Category 1: Major Ride/Attraction
These awards are for new products designed primarily for major rides or attractions in theme parks or amusement parks. Includes flat rides or major rides at Family Entertainment Centers.
Class A - Product cost of US$3 million or more
Class B - Product cost of less than US$3 million
Category 2: Kiddie Ride/Attraction
This award is for new products that are designed primarily for children up to 12 years of age and used in theme parks, amusement parks, or family entertainment centers. This category also includes coin-operated kiddie rides where the product collects the fee automatically with no attendant required
Category 3: Water Park Ride/Attraction
These awards are for new products that are designed primarily for rides or attractions in a water park or water activity areas in theme parks, amusement parks or family entertainment centers.
Class A - Product cost of US$2 million or more
Class B - Product cost of less than US$2 million
Category 4: Patron Participation Ride/Attraction
This award is for new products that are designed to require active patron participation for the ride/attraction to function for use in theme parks, amusement parks, and family entertainment centers. Examples include bumper cars, bumper boats, go-karts, climbing walls, and zip lines.
Category 5: Technology Applied to Amusements
These awards are for new products that demonstrate the application of a technology that has not previously been used for the same function that the technology accomplishes in the new product. This also includes products related to revenue and admission control products.
Class A - Product or Service used by Consumers
Class B - Product or Service used by Facilities
Category 6: Food Services
These awards are for food products, services, food equipment and suppliers.
Category 7: Merchandising & Retail Products
This award is for new products that are designed to be sold in merchandising operations, given away, or used in promotions. This category includes the areas of merchandising, prizes for games, novelties, souvenirs, hats, shirts and balloons.
Category 8: Games & Devices
Class A - Arcade & Video Games and Equipment
This award is for the best new arcade or video game or equipment. Games in this category may be coin-op or other means of payment, and do not require an operator or attendant.
Class B - Midway Games and Equipment
This award is for the best new midway game, including any game that uses an operator/attendant.
Category 9: Shows/Productions, Theatrical Equipment & Supplies, Displays & Sets
This award includes products and services related to show production and entertainment related services and suppliers of these services. Show producers, directors, choreographers, costumes, lighting and sound systems, staging, theatrical equipment and supplies, and displays and sets including Halloween and other holiday-related products and displays. Also included in this category are fireworks, flags and banners, signs, scenery/sets, buildings and facades, and theming or design for an exhibit or attraction.
Category 10: Services, Equipment & Supplies
This award is for the best new amusement related services, equipment and suppliers of equipment/services. Included in this category are consultants, amusement park builders/designers, insurance, publications, trade associations, advertising, promotion and public relations. This award encompasses supplies and accessory equipment such as: uniforms, canvas items, strollers, film, computer systems, cables, batteries, lights, and all other supplies and equipment not included in another award category.
Category 11: Best New Product Concept Award
This award is given to a new product that has yet to be sold or installed in a facility, and is debuting at IAAPA Attractions Expo. To be eligible for this award, the exhibitor must display a working prototype or a physical model.
The Impact Award is awarded to a winner of one of the Best New Product categories 1-10 in the Best New Product or Service Awards that, in the opinion of the judges, had or will have the most impact on the amusement parks and attractions industry.
The deadline to submit an application is August 3, 2016. Login to your online booth to submit an application today!