Cedar Point tabbed favorite again

SANDUSKY Third time's the charm. For three straight years in a row, Cedar Point has r
May 24, 2010



Third time's the charm.

For three straight years in a row, Cedar Point has received the distinction "America's Favorite Amusement Park" by readers of Theme Parks magazine.

The magazine, based in Independence, Mo., is a quarterly magazine available worldwide.

Three of Cedar Point's roller coasters received high ranks in the magazine's "Top Steel Roller Coasters" category.

Millennium Force, which stands 310 feet tall with speeds up to 93 mph, was voted No. 1 for the third straight year. Top Thrill Dragster claimed the second spot and Magnum XL-200 received a nod at fourth. Cedar Point's Mean Streak roller coaster placed in the Top 10 wooden roller coasters poll.

Cedar Point also captured "Favorite Park for Thrills" and "Best Value" for the third consecutive year. The park's Halloweekends won a Reader's Choice Award for "Best Seasonal Event" for the second year in a row.

The park also scored top ratings in the best food, cleanest park and most beautiful park categories.

"When we're lucky enough to get these distinctions, it's really a reflection on the workers," said John Hildebrandt, Cedar Point vice president and general manager. "They're the behind-the-scenes folks."

Hildebrandt said he was a little surprised to find out the park had received the top award again.

"You keep your fingers crossed on this stuff," he said. "To keep it going three years in a row is a big deal for us."

The top honors don't stop there.

Rand McNally's Midwest Getaway Guide featured Cedar Point as an "exceptional destination" in its 224-page publication.

Millennium Force and Magnum XL-200 roller coasters were also selected earlier this year as the two "Best Steel Roller Coasters" by the National Amusement Park Historical Association's 21st Amusement Parks and Attractions survey. For more than 10 years, the two coasters have either held or shared the top spot. From 1995 to 2001, Magnum was voted the No. 1 steel coaster. Millennium Force claimed the top spot in 2003, 2005 and 2006. The two rides shared first place in 2002 and 2004. The association also ranked Cedar Point fourth in the "Favorite Traditional Amusement Park" category.

The association was founded in 1978 and is an international enthusiasts' organization dedicated to all aspects of the amusement park, according to its Web site.

"We do have good hardware to talk about," said Hildebrandt about the park's top-ranked coasters.