TEA Summit & Thea Awards Gala

03 December 2021

Thea Award recipients: 1994-2022

TEA Thea Awards recipients

Listed here are all the Thea award recipients since 1994. You can also view full details of recipients from all years using the links below.

1994-1998  1999-2003   2005-2008  2009-2013  2014-2018  2019-2020  2020-2021 2021-2022

1st Thea Award (1994)

Harrison “Buzz” Price (Lifetime Achievement Award)


2nd Thea Awards (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)

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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)

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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

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

Lucky the Dinosaur, Walt Disney Imgineering Research & Development (Technology)

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
  • SeaWorld
  • 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

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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)

TEA Distinguished Service Honoree:  Gene Jeffers


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

TEA Distinguished Service Honoree: Judith Rubin

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20th Annual Thea Awards (2014)

The Buzz Price Thea Award - Recognizing a Lifetime of Distinguished Achievements
Garner Holt

Thea Classic
The Enchanted Tiki Room - Disneyland - Anaheim, California

Awards for Outstanding Achievement:

Revolution Tru-Trackless Ride System (Breakthrough Technology)
Gardens by the Bay, Singapore
Michael Jackson ONE, Madalay Bay Hotel, Las Vegas
Enchanted Tales with Belle, Magic Kingdom Park, Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando (USA)
The Mind Museum, Taguig City, Philippines
Marine Worlds Carousel, Les Machines de L'ile, Nantes France
Polynesian Cultural Center, Oahu, Hawaii
De Vuurproef, Het Spoorwegmuseum, Utrecht, Netherlands
Mystic Manor, Hong Kong Disneyland
Titanic Belfast, Northern Ireland
The Song of An Angel, Universal Studios Japan, Osaka

TEA Distinguished Service Honoree:  Karen McGee

21st Annual Thea Awards (2015)

The Buzz Price Thea Award - Recognizing a Lifetime of Distinguished Achievements
Ron Miziker

Thea Classic
"it's a small world", Disneyland, Anaheim,California

Paragon Award
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Studios Florida (Orlando)
     Diagon Alley
     Hogwarts Express
     Diagon Alley Retail/Dining

Awards for Outstanding Achievement:

Harry Potter & The Escape from Gringotts, Universal Studios Florida (Orlando)
Interactive Wands - Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Studios Florida (Orlando) - Technical Excellence
Graatassland "The Land of the Little Grey Tractor," Kongeparken - Norway
The Grand Hall Experience at Saint Louis Union Station
Wilderness Explorers, Disney's Animak Kingdom, Walt Disney World (Orlando)
Nature Lab, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles
Wings of Time, Sentosa Island, Singapore
Story Garden at AmorePacific Beauty Campus, Gyeonggi-do, Korea
Bistrot Chez Remy, Walt Disney Studios Park, Disneyland Paris
ChimelongOcean Kingdom, Hengqin Island, China
National September 11 Memorial Museum, New York City
Wonderkamers, Gemeentemuseum, The Hague
The Time Machine, Parc du Futuroscope, Poiters (France)

TEA Distinguished Service Honoree:  Pat MacKay


22nd Annual Thea Awards (2016)

The Buzz Price Thea Award - Recognizing a Lifetime of Distinguished Achievements
Keith James, Owner/CEO, Jack Rouse Associates

Thea Classic
San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park (San Diego, CA, USA)

Awards for Outstanding Achievement:

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 LA (Sylmar, CA, USA) – 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
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 Tom Bradley International Terminal, LAX (Los Angeles, CA, USA) – Environmental Media Experience

TEA Distinguished Service Award:  John Robinett, Senior Vice President – Economics, AECOM

23rd Annual Thea Awards (2017)

The Buzz Price Thea Award - Recognizing a Lifetime of Distinguished Achievements
Jeremy Railton, Founder & Chairman, Entertainment Design Corporation

Thea Classic
WaterWorld: A Live Sea War Spectacular (Universal Studios, Hollywood,  CA, USA)

Awards for Outstanding Achievement:

