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IAAPA Expo 2022 Announce Brass Ring Awards Winners Including Walt Disney World & SeaWorld

The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions have announced this year's winners of the prestigious 2022 Brass Ring Awards.


The winners were announced at the IAAPA Expo on November 17, 2022, at the Orange County Convention Center.


Walt Disney World  Harmonious

Local Orlando theme parks, Walt Disney World, and SeaWorld Orlando both won coveted awards, as did Orlando company Ripley's Believe It Or Not, who won Best Public Relations Campaign for Ripley’s Assists in Making History with Kim Kardashian at Met Gala.


Ripley’s Assists in Making History with Kim Kardashian at Met Gala

Walt Disney World won Most Creative Multimedia Spectacular for Harmonious, and also won a second award for Best New Menu Item, Annual Attendance More Than 1 Million for it's Chocolate Mighty Thor's Hammer at The Ganachey at Disney Springs.


SeaWorld Orlando won a prestigious Brass Ring Award also, for Best Live Edutainment Performance Act for SeaWorld Orlando, Rescue Tails.


Chocolate Mighty Thor's Hammer at The Ganachey at Disney Springs

The annual Brass Ring Awards recognize amusement parks, water parks, zoos, aquariums, museums, family entertainment centers, and suppliers from around the world for excellence in food and beverage, games and retail, human resources, live entertainment, marketing, new products, and exhibits.


The tradition of the brass ring, a term now synonymous with spectacular achievement, dates back to the 1800s when rings were hung on carousels to pose a fun challenge for riders. Successfully grabbing a ring while riding the carousel often earned riders prizes, often including an additional free ride.


Most rings were made of iron, but a few were made of brass, so grabbing the brass ring was a coveted and celebrated treat.

The IAAPA Brass Ring Awards honor this tradition by celebrating achievements of excellence throughout the global attractions industry.


The IAAPA Brass Ring Awards are considered one of the global attractions industry’s most prestigious honors.




The Winners List In Full:


Top Family Entertainment Center of the World

Wild Island Coconut Bowl, Sparks, Nevada, U.S.A. www.wildisland.com

Most Creative Property-Wide Event, Amusement Parks and Attractions, Including Water Parks, Annual Attendance More Than 1 million

Disneyland Paris, Disneyland Paris 30th Anniversary Celebration, www.disneylandparis.com

Most Creative Sports/Stunt Show SeaWorld San Antonio, Hydro Power Xtreme FX, www.seaworld.com/san-antonio/

Most Creative Multimedia Spectacular

Walt Disney World Resort, Harmonious, www.disneyworld.com

Most Creative Halloween Haunt, Show, or Experience

Hong Kong Disneyland, Let's Get Wicked, www.hongkongdisneyland.com

Most Creative Christmas/Holiday Show

Disneyland Paris, Mickey's Dazzling Christmas Parade, www.disneylandparis.com

Best Theatrical Production, Amusement Parks and Attractions, Including Water Parks, With Annual Attendance Less Than 1 Million

Puy du Fou España, El Sueño de Toledo, www.puydufou.com/espana/es/el-sueno-de-toledo

Best Theatrical Production, Amusement Parks and Attractions, Including Water Parks, With Annual Attendance More Than 1 Million

Disneyland Resort, Tale of the Lion King, www.disneyland.com

Best Live Edutainment Performance Act

SeaWorld Orlando, Rescue Tails, www.seaworld.com/orlando

Best Atmosphere/Street Show Performance Act

Universal Studios Japan, Hello Kitty Happiness Brass Band, www.usj.co.jp

Best Employee Engagement Initiative

Hershey’s Chocolate World, SHCWeet Program, www.chocolateworld.com

Best Employee Reward and Recognition Program

Doha Quest, The 'MORE' Awards, www.dohaquest.com

Best Innovation in a Training Program

Universal Beijing Resort, Universal Way 2.0, www.universalbeijingresort.com

Best Digital Marketing Campaign

Fantasy Valley, Fantasy Valley Digital Marketing, https://www.xyoct.com/xyhqc/Html/ytbk/sdztgy.shtml

Best Integrated Marketing Campaign

California Academy of Sciences, Bugs Exhibit Advertising Campaign, www.calacademy.org/

Best Outdoor Advertisement

Morey’s Piers and Resorts, Summer Jobs @ Morey’s, www.moreyspiers.com

Best Public Relations Campaign

Ripley's Believe It or Not!, Ripley’s Assists in Making History with Kim Kardashian at Met Gala, www.ripleys.com

Best Social Media Campaign

Dolphin Discovery, Sharing Dolphin DNA, www.dolphindiscovery.com

Best Television or Digital Video Commercial, Annual Attendance More Than 1 Million

Morey's Piers & Beachfront Water Parks, This is Where We Summer, www.moreyspiers.com

Best Television or Digital Video Commercial, Annual Attendance 250,000-1 Million

Liseberg, Where joy lives, www.liseberg.se

Best Television or Digital Video Commercial, Annual Attendance Less Than 250,000

Quassy Amusement & Waterpark, Water Coaster opens at Quassy Amusement & Waterpark, www.quassy.com

