Amusement Today

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Amusement Today
Amusement Today logo.svg
Editor-in-Chief Gary Slade
Categories Amusement Parks
Circulation 3,000
Publisher Gary Slade
Founder Gary Slade
Year founded 1997
First issue April 1997 (1997-04)
Country United States
Based in Arlington, Texas[1]
Language English
Website www.amusementtoday.com

Amusement Today is a monthly periodical that features articles, news, pictures, and reviews about all things relating to the amusement park industry, including parks, rides, and ride manufacturers. The magazine, which is based in Arlington, Texas, USA, was founded in January 1997 by Gary Slade, Virgil E. Moore III, and Rick Tidrow.[1] In 1997, Amusement Today won the Impact Award in the services category for "Best New Product" from the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA). A year later, in 1998, the magazine founded the Golden Ticket Awards, which it is most known for today. On January 2, 2001, Slade bought out his two partners, giving him sole ownership of the paper.[1] The paper has two full-time and two part-time staff members at its Arlington office, along with two full-time writers and several freelance writers in various parts of the world.

Golden Ticket Awards[edit]

Every year, Amusement Today gives out awards to the best of the best in the amusement park industry in a ceremony known as the Golden Ticket Awards. The awards are handed out based on surveys given to experienced and well-traveled amusement park enthusiasts from around the world. The awards, which were first handed out in 1998, have been featured on the Discovery Channel and the Travel Channel. Despite the magazine's attempts to prevent bias by separating surveys into balanced geographical regions, some claim the awards are biased towards American parks and roller coasters due to the use of a "total point system" to calculate the award winners. Using the total point system, the awards usually favor a park or ride that more voters have visited, regardless of quality[2]

2013 Winners[edit]

2012 Winners[edit]

2011 Winners[edit]

2010 Winners[edit]

2009 Winners[edit]

2008 Winners[edit]

2007 Winners[edit]

2006 Winners[edit]

2005 Winners[edit]

2004 Winners[edit]

2003 Winners[edit]

2002 Winners[edit]

2001 Winners[edit]

2000 Winners[edit]

1999 Winners[edit]

1998 Winners[edit]

Publisher's Picks[edit]

Appearances by park[edit]

Appearances Park Years
3 Holiday World & Splashin' Safari 2001, 2006, 2011
2 Dollywood 2007, 2012
1 Busch Gardens Williamsburg 2010
1 Cedar Point 2004
1 Kings Island 2002
1 Legoland California Resort 2009
1 Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk 2013
1 Schlitterbahn 2003
1 SeaWorld San Diego 2014
1 Six Flags Fiesta Texas 2005
  • From 1998-2000 there was no Host Park, the awards were announced from Amusement Today's Arlington, Texas office instead. The 2008 awards were announced at Give Kids the World Village in Orlando, Florida.

Repeat winners[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Sale of Amusement Today Inc. completed". Amusement Today 4 (11): 23. 1997. 
  2. ^ "Poll Bias Comparison". Mitch Hawker. Retrieved 26 November 2011. 
  3. ^ Baldwin, Tim (2013). "Amusement Today — Golden Ticket Winners 2013" (PDF). Amusement Today. Retrieved September 17, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Amusement Today — Golden Ticket Winners 2012" (PDF). Amusement Today. Retrieved September 10, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Amusement Today — Golden Ticket Winners 2011" (PDF). Amusement Today. Retrieved March 17, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Amusement Today — Golden Ticket Winners 2010" (PDF). Amusement Today. Archived from the original on March 25, 2011. Retrieved March 17, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Amusement Today — Golden Ticket Winners 2009" (PDF). Amusement Today. Archived from the original on September 20, 2010. Retrieved March 17, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Amusement Today — Golden Ticket Winners 2008" (PDF). Amusement Today. Archived from the original on March 25, 2012. Retrieved March 17, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Amusement Today — Golden Ticket Winners 2007" (PDF). Amusement Today. Archived from the original on May 30, 2008. Retrieved March 17, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Amusement Today — Golden Ticket Winners 2006" (PDF). Amusement Today. Archived from the original on October 16, 2006. Retrieved December 22, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Amusement Today — Golden Ticket Winners 2005" (PDF). Amusement Today. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved March 17, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Amusement Today — Golden Ticket Winners 2004" (PDF). Amusement Today. Archived from the original on April 3, 2007. Retrieved March 17, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Amusement Today — Golden Ticket Winners 2003" (PDF). Amusement Today. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved March 17, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Park and ride winners". Amusement Today. September 2002. Retrieved April 25, 2014. 
  15. ^ Baldwin, Tim (2002). "Amusement Today's 2002 Golden Ticket Awards". Amusement Today 6 (6): 1B–3B. 
  16. ^ Baldwin, Tim (2001). "Amusement Today's 2001 Golden Ticket Awards". Amusement Today 5 (5): 1B–3B. 
  17. ^ Baldwin, Tim (2000). "Amusement Today's 2000 Golden Ticket Awards". Amusement Today 4 (5): 1B–3B. 
  18. ^ Baldwin, Tim (1999). "Amusement Today's 1999 Golden Ticket Awards". Amusement Today 3 (5): 1B–7B. 
  19. ^ Baldwin, Tim (1998). "Amusement Today bestows Golden Ticket Awards". Amusement Today 2 (5): 1B–7B. 

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