X takes top honors in Coasters' Choice Awards

Posted Tuesday, April 16, 2002 12:49 PM | Contributed by Jeff

CoasterBuzz today announced the winners of the 2002 Coasters' Choice Awards at http://coasterschoice.coasterbuzz.com/.

“Six Flags Magic Mountain and Arrow Dynamics have clearly produced something special with X,” says Jeff Putz, chief editor of CoasterBuzz. “This new ‘4th Dimension’ ride has captured the imagination of a lot of people with its innovative trains and its massive structure.” X won the awards for Coaster of The Year as well as Best New Steel Coaster.

Knott’s Berry Farm’s GhostRider captured the Best Wood Coaster award away from the classic Beast at Paramount’s Kings Island, while Cedar Point out ranked itself with Millennium Force taking the title of Best Steel Coaster from Magnum across the park.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg claimed the title of Best Food after narrowly losing to Universal’s Islands of Adventure last year. The Islands and Cedar Point retained their awards for Best Theme and Best Capacity, respectively.

The biggest surprise came in the Park of the Year category, where Cedar Point again claimed the throne without building any significant new attractions.

“What can I say, there’s no logic to the obsession people have with Cedar Point. People love it as an important part of their lives,” says Putz.

Twisted Rails ran away with the Coaster Site of the Year Award, after its coverage of X construction last year. The site updated frequently with clear, high-resolution photos from the construction site. It continues to document construction at Knott’s Berry Farm, where the Xcelerator is being built.

The nominees were chosen by thousands of nominations made from the CoasterBuzz databases in February and March. These databases include over 1000 coasters and 350 amusement parks. The five nominees in each category with the most nominations were chosen for the final award vote. Coaster Site of The Year nominees were chosen by the CoasterBuzz editors and moderators, based on the quality of content and the ability to stand out on the crowded Web. 26,570 votes were cast across the ten categories.

Logos and links are available in EPS or Illustrator format upon request for your own promotion. Contact webmaster@coasterbuzz.com for more information. For more information, or to vote, visit the Coasters' Choice Awards site.

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