Last year, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the 19th edition of the Event Parksmania Awards could not be held. But this year, the 20th edition of Parksmania Awards registered record numbers: more than 150 participants at the conferences and 350 viewers at the Ceremony. Everything in the respect of all the safety rules.
Movieland Park on Garda Lake (Lazise, Verona - Italy) hosted this edition of the Parksmania Awards, the prestigious recognition that every year the online magazine Parksmania.it assigns to the Italian and European amusement parks that have distinguished themselves during the season for specific initiatives in the amusement field (See on Facebook the Video of the Full Version of 2021 Edition).
The Award is now internationally recognized as one of the most important events in the sector and has seen the participation of representatives of the main parks in Italy and Europe, this year coming from Germany, France, Spain and Belgium, and of leading companies in the entertainment market.
On Thursday, the 14th and Friday, the 15th of October meetings and conferences took pace, they were dedicated to Italian parks managers, focused on topics like F&B, staff training, administration, marketing, customer satisfaction, technical maintenance, innovation and logistics.
On Friday, the 15th of October at 6.30pm there was the Awards Ceremony: during the show it was possible to assist at the performances of the artistic cast of Movieland Park alternated with the awarding for Best Staff, Best New Attraction, Best New Show, and the Award for the Park of the Year. The prizes awarded for the 2020 season have also been given during the Ceremony (see the list at the end of this page).
On Saturday, the 16th of October it was possible for the guests of the event to visit Movieland Park, open for the Halloween season.
These are the European Parks, that have been awarded on the 15th of October:
EUROPEAN AWARDS 2021
European Park of the Year
The exciting Europa Park indoor water park continues its development also in 2021 with the introduction of "Svalgurok", an imposing ultra-themed outdoor playground that includes numerous slides and over 100 different water games, "Snorri Strand", a leisure area for the youngest guests and “Snorri Snorkling VR”, an exclusive underwater experience in virtual reality
European Top New Attraction
The impressive night show "El Sueno de Toledo" is the spearhead of the new Puy du Fou España historical theme park: with over 200 actors and 5,000 seats, 1,500 years of Spanish history are told in 70 minutes of show with the usual visual and choreographic quality guaranteed by the creative artists of Puy du Fou
The original French theme park dedicated to volcanism presents its first Intamin-produced family launch coaster. His name, Namazu, originates from Japanese mythology, according to which the earthquakes were caused by a large underground dragon and this will be the opportunity for an adventure full of surprises and moments of suspense
With its 15 moments of airtime, a record for a steel coaster, 1,200 metres of track, 50 metres in height, original elements, some of which totally unique and an imposing setting of the loading station, this new attraction represents the culmination of a grandiose investment of over 100 million euros total for the Belgian theme park
The first "Extreme Spinning Coaster" in Europe arises from the collaboration of the Belgian theme park with the famous Tomorrowland Music Festival. With an investment of 15 million euros, the coaster produced by MACK Rides includes two launches and 5 inversions. The creative joint venture between the park and the festival also exclusively produced the attraction's soundtrack and all the sets
For its 25th anniversary, the German movie theme park presents a family coaster that is unique in Europe and totally dedicated to the world of cinema. The “Multi Dimension” rollercoaster produced by Intamin, runs through 12 different sets along over 500 metres of track and includes two launches, one of which backwards
With its 9,000 square metres of surface, Krampus Expedition represents the greatest ride ever built in the French park. A water coaster produced by MACK Rides which extends over 600 metres of path, which culminates with a descent from 28 metres high and which tells the legend of the Krampus, mysterious and disturbing alpine creatures
EUROPEAN AWARDS 2020
European Park of the Year
Also this year the park in Rust has significantly invested in news and especially in the new attraction Piraten in Batavia, which turned out to be of a very high quality. In addition to this, Europa-Park, like every year, added new scenographic details in some areas and it invested also in the new YullBe, which further enriches the incredible offer of the Resort
European Top New Attraction
The new night show by Puy du Fou represents the umpteenth testimony of the infinite creative and artistic capacity of the French park: the story takes up themes and characters from the previous "Les Orgues de Feu", combining water and fire with music and poetry in a 7,000 square metres set. Gigantic scenographies emerge from the lake and 80 electroluminescent costumes dress a cast of 30 actors in an excellent quality production
After the devastating fire that completely destroyed the attraction, Piraten in Batavia returns with an even more elaborate and attractive version thanks to the use of the most modern storytelling technologies. While maintaining the feeling, quality and style that already characterized the original 1987 version, the new project represents a new reference point for the attractions of this type
Inspired by the homonymous children story of the German humorist Wilhelm Busch, the new family attraction of the Dutch park is a duelling powered coaster produced by Mack, that fits into a curious and detailed thematic context. The possibility for children, at least 1 metre high, to ride and the two paths that intersect each other, create the basis for this appreciated adventure
The first Futuroscope rollercoaster offers to guests the opportunity to enjoy the experience of a space mission. From the elaborate interactive pre-show to the actual journey that takes place on trains with the cars that rotate according to the scenes encountered during the ride, Futuroscope offers a perfect mix of storytelling and emotions for the whole family
With their tracks which intersect at several points, the two new rollercoasters produced by Vekoma re-propose traditional themes of local folklore in two completely different experiences: one aimed at families with a "shuttle" type track on a historic train and the other with more thrills on a suspended coaster of new generation, 4 inversions and a track 800 metres long