A decade later and it's still at
For the 10th consecutive year Cedar Point has been named "best
amusement park," at Amusement Today's annual Golden Ticket Awards.
Amusement Today, based out of Arlington, Tex., is a monthly trade
newspaper that prints the latest news, photos and information about
the amusement industry.
The awards ceremony took place at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
this week where Cedar Point's vice president and general manager,
John Hildebrandt, was present to accept the award on behalf of the
"This is our version of the Academy Awards," said Hildebrandt,
adding that he has a Golden Ticket Award he keeps on his desk.
"It's a motivator for us," he said. "We take a lot of pride in it."
Amusement Today's editor and publisher Gary Slade said Cedar Point's
history, diverse selection of rides and attractions make it a
"They have something for everyone," Slade said. "I think that's what
makes them unique ... It's a good family atmosphere and overall they
perform well. They're like a well-oiled machine."
Cedar Point also walked away with another Golden Ticket at the
awards ceremony this week. The park's new $21 million roller
coaster, The Maverick, was named "best new ride of 2007."
WERLING Aeiral view of Cedar Point, including
Power Tower, Millenium Force, Magnum XL200, Gemini,
and Snake River Falls.
Slade said The Maverick's pace and theme made it a stand-out ride.
"It's a different and unique ride -- different than anything else at
Cedar Point," he said. "The ride literally doesn't let up."
Five other Cedar Point coasters ranked in the Top 20 category for
"best steel roller coasters." The park's upcoming HalloWeekends
event also placed fifth in the "best Halloween event" and the park's
summer light show ranked fifth in the "best outdoor night show"
"It means a lot to our staff," Hildebrandt said. "It's a peer award.
The people who vote in this poll are very knowledgeable in our
industry. They walk the Midway, they ride the rides and they play
the games. They're very knowledgeable. It's a very special thing for
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