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YOUR 2011 "Golden Ticket" Awards


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Well, Amusement Today has released their 2011 Golden Ticket Awards and once again, what a pile of (Insert Curse Word Here)! So, here's another "annual" poll from McSalsa (I did this same poll last year in 2010). Enjoy.

What are YOUR picks for the following categories? You may also create your own if you feel I did not include one you'd want, but keep it realistic please (IE: No giving Kings Island an award for "Best Trash Cans", etc.)

The Categories...

Best Amusement Park

Best Theme Park

Best Value Park (New for 2011!)

Best Wood Coaster(s) (You can name just one, or make a "Top X" list)

Best Steel Coaster(s) (Same thing as Wood)

Best Flatride

Best "New" Ride (New for you, does not have to be a brand-new ride)

Best New Ride (Has to be a real, brand-new for 2011 ride)

Best Park Food

Most Beautiful Park

Best Water Ride (Includes river rapids, splash rides, and waterslides etc etc)

Best Waterpark

Best Park Staff

Best Kids Area

Best Park Show

Cleanest Park

Best Halloween Event (like KI's haunt, etc etc)

Enjoy the poll. If you dislike, click back.

A SUGGESTION

http://www.KICentral...et&fromsearch=1

If you did this poll last year (link above), click that and see your results. Then, for your steel/wood coaster rankings, you can mark if they have improved or gone down. Optional but would be nice.

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My Picks:

Best Amusement Park

Kings Island

Best Theme Park

Holiday World

Best Value Park

Holiday World

Top 5 Wooden Coasters

#1-The Beast, Kings Island (2010: 3rd)

#2-The Voyage, Holiday World (2010: 1st)

#3-The Legend, Holiday World (2010: 2nd)

#4-The Raven, Holiday World (2010: 4th)

#5-Red Racer, Kings Island (2010: 5th)

Beast lays claim to the #1 spot as the Voyage and Legend gave me some dissaponting rides this year while it improved.

Top 5 Steel Coasters

#1-Diamondback, Kings Island (2010: 1st)

#2-Vortex, Kings Island (2010: 3rd)

#3-Flight of Fear, Kings Island (2010: 2nd)

#4-Flight Deck, Kings Island (2010: 4th)

#5-Firehawk, Kings Island (2010: 5th)

Not much change here besides Vortex & Flight of Fear switching positions.

Best Flatride: Delirium @ Kings Island (2nd year in a row)

Best "New" Ride: Bakuli @ Holiday World

Best New Ride: N/A. I did not ride anything "brand new" this year.

Most Beautiful Park: Holiday World/Kings Island (Tie)

Best Water Ride: Wildebeest @ Holiday World

Best Waterpark: Splashin' Safari

Best Park Staff: Kings Island

Best Kids Area: Kings Island

Best Park Show: Still N/A...

Cleanest Park: Holiday World

Best Halloween Event: Kings Island's Halloween Haunt

I really need to go to more parks! :P

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Best Amusement Park- Cedar Point

Best Theme Park- BGW or IoA

Best Value Park (New for 2011!)

Best Wood Coaster(s) (You can name just one, or make a "Top X" list)

1. The Beast

2. Hurler (Kings Domionion

3. Racer

Best Steel Coaster(s) (Same thing as Wood)

1.Maverick

2.Diamondback

3.Intimindator 305

4.Alpengeist

5.Apollo's Chariot

Best Flatride- Delirium

Best "New" Ride (New for you, does not have to be a brand-new ride)- Griffon

Best New Ride (Has to be a real, brand-new for 2011 ride)- WindSeeker (both KI and CP)

Best Park Food- BGW

Most Beautiful Park- BGW

Best Water Ride (Includes river rapids, splash rides, and waterslides etc etc)- Vanish Point

Best Waterpark- Water Country USA

Best Park Staff- BGW

Best Kids Area- Kings Island

Best Park Show- Celtic Fyre

Cleanest Park- BGW (Notice a trend yet?)

Best Halloween Event (like KI's haunt, etc etc)- Universal Orlando's HHN

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Best Amusement Park: Cedar Point

Best Theme Park: Islands of Adventure

Best Wood Coaster(s): Voyage

Best Steel Coaster: Maverick

Best Flatride: Falling Star @ Michigan's Adventure

Best "New to You" Ride: Incredible Hulk

Best New Ride (Has to be a real, brand-new for 2011 ride): WindSeeker (only one I've ridden).

