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    Superman Ride of Steel has won the Golden Ticket Award as the "Best Steel Coaster"

"Golden Ticket Press Release"

Source: AmusementToday.com, August 23, 2003

    "2003 Golden Ticket Awards

    Press Release

    For Immediate Release Contact:

    August 23, 2003

    Contact: Gary Slade, Publisher, (817) 460-7220

    Eric Minton, West Coast Bureau (520) 514-2254

    ANNUAL AWARDS FOR AMUSEMENT, THEME AND WATERPARKS ANNOUNCED FOR 2003

    PRESTIGIOUS POLL REVEALS THE "BEST OF THE BEST" IN THE AMUSEMENT INDUSTRY

     NEW BRAUNFELS, TEXAS–Among amusement and water parks, the best of the best are truly Golden. During a ceremony today at Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort, Amusement Today, the leading amusement trade monthly, announced its annual Golden Ticket Awards with a few surprising new winners among traditional repeaters.

    The awards, based on surveys submitted by well-traveled park enthusiasts around the world, honor the top parks and rides as well as cleanest, friendliest and most efficient operations.

    New this year was the Publisher's Pick chosen by Amusement Today Publisher Gary Slade. Winning the first-ever Publisher's Pick is Gary and Linda Hays, owners of Cliff's Amusement Park in Albuquerque, N.M., who last year took over construction of their wooden roller coaster, the New Mexico Rattler, after the manufacturer went bankrupt. The Hays' therefore were able to keep the construction crew employed, pay suppliers and provide New Mexico it's first major thrill ride as promised.

    Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, repeated as the Best Park, and Schlitterbahn repeated as the Best Waterpark. Both parks have won these Golden Tickets in all six years of the awards. Other repeat winners were Holiday World & Splashin' Safari in Santa Claus, Ind., as Friendliest Park and as Cleanest Park, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Va., for Best Landscaping, Fiesta Texas in San Antonio for Best Shows, Knoebels Amusement Resort in Elysburg, Pa., for Best Food, Paramount's Kings Island in Kings Mills, Ohio, for Best Kid's Area and Cedar Point for Capacity.

    In two new categories, Busch Gardens Williamsburg was chosen the Most Beautiful Park, and Schlitterbahn the Most Beautiful Waterpark.

    Among rides, competition was much more fierce resulting in some new winners and surprising showings. Superman Ride of Steel at Six Flags New England in Agawam, Mass., supplanted Cedar Point's Millennium Force as top steel roller coaster ending Cedar Point's five year reign atop that list, by Millennium Force the past two years and Magnum XL-200 before that. Magnum dropped to fourth this year behind Expedition GeForce at Holiday Park in Hassloch, Germany, the strongest showing so far by a non U.S. coaster.

    Another non-U.S. ride topped the Best Water Ride (amusement park) category, Valhalla at Blackpool Pleasure Beach in England. The Best Waterpark Ride also saw a new winner this year, Zinga at Holiday World & Splashin' Safari.

    The Amazing Adventures of Spider-man at Universal's Islands of Adventure in Orlando won Best Dark Ride, and Raven at Holiday World won Best Wood Coaster, both repeats. Dueling Dragons, the twin steel coasters at Islands of Adventure, won for Best Theming of an Attraction, and the Giant Drops from Intamin/Ride Trade won Best Non-Coaster Ride.

    For a complete list winners, including the top 50 coasters and the top three of all other categories, visit www.amusementtoday.com."

"Six Flags New England's Superman-Ride of Steel Wins Prestigious Golden Ticket Award as 'Best Steel Coaster'"

Source: Six Flags New England (press release), August 23, 2003, 10:00 AM

    "Annual Awards Reveal the Best of the Best!

    Six Flags New England is pleased to announce that its Superman-Ride of Steel roller coaster has received the honor of being the Best Steel Coaster in the world. Amusement Today, a monthly trade publication, unveiled all of the winners of its annual Golden Ticket Awards in its September issue. Six Flags' extreme steel hyper-coaster beat out 49 other thrilling coasters from around the globe to win the coveted Golden Ticket Award as Best Steel Coaster.

    "We are thrilled to receive this esteemed award", said Six Flags New England vice president and general manager, Ron Sevart. "Our Superman-Ride of Steel roller coaster has received top accolades since it opened in 2000. We at Six Flags New England know it's the 'best of the best', and now that it has won the Golden Ticket Award, so does the rest of the world!" added Sevart.

    Introduced in 1998, the Golden Ticket Award is a way to honor parks for their outstanding performance during the year. Eighteen categories make up the Awards and winners are based on the surveys of well-traveled park enthusiasts from around the world who rate the top parks and rides. There are 19 Golden Ticket Award Awards including the Best Park, Best Waterpark, Best Wooden Coaster and Best Steel Coaster.

    "Each year, Amusement Today has watched Superman-Ride of Steel continue to climb its way to the top in our annual survey, so it's no surprise that this steel coaster took the top honors this year", said Amusement Today publisher, Gary Slade. "Superman is an outstanding coaster that combines height, speed and precision turns throughout its fantastic layout. The end result is that you want to get in line and do it all over again. That's the mark of a great coaster, the desire to ride again, and that's where Superman delivers the thrills," added Slade.

    The Golden Ticket Awards will be presented on August 23, 2003 at a ceremony held at Schlitterbahn Waterpark in New Braunfels, Texas. Representatives from each park, including Six Flags New England, will be on hand to receive their coveted prize.

    Since its debut in 2000, the Superman-Ride of Steel roller coaster at Six Flags New England has flown to the top charts being ranked as the No. 1 roller coaster on the Planet*. Superman-Ride of Steel is the tallest roller coaster in New England -- 70 feet taller than the Statue of Liberty. It features a 221-foot drop, 13 feet of which is provided by an underground tunnel; almost 10 seconds of weightlessness and more than one mile of track reaching speeds of up to 70 mph.

    Superman-Ride of Steel is one of eight thrilling roller coasters at New England's largest theme park. Batman-the Dark Knight, Six Flags' newest coaster, is based on the courageous and popular DC Comics Super Hero Batman. Batman-The Dark Knight is an innovative steel roller coaster that takes guests on an amazing free-soaring ride through five inversions. Other coasters include Flashback, Poison Ivy's Tangled Train; two wooden classics, Cyclone and Thunderbolt; and The Great Chase, perfect for the little thrill seekers in training.

    Six Flags New England and Hurricane Harbor water park is open daily through September 1st and then weekends through November 2nd. Admission is $39.99 (54" in height & over), $24.99 (under 54" in height), under 36" in height is FREE. Admission to Hurricane Harbor is FREE with theme park admission. Six Flags New England is located on Route 159 (1623 Main Street) off the Mass. Turnpike at Exit 6 in Agawam, Mass., just 90 minutes from Boston between Springfield and Hartford, Conn. For more information go to www.sixflags.com or call (413) 786-9300.

    *By Park World magazine

    Six Flags, Inc. is the world's largest regional theme park company. Through its subsidiaries, it owns and operates a total of 39 parks in North America and Europe. Six Flags parks serve 35 of the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the United States. Six Flags, Inc. is a publicly held corporation with corporate offices in New York City and Oklahoma City. The Company's stock trades on the NYSE under the symbol: (NYSE: PKS).

    SIX FLAGS and all related indicia are trademarks of Six Flags Theme Parks Inc. ®,™ and ©2003. BATMAN, SUPERMAN and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © DC Comics. (s03).

    Contact: Mary Ann Stebbins

    Voice: 413-786-9300, x 3358

 

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