The results are in and for the 16th consecutive year, Cedar Point amusement park/resort in Sandusky, Ohio, has been voted the “Best Amusement Park in the World!” The popular vacation destination won this coveted award at last night’s annual Golden Ticket Awards ceremony in Santa Cruz, Calif. Cedar Point has earned the top honor every year since the inception of the Golden Ticket Awards in 1998.
In addition to the Best Park award, Cedar Point’s Millennium Force roller coaster was named the “Best Steel Roller Coaster in the World” for the third year in a row. In fact, Millennium Force has been ranked as one of the top two steel roller coasters in the world every year since its debut more than 13 years ago.
“We are truly honored to have been named the best park in the world for the past 16 years and to have the top steel roller coaster for the third year in a row,” stated John Hildebrandt, Vice President and General Manager of Cedar Point. “This award is a testament to our entire staff here at Cedar Point that strives to provide each guest with their ‘best day’ experience during every visit.”
Hosted by Amusement Today, the annual Golden Ticket Awards are the industry’s equivalent of the Oscars, where amusement park owners and managers, ride manufacturers and industry officials gather to salute the industry’s best. Winners were selected by votes from amusement park enthusiasts from around the world.
Several of Cedar Point’s roller coasters placed in the Top 25 in the “Best Steel Roller Coaster in the World” category. In addition to Millennium Force at No. 1, Cedar Point’s legendary Magnum XL-200 came in at No. 9, the towering Top Thrill Dragster was voted No. 12, the terrain-hugging Maverick took the No. 22 spot. Blue Streak roller coaster, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year, was voted No. 27 in the “Best Wooden Roller Coaster in the World” category.
In addition to those awards, GateKeeper was voted one of the top three “Best New Rides” in the world while Cedar Point was ranked as one of the top five parks in the world for “Best Kids’ Area” and “Best Halloween Event.”
Cedar Point recently announced several plans for the 2014 season, including two new family rides, changes to the park’s Camp Snoopy area and more details on a two-year renovation project to Hotel Breakers. The park kicks off its 17th annual HalloWeekends event in September on Friday the 13th and will be open Friday nights, Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 27.