Anybody watch on Friday night, and what did you think? Personally, my reaction was mixed. Several times, they went off on tangents that had nothing to do with the category they were supposed to be discussing at the time.
I would have preferred they show at least some footage of the "runners-up" at least for individual coasters and water rides.
I had to laugh at Dolly Parton admitting she didn't ride the thrill rides in her own park because she was worried about her wig flying off, then the nails. At least she's upfront about it. OK, she's VERY upfront.
My problem was that they spent like 5 minutes showing us the history of Santa Clause,Indiana and Flew through best amusement park and best waterpark in 5 minutes. They should have made the show 2 hours.
I realize they have to have them, but I wish they would just cut the interviews with "regular people." No one ever says anything interesting - it's always, "OMG IT WUZ TEH SCARY!!!111!!"
I'm also getting pretty tired of seeing Cedar Point dominate these shows. I love CP as much as anyone, but on top of having been there two dozen times, I've seen enough cable-TV footage of it to last a lifetime.
What I'd love to see is a show focused on obscure parks or foreign parks.
Personally my favorite part was the footage of one of the award winning shows at Six Fiesta Texas. That sounds so wrong being a rides person, but when you see the footage of the combination bike/breakdancing/acrobatic etc. show you'll understand.
It was nice to see HW & Wisconsin Dells get some attention they usually don't get. They're making the right moves, and it's paying off for them. Though the usuals won for their normal awards, (CP & Schlitterbahn), HW & Mt.O snuck in and took some of the glory.
I know it was just the Golden Ticket Awards in a televised version, but it was nice to see it on tv.