The Mason amusement park Saturday received its 13th consecutive Golden Ticket award for best kids’ area in the world 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.
The Beast was ranked as the eighth-best wooden roller coaster in the world, dropping slightly from its previous ranking as seventh-best roller coaster in 2012. The Beast opened in 1979 and still stands as the longest wooden roller coaster in the world at 7,400 feet.
A list of all the 2012 Golden Ticket Award winners is at www.amusementtoday.com.
KI is closed until Sept. 20, when Halloween Haunt begins.
Cedar Fair Entertainment Co. owns and operates Kings Island.