Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Thea Recipients

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1st Thea Award (1994)

Harrison “Buzz” Price (Lifetime Achievement Award)


2nd Thea Award (1995)

Marty Sklar (Lifetime Achievement Award)


3rd Thea Awards (1996)

Monty Lunde (Outstanding Individual)

Awards for Outstanding Achievement
Ocean Base Atlantic, New Jersey State Aquarium

Wild Arctic, Sea World Florida

Waterworld, A Live Sea War Spectacular, Universal Studios Hollywood

Fremont Street Experience, Las Vegas

Rainforest Café, Schaumburg, Illinois

Honey, I Shrunk the Audience, Epcot

Indiana Jones Adventure, The Temple of the Forbidden Eye, Disneyland

Mystery Lodge, Knott’s Berry Farm

Space Mountain, From the Earth to the Moon, Disneyland Paris


4th Annual Thea Awards (1997)

Lifetime Achievement
Don Iwerks

Thea Classic
Pirates of the Caribbean, Disneyland

Awards for Outstanding Achievement
Terminator 2:3D, The Battle Across Time, Universal Studios Florida

Villa Volta, Efteling, Holland (Attraction)

Daytona USA, Daytona Speedway, Florida

Apollo/Saturn V Center, KSC, Florida

Warner Bros. Studio Store Expansion, NYC

Niketown New York, NYC

Caesars Magical Empire, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas

The Intergalactic Circus Spectacular, Lotte World, Seoul, Korea

Rock’n Robin, Cinema World, Kamakura City, Japan (Limited Budget)

Dark Castle, Fantasy Pointe, Nasu Highlands, Japan (Limited Budget)


5th Annual Thea Awards (1998)

Lifetime Achievement
John Hench

Thea Classic
Calico Mountain (The Mine Train Ride), Knotts Berry Farm (Classic)

Awards for Outstanding Achievement
Ripley’s Aquarium, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Star Trek: The Experience, Las Vegas

Space Quest Casino, Las Vegas

New York-New York Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas

The Power of Houston

Coney Island Emporium in the New York-New York Hotel

Masquerade Show in the Sky, Rio Suite Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas

Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds UK

Adventure Slots (Limited Budget)

Encounter at LAX, Los Angeles International Airport (Limited Budget)

UFO Encounters (Limited Budget)


6th Annual Thea Awards (1999)

Lifetime Achievement
Bob Gurr

Thea Classic
The Haunted Mansion, Disneyland

Awards for Outstanding Achievement
“It’s Tough to be a Bug,” Animal Kingdom

Journey to Atlantis, Sea World Orlando

Animal Kingdom

Disney Quest, Orlando

American Girl Place, Chicago

Acquamatrix Show at the Lisbon World Expo ’98

Café Odyssey, Mall of America

“O”, Cirque du Soleil, Las Vegas

Viejas Outlet Center & Legend of Nightfire Fountain Show

DVP Server Pro (Technical)

Titanic Official Movie Tour

Robot Zoo, Toronto, Canada

M&M’s Academy, Las Vegas (Limited Budget)

Hotel Gasten, Liseberg, Sweden (Limited Budget)


7th Annual Thea Awards (2000)

Thea Classic
Tivoli Gardens

Awards for Outstanding Achievement
The Stone Forest (Attraction)

Trial by Fire (Limited Budget)

The Palmach Museum, Israel

“The Year 2000 Starting Signal” Millennium Pyro Ballet

Richmond Sound Design Ltd.’s AudioBox (Technology)

James Cameron’s Titanic: The Experience

COSI Columbus

FiestAventura at Universal Studios Port Aventura, Spain

Test Track Presented by GM

Gold’s Gym presents HEROES – Health, Fitness and Beyond

Animator’s Palate

Atlantis, Paradise Island

The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man at Universal Orlando


8th Annual Thea Awards (2001)

Lifetime Achievement
Tony Baxter

Thea Classic
ilver Dollar City

Awards for Outstanding Achievement
Millennium Village Event

Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle of the Buccaneer Gold

Sydney 2000 Olympics: Opening Ceremony

The Great Platte River Road Archway Monument

Nickelodeon Flying Super Saturator

Men in Black: Alien Attack

Discovery Cove

Lights of Liberty Show

HollandRama, Holland

Kid’s City/La Ciudad de los Ninos

Desert Passage

Volkswagen Autostadt, Germany

Exploration in the New Millenium (Limited Budget)

L’Oxygenarium, France (Limited Budget)

Stealth – World’s First Flying Coaster (Innovation)

Disney’s FASTPASS (Innovation)


9th Annual Thea Awards (2002)

Lifetime Achievement
Jon Jerde

Thea Classic
Universal Studio’s Tram Tour

Awards for Outstanding Achievement
The Sherman Brothers (Special Achievement)

