Thursday, September 4, 2008

Six Flags Wins Top Honors at 2008 Golden Ticket Awards

GFP Note: Six Flags over Georgia pulled in the golden ticket for Riverview Carousel as Best Carousel.

PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Six Flags, Inc. (NYSE:SIX) announced today that Amusement Today, the nation's leading theme park industry publication, has awarded the company two coveted 2008 Golden Ticket Awards. The Golden Ticket Awards annually recognize the "Best of the Best" in the leisure entertainment industry. These awards, often referred to as "The Oscars of the Amusement Industry," are voted on by a panel of experts and enthusiasts from across the country.

Six Flags has once again received top honors for the industry's Best Shows with Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio, Texas winning an unprecedented 10th straight award in the category. Six Flags was also recognized for the Best Steel Coaster -- SUPERMAN Ride of Steel at Six Flags New England in Agawam, Massachusetts. This is the fourth win for this perennial favorite and its third in a row.

Six Flags held 15 placements on Amusement Today's list of the 50 Top Steel Coasters with SUPERMAN Ride of Steel receiving top honors, Nitro at Six Flags Great Adventure coming in at number 3 and Goliath at Six Flags Over Georgia ranking 6th. Among the Top 50 Wooden Coasters, Six Flags had 7 placements including El Toro at Six Flags Great Adventure at number 4.

"Superman Ride of Steel is simply an amazing machine," said Amusement Today's Golden Ticket Awards Communications Coordinator Tim Baldwin. "There is no other steel coaster anywhere on the planet that delivers great drops, massive negative Gs, and wild directional changes to the scale Superman does. It's the ultimate package."

Baldwin went on to say, "All the finalists in our Best Shows category have a strong commitment to bringing great entertainment to their guests. Despite the heavy competition, Six Flags Fiesta Texas has reigned supreme. The Halloween production Monster Mash Bash is worth the price of admission itself ... the show is tremendous." Baldwin also noted, "The return of Majesty of Christmas during Holiday in the Park last year was thrilling. What an incredible show. When added to the summer entertainment of The Lone Star Spectacular and the legendary Rockville shows, Fiesta Texas really sets the bar for theme park shows year round."

"We are very proud of our portfolio of parks and the world class, thrilling entertainment each of them deliver every single operating day," said Mike Antinoro, Six Flags Executive Vice President of Entertainment and Marketing, "and we are extremely grateful to Amusement Today and theme park guests everywhere for this honor and recognition."


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