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Cedar Point wins multiple amusement awards

2:56 PM, Sep 10, 2012   |    comments
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SANDUSKY -- For 15 years in a row, Cedar Point has been named the best amusement park in the world.

Cedar Point won that title for 2012 from Amusement Today's Golden Ticket Awards, which were passed out over the weekend at Dollywood in Tennessee, by nabbing 21 percent of the total votes.

The other parks in the top five include:

- Europa-Park in Rust, Germay (14 percent of the vote).

- Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. (13.5 percent of the vote).

- Knoebels Amusement Park in Elysburg, Pa. (9 percent of the vote).

- Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. (8 percent of the vote).

But Cedar Point wasn't just recognized as the best in the world, the Sandusky scream park also earned high honors for some of its attractions.

Photos: Cedar Point's Disaster Transport reduced to rubble

Topping the list of the best steel roller coasters on the planet is the blue behemoth Millennium Force, which opened in the year 2000 as the tallest ever at 310 feet high.

Magnum XL-200, which has consistently been ranked among the top 10 steel coasters since it opened in 1989, reached 8th best.

Here are some of the other rankings Cedar Point achieved:

- Top Thrill Dragster (opened in 2003) ranked 13th best steel roller coaster.

- Maverick (opened in 2007) ranked 21st best steel roller coaster.

- Raptor (opened in 1994) ranked 31st best steel roller coaster.

- Blue Streak (opened in 1964) ranked 38th best wooden roller coaster.

- Mean Streak (opened in 1991) ranked 45th best wooden roller coaster.

Kings Island near Cincinnati was also recognized in the 2012 Golden Ticket Awards by claiming the top spot for best kids' area. Their Diamondback roller coaster (opened 2009) ranked 10th in the steel coaster category and the Beast (opened 1979) roared to 7th in the wooden coaster war.

Cedar Point is currently gearing up for HalloWeekends, which opens for the 2012 season this Friday when two new haunted attractions will be unleashed.

Photos: New Cedar Point HalloWeekends attractions

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