Kings Island has swept the competition once again to bring home the theme park industry’s top award for best kids’ area in the world.
The Mason theme park picked up its 12th consecutive Golden Ticket award from trade journal Amusement Today. The award is the amusement park industry’s equivalent of the Academy Award.
The international journal gives Golden Ticket awards each year in about two dozen categories as determined by park fans from around the world.
KI’s Planet Snoopy includes a collection of “Peanuts”-themed rides for children, including four kids’ roller coasters, live stage shows and daily meet-and-greet opportunities with Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Lucy and Linus and other Peanuts characters.
For the fifth consecutive year, the Beast was ranked as the seventh-best wooden roller coaster in the world. The Beast opened in 1979 and still stands as the longest wooden roller coaster in the world at 7,400 feet.
Diamondback moved up to the No. 10 spot in the steel roller coaster category.
A list of all the 2012 Golden Ticket Award winners is at www.amusementtoday.com.
KI is closed until Sept. 21, when gates to its sixth season of Halloween Haunt opens at 6 p.m. Two kid-friendly Halloween events, the all-new Howl-O-Palooza and Trick-or-Treat with the Dinosaurs, open Sept. 23.