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Cedar Point voted "Best Amusement Park in the World" for a record 12th straight year Kings Island voted "Best Kids’ Area" New roller coaster at Worlds of Fun named "Best New Ride of 2009"

Cedar Fair Entertainment Company (NYSE:FUN) , a leader in regional amusement parks, water parks and active entertainment, took home numerous accolades at Amusement annual Golden Ticket Awards ceremony that was held yesterday in California. Cedar Fair’s flagship park, Cedar Point, in Sandusky, Ohio, took home the coveted title of "Best Amusement Park in the World" for a record 12th consecutive year.

Cedar Fair also earned top billing for having the "Best Kids’ Area" at Kings Island in Mason, Ohio, for the ninth year in a row, while the new Prowler roller coaster at Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, MO, was voted the "Best New Ride of 2009" in the prestigious poll.

"Our commitment to providing our guests with world-class fun and thrills has never wavered, " stated Dick Kinzel, Cedar Fair’s chairman, president and chief executive officer. "In today’s economic climate, families are looking for a fun and affordable place to spend their vacation and nowhere is that more possible than at any one of our Cedar Fair amusement and water parks."

While Cedar Fair parks are known for their great family rides and attractions, they are also known around the globe for their incredible lineup of award-winning roller coasters. The Company landed 16 of its legendary coasters in the "Top 50 Steel Roller Coasters in the World" and "Top 50 Wooden Roller Coasters in the World" categories, with Cedar Point placing five of its steel coasters in the Top 25 and three in the Top 10!

Cedar Fair took home the top two spots in the "Best New Ride for 2009" category, with Prowler at Worlds of Fun coming in at No. 1 and Kings Island’s newest scream machine, Diamondback, coming in at No. 2. Last year, the Behemoth roller coaster at Canada’s Wonderland was named one of the "Best New Rides for 2008" and earned a spot on the "Top 50 Steel Roller Coasters in the World" in its first year of operation.

Guests looking for even more thrills and chills will enjoy special Halloween-themed events at a majority of Cedar Fair’s parks. One of these events, Knott’s Scary Farm, earned Top 5 billing in the "Best Halloween Event" category.

Other awards included Gilroy Gardens placing No. 3 for "Best Landscaping" and Knott’s Berry Farm placing fifth in the "Best Kids’ Area" category.

The Golden Ticket Awards are some of the most prestigious awards in the amusement industry. They are presented annually to the "best of the best" in the industry and are calculated from an international poll conducted by Amusement Today, an Arlington, Texas-based publication that covers amusement and waterpark news and trends.

Cedar Fair is a publicly traded partnership headquartered in Sandusky, Ohio, and one of the largest regional amusement-resort operators in the world. The Company owns and operates 11 amusement parks, six outdoor water parks, one indoor water park and five hotels. Amusement parks in the Company’s northern region include two in Ohio: Cedar Point and Kings Island; as well as Canada’s Wonderland, near Toronto; Dorney Park, PA; Valleyfair, MN; and Michigan’s Adventure, MI. In the southern region are Kings Dominion, VA; Carowinds, NC; and Worlds of Fun, MO. Western parks in California include: Knott’s Berry Farm; California’s Great America; and Gilroy Gardens, which is managed under contract.

See also:
Cedar Point voted "Best Amusement Park in the World" for a record 12th straight year Kings Island voted "Best Kids’ Area" New roller coaster at Worlds of Fun named "Best New Ride of 2009" 
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