Les Mysteres de la Mer, France

The London Eye, United Kingdom

Animal Celebration, Universal Studios Japan

Disney Animation, Disney’s California Adventure

Soarin’ Over California, Disney California Adventure

FDNY Fire Zone, New York (Limited Budget)

Star of Destiny Theater, Texas State History Museum

Busch Gardens: Ireland

Media Pro 4000 (Technology)

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Orlando

Tokyo DisneySea & Entertainment Program

Chicano Now: American Expressions

Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark, Texas

Texas Wild!, Ft. Worth Zoo


10th Annual Thea Awards (2003)

Lifetime Achievement
George Millay

Thea Classic
Knott’s Scary Farm Halloween Haunt

Awards for Outstanding Achievement
Legoland Parks (Special Achievement)

Cine’Magique, Walt Disney Studios, Disneyland Paris

Templo del Fuego, Universal’s PortAventura, Spain

Tomb Raider: The Ride, Paramount’s Kings Island, Cincinnati

Stitch’s Photo Phone, Walt Disney Imagineering (Technology)

Haunted Mansion Holiday, Disneyland

2002 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremonies, Salt Lake City

Cerritos Library, City of Cerritos, CA

The Great Barn, Stone Mountain, GA (Limited Budget)

Luz y Voces del Tajin, Mexico

The Grove, Los Angeles, CA

Die Glaserne Manufaktur Dresden, Germany

The Guinness Storehouse, Dublin, Ireland


(Note, the Thea   Award Gala was moved from fall to spring, skipping 2004)


11th Annual Thea Awards (2005)

Lifetime Achievement
Barry Upson

Thea Classic
Efteling Park, Holland

Awards for Outstanding Achievement
Revenge of the Mummy, Universal Orlando  

The Challenge of Tutankhamon, Walibi Belgium  

Mission: SPACE, Walt Disney World, Orlando (Technology)

Aladdin, Disneyland

Freedom Rising, National Constitution Center, Philadelphia

The Imagination Workshop, Temecula, CA (Limited Budget)

The Spy Museum, Washington DC

The Ford Rouge Factory Tour, Dearborn, MI

uShaka Marine World, Durban, South Africa

Jurassic Park Institute Tour, Japan

Action! An Adventure in Moviemaking, Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (Limited Budget)

Health Royale, The Avampato Discovery Center, WV (Limited Budget)

Greenfield Village, The Henry Ford, Dearborn, MI


12th Annual Thea Awards (2006)

Lifetime Achievement
Yves Pépin

Thea Classic

Awards for Outstanding Achievement
Olympic Spirit Toronto

Ice Age Adventure! Bremen Germany (Limited Budget)

Images of Singapore at Sentosa Island

Athens 2004 Olympics Opening Ceremony

Dodge Wild Earth at the Philadelphia Zoo (Limited Budget)

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum

The Churchill Lifeline Table, London, UK

Remember...Dreams Come True

MagiQuest Technology (Technology)

Curse of DarKastle: The Ride

Fear Factor Live, Unviersal Studios Hollywood


13th Annual Thea Awards (2007)

Lifetime Achievement
Bob Rogers of BRC Imagination Arts

Thea Classic
Madame Tussauds, London UK   

Awards for Outstanding Achievement
Toyota Pavilion, Expo 2005 Japan

U-505, MSI Chicago

Zoomazium, Woodland Park Zoo

The Great Glass Elevator, Alton Towers UK

Kidspace Museum, Pasadena, CA The Real Cost Cafe, Monterey Bay Aquarium, CA

Robots, MSI Chicago

Ski Dubai, Dubai

Ashes & Snow, Tour

Believe, Sea Worlds

Boudin at the Wharf, San Francisco

Expedition Everest, Disney's Animal Kingdom

Georgia Aquarium, USA


14th Annual Thea Awards (2008)

Lifetime Achievement
Jack Rouse  

Thea Classic

Awards for Outstanding Achievement
Cosmos at the Castle, Ireland

Shuttle Launch Experience, Kennedy Space Center Florida

Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage, Disneyland CA Songs of the Sea, Sentosa Singapore

Awakening of the Temple, Aztec Theater Texas

Peter Pan's Neverland, Universal Studios Japan

Battle Stations 21, US Navy

CSI, Fort Worth Museum Texas

Discover the Real George Washington, Donald Reynolds Ed Center

Cleveland Avenue Time Machine, Rosa Parks Museum Alabama

Ka Floating Stages, Las Vegas

Kim Possible World Showcase Playtest, Epcot

Noah's Ark at the Skirball, CA

Walking With Dinosaurs - The Live Experience, Tour

The Chain of Generations Center, Jerusalem


15th Annual Thea Awards (2009)

