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Lake Compounce's Boulder Dash Awarded World's Best Wooden Coaster Award for 2013

Riders feeling thrills on classic wooden coaster

Bristol/Southington, CT - Lake Compounce Theme Park in Bristol, CT is thrilled to announce today that Amusement Today, has named its famed wooden roller coaster Boulder Dash the 'Best Wooden Roller Coaster in the World' for 2013.

Amusement Today relies on a panel of voters from all over the world consisting of experienced park enthusiasts. The U.S. ballots are divided into four geographical regions, with approximately the same number of voters in each region. In addition to the American voters, Amusement Today invites a number of international voters to participate. Voters are asked to submit a list of their top ten coasters — wood and steel — in order from one to ten, taking into consideration the overall experience including capacity, operations, reliability and re-ride ability.

"A night ride on this amazing coaster is particularly fantastic. It's my favorite time to ride Boulder Dash!"

"The folks at Lake Compounce deserve to celebrate," says Gary Slade, publisher and editor-in-chief of Amusement Today. "Boulder Dash took the Golden Ticket in 2004 and continued to be a top five contender in the years following. The park is dedicated to maintaining it well and the coaster's unique one-of-a-kind setting constantly brings in new fans. A night ride on this amazing coaster is particularly fantastic. It's my favorite time to ride Boulder Dash!"

"We were so excited when we got the news of this award", says General Manager Jerry Brick. "We have always known how special Boulder Dash is, as have our guests, and now to be recognized as a world best is just awesome."

About Lake Compounce
Lake Compounce, part of the Palace Entertainment family of parks, is New England's Family Theme Park and the oldest continuously operating amusement park in North America. Home to Crocodile Cove, the largest water park in Connecticut, the park just celebrated their 169th season. Now closed, Lake Compounce will re-open Friday, October 4th for the Haunted Graveyard. In addition, Holiday Lights will begin Friday, November 29th. Admission into the Haunted Graveyard attraction is additional. More information can be found at

About Palace Entertainment
Palace Entertainment owns and operates 40 theme parks, water parks and family entertainment centers nationwide, including Kennywood, Idlewild and Story Land on the east coast. The company entertains millions of guests annually and is one of the largest park operators in the US. For more information, visit