Categories & Criteria
All categories relate to European parks or attractions only. Best new rides/attractions must have opened since May 2018.
Large Theme Park of the Year
Theme park/amusement park – 1 million annual attendance and above
Family Park of the Year
Theme park/amusement park – below 1 million annual attendance
Waterpark of the Year
Indoor or outdoor
Seasonal Event of the Year
Halloween, Christmas or other special celebration, perhaps something unique to a particular park
Live Entertainment of the Year
Best new in-park show or spectacular
Roller Coaster of the Year
Best new steel, wood or hybrid rollercoaster
Thrill Ride of the Year
Including flat rides, spinning rides, tower rides etc. but not rollercoasters
Family Ride of the Year
Best new family or child-friendly attraction, including small rollercoasters
Water Ride of the Year
Best new water ride (flume, raft ride etc.) in an amusement park/theme park
Waterpark Attraction of the Year
Best new waterslide or other attraction in a waterpark
Media-based Attraction of the Year
Best new 3D/4D/VR/AR experience, or any other attraction featuring media content as an integral part of the experience (including dark rides)
Themed Attraction of the Year
Best use of theming to elevate an attraction to more than just a ride system etc.
Best Ticketing & Access Control Product
Best new product designed to help operators manage and streamline their access control process
Best Use of Technology
Innovative application of technology within parks, not the whole attraction itself – please provide details when you nominate
This special award will recognise an individual who has served the European attractions industry and played a significant role in its success
Nominees must meet the following criteria in order to be bestowed with the prestigious Industry Icon Award:
A clear commitment to working in the industry as a career.
Examples of going the extra ‘mile’ that results in outstanding performance.
Consistent application of good practice.
Excellence as a representative of the attractions industry to the customer and community.
High level of respect amongst colleagues and peers.
Undertaking training in subjects and skills relevant and helpful to their role.
Active membership of professional bodies and initiatives (associations, professional institutions, charities, etc).