Best Park Food: Holiday World

Most Beautiful Park: Islands of Adventure

Best Water Ride (Includes river rapids, splash rides, and waterslides etc etc): Jurassic Park River Adventure

Best Waterpark: Splashin' Safari

Best Park Staff: Holiday World

Best Kids Area: Islands of Adventure

Best Park Show: n/a

Cleanest Park: Holiday World

Best Halloween Event (like KI's haunt, etc etc): Never been to one, probably never will.

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Best Amusement Park: Hershey Park

Best Theme Park: Universal Orlando

Best Value Park (New for 2011!): Kings Island

Best Wood Coaster(s) (You can name just one, or make a "Top X" list)

1.Hades

2.El Toro

3.Voyage

Best Steel Coaster(s) (Same thing as Wood)

1. Intimidator 305

2. Storm Runner

3. Montu

Best Flatride: The Crypt(Kings Dominion)

Best "New" Ride (New for you, does not have to be a brand-new ride): Texas Giant

Best New Ride (Has to be a real, brand-new for 2011 ride): Texas Giant

Best Park Food: Dollywood

Most Beautiful Park: Worlds of Fun

Best Water Ride (Includes river rapids, splash rides, and waterslides etc etc): Wildebeast

Best Waterpark: Aquatica (Orlando)

Best Park Staff: Hershey Park

Best Kids Area: Kings Island

Best Park Show: Hot Blooded

Cleanest Park: Six Flags Great Ameica

Best Halloween Event (like KI's haunt, etc etc) Universal's Halloween Horror Nights

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Fav Steel Coasters

1. Top Thrill Dragster/Kingda Ka-I decided to make it a tie since both rides are so similar

2. Millenium Force

3. Raptor

4. Diamondback

5. Nitro

Fav Wooden Coasters

1. El Toro

2. Blue Streak ( CP )

3. The Beast ( It has been operating just fabulously this year.)

4. Hurler ( The one at KD)

5. The Villain ( I know its no longer operating but cannot overlook it.)

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Best Amusement Park: Kennywood

Best Theme Park: Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Best Value Park: Beech Bend

Best Wood Coaster:

1. The Beast

2. Thunderbolt

3. Hades

4. Legend

5. El Toro

Best Steel Coaster:

1. Maverick

2. I305

3. Behemoth

4. Vortex at CW

5. Magnum XL-200

Best Flatride: Delirium

Best "New" Ride: Skyrocket

Best New Ride: Texas Giant

Best Park Food: Silver Dollar City

Most Beautiful Park: Dollywood

Best Water Ride: Splash Mountain at WDW

Best Waterpark: Schlitterbahn (Wish I lived Near It)

Best Park Staff: Hershey Park

Best Kids Area: Kings Island

Best Park Show: Don't pay attention to many shows

Cleanest Park: Holiday World

Best Halloween Event: I've only been to KI's, so I'll have to go with that.

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Best Amusement Park - Cedar Point

Best Theme Park - Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Best Value Park (New for 2011!)

Best Wood Coaster - Voyage, Holiday World

Best Steel Coaster - Millennium Force, Cedar Point

Best Flatride - Skooter Bumber Cars, Knoebel Grove

Best "New" Ride (New for you, does not have to be a brand-new ride) - Blue Streak, Conneaut Lake Park

Best Park Food- Dollywood

Most Beautiful Park - Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Best Water Ride (Includes river rapids, splash rides, and waterslides etc etc) - Mountain Sidewinder, Dollywood

Best Waterpark - Splashin Safari

Best Park Staff - Holiday World

Best Kids Area - Idlewild Park

Cleanest Park - Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Best Halloween Event - Phantom Fright Nights

Best Carousel - Grand Carousel, Knoebels Grove

Best Dark Ride - Curse of DarKastle, Busch Gardens Wiliamsburg

Best Park Rail Road - Dollywood Expresss

Best Ride Operations - Cedar Point

Best Boat Ride - Paddlewheel Excursions (also Corniest Jokes)

Best Observation Tower - Eiffel Tower, Kings Island

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Best Amusement Park: Kennywood

Best Theme Park: Universal's Islands of Adventure

Best Value Park:

Best Steel Coaster:

