Wednesday, February 28, 2024

European Star Award Honors Europe’s Top Parks and Attractions

Barcelona, Spain — The 5th edition of the European Star Award was presented in the Mexico area of PortAventura Park in conjunction with the European Attractions Show.  Awarded by International Kirmes & Park Review, the independent and non-profit European Star Award is dedicated explicit to the European theme park industry.

The winners are voted by an international team of experts in 13 categories.  In each category, members of the trade jury were able to award their three personal favorites.  Choices could be made from theme and water parks throughout Europe, including Russia and Turkey, with the minimum citeria of at least on operating attraction at the park.

Following is a list of first place winners in each category:

Europe’s Best Theme Park

Europa Park (above photo)

Europe’s Best Theme Park (less than one million visitors)


Erlebnispark Tripsdrill

Europe’s Best Family Park



Europe’s Best Waterpark


Siam Park

Europe’s Best New Coaster


Wildfire, Kolmardens Djurpark (RMC/Vekoma)

Europe’s Best Steel Coaster


Shambhala, PortAventura (Bolliger & Mabillard)

Europe’s Best Wooden Coaster


Colossos, Heide-Park (Intamin)

Europe’s Best New Ride


Discobelix, Parc Asterix (Zamperla)

Europe’s Best Attraction


Vertigo, Tivoli Gardens (Technical Park)

Europe’s Best Family Ride


Angkor, PortAventura (Mack Rides)

Europe’s Best Dark Ride


Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Walt Disney Studios Park (Otis)

Europe’s Best Water Ride


Chiapas, Phantasialand (Intamin)

Europe’s Best Waterslide


Singha, Siam Park (ProSlide)


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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