Orlando, FL, USA (November 19, 2014) – The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) presented the IAAPA Brass Ring Awards on Nov. 19 during IAAPA Attractions Expo 2014 in Orlando, Florida. The awards were presented to amusement parks, water parks, zoos, aquariums, museums, family entertainment centers (FECs), and suppliers from around the world to honor excellence in food and beverage, games and retail, human resources, live entertainment, marketing, new products, and family entertainment centers.
The tradition of the brass ring, a term now synonymous with spectacular achievement, dates back to the 1800s. Rings were suspended above carousel riders; low enough for them to grasp, but high enough to pose a challenge. Most rings were made of iron, but a few were made of brass, so grabbing the brass ring was a cherished prize. Skilled riders who grabbed a brass ring often earned prizes, including a free ride on the carousel.
The IAAPA Brass Ring Awards are similarly prestigious. They mark achievements of excellence throughout the global attractions industry.
The winners of the 2014 IAAPA Brass Ring Awards are:
TOP FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT CENTER (FEC) OF THE WORLD AWARD
Winner, North America: Boondocks Food and Fun, Kaysville, Utah, United States; www.boondocks.com
Winner, International: TimeZone Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia;
FOOD AND BEVERAGE EXCELLENCE
Best New Innovation in Food and Beverage: “Ferris Wheel Dining,” Luna Park Sydney, Sydney, Australia; www.lunaparksydney.com
Best New Menu Item: “Flavored Kettle Corn,” Silver Dollar City, Branson, Missouri, United States; www.silverdollarcity.com
GAMES AND RETAIL EXCELLENCE
Best Game Experience: “Old Hong Kong Coca-Cola Ring Toss,” Ocean Park Corporation, Aberdeen, Hong Kong; www.oceanpark.com.hk
Best Game Operator: Kiane King, Busch Gardens Tampa, Tampa, Florida, United States; seaworldparks.com/en/buschgardens-tampa
Hard Good Over 1 Million Attendance: “Build a Mini,” Legoland Florida, Winter Haven, Florida, United States; florida.legoland.com
Hard Good Under 1 Million Attendance: Magic Memories Photobook, San Francisco Dungeon, San Francisco, California, United States; sanfrancisco.thedungeons.com
Merchandise Display Over 1 Million Attendance: “Fashion Surfer,” Europa-Park, Rust, Baden, Germany; www.europapark.de
Merchandise Display Under 1 Million Attendance: “Little Grey Fergie,” Kongeparken, Aalgard, Norway; www.kongeparken.no/hjem
Soft Good Over 1 Million Attendance: “Bear Hug Kids Hoodie,” Sea World Australia, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia; seaworld.com.au
Soft Good Under 1 Million Attendance: “Paintable Africam Gang T-Shirt,” Africam Safari, Puebla, Mexico; www.africamsafari.com
Judge’s Choice Award: “artBOX,” Morey’s Piers and Beachfront Water Parks, Wildwood, New Jersey, United States; www.moreyspiers.com
HUMAN RESOURCES EXCELLENCE
Best Employee Reward and Recognition Program Over 1 Million Attendance: Ocean Park Corporation, Aberdeen, Hong Kong; www.oceanpark.com.hk
Best Employee Reward & Recognition Program Under 1 Million Attendance: Luna Park Sydney, Sydney, Australia; www.lunaparksydney.com
Best Innovation in a Training Program Over 1 Million or More Attendance: Ocean Park Corporation, Hong Kong, Aberdeen, Hong Kong; www.oceanpark.com.hk
Best Innovation in a Training Program Under 1 Million Attendance: Rainbow’s End, Auckland, New Zealand; rainbowsend.co.nz
LIVE ENTERTAINMENT EXCELLENCE
The Heart Beat Award recognizes the show that demonstrates superior overall ability in reaching the hearts of its audience.
