"Golden Ticket Press Release"
August 23, 2003
Contact: Gary Slade, Publisher,
Eric Minton, West Coast Bureau
ANNUAL AWARDS FOR AMUSEMENT, THEME
AND WATERPARKS ANNOUNCED FOR 2003
PRESTIGIOUS POLL REVEALS THE
"BEST OF THE BEST" IN THE AMUSEMENT INDUSTRY
TEXASAmong 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
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
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).
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