September 3, 2002
Sandusky, OH -- The votes are in! For the fifth consecutive year, the famed Cedar Point amusement park/resort was rated the "Best Amusement Park in the World" and its wildly popular Millennium Force was voted the "Best Steel Roller Coaster in the World" in the recently announced Golden Ticket Awards, a prestigious annual poll conducted by Amusement Today newspaper.
In addition to the "Best Park" sweep, this marks the second year in a row that Cedar Point's 310-foot-tall, 93-mph Millennium Force "gigacoaster," which made its worldwide debut in 2000, received top honors in the Golden Tickets Awards. The stratospheric scream machine is also the tallest and fastest roller coaster in North America and was the first coaster ever to break the 300-foot-tall barrier. The park's revered Magnum XL-200, built in 1989 and standing 205 feet high with a top speed of 72 mph, ranked an impressive No. 3 in the world on this year's steel coaster list, while the 137-foot-tall inverted Raptor came in at the No. 12 slot.
The Golden Ticket Awards are presented to the "best of the best" in the amusement industry by Amusement Today, the Arlington, Texas-based publication that covers international amusement and water park news and trends. Surveys were sent to a database of experienced park fans around the world, asking them to rate the "bests" in 18 categories, such as "amusement parks," "roller coasters," "food," "games," and "capacity." This is the fifth annual year for Amusement Today's Golden Ticket Awards, which are considered the "Super Bowl" or "Academy Awards" of the amusement industry.
Cedar Point also rated No. 1 for the fifth time in the all-important "Best Capacity" class, which measures how effectively and efficiently guests flow through queue lines and scored big as the first place finisher in a new category, "Best Games," for its overall selection of games. The park also placed No. 2 on the "Best Souvenirs" roster and came in at No. 3 for "Friendliest Park."
"Cedar Point continues to shine as the example of what a top amusement park is all about," says Gary Slade, editor-in-chief and publisher of Amusement Today. "It is truly a testament to the park for it to remain No. 1 on the 'Best Park' list for five years running – that in itself speaks volumes. Cedar Point has that rare combination of a long and storied history, new-age thrill rides and a charming resort atmosphere, and no other place can claim those attributes."
"The Golden Ticket Awards are such a special honor," says Daniel Keller, vice president and general manager of Cedar Point. "All of us at Cedar Point are incredibly flattered and proud of being rated so highly in so many different categories by park enthusiasts who travel all over the world seeking out the 'bests' in the business. We couldn't be more thrilled and pledge our ongoing commitment of upholding Cedar Point's No. 1 standing."
Cedar Point is located on a scenic Lake Erie peninsula and is home to the largest collection of roller coasters (15) and rides (68) in the world.