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2018 IAAPA Brass Ring winners showcase international excellence in marketing, products, and shows

 

The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) presented the 2018 IAAPA Brass Ring Awards on Wednesday, Nov. 14 during the IAAPA Attractions Expo 2018 in Orlando, Florida. The annual awards recognize amusement parks, water parks, zoos, aquariums, museums, family entertainment centers (FECs), and suppliers from around the world for excellence in food and beverage, games and retail, human resources, live entertainment, marketing, new products, and exhibits.

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. Skilled riders who grabbed a brass ring often earned prizes, including a free ride on the carousel. Most rings were made of iron, but a few were made of brass, so grabbing the brass ring was a valuable treat.

IAAPA Brass Ring Awards honor this tradition of reaching up and earning a prize by celebrating achievements of excellence throughout the global attractions industry. The IAAPA Brass Ring Awards are the most prestigious professional honors awarded to companies.

The winners of the 2018 IAAPA Brass Ring Awards are:

Top Family Entertainment Center (FEC) of the World
Jake’s Unlimited; Mesa, Arizona, United States; www.jakesunlimited.com

Food and Beverage Excellence
Best New Menu Item – Annual Attendance Less than 1 Million:
“Poopies and Poopcakes,” Skånes Djurpark, Sweden; www.skanesdjurpark.se

Best New Menu Item – Annual Attendance More than 1 Million:
“Chicken Bacon Ranch Tater Bowl,” Palace Entertainment, Newport Beach, California, United States; www.palaceentertainment.com/

Games and Retail Excellence
Best Plush: “Gillie Guinea Pig Plush,” Zoomars Petting Zoo, San Juan Capistrano, California, United States; www.zoomars.com

Best Apparel: “Killer Croc Flat Brim Cap,” Warner Bros. Movie World Gold Coast Australia, Oxenford, Queensland; www.themeparks.com.au/attractions/warner-bros-movie-world

Best Hard Good Item:
“Light Up Slinky Dog,” Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando, Florida, United States;www.disneyworld.disney.go.com

Best Store Visual Merchandising:
“Europa-Park Factory Shop powered by Majorette,” Europa-Park, Germany; www.europapark.de/de

Human Resources Excellence
Best Employee Engagement Initiative – Annual Attendance Less than 1 Million: 
Great Wolf Lodge – Niagara Falls; Canada; www.greatwolf.com/niagara

Best Employee Engagement Initiative – Annual Attendance More than 1 Million: 
“Dolphin Way at Work,” Grupo Dolphin Discovery, Mexico; www.dolphindiscovery.com

Best Employee Reward and Recognition Program – Annual Attendance Less than 1 Million: 
“Skånes Djurpark,” Skånes Djurpark Resort AB, Sweden; www.skanesdjurpark.se

Best Employee Reward and Recognition Program – Annual Attendance More than 1 Million:

Denver Zoo, Denver, Colorado, United States; www.denverzoo.org

Best Innovation in a Training Program – Annual Attendance Less than 1 Million: 
“Skånes Djurpark,” Skånes Djurpark Resort AB, Sweden; www.skanesdjurpark.se

Best Innovation in a Training Program – Annual Attendance More than 1 Million:
Hersheypark, Hershey Entertainment and Resorts, Hershey, Pennsylvania, United States,www.hersheypark.com

Live Entertainment Excellence

Best Atmosphere/Street Show Performance/Act: “Sesame Street Party Parade,” SeaWorld San Diego, San Diego, California, United States; www.seaworld.com

Best Performer: Sabrina Marlene, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Williamsburg, Virginia, United States; www.buschgardens.com/williamsburg/

Best Live “Edutainment” Show: “Ocean Resistance,” Chimelong Ocean Kingdom, China;http://zh.chimelong.com/

Best Theatrical Production: Annual Attendance Less than 1 Million: “Favola,” Leolandia, Italy;www.leolandia.it

Best Theatrical Production: Annual Attendance More than 1 Million: “Beauty and the Beast,” Disney Parks Live Entertainment, United States; https://disneycruise.disney.go.com

