SeaWorld Orlando, Universal Orlando‘s Halloween Horror Nights and Epcot‘s “Illuminations” were the word’s best marine life park, Halloween event and outdoor night show this past year, according to Amusement Today.
All three won at least one of the magazine and website’s 25 Golden Ticket Awards, presented in an annual awards ceremony held Wednesday in Kissimmee. The awards were based on international surveys of the magazine’s database of experienced and well-traveled amusement park fans, and the surveys were weighted to balance geographic regions.
Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, and Schlitterbahn Water Park in New Braunfels, Texas, both repeated as overall-champions, as Best Amusement Park and Best Water Park. SeaWorld Orlando also was a repeat winner overall-champ, as Best Marine Life Park.
That was the only award SeaWorld Orlando garnered in the 2008 Golden Tickets, the 11th annual. And the Best Outdoor Night Show Golden Ticket given to Epcot for “Illuminations: Reflections of the Earth” was the only Golden Ticket given Walt Disney World.
Universal Orlando, however, cleaned up among specific attractions. Besides the Golden Ticket for Halloween Horror Nights Universal also won for Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls at Islands of Adventure, named Best Water Ride; The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, also at Islands, named Best Dark Ride; and Revenge of the Mummy at Universal Studios, named Best Indoor Roller Coaster.
Information courtesy of Orlando Sentinel