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29 March 2017

April 2017: One big weekend in Anaheim with TEA and the superstars of themed entertainment

Anaheim, CA, USA - Theme park industry leaders meet April 20-22: Bringing together top executives and creatives of Disney, Universal, Chimelong, 20th Century Fox and Puy du Fou, among others - with hundreds of entertainment professionals - the annual Thea Awards Gala and Summit of the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) will soon convene at Disneyland Resort.

Bob Weis,
President, WDI

The TEA Summit & Thea Awards Gala weekend of events is headlined by the best of the global themed entertainment business - industry superstars, creative and tech pioneers, and top projects all leading the way for international tourism and real estate development.

Speakers and presenters include:

  • Bob Weis, President, Walt Disney Imagineering - leading a presentation about Shanghai Disneyland, Shanghai Disney Resort
  • Nancy Seruto, Creative Show Studio Executive, Walt Disney Imagineering - speaking about Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for the Sunken Treasure, Shanghai Disneyland, Shanghai Disney Resort
  • Jon Corfino,
    Universal Creative

    Stephen Siercks, Senior Director of Entertainment, Production, Universal Studios Hollywood - speaking about WaterWorld: A Live Sea War Spectacular, which is receiving the Thea Classic Award 

  • Jon Corfino, Senior Director and Executive Producer, Universal Creative - presentation about Springfield, Universal Studios Hollywood
  • Eric A. Kopelow, CEC; Vice President, Food Operations, Universal Studios Hollywood - speaking about food and beverage development for Springfield, Universal Studios Hollywood 
  • Paul Su, Vice President, Chimelong Group Co. Ltd., accepting the Thea Award for  the 5D Castle Theater at Chimelong Ocean Kingdom
  • Paul Su,
    Chimelong Group
    Chris Ho, General Manager, International Business Affairs, Chimelong Group Co. Ltd. - presentation about the 5D Castle Theater at Chimelong Ocean Kingdom
  • Philippe de Villiers, Creator, Puy du Fou - accepting the Thea Award for Le Dernier Panache, Puy du Fou
  • Nicolas de Villiers, President/Artistic Director, Puy du Fou - presentation about Le Dernier Panache, Puy du Fou
  • Luc Petit, Luc Petit Creation - speaking about Décrocher la Lune VI, which is receiving a Thea Award
  • Greg Lombardo,
    20th Century Fox
    Greg Lombardo, Senior Vice President, Global Live & Location Based Entertainment, 20th Century Fox - speaking about The Simpsons
  • Jonathan Casson, Director of Business Development for Global Live and Location Based Entertainment, 20th Century Fox, speaking about IP (intellectual property) and themed attractions
  • Michael Mack, Managing Partner, Mack Rides - speaking about the Inverted Powered Coaster, which is receiving a Thea Award for technology
  • Jeremy Railton, Chairman/Founder, Entertainment Design Corp. - TEA Thea lifetime honoree for 2017 - TEA Summit keynote 
  • Nancy Seruto,
    Nolan Bushnell, Co-Founder & Chairman, Modal VR - speaking about the future of Virtual Reality
  • Greg Louganis, Olympic medalist, author and activist - "Hiding in Plain Sight"




The 2017 TEA Thea Awards Gala is presented by Chimelong Group Co. Ltd. 


More information:

About the TEA Thea Awards and the TEA Summit

Thea Award honored projects cover categories such as theme parks, museums and science centers, zoos and aquariums, corporate visitor centers, retail, heritage centers, resorts and other out-of-home guest experiences - in all parts of the world. The Thea Awards were created by the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) in 1994 to help realize a key mission: bringing recognition to achievement, talent and personal excellence

Nolan Bushnell,
VR Modal

within the themed entertainment industry. TEA’s Thea Awards have become internationally recognized as a symbol of excellence.

The annual Thea Awards Gala, an elegant, black-tie dinner affair held in Los Angeles every spring, is the culminating occasion of TEA’s biggest weekend of events which starts with the two-day TEA Summit conference (April 20-21, 2017). These vital business networking gatherings unite the international leisure attractions community. All are ticketed events.The 23rd Annual Thea Awards Gala will be held April 22, 2017 at the Disneyland Hotel, Disneyland Resort, Anaheim CA, USA.

About TEA

Jeremy Railton,

The TEA (Themed Entertainment Association) is an international nonprofit organization founded in 1991 and based in Burbank, CA. Some 1,300 TEA members represent roughly 10,000 creative specialists, from architects to designers, technical specialists to master planners, scenic fabricators to artists, and builders to feasibility analysts working around the globe. TEA presents the annual Thea Awards and the TEA Summit and hosts the annual SATE Conference on Experience Design. TEA also produces a variety of print and electronic publications, including the TEA/AECOM Theme Index.


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