5D Castle Theater; Chimelong Ocean Kingdom (Hengqin Island, Zhuhai, China) - Attraction
Center Parcs Domaine du Bois aux Daims (Les Trois-Moutiers, France) - Eco-friendly Destination
Decrocher la Lune VI, (La Louviere, Belgium) - Live Event Spectacular, Limited Budget
Ghost Post, The Haunted Mansion, Disneyland Park (Anaheim, CA, USA) - Connected Immersion
House of Eternal Return by Meow Wolf (Sante Fe, NM, USA) - Connected Immersion, Limited Budget
Le Dernier Panache, Puy du Fou  (Les Epesses, France) - Live Show
Mack Rides' Inverted Powered Coaster - Innovative Ride System
Meet Vincent Van Gogh Experience (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) - Immersive Museum Exhibit: Touring
Senate Immersion Module, Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate (Boston, MA, USA) - Connected Immersion in Education
Slideboarding - Technology
Springfield, Universal Studios Hollywood (Universal City, CA, USA) - Themed Food & Beverage Experience
TRANSFORMATIONS, Museum of Latin American Art (Long Beach, CA, USA) - Museum Exhibit, Limited Budget
Camp Discovery, Shanghai Disneyland (Shanghai Disney Resort, China) - Attraction
Pirates of the Caribbean; Battle for the Sunken Treasure, Shanghai Disneyland (Shanghai Disney Resort, China) - Attraction
Shanghai Disneyland (Shanghai Disney Resort, China) - Theme Park

TEA Peter Chernack Distinguished Service Award:  Peter Chernack, Past President, TEA-Themed Entertainment Association (Posthumous Honor, In Memorium)

24th Annual Thea Awards (2018)

The Buzz Price Thea Award - Recognizing a Lifetime of Distinguished Achievements
Phil Hettema, Founder, The Hettema Group

Thea Classic
Cedar Point, (Sandusky,  OH, USA)

Awards for Outstanding Achievement (AOA):

Sleep No More Shanghai, McKinnon Hotel (Shanghai, China) - Connected Immersion Theater
Ghost Town Alive!, Knott's Berry Farm (Buena Park, CA, USA) - Connected Immersion Theater, Limited Budget
Pandora - The World of Avatar, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World Resort (Orlando, FL, USA) - Theme Park Area Development
Avatar Flight of Passage, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World Resort (Orlando, FL, USA) - Attraction
Jameson Distillery Bow St., (Dublin, Ireland) - Brand Experience
Chimelong Ocean Kingdom's Journey of Lights Parade, (Zhuhai City, China)- Live Show
Frozen Ever After, Norway Pavilion, Walt Disney World Resort (Orlando, FL, USA) - Attraction Reimagining
Symbolica: the Palace of Fantasy, de Eftelng, (Netherlands) - Attraction
Citadella Visitors Centre, (Gozo Island, Malta) -Heritage Visitor Center, Limited Budget
Les Carrieres de Lumieres, (Les Baux de Provence, France) - Immersive Event
"Aura," Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal (Motreal, Canada) - Immersive Event, Limited Budget
Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: BREAKOUT!, Disney California Adventure, Disneyland Resort (Anaheim, CA, USA) - Attraction Reimagining
DreamWorks Animation Zone, MOTIONGATE™, (Dubai, UAE) - Theme Park Land
Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, (Washington DC, USA) - Museum
Gallipoli: The Scale of Our War, Te Papa Museum (Wellington, New Zealand) - Museum Exhibit, Limited Budget 

Rainis' Museum Tadenava, (Latvia) - Museum Rehab on a Limited Budget 

3D Live - Holographic 3D LED Display - Innovative Technology

TEA Peter Chernack Distinguished Service Award:  Joe Fox Birket Engineering and Annika Oetken, Freelance Project Manager

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25th Annual TEA Thea Awards recipients (2018-19)

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

  • Mark Woodbury, Vice Chairman Universal Parks & Resorts and President Universal Creative

