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 trade newspaper, which is based in Arlington, Texas, United States, 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, for which it has become best known for throughout the amusement park industry. 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.[2]

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[3]


2017 winners[edit]

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Publisher's Picks[edit]

Host Park[edit]

Times Hosting Park Years
3 Holiday World & Splashin' Safari 2001, 2006, 2011
2 Cedar Point 2004, 2016
2 Dollywood 2007, 2012
1 Busch Gardens Williamsburg 2010
1 Kings Island 2002
1 Lake Compounce 2017
1 Legoland California 2009
1 Luna Park, Coney Island 2015
1 Quassy Amusement Park 2017
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.
  • 2017 was hosted by two parks.

Repeat winners[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Sale of Amusement Today Inc. completed". Amusement Today. 4 (11): 23. 1997. 
  2. ^ http://amusementtoday.com/contact-us-2/
  3. ^ "Poll Bias Comparison". Mitch Hawker. Retrieved 26 November 2011. 
  4. ^ "Lake Compounce and Quassy host 20th Golden Ticket Awards" (PDF). Golden Ticket Awards. Amusement Today. 21 (6.2). September 2017. Retrieved September 19, 2017. 
  5. ^ "2017 Top 50 Wooden Coasters". Amusement Today. September 2017. Retrieved September 19, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Cedar Point welcomes 2016 Golden Ticket Awards" (PDF). Amusement Today. September 2016. Retrieved September 11, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Luna Park, Zamperla hosts 2015 Golden Ticket Awards" (PDF). Amusement Today. September 2015. Retrieved October 31, 2015. 
  8. ^ "SeaWorld San Diego hosts 2014 Golden Ticket Awards" (PDF). Amusement Today. September 2014. Retrieved October 31, 2015. 
  9. ^ Baldwin, Tim (2013). "Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Hosts 2013 Golden Ticket Awards" (PDF). Amusement Today. Retrieved October 6, 2016. 
  10. ^ Baldwin, Tim (2012). "Dollywood hosts Golden Ticket event for second time" (PDF). Amusement Today. Retrieved September 12, 2017. 
  11. ^ Baldwin, Tim (2011). "Holiday World hosts Golden Ticket event for third time" (PDF). Amusement Today. Retrieved October 6, 2016. 
  12. ^ Baldwin, Tim (2010). "Busch Gardens Williamsburg hosts AT's 2010 Golden Ticket Awards" (PDF). Amusement Today. Retrieved October 6, 2016. 
  13. ^ Baldwin, Tim (2009). "Southern California hosts AT's 2009 Golden Ticket Awards" (PDF). Amusement Today. Retrieved October 6, 2016. 
  14. ^ Baldwin, Tim (2008). "Amusement Today's 2008 Golden Ticket Awards" (PDF). Amusement Today. Retrieved October 6, 2016. 
  15. ^ Baldwin, Tim (2007). "Amusement Today's 2007 Golden Ticket Awards" (PDF). Amusement Today. Retrieved October 6, 2016. 
  16. ^ Baldwin, Tim (2006). "Amusement Today's 2006 Golden Ticket Awards" (PDF). Amusement Today. Retrieved October 6, 2016. 
  17. ^ Baldwin, Tim (2005). "Amusement Today's 2005 Golden Ticket Awards" (PDF). Amusement Today. Retrieved October 6, 2016. 
  18. ^ Baldwin, Tim (2004). "Amusement Today's 2004 Golden Ticket Awards" (PDF). Amusement Today. Retrieved October 6, 2016. 
  19. ^ Baldwin, Tim (2003). "Amusement Today's 2003 Golden Ticket Awards" (PDF). Amusement Today. Retrieved October 6, 2016. 
  20. ^ Baldwin, Tim (2002). "Amusement Today's 2002 Golden Ticket Awards" (PDF). Amusement Today. 6 (5): 1B–8B. Retrieved October 6, 2016. 
  21. ^ Baldwin, Tim (2001). "Amusement Today's 2001 Golden Ticket Awards" (PDF). Amusement Today. 5 (5): 1B–8B. Retrieved October 6, 2016. 
  22. ^ Baldwin, Tim (2000). "Amusement Today's 2000 Golden Ticket Awards" (PDF). Amusement Today. 4 (5): 1B–8B. Retrieved October 6, 2016. 
  23. ^ Baldwin, Tim (1999). "Amusement Today's 1999 Golden Ticket Awards" (PDF). Amusement Today. 3 (5): 1B–8B. Retrieved October 6, 2016. 
  24. ^ Baldwin, Tim (1998). "Amusement Today bestows Golden Ticket Awards" (PDF). Amusement Today. 2 (5): 1B–8B. Retrieved October 6, 2016. 

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