Seaworld San Diego Hosts Amusement Today’s Annual Golden Ticket Awards

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In an awards’ show hosted today by SeaWorld San Diego, Amusement Today announced the winners of its prestigious 2014 Golden Ticket Awards, which are presented annually to the “Best of the Best” in the amusement industry. Calculated from an international poll conducted by Amusement Today, the Golden Ticket Awards are the results of a detailed survey that is sent to a database of experienced and well-traveled amusement park fans around the world – in balanced geographical regions – asking them to rate the “bests” in 25 categories.

Perhaps the biggest surprise is Cedar Point being dethroned as “Best Amusement Park.”  That title went to Europa-Park in Rust, Germany this year.

Were there any surprises for you?

Here are the rest of the winners:

CATEGORYWINNER
Best Amusement ParkEuropa-Park, Rust, Germany
Best Water ParkSchlitterbahn Waterpark Resort, New Braunfels, Texas
Best Children’s ParkIdlewild and SoakZone, Ligonier, Pa.
Best Marine Life ParkSeaWorld Orlando, Orlando, Fla.
Best Seaside ParkSanta Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz, Calif.
Best Wooden CoasterBoulder Dash at Lake Compounce, Bristol, Conn.
Best Steel CoasterMillennium Force at Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio
Best Kids’ AreaMason, Kings Mills, Ohio
Friendliest ParkDollywood, Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
Cleanest ParkHoliday World & Splashin’ Safari, Santa Claus, Ind.
Best Halloween EventHalloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando, Orlando, Fla.
Best LandscapingBusch Gardens Williamsburg, Williamsburg, Va.
Best Christmas EventSmoky Mountain Christmas at Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
Best FoodDollywood, Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
Best ShowsDollywood, Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
Best Outdoor Night Show ProductionIllumiNations: Reflections of Earth at Walt Disney World’s Epcot, Orlando, Fla.
Best Water RideDudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Orlando, Fla.
Best Waterpark RideWildebeest at Splashin’ Safari, Santa Claus, Ind.
Best Dark RideHarry Potter and the Forbidden Journey at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Orlando, Fla.
Best New Ride of 2014 – Amusement ParkFlying Turns, Knoebels Amusement Resort, Elysburg, Pa.
Best New Ride of 2014 – Water ParkVerrückt, Schlitterbahn Kansas City, Kansas City, Mo.
Best CarouselGrand Carousel at Knoebels Amusement Resort, Elysburg, Pa.
Best Indoor Roller CoasterRevenge of the Mummy at Universal Studios Orlando, Orlando, Fla.
Best Indoor WaterparkSchlitterbahn Galveston Island, Galveston, Texas
Best Funhouse/Walk-Through AttractionNoah’s Ark at Kennywood, West Mifflin, Pa.

 




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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 @cgamache83