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22 November 2020

Thea Awards Digital Case Studies report - Session 6: Attractions

The Oct 22, 2020 session of Thea Awards Digital Case Studies, spotlighting attractions, explored three Thea Award recipients for Outstanding Achievement: Wonderbox at Paradise City, Incheon, South Korea; Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, Universal Orlando, Florida, USA; and Popcorn Revenge, Walibi Belgium, Belgium. The session moderator was Fri Forjindam, Mycotoo, Inc.

Thea Awards Digital Case Studies are presented by the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA), the global nonprofit membership association for the creators of compelling experiences and places. The case studies sessions explore and celebrate the recipients of TEA's prestigious, annual Thea Awards. Click for more info about Thea Awards Digital Case Studies and how to buy tickets. #TEAtheas #TEAdigital

The series of seven sessions making up Thea Awards Digital Case Studies will wrap around mid-November 2020. One ticket buys the full package, and each session becomes available on-demand immediately after the initial presentation, so it is possible to experience the full series by purchasing a ticket now. Each session has been bookended with additional sessions: live networking beforehand, and live Q&A with the presenters afterward with NextGen-focused networking after that. The virtual meeting space has been available 24/7 for ticketholders to meet and network informally at any time or to review the recorded sessions. TICKETS/MORE INFO      

The final session on Nov 5, 2020 is focused on theme parks and will feature presentations on Thea Award recipients Warner Bros. World™ Abu Dhabi, UAE; Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, Disneyland Resort, California, USA; and Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, Disneyland Resort, California, USA. The moderator will be Brian Morrow, BMorrow Productions.

Report for TEA by Judith Rubin

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Wonderbox at Paradise City, Incheon, South Korea

THEA AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT - FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT CENTER

Wonderbox is an indoor, fantasy theme park spanning 3,900 square meters over two stories, a visually exciting playground for both adults and children. It combines 10 specially themed traditional rides, carnival skill games, live performance, adventure play and interactive media. Highlights include “Luna Carnival,” taking over the entire space several times a day and ever changing, cinema-quality digital media art that extends the sense of space. The TEA Thea Committee wrote in its official remarks, "Wonderbox demonstrates true excellence in environmental design, media production, live performance and execution on a limited budget. Environmental storytelling harmonizes with visitor experience. Wonderbox has raised the bar for all indoor entertainment centers that will follow."

 

Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, Universal Orlando, USA

THEA AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT: ATTRACTION

This “story coaster” at Universal’s Islands of Adventure™ puts guests onto the motorbike of Hagrid - one of the most beloved characters in the Harry Potter canon - for a mile-long, wild ride through the mysterious Forbidden Forest of the wizarding world. The bike has been bewitched by the befuddled Arthur Weasley and its environment includes an actual woodland of more than 1,200 live trees, populated by many of the story’s most infamous creatures. Vehicles get up to speeds of 50 mph and the ride includes seven separate launches, travel in multiple directions and a surprise 40-foot free-fall drop, all to an emotional score. The TEA Thea Committee wrote in its official remarks that "the ride takes immersive experience to a new level in its combination of storytelling and innovative roller coaster technology with rich environments and sets, and truly delivers in a new and fun way on the Wizarding World of Harry Potter experience."

 

Popcorn Revenge, Walibi Belgium

THEA AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT - ATTRACTION, LIMITED BUDGET

One of the newer attractions at Walibi Belgium, Popcorn Revenge® is a trackless dark ride that takes guests on a wild and erratic adventure in which rogue, cartoon-like characters (animated popcorn), tired of being eaten by cinema-goers, take over a Bollywood-themed movie theater. "Of all the nominations reviewed by the Thea Awards Committee, this attraction, hands down, had everyone grinning from ear to ear," wrote the TEA Thea Awards Committee in its official remarks, also commenting, "Popcorn Revenge delivers with its delightful mix of quirky characters, pun-filled signage and simple-yet-effective gameplay. In a footprint of just 800 square meters, this unique family attraction tells a compelling story, demonstrates excellence in design and décor, and exemplifies an affordable option for regional family parks."

 

 

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The final session on Nov 5, 2020 is focused on theme parks and will feature presentations on Thea Award recipients Warner Bros. World™ Abu Dhabi, UAE; Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, Disneyland Resort, California, USA; and Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, Disneyland Resort, California, USA. The moderator will be Brian Morrow, BMorrow Productions

One ticket buys the full package of TEA Thea Awards Case Studies (7 sessions), and each session has become available on-demand immediately after the initial presentation, so it is possible to experience the full series by purchasing a ticket now.

 

PRODUCTION CREDITS

See all speakers, sponsors and production credits for TEA Thea Awards Digital Case Studies

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR 26TH THEA AWARDS DIGITAL CASE STUDIES PRODUCTION TEAM

Production Credits for TEA Corporate Sponsors

  • Joe Fox, Alcorn McBride - Technical Manager
  • Ian McDaniel, Good Theory Studios - Associate Technical Manager
  • Dave Martin, DemoDave Production - Sponsorship Video Production
  • Chris Crowe, VCI Event Technology - Producer
  • Jeff Killian, VCI Event Technology - Editor
  • Nick Davies, VCI Event Technology - Editor
  • Dave DaCosta, VCI Event Technology - Technical Director
  • Jack Byers, VCI Event Technology - Event Technology Engineer
  • Becky Moore, VCI Event Technology - Event Technology Engineer
     

TEA Production Staff

  • Jennie Nevin - COO & Executive Producer
  • Tammie Richards - Director of Events
  • Erica Schwehr - Director of Operations, Art Direction
  • Judy Rubin - PR, Publications & Social Media
  • Christine Mack - Associate Event Producer, Help Desk
  • Christy Nakada - Marketing Associate, Help Desk
  • Alexa Esparza - Member Services, Help Desk

 

 

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