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TOP FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT CENTER (FEC) OF THE WORLD AWARD Winner, North America: Boondocks Food & Fun, Kaysville, Utah, United States; www.boondocks.com Winner, International: TimeZone Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia; www.timezonegoldcoast.com.au
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 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 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, Over $1 Million: “Ashley Wuhu,” Fantawild Dreamland Park, Fantawild International Limited, Shenzhen, China
MARKETING EXCELLENCE *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; www.scaras.com Show Production and Entertainment/Displays and Sets: Jack Rouse Associates, Grand Hall Experience at Union Station, Cincinnati, Ohio, United States; www.jackrouse.com Themed Exhibit Design for Zoos, Aquariums, and Museums: WhiteWater West, custom themed AquaPlay RainFortress, Richmond, British Columbia, Canada; www.whitewaterwest.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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