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May 24, 2010



A decade later and it's still at the top.

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 park.

"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 consistent winner.

"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."

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" category.

"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 us.