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Amusement Today: 2008 Golden Ticket Awards

Fri Sep 05, 2008 5:29 pm

The results have been released by Amusement Today for their 2008 Golden Ticket Awards:

The best park in Europe is Blackpool Pleasure Beach, which has been voted joint 5th best park in the world. All hail, Blackpool... You beat off everyone else - Alton Towers, Disneyland Resort Paris, Europa Park, Phantasialand, PortAventura... yes - them all!

Valhalla has also been voted the worlds 2nd best water ride.

No other UK park featured.

Best New Ride of 2008 (Amusement Park)
Ravine Flyer II Waldameer Park 53%
Boardwalk Bullet Kemah Boardwalk 11%
Behemoth Canada's Wonderland 10%
Led Zeppelin The Ride Hard Rock Park 6%
Evel Knievel Six Flags St. Louis 5.5%

Best New Ride of 2008 (Waterpark)
Dragon’s Revenge Schlitterbahn 52%
Dolphin Plunge Aquatica 23%
Black Hole: The Next Generation Wet’n Wild Orlando 11%
Rock & Roll Island Water Country USA 8%
Taumata Racer Aquatica 5%

Best Park (2008)
Cedar Point Sandusky, Ohio 26%
Busch Gardens Europe Williamsburg, Va. 16%
Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pa. 7%
Disneyland Anaheim, Calif. 6.5%
Islands of Adventure Orlando, Fla. (Tie) 6%
Pleasure Beach Blackpool Blackpool, England (Tie) 6%
Europa Park Rust, Germany (Tie) 5.5%
Kennywood West Mifflin, Pa. (Tie) 5.5%
Holiday World Santa Claus, Ind. 5%
Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tenn. 4.8%

Best Waterpark
Schlitterbahn New Braunfels, Texas 53%
Splashin’ Safari Santa Claus, Ind. 15%
Blizzard Beach Orlando, Fla. 9%
Noah's Ark Wisconsin Dells, Wis. 8%
Typhoon Lagoon Orlando, Fla. 6%

Best Childrens Park (2008)
Legoland California Carlsbad, Calif. 41%
Idlewild Ligonier, Pa. 27%
Farup Sommerland Saltum, Denmark 10%
Dutch Wonderland Lancaster, Pa. 6%
Memphis Kiddie Park Cleveland, Ohio (Tie) 5%
Sesame Place Langhorne, Pa. (Tie) 5

Best Marine Life Park
SeaWorld Orlando Orlando, Fla. 56%
SeaWorld San Antonio San Antonio, Texas 14%
SeaWorld San Diego San Diego, Calif. 10%
Discovery Cove Orlando, Fla. (Tie) 8%
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Vallejo, Calif. (Tie) 8%

Best Seaside Park
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Santa Cruz, Calif. 46%
Pleasure Beach Blackpool Blackpool, England 30%
Morey’s Piers Wildwood, N.J. 15%
Kemah Boardwalk Kemah, Texas 4%

Best Indoor Waterpark

Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Galveston, Texas 25%
World Waterpark Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 18%
Kalahari Resort Sandusky, Ohio 15%
Kalahari Resort Wisconsin Dells, Wis. 12%
Castaway Bay Sandusky, Ohio 11%

Friendliest Park Staff
Holiday World Santa Claus, Ind. 32%
Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tenn. 27%
Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pa. 13%
Silver Dollar City Branson, Mo. 6%
Beech Bend Bowling Green, Ky. (Tie) 4%

Cleanest Park
Holiday World Santa Claus, Ind. 35%
Busch Gardens Europe Williamsburg, Va. 16%
Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tenn. (Tie) 11%
Magic Kingdom Orlando, Fla. (Tie) 11%
Disneyland Anaheim, Calif. 4%

Best Shows
Six Flags Fiesta Texas San Antonio, Texas 27%
Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tenn. 24%
Disney’s Hollywood Studios Orlando, Fla. 12%
Silver Dollar City Branson, Mo. 10%
Busch Gardens Europe Williamsburg, Va. 8%

