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2019 Theme Park Golden Ticket Award Winners Announced

Every year, Amusement Today holds the Golden Ticket Awards to honor the best of the best in the business. Recently, the winners were announced for 2019. The categories were voted on by not only fans, but journalists and industry professionals as well. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights!

Best Dark Ride

Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for Sunken Treasure – Shanghai Disneyland

Without question, my personal favorite dark ride of all time. No matter how many times you may have seen it on YouTube, it’s worth the trip to Shanghai to experience this at least once in your life. It’s that incredible.

Best Guest Experience


Another one I completely agree with. Dollywood is easily my favorite overall theme park experience anywhere on the planet. It’s authentic, the people are genuine and the service is always fantastic. On top of that, it’s just gorgeous no matter what time of year you visit. This is the first year this category has been introduced for the Golden Ticket Awards and I couldn’t be more thrilled for Dollywood to win it.

Best New Attraction Installation of 2019

Hagrid’s Magical Creature Motorbike Adventure at Islands of Adventure

Despite all of its operational hiccups, Hagrid’s Magical Creature Motorbike Adventure is the family coaster Orlando needed. The theming goes far beyond what Disney opened with their family coaster (Slinky Dog Dash) in 2018.

Best New Family Attraction 2019

Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run

Not a surprise at all. Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run is the most sophisticated interactive dark ride built to date. Giving riders multiple reasons to go back from different roles to play on the ship to racking up points, the new attractions seems to be a hit for young and old alike.

Best Kids Area

Wildwood Grove – Dollywood

Dollywood’s newest addition is the park’s largest expansion and it’s a dedicated children’s play area. Wildwood Grove is an interactive land that gives younger guests a chance to ride smaller attractions, cool off in fountains and even meet some unique characters.

Best Christmas Event of 2018

Smokey Mountain Christmas – Dollywood

Again, this is not a surprise. Dollywood’s Christmas event can’t be beat. Between the parade, tons of shows, the park decorations and seasonal food, it’s truly incredible. This is the 12th year in a row Dollywood has won the Golden Ticket Award in this category.

For a list of all the winners of the 2019 Golden Ticket Awards, you can visit this link!

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