August 4, 2000
Sandusky, OH -- For the third consecutive year, the historic Cedar Point amusement park/resort was voted the "Best Amusement Park in the World" and its wildly popular Magnum XL-200 was rated the "Best Steel Roller Coaster in the World" in the recently announced Golden Ticket Awards, a prestigious annual poll conducted by Amusement Today newspaper.
Cedar Point's astounding new 310-foot-tall, 92-mph Millennium Force, the tallest and fastest roller coaster on Earth, came in an impressive No. 2 in the world on the steel coaster list, which is the highest rated NEW roller coaster to ever appear on the Golden Ticket Awards' poll. The park's thrilling Raptor, a 137-foot-high inverted scream machine, ranked as the No. 5 steel roller coaster, giving Cedar Point an unprecedented three of the top five steel coasters in the world!
The coveted Golden Ticket Awards are presented to the "best of the best" in the amusement industry by Amusement Today, the notable Arlington, Texas-based publication that covers amusement and water park news and trends worldwide. Surveys were sent to a database of experienced international park fans, asking them to rate the "bests" in 14 categories, such as "amusement parks," "roller coasters," "water rides," "shows," "food," and "capacity." This is the third annual year for Amusement Today's Golden Ticket Awards.
Cedar Point also ranked No. 1 for the third time in the "Best Capacity" class, which measures how effectively and efficiently guests flow through queue lines. In addition, the park's mammoth Mean Streak was voted No. 16 in the wooden roller coaster category, while Mantis, a sleek stand-up coaster, made the steel coaster roster at No. 24.
"This is remarkable news for Cedar Point," says Gary Slade, editor-in-chief and publisher of Amusement Today. "For three of the top five steel roller coasters on the planet to be located at the 'Best Amusement Park in the World' is an unparalleled achievement. Cedar Point continues to shine as the pinnacle of amusement parks with that rare mixture of charm, history, high-tech thrill rides and old-time resort atmosphere that only it can pull off."
The famed Cedar Point is located on a scenic Lake Erie peninsula and is home to the largest collection of roller coasters (14) and rides (68) in the world. With a rich heritage dating back to 1870, Cedar Point is also the second oldest amusement park in North America and has four hotels, one of the largest marinas on the Great Lakes, a beautifully manicured beach and boardwalk, RV campground, live shows, Camp Snoopy family playland, children's areas, Soak City water park, award-winning landscaping, miniature golf courses and much more. Situated on 364 acres, Cedar Point is also one of the largest amusement parks in the world, attracting approximately 3.5 million guests each season.
"The Golden Ticket Awards are the equivalent of the Academy Awards or the Super Bowl for the amusement industry," says Don Miears, executive vice president and general manager of Cedar Point. "All of us at Cedar Point take great pride in being rated so highly by park enthusiasts who travel the world over in search of the 'bests' at amusement parks. We are incredibly honored and will continue our strong commitment to uphold Cedar Point's No. 1 status."