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    2007 Golden Ticket Awards

    Amusement Today has released this year's Golden Ticket Awards. Now for those that don't know what are the Golden Ticket Awards, The Golden Ticket Awards are presented to the “Best of the Best” in the amusement industry calculated from an international poll conducted by Amusement Today. Surveys were sent to a database of experienced and well-traveled amusement park fans around the world – in balanced geographical regions – asking them to rate the “bests” in 24 categories such as “amusement parks,” “roller coasters,” “shows,” “friendliest staff” and “water rides.”

    Disneyland was nominated for 4 categories which were, "Best Park" "Friendliest Park" "Cleanest Park" & "Best Dark Ride"

    http://www.amusementtoday.com/

    here are the results;

    Best Park:

    Cedar Point: 33%
    Knoebels Amusement Resort: 10%
    Islands of Adventures: 9%
    Holiday World: 7%
    Disneyland: (tie) 6%
    Pleasure Beach Blackpool (tie) 6%
    Kennywood: 5%
    Busch Gardens Europe: 4.5%
    Europe Park: 4%
    Magic Kingdom: (tie) 3%
    Toyko Disneysea: [tie] 3%

    Friendliest Park:

    Holiday World : 48%
    Dollywood: 20%
    Knoebels Amusement Resort: 5%
    Silver Dollar City : 4%
    Disneyland: (tie) 3%
    Beech Bend: (tie) 3%

    Cleanest Park:

    Holiday World: 49%
    Busch Gardens Europe: 14%
    Disneyland: (tie) 6%
    Magic Kingdom: (tie) 6%
    Dollywood: 4%

    Best Dark Ride:

    Amazing Adventures of Spider Man / Islands of Adventures: 37%
    Haunted Mansion / Knoebels Amusement Resort: 20%
    Twilight Zone Tower of Terror / Disney-MGM: 7%
    Indiana Jones...Forbidden Eye / Disneyland: 5%
    Pirates of the Caribbean / Disneyland: 4%
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    Re: 2007 Golden Ticket Awards

    Indiana Jones . . . Forbiding Eye ?????????

    It would be nice (and also seem more reputable) IF they
    were to get the CORRECT names of the attractions on their
    list.

    I seem to recall, that even though they claim to "balanced geographically"
    in their surveys, there still is much bias in the way they "balance" their
    demographics. If you weigh and change what are the most important
    factors in a theme/amusement park, it could drastically change what is
    considered "best". IS spiderman REALLY that much better than Pirates at DL?
    IS ToT at WDW REALLY better than Indy at DL? IS Cedar Point REALLY
    27% better than DL and 30% better than TDS? What age ranges consider
    what are the best attractions and the best parks?

    They are trying, BUT I don't really don't think polls like this have much validity.

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    Re: 2007 Golden Ticket Awards

    Holiday World: 7%
    Disneyland: (tie) 6%
    BWAHAHAHAHAHHAAHHAHAHA!!!

    Any poll, awards, survey, or the like where Holiday World beats out Disneyland for best park is complete garbage.

    Holiday world is an average water park connected to an average amusement section with a couple first rate coasters. Nothing more. . Fun, but not even close to Disneyland's league.

    seem to recall, that even though they claim to "balanced geographically"
    in their surveys, there still is much bias in the way they "balance" their
    demographics. If you weigh and change what are the most important
    factors in a theme/amusement park, it could drastically change what is
    considered "best"
    Bingo. All one has to do is look at their results to know there is a severe demographics problem.

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    Re: 2007 Golden Ticket Awards

    But at least they gave Haunt at Knotts back the Golden Ticket for Best Halloween Event!


    seriously tho, i dont' take these awards seriously.
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    Re: 2007 Golden Ticket Awards

    There is no way Cedar Point is better that DL. I worked there for 4 years and it can't hold a candle to DL!


    These awards are a pathetic joke!
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    Re: 2007 Golden Ticket Awards

    This is my favorite. Under friendliest park staff:

    "Disneyland Orlando, Fla. (Tie) 3%"

    Ya know, I always did think the Florida Disneyland had really friendly staff. The Golden Tickets seem like such a joke in some categories. For instance, Knoebel's beating out Epcot for best food? And out of the 4 parks in WDW, why is MK the one that got votes? Epcot and AK are far superior. I never really considered ToT to be a dark ride either, but I guess I could be wrong. The Golden Tickets seems to love Cedar Point, Knoebels, and Holiday World for some reason. I know we may be biased being the Disney fans that we are, but Disney only winning one award? Seems like a bit of a joke to me.

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    Re: 2007 Golden Ticket Awards

    Cedar Point better than DL? The same company that owns Knott's? Something doesn't add up here...

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    Re: 2007 Golden Ticket Awards


    Best Dark Ride:
    Haunted Mansion / Knoebels Amusement Resort: 20%
    Call me ignorant, but couldn't Disney sue for usage of the Haunted Mansion name? Isn't it copyrighted?
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    Re: 2007 Golden Ticket Awards

    Willy Wonka. Paging Willy Wonka!

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    Re: 2007 Golden Ticket Awards

    Halloween Horror Nights 16 was the best haunted event.
    I guess these Golden Ticket Awards can be bought....suprirsed? Not really.

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    Re: 2007 Golden Ticket Awards

    Quote Originally Posted by doombuggy driver View Post
    There is no way Cedar Point is better that DL. I worked there for 4 years and it can't hold a candle to DL!


    These awards are a pathetic joke!
    Cedar Point is a very good park.

    I prefer DL, but I would say at least 75% of my friends would rather go to Cedar Point and ride the coasters.. which are Second to none.

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    Re: 2007 Golden Ticket Awards

    Islands of Adventure (9%) better than DL (6%)?? C'mon. I'm far from being a blind DL fan, but that's just silly. It seems to me that these park ratings are heavily influenced by thrills. Don't get me wrong, The Islands of Adventure is a good park, but it's no Disneyland park.

    And how the Magic Kingdom in Orlando doesn't even chart as one of the 'friendliest' parks is a joke!

    The only parks that likely put any value in the Golden Ticket Awards are those who aren't owned by Disney and need this sorta thing so they can toot their own horn in marketing campaigns and what not.

    These awards are meaningless to me.
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    Re: 2007 Golden Ticket Awards

    This is utterly ridiculous.....

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    Re: 2007 Golden Ticket Awards

    Quote Originally Posted by roxystar68 View Post
    Call me ignorant, but couldn't Disney sue for usage of the Haunted Mansion name? Isn't it copyrighted?
    The name is so generic that I think Disney would have a hard time with that one. I also don't know much about Knoebel's but it is an old park. Does anyone know if their Haunted Mansion is older than Disney's?

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