Best Food
Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pa. 28%
Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tenn. 19%
Epcot Orlando, Fla. 18%
Silver Dollar City Branson, Mo. 13%
Busch Gardens Europe Williamsburg, Va. 8%

Best Water Ride (Amusement Park)
Dudley Do Right’s Ripsaw Falls Islands of Adventure 34%
Valhalla Pleasure Beach Blackpool 22%
Splash Mountain Magic Kingdom 13%
Popeye and Bluto’s...Barges Islands of Adventure 9%
Journey to Atlantis SeaWorld Orlando 8%

Best Waterpark Ride
Master Blaster Schlitterbahn 25%
Zoombabwe Splashin’ Safari 20%
Deluge Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom 14%
Dragon’s Revenge Schlitterbahn 12%
Black Anaconda Noah’s Ark 7%

Best Kids' Area
Kings Island Kings Mills, Ohio 38%
Islands of Adventure Orlando, Fla. 21%
Knott’s Berry Farm Buena Park, Calif. 8%
Kings Dominion Doswell, Va. (Tie) 7.5%
Nickelodeon Universe Bloomington, Minn. (Tie) 7.5%

Best Landscaping
Busch Gardens Europe Williamsburg, Va. 38%
Efteling Kaatsheuvel, The Netherlands 25%
Gilroy Gardens Gilroy, Calif. 18%
Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tenn. 7%
Epcot Orlando, Fla. 5%

Best Outdoor Night Production
Epcot Orlando, Fla. 38%
Six Flags Fiesta Texas San Antonio, Texas 22%
Disneyland Anaheim, Calif. 13%
Hard Rock Park Myrtle Beach, S.C. 10%
Disney’s Hollywood Studios Orlando, Fla. 8%

Best Dark Ride
Amazing Adventures of Spiderman Islands of Adventures 36%
Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Disney’s Hollywood Studios 17%
Haunted Mansion Knoebels Amusement Resort 13%
Nights in White Satin: The Trip Hard Rock Park 12%
Pirates of the Caribbean Disneyland 7%

Best Halloween Event
Universal Orlando Orlando, Fla. 29%
Knott’s Berry Farm Buena Park, Calif. 22%
Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pa. 16%
Kennywood West Mifflin, Pa. 12%
Cedar Point Sandusky, Ohio 6%

Best Christmas Event
Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tenn. 38%
Magic Kingdom Orlando, Fla. 17%
Disneyland Anaheim, Calif. 14%
Silver Dollar City Branson, Mo. 10%
Hersheypark Hershey, Pa. 6%

Best Carousel
Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pa. 28%
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Santa Cruz, Calif. 21%
Six Flags Over Georgia Atlanta, Ga 9%
Islands of Adventure Orlando, Fla. 7%
Six Flags Great America Gurnee, Ill. 6

Best Indoor Coaster
Revenge of the Mummy Universal Studios Orlando 28%
Rock ‘N Roller Coaster Disney’s Hollywood Studios 15%
Space Mountain Disneyland 14%
Mindbender Galaxyland 11%
Exterminator Kennywood 10%

Best Funhouse/Walkthrough Attraction
Frankenstein’s Castle Indiana Beach 36%
Noah’s Ark Kennywood 33%
Hotel Gasten Liseberg (Tie) 10%
Lustiga Huset Grona Lund (Tie) 10%
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Fri Sep 05, 2008 5:31 pm

Glad to see Merlin in all the ratings :mrgreen:
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Fri Sep 05, 2008 5:33 pm

"Lon" wrote:
Glad to see Merlin in all the ratings :mrgreen:


Legoland California is the best children's park apparantly.

To be honest most of these are totally influenced by the fact that 9/10 people voting in this are American, and a majority of Americans don't hold a passport...

They will like Blackpool because it's "quaint and British".
 
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Fri Sep 05, 2008 6:03 pm

bit sad really, there are quite a few british parks *cough* alton towers *cough* that are better, I mean BPB better than Alton Towers I mean what the heck.
 
