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IAAPA announces 2019 Brass Ring Award Entertainment finalists

ABOVE: Surfin Safari, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Nominated for Most Creative Show Featuring Animals.

Named for the rings given to carousel riders at the very first amusement parks, the IAAPA Brass Ring Award is a symbol of achievement.

Nominations for the Exhibitor Awards: Best Exhibit are still open. The presentation will take place during the IAAPA Expo 2019 at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando, FL, Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

New this year, IAAPA will livestream the IAAPA Brass Rings Awards Ceremony. The livestream will be available on and IAAPA’s Facebook page

Here are the nominees in the Live Entertainment category:

Best Atmosphere/Street Show Performance Act

“Move It! Shake It! MousekeDance It! Street Partyh” – Walt Disney World – Magic Kingdom

“Green Army Drum Corps” – Walt Disney World – Disney’s Hollywood Studios

“East Meets West Quartet” – Universal Studios Japan    

Best Live Edutainment Show

“AB–’S FAIRY GARDEN” – Resorts World at Sentosa / Universal Studio Singapore

“Hershey’s Unwrapped” – Hershey’s Chocolate World

“Whiskers Express and The Miraculous Journey” – Ocean Park Corporation

 Best Performer

“Annie Huckaba” – Dollywood Theme Park

“Murray Hockridge” – EUROPA-PARK

“Kayla Ricker” – Dollywood Theme Park    

Best Theatrical Production  Amusement Parks and Attractions, Including Water Parks, With Annual Attendance More Than 1 Million.

“The Lion King: Rhythms of the Pride Lands” – Disneyland Paris    

Legend of Camel Bells” – Huaxia Cultural Tourism Resort – Xi’an, Shanxi Province, China

“Oh! Summer Banzai” – Tokyo Disney Resort

Most Creative Christmas Show

“Up on the Rooftop” – Hersheypark

“Christmas in the Smokies” – Dollywood Theme Park

“Winter Wonderland on Ice” – SeaWorld Orlando

Most Creative Halloween Haunt, Show, or Experience

“Below” – Walibi

“Supr´Ice with the Celtic Shadows” – EUROPA-PARK

“Horror Nights Traumatica” – EUROPA-PARK    

 Most Creative Multimedia Spectacular

“Wonderful World of Animation” – Walt Disney World – Disney’s Hollywood Studios    

 “Dancing Islands” – Dancing Islands

“Villains Unite the Night” – Walt Disney World Resort – Magic Kingdom

Most Creative Show Featuring Animals

“Critters Inn Charge” – Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

 “Sea Lions Tonite” – SeaWorld Orlando

“Surfin’ Safari” – Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Most Creative Sports/Stunt Show

“Monster Energy Compound” – The Calgary Exhibition and Stampede    

“Thunder Chase, a live stunt movie experience” – Thunder Chase, a live stunt movie experience

 “Paddington on Ice – the Grande Voyage” – EUROPA-PARK

 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.

“Alyssa Molina” – Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

 “Katja Mack” – EUROPA-PARK

 “Micaela Shannon” – Six Flags America

Most Creative Property-Wide Event  Amusement Parks and Attractions, “Including Water Parks, With Annual Attendance Less Than 1 Million

“Christening of the world’s first LNG cruise ship AIDAnova” – Meyer Werft – Visitor Center

 “Winterfest, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi” – Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

“Winter Extravaganza 2018” – Sands China Ltd

Most Creative Property-Wide Event  Amusement Parks and Attractions, Including Water Parks, With Annual Attendance More Than 1 Million

 “Ocean Park Summer Water Battle 2019” – Ocean Park Corporation

“SESAME STREET 50 YEARS AND COUNTING CELEBRATION” – Resorts World at Sentosa / Universal Studio Singapore    

“SeaWorld Christmas Celebration” – SeaWorld Orlando

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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