The Golden Ticket Awards are well renowned for promoting high industry standards, promoting attractions and parks that truly are at the top of their game.
Organised by American theme park industry publication Amusement Today, the awards cover a range of categories including Best Water Ride, Best Wooden Coaster and the prestigous Best Park award.
Whilst no parks inthe United Kingdom won top spot in any categories in 2011, there are many notable places gained this year – including Blackpool Pleasure Beach being voted as having the world’s second best water ride in the shape of Valhalla, and third best walkthrough attraction for Noah’s Ark (even if the attraction has been Standing But Not Operating for two consecutive years).
Merlin Entertainments Group had two evident places this year, with Legoland Windsor in fouth place in the ‘best children’s park’ category, and Alton Towers’ Splash Landings waterpark beating Blackpool’s Sandcastle Waterpark into fifth place for the ‘best indoor waterpark’ attraction.
Below are the places gained by British theme and water parks.
Best Park – 4.5% Joint (Tenth) – Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Best Children’s Park -10% (Fourth) – Legoland Windsor
Best Seaside Park – 28% (Second) – Pleasure Beach Blackpool
Best Indoor Waterpark – 11% (Fifth) – Splash Landings
Best Water Ride – 19% (Second) – Valhalla (Blackpool Pleasure Beach)
Best Kid’s Area – 8% (Fourth) – Thomas Land (Drayton Manor)
Best Funhouse/Walkthrough Attraction – 15% (Third) – Noah’s Ark (Blackpool Pleasure Beach)
The full list of results (including US and international nominations can be found in this PDF file.