1. The Revenge of the Mummy (Universal Studios Florida)

2. Batman: The Ride (Great America)

3. Dueling Dragons

4. Flight of Fear (Kings Island)

5. Maverick (Front seat)

Best Flatride: The Crypt (Kings Dominion)

Best "New" Ride: Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit

Best New Ride: Cheetah Hunt

Best Park Food: Disney's Hollywood Studios

Most Beautiful Park: Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Best Water Ride: Pirates of the Caribbean (Disneyland)

Best Dark Ride: The Curse of DarKastle

Best Waterpark: Discovery Cove? :P

Best Park Staff: Epcot

Best Kids Area: Seuss Landing (Universal's Islands of Adventure)

Best Park Show: Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Cleanest Park: Discovery Cove

Best Halloween Event: Halloween Horror Nights (Universal Orlando)

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Best Amusement Park

Kennywood

Best Theme Park

Tokyo DisneySea

Best Value Park

Cedar Point

Best Wood Coaster(s)

Thunderhead

The Voyage

Prowler

The Raven

The Beast

Best Steel Coaster(s)

Intimidator 305

Bizarro (SFNE)

Millennium Force

Diamondback

Mystery Mine

Best Flatride

Barnstormer

Best "New" Ride

Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey

Best New Ride

Barnstormer

Best Park Food

Disneyland

Most Beautiful Park

Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Best Water Ride

Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls

Best Waterpark

Blizzard Beach

Best Park Staff

Holiday World

Best Kids Area

Planet Snoopy (KI)

Cleanest Park

Holiday World

Best Halloween Event

Halloween Horror Nights (Orlando)

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Best Amusement Park

Cedar Point

Best Theme Park

Island of Adventure

Best Value Park

Kings Island

Best Wood Coaster(s)

Mean Streak

Thunder Road (Carowinds)

The Beast

Best Steel Coaster(s)

Maverick

Revenge of the Mummy

Millennium Force

Best Flatride

SkyHawk

Best "New" Ride

Intimidator

Most Beautiful Park

Disney World

Best Water Ride

Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls

Best Waterpark

Zoombezi Bay

Best Park Staff

Island of Adventure

Best Kids Area

Planet Snoopy (KI)

Cleanest Park

Disney World

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Best Amusement Park Kings Island

Best Theme Park Islands of Adventure

Best Value Park (New for 2011!) ?

Best Wood Coaster(s) (You can name just one, or make a "Top X" list)

1. The Beast

2. The Voyage (2006 Voyage, not the current one)

3. Racer (Kennywood)

Best Steel Coaster(s) (Same thing as Wood)

1. Phantom's Revenge (Kennywood)

2. Diamondback

3. Cheetah Hunt (BGE)

Best Flatride Delirium

Best "New" Ride (New for you, does not have to be a brand-new ride) Harry Potter

Best New Ride (Has to be a real, brand-new for 2011 ride) WindSeeker

Best Park Food Kennywood

Most Beautiful Park BGE

Best Water Ride (Includes river rapids, splash rides, and waterslides etc etc) Ripsaw Falls - IOA

Best Waterpark Great Wolf Lodge - Mason

Best Park Staff Magic Kingdom

Best Kids Area IOA

Best Park Show American Country

Cleanest Park - Magic Kingdom

Best Halloween Event (like KI's haunt, etc etc) Halloween Horror Nights

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Disclaimer: Unless otherwise noted, I based this entirely off where I've been. I can't say good things about places I haven't experienced.

Best Amusement Park

Kennywood

Best Theme Park

Kings Dominion

Best Value Park (New for 2011!)

Holiday World or Kennywood

Best Wood Coaster(s)

1. The Voyage, Holiday World

2. Thunderbolt, Kennywood

3. The Legend, Holiday World

4. The Raven, Holiday World

5. Jack Rabbit, Kennywood

Best Steel Coaster(s)

1. Intimidator 305, Kings Dominion

2. Storm Runner, Hersheypark

3. Magnum XL-200, Cedar Point

4. Millennium Force, Cedar Point

5. Great Bear, Hersheypark

Best Flatride

The Crypt at Kings Dominion or Ghostwood Estates at Kennywood. (Does GE count?)

Best "New" Ride

Either Storm Runner at Hersheypark or Thunderbolt or Ghostwood Estates at Kennywood. I can't choose.

