Amusement Today is one of the leading sources of news and happenings from around the amusement park industry. A leading trade publication, the magazine and its website are one of the primary sources of information for those working in the theme park industry. For the past 13 years, the magazine has been giving out awards for the best of the best in the amusement industry. The Golden Ticket Awards are given in a variety of categories and are calculated via an international poll of industry professionals.
On September 11, 2010, industry professionals gathered at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia to witness this annual red carpet event. Awards were given out for the top steel and wooden coasters, the best overall amusement parks, best shows, and a whole lot more.
One of the most popular categories of the Golden Ticket Awards is in the field of steel coasters. Each year, amusement parks vie for the prestige of having their coasters named to the list of the top twenty five. Here’s a look at this year’s winners along with links to ride them:
The Top Ten Steel Coasters
#1 – Millennium Force, Cedar Point, Sandusky, OH
Take a ride on this more than 300 foot hyper coaster here.
#2 – Bizarro, Six Flags New England, Agawam, MA
Ride Bizarro here.
#3 – Nitro, Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, NJ
Check out Nitro here.
#4 – Apollo’s Chariot, Busch Gardens Europe, Williamsburg, VA
Experience the chariot here.
#5 – Goliath, Six Flags over Georgia, Atlanta, GA
Ride Goliath here.
#6 – Expedition GeForce, Holiday Park, Hassloch, Germany
Take a look at Expedition GeForce here.
#7 – Diamondback, King’s Island, King’s Mill, OH
Here’s the link for a ride on Diamondback.
#8 – Magnum XL-200, Cedar Point, Sandusky, Oh
Take a ride on Magnum here.
#9 – Phantom’s Revenge, Kennywood, West Miffin, PA
Take a front seat ride on Phantom’s Revenge here.
#10 – Top Thrill Dragster, Cedar Point, Sandusky, OH
Watch this one in HD here.
#11 – Intimidator 305 – King’s Dominion, Doswell, VA
Watch a demo video of Intimidator here.
#12 – Montu – Busch Gardens Africa, Tampa, FL
Ride Montu here.
#13 – Behemoth, Canada’s Wonderland, Vaughan, Ontario, Canada
Take a nighttime ride on Behemoth here.
#14 – Mindbender – Six Flags Over Georgia, Atlanta, GA
Check out Mindbender here.
#15 – X2, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Valencia, CA
Watch X2 in action here.
#16 – Raging Bull, Six Flags Great America, Gurnee, IL
Take a ride on the bull here.
#17 – Sky Rocket, Kennywood, West Miffin, PA
Experience Sky Rocket here.
#18 – Nemesis, Alton Towers, Alton, England
Ride Nemesis here.
*#19 – SheiKra, Busch Gardens Africa, Tampa, FL
Experience SheikRa here.
*#19 – Griffon, Busch Gardens Europe, Williamsburg, VA
Here’s a ride on Griffon.
#21 – Maverick, Cedar Point, Sandusky, OH
Ride this wild one here.
*#21 – Intimidator, Carowinds, Charlotte, NC
Here’s a look at Intimidator.
#23 – Alpengeist, Busch Gardens Europe, Williamsburg, VA
Take a spin on Alpengeist here.
#24 – Raptor, Cedar Point, Sandusky, OH
Experience Raptor here.
*#24 – Kumba, Busch Gardens Africa, Tampa, FL
Kumba’s video can be found here.