The Wildebeest water coaster has been named the world's top waterpark ride for the fourth year in a row. Holiday World & Splashin' Safari in Santa Claus says the honor was one of two it received over the weekend during the 2013 Golden Ticket Awards ceremony. September 9, 2013

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SANTA CLAUS, IND.—– Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari’s Wildebeest water coaster took top honors during the 2013 Golden Ticket Awards ceremony, held this weekend at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk in California.

For the fourth year in a row, Holiday World’s Wildebeest water coaster was named the World’s #1 Waterpark Ride. This top honor was announced by Amusement Today magazine, which presented the results of its annual survey of the “best of the best” in the amusement park industry during Saturday evening’s Golden Ticket Awards ceremony.

For the fourteenth consecutive year, Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari were named the #1 Cleanest Park, outranking such parks as Disney World, Kings Island, Dollywood, and Cedar Point.

“For this award, we once again thank our amazing Hosts and Hostesses,” says park president Matt Eckert. “We’re rather obsessive about keeping our parks clean – and our visitors appreciate that.”

In other categories, all three of Holiday World’s wooden roller coasters were named Top 20 wooden coasters, Splashin’ Safari was named the #2 water park, plus the parks’ staff was named the second friendliest in the world.

Amusement Today is an international monthly trade journal for the amusement and water park industries, based in Arlington, Texas. The Golden Ticket Awards are determined by surveys submitted by hundreds of well-traveled park enthusiasts from around the world.

Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari will be open to the public on September 14 and 15. Happy Halloween Weekends begin September 21. For more information, visit or call 1-800-467-2682Source: Holiday World & Splashin' Safari

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