SANDUSKY, Ohio, Sept. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Families looking for world-class fun and thrills will want to find their closest Cedar Fair Entertainment Company amusement or water park as the company earned several top honors at Amusement Today's 2010 Golden Ticket Awards celebration, including the coveted "Best Amusement Park in the World" honor for its flagship Cedar Point amusement park/resort in Ohio. This marks the 13th consecutive year that Cedar Point has earned that title.
Cedar Fair also took home top honors for having the "Best Kids' Area" for the 10th year in a row at Kings Island amusement park, in Mason, Ohio, and the "Best Steel Roller Coaster in the World" for its record-shattering Millennium Force roller coaster at Cedar Point.
"We are honored to receive these prestigious awards," stated Dick Kinzel, Cedar Fair's chairman, president and chief executive officer. "We strive to provide our guests with the absolute best in thrills, chills and family fun and these awards are a testament to that."
Two new roller coasters made their highly-anticipated debuts this summer – Intimidator at Carowinds in Charlotte, N.C., and Intimidator 305 at Kings Dominion in Virginia and both were a huge hit with coaster lovers. Intimidator 305 at Kings Dominion earned the No. 2 spot in the "Best New Ride for 2010" category, while Intimidator at Carowinds came in at No. 4. Both scream machines also earned a spot in the "Top 50 Steel Roller Coasters in the World" list, along with numerous other Cedar Fair roller coasters. In fact, Cedar Fair placed nine coasters in the Top 25 alone, including four of the Top 10! Three Cedar Fair wooden coasters earned spots in the "Top 50 Wooden Roller Coasters in the World" category, with the legendary Beast at Kings Island finishing in the Top 10.
Guests looking for even more thrills and chills will enjoy special Halloween-themed events at a majority of Cedar Fair's parks this fall. Two of these events, Knott's Scary Farm and Kings Island's Halloween Haunt, earned Top 5 billing in the "Best Halloween Event" category.
Other awards included Gilroy Gardens placing No. 3 for "Best Landscaping" and Knott's Berry Farm placing fourth in the "Best Kids' Area" category.
The Golden Ticket Awards are some of the most prestigious awards in the amusement industry. They are presented annually to the "best of the best" in the industry and are calculated from an international poll conducted by Amusement Today, an Arlington, Texas-based publication that covers amusement and water park news and trends.
Cedar Fair Entertainment Company
Cedar Fair Entertainment Company (NYSE: "FUN") is a publicly traded partnership headquartered in Sandusky, Ohio. The Company, which owns and operates 11 amusement parks, six outdoor water parks, one indoor water park and five hotels, is one of the largest regional amusement park operators in the world. Its parks are located in Ohio, California, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Missouri, Michigan, and Toronto, Ontario. Cedar Fair also operates the Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park in California under a management contract. Cedar Fair's flagship park, Cedar Point, has been consistently voted the "Best Amusement Park in the World" in a prestigious annual poll conducted by Amusement Today newspaper.
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