Holiday World’s Voyage roller coaster has been “re-elected” the #1 Wooden Coaster on the Planet. 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 the annual Golden Ticket Awards ceremony.

“With so many amazing roller coasters around the world, it’s an incredible honor to have our Voyage named the very best two years in a row,” says Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari’s president, Will Koch, who attended the ceremony in Orlando, Florida.

Presented by Amusement Today publisher Gary Slade, the industry’s “Academy Awards” include theme, amusement and water parks from around the world.

In all, Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari received three 2008 Golden Ticket Awards. For the eleventh consecutive year, Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari were named the #1 Friendliest Park and, for the ninth year in a row, the #1 Cleanest Park, outranking such parks as Disney World, Kings Island, Dollywood, and Cedar Point.

“For these awards, we humbly thank our wonderful Hosts and Hostesses,” says Koch. “It was a long, hot summer and they all worked together to keep smiling and keep cleaning.”

Holiday World’s other two wooden coasters remained near the top of the rankings: The Raven was voted #10 and The Legend named #14.

Splashin’ Safari remained the world’s #2 Water Park in the annual survey and the giant purple ZOOMbabwe water slide came in second in the Best Water Park Rides category.

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 well-traveled park enthusiasts from around the world.

For more information about Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, visit the parks’ website or call 1-877-Go-Family.

Released: Spring, 2009
Media contact: Paula Werne,; 812-937-5209