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Fri Sep 05, 2008 8:06 pm

"AIRrider" wrote:
bit sad really, there are quite a few british parks *cough* alton towers *cough* that are better, I mean BPB better than Alton Towers I mean what the heck.


Depends whose point of view.
Obviously not in some peoples eyes.


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Fri Sep 05, 2008 8:20 pm

As I said, it's not simply a case that Blackpool is better than EVERY OTHER theme park / resort in Europe - and indeed, outside the USA.

American people adore the typical "british" style - and Blackpool symbolises this in many ways, even if, as it is in my eyes, nowhere near the standard of half a dozen other resorts I have been to in Europe!

I do find it quite laughable in all honesty.

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Fri Sep 05, 2008 8:36 pm

I suppose it all depends on what you're looking for really.

I have recently been at Blackpool and spent a long day at the Pleasure Beach (ride close at 9.30) and despite that there was still a good number of rides I'd not been on (including some biggies like Valhalla, the Big One or Revolution). We did have a long lunch in the middle, but still I left feeling like we could have happily spent another whole day on the park, especially once you take into account re-riding. (You can never re-ride Roller Coaster or Noah's Ark too many times :lol: ). I mean that is a park that is densly packed with quality attractions.

It's not a feeling I often get at a park. It is rare that I leave Alton Towers thinking "I could spend an entire extra day doing the attractions I've missed today".

I can really see where this poll is coming from.
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Fri Sep 05, 2008 8:57 pm

"Squiggles" wrote:
I suppose it all depends on what you're looking for really.

I have recently been at Blackpool and spent a long day at the Pleasure Beach (ride close at 9.30) and despite that there was still a good number of rides I'd not been on (including some biggies like Valhalla, the Big One or Revolution). We did have a long lunch in the middle, but still I left feeling like we could have happily spent another whole day on the park, especially once you take into account re-riding. (You can never re-ride Roller Coaster or Noah's Ark too many times :lol: ). I mean that is a park that is densly packed with quality attractions.

It's not a feeling I often get at a park. It is rare that I leave Alton Towers thinking "I could spend an entire extra day doing the attractions I've missed today".

I can really see where this poll is coming from.


It's not just about quantity though. If you visit parks across Europe, they often have 40 or more attractions, and the general standard of such parks is often vastly superior to Blackpool.

In real terms, many of the attractions at Blackpool are very average, no matter how many brownie points they may get for "looking after history".
 
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Fri Sep 05, 2008 9:03 pm

Looking down those list of categories.

Alton Towers doesn't deserve to be in any of them and that's why it isn't (along with Blackpool). The Halloween, Christmas events etc are mediocre at best. They removed their dark rollercoaster, the outdoor productions are pretty much non-existent, the food is improving but fairly average, the new rides have all been fairly rubbish recently, the water park is excellent quality but not on a big enough scale to be world class (no wave machine for example), cleanest is hard to judge and I would imagine all of the top parks have a high standard similar to AT, I found the staff in the US very friendlier, and the other categories don't apply by default.

The only category I think Alton Towers should be in, is that of best landscaping, but then again the Victorians and God did most of that for them. :P

I do agree that it is a very warped poll though. Pleasure Beach and IoA are galaxies apart. Though I doubt AT in particular would have featured much more if it was in the US.
If there were some more specific categories regarding theming and individual rides, then a lot of the European parks would have shot up.
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Fri Sep 05, 2008 9:04 pm

I don't think anybody has claimed that Alton Towers should be in the best parks category etc.

[Liam - It's in the AT General forum...]

I think the main debate really is just how good Blackpool really is in a world stage.
 