Winner: “Angels of Peace,” Busch Gardens Tampa, Tampa, Florida, United States; http://seaworldparks.com/en/buschgardens-tampa
The Spirit Award recognizes IAAPA members committed to excellence in training and professional development in the area of entertainment.
Winner: Cody Chambers, Triple Play Family Fun Park, Hayden, Idaho, United States; www.3play.com
Best Female Performer: Cassie Bowerman, SeaWorld San Diego, San Diego, California, United States; http://seaworldparks.com/en/seaworld-sandiego
Best Male Performer: Ronald Buchanan, Six Flags America, Upper Marlboro, Maryland, United States; www.sixflags.com/america
Best Atmosphere/Street Show Performance Act: “Amazing Sesame Street,” Universal Studios Japan, Osaka, Japan; www.usj.co.jp/e
Best Live Edutainment Show: “Animals on Safari,” Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Columbus, Ohio, United States; www.columbuszoo.org
“Cocoa Rhythm Factory,” Hersheypark, Hershey, Pennsylvania, United States;Best Sports Show: “Kinetix 2014,” Busch Gardens Tampa, Tampa, Florida, United States; http://seaworldparks.com/en/buschgardens-tampa
Note: Awards categories are broken down by the size of the production budget for the show.
Best Multimedia Spectacular: “Once Upon A Time,” Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo, Japan; www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en
Best Overall Production, $25,000 or Less: “Samsara,” Ocean Park Corporation, Aberdeen, Hong Kong; www.oceanpark.com.hk
Best Overall Production, $25,001–$50,000: “Nick Norton – Phantasm,” Silverwood Theme Park – Boulder Beach Water Park, Athol, Idaho, United States; www.silverwoodthemepark.com
Best Overall Production, $50,001–$100,000: “Love at First Fright,” Six Flags Great America, Gurnee, Illinois, United States; www.sixflags.com/greatamerica
Best Overall Production, $100,001–$200,000: “Surpr’ice in the Jungle,” Europa-Park, Rust, Baden, Germany; www.europapark.de/en
Best Overall Production, $200,001–$400,000: “Sesame Street Saves Christmas,” Universal Studios Singapore, Singapore; www.rwsentosa.com/Homepage/Attractions/UniversalStudiosSingapore
Best Overall Production, $400,001–$700,000: “Dollywood’s A Christmas Carol,” Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, United States; www.dollywood.com
Best Overall Production, $700,001– $1 million: “One Piece Premier Show,” Universal Studios Japan, Osaka, Japan; www.usj.co.jp/e
Best Overall Production, $100,000,001 or More: “Ashley Wuhu,” Fantawild Dreamland Park, Fantawild International Limited, Shenzhen, China
*Some marketing awards are divided into the following class distinctions: Class 1: Family Entertainment Centers (FECs) and attractions with annual attendance less than 250,000, Class 2: Zoos and aquariums, Class 3: Amusement Parks and Attractions—including Water Parks—with annual attendance of 250,001-1 million, Class 4: Amusement Parks and Attractions—including Water Parks—with annual attendance of more than 1 million.
Digital Marketing Campaign: Village Roadshow Theme Parks, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia; www.villageroadshow.com.au
Integrated Marketing Campaign: Liseberg, Gothenburg, Sweden; liseberg.se
Outdoor Advertisement: Selvatica, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico; selvatica.com.mx
Public Relations Program Class 1: Silver Dollar City’s White Water, Branson, Missouri, United States; www.silverdollarcity.com/white-water.aspx
Public Relations Program Class 2: Delphinus, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico; www.delphinusworld.com
Public Relations Program Class 3: Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park, Denver, Colorado, United States; www.elitchgardens.com
Public Relations Program Class 4: Great Wolf Lodge, Madison, Wisconsin, United States; www.greatwolf.com
Radio Commercial Class 1: Adventure Landing, Jacksonville Beach, Florida, United States; www.adventurelanding.com
Radio Commercial Class 2: Africam Safari, Puebla, Mexico; www.africamsafari.com
Radio Commercial Class 3: Kentucky Kingdom, Louisville, Kentucky, United States; www.kentuckykingdom.com
Radio Commercial Class 4: Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, United States; www.dollywood.com
Social Media Campaign: Dolphin Discovery, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico; www.dolphindiscovery.com
Television Commercial Class 1: Boondocks Food & Fun, Draper, Utah, United States; www.boondocks.com
Television Commercial Class 2: Utah’s Hogle Zoo, Salt Lake City, Utah, United States; www.hoglezoo.org
Television Commercial Class 3: Luna Park Sydney, Sydney, Australia; www.lunaparksydney.com
Television Commercial Class 4: Europa-Park, Rust, Baden, Germany; www.europapark.de
BEST NEW PRODUCT
Impact Award recognizes the best new product or service in the amusement parks and attractions industry.
