Categories & Criteria

This year’s winners will join the esteemed companies already inducted
into the Park World Excellence Awards’ Roll of Honour.
Best Roller Coaster
– A roller coaster that opened in the EMEA region between 1 September 2021 – 10 July 2022

– 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 1 September 2021 – 10 July 2022

– 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(s)
– A ride, or group of rides, that opened in the EMEA region between 1 September 2021 – 10 July 2022

– Can be an individual kiddie ride, family ride, thrill ride or water ride, or a mix of those rides

– If creating a new area, the project can be entered as one

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

– Is innovative and unique

Best Ride(s) – Limited Budget
– A ride, or group of rides, that opened in the EMEA region between 1 September 2021 – 10 July 2022

– Can be an individual kiddie ride, family ride, thrill ride or water ride, or a mix of those rides

– If creating a new area, the project can be entered as one

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

– Is innovative and unique

Best Dark Ride or Media-based Experience
– A ride or walk-through attraction that opened in the EMEA region between 1 September 2021 – 10 July 2022

– An indoor amusement ride or walk-through attraction in which guests ride in vehicles or travel by foot 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 1 September 2021 – 10 July 2022

– 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 new project in an existing FEC – Family Entertainment Centre/Family Indoor in the EMEA region between 1 September 2021 and 10 July 2022.

– Can be a small ride, a new activity /equipment big enough compared to the whole offer (an attraction, a show, a game, a new equipment, a game area or any kind of experience)

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

Best Use of Theming
– Theming or special effects introduced in the EMEA region between 1 September 2021 – 10 July 2022

– 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 Supplier
– Can be any supplier to the amusement industry: ride, retail, theming, catering, ticketing, access, services, etc

– A supplier that stood out for doing something exceptional during the period 1 September 2021 – 10 July 2022 in the EMEA region.

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 1 September 2020 and 30 June 2021

– 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 Icon – Operator
Someone who has stood out for doing something exceptional in their career
Industry Icon – Supplier
Someone who has stood out for doing something exceptional in their career.
Best Green Initiative
– Project(s) or practice(s) introduced by a manufacturer/supplier serving the EMEA region, or by an operator in the EMEA region between 1 September 2021 – 10 July 2022

– Project(s) or practice(s) that reduce the impact of activities on the environment and that help partners and customers to do the same

  • Examples include the introduction of sustainable business practices, improving waste management practices, reducing carbon emissions, creating a healthy environment, protection of ecological systems
  • Must be innovative, creative and eco-friendly

 

Best Product Innovation (Rides/Games/Shows)
– A project or product introduced in the EMEA region between 1 September 2021 and 10 July 2022

– Can be seen in a theme park, a water park or in a FEC

– New and innovative, examples include new roller coaster or ride models / activity, game or play equipment or show equipment featuring an outstanding use of one or several technologies together

– Concepts excluded. The candidate must submit at least one location (EMEA region) in where the product has been implemented during the period mentioned above.

Best Product Innovation (Guest experience/Park Operations)
– A project, product or guest service introduced in the EMEA region between 1 September 2021 and 10 July 2022

– Designed to enhance the guest experience or improve park operations of a theme park, a water park or a FEC.

– Guest experience – examples include customer information systems, mobile apps, cashless equipment etc

– Park operations – examples include ticketing, access control, security, F&B, HR etc

– Concepts excluded. The candidate must submit at least one location (EMEA region) in where the product has been implemented during the period mentioned above.

Best Marketing Initiative (NEW for 2022)
– We’ve decided to add an additional award as so much good work has been carried out in this area.

– We’d like you to outline exactly what was undertaken to promote your business to attract customers between 1 September 2021 and 10 July 2022 and focus on one specific initiative that most proud of.

PLUS!

Best of the Best

Judges choice – external nominations not permitted.

Winner revealed on the night – no shortlist published.

The judging panel will each put forward a park, ride or attraction from any point in time, that they believe is the best of all time.

The Park World Excellence Award for Best of the Best is the absolute pinnacle, reflecting everything that is great about our industry.