2018 IAAPA Brass Ring Awards

About the IAAPA Brass Ring Awards

The IAAPA Brass Ring Awards are presented annually 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 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. Most rings were made of iron, but a few were made of brass, so grabbing the brass ring was a valuable treat. 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, marking achievements of excellence throughout the global attractions industry. 

The 2018 group of winners, pictured above, were announced at the IAAPA Brass Ring Awards Ceremony held Nov. 14 at IAAPA Attractions Expo 2018 in Orlando. Discover this year's winners.

View all 2018 Finalists

2019 Applications Coming Soon 

Applications for 2019 IAAPA Brass Ring Awards will open May 1, 2019. 

New in 2019 the period of eligibility has been expanded. All programs, products or events that were available or took place August 1, 2018 through July 31, 2019 are eligible to apply for 2019 IAAPA Brass Ring Awards. 

All applications will be due by August 2, 2019. 

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