Amusement Today’s 2018 Golden Ticket Awards

Amusement Today’s The Golden Ticket Awards are presented annually to honor the “Best of the Best” in the amusement industry and are calculated from an international poll. The asks experienced amusement park voters around the country and world to rate the “bests” in 23 categories. Congrats to all the winners!

Best Amusement ParkEuropa-Park, Rust, Germany
Best Water ParkSchlitterbahn Waterpark Resort, New Braunfels, Texas
Best Children’s ParkIdlewild & SoakZone, Ligonier, Pa.
Best Marine Life ParkSeaWorld Orlando, Orlando, Fla.
Best Seaside ParkSanta Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz, Calif.
Best Wooden CoasterPhoenix at Knoebels Amusement Resort, Elysburg, Pa.
Best Steel CoasterFury 325, Carowinds, Charlotte, N.C.
Best Kids’ AreaKings Island, Kings Mills, Ohio
Friendliest ParkDollywood, Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
Cleanest ParkHoliday World & Splashin’ Safari, Santa Claus, Ind.
Best Halloween EventHalloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando, Orlando, Fla.
Best LandscapingBusch Gardens Williamsburg, Williamsburg, Va.
Best Christmas EventSmoky Mountain Christmas at Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
Best FoodKnoebels Amusement Resort, Elysburg, Pa.
Best ShowsDollywood, Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
Best Water RideValhalla at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Blackpool, Lancashire, England
Best Water Park RideWildebeest at Splashin’ Safari, Santa Claus, Ind.
Best Dark RideTwilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Orlando, Fla.
Best New Ride of 2018 – Amusement ParkSteel Vengeance, Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio
Best New Ride of 2018 – Water ParkRay Rush at Aquatica in Orlando, Fla.
Best CarouselGrand Carousel at Knoebels Amusement Resort, Elysburg, Pa.
Best Indoor Roller CoasterRevenge of the Mummy at Universal Studios Orlando, Orlando, Fla.
Best Funhouse/Walk-Through AttractionNoah’s Ark at Kennywood, West Mifflin, Pa.