Most Creative Christmas Show: “The Enchanted Journey,” Hersheypark, Hershey, Pennsylvania, United States; www.hersheypark.com

Most Creative Halloween Haunt, Show, or Experience: “Hell’s Grand Finale,” Ocean Park Corporation, Hong Kong, China; www.oceanpark.com.hk/en

Most Creative Multimedia Spectacular: “Celebrate! Tokyo Disneyland,” Disney Parks Live Entertainment, Tokyo, Japan; www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/index.html

Most Creative Property-wide Event: Annual Attendance Less than 1 Million:  
“Vivid Festival at Luna Park Sydney,” Luna Park Sydney, Australia; www.lunaparksydney.com

Most Creative Property-wide Event: Annual Attendance More than 1 Million: “Summer Carnimal 2018,” Ocean Park Corporation, Hong Kong, China; www.oceanpark.com.hk/en

Most Creative Show Featuring Animals: “
Pets Rule,” SeaWorld San Diego, San Diego, California, United States; www.seaworld.com

Most Creative Sports/Stunt Show: “Cirque Electrique,” SeaWorld San Diego, San Diego, California, United States; www.seaworld.com

Spirit Award 
The Spirit Award is given to the most outstanding person who works behind-the-scenes to support high-quality entertainment value of the nominating attraction.
Ulrich Grawunder, Europa-Park, Germany, www.europapark.de/en

Excellence in Marketing

Best Digital Marketing Campaign: “The Poopie Movie,” Skånes Djurpark, Sweden;www.skanesdjurpark.se

Best Integrated Marketing Campaign: “Ocean Park Hong Kong Drink’N Music Fest 2018,” Ocean Park Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China; www.oceanpark.com.hk

Best Outdoor Advertisement: “Your Visit Protects Wildlife” Outdoor Campaign (“Tu Visita Protégé La Vida Silvestre”), Africam Safari, Mexico; www.africamsafari.com

Best Public Relations Campaign: “Launch of the Haunted Mine Drop,” Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, Glenwood Springs, Colorado, United States; www.glenwoodcaverns.com

Best Radio or Streaming Audio Commercial: “Silver Dollar City’s Time Traveler Radio Commercial,” Silver Dollar City, Branson, Missouri, United States; www.silverdollarcity.com

Best Social Media Campaign: “The Poopie Movie,” Skånes Djurpark, Sweden;www.skanesdjurpark.se

Best Television or Digital Video Commercial – Annual Attendance Less than 250,000:
“Xenotes Live,” Mexico; www.xenotes.com 

Best Television or Digital Video Commercial: Annual Attendance 250,000 – 1 Million:“Spökjakten,” Furuvik Djurpark, Sweden; www.furuvik.se

Best Television or Digital Video Commercial – Annual Attendance More than 1 Million:
“Lagoon: Summer Daze,” Lagoon Amusement Park, Farmington, Utah, United States;www.lagoonpark.com

IMAGE AWARD

Innovative Concepts in Entertainment, Inc. (ICE), Booth 1106/1306

Booth Size 100 – 199 Square Feet
First Place: YourMapp, Booth E7609
Second Place: VITO Fryfilter, Booth 3858

Booth Size 200 – 399 Square Feet
First Place: Imagination Corporation, Booth 856
Second Place: WIPEOUT, Booth 3610  

Booth Size 400 – 499 Square Feet
First Place: Eleventh Hour, Booth 460
Second Place: S4 Lights, Booth 4029 

Booth Size 500 – 899 Square Feet
First Place: TAF USA – TRUSS ALUMINUM FACTORY, Booth 1383
Second Place: Weber Group, Inc., Booth 1684 

Booth Size 900 – 1,200 Square Feet
First Place: Dynamic Attractions Ltd., Booth 1073
Second Place: Legacy Entertainment, Booth 1062

Booth Size 1,201 and Larger Square Feet
First Place: WhiteWater West Industries Ltd, Booth 2239
Second Place: Polin Waterparks, Booth 846

Joe Kleimanhttp://www.themedreality.com
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, 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 has been News Editor and contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, and MiceChat. His blog, ThemedReality.com takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @themedreality Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his fiancé, two dogs, and a ghost.

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