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September 10, 2007
SANDUSKY, Ohio, Sept. 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Cedar Fair Entertainment Company , a leader in regional amusement parks, water parks and active entertainment, has, for the tenth straight year, earned the title of "Best Amusement Park in the World" for its flagship park, Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio, according to an international survey. In addition, Cedar Point received top honors for "Best New Ride for 2007" with the debut of Maverick, its new "terra" coaster, while Kings Island, Cincinnati, received the award for the "Best Kids' Area" and Knott's Berry Farm, near Los Angeles, was recognized for the "Best Halloween Event."
The survey is conducted annually by Amusement Today, the popular Arlington, Texas-based publication that covers the international amusement park industry. The magazine surveys its panel of experts, asking them to rate "best" in 22 categories, such as "amusement parks," "roller coasters," "water parks" and "live shows." The magazine presents the winners with its prestigious "Golden Ticket Awards."
Survey results revealed Cedar Fair received recognition in eight categories. In addition to being named "Best Amusement Park" for the tenth straight year, Cedar Point also received awards for the "Best Indoor Waterpark" (No. 3), "Best Outdoor Night Show" (No. 5), and the "Best Halloween Event" (No. 5). Cedar Fair's Kings Island amusement park received top honors for the "Best Kids Area" for the seventh year in a row, while Carowinds, Charlotte, N.C., and Knott's Berry Farm were ranked No. 3 and No. 4, respectively, in the same category. The Halloween Haunt at Knott's Berry Farm also received top honors, while Renegade, a new wooden roller coaster, at Valleyfair, Shakopee, MN received recognition for "The Best New Ride - 2007" (No. 4).
According to the survey results, Cedar Fair parks boast seven of the top 25 steel roller coasters in the world, led by Cedar Point's 310-foot-tall signature coaster, Millennium Force, which was rated No. 2. Ranked as the No. 3 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 25 were three additional Cedar Point coasters, the 420-foot-tall, 120-mph Top Thrill Dragster at an impressive No. 9, Maverick, the new "terra" coaster, debuted at No. 13 and Raptor at No. 19. Meanwhile, Steel Force at Dorney Park, Allentown, PA., was ranked No. 20 and Knott's Berry Farm's Xcelerator ranked No. 24.
The Partnership also earned high honors for three of the top 20 wooden roller coasters in the world: Shivering Timbers at Michigan's Adventure, Muskegon, Mich., was ranked as the sixth best wooden roller coaster, the Beast at Kings Island was ranked No. 8 and Knott's Berry Farm's Ghostrider came in at No. 12.
"We are obviously, once again, thrilled with the results of the Amusement Today survey," said Dick Kinzel, Cedar Fair's chairman, president and chief executive officer. "These awards are a tangible and gratifying result of our commitment to providing the best thrill rides and park atmosphere the amusement park world has to offer."
Cedar Fair is a publicly traded partnership headquartered in Sandusky, Ohio, and one of the largest regional amusement-resort operators in the world. The partnership owns and operates 12 amusement parks, five outdoor water parks, one indoor water park and six hotels. Amusement parks in the company's northern region include three in Ohio: Cedar Point, Kings Island, and Geauga Lake & Wildwater Kingdom; as well as Canada's Wonderland, near Toronto; Dorney Park, PA; Valleyfair, MN; and Michigan's Adventure, MI. In the southern region are Kings Dominion, VA; Carowinds, NC; and Worlds of Fun, MO. Western parks in California include: Knott's Berry Farm; Great America; and Gilroy Gardens, which is managed under contract. Also included in that region is Star Trek: The Experience, a Las Vegas-based interactive adventure.
This news release and prior releases are available online at www.cedarfair.com.
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