For the third year in a row, Holiday World’s Voyage roller coaster is named the #1 Wooden Coaster on the Planet. This top honor was announced by Amusement Today magazine, which presented the results of its annual survey of the “best of the best” in the amusement park industry during the annual Golden Ticket Awards ceremony.
“With so many amazing roller coasters around the world, it’s an incredible honor to have our Voyage named the very best for the third year in a row, ” says Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari’s president, Will Koch, who attended the ceremony, held at Legoland California. “And we’re thrilled to see our Raven and Legend coasters still ranked as Top 15 wooden coasters.”
The Voyage is Holiday World’s longest, tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster. Located in the Thanksgiving section, it is 1.2 miles long and provides a record 24.2 seconds of “air time.” This steel-structure wooden coaster takes a twist on the standard out-and-back layout, adding an extreme terrain-coaster adventure in the “back” half of the ride.
For the tenth consecutive year, Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari were named the #1 Cleanest Park, outranking such parks as Disney World, Kings Island, Dollywood, and Cedar Point. The parks also received a second-place ranking in the Friendliest Park category.
“For these awards, we thank our wonderful Hosts and Hostesses, ” says Koch. “It was a busy summer and they all worked together to keep smiling and keep cleaning.”
Splashin’ Safari remained the world’s #2 Water Park in the annual survey and the giant purple ZOOMbabwe water slide came in second in the Best Water Park Rides category.
Presented by Amusement Today publisher Gary Slade, the industry’s “Academy Awards” include theme, amusement and water parks from around the world. Amusement Today is an international monthly trade journal for the amusement and water park industries, based in Arlington, Texas. The Golden Ticket Awards are determined by surveys submitted by well-traveled park enthusiasts from around the world.
Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari are closed to the public this weekend but will reopen September 19 and 20. Holiday World-only will be open weekends from September 26 through October 11. For more information about the parks, visit www.HolidayWorld.com or call 1-877-Go-Family.
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