Winners of the Golden Ticket Awards for 2012 were announced yesterday at Dollywood, with very few British shortlisters.
Only two British attractions made the shortlist, being Blackpool Pleasure Beach in Lancashire and Splash Landings, located within Alton Towers Resort in Staffordshire.
Notable British investments such as Alton Towers’ Nemesis Sub-Terra and Thorpe Park’s The Swarm failed to make the shortlist for ‘Best New Ride for 2012’, being pipped by American investments such as the Wild Eagle wingrider rollercoaster at Dollywood and Radiator Springs Racer at Disney California Adventure.
Valhalla retained it’s second place position from last year in the ‘Best Water Ride’ category, with Blackpool Pleasure Beach itself also retaining the same position as the world’s second ‘Best Seaside Park’. However, the park’s Noah’s Ark walkthrough attraction finally dropped off the shortlist, with voters realising it has been standing but not operating for a number of years.
Falling off the shortlist this year is Drayton Manor, who was fourth last year in the ‘Best Kid’s Area’ category for their Thomas Land area. Also, Legoland Windsor is not on any shortlists this year, after coming fourth in 2011 in the category for best children’s park.
Below is a summary of British attractions which achieved a shortlist position this year.
Best Park – (10th – 4% of the vote) Pleasure Beach, Blackpool
Best Seaside Park – (2nd – 20% of the vote) Pleasure Beach, Blackpool
Best Indoor Waterpark – (5th – 8% of the vote) Splash Landings, Alton Towers Resort
Best Water Ride – (2nd – 17% of the vote) Valhalla at Pleasure Beach, Blackpool
Top 50 Steel Coasters 16th Nemesis, Alton Towers
Top 50 Wooden Coasters – 27th Megafobia, Oakwood
30th Grand National, Pleasure Beach, Blackpool
49th Wild Mouse, Pleasure Beach, Blackpool[/important]