The 2011 Golden Ticket Awards were announced recently. The awards are based on votes received by Amusement Today. There are awards given out in a number of categories from Best Park (Cedar Point) to Park with Best Kids’ Area (Kings Island) to Best Food (Knoebels). I generally only recap the top steel and wooden coasters as that’s what I’m most interested in.
Here are the best wooden roller coasters in the World according to Amusement Today’s 2011 Golden Ticket Awards:
1 The Voyage* – Holiday World (Indiana) 1st in ’10
2 Phoenix* – Knoebels Amusement Resort (Pennsylvania) 3rd in ’10
3 El Toro* – Six Flags Great Adventure (New Jersey) 2nd in ’10
4 Boulder Dash* – Lake Compounce (Connecticut) 4th in ’10
5 Thunderhead* – Dollywood (Tennessee) 5th in ’10
6 Ravine Flyer II* – Waldameer (Pennsylvania) 6th in ’10
7 The Beast* – Paramount’s Kings Island (Ohio) 7th in ’10
8 Hades* – Mt. Olympus Theme Park (Wisconsin) 8th in ’10
9 Shivering Timbers at Michigan’s Adventure (Michigan) 11th in ’10
10 Prowler at Worlds of Fun (Missouri) 12th in ’10
*=Coasters that I’ve ridden.
As you can see, there hasn’t been a whole lot of movement in the top 10 this year. Actually, there’s probably been a bit more this year than there has been in some years where it has been almost the exact same 10 coasters just slightly shifted around. This year Holiday World’s Raven (9th in 2010) and Hersheypark’s Lightning Racer (10th in 2010) fell just out of the top ten to 11th and 12th respectively.
I’ve been wondering for a few years now if El Toro will ever overtake The Voyage. Both are deserving of the top spot in my opinion. I feel like the woodie purists out there would never give an Intamin pre-fab with it’s unnatural precise and smooth ride the votes needed climb to number one. I don’t really have a problem with any of these coasters being in the top 10, although I haven’t ridden Shivering Timbers and Prowler. I do wonder if the participants who voted for Hades would do so if they rode it recently. It sounds like it’s been getting extremely rough.
View the top 10 wooden and steel roller coasters of 2010 based on last year’s GTA results.
What’s Your Take?
Have you ridden any of these top woodies? Do you think the voters got it right? Leave a comment below. Image courtesy of CoasterImage