SANDUSKY, Ohio (Sept. 9, 2019) – Cedar Fair Entertainment Company (NYSE: FUN), a leader in regional amusement parks, water parks and immersive entertainment, received four top honors in Amusement Today’s annual Golden Ticket Awards (GTA). For an unprecedented 22 years in a row, Schlitterbahn Waterpark in New Braunfels, Texas has been recognized as the “World’s Best Water Park,” and for the fourth year in a row, the much-desired “Best Steel Coaster” award was given to giga coaster, Fury 325 at Carowinds in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Proudly, Cedar Fair also accepted the “Renaissance Award” for the Kings Mills Antique Autos on behalf of Kings Island near Cincinnati, Ohio, and the “Innovation of the Year” award for Yukon Striker’s Loose Article Storage System at Canada’s Wonderland in Vaughan, Ontario. In all, 27 rides and attractions throughout Cedar Fair’s portfolio of amusement parks and water parks were recognized by the GTA.
Richard Zimmerman, Cedar Fair’s president and CEO, said, “It is always a privilege and an honor to be recognized and we congratulate all 2019 Golden Ticket Award winners in our industry. Cedar Fair is proud of our associates who deliver unique and memorable experiences for our guests every day. I am excited as we look ahead to 2020 with the introduction of Orion, our newest giga coaster coming to Kings Island, as well as two unrivaled anniversary celebrations taking place at Cedar Point and Knott’s Berry Farm. We really do have an amazing entertainment lineup planned across all of our parks next year and I anticipate tremendous response from our fans.”
Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels, Texas, the newest member of the Cedar Fair family of parks, has been recognized by Amusement Today as the “World’s Best Water Park” for 22 consecutive years. This iconic central Texas property is best known for its unique spring-fed river setting and German heritage. With over 50 attractions across 70 acres, Schlitterbahn remains a fan favorite and a one-of-a-kind family water park and resort experience.
Once again, Fury 325 at Carowinds won the GTA for best steel coaster. The coaster has won top honors for best new ride and best steel coaster since its debut in 2015. Other Cedar Fair coasters in the top 25 spots in the “Top Steel Roller Coasters in the World” category were Cedar Point’s Millennium Force, Steel Vengeance, Maverick, Magnum XL-200 and Top Thrill Dragster; Leviathan at Canada’s Wonderland in Vaughan, Ontario; Diamondback at Kings Island; and Intimidator 305 at Kings Dominion.
Six Cedar Fair wooden coasters were voted into the “Top 25 Wooden Roller Coasters in the World” category, including The Beast and Mystic Timbers at Kings Island; GhostRider at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California; Gold Striker at California’s Great America in Santa Clara; Shivering Timbers at Michigan’s Adventure in Muskegon; and Renegade at Valleyfair in Shakopee, Minnesota.
The company’s parks also earned notable rankings in other categories, including Cedar Point in the “Best Park” category, Knott’s Berry Farm in the “Best Halloween Event” category, and Gilroy Gardens in Gilroy, California, in the “Most Beautiful Park” category.
Presented annually, the prestigious Golden Ticket Awards recognize excellence in the amusement park industry. The awards are calculated from an international poll conducted by Amusement Today, an Arlington, Texas-based publication that covers amusement and water park news and trends.
About Cedar Fair
Cedar Fair Entertainment Company (NYSE: FUN), one of the largest regional amusement-resort operators in the world, is a publicly traded partnership headquartered in Sandusky, Ohio. Focused on its mission to make people happy by providing fun, immersive and memorable experiences, the Company owns and operates 11 amusement parks, four outdoor water parks, an indoor water park and resort accommodations totaling more than 2,300 rooms and more than 600 luxury RV sites. Cedar Fair’s parks are located in Ohio, California, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Missouri, Michigan, Texas and Toronto, Ontario. It also operates an additional theme park in California under a management contract.
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