Thea Classic

  • Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, TN, USA

Thea Awards for Outstanding Achievement (AOA) - recipient name, location (AOA category)

  • Bazyliszek, Park Legendia, Chorzow, Poland (Attraction, Limited Budget)
  • Be Washington: It’s Your Turn to Lead, George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, VA, USA (Museum Experience, Limited Budget)
  • MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM – teamLab Borderless, Tokyo, Japan (Connected Immersion – Digital Art)
  • The Evel Knievel Museum, Topeka, Kansas, USA (Museum, Limited Budget)
  • Fantastic Journey, Majestic Princess, Princess Cruises, Valencia, CA USA (Live Show Spectacular, Limited Budget)
  • Fantawild Oriental Heritage, Xiamen, China (Theme Park)
  • ILLUMINATIONS: human/nature, Banff National Park, Alberta & Rouge Urban National Park, Toronto, Canada (Connected Immersion – Digital Overlay Experience, Limited Budget)
  • JUSTICE LEAGUE™: Battle for Metropolis, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Valencia, CA, USA (Attraction)
  • LEGO® House, Billund, Denmark (Brand Center)
  • Nemo & Friends SeaRider, Tokyo DisneySea, Japan (Repurposed Attraction)
  • SlideWheel, Chimelong Water Park, Guangzhou, China (Attraction)
  • Legend of Camel Bells, Huaxia Cultural Tourism Resort, Xi’an, Shanxi Province, China (Live Show Spectacular)
  • Universal Spectacle Night Parade – The Best of Hollywood, Universal Studios Japan, Osaka, Japan (Live Show Spectacular)
  • Universal’s Volcano Bay, Universal Orlando Resort, Orlando, FL USA (Water Theme Park)
  • Intel Shooting Star Drone System (Outstanding Technical Innovation)

TEA Peter Chernack Distinguished Service Award (recognizing exceptional volunteer service to the Association)

  • Michel Linet-Frion – Pierre & Vacances Développement


26th Annual TEA Thea Awards recipients (2019-20)

The Buzz Price Thea Award – Recognizing a Lifetime of Distinguished Achievements
Nancy Seruto, Portfolio Executive Producer, Walt Disney Imagineering

Thea Classic Award
Pageant of the Masters, Laguna Beach, California, USA

Thea Awards for Outstanding Achievement (AOA) – Recipient name, location (AOA category)
Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, Universal Orlando, Florida, USA (Attraction)
Warner Bros. World™ Abu Dhabi, UAE (Theme Park)­­
The Cool Planet Experience, Wicklow, Ireland (Museum, Limited Budget)
Wonderbox at Paradise City, Incheon, South Korea (Family Entertainment Center)
Fram Museum, Oslo, Norway (Museum Upgrade)
The Hebrew Bible Experience, Museum of the Bible, Washington DC, USA (Museum Exhibit)
Jeff Wayne’s The War of the Worlds: The Immersive Experience, London, England (Connected Immersion)
Poverty Encounter, Children’s Hunger Fund, Sylmar, California, USA (Connected Immersion, Limited Budget)
Popcorn Revenge, Walibi Belgium (Attraction, Limited Budget)
The Google Assistant Ride, 2019 CES Trade Show, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA (Brand Experience)
Le Premier Royaume, Grand Parc du Puy du Fou, Les Epesses, France (Attraction)
The Legend of the Gods, Huaxiacheng Tourism Scenic Area, Weihai Huaxia City, Shandong, China (Live Show Spectacular)
Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, Disneyland Resort, California, USA (Attraction)
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Disneyland Resort, California, USA (New Park Land)
Christie Eclipse 4K RGB Pure Laser Projector (Technical Innovation)

TEA Peter Chernack Distinguished Service Award: Wendy Heimann-Nunes


27th Annual TEA Thea Awards recipients (2020-21)

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

  • Bob Weis

Thea Classic

  • Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Blackpool, United Kingdom

Thea Awards for Outstanding Achievement (AOA) – Recipient name, location (AOA category)

