Orlando Theme Parks won a variety of honors during Amusement Today’s Golden Ticket Awards. Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld were all recognized. The Golden Ticket Awards are considered a prestigious annual presentation by industry insiders and theme park aficionados, with awardees defining the “best of the best” in amusement parks.
- Best Marine Life Park: SeaWorld Orlando
- Best Halloween Event: Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort
- Best Outdoor Night Show Production: IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth at Epcot
- Best Water Ride: Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls at Islands of Adventure
- Best Dark Ride: Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey at Islands of Adventure
- Best Indoor Roller Coaster: Revenge of the Mummy at Universal Studios Orlando
Calculated from an international poll conducted by Amusement Today, the Golden Ticket Awards are the results of a detailed survey is 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 25 categories. They are the equivalent of the Academy Awards for the amusement industry. Awards are presented to the “Best of the Best” in the amusement industry in such categories as “amusement parks,” “roller coasters,” “water rides,” “shows” and “food.”