Monday, March 27, 2023

California’s Great America, Cedar Point, and Holiday World Achieve Industry Honors for Ride Operations


International Ride Training announces the 2017 iROC Audit Excellence Awards for Ride Operations. This year’s recipients are:

– Cedar Point: Sandusky, Ohio

– Holiday World Theme Park: Santa Claus, Indiana

– California’s Great America: Santa Clara, California

The award winners achieved the highest rankings in IRT’s International Ride Operator Certification audit program. The iROC Audit program assesses ride operator safety, efficiency, and professionalism through a proprietary methodology focused on IRT’S Ten Critical Components of ride operation. In unannounced audits each summer, IRT parks are evaluated on over thirty specific performance criteria designed to improve and maintain excellence in amusement ride safety, professionalism, and efficiency. This year’s iROC Audit Excellence Award winners rated highly in all areas consistently.

While discussing the award, Patty Beazley of IRT, LLC commented, “IRT audited nearly 500 rides in 2017, and Cedar Point, Holiday World, and California’s Great America consistently demonstrated overall excellence in ride operations. It is impressive to watch a team of operators so focused on guest safety, while consistently engaging with each rider. Their passion is evident and overwhelming.” Cindee Huddy of IRT, LLC added, “Safe and efficient ride operation is a learned skill that requires multi-tasking and attention to detail each and every cycle. These award winning teams made it look easy, and have set an example the industry should strive to emulate.”

International Ride Training LLC provides the gold standard in safety services to the amusement industry and is a global leader in ride operations auditing and training. IRT has, for over 17 years, provided direct operations training, auditing, advisory services, interactive safety education and coaching, training and leadership development, Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) development, and general ride safety consulting to over 75 theme parks worldwide. More information on the International Ride Operator Certification program and the iROC Audit program may be found at

Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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