Categories & Criteria

This year’s winners will join the esteemed companies already inducted
into the Park World Excellence Awards’ Roll of Honour.

MANUFACTURER/SUPPLIER CATEGORIES

Entrants in manufacturer/supplier categories can come from companies from outside the EMEA region, but the ride/attraction/project entered must be located in the EMEA region.

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Best Roller Coaster

– A roller coaster that opened in the EMEA region between 1st July 2019 and 1st July 2020

– Pushed the boundaries in design and creativity, or overcame challenges in construction

– Is unique and different to any other roller coaster

– Can be wood, steel or hybrid

Best Roller Coaster – Limited Budget

– A roller coaster that opened in the EMEA region between 1st July 2019 and 1st July 2020

– Pushed the boundaries in design and creativity, or overcame challenges in construction

– Is unique and different to any other roller coaster

– Can be wood, steel or hybrid

Best Ride

– A ride that opened in the EMEA region between 1st July 2019 and 1st July 2020

– Can be a kiddie ride, family ride, thrill ride or water ride

– Isn’t a roller coaster, water slide or dark ride

– A group of kiddie rides creating a new area can be entered as one project

– Is innovative and unique

Best Ride – Limited Budget

– A ride that opened in the EMEA region between 1st July 2019 and 1st July 2020

– Can be a kiddie ride, family ride, thrill ride or water ride

– Isn’t a roller coaster, water slide or dark ride

– A group of kiddie rides creating a new area can be entered as one project

– Is innovative and unique

Best Dark Ride or Media-based Experience

– A ride that opened in the EMEA region between 1st July 2019 and 1st July 2020

– An indoor amusement ride on which guests ride in vehicles through scenes telling a story with animatronics, special effects or video

– Or an attraction mixing video and physical experiences, such as scent pods, moving seats or water sprays

– Is unique and pushes the boundaries in design and creativity

Best Water Park Experience

– A ride that opened in the EMEA region between 1st July 2019 and 1st July 2020

– An indoor or outdoor ride (e.g. water slide), attraction (e.g. wave pool, surf simulator, etc.) or experience opened by a water park

– Isn’t a water ride or a water slide opened by an amusement park

– Is innovative and unique

Best FEC Project

– A project that opened between 1st July 2019 and 1st July 2020 in the EMEA region.

– Can be a roller coaster, a ride, an attraction, a show, an entertainment or any kind of experience opened by a Family Entertainment Centre (FEC).

– Is innovative and unique or pushes the boundaries in design or creativity.

Best Use of Theming

– Theming or special effects introduced in the EMEA region between 1st July 2019 and 1st July 2020

– Can be seen in a theme/water park either in a ride, or restaurant, or shop, or show or in a resort hotel

– The theming could incorporate scenery, animatronics, video projections, lighting, audio or pyrotechnics

– Has significantly improved the guest experience of a ride or visit to a theme/water park, transforming the ordinary to the extraordinary

Best Use of Technologies
– A project introduced in the EMEA region between 1st July 2019 and 1st July 2020
– Can be seen in a theme/water park or in a FEC
– An outstanding use of one or several technologies together to design a project (either a ride, or restaurant, shop, show, resort hotel, etc.), improve the guest experience (guest services, park accesses, etc.) or behind-the-scenes (sustainable development, etc.).
Best Supplier

– Can be a ride, retail, theming or catering supplier to the amusement industry

– Has offered a product that’s new and innovative, that’s improved the guest experience or the operation of a park, or offered exceptional service over the past 12 months in the EMEA region.

Best Product Innovation

– A product introduced in the EMEA region between 1st July 2019 and 1st July 2020

– Can be used in a theme or water park or FEC

– Could be a new ride model, food, access, infrastructure, safety system or environmental improvement, etc.

OPERATOR CATEGORIES

Entrants in operator categories
must be based in the EMEA region.

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Best Large Park

– In the EMEA region

– Over 1.5million guests annually

– Has stood out as doing something exceptional over the past 12 months

– Has been seen to go above and beyond their usual standards

Best Regional Park

– In the EMEA region

– Under 1.5million guests annually

– Has stood out as doing something exceptional over the past 12 months

– Has been seen to go above and beyond their usual standards

Best Water Park

– In the EMEA region

– Has stood out as doing something exceptional over the past 12 months

– Has been seen to go above and beyond their usual standards

Best FEC

– In the EMEA region

– Specific location, not a chain

– Has stood out as doing something exceptional over the past 12 months

– Has been seen to go above and beyond their usual standards

 

Best Live Entertainment

– A show or live experience that opened in the EMEA region between 1st July 2019 and 1st July 2020

– Can be a parade, street performers, stage show, scare maze with actors, Christmas event with actors and so on

– Must be different to anything seen before or enhancing previous examples in an innovative way

INDUSTRY CATEGORIES

The industry categories recognise exceptional individuals
working in the EMEA attractons industry.

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Unsung Hero

– A member of staff with at least 10 years service in a theme/water park, FEC, or with a manufacturer/supplier, that has gone above and beyond, making a difference to the people around them

– Isn’t an owner/operator or a member of the management team

– Can be any position within the company, such as: receptionist, designer, installation engineer or ride operator

Industry Icon – Operator

– Has stood out for doing something exceptional over his/her career

Industry Icon – Supplier

– Has stood out for doing something exceptional over his/her career

PLUS!

Best of the Best

Judges choice  – external nominations not permitted.

Winner revealed on the night – no shortlist published.

To celebrate the industry’s finest, the Park World Excellence Awards has introduced the Best of the Best accolade. The judging panel will each put forward a ride/attraction that they believe has risen above all of this year’s entries and represents the best that the industry has to offer.