November 15, 2017

Big Thrill Factory Named Top FEC of the World

Big Thrill Factory named #1 Family Entertainment Center in North America by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA).

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Big Thrill Factory Named Top Family Entertainment Center (FEC) of the World in North America

MINNEAPOLIS - November 15, 2017


Big Thrill Factory is proud to announce The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) named Big Thrill Factory the #1 Family Entertainment Center in North America.  Recognized as the pinnacle of professional achievement in amusement industry, the announcement was presented at the IAAPA Brass Ring Awards on November 15, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. 

For locally owned, Minnesota-based entertainment center winning the most prestigious award in the family entertainment center (FEC) industry is extraordinary. IAAPA represents more than 5,300 facilities, suppliers and individual members in over 100 countries. The Academy Awards of the amusement industry, the Brass Ring Awards mark excellence among such notable names as Disneyland, SeaWorld, Dollywood, Busch Gardens and more.


“Being recognized as the top family entertainment center in North America is a reflection of the people, culture and community engagement efforts at Big Thrill Factory,” says Darrel Blomberg, General Manager of Big Thrill Factory. “Since day one we’ve strived to elevate the customer experience by offering unique opportunities to eat, play and celebrate. It is an incredible honor to be recognized as the top entertainment center on the continent.”


The company delivers on its mission: all for fun, fun for all. Each location offers a unique variety of indoor and outdoor games and attractions, mouthwatering menu selections and event spaces for groups of all sizes. New innovations paired with a pursuit of service excellence make for an unrivaled in-store experience.


“Big Thrill Factory is fearless when it comes to introducing new entertainment options to evolve our overall Eat, Play, Celebrate experience,” Blomberg explained. “In addition to adding over 4,000 square feet of state-of-the-art Arcade Games and Mini Bowling, we recently teamed up with contractor Daniels Wood Land from reality hit TV series 'Redwood Kings' to custom design an all new ‘Zombie Blasters’ all-season apocalyptic walk-thru shooting gallery,” he said. “And we’ve only scratched the surface of what’s to come.”


As Big Thrill Factory grows, so does its community impact. The company invests in giving back to the local community, making a positive difference in the lives of customers, employees, and their families. Since opening in 2013, Big Thrill Factory has been helping young fun-seekers develop life-skills, support and confidence through efforts focused on local community engagement, onsite events and fundraisers and investing in the potential of its youth. “For us, it’s all about fun, not only for profit, but to better the lives of others,” notes Blomberg.


A panel of nine IAAPA judges awarded Big Thrill Factory based on a rigorous application process evaluating community initiatives, marketing materials, amusement offerings and customer performance in the areas of a pre-visit telephone call, web site review, general appearance, staff hospitality, cleanliness, landscaping, attractions, food quality, state of repair, safety, service and more.


“The [competitive] award is sought after by some of the most elite entertainment facilities in the world,” said Blomberg. “Big Thrill Factory is pleased, honored and humbled to come out on top.”




About Big Thrill Factory

Big Thrill Factory, a locally owned leader in "eatertainment," provides a distinctive ‘eat, play, celebrate’ experience with a unique variety of indoor and outdoor games and attractions, chef-inspired food and beverage selections and event spaces for groups both large and small. From Go Karts to Laser Tag, a Ropes Course, Miniature Golf, Trampolines, an Escape Room and more, Big Thrill Factory delivers intense fun and thrills for all ages. For more information, visit or follow @BigThrillFactory on Facebook.


About IAAPA Attractions Expo 2017

IAAPA Attractions Expo 2017 is the premier conference and trade show for the $39.5 billion global amusement park and attractions industry. With its theme “Join the Creation Nation” the show provides attractions industry leaders, decision-makers, and visionaries with everything needed to take every guest experience to the next level, whether through the thousands of innovations, the hundreds of expert-led educational opportunities, or the engaging networking opportunities. IAAPA Attractions Expo 2017 will draw more than 32,000 industry professionals, including more than 21,000 decision- makers and buyers from more than 100 countries to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Additional information is available at #IAE17 For full list of winners visit:



The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) is the premier trade association for the attractions industry worldwide. Founded in 1918, IAAPA is the largest international trade association for permanently located amusement facilities and attractions and is dedicated to the preservation and prosperity of the attractions industry. IAAPA represents more than 5,300 attraction, supplier, and individual members from more than 100 countries with member facilities including amusement and theme parks, water parks, family entertainment centers, zoos, aquariums, science centers, and museums. IAAPA hosts three annual trade shows including IAAPA Attractions Expo, Euro Attractions Show, and Asian Attractions Expo. The association's global headquarters is in Orlando, Florida, United States. The nonprofit organization maintains offices in Brussels, Hong Kong, Mexico City, and Alexandria, Virginia. To learn more, visit or connect with us: @IAAPAHQ  #IAAPA

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