Back-to-Back Golden Tickets for Best Kids’ Park in the World
Just like the ’91 and ’92 Pittsburgh Penguins we have gone back to back! Being Named Best Kids’ Park in the world feels just as it good last year and we have to thank all of our fans, the enthusiast groups and our staff for helping make it a reality. You really help make this the best job in the world, we are all kid’s at heart. I am going to celebrate with some serious Ice Cream eating… just like a kid would.
LIGONIER, PA – September 17, 2011 – Today, at its Golden Ticket ceremony held in Santa Claus, Indiana, Amusement Today Magazine recognized Pennsylvania’s Idlewild & SoakZone as the ‘Best Children’s Park in the World’ for the second consecutive year.
“The Golden Tickets are awarded based on a poll of experienced and well-traveled amusement park fans worldwide,” explained Gary Slade, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Amusement Today. “Since the inception of the best children’s park category in 2004, Idlewild & SoakZone placed in the top two, and placed first in 2010. It’s a testament to Idlewild & SoakZone’s perseverance in providing a unique family- friendly entertainment value in such a beautiful park setting.”
“This honor means a lot to our dedicated team members, who work hard to provide a fun, family-friendly experience every season. To be recognized as one of the best is fantastic news for our guests and the Laurel Highlands region, who have supported us for over 130 years,” said Park spokesperson Jeff Croushore. “We’re overjoyed to once again be named Best Children’s Park and wish to share this award with all of our fans, both the young and the young at heart.”
For more information about the 2011 survey results, visit: http://www.goldenticketawards.com/
ABOUT AMUSEMENT TODAY’S GOLDEN TICKET AWARDS – Amusement Today is an amusement industry trade publication based in Arlington, Texas. Introduced in 1998, the Golden Tickets are the most prized awards in the industry. Amusement park fans worldwide are asked to rate the top parks in 25 categories. The 2011 international poll was the eighth for children appeal in its 14-year history. For more information, call 817.460.7220 or visit http://www.amusementtoday.com.
ABOUT IDLEWILD & SOAKZONE – Founded in 1878 as a picnic ground along the Ligonier Valley Rail Road, Idlewild & SoakZone (www.idlewild.com) is the oldest amusement park in Pennsylvania and third-oldest in America. Featuring seven theme areas, operations run late-May through Labor Day with “Hallowboo,” a Halloween-themed event, taking place in October. Idlewild is part of the Palace Entertainment family of parks that hosts over 14 million visitors annually at five theme parks, two animal parks, 10 waterparks, and 21 family entertainment centers. For more information, call 724.238.3666 or visit http://www.idlewild.com and http://www.palaceentertainment.com.