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Fri Sep 05, 2008 9:59 pm

I am Blackpool born and bred and a season pass holder to both Alton Towers and the Pleasure Beach...
I can say without any hesitation that based on my experiences over the last year or so Alton Towers is the better park and deserves at least a mention...
I base my opinions on the experience and the quality of the parks...
Dont get me wrong Blackpool Pleasure Beach despite its faults is a good park and proberly deserves its plaudits but its endemic faults with stupid rules & regulations will be its downfall and 2009/2010 will see its possible demise as Europes number 1 attraction..
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Fri Sep 05, 2008 10:08 pm

i think bpb deserve the award for valhalla because c'mon is there anything else like it in the world, its a unique experience, and can alton produce the classic rides what bpb has got (e.g classic woodies), no, can any other park in europe, no so thats why it wins awards,
 
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Fri Sep 05, 2008 10:19 pm

How did Pleasure Beach get so high up in the list?! The place is a complete **** hole! Americans like this, for sure? What are they crazy?
 
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Fri Sep 05, 2008 10:59 pm

I'd probably argue that BPB is the best park in the uk - based on:
1 - Huge variety of rides
2 - History
3 - uniqueness of some rides (wild mouse, steeplechase, nash)
4 - Trauma towers
5 - the shows


However - best in europa is Europa, and I think best in the world as well (although the only non european parks i've been to are the orlando ones)
 
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Fri Sep 05, 2008 11:18 pm

I do not think that the Pleasure Beach is the joint 5th best park in the world, it's not even the best in the UK. I do like the Pleasure Beach however I much prefer Alton Towers as I find that there is a better atmosphere at AT and in my opinion better rides. But if that's what the Americans have voted for they obviously haven't been to many, or any, parks in Europe.

I'm surprised that Valhalla was voted as the second best water ride in the world however I love the ride so I'm quite pleased about that.
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Fri Sep 05, 2008 11:22 pm

Thing is, most people are saying that Alton deserved a mention, and is better than the pleasure beach, but we are on an Alton Towers forum right? So of course people are going to favour Alton, after all you must be some sort of 'enthusiast' if you join and contribute to a forum on Alton Towers, so therefore you are likely to favour it over other parks in the country (and elsewhere). :)
 
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Fri Sep 05, 2008 11:29 pm

"CoasterCrazyChris" wrote:
Thing is, most people are saying that Alton deserved a mention, and is better than the pleasure beach, but we are on an Alton Towers forum right? So of course people are going to favour Alton, after all you must be some sort of 'enthusiast' if you join and contribute to a forum on Alton Towers, so therefore you are likely to favour it over other parks in the country (and elsewhere). :)


I don't think it's fair to say that. Many people, such as myself, have visited a wide range of theme park resorts in Europe and some around the world.

It just so happens that Blackpool Pleasure Beach, as good as it is in its own special way, is very, very poor in some areas.

Europa-Park, Phantasialand, PortAventura, Disneyland Resort Paris run RINGS around Blackpool in every way aside from the "historical" aspect.

Alton Towers has many flaws, but I feel it's a much more professional unit where the staff are better trained, the pricing is more transparant (at Blackpool the price on the day could be anything from £20 to £32 depending on how busy they reckon the resort will be... thankfully AT stopped that lark), the park is in better condition (that's not to say AT is in mint condition - it is not) and there is more investment in new rides and attractions.

However - for me the issue is not the UK. There are several better theme park resorts in Europe. And not just a little better. Ten times better.
 
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Sat Sep 06, 2008 12:22 am

"AstroDan""][quote=""CoasterCrazyChris" wrote:
the pricing is more transparant
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Expensive... always expensive.
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Sat Sep 06, 2008 12:28 am

Away from the BPB v Alton debate that has been done to death many times on the BPB guide.

Congrats to Cedar Point on winning the best park in the world for the 11th year running. Totally deserved imo :D

3 rollercoasters in the top 10 steel rides and one of them 19 years old at that!!
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Sat Sep 06, 2008 4:06 pm

Just had a look at some videos of the master blaster rides and also this one for this ride Haunted Mansion Knoebels Amusement Resort and they all look dire both this ride and the master blasters! Crazy people....
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