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Golden Tickets 2010

Posted: Sun Sep 12, 2010 4:45 am
by IndianaJoe
Original Press Release Here
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
The Voyage at Holiday World, Santa Claus, Ind.

Best Steel Coaster
Millennium Force at Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio

Best Kids’ Area
Kings Island, Kings Mills, Ohio

Friendliest Staff
Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, Santa Claus, Ind.

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
Wildebeest at Splashin’ Safari, Santa Claus, Ind.

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

Best Indoor Waterpark
Schlitterbahn Galveston Island, Galveston, Texas

Best Funhouse/Walk-Through Attraction
Noah’s Ark at Kennywood, West Mifflin, Pa.

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

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

Best New Ride of 2010 - Amusement Park
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Orlando, Fla.

Best New Ride of 2010 - Waterpark
Wildebeest at Splashin’ Safari, Santa Claus, Ind.
Also of note, was the posthumous induction of Will Koch to the Legend's Series.

I am very happy for HW as well as the Host and Hostesses, Maintenance Crew, and Directors and Management that made those awards possible.

I am extremely proud of the Raven as it is 15 years old and still in the top 10.

Re: Golden Tickets 2010

Posted: Sun Sep 12, 2010 4:56 pm
by Paul Drabek
IMHO they need to survey some parents for best kids area not enthusiasts because while KI's is nice it really sucks having to traverse the park to get to the ghetto where all of their kids rides are.

Have Fun

Paul

Re: Golden Tickets 2010

Posted: Sun Sep 12, 2010 11:17 pm
by violakat03
Yeah, I think that was the top 5 list that I disagreed with the most, Paul. I was not overly impressed with many of the kids areas on it.

I'm hoping one day to see Holiday World at the top of the "Best Parks" list. I loved seeing how often they showed up in the top 5s. They're a good example of "The little park that could," I think!!

I was also very pleased to see the recognition for Beech Bend - they ranked as #5 on the "Friendliest Parks" list and were also named the Editor's Pick for Park of the Year, a recognition I feel they definitely deserved.

And, finally of note, while I completely disagree with the steel coaster rankings (other than Millie being on top), I was highly amused to see how many of my own personal top ten woodies ended up on the top ten list. They weren't necessarily in the same order, but 5 of my 10 were there, and 4 of the remaining are fairly highly ranked in my overall listing. I haven't ridden Boulder Dash yet, the only one of the top ten that I haven't.

Re: Golden Tickets 2010

Posted: Wed Sep 15, 2010 6:48 am
by scoobywoof83
I agree with the food part. I remember when I went to Knoebels, my friends and I got this HUGE ass pizza, and we all said it was the best we ever had. Hell, if I lived close to the park I would get all my pizza from there lol.

Re: Golden Tickets 2010

Posted: Wed Sep 15, 2010 7:02 am
by bratman
A lot of people do go to Knoebels just to eat. I have seen people come in dressed up, just to go to the Alamo.

Re: Golden Tickets 2010

Posted: Wed Sep 15, 2010 11:13 am
by violakat03
I think the park probably makes way more money as a free admission park than they would as a pay admission park because of how many people go to the park just to eat. There isn't a whole lot of food choice in the area around Elysburg, and Knoebel's has so many great choices. I loved that there was even a parking lot just for Alamo customers!

Re: Golden Tickets 2010

Posted: Wed Sep 15, 2010 12:13 pm
by Beth
I was excited to see HW reclaim friendliest. I felt like it was a big upset when they lost it last year!

Re: Golden Tickets 2010

Posted: Wed Sep 15, 2010 5:50 pm
by violakat03
Am I the only one that questions how many of these are just "traditional" winners that people vote for over and over again because they are expected to win? For example, Holiday World getting cleanest park over Dollywood. I'd have voted for Dollywood over Holiday World, because I've seen way too much stuff at Holiday World that should be unacceptable at the cleanest park in the world. The fact the top of the stairs of both Voyage's and Legend's queues are ALWAYS full of empty cups, even on dead days (why is there still no trash can anywhere nearby?) and the roof of the Thanksgiving gift shop is practically completely covered in silly bands and hair bands every summer. I have never seen occurrences like that at Dollywood. Other 'traditional' winners that I question are Kings Island for best kids area and Cedar Point for best park.