Best New Ride

(Haven't ridden any new-for-2011 coasters, but if I had to guess...) Cheetah Hunt at BGT, Green Lantern: First Flight at SFMM, or Wooden Warrior at Quassy.

Best Park Food

Kennywood

Most Beautiful Park

Kennywood or Holiday World

Best Water Ride

Wildebeest, Splashin' Safari

Best Waterpark

Splashin' Safari

Best Park Staff

Holiday World

Best Kids Area

Planet Snoopy, Kings Island

Best Park Show

Honestly, I haven't watched any shows in years. I've got no vote.

Cleanest Park

Kennywood or Kings Dominion

Best Halloween Event

I've only been to KI's Haunt, so...

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So from our very small sample.. we don't really line up that far from the "golden ticket awards":

This is based on a tallied total of everyone's opinions so far.

Amusement Park:

Tied for 1st: Cedar Point, Kennywood

Theme Park:

1st Islands of Adventure

2nd Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Wood Coaster:

1. Voyage

2. Beast

Steel Coaster:

1. Maverick

Tied for second:

2. Diamondback

2.Mil Force

2. Int 305

Flatride

1.Delirium

2. Crypt (KD)

"New" Ride:

Harry Potter

New Ride:

1.WindSeeker

2.New Texas Giant

Park Food

Tie

1.Kennywood

1.Dollywood

Beautiful Park

1. Busch Gardens Williamsburg

2. Holiday World

Water Ride

Tie

1.Wildebeest

1. Dudley Do Right's

Water park

1. Spashing Safari

Cleanest Park

1.Holiday World

2. Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Halloween Event

1. Universal Orlandos' Halloween Horror Nights

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These are all based on parks and rides I have been on

(never been one to rate rides best to worst, I like or dislike them. The only ride I have ever thought was worth every award was TRTR 2002-2005)

Best Theme Park- Islands of Adventure

Best Value Park- Holiday World

Best Flatride- Would have been Tomb Raider: The Ride...

Best Park Food- Dollywood

Best Waterpark- Splashing Safari

Best Park Staff- Dollywood

Best Kids Area- Disney World (honestly it should also win best kids park!)

Cleanest Park- Busch Gardens Tampa

Most Beautiful Park- Dollywood, Busch Gardens Tampa

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  • 2 months later...

Best Amusement Park- #1 Cedar Point, #2 Six Flags Great Adventure, #3 Six Flags Over Georgia

Best Theme Park-#1 Universal's Islands of Adventure. #2 Busch Gardens Williamsburg, #3 Busch Gardens Tampa

Best Value- #1 Cedar Fair Platinum Pass, #2- Holiwood Nights, #3 Six Flags Season Pass

Best Wood Coaster(s) (You can name just one, or make a "Top X" list)- #1 El Toro, #2 Shivering Timbers, #3 Prowler

Best Steel Coaster(s) (Same thing as Wood)#1 Millennium Force, #2 Montu, #3 Behemoth

Best Flatride- #1- Drop Tower (KD),#2- MaxAir (CP). #3 Shockwave (CW)

Best Darkride- #1 Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, #2- The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, #3 The Curse of Darkastle

Best "New" Ride (New for you, does not have to be a brand-new ride)- #1 Shivering Timbers, #2 Behemoth, #3 Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit

Best New Ride (Has to be a real, brand-new for 2011 ride)- #1 Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, #2 Cheetah Hunt, #3 WindSeeker (CP)

Best Park Food- #1 Poutine Fries,(CW), #2 Boneless Buffalo Wings, (CP), #3 Green Beans (HW)

Most Beautiful Park- #1 Busch Gardens Williamsburg, #2 Busch Gardens Tampa, #3 Dollywood

Best Water Ride (Includes river rapids, splash rides, and waterslides etc etc)- #1 Skull Mountain (SFA), #2 Wildbeest, #3 Journey to Atlantis

Best Waterpark- #1 Splashin' Safari, #2 Boomerang Bay (KI), #3 Soak City (CP)

Best Park Staff- #1 Holiday World, #2 Dollywood, #3 Worlds of Fun

Best Kids Area- #1 Planet Snoopy (CW), #2 Seuss Landing, #3 Planet Snoopy (KD)

Best Park Shows- #1 Dollywood, (This is the only park that I watch shows at).

Cleanest Park- #1 Holiday World, #2 Dollywood, #3 Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Most Overrated Park- Kennywood

Most Underrated Park- Six Flags America

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