The results are in and for the 16th consecutive year, Cedar Point amusement park/resort has been voted the “Best Amusement Park in the World at the recent Golden Ticket Awards ceremony in Santa Cruz, Calif.
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.
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.
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 number one, the Magnum XL-200 came in ninth; the towering Top Thrill Dragster was voted number 12 and the terrain-hugging Maverick took the number 22 spot. The Blue Streak, 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.”
The park kicked off its 17th annual HalloWeekends event this month Friday the 13th and will be open Friday nights, Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 27.
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Meet the motley crews of sunken ships, left scavenging on the shores for more than 150 years in Frontiertown during Cedar Point’s HalloWeekends, which run weekends through Oct. 27. In addition to 72 thrilling rides, the annual fall celebration includes 10 walk-through attractions, live shows and more. (Photo courtesy of Cedar Point)
During HalloWeekends, Cedar Point’s Camp Snoopy is transformed into Planet Spooky. (Photo courtesy of Cedar Point)