2018 TEA Summit & Thea Awards Gala

TEA Thea Awards Gala and TEA Summit conference

April 5-7, Disneyland Resort, Anaheim Calif. USA

TEA president David Willrich presides
at the 2017 TEA Thea Awards

Celebrating and documenting the best recent examples of experience design for leisure, entertainment and education

  • 15th Annual TEA Summit - April 5-6
  • 24th Annual Thea Awards Gala - April 7

Hosted by the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) - the global alliance for the makers of compelling places and experiences. 


  • TEA COO Jennie Nevin
    at the 2017 TEA Thea Awards Gala
    Sponsorship: Contact Jennie Nevin, TEA COO
  • Media: Contact Judith Rubin
  • Hashtags: #TEAsummit, #TEAtheas

TEA Summit Day One (April 5) addresses business issues and trends in the visitor attractions industry and showcases the

headline Thea Awards recipients. TEA Summit tickets on sale now.

Thea Case Studies Day (April 6) showcases the Thea Awards recipients being honored the following evening at the Gala. TEA Summit tickets on sale now.

The Thea Awards Gala (April 7) is an elegant, black-tie dinner affair. TEA's annual Thea Awards are considered the highest honor of the themed entertainment industry, and the Thea recipients for 2018 span the globe. Thea Awards Gala tickets on sale now.

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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. 


20 April 2018
Paris: 40 attend TEA mixer at Musée Grévin

Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) members and non-members met at the Musée Grévin in Paris for a private tour of the mythical museum on March 29, 2018, organized by the TEA Europe & Middle East Division.


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.


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. 


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!


19 March 2018
Shanghai, 7-8 April: A celebration of the 2018 TEA Thea Awards

A special gathering in Shanghai, 7-8 April 2018, has been organized by the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) Asia Pacific Division to allow industry members in Shanghai to celebrate the TEA Thea Awards.


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.


23 February 2018
TEA showcases top entertainment operators, creatives and IPs at Thea Case Studies Day & Thea Awards Gala (April 6-7, 2018, Disneyland Resort)

TEA Thea Case Studies Day 2018 (April 6, Disneyland Resort, Anaheim) #TEAtheas #TEAsummit


20 February 2018
TEA Summit Day One kicks off themed entertainment's big weekend (April 5, 2018, Disneyland Resort)

The annual TEA Summit and Thea Awards Gala of the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) will convene at Disneyland Resort April 5-7, bringing together top executives and creatives with hundreds of entertainment professionals. #TEAtheas #TEAsummit


15 February 2018
TEA Summit co-chairs talk about the 2018 event

Want an idea of what to expect from the 2018 TEA Summit, April 5-6 at Disneyland Resort? InPark asked asked each of the conference chairs to share a taste of what makes the TEA Summit special.


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