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Cedar Point named best U.S. amusement park



Amusement Today's Golden Ticket Awards were announced this weekend, and Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, nabbed the top spot as the best amusement park in the United States.

The theme park industry considers the Golden Tickets a top honor. Industry mag Amusement Today surveys experienced, well-traveled theme park enthusiasts from around the country to determine the best theme parks in a variety of categories.

Here's a complete list of the winners:
  • Best Amusement Park: Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio
  • Best Waterpark: Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort, New Braunfels, Texas
  • Best Children's Park: Idlewild and SoakZone, Ligonier, Pa.
  • Best Marine Life Park: SeaWorld Orlando, Orlando, Fla.
  • Best Seaside Park: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz, Calif.
  • Best Wooden Coaster: The Voyage at Holiday World, Santa Claus, Ind.
  • Best Steel Coaster: Millennium Force at Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio
  • Best Kids' Area: Kings Island, Kings Mills, Ohio
  • Friendliest Staff: Holiday World & Splashin' Safari, Santa Claus, Ind.
  • Cleanest Park: Holiday World & Splashin' Safari, Santa Claus, Ind.
  • Best Halloween Event: Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando, Orlando, Fla..
  • Best Landscaping: Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Williamsburg, Va.
  • Best Christmas Event: Smoky Mountain Christmas at Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
  • Best Food: Knoebels Amusement Resort, Elysburg, Pa.
  • Best Shows: Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
  • Best Outdoor Night Show Production: IllumiNations: Reflections of the Earth at Walt Disney World's Epcot Center, Orlando, Fla.
  • Best Water Ride: Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls at Universal's Islands of Adventure, Orlando, Fla.
  • Best Waterpark Ride: Wildebeest at Splashin' Safari, Santa Claus, Ind.
  • Best Dark Ride: Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man at Universal's Islands of Adventure, Orlando, Fla.
  • Best Indoor Waterpark: Schlitterbahn Galveston Island, Galveston, Texas
  • Best Funhouse/Walk-Through Attraction: Noah's Ark at Kennywood, West Mifflin, Pa.
  • Best Carousel: Grand Carousel at Knoebels Amusement Resort, Elysburg, Pa.
  • Best Indoor Roller Coaster: Revenge of the Mummy at Universal Orlando, Orlando, Fla.
  • Best New Ride of 2010 - Amusement Park: Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey at Universal's Islands of Adventure, Orlando, Fla.
  • Best New Ride of 2010 - Waterpark: Wildebeest at Splashin' Safari, Santa Claus, Ind.
There was also a poignant tribute to late Holiday World president Will Koch, who died suddenly this summer at age 48. Holiday World won a record number of Golden Tickets this year.

Is Cedar Point the best U.S. amusement park?
Yes3530 (57.5%)
No1013 (16.5%)
I don't know.1598 (26.0%)


[Image credit: Flickr user daveynin]

Filed under: North America, United States, Theme Parks

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