  • Entrance Experience, St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station, St. Louis Missouri, USA (Entrance Experience Limited Budget)
  • Sesame Street: Street Mission, PortAventura World, Tarragona, Spain (Attraction)
  • Qu Yuan, Jingzhou Oriental Heritage Park, Hubei China (Live Show Spectacular)
  • The Twilight Saga: Midnight Ride, Lionsgate Entertainment World, Zhuhai, China (Attraction)
  • Snorri Touren, Europa-Park, Rust, Germany (Attraction Limited Budget)
  • ARGUS LED Dome System (Technical Innovation)
  • Amazing Pollinators (Touring Exhibition, Limited Budget)
  • The Bourne Stuntacular, Universal Studios Florida, Orlando, Florida, USA (Live Attraction Spectacular)
  • Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Orlando, Florida, USA (Attraction)
  • D.R.E.A.M. Centre, Chailey Heritage Foundation, Lewes, UK (Immersive Design for Special Needs Guests)
  • “Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Dr. Jane Goodall,” National Geographic Museum, Washington DC, USA (Museum Exhibit Design, Limited Budget)
  • Les Quais de Lutèce Hotel, Parc Astérix, France (Themed Hotel)
  • TAIT Navigator Automation and Show Control Platform (Technological Innovation of Industry Significance)
  • Jewel Changi Airport, Singapore (Airport Destination Experience)
  • Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, FL and Disneyland Park, CA, USA (Attraction)

TEA Peter Chernack Distinguished Service Award 

  • Dale Sprague – Canyon Creative

28th Annual TEA Thea Awards recipients (2021-22)

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

  • Doris Hardoon

Thea Classic

  • Night Safari, Singapore

Thea Awards for Outstanding Achievement (AOA) – Recipient name, location (AOA category)

  • Indigenous Peoples Experience, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (Heritage Center)
  • The Roads to Freedom, Bastogne, Belgium (Live Show Spectacular on a Limited Budget)
  • Mario Kart Augmented Reality Themed Ride Technology, Osaka, Japan (Technical Innovation)
  • Elephant Springs, Fort Worth Zoo, Texas, USA (Zoo Expansion)
  • Symphony: A Virtual Journey Into The Heart Of Music, Barcelona, Spain (Immersive Experience, Limited Budget)
  • Gideon's Bakehouse, Disney Springs, Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando, USA (Themed Retail, Limited Budget)
  • AniMakerspace, USA (Inspirational Learning Experience, Limited Budget)
  • BOOM! Britannia Mine Museum, Britannia Beach, British Columbia, Canada (Museum Experience, Limited Budget)
  • Stuntronics - Aerial Robotics Technology, Anaheim, California, USA (Technical Innovation)
  • Wētā Workshop Unleashed, Auckland, New Zealand (Brand Experience)
  • Level99, Natick, Massachusetts, USA (Attraction)
  • Super Nintendo World, Universal Studios Japan, Osaka (Theme Park Land)
  • The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash! Universal Studios Hollywood, USA (Attraction)
  • Reodor Felgen's Hyperakselerator, Hunderfossen Adventure Park, Faberg, Norway (Attraction on a Limited Budget)

TEA Thea Catalyst Award 

  • Sina Bahram, Founder of Prime Access Consulting (PAC) Inspirational accessibility consultant, researcher, speaker, and entrepreneur
  • Carmen Smith, Senior Vice President, Creative Development, Product/Content & Inclusive Strategies, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products

TEA Peter Chernack Distinguished Service Award 

  • Lynn Allmandinger

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05 May 2022.
Photos and Media Coverage: 2022 TEA Summit & Thea Awards Gala

Disneyland Hotel, Anaheim - The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) reported success and attendance numbers in line with a standard event year for its annual big weekend of events, April 21-23, 2022, consisting of the two-day TEA Summit conference, followed by the 28th Annual TEA Thea Awards Gala presented by Chimelong. #TEAsummit #TEAtheas


07 October 2021.
How a Darth Vader Meet and Greet Led to Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

Shared with permission from Theme Park Insider.