Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari’s Wildebeest water coaster took top honors during the 2013 Golden Ticket Awards ceremony, held this weekend at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk in California.

For the fourth year in a row, Holiday World’s Wildebeest water coaster was named the World’s #1 Waterpark Ride. This top honor was announced by Amusement Today magazine, which presented the results of its annual survey of the “best of the best” in the amusement park industry during Saturday evening’s Golden Ticket Awards ceremony.

For the fourteenth consecutive year, Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari were named the #1 Cleanest Park, outranking such parks as Disney World, Kings Island, Dollywood, and Cedar Point.

“For this award, we once again thank our amazing Hosts and Hostesses,” says park president Matt Eckert. “We’re rather obsessive about keeping our parks clean – and our visitors appreciate that.”

In other categories, all three of Holiday World’s wooden roller coasters were named Top 20 wooden coasters, Splashin’ Safari was named the #2 water park, plus the parks’ staff was named the second friendliest in the world.

Amusement Today is an international monthly trade journal for the amusement and water park industries, based in Arlington, Texas. The Golden Ticket Awards are determined by surveys submitted by hundreds of well-traveled park enthusiasts from around the world.

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Released: 8 January, 2013
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