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30 May 2020

Celebrating excellence: TEA Thea Awards & TEA Summit - new dates and plans for 2020 and 2021

This year (2020), the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) will celebrate and showcase the 26th Annual Thea Awards recipients with a series of digital Thea Case Studies sessions, and next year will resume gathering in person for the TEA Summit and the 27th Annual Thea Awards Gala presented by Chimelong, at Disneyland Resort April 8-10, 2021. 

The digital Thea Case Studies allow the current slate of Thea Awards recipients and everyone involved on those projects to receive global recognition and acclaim within the attractions industry community - though due to COVID-19, there are some unavoidable disruptions to the usual process. At the same time, TEA will soon be opening Thea Awards nominations for the next cycle.

The July 2020 dates that had been set for the TEA Thea Awards and TEA Summit at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California have been canceled. Refunds are being issued for event tickets and Disney hotel rooms,

See below for more information and FAQ.


Celebrating the 26th Theas recipients in 2020 with digital Thea Case Studies

Despite there being no in-person TEA Summit and Thea Awards Gala in 2020, the full slate of 26th annual TEA Thea Awards recipients will be recognized and celebrated this year, with appropriate fanfare, in a series of online Thea Case Studies on the TEA Digital platform. The online Thea Case Studies will be a ticketed event; details will be announced soon.

To recognize the recipients, the official 26th Annual TEA Thea Awards Program, containing project descriptions and comprehensive credits lists, will be published and widely shared online. 

The prestigious Thea Awards honor breakthrough accomplishments and innovations in the global attractions industry - recognizing technologies, people and projects including theme parks and attractions, museums, multimedia spectaculars, brand experiences, connected immersion and more.

26th annual TEA Thea Awards recipients - more information here


Learn, network, celebrate!

TEA International Board President Michael Blau says, "Providing this continuity to the TEA membership and the global attractions industry that TEA serves is especially important in regard to the Thea Awards, which go to the heart of what our worldwide association is about: celebrating excellence in the creation of compelling experiences and places. The TEA Thea Awards acknowledge the contributions of our unique industry, and provide a forum for important and influential dialogue within our international community. Whether online or in person, TEA and the TEA Thea Awards bring us together to learn, network and celebrate." 


Nominations open soon for 27th Theas; dates set for live Summit & Gala in April 2021

TEA plans to resume in-person, live gatherings around the TEA Thea Awards next year. Dates have been set for the TEA Summit and 27th Annual Thea Awards Gala presented by Chimelong, April 8-10, 2021 at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California USA. Nominations will open soon for the 27th annual awards slate.

TEA Chief Operating Officer Jennie Nevin says, "All of this is being brought about through earnest effort and dedication - and many hours of discussion, preparation and planning - by TEA Global Headquarters, the Thea Awards Nominating Committee and the TEA International Board of Directors - supported by the enthusiasm and cooperation of recipients, sponsors, hosts and other participants. We're deeply appreciative to everyone who is helping to keep TEA actively serving members and mission-focused in these unusual times. We look forward to engaging with you and bringing the TEA community together in recognition and celebration."

Additional details are in the FAQ and links below and more will be announced soon.


Appreciation for Chimelong

The Themed Entertainment Association expresses very special thanks and acknowledgment to TEA Global Partner and TEA Thea Awards Presenting Sponsor, Chimelong Group, for their continued support.



  • When will I receive my event ticket refund for 2020? For tickets purchased for the 2020 TEA Summit/Thea Awards Gala, refunds begin processing on June 1, 2020 and are expected to conclude on or before July 15, 2020. 
  • When will I receive a refund for my hotel room booking at Disneyland Resort? Bookings made with Disneyland Resort for the 2020 TEA Summit/Thea Awards Gala dates will be automatically refunded by the Resort.
  • How do I attend the 2020 online Thea Awards Case Studies sessions? The 26th Annual TEA Thea Awards recipients are being celebrated in a series of online Thea Case Studies. This will be a ticketed event - dates, ticket link and program details will be posted to the TEA website and announced on all TEA channels.
  • Where can I find the official credits lists for the 26th Annual TEA Thea Awards recipients? The official credits lists appear along with project descriptions and photos in the official TEA Thea Awards Program, which will be published online soon and shared on all TEA channels.
  • I placed an ad in the 26th Annual Thea Awards Program. When will it appear? Thank you for your support! Your ad will get a lot of exposure. The program will be published online at www.issuu.com in the near future, to coordinate with the Thea Case Studies digital sessions. It will be widely shared and promoted on all TEA channels.
  • How do I purchase tickets for the 27th Annual TEA Summit and Thea Awards Gala in April 2021 at Disneyland Resort? Tickets for the April 2021 Summit and Gala will go on sale around the end of 2020. 
  • How do I submit a nomination for the 27th Annual TEA Thea Awards, and when will those award recipients be announced? Nominations for the 27th Annual Thea Awards will open soon; details will be provided on the TEA website and will be announced on all TEA channels. The new slate of recipients will be announced in November 2020 and be formally awarded in April 2021.






Posted by Judy Rubin



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