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.
Another popular category of Golden Ticket Awards is in the field of traditional wooden coasters, or “woodies.” 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:
The Top 25 Woodies
#1 – Voyage, Holiday World, Santa Claus, IN
Take a ride on Voyage here.
#2 – El Toro, Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, NJ
Experience the wild El Toro here.
#3 – Phoenix, Knoebel’s Amusement Park, Elysburg, PA
Check out Phoenix here.
#4 – Boulder Dash, Lake Compounce, Bristol, CT
A ride on Boulder Dash can be found here.
#5 – Thunderhead, Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, TN
Try out Thunderhead here.
#6 – Ravine Flyer II, Waldameer Park, Erie, PA
Check it out here.
#7 – Beast, Kings Island, Kings Mill, OH
Ride the world’s longest coaster here.
#8 – Hades, Mt. Olympus Theme Park, Wisconsin Dells, WI
Here’s a trip on Hades.
#9 – Raven, Holiday World, Santa Claus, IN
Ride the Raven here.
#10 – Lightning Racer, Hershey Park, Hershey, PA
Take a spin on this fun ride here.
#11 – Shivering Timbers. Michigan’s Adventure, Muskegon, MI
Shivering Timbers can be experienced here.
#12 – Prowler, Worlds of Fun, Kansas City, MO
Ride the Prowler here.
#13 – Cyclone, Astroland, Coney Island, NY
Experience one of the world’s most famous coasters here.
#14 – Thunderbolt, Kennywood, West Miffin, PA
Watch Thunderbolt here.
#15 – Legend, Holiday World, Santa Claus, IN
Legend can be ridden in this video.
#16 – Kentucky Rumbler, Beech Bend, Bowling Green, KY
Here’s a ride on Kentucky Rumbler.
#17 – Comet, Great Escape, Lake George, NY
Take a ride here.
#18 – Colossos, Heide Park, Soltau, Germany
#19 – Hellcat, Timber Falls Adventure Park, Wisconsin Dells, WI
#20 – Jack Rabbit, Kennywood, West Miffin, PA
Ride this classic here.
#21 – Balder, Liseberg, Gothenburg, Sweden
Try out Balder here.
#22 – Giant Dipper, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz, CA
Experience Giant Dipper here.
#23 – Evel Knivel, Six Flags St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
Check this one out here.
#24 – Ghostrider, Knotts Berry Farm, Buena Park, CA
Take a ride here.
#25 – Tremors, Silverwood Theme Park, Athol, ID
Check out Tremors here.
Check out the Golden Ticket winners for the top 25 steel coastershere.