The publication announced the winners of its 2012 Golden Ticket Awards in Pigeon Forge, Tennesse on September 8 at an awards show hosted today by Dollywood.
Amusment Today's publisher and editor in chief Gary Slade said to USA Today, "You've got the highest, tallest, longest, fastest in roller coaster technology to choose from. It's a beautiful setting on a peninsula. And what other park has its own marina where you can dock your boat and ride a coaster?"
Cedar Point is home to "The Best Steel Coater on the Planet," four kids areas, Soak City Waterpark all set in a beachfront location.
The publication tracks parks in 25 different categories including everything from the Best Waterpark to the Best Wooden Coaster and the Friendliest Park. They track best parks based on detailed surveys that is sent out to 400 fans in the U.S and 100 overseas.
"We used to think that Holiday World (in Santa Claus, Ind.) would always be the friendliest park but this year, Dollywood (in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.) ousted them," said sLADE.
Here is the full list of winners:
The full roster of this year's Golden Ticket Awards:
Best Waterpark - Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort, New Braunfels, Tex.
Best Children's Park - Idlewild and SoakZone, Ligonier, Pa.
Best Marine Life Park - SeaWorld Orlando
Best Seaside Park - Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz, Calif.
Best Wooden Coaster - El Toro at Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, N.J.
Best Steel Coaster - Millennium Force at Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio
Best Kids' Area - Kings Island, Kings Mills, Ohio
Friendliest Park - Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
Cleanest Park - Holiday World & Splashin' Safari, Santa Claus, Ind.
Best Halloween Event - Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando
Best Landscaping - Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Williamsburg, Va.
Best Christmas Event - Smoky Mountain Christmas at Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
Best Food - Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
Best Shows - Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
Best Outdoor Night Show Production - IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth at Walt Disney World's Epcot, Orlando
Best Water Ride- Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls at Universal's Islands of Adventure, Orlando
Best Waterpark Ride - Wildebeest at Splashin' Safari, Santa Claus, Ind.
Best Dark Ride - Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey at Universal's Islands of Adventure, Orlando
Best New Ride of 2012, Amusement Park - Wild Eagle at Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, Tenn
.Best New Ride of 2012, Waterpark - Mammoth at Splashin' Safari, Santa Claus, Ind.
Best Carousel - Grand Carousel at Knoebels Amusement Resort, Elysburg, Pa.
Best Indoor Roller Coaster - Revenge of the Mummy at Universal Studios Orlando
Best Indoor Waterpark - Schlitterbahn Galveston Island, Galveston, Tex.
Best Funhouse/Walk-Through Attraction- Noah's Ark at Kennywood, West Mifflin, Pa.