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:
Feature Attraction - Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
New Theme Park Land - The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Thematic Integration of Retail, Food & Beverage - The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Technical Achievement - Harry Potter and the Forbbiden Journey
Nighttime Spectacular - World of Color
Robert: in your article about Impressions de France you mention the pastry shop windows. The next time you see the film, look at them carefully to discover a bit of tricky film-making!
I would love for theme park fans to be able to get Blu-Ray versions of their favorite narrative attractions, along with audio commentaries like what Bob offered at BRC that day. Film fans get these goodies - why can't theme park fans?
I too would not mind getting my hands on a blu ray copy of Impressions, O Canada, Wonders of China, and, yes, Captain Eo!
Be sure to check out Jack Rouse Associates' booth on the showroom floor. My husband says his company is doing daily "happy hours" in celebration of Ferrari World!
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We learned more than ever this season how close-knit our industry truly is.
We are so proud of all Will accomplished and will do our best to honor his vision in the future.