August 30, 2005
Sandusky, OH -- Cedar Fair, L.P., a publicly traded partnership which owns and operates seven amusement parks and five water parks, has, for the eighth straight year, earned the title of "Best Amusement Park In The World" for its flagship park, Cedar Point, according to an international survey. In addition, four Cedar Point roller coasters were ranked among the top 11 steel 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 22 categories, such as "amusement parks," "roller coasters," "water parks" and "live shows." The magazine presents the winners with its prestigious "Golden Ticket Awards."
Survey results revealed Cedar Fair earned high honors in six categories. In addition to being name "Best Amusement Park" for the eighth straight year, Cedar Point also placed first in the "Best Games Area" and "Best Souvenirs" categories. The Halloween Haunt at Cedar Fair's Knott's Berry Farm was also rated as the "Best Halloween Event."
According to the survey results, Cedar Fair parks boast six of the top 25 steel roller coasters in the world, led by Cedar Point's 310-foot-tall signature coaster, Millennium Force, which was rated No. 1. Ranked as the No. 3 steel coaster was the 205-foot-tall Magnum XL-200, which has been one of the most popular roller coasters in the world since its debut at Cedar Point in 1989. Also placing in the top 25 were two additional Cedar Point coasters, the 420-foot-tall, 120-mph Top Thrill Dragster at an impressive No. 7 and Raptor at No. 11. Meanwhile, Dorney Park's Steel Force was ranked No. 14 and Worlds of Fun's Mamba was ranked No. 25.
The Partnership also earned high honors for two of the top 10 wooden roller coasters in the world: Shivering Timbers at Michigan's Adventure was ranked as the third best wooden roller coaster and Knott's Berry Farm's GhostRider came in at No. 10.
"We are obviously, once again, thrilled with the results of the Amusement Today survey," said Dick Kinzel, chairman, president and chief executive officer. "We are committed to providing the best thrill rides and park atmosphere for our customers, and these awards are a gratifying result of our efforts."
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