TEA Connect Blog

19 March 2018

Schedule & program details: TEA 2018 Summit & Thea Case Studies Day, April 5-6, Disneyland Resort

Anaheim, CA USA -- Hundreds of entertainment professionals from around the globe will join their colleagues for the 2018 Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) Summit (April 5-6) at Disneyland Resort.

Photo collage: From top, left to right, some of the speakers on the 2018 TEA Summit program: First row, Jonathan Linn, Universal Parks & Resorts/DreamWorks Animation; Olaf Vugts, de Efteling; Phil Hettema, The Hettema Group; Adam Bezark, The Bezark Company. Second row, Joe Rohde, Walt Disney Imagineering; Deirdre Cross, National Museum of African American History and Culture; Eric Nix, Knott's Berry Farm; Christine Kerr, BaAM Productions. Third row, TEA president David Willrich, DJ Willrich Ltd.; Charlotte He, Chimelong Group; 3D Live "holographic" LED technology. Fourth row: Valorie Kondos Field, UCLA Women’s Gymnastics team; Sir Richard Taylor, Weta Workshop; Cedar Point.

For more details on TEA Summit 2018 Day One - April 5,
visit this link.

The two-day, 2018 TEA Summit conference is followed by the 24th Annual TEA Thea Awards Gala (April 7), presented by Chimelong, also at Disneyland Resort. 

The annual TEA Summit and Thea Awards are two of the ways that TEA has brought international attention to the unique business of themed entertainment. TEA is the international nonprofit membership association for the creators of compelling places and experiences. More information: www.teaconnect.org

In the words of Adam Bezark, TEA Thea Awards Committee chair, “This is our annual update on the best our industry has to offer.” 

Delegates can sign up for all events or for individual days. 





Taken together, the TEA Summit and Thea Awards Gala (April 5-7, 2018) are one big weekend of professional development, networking, education and celebration, revolving around the current slate of TEA Thea Awards recipients and headlined by the best of the global themed entertainment business - industry superstars, creative and tech pioneers, and top projects all leading the way for tourism, real estate development and great guest experiences.

This year promises to be informative and provocative.

Day One of the TEA Summit (April 5, 2018) invites delegates into a top-level, members-only, peer discussion and exploration of current issues, trends, and business needs that affect their industry. They also get the inside track on the headline Thea Award recipients – Buzz Price Thea lifetime honoree Phil Hettema and Thea Classic Cedar Point – along with an exclusive demo of 3D Live technology.

For more details on TEA Summit 2018 Day Two - April 6
(Thea Case Studies Day), visit this link.

Thea Case Studies Day (Day Two of the TEA Summit, April 6, 2018) pulls back the curtain for revelatory, behind-the-scenes peer discussion of how these top-honored, successful projects came to be – challenges, solutions, innovations - and makes the most of the remarkable mix of industry figures who have come to town for the Thea Awards – the project owners, and the creative team that collaborated to design and realize the project and the owner’s vision, and are credited in the official Thea Awards Program.

Attendees of Thea Case Studies Day are inspired and educated as project owners and creatives share about the creative and practical challenges of bringing a project to reality, how the creative team functioned, breakthrough moments and the success of the project after opening, sometimes making a huge difference in the region or city or property.

In themed entertainment, continual reinvestment is a necessity, and as a result many projects are unique, innovative, influential one-off endeavors. The work depends upon a highly collaborative team process.

TEA's annual Thea Awards are considered the highest honor of the themed entertainment industry. Delegates can register for one or both days of the TEA Summit, the Thea Awards Gala or the full weekend of events. Tickets/more information

Media inquiries: Contact Judith Rubin



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