Dollywood Theme Park

Best Shows win at 2009 Golden Ticket Awards

Published September 10, 2009 / Last Updated October 17, 2015

Park makes Dolly proud as it wins Best Shows and claims a repeat win for Best Christmas Event at the 2009 Golden Ticket Awards

Dollywood took home its first trophy for Best Shows and claimed a second consecutive win for Best Christmas Event at the 2009 Golden Ticket Awards. The ceremony was held on Sept. 10, 2009, at LEGOLAND California in Carlsbad, Ca.

Dollywood was a finalist in four additional categories, taking third place honors for Friendliest Park and Cleanest Park. It earned fourth place honors for Best Food and Best Water Ride for the Mountain Slidewinder. Dollywood’s Thunderhead, twice named the number one wooden coaster in the world, placed fifth in the rankings of Top 50 Wooden Roller Coasters in the World.

The Dollywood CompanyBest Shows win at 2009 Golden Ticket Awards

Thunderhead named #1 Wooden Coaster a second time

Published August 27, 2006 / Last Updated October 17, 2015

Thunderhead wins a second Golden Ticket Award for Best Wooden Coaster

Guests felt the thunder and they like it!  For the second year in a row, Dollywood’s Thunderhead roller coaster was named the number one wooden coaster in the world by the voters of the 2006 Golden Tickets Awards. It edged out The Voyage at Holiday World, Boulder Dash at Lake Compounce, and Hades at Mount Olympus Theme Park for the prize.

Voters described the smooth ride, unpredictability and re-rideability of the coaster, as reasons for its success. In 2004, Thunderhead was the highest debuting wooden coaster in the history of the awards. While Thunderhead received rave reviews, that’s not the only thing people are talking about at Dollywood. The theme park placed in six additional categories at the Golden Tickets Awards.

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Thunderhead roller coaster receives Golden Ticket Award

Published August 27, 2005 / Last Updated October 17, 2015

Dollywood’s Thunderhead roller coaster takes top honors in the Best Wooden Coaster category at the eighth annual Golden Ticket Awards

Considered the Academy Awards of the amusement industry, the Golden Ticket Awards are presented to the “best of the best” in 22 categories based on the results of an international poll conducted by Amusement Today magazine.

The Thunderhead roller coaster was also named Coaster of the Year and Best New Wood Coaster at the 2005 Coasters’ Choice Awards. It was the first wooden coaster to take the top honor in the awards’ five-year history.

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