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Golden Ticket Award Winners Announced

Last Sunday, Holiday World & Splashin' Safari hosted the 9th annual Golden Ticket Awards ceremony. Golden Ticket Awards are presented to the “Best of the Best” in the amusement industry calculated from an international poll conducted by Amusement Today. Representatives from parks throughout the country were in attendance. Here are the Golden Ticket Awards results, as compiled from the Amusement Today website:

(Parks in our region who earned honors are in blue)

  • Best Amusement Park
    #1 - Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio
    #5 - Holiday World tied for fifth place
  • Best Waterpark
    #1 - Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort, New Braunfels, Texas
    #2 - Splashin' Safari at Holiday World, Santa Claus, IN
  • Best Children’s Park
    #1 - Legoland California, Carlsbad, Calif.
  • Best Marine Life Park
    #1 - SeaWorld Orlando, Orlando, Fla.
  • Best Wooden Coaster
    #1 - Thunderhead at Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
    #2 - The Voyage at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, Santa Claus, IN
    #7 - Raven at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, Santa Claus, IN
    #9 - Legend at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, Santa Claus, IN
    #18 - Cornball Express at Indiana Beach, Monticello, IN
    #20 - Kentucky Rumbler at Beech Bend Park, Bowling Green, KY
  • Best Steel Coaster
    #1 - Superman Ride of Steel at Six Flags New England, Agawam, Mass.
  • Best Kids’ Area
    #1 - Paramount’s Kings Island, Kings Mills, Ohio
  • Friendliest Park Staff
    #1 - Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, Santa Claus, IN
  • Cleanest Park
    #1 - Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, Santa Claus, IN
  • Best Halloween Event
    #1 - Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando, Orlando, Fla.
  • Best Landscaping - Amusement Park
    #1 - Busch Gardens Europe, Williamsburg, Va.
  • Best Landscaping - Waterpark
    #1 - Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort, New Braunfels, Texas
    #4 - Splashin' Safari at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, Santa Claus, IN
  • Best Food
    #1 - Knoebels Amusement Resort, Elysburg, Pa.
  • Best Shows
    #1 - Six Flags Fiesta Texas, San Antonio
  • Best Outdoor Night Show Production
    #1 - IllumiNations: Reflections of the Earth at Walt Disney World’s Epcot Center, Orlando, Fla.
  • Best Water Ride
    #1 - Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Orlando, Fla.
  • Best Waterpark Ride
    #1 - Master Blaster at Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort, New Braunfels, Texas
    #2 - Zinga at Holiday World & Splashin' Safari, Santa Claus, IN
    #3 - Zoombabwe at Holiday World & Splashin' Safari, Santa Claus, IN
  • Best Dark Ride
    #1 - Amazing Adventures of Spiderman at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Orlando, Fla.
  • Best New Ride of 2005 - Amusement Park
    #1 - The Voyage at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, Santa Claus, IN
    #5 - Kentucky Rumbler at Beech Bend Park, Bowling Green, KY
  • Best New Ride of 2005 - Waterpark
    #1 - Bahari River, Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, Santa Claus, IN
  • Best Capacity
    #1 - Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio
    #4 - Holiday World, Santa Claus, IN
  • Best Theming of an Attraction
    #1 - Dueling Dragons at Universal’s Islands of Adventure
  • Best Concert Venue
    #1 - TimberWolf Amphitheater at Paramount’s Kings Island, Kings Mills, Ohio

Representatives from Cedar Point, Dollywood, Kings Island, Six Flags, Busch Gardens, Legoland and SeaWorld were among those in attendance. In addition, the president of the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions, the president of the World Waterpark Association, representatives from ride manufacturers and other parks, and a few other dignitaries helped present awards.

For the second consecutive year, Amusement Today recognized college students who plan to pursue a career in the amusement industry and are employed by the ceremony’s host park of Holiday World, as well as nearby Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom as Ms./Mr. Golden Tickets. "These individuals exemplify the spirit and integrity of the amusement park industry by promoting the cornerstones of safety, service, courtesy and cleanliness at the highest level, while consistently exceeding job expectations." This is an annual designation by Amusement Today to promote education in the field of hospitality and amusement, as well as to spotlight future leaders in the amusement industry.

WHR, Inc., of Cincinnati, received a Publisher's Pick Award for 45 years of promoting the business of fun. Winners of the Publishers Pick award are personally chosen by Amusement Today publisher and editor-in-chief Gary Slade.

William H. Robinson's agency handles the marketing campaigns for a number of parks, including our own Indiana Beach. When you see IB Crow, Bill and his agency are the people you have to thank.

For a complete list of winners, and information on the Golden Ticket Awards, visit http://www.amusementtoday.com.

Congratulations to all award recipients and, on a local level, a special congratulations to Holiday World, Beech Bend Park, Indiana Beach and WHR, Inc. for winning awards and being recognized!

WELCOME OUR NEWEST ACE MEMBERS

We have a few new ACE members in our region. I would like to welcome the following new members:

- Amanda Sell and Joe Link (Louisville, KY)

- Jeremy and Elizabeth Faulk (Greenville, KY)

We're happy to have you in the club!

Cedar Point Will Officially Announce 2007's Plans Soon

After months of rumors and speculation, Cedar Point will officially announce their plans for 2007 on Thursday, September 7th. I will relay information when the news is announced. Details will also be posted on www.cedarpoint.com.

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