly nothing make sense :roll:

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Re: Amusement Today Golden Ticket Awards 2014

Postby Woodie Warrior » Sun Sep 07, 2014 7:35 am

I am shocked that Outlaw Run did not move up in the polls this year. Its ridiculous that the Beast beat it.

Was Harry Potter Escape from Gringotts not considered in the best dark ride category?

That steel list is even more ridiculous than the wooden one.
Top 10: 1. The Voyage 2. Outlaw Run 3. Millennium Force 4. SkyRush 5. Maverick
6. El Toro 7. Fahrenheit 8. Storm Runner 9. Thunderbird 10. Powder Keg

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Re: Amusement Today Golden Ticket Awards 2014

Postby VF15 » Sun Sep 07, 2014 7:41 am

Is there a place where I can see the full Top 50 lists for wooden and steel coasters? I looked all over the website but couldn't find it.

I'm pretty sure the Top 50 lists are even more ridiculous than the Top 10s.

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Re: Amusement Today Golden Ticket Awards 2014

Postby A.J. » Sun Sep 07, 2014 7:53 am

Woodie Warrior wrote:Was Harry Potter Escape from Gringotts not considered in the best dark ride category?

I'm guessing that it technically counts as a steel coaster. Revenge of the Mummy wasn't in the best dark ride category either. Gringotts would have gone in the best indoor roller coaster category but it didn't even place.
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Re: Amusement Today Golden Ticket Awards 2014

Postby BoulderDash » Sun Sep 07, 2014 7:58 am

The top three or five of each category is pretty decent, after that it gets a little weird. I'll have to look at the top 50. Also Bizarro is not absent from the list.

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Re: Amusement Today Golden Ticket Awards 2014

Postby AstroDan » Sun Sep 07, 2014 7:59 am

More to the point - a park NOT in the USA has won the best park category.

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Re: Amusement Today Golden Ticket Awards 2014

Postby cfc » Sun Sep 07, 2014 8:03 am

Yeah, I'm not buying Flying Turns as the "Best New Attraction." It was OK, but I think this win was more about how much trouble the park went to in constructing the ride rather than the ride itself.

But it's good to see Europa Park in the top spot.
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Re: Amusement Today Golden Ticket Awards 2014

Postby coasterkid124 » Sun Sep 07, 2014 8:09 am

IMO the coaster polls are the most messed up. Outlaw Run should have been top 5 no problem. 3 of the coasters above it should probably not even be top 10 either. The steel poll is better, but I do not agree with some of the B&Ms passing Intamins.
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