Best Apparel Item

Disney Global Product Creation, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind Cassette Player Shoulder Bag

Best Hard Good Item

Disney Global Product Creation, Halcyon Starcruiser Training Lightsaber Hilt

Best Plush Item

Disney Global Product Creation, Groot Scented Plush

Best Visual Merchandising

Dollywood Parks & Resorts, Dollywood Emporium Remodel

Best New Menu Item, Annual Attendance Less Than 1 Million

TELUS Spark Science Centre, The James Webb, www.sparkscience.ca

Best New Menu Item, Annual Attendance More Than 1 Million

The Ganachey at Disney Springs, Chocolate Mighty Thor's Hammer, www.disneysprings.com/shopping/the-ganachery/

Major Ride/Attraction, Product cost of more than US$5 million 1st Place, Sally Dark Rides, VOLKANU -- Quest for the Golden Idol 2nd Place, Premier Rides, Epiq Coaster Major Ride/Attraction, Product cost of US$2 to US$5 million 1st Place, DOF Robotics, Digital Park: Mission Space 2nd Place, Triotech, Double Walkthrough "Hive Break" Major Ride/Attraction, Product cost of less than US$2 million 1st Place, ABC Rides Switzerland, C3 2nd Place, Josef Wiegand Gmbh & Co. KG, U-Drop Dry Slide Family Ride/Attraction 1st Place, Zamperla Group, Big WaveZ 2nd Place, ALTITUDE RIDES And ATTRACTIONS LLC, Get Hammered Tower Ride Water Park Ride/Attraction, Product cost of more than US$2 million 1st Place, WhiteWater West, Blasterango Battle 2nd Place, Wiegand.Waterrides GmbH, 4-passenger Fusion Slide of "BigBang" and "Lotus" Water Park Ride/Attraction, Product cost of US$2 million or less 1st Place, Vortex Aquatic Structures International, Dream Tunnel 2nd Place, ProSlide Technology, Inc., SwitchBACK Patron Participation Ride/Attraction 1st Place, Game of 1000 Boxes, Game of 1000 Boxes 2nd Place, Eldorado Climbing, Kinetix Action Towers Product or Service used by Consumers 1st Place, Vantage, Virtual Pass Processing 2nd Place, Smarte Carte Inc., Dual Sided Locker Product or Service used by Facilities 1st Place, Amusement Products LLC, VirTech™ Virtual Technician 2nd Place, Avius, Optimus Artificial Intelligence Powered Agent Assist Prizes, Plush, and Retail and Food Products 1st Place, NXT Capture, NXT PicturePass 2nd Place, Penny Press Factory LLC, Gem Penny Press Games and Devices 1st Place, Coastal Amusements, Inc., Break the Plate 2nd Place, UNIS Technology Ltd., Wicked Tuna 4P Virtual and Augmented Reality 1st Place, Valo Motion, ValoArena 2nd Place, Creative Works, Limitless VR Exhibitions, Shows/Productions, Theatrical Equipment & Supplies, Displays & Sets 1st Place, Zigong Lantern Group, Ancient Egyptian Illumination & Sphinx Tunnel of Hieroglyphics of Light / Example of a Themed Masterpiece, handcrafted illuminating lantern art, custom designed toward any theme imaginable 2nd Place, LightUpToys.com, LLC, LightUp Disco Display Cart Services, Equipment, and Supplies 1st Place, Extreme Engineering, Flex Shade System 2nd Place, Semnox Solutions, LuminOS - Next Generation LinuxOS based Debit Card Readers Best New Product Concept Award, Major Ride or Water Park Ride 1st Place, Wibit Sports GmbH, Wibit Peakz 2nd Place, Polin Group, Cosmos Best New Product Concept Award, Attraction 1st Place, Extreme Engineering, Parkour Around 2nd Place, EUROGAMES, OVERLANDER Best New Product, Other Product/Service 1st Place, ZED Digital, ZIG 2nd Place, VITO Fryfilter, VITO VL oil filter system IMPACT Award Winner Vantage, Virtual Pass Processing Best Exhibit Awards 100-399 Square Feet, 1st Place, 3DXScenic 100-399 Square Feet, 2nd Place, Amazing Magnets 400 - 499 Square Feet, 1st Place, Themics Philippines Inc. 400 - 499 Square Feet, 2nd Place, Ellis & Associates 500 - 899 Square Feet, 1st Place, Vlocker North America LLC 500 - 899 Square Feet, 2nd Place, Daniels Wood Land, Inc. 900 - 1,200 Square Feet, 1st Place, Wibit Sports GmgH 900 - 1,200 Square Feet, 2nd Place, Sandy Creek Mining Company 1,201 and Larger Square Feet, 1st Place, Apple Industries 1,201 and Larger Square Feet, 2nd Place, Coastal Amusements IMAGE Award Winner Accesso

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