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"Golden Ticket" Awards - 2001
        Each year Amusement Today magazine publishes "The List" as part of the Golden Ticket Award. "The List"/Golden Ticket Award is the results of their yearly poll. Categories include best wooden and steel roller coaster, best amusement parks and much more. The top five wooden and steel coaster from the 2000 poll were used for the Discovery Channel Top Ten Coasters special. Every year Cedar Point scores high in the poll, and 2001 is no exception. 

 

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Steel Roller Coaster Category

 

 Rank

            Ride Name

Year Built

               Park

   Points

1

Millennium Force

2000

Cedar Point

758

2

Superman Ride of Steel

2000

Six Flags New England

682

3

Magnum XL-200

1989

Cedar Point

661

4

Steel Force

1997

Dorney Park

399

5

Montu

1996

Busch Gardens Tampa

366

6

Superman Ride of Steel

1999

Six Flags Darien Lake

305

7

Apollo's Chariot

1999

Busch Gardens Williamsburg

298

8

Raptor

1994

Cedar Point

266

9

Incredible Hulk

1999

Islands of Adventure

261

10

Alpeneist

1997

Busch Gardens Williamsburg

252

 

          In the steel coaster category Cedar Point didn't do to bad. Millennium Force scored the number one position (plus it was ranked higher than the number one wooden roller coaster). Magnum scored the number three position. This is a total surprise. Since Magnum's opening in 1989 it has been voted number one. In the year of the millennium a giant was built on the other side of the park and  just like Magnum was rated high up (rated number two steel coaster, Magnum was number one) on the chart in its first year of operation. So I could have  foreseen that Millennium Force might become number one. Raptor moved down from the number five spot to number eight, I suspect this is due to some of the new coasters on the list.

 

 

Wooden Roller Coaster Category

 

          Cedar Point didn't do so good in the wooden coaster category this year. Mean Streak scored in the 20's last year and this year it didn't even make the top 25. Since Mean Streak was built the world's wooden roller coaster population doubled, most of the newer coaster are smoother and better than ever. 2000 and 2001 brought several new world class wooden coaster and they pushed Mean Streak down the list.

 

 

Best Amusement Park Category

 

Cedar Point                   21%
Islands of Adventure      12%
Knoebel's Grove           11%
Kennywood                  10%

 

           Its not a big surprise that Cedar Point grabbed the number one spot again. I really don't know where to start on describing why Cedar Point is a number one park.

 

 

Best Capacity (Fastest moving lines) Category

 

Cedar Point                  51%
Walt Disney World       12%
Disneyland                   7% 

           Once again Cedar Point picked up the best capacity award. That award is given to the park that is best at getting as many people as possible on a certain ride (fastest moving lines). I suspect the main reason the award was given to Cedar Point is due to the fact - no matter how crowed the park is the rides run as many trains/car/vehicles as possible.

 

The entire poll results can be found at Amusement Today's website: http://www.amusementtoday.com/

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