Winner: Triotech, Wonder Mountain’s Guardian, Montreal, Quebec, Canada; www.trio-tech.com
Major Theme/Amusement Park Ride/Attraction: Triotech, Wonder Mountain’s Guardian, Montreal, Quebec, Canada; www.trio-tech.com
Kiddie Ride/Attraction: MP Group SRL , ECO GAME, Reggio Emilia, Italy; www.memopark.it
Water Park Ride/Attraction: Proslide Technology, Inc., BehemothBOWL 40 + TornadoWAVE, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; www.proslide.com
Family Entertainment Center Ride/Attraction: Amusement Products, LLC, Lazer Fury 360, Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States; www.amusementproducts.com
Technology Applied to Amusements: 3DME Photo Solutions, 3DMe Coin-operated Photo Booth, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong; www.3dme.info
Coin-Operated Arcade and Redemption Equipment: Team Play, Inc., Fishbowl Frenzy, Elk Grove Village, Illinois, United States; www.teamplayinc.com
Revenue and Admission Control/Wristbands/RFID Technology: accesso, accesso Passport eCommerce solution, Lake Mary, Florida, United States; www.accesso.com
Services, Equipment, and Supplies: Water Safety Products, Inc., ValuStair Second Generation, Indian Harbour Beach, Florida, United States; www.watersafety.com
Games and Merchandise: Big T Toys & Sports, Helmet Heads, Riverside, California, United States; www.wholesalesportsshop.com
Food Services: Scara’s Italian Ices, Inc., Scara’s Soft Serve Italian Ice Base, Patterson, New Jersey, United States
Show Production and Entertainment/Displays and Sets: Technomedia & Jack Rouse Associates, Grand Hall Experience at Union Station, Cincinnati, Ohio, United States; www.gotechnomedia.com , www.jackrouse.com
Themed Exhibit Design for Zoos, Aquariums, and Museums: WhiteWater West, custom themed AquaPlay RainFortress™, Richmond, British Columbia, Canada; www.whitewaterwest.com
BEST EXHIBIT AT IAAPA ATTRACTIONS EXPO 2014
The Image Award is given to the best exhibit based on booth design, branding, staffing, and overall appeal at IAAPA Attractions Expo.
Winner: Rhode Island Novelty- Nanco, Fall River, Massachusetts, United States; www.rinovelty.com
100 – 399 square feet: The Works Unlimited, Inc., Orlando, Florida, United States; www.theworksunlimited.com
400 – 499 square feet: Honolulu Hot Dog Company, Inc., Celebration, Florida, United States; www.honoluluhotdog.com
500 – 899 square feet: Sally Corporation, Jacksonville, Florida, United States; www.sallycorp.com
900 – 1,200 square feet: Cruden B. V., Amsterdam, Netherlands; www.cruden.com
1,200 + square feet: Mack Rides GmbH & Co. KG, Waldkirch, Germany; www.mack-rides.com
The IAAPA Brass Ring Awards ceremony was sponsored by Holy Land Experience, Matt Davenport Productions, Ocean Park Hong Kong, and RWS & Associates.
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