2017 Golden Ticket awards!

So Saturday was the annual Golden Ticket Awards! It took place a Lake Compounce and Quassy up in Connecticut. There were no really big shocks this year, and a lot more of the same type of rankings. Which to be honest, comes at no surprise, considering the fact that the only really big game changers the past few years have been RMC coasters and Fury 325.

Here is a list of all this years winners:

Best Amusement Park – Europa-Park, Rust, Germany
Best Water Park – Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort, New Braunfels, Texas
Best Children’s Park – Idlewild & 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 – Fury 325, Carowinds, Charlotte, N.C.
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 Water Ride – Valhalla at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Blackpool, Lancashire, England
Best Water Park Ride – Wildebeest at Splashin’ Safari, Santa Claus, Ind.
Best Dark Ride – Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Orlando, Fla.
Best New Ride of 2017 – Amusement Park – Mystic Timbers at Kings Island, Kings Mills, Ohio
Best New Ride of 2017 – Water Park – Thunder Rapids at Six Flags Fiesta Texas, San Antonio, Texas
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 Funhouse/Walk-Through Attraction – Noah’s Ark at Kennywood, West Mifflin, Pa.

I was happy to see Mystic Timbers get best new ride. I haven’t actually rode it myself, but my father just absolutely loves it! So I think it deserves to have that spot for this year. I am also glad to see that Boulder Dash is no longer number 1. I have rode some great woodies, and Boulder Dash is a good one, but not even top ten for me. I think things like The Voyage and The Beast are just better roller coasters. Heck, I even think Shivering Timbers and Ravine flyer II are better. Of course these are just my opinions!

Anyways, I love to see all of the rankings every year, and I am looking forwards to what ride is going to be the best new ride next year. With all of the attractions coming in 2018, who knows what that will be. But for now, its on to Halloween season, and I could not be more excited for it! So look forward to a ton of Halloween coverage!

Thanks for reading!

~Corey Mathery

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