Golden Ticket Awards 2016 Winners Announced

Amusement Today’s 2016 Golden Ticket Awards by Amusement Today were revealed this evening, highlighting some of the best parks and attractions in the amusement industry. See this year’s Golden Ticket Awards 2016 winners below.

Golden Ticket Awards 2016

Top-10 Steel Coasters

  1. Fury 325 at Carowinds

    Fury 325 at Carowinds

    Fury 325 at Carowinds

  2. Millennium Force at Cedar Point
  3. Superman: The Ride at Six Flags New England
  4. Expedition GeForce at Holiday Park
  5. Nitro at Six Flags Great Adventure
  6. Apollo’s Chariot at Busch Gardens Williamsburg
  7. Leviathan at Canada’s Wonderland
  8. Intimidator at Carowinds
  9. Diamondback at Kings Island
  10. Phantom’s Revenge at Kennywood

Top-10 Wooden Coasters

  1. Boulder Dash at Lake Compounce
  2. Phoenix at Knoebels Amusement Resort
  3. El Toro at Six Flags Great Adventure
  4. The Voyage at Holiday World
  5. Ravine Flyer II at Waldameer
  6. The Beast at Kings Island
  7. Thunderhead at Dollywood
  8. Outlaw Run at Silver Dollar City
  9. Gold Striker at California’s Great America
  10. Lightning Racer at Hersheypark

Best Park

Europa Park in Rust, Germany

Europa Park

Europa Park

Best Waterpark

Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels, Texas

Best New Ride

Lightning Rod at Dollywood

Lightning Rod at Dollywood Golden Ticket Awards 2016

Lightning Rod at Dollywood

Read our Lightning Rod review.

Best New Waterpark Ride

Massiv at Schlitterbahn Galveston Island

Best Indoor Coaster

Revenge of the Mummy at Universal Studios Orlando

Best Dark Ride

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney California Adventure

Friendliest Park

Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee



Best Shows


Best Carousel

Grand Carousel at Knoebels

Best Funhouse or Walkthrough

Noah’s Ark at Kennywood

Best Food

Knoebels Amusement Resort in Elysburg, Pennsylvania

Best Marine Life Park

SeaWorld Orlando in Orlando, Florida

SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld Orlando

Best Children’s Park

Idlewild & SoakZone in Ligonier, Pennsylvania

Best Seaside Park

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk in Santa Cruz, California

Best Water Ride (in a Park)

Valhalla at Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Best Water Park Ride

Wildebeest at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari

Wildebeest at Holiday World & Splashin' Safari

Wildebeest at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari

Best Kids’ Area

Planet Snoopy at Kings Island

Cleanest Park

Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari in Santa Claus, Indiana

Best Landscaping

Busch Gardens Williamsburg in Williamsburg, Virginia

Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Best Christmas Event

Smoky Mountain Christmas at Dollywood

Smoky Mountain Christmas at Dollywood

Smoky Mountain Christmas at Dollywood

Best Halloween Event

Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Orlando

Publisher’s Picks:

  • Person of the Year: Raffi Kaprelyan (Cedar Fair)
  • Renaissance Award: Ed Hart (Kentucky Kingdom)
  • Park of the Year: Cedar Point
  • Supplier of the Year: Bolliger & Mabillard

How are Golden Ticket award winners chosen? Amusement Today uses a panel of voters — those national (and some international) park enthusiasts who visit parks regularly. The U.S. ballots are split between four geographical regions. Each region has roughly the same number of voters.

According to Amusement Today, voters submit their favorite pick in each category except “best coaster.” The park or attraction with the most number of votes wins that category.

For the roller coaster categories, voters submit lists of their top 10 steel and wooden coasters.

The official list of winners will be posted on Amusement Today’s website.

What do you think about the 2016 Golden Ticket Awards winners? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.