And the Golden Ticket goes to? The 2016 Amusement Today Golden Ticket awards were held this past weekend at Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, OH. The premier awards ceremony honoring the “Best of the Best” in the amusement industry. This is the 19th year that the awards have been presented. Cedar Point was host to the awards at the Hotel Breakers Convention Center.

Here are the winners:

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Best Amusement Park:Europa Park – Rust, GermanyBest Water Park:Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort – New Braunfels, TX.Best Children’s Park:Idlewild & SoakZone – Ligonier, Pa.Best Marine Life Park:SeaWorld Orlando – Orlando, FL.Best Wooden Coaster:Boulder Dash – Lake Compounce, Bristol, CT.Best Steel Coaster:Fury 325 – Carowinds, Charlotte, NC.

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Best Kids’ Area:Kings Island – Kings Mills, OH.Friendliest Park:Dollywood – Pigeon Forge, TN.Cleanest Park:Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari – Santa Claus, IN.Best Halloween Event:Halloween Horror Nights – Universal Studios , Orlando, FL.Best Landscaping:Busch Gardens Williamsburg – Williamsburg, Va.

Fury 325 Best Steel Coaster 2016
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Best Christmas Event:Smoky Mountain Christmas – Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, TN.Best Food:Knoebels Amusement Resort – Elysburg, PA.Best Water Ride:Valhalla – Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Blackpool, EnglandBest Water Park Ride:Wildebeest – Splashin’ Safari, Santa Claus, IN.Best Dark Ride:Twilight Zone Tower of Terror – Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Orlando, FL.Best New Attraction of 2016 — Amusement Park:Lightning Rod – Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, TN.Best New Attraction of 2016 — Water Park:Massiv – Schlitterbahn, Galveston Island, TX.Best Carousel:Grand Carousel – Knoebels Amusement Resort, Elysburg. PA.Best Indoor Roller Coaster:Revenge of the Mummy – Universal Studios, Orlando, FL.Best Funhouse/Walkthrough Attraction:Noah’s Ark – Kennywood, West Mifflin, PA.

In addition to the Golden Ticket recipients, the Publisher’s Pick award recipients were selected as well.

Supplier of the Year: Bollinger & Mabillard (B&M) based out of Monthey, Switzerland. B&M has been successful and dedicated to achieving 100 roller coaster projects featuring many top 10 rides. The company has experienced more than a quarter-century of quality business practices.

Person of the Year: Raffi Kaprelyan of Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, CA. Raffi’s leadership in overseeing the vision and passion for the theme park in success it has today.

Renaissance Award: Ed Hart of Kentucky Kingdom in Louisville, KY. Ed was recognized in his dedication for the rebirth of the park and it’s ultimate thriving atmosphere.

Park of the Year: Cedar Point, the roller coaster capital of the world. The park has resulted in continued excellence and for continued transformation of the park into a world class resort destination.

For the first time this year, Amusement Today recognized an individual as the recipient of the AIMS International Safety Award. The award was presented to Harold Hudson. This award recognizes a person or organization who has made an impact or contribution in improving safety in the amusement industry.

The Golden Ticket Awards continue to recognize parks and individuals who demonstrate excellence, leadership, and commitment each year. The 2017 awards will be hosted by Lake Compounce and Quassy Park in Connecticut.

You can view the entire ceremony below:

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Article prepared by: Brian Mitchell – Site Operator 

Disclaimer: The Amusement Wire is not affiliated with the park or attraction mentioned in this article. All photos and video are courtesy of the individual parks or outlets and used for publicity reasons. The Amusement Wire does not own the rights to photos or video used unless otherwise noted.

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