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25 March 2016

The 22nd Annual TEA Thea Awards Gala is April 2 - Don't miss it!

Put together your black-tie evening wear, polish your shoes and get ready for themed entertainment's Big Night at the Disneyland Hotel Grand Ballroom, where the best and brightest of our industry - call it Themed Entertainment, Experience Design, Leisure & Travel or Visitor Attractions - will converge for an elegant night of celebration - the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) 22nd Annual Thea Awards Gala, presented by Chimelong Group.


Phil Hettema and The Hettema Group, Thea Awards Gala producer

April 2, 2016 is the date!

You can still purchase tickets: Click here.

For more information, visit the Official TEA Thea Awards Blog.


Here's the list of Thea Awards Recipients who will be represented and honored on stage and receive trophies:

2016 Thea Awards Recipients

TEA International President Steve Birket of Birket Engineering
with 2016 Buzz Price Thea lifetime honoree Keith James of JRA 

The Buzz Price Thea Award – Recognizing a Lifetime of Distinguished Achievements

  • Keith James, Owner/CEO, Jack Rouse Associates      

Thea Classic Award

  • San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park (San Diego, CA, USA)


Thea Awards for Outstanding Achievement (AOA)

  • One World Observatory (New York, NY, USA) - Attraction
  • SpongeBob SubPants Adventure, Moody Gardens (Galveston, TX, USA) - Attraction
  • Les Amoureux de Verdun, Puy du Fou (Les Espesses, France) - Attraction, Limited Budget
  • Foresta Lumina, Parc de la Gorge de Coaticook (Coaticook, QC, Canada) - Interactive Attraction, Limited Budget 
  • Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden, Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden (Dallas, TX, USA) - Science/Discovery Garden
  • Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, Victoria and Albert Museum (London, UK) - Museum Exhibit
  • Inspector Training Course, Discovery Cube Los Angeles - Science/Discovery Experience, Limited Budget
  • Fountain of Dreams (Wuyishan, China) - Event Spectacular
  • Disney Paint the Night, Hong Kong Disneyland & Disneyland (Hong Kong & Anaheim) - Parade Spectacular
  • Gantom Torch Technology - Technology, Limited Budget
  • Geppetto Animation Control System - Technology Breakthrough
  • Manufacturing Innovation, Ford Rouge Factory Tour, The Henry Ford (Dearborn, MI, USA) - Brand Experience, Limited Budget
  • Moments of Happiness at World of Coca-Cola (Atlanta, GA, USA) - Corporate Visitor Center Rehab, Limited Budget
  • Integrated Environmental Media System at LAX (Los Angeles, CA, USA) - Environmental Media Experience

TEA Distinguished Service Award

  • John Robinett, Senior Vice President - Economics, AECOM
A favorite picture from 2015 - TEA president Steve Birket
cozies up to a Raving Rabbid


Posted by Judy Rubin



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