MASON, Ohio — Kings Island received the Park of the Year Award for the 2022 Golden Ticket Awards.
Beginning in 1998, Amusement Today continues to put out an international poll each year known as the Golden Ticket Awards to recognize the amusement park industry and attractions. On Sept. 10, Amusement Today released its list of winners for the 2022 season.
“It was amazing to return to an in-person networking event,” said Tim Baldwin, Golden Ticket Awards communications coordinator of Amusement Today in a news release. “While online presentations the last two years enabled us to still recognize the great accomplishments in our industry, meeting with peers and colleagues face to face is invaluable. We needed this. It’s heartwarming to honor these places and the people continuing to bring fun and smiles in a time when things are still uncertain.”
Kings Island was recognized as Publisher's Pick: Park of the Year for its celebration of its 50th anniversary.
The park was also recognized as the No. 2 for "Best New Show" for the "Fun, Fireworks, and Fifty Nighttime Spectacular" and for "Best Kids Area in the World" for Planet Snoopy. The "Phantom Theater Encore" received the No. 4 slot for "Best New Show," too.
Kings Island rose to the No. 4 spot for "Best Guest Experience" and took spots five and six for "Best Wooden Rollercoaster" for The Beast and Mystic Timbers. The Diamondback was recognized as the No. 17 Best Steel Coaster.