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."
"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