Monday, October 3, 2022

Holiday World picks up several new Golden Ticket Awards

SANTA CLAUS, IND.—– For the fifth year in a row, Holiday World’s Voyage roller coaster is named the #1 Wooden Coaster on the Planet in the annual Golden Ticket Awards ceremony.

During the event, the park’s Wildebeest water coaster was named the world’s #1 Water Park Ride for the second year in a row.

“With so many amazing rides around the world, it’s an incredible honor to have our Voyage and Wildebeest named the very best,” says Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari’s president, Dan Koch. “We hosted this year’s event and enjoyed our time with park and industry folks from 19 states and five countries.”

For the twelfth consecutive year, Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari were named the #1 Cleanest Park. The parks also received the designation of being the #1 Friendliest Park for the thirteenth time.

“For these awards, we humbly thank our wonderful Hosts and Hostesses,” says Koch. “It was a hot summer and they all worked together to keep smiling and keep cleaning.”

During the 90-minute ceremony, the audience of 350 honored the memory of the park’s early developer, Bill Koch, who passed away 10 years ago today at the age of 86.  

The Golden Ticket Awards are determined by surveys submitted by well-traveled park enthusiasts from around the world.

Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, publicist, strategist, blogger, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She excels at writing about all aspects of design and technical design, production and project management. Areas of special interest include AV integration and show control, lighting design and acoustics, specialty cinema, digital video and world’s fairs. Judith has ties to numerous industry organizations. From 2005-2020 she ran communications, publications and social media for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA, and co-chair of the 2014 IMERSA Summit. She was publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association in the 1990s, now part of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) and has also contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Already making her mark as a magazine and book editor, Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. Launching as a freelancer in the mid 1990s she has contributed to dozens of publications and media outlets including Funworld, Lighting&Sound America, Sound & Communications, Urban Land, The Raconteur and The Planetarian. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. She has lived in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, and now makes her home in Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts and theater community.

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