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2009 Golden Ticket Awards - The Best of the Best!
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View the complete list of winners!
Click here to download 2009 Golden Ticket Awards Bonus Section PDF file
(11.5 mb)

2009 Park and Ride Winners

Best New Ride of 2009 (Amusement Park)
Prowler
Worlds of Fun
35%
Diamnondback
Kings Island
30%
Manta
SeaWorld Orlando
12%
Terminator Salvation Six Flags Magic Mountain
7%
Monster Mansion Six Flags Over Georgia
4% (tie)
Pilgrims Plunge
Holiday World
4% (tie)

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Best New Ride of 2009 (Waterpark)
Congo River Expedition
Schlitterbahn
67%
Wahoo Racer
Six Flags St. Louis
11%
UpSurge!
Alabama Adventure
10%
Maximum Velocity Wet ‘n’ Wild Phoenix
5%
Dr. Von Dark’s Tunnel of Terror Splish Splash
4%

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Best Park
Cedar Point
Sandusky, Ohio
27%
Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pa.
13%
Disneyland Anaheim, Calif.
8%
Europa Park Rust, Germany
7% (tie)
Universal’s Islands of Adventure
Orlando, Fla.
7% (tie)
Pleasure Beach Blackpool
Blackpool, England
6.5%
Tokyo DisneySea lTokyo, Japan
6%
Magic Kingdom lOrlando, Fla.
5.5%
Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Williamsburg, Va.
5% (tie
Holiday World Santa Claus, Ind.
5% (tie

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Best Waterpark
Schlitterbahn
New Braunfels, Texas
60%
Splashin’ Safari
Santa Claus, Ind.
14%
Blizzard Beach
Orlando, Fla.
9%
Noah's Ark Wisconsin Dells, Wis.
5%
Aquatica
Orlando, Fla.
4.5%

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Best Children's Park
Legoland California
Carlsbad, Calif.
37%
Idlewild
Ligonier, Pa.
26%
Dutch Wonderland Lancaster, Pa.
11%
Fårup Sommerland
Saltum, Denmark
7%
Kiddieland
Melrose Park, Ill.
6%

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Best Marine Life Park
SeaWorld Orlando
Orlando, Fla.
61%
SeaWorld San Antonio
San Antonio, Texas
11%
Discovery Cove
Orlando, Fla.
9% (tie)
SeaWorld San Diego
San Diego, Calif.
9% (tie)
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
Vallejo, Calif.
5%

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Best Seaside Park
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Santa Cruz, Calif.
41%
Pleasure Beach Blackpool
Blackpool, England
28%
Morey’s Piers
Wildwood, N.J.
21%
Kemah Boardwalk Kemah, Texas
4%

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Best Indoor Waterpark
Schlitterbahn Galveston Island
Galveston, Texas
28%
Kalahari Resort
Sandusky, Ohio
17%
Kalahari Resort
Wisconsin Dells, Wis.
14%
World Waterpark
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
13%
Splash Landings
Staffordshire, England
7%

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Friendliest Park
Silver Dollar City
Branson, Mo.
30%
Holiday World
Santa Claus, Ind.
28%
Dollywood
Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
13%
Knoebels Amusement Resort
Elysburg, Pa.
6%
Beech Bend
Bowling Green, Ky.
4%

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Cleanest Park
Holiday World
Santa Claus, Ind.
36%
Busch Gardens Williamsburg Williamsburg, Va.
14%
Dollywood
Pigeon Forge, Tenn. (Tie)
13%
Disneyland
Anaheim, Calif.
11%
Magic Kingdom
Orlando, Fla. (Tie)
7%

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Best Shows
Dollywood
Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
25%
Six Flags Fiesta Texas
San Antonio, Texas
23%
Silver Dollar City
Branson, Mo.
15%
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Orlando, Fla.
10% (tie)
SeaWorld Orlando
Orlando, Fla.
10% (tie)

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Best Food
Knoebels Amusement Resort
Elysburg, Pa.
30%
Silver Dollar City
Branson, Mo.
25%
Epcot Orlando, Fla.
13%
Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
11%
Busch Gardens Williamsburg Williamsburg, Va.
7%

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Best Water Ride (Amusement Park)
Dudley Do Right’s Ripsaw Falls Islands of Adventure
27%
Valhalla Pleasure Beach Blackpool
16%
Splash Mountain
Magic Kingdom
12%
Mountain Slidewinder Dollywood
8%
Popeye and Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges
Islands of Adventure
7%

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Best Waterpark Ride
Master Blaster
Schlitterbahn
35%
Zoombabwe
Splashin’ Safari
15%
Deluge
Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom
9% (tie)
Dragon’s Revenge
Schlitterbahn
9% (tie)
Summit Plummet Blizzard Beach
8%

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Best Kids' Area
Kings Island
Kings Mills, Ohio
41%
Universal's Islands of Adventure
Orlando, Fla.
17%
Nickelodeon Universe
Bloomington, Minn.
10%
Efteling Kaatsheuvel, The Netherlands
6% (tie)
Knott’s Berry Farm
Buena Park, Calif.
6% (tie)

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Best Dark Ride
Amazing Adventures of Spiderman
Islands of Adventures
32%
Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
16%
Haunted Mansion
Knoebels Amusement Resort
12%
Indiana Jones...Temple of Forbidden Eye
Disneyland
8%
Journey to the Center of the Earth
Tokyo DisneySea
5%

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Best Outdoor Night Production
Epcot
Orlando, Fla.
41%
Disneyland Anaheim, Calif.
19%
Six Flags Fiesta Texas San Antonio, Texas
16%
Disney’s Hollywood Studios Orlando, Fla.
11% (tie)
Magic Kingdom Orlando, Fla.
11% (tie)

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Best Landscaping
Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Williamsburg, Va.
35%
Efteling
Kaatsheuvel, The Netherlands
16%
Gilroy Gardens
Gilroy, Calif.
14%
Epcot
Orlando, Fla.
6%
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Orlando, Fla.
5% (tie)
Silver Dollar City
Branson, Mo.
5% (tie)

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Best Halloween Event
Universal Orlando
Orlando, Fla.
34%
Knott’s Berry Farm
Buena Park, Calif.
25%
Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pa.
17%
Kennywood
West Mifflin, Pa.
12%

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Best Christmas Event
Dollywood Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
35%
Silver Dollar City
Branson, Mo.
19%
Magic Kingdom
Orlando, Fla.
13%
Disneyland
Anaheim, Calif.
12%
Hersheypark
Hershey, Pa.
6%

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Best Carousel
Knoebels Amusement Resort Elysburg, Pa.
46%
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Santa Cruz, Calif.
19%
Six Flags Over Georgia Atlanta, Ga
10%
Universal’s Islands of Adventure
Orlando, Fla.
8%
Six Flags Great America
Gurnee, Ill.
6%

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Best Indoor Coaster
Revenge of the Mummy
Universal Studios Orlando
28%
Rock ‘N Roller Coaster
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
14%
Space Mountain Disneyland
13%
Mindbender
Galaxyland
12.5%
Space Mountain
Magic Kingdom
10%

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Best Funhouse/Walkthrough Attraction
Frankenstein’s Castle
Indiana Beach
38%
Noah’s Ark
Kennywood
36%
Hotel Gasten Liseberg
10%
Lustiga Huset
Grona Lund
8%
Spok Huset
Grona Lund
6%


View the complete list of winners!
Click here to download 2009 Golden Ticket Awards Bonus Section PDF file
(11.5 mb)

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