Industry Event

ProSlide’s VP business development and strategic accounts, Jeff Janovich with Siam Park’s Mariano Alarcón

award as Winter Efteling was honoured as the ‘Seasonal Event of the Year’. Coen Bertens, chief operating officer at Efteling, said: “We are absolutely delighted to pick up not one, but two awards at the Park World Excellence Awards, recognising the success of the whole park as well as our ever-popular Winter Efteling event. We are committed to developing the park to appeal to a wider demographic and to visitors from all over the world, and these two awards are testament to the hard work and dedication of our team to achieve this vision. Winter Efteling emphasises Efteling's year-round offering, since we're open 365 days a year, and we will continue to evolve our events offering to appeal to more and more visitors across the year.” Paultons Park, home of Peppa Pig World, was


honoured with the title of Family Park of the Year. Stephen Lorton, commercial director at Paultons Park, said: “It is an honour to win this award and be recognised not only as the best family theme park in the UK, but also in Europe. We’d like to extend a thank you to Datateam Business Media and Park World magazine for hosting this event. This has been a very successful year for us in terms of award wins but also because of the success of our new attraction launches, and we’re excited about what the next few years hold for Paultons Park.”

Siam Park was presented with the award for

Waterpark of the Year. A park representative commented: “We are celebrating our 10th anniversary and this is beyond doubt a great year for Siam Park… Incredible results that reward our commitment to innovation and excellence!” Puy du Fou picked up the Live Entertainment of

the Year accolade for Le Mystère de La Pérouse. “Puy du Fou is honored to have been awarded for our new show,” said Puy du Fou president Nicolas de Villiers. “This immersive show has now become one of the favourite shows of our guests.


Michele Bertazzon presents the awards for Family Park of the Year, won by Paultons Park


he first accolade, ‘Large Theme Park of the Year’, was presented to Efteling – who would later return to the stage to pick up a second

Emmanuel Mongon presents wiegand.maelzer with Waterpark Attraction of the Year award

At Puy du Fou every show has been created internally and we are proud to see that the leisure industry believes in our innovative artistic model. All the Puy du Fou creative team thanks Park World for this award which touches the heart of every member of the Puy du Fou family.” Swiss roller coaster design consultancy Bollinger & Mabillard was presented with the Roller Coaster of the Year award for striking steel dive coaster Valkyria, which opened at Liseberg in Sweden this summer. Thrill Ride of the Year was awarded to Technical Park for Squadron 33, an interactive 'Aerobat' attraction, installed at Dennlys Parc in France.

Alterface, Jora Vision and ETF picked up the

Family Ride of the Year accolade for Basilisk at Legendia park in Poland. ETF also won the penultimate accolade of the night, Best Use of Technology, for its trackless ride vehicles, used for the Basilisk dark ride at Legendia. Robin van der Want, project development

director of Jora Vision, told Park World: “With the Basilisk we have proven that you can create a very impressive, highly themed, dark ride experience with limited budgets, as long as you invest in a clever design, smart building method, good integration of lighting and media, and carefully

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