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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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26 January 2015
Pat MacKay to be honored with Themed Entertainment Assn Service Award at Thea Awards Gala March 21

Anaheim, Calif. USA, Jan 26, 2015 – “At Disneyland Hotel on March 21 the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) will present the annual Thea Awards to 16 recipients, and grant an additional honor - the TEA Distinguished Service Award - to Patricia MacKay of Ones&ZerosMedia,” said TEA president Steve Birket of Birket Engineering. “An industry pioneer in her own right, Pat has supported TEA since its founding, sharing the vision for crediting and celebrating the under-acknowledged creative suppliers to the industry and the synergy between themed entertainment and theater - especially in her roles serving on the Thea Awards Committee and now as a TEA Summit co-chair.”

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26 January 2015
Using research data to improve guest experience: TEA Summit panel March 19 with speakers from NBC Universal, Integrated Insight & Strategic Leisure

How are parks and attractions gathering and using guest feedback today? This panel discussion will provide important insights into the latest approaches being used and the direct impacts the data being collected can having on the guest experience. The panel of experts will explore methodologies and technologies currently being employed with perspectives on design and operation of parks, museums, science centres and other visitor attractions. [Scroll down for speaker bios]

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16 January 2015
TEA Summit helps educate tomorrow's themed entertainment professionals; some scholarships available for March 20

NextGen members of the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) are students and recent grads working to enter the international attractions industry (as designers, artisans, producers, writers, engineers, operators, etc.). A highlight of TEA NextGen membership is first-hand access to educational and networking events such as the annual TEA Summit (March 19-20), followed by the Thea Awards Gala (March 21) at Disneyland Resort. TEA NextGen members have access to discounted tickets for these events - a limited number of scholarships are also available, and applications are being accepted through Feb 6. 

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09 January 2015
Attend TEA's 2015 Thea Awards Gala & TEA Summit, March 19-21, Anaheim, Calif.

The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA), the international, non-profit alliance for the makers of compelling places and experiences worldwide, presents the annual Thea Awards Gala and TEA industry Summit, March 19-21 at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Calif. USA.

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09 January 2015
Thea Award recipients Gråtassland at Kongeparken (Norway) and the Grand Hall Experience (Saint Louis USA) revive historic icons

Each coming in under $3 million, each reviving an historic, local icon, and each named for a Thea Award: Gråtassland (Kongeparken, Norway) and the Grand Hall Experience at Union Station (Saint Louis, USA) will be showcased March 20 at Thea Case Studies Day, and officially honored at the Thea Awards Gala March 21, at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim. Information/tickets: www.teaconnect.org

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09 January 2015
Prepare for the 2015 Thea Awards & TEA Summit by catching up on Season Pass Podcast coverage from last year

The Season Pass Podcast interviewed many Thea Award recipients and TEA leaders at the 2014 Thea Awards and TEA Summit, producing 6 shows linked below. TEA thanks Season Pass, headed by Doug Barnes, for this excellent coverage - and we encourage you to check it out. Many industry members enjoy listening to Season Pass podcasts while commuting. Wherever or however you listen, it's a great way to catch up on last year's Thea Awards/TEA Summit weekend while preparing for this year's. 

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08 January 2015
Thea-honored museum exhibits Wonderkamers and Nature Lab to be showcased March 20 at TEA Summit, Anaheim

Recipients of 2015 Thea Awards from the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) include museum exhibits Wonderkamers ("Wonder Rooms") at Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, Netherlands, and Nature Lab at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Both projects will be showcased by key people from the museums on March 20 at Thea Case Studies Day, and officially honored at the Thea Awards Gala March 21, at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim. Information/tickets: www.teaconnect.org.

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08 January 2015
StoryGarden & Wings of Time: two celebrated visitor attractions among those showcased at 2015 TEA Summit March 20

Top entertainment design companies BRC Imagination Arts and ECA2 are among the presenters at the TEA Summit March 20 in Anaheim, showcasing international projects being honored with Thea Awards by the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). Carmel Lewis and Christian Lachel of BRC will give a case study of the StoryGarden experience (Amorepacific Beauty Campus, Korea) while Jean-Christophe

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08 January 2015
AECOM to lead economics discussion on global attractions industry at TEA Summit March 19, Anaheim

Themed Entertainment: The industry by the numbers - at TEA Summit Day One, March 19, 2015

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08 January 2015
Ron Miziker, Amy Weisser & Bryan Abelowitz join speaker roster for TEA Thea Awards showcase March 20 at Disneyland Resort

Ron Miziker of Miziker Entertainment Group is the keynote speaker for TEA Summit Day 2: Thea Case Studies Day, organized by the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) and taking place at the Disneyland Hotel March 20, 2015, in Anaheim, Calif. USA. Miziker was named to receive the Buzz Price Thea Award for a Lifetime of Outstanding Achievements. The award is named in honor of Harrison "Buzz" Price, who was the first Thea recipient in 1994. (Scroll down to see Ron Miziker's bio.)

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