On Saturday September the 8th, Amusement Today held the annual Golden Ticket Awards at this year’s host park Dollywood. Awards were given out in various categories spanning across the amusement industry.
Coasterblog has more on the subject.
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 El Toro at Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, N.J. 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 Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, Tenn. 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 2012 – Amusement Park Wild Eagle at Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, Tenn. Best New Ride of 2012 – Waterpark Mammoth at Splashin’ Safari, Santa Claus, Ind. 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.
The one thing that’s got coaster enthusiasts riled up is the fact that Wild Eagle stole the award for Best New Ride, over other rides that were expected to win like Leviathan, Skyrush, and Radiator Springs Racers. I think that Leviathan itself has been under-represented in these Golden Ticket Awards as it actually placed behind Behemoth in the Top 50 Steel Roller Coasters list.