Amusement Today announces the Golden Ticket winners for 2013

Amusement Today announces the Golden Ticket winners for 2013 1


Every year the Amusement Today magazine announces the top theme park attractions and other awards to parks around the world.  This years event to announce the winners was held at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.  The event started with a performance by the street drum band Jump Street and followed with the announcement.

Millennium Force remains the number one steel coaster in the world followed by Bizarro at Six Flags New England and Expedition GeForce at Holiday Park in Germany.  Boulder Dash at Lake Coumpounce got the title for #1 wooden coaster in the world, followed by El Toro at Six Flags Great Adventure and Phoenix at Knoebel’s to round out the top three.

Stay tuned after the break as we break down all of the awards.

Best Dark Ride: Harry Potter & The Forbidden Journey at Universal Studios Orlando
Friendliest park: Dollywood
Best Shows: Dollywood
Best Carousel: Knobel’s
Best Fun House/Walkthrough Attraction: Noah’s Ark at Kennywood
Best Indoor Waterpark: Schlitterbahn, Galveston Island
Best Marine Life Park: SeaWolrd Orlando
Best Children’s Park: Idlewild & SoakZone
Best Seaside Park: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Best Water Ride: Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls
Best Waterpark: Splashin’ Safari
Best Kid’s Area: Kings Island
Cleanest Park: Holiday World
Best Landscaping: Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Best Christmas Event: Dollywood
Best Halloween Event: Universal Studios Orlando
Best Food: TIE–Knoebel’s and Dollywood
Best Outdoor Show: EPCOT
Best New Waterpark Ride for 2013: River Rush at Dollywood
Best New Ride for 2013: Outlaw Run
Best Indoor Coaster: Revenge of the Mummy at Universal Studios Orlando

Top Ten Steel Coasters:
10) Intimidator 305 at Kings Dominion
9) Magnum XL-200 at Cedar Point
8 ) Intimidator at Carowinds
7) Goliath at Six Flags over Georgia
6) New Texas Giant at Six Flags over Texas
5) Apollo’s Chariot at Busch Gardens Williamsburg
4) Nitro at Six Flags Great Adventure
3) Expedition GeForce at Holiday Park
2) Bizarro at Six Flags New England
1) Millennium Force at Cedar Point
10) Shivering Timbers at Michigan’s Adventures
9) Lightning Racer at Hersheypark
8)Beast at Kings Island
7) Outlaw Run at Silver Dollar City
6) Ravine Flyer II at Waldameer
5) Thunderhead at Dollywood
4) The Voyage at Holiday World
3) Phoenix at Knoebel’s
2) El Toro at Six Flags Great Adventure
1) Boulder Dash at Lake Coumpounce

Best Waterpark: Schlitterbahn, New Braunfels
Best Amusement Park: Cedar Point



Clint Gamache started Thrillgeek back in 2013 to share his love of theme parks, pop culture and other geeky stuff with the world. He can be found on Twitter @iamcgeed