IAAPA update: Koch, Rogers join the theme park industry's Hall of Fame
Written by Robert Niles
The late Will Koch, the president of Holiday World, who passed away last summer at age 48, was inducted this morning into the IAAPA Hall of Fame, joining his late father, Bill, who was inducted in 2001.Tweet
The Koch family at IAAPA 2010 as Will Koch is inducted into the Hall of Fame. Photo from Holiday World.
Joining Koch in this year's induction class is Bob Rogers, the founder and chief creative officer of BRC Imagination Arts, the producer of the greatest theme park movie ever made and a frequent TPI lurker. (Congratulations, Bob!) The other two inductees are Don Clayton, the founder of Putt-Putt Golf, who died in 1996 and Daniel Hudson Burnham, the creator of the first attractions midway, at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. Burham died in 1912.
Dollywood won the 2010 Applause Award. From the press release:
"The Applause Award, the most prestigious award within the amusement and theme park industry, honors a park whose management, operations and creative accomplishments have inspired the industry with its foresight, originality and sound business development. The award is presented every other year by Liseberg amusement park located in Gothenburg, Sweden. For this 2010 award, Dollywood competed with Alton Towers in the UK and Phantasialand in Germany for the honor."
I'm in the air on my way to Orlando now, but will be on the show floor tomorrow with more updates.
Update: Here are the winners of this year's theme park-related Thea Awards from the Themed Entertainment Association, announced at IAAPA.
Buzz Price Award (for lifetime achievement): Kim Irvine, Art Director, Disneyland
Outstanding Achievement Awards:
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