Cedar Point’s Steel Vengeance named best new ride by Amusement Today

September 10, 2018 GMT

Cedar Point’s Steel Vengeance named best new ride by Amusement Today

BRANSON, Missouri – Cedar Point’s Steel Vengeance roller coaster was named the best new ride in 2018 by readers of Amusement Today magazine.

The coaster, a reincarnation of the massive wood coaster formerly known as Mean Streak, also earned the third spot in the Best Steel Coaster category.

The Sandusky park, meanwhile, was ranked the world’s second best amusement park for the fifth year in a row, behind Europa-Park in Germany.

Amusement Today’s annual Golden Ticket Awards were announced at a ceremony Saturday night at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri. Winners are determined via a poll of experienced amusement park attendees.

Among the top vote-getters:

* Cedar Point’s coasters took three of 10 spots in the Best Steel Coaster category. In addition to Steel Vengeance at No. 3, Millennium Force was ranked No. 2 and Maverick was No. 9. Fury 325, at Cedar Point’s sister park Carowinds in North Carolina, was No. 1.

* For the 18th year in a row, Kings Island was recognized for having the Best Kids’ Area.

* Kennywood’s Noah’s Ark won Best Funhouse/Walk-Through Attraction for the ninth year in a row.

In the Best New Ride category, Steel Vengeance beat out several other highly acclaimed new rides, including Time Traveler at Silver Dollar City and Twisted Timbers at Kings Dominion in Virginia.

Steel Vengeance, which debuted in May, was created from the massive wooden frame of Mean Streak, once the fastest and tallest wooden coaster in the world. Idaho-based Rocky Mountain Construction replaced the coaster’s wooden track with steel, and made the ride longer, faster, higher and smoother, plus added four inversions.

While lauded by many coaster fans, the ride hasn’t had a trouble-free debut year. On opening day, two of the ride’s trains bumped into each other inside the loading station, causing the coaster to temporarily shut down. For its first month of operation, the coaster ran with only one train, causing long rider queues.

Cedar Point is open weekends through October. The park’s popular HalloWeekends event starts Friday.