TEA Announces Slate of Attractions to be Honored with Theas in 2019
Question: How many theme park professionals can you fit into a 30 x 30 convention booth?
Answer: Depends. Can we use a Pepper’s Ghost?
The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) announced the recipients of their prestigious TEA Thea Awards at IAAPA’s Attractions Expo today. Clearly one of the most anticipated announcements of the week, the large, square networking booth was crammed shoulder to shoulder, with onlookers filling the aisles, each anticipating the list of attractions and parks which will be celebrated for their achievements at during the 25th Annual TEA Thea Awards Gala. Presented by sponsor Chimelong, the event rounds out the three day TEA Summit to be held in Anaheim April 11-13, 2019.
“This is our twenty-fifth year and we’re giving awards to visitor experiences that really excel,” said TEA President, Michael Mercadante. The TEA Thea Award is known as one of the industry’s most cherished honors with 1,000 industry leaders gathered to celebrate the best in the craft.
TEA Thea Award honorees include:
25TH ANNUAL TEA THEA AWARDS RECIPIENTS
The Buzz Price Thea Award – Recognizing a Lifetime of Distinguished Achievements – Mark Woodbury, Vice Chairman of Universal Parks & Resorts; President of Universal Creative –
Thea Classic – Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, TN, USA
Peter Chernack Distinguished Service Award, recognizing exceptional volunteer service to the Association – Michel Linet-Frion, Creative & Innovation Director, Pierre & Vacances Développement
THEA AWARDS FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT (AOA)
Bazyliszek, Park Legendia, Chorzow, Poland (Attraction, Limited Budget)
MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM – teamLab Borderless, Tokyo, Japan (Connected Immersion – Digital Art)
The Evel Knievel Museum, Topeka, KS, USA (Museum, Limited Budget)
Fantastic Journey, Majestic Princess, Princess Cruises, Valencia CA, USA (Live Show Spectacular: Limited Budget)
Fantawild Oriental Heritage, Xiamen, China (Theme Park)
ILLUMINATIONS: human/nature, Banff National Park, Alberta & Rouge Urban National Park, Toronto, Canada (Connected Immersion – Digital Overlay Experience, Limited Budget)
JUSTICE LEAGUE™: Battle for Metropolis, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Valencia, California, USA (Attraction)
LEGO® House, Billund, Denmark (Brand Center)
Nemo & Friends SeaRider, Tokyo DisneySea, Japan (Repurposed Attraction)
SlideWheel, Chimelong Water Park, Guangzhou, China (Attraction)
Legend of Camel Bells, Huaxia Cultural Tourism Resort, Xi’an, Shanxi Province, China (Live Show Spectacular)
Universal Spectacle Night Parade – The Best of Hollywood, Universal Studios Japan, Osaka (Live Show Spectacular)
Universal’s Volcano Bay, Universal Orlando Resort, Orlando, Florida (Water Theme Park)
Intel Shooting Star Drone System (Outstanding Technical Innovation)
Congratulations to these incredible attractions and guest experiences which continue to take the themed entertainment industry to new levels of storytelling magic!