August 26, 2002
Sandusky, OH -- Cedar Fair, L.P. (NYSE: FUN), a publicly traded partnership which owns and operates six amusement parks and five water parks, has, for the fifth straight year, earned the title of "Best Amusement Park In The World" for its flagship park, Cedar Point, located in Sandusky, Ohio, according to an international survey. In addition, three Cedar Point roller coasters were ranked among the top 12 steel roller coasters in the world.
The survey is conducted annually by Amusement Today, the popular Arlington, Texas-based publication that covers the international amusement park industry. The magazine surveys experienced amusement park fans around the world, asking them to rate "bests" in 18 categories, such as "amusement parks," "roller coasters," "food" and "games." The magazine presents the winners with its prestigious "Golden Ticket Awards."
Survey results revealed Cedar Fair earned high honors in seven different categories. In addition to being named "Best Amusement Park," Cedar Point placed first for the fifth straight year in the very important "Best Ride Capacity" category, which measures how effectively and efficiently guests flow through queue lines, and first in a new category, "Best Games," for its overall selection of games. The park also placed No. 2 in the "Best Souvenirs" category and third in the "Friendliest Park"category.
According to the survey results, Cedar Fair parks boast five of the top 25 steel roller coasters in the world, with Cedar Point's Millennium Force earning top honors for a second year in a row. At 310 feet tall and speeds of 93 mph, Millennium Force is the tallest and fastest roller coaster in North America. Ranked No. 3 was Cedar Point's Magnum XL-200. With its 205-foot-tall first hill and speeds of 72 mph, Magnum has been one of the most popular roller coasters in the world since its debut in 1989. Also placing in the top 25 were Dorney Park's Steel Force at No. 6, Cedar Point's Raptor at No. 12, and Worlds of Fun's Mamba at No. 24.
The Partnership also earned honors for two of the top ten wooden roller coasters in the world: Shivering Timbers at Michigan's Adventure was ranked as the second best wooden roller coaster and Knott's Berry Farm's GhostRider came in at No. 6.
"We are obviously, once again, thrilled with the results of the Amusement Today survey," said Dick Kinzel, president and chief executive officer. "We are committed to providing the best thrill rides and park atmosphere to our guests, and these awards are a tangible and gratifying result of our efforts."
Cedar Fair's six amusement parks are Cedar Point, located on Lake Erie between Cleveland and Toledo; Knott's Berry Farm near Los Angeles in Buena Park, California; Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom near Allentown, Pennsylvania; Valleyfair near Minneapolis/St. Paul; Worlds of Fun, located in Kansas City, Missouri; and Michigan's Adventure near Muskegon, Michigan. The Partnership's water parks are located near San Diego and in Palm Springs, California, and adjacent to Cedar Point, Knott's Berry Farm and Worlds of Fun. Cedar Fair also operates Camp Snoopy at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota under a management contract.