For your amusement, appreciation, whatever you prefer... The 2017 Golden Ticket awards winners. Check out the press release here
for full results.
Best Amusement Park – Europa Park
Best Water Park – Schlitterbahn New Braunfels
Best Children’s Park – Idlewild & SoakZone
Best Marine Life Park – SeaWorld Orlando
Best Seaside Park – Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Best Kids’ Area – Planet Snoopy, Kings Island
Friendliest Park – Dollywood
Cleanest Park – Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari
Best Halloween Event – Halloween Horror Nights, Universal Orlando
Best Landscaping – Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Best Christmas Event – Smoky Mountain Christmas, Dollywood
Best Food – Dollywood
Best Shows – Dollywood
Best Water Ride – Valhalla, Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Best Water Park Ride – Wildebeest, Splashin’ Safari
Best Dark Ride – Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Best New Ride of 2017 – Amusement Park – Mystic Timbers, Kings Island
Best New Ride of 2017 – Water Park – Thunder Rapids, White Water Bay (Fiesta Texas)
Best Carousel – Grand Carousel, Knoebels Amusement Resort
Best Indoor Roller Coaster – Revenge of the Mummy, Universal Studios Orlando
Best Funhouse/Walk-Through Attraction – Noah’s Ark, Kennywood
And the top ten coasters per category -
1. Fury 325, Carowinds
2. Millennium Force, Cedar Point
3. Superman The Ride, Six Flags New England
4. Iron Rattler, Six Flags Fiesta Texas
5. Expedition GeForce, Holiday Park
6. Leviathan, Canada's Wonderland
7. Nitro, Six Flags Great Adventure
8. Diamondback, Kings Island
9. New Texas Giant, Six Flags Over Texas
10. Maverick, Cedar Point
1. El Toro, Six Flags Great Adventure
2. Phoenix, Knoebels Amusement Resort
3. Boulder Dash, Lake Compounce
4. Voyage, Holiday World & Splashin' Safari
5. Lightning Rod, Dollywood
6. Beast, Kings Island
7. Ravine Flyer II, Waldameer Park & Water World
8. Thunderhead, Dollywood
9. Outlaw Run, Silver Dollar City
10. Gold Striker, California's Great America
And, finally, some tidbits -
Perhaps due to a slight bias toward coasters, Mystic Timbers handily beat Flight of Passage for best new ride.
Though, Thunder Rapids vs Krakatau was a much closer race for best new water ride.
Santa Cruz, Morey's, and Blackpool were in a near-dead heat for best seaside park.
Dollywood and Knoebels were in a dead heat for best food.
Intimidator 305 placed as the 13th-best steel coaster, behind Apollo's Chariot and Phantom's Revenge.
Wicked Cyclone tied for 14th-best steel coaster alongside Georgia's Goliath, Twisted Colossus came right behind it in 16th.
Perhaps based on the majority of votes being from the US, Taron placed 21st.
Poor Skyrush nearly bringing up the rear at 23rd.
Goliath at Great America placed 13th for wooden coasters, Balder placed 16th.
New Ghostrider came in a three-way tie for 18th place alongside Troy and White Lightning. Three Great Coasters coasters ranked the same!