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Thea Awards & TEA Summit

The prestigious Thea Award is considered one of the attraction industry's greatest honors. The awards were founded in 1994 by the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). TEA's annual Thea Awards Gala is an elegant, black-tie dinner event held in the spring in Los Angeles, following TEA's annual, 2-day industry Summit. Together, TEA's Summit & Thea Awards comprise the Association's most important weekend of events. They are also vital business networking gatherings. Learn about programming and speakers, awards recipients, past events and how to become an attendee, participant, volunteer or sponsor.

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08 February 2019
Education, creativity and inspiration: Thea Case Studies Day through the eyes of co-chairs Roberta Perry and Pat MacKay

Co-chairs Roberta Perry and Pat MacKay talk about the 2019 Themed Entertainent Association (TEA) Thea Case Studies Day, aka TEA Summit Day Two, an illuminating showcase of the recipients being honored this year with TEA Thea Awards, providing essential education and networking among peers in the global visitor attractions industry. #TEAsummit #TEAtheas

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07 February 2019
Leave your preconceptions at the door -- Q&A with TEA Summit 2019 Day One co-chairs Christine Kerr & Melissa Ruminot

The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) annual Summit conference is a two-day event, followed by the TEA Thea Awards Gala presented by Chimelong. The weekend of events takes place April 11-13, 2019 at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim. 

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30 January 2019
See a Chinese/English preview of the TEA Thea Awards and get your Summit & Gala tickets now

We are very pleased that Asia Attractions magazine published a bilingual preview of the 2019 TEA Thea Awards. The slate of awardees includes many Asian recipients. Story on page 44 at this link.

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13 November 2018
Universal, Chimelong, Disney, Herschend, Fantawild, Six Flags, Huaxia, LEGO, Intel among 25th Annual TEA Thea Awards recipients to be honored April 13, 2019

BURBANK, California USA – “The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) congratulates the TEA Thea Awards recipients, representing some of the finest achievements in the creation of compelling places and experiences,” said TEA International Board President Michael Mercadante of Main Street Design.

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08 November 2018
Chimelong is presenting sponsor of the 25th Annual TEA Thea Awards Gala, 13 April 2019 - tickets on sale now

Burbank, CA -- The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) announced that Chimelong Group has become Presenting Sponsor of the 25th Annual Thea Awards Gala, April 13, 2019 at Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, CA. Tickets on sale now.

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08 November 2018
TEA to announce new Thea Awards recipients Nov 13, 2018 at IAAPA Orlando, 2pm

The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) will officially announce the new slate of TEA Thea Awards recipients at a press conference on Tuesday, Nov 13, 2018 at 2:00 pm (local time) during the IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando. New TEA International Board President Michael Mercadante of Main Street Design will make the announcement from the TEA booth, #1366.

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20 April 2018
Record attendance for 2018 TEA Summit, Thea Case Studies Day and Thea Awards Gala

Showcasing a global spectrum of top-awarded projects, companies, people and technology leading visitor attractions and providing a forum for peer discussion, the annual Summit of the Themed Entertainment Association attracted record attendance with some 300 delegates for Day One and 550 for Day Two (April 5-6). The meetings convened at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim as part of TEA's big weekend of events, culminating in the TEA Thea Awards Gala presented by Chimelong, April 7, which also welcomed a record crowd of more than 800 celebrants. 

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20 April 2018
More than 100 co-celebrants attend Thea Awards celebration in Shanghai, April 7-8, 2018

The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) Asia Pacific Division organized a special gathering in Shanghai the weekend of April 7- 8 to celebrate the 2018 TEA Thea Awards Gala, coinciding with the weekend that the actual Gala was taking place in Anaheim, CA USA at Disneyland Resort.

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13 April 2018
TEA thanks 2018 Thea Awards Gala producer Miziker Entertainment

We will be sharing more expressions of gratitude in the coming days, now that our 24th Annual Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) Thea Awards Gala has come and gone (April 7, 2018). This particular "thank you" is for Ryan Miziker and the team at Miziker Entertainment, producer of the 2018 TEA Thea Awards Gala show. 

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11 April 2018
"We have an obligation" - Phil Hettema's powerful speech at the 2018 TEA Thea Awards Gala

On April 7, 2018, at the 24th Annual Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) Thea Awards Gala, Phil Hettema, founder of The Hettema Group, was honored with the Buzz Price Thea Award for a Lifetime of Distinguished Achievements. Upon accepting the award, presented to him on behalf of TEA by Nancy Seruto of Walt Disney Imagineering, Phil gave a touching and memorable speech about his life and career, and the art and business of themed entertainment. With Phil's kind permission, TEA shares the full text of his speech here. Enjoy the story of one of our industry's greatest storytellers!

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