Lifetime Achievement
Robert L. Ward

Thea Classic

Awards for Outstanding Achievement
Museum of the Marine Corps

Operation Spy, an Interactive Adventure at the International Spy Museum The Newseum

Forces of Nature at the Arizona Science Center

Audubon Insectarium

Air Force One Discovery Center at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library

Finding Nemo The Musical

The Legend of Mythica

Muppet Mobile Lab

2008 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremonies

Wynn Macau's Tree of Prosperity

Jungala at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Florida


Molenheide The Forgotten MineOetken

The Simpsons Ride at Universal Studios Florida and Universal Studios Hollywood


16th Annual Thea Awards (2010)

Lifetime Achievement
Mark Fuller, WET Design

Thea Classic
Coal Mine, Chicago Museum of Science and Industry

Awards for Outstanding Achievement
Toy Story Midway Mania, California Adventure and Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World

Dragon’s Treasure Show, City of Dreams, Macau

Disaster! Universal Studios Florida

The Museum at Bethel Woods, New York USA

Please Touch Museum, Philadelphia USA

America I Am: The African American Imprint

Skyscraper! Achievement & Impact, Liberty Science Center, Liberty State Park, Jersey City USA

McNeil Avian Center, Philadelphia Zoo (Limited Budget)

Tea Show @ OCT East Resort, Shenzhen, China

Heineken Experience, Amsterdam


Please note: From 2011 on, the “Life Time Achievement Award” was renamed “The Buzz Price Thea Award - Recognizing a Lifetime of Distinguished Achievements”


17th Annual Thea Awards (2011)

The Buzz Price Thea Award - Recognizing a Lifetime of Distinguished Achievements
Kim Irvine

Thea Classic
The Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA

Awards for Outstanding Achievement
Along the River During the Qingming Festival, China Pavilion, Shanghai Expo 2010

The National Infantry Museum, Columbus, Georgia  USA 

The Walt Disney Family Museum, San Francisco, USA

Science Storms, Museum of Science & Industry, Chicago USA

Beyond All Boundaries, Solomon Victory Theater, National World War II Museum, New Orleans USA

Glasnevin Museum, Dublin, Ireland

World of Color, Disney California Adventure, Anaheim USA

ICT Mobile Device, Information and Communications Pavilion, Shanghai Expo 2010 (Technology)

"Flynn Lives," ComiCon 2010 San Diego, Calif. USA 

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Resort Orlando, USA

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Resort Orlando, USA

"Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey," Universal Resort Orlando, USA

"Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey," Universal Resort Orlando, USA (Technology)


18th Annual Thea Awards (2012)

The Buzz Price Thea Award - Recognizing a Lifetime of Distinguished Achievements
Joe Rohde, Walt Disney Imagineering   

Thea Classic
Puy du Fou: Le Grand Parc and Cinéscénie, Vendée, France

Awards for Outstanding Achievement
Space Fantasy The Ride at Universal Studios Japan

Barnas Brannstasjon (Children’s Fire Station) at Kongeparken,   Norway (Limited Budget)

Arthur, L’Aventure 4D at Futuroscope

Star Tours - The Adventures Continue at Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World

Fernbank NatureQuest at Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Atlanta  

YOU! The Experience at Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

The Changing Climate Show at Science North (Limited Budget)

The Ghost of the Castle at Louisiana’s Old State Capitol (Limited Budget)

Crane Dance at Resorts World Sentosa

The Magic, The Memories, and You! at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

Yo México, Celebration of the Century of the Mexican Revolution,   Mexico City

The House of Dancing Water at City of Dreams, Macau

FoodLoop at Europa-Park

Animation Magic in the Animator’s Palate Restaurant aboard Disney Cruise Line’s Ship - Disney Fantasy  (Technology)


19th Annual Thea Awards (2013)

The Buzz Price Award – Recognizing a Lifetime of Distinguished Achievements
Frank Stanek

Thea Classic
Europa-Park Theme Park and Resort, Rust, Germany

Awards for Outstanding Achievement
Big-O Experience

Radiator Springs Racers, Disney California Adventure Park – Anaheim, USA

Transformers: The Ride 3D, Universal Studios Singapore & Hollywood

Cars Land, Disney California Adventure Park – Anaheim, USA

Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame – Calgary, Canada

Aquanura at Efteling Park - Netherlands

Big-O Experience, Yeosu 2012 International Expo - South Korea

Tait Pixel Tablets – London, England (Technology)

Warner Bros. Studio Tour - The Making of Harry Potter - London, England

Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa - Ko Olina, Oahu, Hawaii USA

Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge, Disney California Adventure Park – Anaheim, USA

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