2005 Golden Tickets

Saturday, August 27, 2005 3:47 PM
The 2005 Golden Tickets come out today at Six Flags Fiesta Texas. They will release the results at 4 pm.

My question is: Does anybody care? *** Edited 8/27/2005 7:49:24 PM UTC by baller24***


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Saturday, August 27, 2005 3:52 PM
eightdotthree's avatar I enjoy reading the results, but they are more for the industry than the park-going public. If that makes any sense...
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Saturday, August 27, 2005 3:52 PM
In a word:

Yes!

Paula


Paula Werne
Holiday World

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Saturday, August 27, 2005 4:41 PM
joe.'s avatar Good luck to Holiday World, Paula! Not that you guys need it. You guys define golden ticket... or is that Wonka? ;-)
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Saturday, August 27, 2005 4:42 PM
rollergator's avatar Honestly, they *should*....well-traveled, knowledgeable people give their opinions, and for parks this research is invaluable...or at least should be.

You can tell which parks care and which ones don't...;)

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Saturday, August 27, 2005 4:42 PM
paula's got a golden ticket... doo doo doo doo doo dooo dooo... ;)
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Saturday, August 27, 2005 5:53 PM
Who's stuffing the steel coaster ballot box for MF more than I am the Viewer's Choice poll for Since U Been Gone at the VMAs? ;)

I'm not surprised at all about Thunderhead topping the wooden coaster poll and I am pleased to see Dollywood making a lot of the lists. Congrats to all the parks that won a Golden Ticket. It looks like all the major companies brought home something (CP, SFFT, PKI, EPCOT, Dollywood, BGW, IOA..) along with HW, Knoebels, Legoland, Schlitterbahn, and Blackpool. Very nice!

+Danny

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Saturday, August 27, 2005 8:00 PM
While I'm not suprised about Hades and Avalanche ranking so highly,considering all the rave reviews, I thought that J2 would have been somewhere on the wood list.

I figured Kingda Ka and SheiKra would be on the steel list, as well as Powder Keg, I'm also kind of suprised that Silver Bullet and Hydra weren't on that list either.

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Saturday, August 27, 2005 8:07 PM
eightdotthree's avatar I am still surprised to see MF ranked above Superman again.

Back on topic, I have used the Golden Tickets and trip reports from this site to plan my destinations. Without them I would have never made it to two of my now favorite parks, Knoebels and Indiana Beach, nor would I have ever known about Holiday World's fantastic water park and coasters etc. So, yeah, I like them!


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Saturday, August 27, 2005 8:42 PM

RushStreetFlyer said:

I figured Kingda Ka and SheiKra would be on the steel list, as well as Powder Keg, I'm also kind of suprised that Silver Bullet and Hydra weren't on that list either.


I don't believe they'll be eligible until the 2006 awards.

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Saturday, August 27, 2005 8:49 PM

bigboy said:

RushStreetFlyer said:

I figured Kingda Ka and SheiKra would be on the steel list, as well as Powder Keg, I'm also kind of suprised that Silver Bullet and Hydra weren't on that list either.


I don't believe they'll be eligible until the 2006 awards.


Why not? Hades was on there, and it opened around the same time all of the above opened.

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Saturday, August 27, 2005 8:55 PM
KK is ranked 32nd so they were eligible.Magnum is the biggest joke on the list, yea its better than Nitro "right". Who ever is picking these awards don't know s**t IMO.
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Saturday, August 27, 2005 9:21 PM
Yeah, if I'm not mistaken, Silver Bullet opened in Dec. and Hydra in May. I'm sure that was plenty of time to racket up some voters.

The only thing I can come up with is that SB and Hydra were a little too similar to other inverts and floorless out there and perhaps didn't have enough of that "unique" factor that maybe some of those other B&M coasters do.

As for J2, maybe ride quality or simply the location had something to do with it not being in the top 50, since I think that is a good chunk of the determining factor.

Perhaps one of them will spring on to one of the lists next year, who knows? I just don't know about some of them, such as the fact that last year Mean Streak wasn't even in the top 50 and this year it is tied with Timber Terror and the Santa Cruz Giant Dipper for #33. Something is a little off with that IMO.

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Saturday, August 27, 2005 9:25 PM
The Golden Tickets is something that the park uses as PR. I have said this a number of times and I will say it again. The only Top Ten list that should matter to you is your Top Ten list. There really is no need to complain about a poll that some feel is outlandish or rediculous. It is just a poll and should be treated as a poll.
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Saturday, August 27, 2005 9:33 PM
I think that the restraints on SMROS play a role in knocking it down a few pegs. I wish that I would have rode ROS before the new restraints, it may have been my #1.

I think that more people make CP a destination than say SFGADV or SFNE so CP's coasters are going to get more votes.

I am a CP fanboy, but Nitro and ROS both rank above MF on my list.

KK was down most of the summer and many did not get to ride it, it will probably knock down TTD next year. Magnum is a great coaster, but not that great.


#1 Steel: Sky Rush
#1 Wood: Voyage
#1Park: Holiday World

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Saturday, August 27, 2005 10:00 PM

Ajrides said:
Magnum is the biggest joke on the list, yea its better than Nitro "right". Who ever is picking these awards don't know s**t IMO.

Magnum has that nostalgia thing going for it. It was the first hyper and was the only one for a few years. It's my favorite even though I admit there are better rides. My first magor coaster trip was planned around its debut. It's location helps alot too. Many coasters could benefit from having CP as their surroundings.

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Saturday, August 27, 2005 10:06 PM
Gemini's avatar Can't we just run last year's thread instead of having the usual complaints? For the next 100 years, the only thing everyone will be able to agree on is that no matter who wins, there will be a complaint thread with reasons why [insert your name here]'s opinion is right. :)

Walt Schmidt - Co-Publisher, PointBuzz

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Saturday, August 27, 2005 10:32 PM
OK, I don't think I've ever asked abotu a coaster abbreviation before, but what is J2?
Real Cbuzz quote of the day - "The classes i take in collage are so mor adcanced then u could imagen. Dont talk about my emglihs" - Adamforce
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Saturday, August 27, 2005 11:05 PM
J2 is the S&S wooden coaster formerly known as Tsunami at Clementon.

I forget some people still only know it by its old name. I personally like the name Tsunami better, but it was changed after the incident overseas.

I believe it stands for Jack Rabbit 2, in relation to their old wooden coaster, which is still there, but I don't know if they've been running it recently.

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Sunday, August 28, 2005 12:25 AM
The Golden Ticket Award ballots had to be mailed by July 11th therefore I (and quite a few others I assume) were not able to vote on things we had not yet experienced.

My vacation wasn't until July 23rd so I couldn't include Hades or Avalanche on my ballot. I believe they will both rank higher next year after a full season of riders (and voters).

But it's just a poll. It's certainly not the "end all" in the coaster poll category and there are certainly more accurate coaster polls out there. I mean heck, I will quickly lose respect for any coaster poll that ranks The Beast or Texas Giant above Tremors or Rampage. Just my opinion.

I do respect their rankings in other non-coaster categories though, simply because there aren't any other polls (that I know of) that rank things like, "best food","best kids area", etc.

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