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Kidz Kingdom at Rainbow’s End judged the best FEC in the world

Kidz Kingdom at Rainbow’s End judged the best FEC in the world
November 19, 2015

Kidz Kingdom family entertainment centre at Auckland theme park Rainbow’s End has been named the top global family entertainment centre at the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) 2015 Brass Ring Awards.

Presented overnight during the IAAPA Attractions Expo 2015 in Orlando, Florida, USA, Kidz Kingdom beat entries from around the globe to secure the award – a first for New Zealand.

Welcoming the international recognition, Rainbow’s End Chief Executive Chris Deere, stated “this is the first time an FEC has won in New Zealand and I’m so proud of the team and all the hard-work that is put in on a daily basis to make Kidz Kingdom such a standout attraction at Rainbow’s End.”

In judging the award a mystery shopper from IAAPA visited Kidz Kingdom to ascertain the standards in all areas from customer service, variety of rides, overall appeal of the area, right down to the café facilities.

Survey results where then reviewed by an expert panel of seven international judges, two of whom were past winners.

Costing just over $4.5 million, Kidz Kingdom features a number of rides for children under eight years and is completely covered allowing for year-round fun.

However, Deere believes that the it was the attraction’s overall attention to detail and ease for parents that really caught the judges eye, adding “we really wanted to ensure that kids had fun day out but that mum and dad felt completely relaxed too.

“There is a separate entrance for Kidz Kingdom, so less time in queues, storage for all the bags, buggies etc as well as an indoor café where parents can still keep an eye on the kids but enjoy a good coffee at the same time.”

Kidz Kingdom opened in December 2012 and has already led to a 350% rise in birthday party bookings, due in part to the state of the art party rooms, interactive games and Animalive computer generated attraction that personalises each birthday party.

The IAAPA Brass Ring Awards this year presented two new awards: one recognising team member incentives in the Human Resources Excellence category and the other for new concepts presented by an exhibitor at the trade show.

Among other Brass Ring awards presented to Australasian attractions, Gold Coast theme park Warner Bros. Movie World won two IAAPA Brass Ring Awards for Games and Retail Excellence.

Movie World received the Award for ‘Hard Good More than 1 Million Attendance’ for its Harley Quinn 3-D Ceramic Mug and ‘Soft Good More than 1 Million Attendance’ for its Batman vs. Villains Reversible Jacket.

The 2015 IAAPA Brass Ring Awards were presented on the evening of Wednesday 18th November to amusement parks, water parks, zoos, aquariums, museums, FECs and suppliers from around the world to honour excellence in food and beverage, games and retail, human resources, live entertainment, marketing, new products and FECs.

6th November 2015 - AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND FECS DO BATTLE FOR IAAPA BRASS RING AWARD

26th November 2014 - AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND ATTRACTIONS HONOURED AS INDUSTRY’S BEST AND BRIGHTEST

3rd February 2013 - KIDZ KINGDOM SET TO BOOST VISITATION AT RAINBOW’S END

23rd November 2012 - RAINBOW’S END WINS TOP HONOURS AT IAAPA BRASS RING AWARDS


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