At least it is in the amusement and theme park world, in which the self-styled roller coaster capital of the world again has snared the top spot in the 2013 Golden Ticket Awards.
Presented by Amusement Today, a Texas-based publication devoted to the amusement and theme park industry, the annual awards are regarded as the equivalent of the Oscars in the film business.
For the 16th straight time, Cedar Point was judged best amusement park in the world during ceremonies over the weekend at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk in Santa Cruz, Calif.
Cedar Point is the only park to receive the top honor since the Golden Ticket Awards began in 1998.
The park’s Millennium Force roller coaster again was voted best steel roller coaster. Since its debut in 2001, the 93-mph, 310-foot thrill ride has grabbed the top spot in the category seven times, including four consecutive years dating to 2010.
The only other steel coaster to receive the honor during that period has been Superman – Ride of Steel at Six Flags New England, which held the top spot in 2006 through 2009.
John Hildebrandt, Cedar Point’s vice president and general manager, termed this year’s awards as “a testament to our entire staff … that strives to provide each guest with their ‘best day’ experience during every visit.”
Other top honors going to Cedar Point included the No. 9 slot for the 201-foot, 72-mph Magnum XL-200; No. 12 spot for the 420-foot, 120-mph Top Thrill Dragster; and No. 22 position for the 70-mph Maverick in the best steel roller coaster category.
The park’s oldest coaster, the Blue Streak, was voted No. 27 in the best wooden roller coaster category. The ride’s 50th anniversary will be in 2014.
Gatekeeper, the park’s newest steel coaster, was voted one of the three best new rides. The winged ride, which roars above and past guests entering the park, breaks several records, including fastest non-launched winged coaster at 67 mph, longest winged coaster and 4,164 feet and most winged coaster inversions with six.
Cedar Point’s annual HalloWeekends, which kicks off its 17th year on Friday, was voted among the top five parks for best Halloween event. “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Orlando was voted No. 1.
Awards are given out in numerous categories ranging from best waterpark and best children’s park to cleanest park and best food.
Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort in New Braunfels, Texas, was voted best waterpark for the 16th year.
Kings Island, another park owned by Cedar Fair, parent company of Cedar Point, won top honors for best kids’ area.
Awards are bestowed based on results of voting by amusement park fans across the U.S. and in other countries.