2012 Golden Ticket Awards: Steel Coasters – Did They Get It Right?

Last week, we looked at the Golden Ticket Awards Top 10 Wooden Coasters of 2012. This time let’s have a look at the steel coaster list. Again, we should try to stick to the question: Are these roller coasters representative of the best roller coasters in the World? I think this is a much more reasonable way to approach these lists as we can never expect to completely agree with each pick and...[Read More]

2012 Golden Ticket Awards: Wooden Coasters – Did They Get It Right?

Every year Amusement Today celebrates the best of the amusement industry with the Golden Ticket Awards. And, every year hordes of enthusiasts bash the results. I’m going to take a different angle this year. I’m going to present them as always, but try to view the top wooden and top steel roller coasters through a different lens. Do GTA Winners Represent Some of the Best Coasters in the...[Read More]

Golden Ticket Awards – My Take on the Top Steel Coasters

Golden Ticket Awards – Top Steel Roller Coasters of 2011 In 2010, I noted that Bizarro was bumped out of the top spot for the first time in four years by Millennium Force. The ride’s transformation from Superman: Ride of Steel to Bizarro may have had something to do with that. Millennium Force retained its title this year and once again reigns supreme as the favorite steel roller coast...[Read More]

Golden Ticket Awards – My Take on the Top Wooden Coasters

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 woo...[Read More]

Best Roller Coasters of 2010 | Golden Ticket Awards

2010 Golden Ticket Awards: Best Roller Coasters of 2010 Once again, Amusement Today has announced the winners of their annual Golden Ticket Awards. Here are the lists of the top wooden and steel coasters based on the votes received by the industry publication. Golden Ticket Awards – Top Wooden Coasters of 2010 There’s not usually a whole lot of movement in the top woodies and this year...[Read More]

2009 Golden Ticket Awards | Best Roller Coasters

2009 Golden Ticket Awards: Best Roller Coasters of 2009 Once again, Amusement Today has announced the winners of their annual Golden Ticket Awards. Here are the lists of the top wooden and steel coasters based on the votes received by the industry publication. Golden Ticket Awards – Top Wooden Coasters of 2009 There’s not usually a whole lot of movement in the annual top ten. But, this...[Read More]

2008 Golden Ticket Awards Announced

Golden Ticket Awards – The Oscars of the Amusement IndustryAmusement Today’s annual Golden Ticket Awards were recently announced. Holiday World’s The Voyage & Six Flags New England’s Superman Ride of Steel both retained their Golden Ticket Award titles for another year. This is Superman Ride of Steel’s 3rd consecutive year and The Voyage’s second year in a r...[Read More]

Top Steel Roller Coasters of 2007

Superman: Ride of Steel Retains Title as Top Steel CoasterThis year’s steel coaster Amusement Today Golden Ticket Awards weren’t half as interesting as the Top Wooden Coasters. There were no new entries from the Class of 2007 just a re-shifting of last year’s list. With Cedar Point coasters always ranking so high, I was surprised that Maverick didn’t make the list. I’...[Read More]

Top Wooden Roller Coasters of 2007

Voyage Takes Top Wooden Coaster at 2007 Golden Ticket Awards At the 2007 Golden Ticket Awards, Holiday World’s Voyage has over taken Dollywood’s Thunderhead in its second year in existence. This isn’t too surprising and is well deserved. Check out my full review of the insane and intense marathon that is The Voyage including an onride video. While I have my own Top 10 Wooden Coas...[Read More]

Top Steel Coasters of 2006

Superman: Ride of Steel Reclaims Titleas Top Steel Coaster in the WorldI have to admit that I was glad to see Superman: Ride of Steel take the top spot at this year’s Golden Ticket Awards. Out of the 130 or so roller coasters that I’ve ridden it’s the best! Don’t confuse this Superman coaster with the two clones by the same name at Six Flags Darien Lake and Six Flags Americ...[Read More]

Top Wooden Coasters of 2006

Thunderhead Edges Out The Voyage for Second Straight GTA TitleThunderhead won top honors at Amusement Today’s Golden Ticket Awards for the second year in a row. But the real surprise, to me at least, is that The Voyage shot all the way to the second spot nearly taking first in its very first year in existence. That’s impressive, and it must mean that a lot of those well-traveled enthus...[Read More]

Smaller Parks Popular Among Enthusiasts

Smaller Parks Getting PropsAs I looked at the Golden Ticket Awards, I was surprised to see the smaller parks scoring so well. I was especially surprised to see Knoebels ranking third overall. Of course Knoebels will never surpass Cedar Point, but it is getting more votes every year. The smaller parks like Knoebels and Holiday World also won other categories. I think this reiterates that the survey...[Read More]

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