SeaWorld Orlando wins 2 IAAPA Brass Ring awards

Theme park honored for 2 shows

Orca Encounter at SeaWorld Orlando (SeaWorld)

ORLANDO, Fla. – The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, or IAAPA, announced Wednesday that SeaWorld Orlando has won two prestigious awards.

This week, leading up to the Orlando IAAPA expo, the organization is awarding theme parks and leaders around the country for their excellence in the industry.

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The group virtually announced Wednesday the winners of the Brass Ring Awards.

“The IAAPA Brass Ring Awards recognize attractions facility excellence in categories including food and beverage, games and retail, human resources, live entertainment, marketing, new products, and exhibits,” IAAPA said on its website.

SeaWorld Orlando was awarded two Brass Ring awards for its “Orca Encounter” educational show and its “Winter Wonderland on Ice” holiday show at Bayside Stadium.

Winter Wonderland On Ice (SeaWorld)

“Orca Encounter” runs daily at the theme park, while the holiday show is set to return on Nov. 12.

IAAPA is set to bring its expo back to the Orange County Convention Center on Nov. 16. Last year, as the coronavirus pandemic progressed, the organization was forced to cancel the in-person expo and move to a virtual option. In 2019, IAAPA opened its global headquarters to Orlando with a custom-built, 21,375 square-foot headquarters not far from the OCCC.

Other local attractions up for awards this week include Andretti Indoor Karting & Games.

The indoor attraction along Universal Boulevard is up for a “Top FEC of the World” award, which will be announced on Thursday.

All the award winners will be recognized during the Orlando IAAPA Expo.

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Landon joined News 6 in 2017. He grew up in Southern Illinois and graduated from Southern Illinois University with a bachelors degree in TV and digital media. When he is not at work you can catch him at one of Orlando's theme parks or the beach. Before working at News 6 he worked for stations in Miami and Fort Myers.