March 23, 2001
Sandusky, OH -- Cedar Fair, L.P., a publicly traded partnership which owns and operates five amusement parks and four water parks, has earned top honors from the National Amusement Park Historical Association (NAPHA) at its flagship park, Cedar Point, for having three of the top five steel roller coasters in the world.
Cedar Point's Magnum XL-200 was voted the "favorite steel roller coaster in the world" in NAPHA's just-released 2000 survey, while the park's record-breaking new 310-foot-tall, 93-mph Millennium Force took the No. 2 slot, and the popular inverted Raptor came in at No. 4 on the steel roller coaster list.
Members of NAPHA have voted the Magnum XL-200 the No. 1 steel roller coaster in the world for 10 straight years. NAPHA was founded in 1978 and is an international enthusiasts' organization dedicated to preserving and documenting the heritage of the amusement park industry. The NAPHA survey, which began in 1986, tallies members' favorite coasters and attractions from parks around the world.
"It is quite an achievement for an amusement park to have one roller coaster in NAPHA's annual members' survey of top five steel roller coasters, but for a park to capture three of the top five positions is truly remarkable and a testament to the visionaries at Cedar Point," says Jim Futrell, director and historian of NAPHA. "It is indeed something to be proud of."
Cedar Point is one of the largest amusement park complexes in the world and is home to the biggest collection of rides (68) and roller coasters (14) on Earth. Consistently voted the "Best Amusement Park in the World," Cedar Point attracts nearly 3.5 million guests each season and is a total resort destination with four hotels, a marina, RV campground, beach and boardwalk, adjacent water park, children's attractions, live entertainment, award-winning landscaping, restaurants, the new for 2001 Lighthouse Point camping community with cozy cottages and cabins and much more.
The 130-year-old Cedar Point kicks off its 2001 season on Sunday, May 6.