Applause Award

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Applause Award
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Awarded for The finest in amusement parks
Country Worldwide
Presented by Liseberg
First awarded 1980
Website Official website

The Applause Award is an international award given out by Liseberg, a world-famous theme park in Gothenburg, Sweden. It is given out every two years to the amusement park whose "management, operations and creative accomplishments have inspired the industry with their foresight, originality and sound business development."[1] The award is a bronze statue of two clapping hands. It was designed by Astri Bergman Taube, a Swedish sculptor.[2] The winner is chosen by a board of governors with Liseberg's CEO, Andreas Andersen, being the chairman.[3]

It is considered by many to be the Academy Award of the amusement park industry.[4]

The Applause Award Board of Governors 2014
Chairman
Andreas Andersen Liseberg
Members
Bob Masterson Golden Planet Leisure
Peter Herschend Herschend Family Entertainment
John Wood Sally Corporation
Sascha N. Czibulka Intamin
Tim O´Brien Ripley Entertainment
Amanda Thompson Blackpool Pleasure Beach
Michael Mack Europa Park
Pelle Johannisson Liseberg
Ira West Ira West Inc.

Recipients[edit]

Year Park Award Finalists Ref(s)
1980
United States Magic Kingdom
[4]
1982
United States Opryland USA
1986
United States Epcot
[4]
1988
United States Knott's Berry Farm
1990
Germany Europa Park

 • Busch Gardens Williamsburg
 • De Efteling
 • Opryland USA
 • SeaWorld San Diego
 • Universal Studios Hollywood

[5]
1992
Netherlands Efteling

 • Universal Studios Florida

[6]
1994
United States Universal Studios Florida
[4]
1996
United States Cedar Point

 • Busch Gardens Williamsburg
 • Six Flags Magic Mountain
 • Universal Studios Florida

[7]
1998
United States Silver Dollar City

 • Kennywood
 • Parc Astérix

[8]
2000
United States Hersheypark

 • Pleasure Beach Blackpool
 • Parc Astérix

[9]
2002
United States Busch Gardens Williamsburg

 • Gardaland
 • Pleasure Beach Blackpool

2004
United States Holiday World & Splashin' Safari

 • Gardaland
 • Tivoli

2006
United States Islands of Adventure

 • Dollywood
 • Legoland Billund

[4]
2008
Guatemala Xetulul Theme Park

 • SeaWorld San Diego

2010
United States Dollywood

 • Alton Towers
 • Phantasialand

[3]
2012
Hong Kong Ocean Park Hong Kong

 • Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
 • Puy du Fou

[10]
2014
France Puy du Fou

 • Chimelong Paradise
 • PortAventura

[11]
2016
United States Busch Gardens Tampa
[12][13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ocean Park Hong Kong wins Applause Award". Liseberg. November 13, 2012. Retrieved March 24, 2013. 
  2. ^ "The Applause Award 2008". Liseberg. November 2008. Retrieved March 24, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Dollywood wins Applause award for theme parks". Bloomberg BusinessWeek. Associated Press. November 16, 2010. Archived from the original on August 27, 2013. Retrieved March 24, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Big contract still in reach for Lockheed". Orlando Sentinel. November 16, 2006. Retrieved March 24, 2013. 
  5. ^ Amusement Business. Nov 26, 1990, Vol. 102 Issue 47, p1, 3 p.
  6. ^ "Go Dutch For Flight of Fantasy.". The Mirror. July 15, 1998. Retrieved November 17, 2016 – via HighBeam Research. (Subscription required (help)). 
  7. ^ Runice, Jacky (May 25, 1997). "Ohio's Cedar Point Lures Amusement Park Fans". Daily Herald. Arlington Heights, Illinois. Retrieved November 17, 2016 – via HighBeam Research. (Subscription required (help)). 
  8. ^ Rogers, John (August 22, 1999). "Proud to be corny Branson finds gold in families". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved November 17, 2016 – via HighBeam Research. (Subscription required (help)). 
  9. ^ "Harrisburg, Pa.-Area Park Named Top Attraction Worldwide.". Knight Ridder. November 21, 2000. Retrieved November 17, 2016 – via HighBeam Research. (Subscription required (help)). 
  10. ^ "IAAPA Attractions Expo Sees Growth in All Areas Iaapa Attractions Expo 2012 Big Winner Show Sees Growth in All Areas". States News Service. November 17, 2012. Retrieved November 17, 2016 – via HighBeam Research. (Subscription required (help)). 
  11. ^ Debaecker, Anne-Laure (19 November 2014). "Un Applause Award pour le Puy du Fou" – via Le Figaro. 
  12. ^ "BUSCH GARDENS TAMPA BAY WINS PRESTIGIOUS GLOBAL INDUSTRY AWARD". seaworldparks.com. Retrieved 16 November 2016. 
  13. ^ "Show Daily".