August 26, 2003
Sandusky, OH -- Cedar Fair, L.P., a publicly traded partnership which owns and operates six amusement parks and five water parks, has, for the sixth 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 18 categories, such as "amusement parks," "roller coasters" and "water parks." The magazine presents the winners with its prestigious "Golden Ticket Awards."
Survey results revealed Cedar Fair earned high honors in five different categories. In addition to being named "Best Amusement Park," Cedar Point placed first for the sixth straight year in the very important "Best Ride Capacity" category, which measures how effectively and efficiently guests flow through queue lines. In addition, Wildwater Kingdom at Dorney Park was rated No. 3 in the "Best Water Park" category.
According to the survey results, Cedar Fair parks boast five of the top 20 steel roller coasters in the world, led by Cedar Point's 310-foot-tall signature coaster, Millennium Force, which came in at No. 2. Ranked as the No. 4 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 20 were two additional Cedar Point coasters, Raptor at No.10 and the new 420-foot-tall, 120-mph Top Thrill Dragster at an impressive No. 11 in its very first year. Meanwhile, Dorney Park's 200-foot-tall coaster, Steel Force, was ranked No. 16.
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 second best wooden roller coaster and Knott's Berry Farm's GhostRider came in at No. 6.
"We are obviously thrilled with the results of this year's Amusement Today survey," said Dick Kinzel, chairman, president and chief executive officer. "To be consistently rated so highly within our industry is a gratifying result of our efforts to provide guests with the best thrill rides and finest overall park experience."