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Themed entertainment: TEA celebrates 20 years with 2012 Business Summit, Thea Awards Gala


Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) president Rick Rothschild says, “The 2012 TEA Summit March 15-16 followed by the Thea Awards Gala March 17 at Disneyland Resort will be 3 days of business networking and executivthemed entertainment association tea thea awards logoe leadership dialog plus celebration of achievement and success. These events highlight the breadth of our international industry and the extraordinary collaboration amongst a wide divjoel manby ceo herschend family entertainment and undercover bossersity of disciplines, talents and skills. It is also that annual reconnecting with colleagues who make up the world-class creative ‘family’ that is the TEA. We’re really pleased at the calibre of participation this year – we’re going all-out for TEA’s 20th anniversary.”

The Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California is the host for each of the events planned.

March 15th, the summit’s first day, will feature two keynote speakers: Joel Manby, CEO of Herschend Family Entertainment and one of the stars of of American TV series “Undercover Boss” and LA based business and sales coach Phil Glosserman. The following day delegates will hear from Disney Legend Joe RohdeThinkwell Group’s  Kelly Rykelly ryner thinkwell design themed entertainment thea awardsner and Roberta Perry of Edwards technologies will be the TEA Summit organisers. On the 17th, the annual Thea Awards Gala will give awards and celebrate  the Themed Entertainment Association’s  20th anniversary. Celebrity presenters include:

  • Michael Giacchino, actor
  • Jonas Rivera, Cars2 composer
  • Pixar’s Pete Docter and
  • Anthony Daniels (Star Wars’ C3PO)

Tickets are available to both members of the public and industry professionals.  The executive producer is Ron Miziker and sponsors include AECOM and Disney.

Companies providing support for the summit and Thea Awards Gala  include: Garner Holt Productions , PGAV  Destinations, AECOM, Disney, Coca-Cola, Electrosonic, Canyon Creative, RGH Themed Entertainment, Fountain People and Universal Studios.

Summit Day One –  March 15, Disneyland Hotel – For senior executives, owners and operators 

Providing businessdina benadon super 78 founder the awards themed entertainment critical information and networking opportunities, the  day will focus on ensuring success in the themed entertainment industry in today’s rapidly evolving global market.  Joel Manby will discuss his leadership philosophy and Phil Glosserman will talk about entrepreneurial success. International audiovisual company Electrosonic’s Chris Conte, media design and production company Super 78 StudiosDina Benadon  and Brad Merriman (ProFun) will share their experiences of international project work.

Summit Day Two –  March 16, Disneyland Hotel – Thea Awards projects
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The projects honoured with Thea Awards cover a huge range both geographically and in terms of the  type of visitor attraction involved. The second day gives delegates the opportunity of a “behind-the-scenes” look at each, as a number of key themed entertainment professionals explain how these projects were brought to life.  With a keynote session from renowned Walt Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde, projects showcased will include:

  • The House of Dancing Water at City of Dreams, Macau (Matthew Jessner -Artistic Director)
  • Space Fantasy the Ride at Universal Studios Japan (Amelia Anne Gordon -Producer)
  • Star Tours – The Adventures Continue (Tom Fitzgerald , EVP Walt Disney Imagineering )

Thea Awardpete docter pixar themed entertainment thea awardss Gala, March 17, Disneyland Hotel

The centrepiece of the TEA’s 20th anniversary celebrations is the Thea Awards Gala. The theme park and attraction industry’s “Oscars”, the awards  distinguish and honour  outstanding endeavour and skill in the  of creation of  original, immersive and inspiring themed attractions and visitor experiences.  The popular podcast The Season Pass will be broadcast live from the event and there will be a silent auction of 20 paintings from  skilled industry artists.

Tickets are available both to themed entertainment professionals and the general public and can be purchased online at

2012 (18th annual) Thea Awards Recipients- Themed Entertainment   

Recognizing a Lifetime of Distinguished Achievements  (formerly the Thea Lifetime Achievement AThe House of Dancing Water at City of Dreams, Macau - 2012 Thea Award recipientward) – Joe Rohde, Walt Disney Imagineering


Puy du Fou: Le Grand Parc and Cinéscénie, Vendée, France


  • Space Fantasy The Ride at Universal Studios Japan (Attraction)
  • Barnas Brannstasjon (Children’s Fire Station) at Kongeparken, Norway (Attraction on a Limited Budget)
  • Arthur, L’Aventure 4D at Futuroscope (Attraction)
  • Star Tours – The Adventures Continue at Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World (Attraction Refresh)
  • Fernbank NatureQuest at Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Atlanta (Museum Exhibit)
  • YOU! The Experience at Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago(Museum Exhibit)
  • The Changing Climate Show at Science North(Science Center Attraction on a Limited Budget)
  • Ghost of the Castle at Louisiana’s Old State Capitol(Cultural Heritage Attraction on a Limited Budget)
  • Crane Dance at Resorts World Sentosa (Show Spectacular)
  • The Magic, The Memories, and You! at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom (Show Spectacular)
  • Yo México, Celebration of the Century of the Mexican Revolution, Mexico City (Live Show Event Spectacular)
  • The House of Dancing Water at City of Dreams, Macau(Live Show Spectacular)
  • FoodLoop at Europa-Park (Themed Restaurant Experience)
  • Animation Magic in the Animator’s Palate Restaurant aboard Disney Cruise Line’s Ship – Disney Fantasy (Ingenious use of Technology)

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