21st Annual TEA Thea Awards Recipients Announced at IAAPA

The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) announced the recipients for the 21st Annual TEA Thea Awards – to be held March 21, 2015 at the Thea Awards Gala in Anaheim (Calif.), sponsored by AECOM – at IAAPA 2014. 

Commenting on the awards, Steve Birket (Birket Engineering), incoming president of the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) said, “‘Each Thea-honored project represents a step forward in our industry and our collective drive toward excellence in the making of compelling experiences and places.”

The Buzz Price Thea Award –Recognizing a Lifetime of Distinguished Achievements

Ron Miziker: "No one in our industry has created and produced a broader variety of shows around the world."

Thea Classic 

"it’s a small world, " Disneyland (Anaheim, Calif. USA):  "Fifty years and 300 million visitors."

Thea Awards for Outstanding Achievement (AOA)

The Time Machine, Parc du Futuroscope (Poitiers, France) – AOA, Attraction Rehab on a Limited Budget

"It took a lot of audacity to welcome the demented world of the Cretins into Futuroscope."

Chimelong Ocean Kingdom (Zhuhai, China) – AOA, Theme Park

"Chimelong Ocean Kingdom raises the bar for other Chinese park developers and demonstrates how much can be achieved with a combination of Western design and Chinese execution."

Gratassland “The Land of the Little Grey Tractor, ” Kongeparken (Stavanger, Norway) – AOA, New Park Land, Limited Budget

"'Little Grey Fergie, ' the storied tractor that revolutionized Norwegian farming, is now the center of a charming theme park experience."

Wilderness Explorers, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World (Orlando) – AOA, Attraction, Limited Budget

"…a technology-free, interactive experience where the entire family can learn about the animals and habitats of Disney's Animal Kingdom" 

National September 11 Memorial Museum (New York City, USA) – AOA, Extraordinary Cultural Achievement

"…conveys its important story with eloquence and emotional power while allowing for thoughtful reflection, learning and tribute by every visitor."

Wonder Rooms at Gemeentemuseum (The Hague, Netherlands) – AOA, Museum Exhibit

"The blend of art, storytelling, themed environments and gaming elements makes Wonder Rooms unique within the world of art museums."

Nature Lab, Natural History Museum (Los Angeles, USA) – AOA, Museum Exhibition, Limited Budget

"engages visitors in the scientific exploration of LA as a biodiversity hotspot"

The Legend of Lady White Snake (Zhenjiang, China) – AOA, Event Spectacular

 "The show moves with a fluidity and grace that enlarges the text and helps us experience the ancient myth in a whole new way."

The Grand Hall Experience @ Saint Louis Union Station (Saint Louis MO, USA) – AOA, Live Show on a Limited Budget

"…has rejuvenated a National Historic Landmark with an engaging dynamic space that allows the audience to see the architecture in a whole new way" 

Wings of Time (Sentosa Island, Singapore) – AOA, Event Spectacular

"…visual and theatrical experience creation on a very high level"

Bistrot Chez Remy, Walt Disney Studios Park (Disneyland Paris) – AOA, Themed Restaurant

"…a family restaurant built by Remy and his friends, so that guests are rat-sized when they enter and dine"

The StoryGarden at The Amorepacific Beauty Campus (Gyeonggi-do, South Korea) – AOA, Corporate Brand-Land

"…delivers on the essence of Amorepacific’s brand while also delivering a distinctive experience"

Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Studios Florida (Orlando) – AOA, Paragon Award

"…in the themed entertainment industry, the yardstick by which all will now be measured"

  • Diagon Alley
  • Hogwarts Express
  • Diagon Alley Retail/Dining

Harry Potter & The Escape from Gringotts, Universal Studios Florida (Orlando) – AOA, Attraction

Interactive Wands – Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Studios Florida (Orlando) – AOA, Technical Excellence