Busch Gardens Tampa wins 2016 Applause Award

Posted | Contributed by Jeff

From the press release:

Biannually, since 1980, the prestigious Applause Award honors a park whose management, operations and creative accomplishments have inspired the industry with foresight, originality and sound business development.

The winner of the 2016 Applause Award is Busch Gardens Tampa, FL, USA.

"With a unique mix of world-class attractions, outstanding animal exhibits and strong seasonal events, Busch Gardens Tampa is not just one of the leading destination parks in North America, but also a favorite amongst Florida residents. Busch Gardens Tampa has through continuous re-investments, attention to guest value and a focus on employees as the primary source for long-term success, established itself as one of the beacons of the global attractions industry", says Andreas Veilstrup Andersen, President and CEO, Liseberg Group and Chairman of The Applause Award Board of Governors.

The Applause Award was presented today at the opening ceremony of IAAPA Attractions Expo 2016 in Orlando, Florida.

Previous winners:

  • 1980 Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, USA
  • 1982 Opryland, USA
  • 1986 Epcot Center, USA
  • 1988 KnottĀ“s Berry Farm, USA
  • 1990 EuropaPark, Germany
  • 1992 Efteling, the Netherlands
  • 1994 Universal Studios, Florida, USA
  • 1996 Cedar Point, USA
  • 1998 Silver Dollar City, USA
  • 2000 Hershey Park, USA
  • 2002 Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, USA
  • 2004 Holiday World & Splashing Safari, USA
  • 2006 UniversalĀ“s Islands of Adventure, USA
  • 2008 Xetulul, Guatemala
  • 2010 Dollywood, USA
  • 2012 Ocean Park, Hong Kong
  • 2014 Puy du Fou, France
  • 2016 Busch Gardens Tampa, USA

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I feel like the Applause Award has lost some attention and steam over the past decade or so. I remember back in the early 2000''s, the award received a ton of attention and publicity at the show (and even the lead-up on opposite years) and there always seemed to be quite a buzz surrounding it. To be honest, I totally forgot that this was an award year until I read the press release.

I wonder what happened in '84?

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In short, Winston betrayed Julia.

You still have Zoidberg.... You ALL have Zoidberg! (V) (;,,;) (V)

In the last few years, Busch Gardens Tampa has honestly been a letdown in terms of overall guest experience, especially when I think about how it used to be there. The place had a bit of a run down feel to it when I visited this past April and May. Ride operations were laughably awful, lots of secondary stuff was closed, and the overall beauty of the place just seemed to be off. Not saying the park isn't deserving; but it has been a long time since it has lived up to the potential I know it could have. And so many of the fixes seem pretty obvious,especially with the Orlando stuff just down I-4.

RCMAC said:

I wonder what happened in '84?

Silent applause?

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