September 12, 2010
Santa Claus, IN – The all-new Wildbeest water coaster at Holiday World & Splashin' Safari was named the "Best New Ride in a Water Park" and "Best Overall Water Park Ride "at Saturday evening's Golden Ticket Awards, presented during an Academy Awards style ceremony at Busch Gardens Williamsburg.
In addition, Holiday World's popular Voyage roller coaster was named the "#1 Wooden Coaster on the Planet" for the fourth year in a row.
Gary Slade, publisher of Amusement Today, presented the industry's "best of the best" awards that include theme parks, amusement parks and water parks from around the world. In total, Holiday World & Splashin' Safari won a record six Golden Tickets at this year's ceremony.
Besides the top rides, Holiday World & Splashin' Safari was again named the #1 Cleanest Park for the eleventh consecutive year. The park outranks other well known parks like Walt Disney World, Kings Island and Cedar Point.
The park was also named #1 Friendliest Park for the 12th year.
"For these awards, we humbly thank our wonderful Hosts and Hostesses," says park matriarch Pat Koch, who attended the ceremony with daughter-in-law Lori and grandson William. "It was a long, hot summer and they all worked together to keep smiling and keep cleaning."
In an emotional tribute, the late Will Koch was honored as only the second inductee in Amusement Today's Legends Series for being "a true visionary, leader and dear friend to the industry." The park's leader for more than two decades, Koch passed away unexpectedly in June at the age of 48.
Amusement Today is an internationalamusement industry trade journal based in Arlington, Texas. The Golden Ticket Awards are awarded based on the result of surveys submitted by well traveled park enthusiasts.
For more information on Holiday World & Splashin' Safari, visit holidayworld.com
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