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    Golden Ticket Awards 2009

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    Golden Ticket Awards 2009

    Post  Ccron10 on Thu Sep 10, 2009 6:07 pm

    The results are in...
    THE GOLDEN TICKET AWARDS HONOR
    THE “BEST OF THE BEST” IN AMUSEMENT INDUSTRY

    AMUSEMENT TODAY ANNOUNCES WINNERS
    OF ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL POLL

    ARLINGTON, Texas, Sept. 10, 2009 – Who has the best amusement park food? What about the friendliest staff or how about the best kids’ area in an amusement park? The ballots have been tallied, and in an awards’ show hosted this evening by LEGOLAND California, Carlsbad, Calif., Amusement Today announced the winners of its prestigious 2009 Golden Ticket Awards.

    The Golden Ticket Awards are presented to the “Best of the Best” in the amusement industry calculated from an international poll conducted by Amusement Today. Surveys were sent to a database of experienced and well-traveled amusement park fans around the world – in balanced geographical regions – asking them to rate the “bests” in 25 categories such as “amusement parks,” “roller coasters,” “shows,” “friendliest staff” and “water rides.” The 2009 winners are …

    Best Amusement Park
    Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio

    Best Waterpark
    Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort, New Braunfels, Texas

    Best Children’s Park
    LEGOLAND California, Carlsbad, Calif.

    Best Marine Life Park
    SeaWorld Orlando, Orlando, Fla.

    Best Seaside Park
    Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz, Calif.

    Best Wooden Coaster
    The Voyage at Holiday World, Santa Claus, Ind.

    Best Steel Coaster
    Bizarro
    at Six Flags New England, Agawam, Mass.

    Best Kids’ Area
    Kings Island, Kings Mills, Ohio

    Friendliest Staff
    Silver Dollar City, Branson, Mo.

    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
    Knoebels Amusement Resort, Elysburg, Pa.

    Best Shows
    Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

    Best Outdoor Night Show Production
    IllumiNations: Reflections of the Earth
    at Walt Disney World’s Epcot Center, Orlando, Fla.

    Best Water Ride
    Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls
    at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Orlando, Fla.

    Best Waterpark Ride
    Master Blaster at Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort,
    New Braunfels, Texas

    Best Dark Ride
    Amazing Adventures of Spiderman
    at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Orlando, Fla.

    Best New Ride of 2009 - Amusement Park
    Prowler at Worlds of Fun, Kansas City, Mo.

    Best New Ride of 2009 - Waterpark
    Congo River Expedition at Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort, New Braunfels, Texas

    Best Carousel
    Grand Carousel at Knoebels Amusement Resort,
    Elysburg, Pa.

    Best Indoor Roller Coaster
    Revenge of the Mummy at Universal Orlando,
    Orlando, Fla.

    Best Indoor Waterpark
    Schlitterbahn Galveston Island, Galveston, Texas

    Best Funhouse/Walk-Through Attraction
    Frankenstein’s Castle at Indiana Beach, Monticello, Ind.
    My personal opinion is that the Golden Ticket aren't the most accurate polling system out there.
    The elections are more out of personal opinion instead of visiting the actual park or ride. Here are what some of Pennsylvania Parks and Rides got:

    Best Food: Knoebels
    Best Carousel: Knoebels
    Persons of the Year: Dick and Barbara Knoebel
    2nd Best Park: Knoebels
    2nd Best Childrens Park: Idlewild
    3rd Best Childrens Park: Dutch Wonderland
    4th Friendliest Park: Knoebels
    3rd Best Haunted Dark Ride: Knoebels Haunted Mansion
    3rd Best Halloween Event: Knoebels
    4th Best Halloween Event: Kennywood
    5th Best Christmas Event: Hersheypark
    2nd Best Funhouse: Kennywood Noah's Ark
    4th Best Wooden Coaster: Knoebels Phoenix
    6th Best Wooden Coaster Waldameer Park Ravine Flyer II
    12th Best Wooden Coaster Hersheypark Lightning Racer
    23rd Best Wooden Coaster Kennywood Thunderbolt
    31rd Best Wooden Coaster Knoebels Twister
    39th Best Wooden Coaster Kennywood Jack Rabbit
    8th Best Steel Coaster Kennywood Phantom's Revenge
    23rd Best Steel Coaster Dorney Park Steel Force
    38th Best Steel Coaster Hersheypark Storm Runner

    What are your opinions?
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    Re: Golden Ticket Awards 2009

    Post  Fanatic on Thu Sep 10, 2009 8:22 pm

    Well, it's too bad I didn't see certain parks that I like get in the rankings, but I see what you mean by it's by personal opinion. But, the winners that did get in the rankings deserved it.
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    Re: Golden Ticket Awards 2009

    Post  HPCrazy on Thu Sep 10, 2009 9:08 pm

    Wonder what the first best Christmas event is? Would it be WDW's Very Merry Christmas Party perhaps? I was wondering after seeing about HP's CCL being mentioned as fifth best.
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    Re: Golden Ticket Awards 2009

    Post  Fanatic on Fri Sep 11, 2009 6:42 pm

    Yeah, it would be good to see the first ones. I know Knoebels always wins a lot Smile
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    Re: Golden Ticket Awards 2009

    Post  HPCrazy on Sat Sep 12, 2009 9:31 am

    Knoebels usually wins for Best Park Food, their Carousel and Bumper Cars, and being a "family friendly park" I believe.
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    Re: Golden Ticket Awards 2009

    Post  Fanatic on Sat Sep 12, 2009 11:12 am

    And sometimes they win the best park staff and free admission park if I'm not mistaken.
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    Re: Golden Ticket Awards 2009

    Post  Stormwinder on Sat Sep 12, 2009 11:55 am

    I never agree with those type of awards. How does Knoebles always get best food? I never pay attention to their food. I have eaten catering there and food was ok, but not that great. Is it the best food because it can be your own food that you bring in?


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    Re: Golden Ticket Awards 2009

    Post  HPCrazy on Sat Sep 12, 2009 6:39 pm

    I wouldn't really know where to go with that. Neutral
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    Re: Golden Ticket Awards 2009

    Post  Fanatic on Sun Sep 13, 2009 11:15 am

    Maybe it is, but I never get these awards either. What exactly is the criteria for each award? I never know for sure.

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    Re: Golden Ticket Awards 2009

    Post  tatertot3710 on Sun Sep 13, 2009 3:57 pm

    HPCrazy wrote:Wonder what the first best Christmas event is? Would it be WDW's Very Merry Christmas Party perhaps? I was wondering after seeing about HP's CCL being mentioned as fifth best.

    I believe it's Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas.
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    Re: Golden Ticket Awards 2009

    Post  HPCrazy on Mon Sep 14, 2009 6:29 pm

    Thanks for clearing that up. I find that rather surprising, especially how WDW does things.

    Welcome to the site, by the way. Wink

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