August 13, 1999
Sandusky, OH -- Cedar Fair, L.P. a publicly traded partnership which owns and operates five amusement parks, again earned the title of "Best Amusement Park In The World" for its flagship park, Cedar Point, located in Sandusky, Ohio, according to a nationwide survey.
The "Golden Ticket Awards" are presented annually to the "best of the best" in the amusement park industry by Amusement Today, the popular Arlington, Texas-based publication that covers international amusement/water park industry news and trends. The survey was sent to experienced amusement park fans around the world, asking them to rate "bests" in categories such as "amusement parks," "roller coasters," and "water parks."
In the survey, Cedar Fair earned high honors in six of 14 categories. In addition to being named best park for the second straight year, Cedar Point also placed first in the "Best Capacity" category, which measures how effectively and efficiently guests flow through queue lines. Dorney Park's Wildwater Kingdom was named second best water park in the world and also placed second in the "Best Water Park Ride" category for its Pepsi Aquablast.
According to the survey, Cedar Fair also boasts four of the top 10 steel roller coasters in the world with Cedar Point's Magnum XL-200 earning top honors. With its 205-foot-tall first hill and speeds in excess of 70 mph, Magnum has been rated the No. 1 steel roller coaster in the world for two years straight by Amusement Today. Also placing in the top 10 were Dorney Park's Steel Force at No. 3, Cedar Point's Raptor at No. 6, and Worlds of Fun's mega-coaster Mamba making its debut at No. 9.
The Partnership also owns three of the top 20 wooden roller coasters in the world: Knott's Berry Farm's GhostRider ranked at No. 13 in just its first year of operation, Worlds of Fun's Timber Wolf was No. 14, and Cedar Point's Mean Streak came in at No. 18.
"We are obviously thrilled with the results of the Amusement Today survey," said Richard L. Kinzel, president and chief executive officer. "These awards are a tangible and gratifying result of our commitment to providing the best thrill rides and park atmosphere the amusement park world has to offer."
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