TEA Summit

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TEA Summit & Thea Awards Gala: Disneyland Resort, Anaheim CA USA.

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Together, the annual TEA Summit & TEA Thea Awards of the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) comprise TEA’s most important weekend of events. They are also vital business networking gatherings. The TEA Summit & Thea Awards bring the international leisure attractions community together to celebrate and learn about top projects, people, events, technologies, markets and trends. The annual TEA Summit and Thea Awards are two of the ways that TEA has brought international attention to the unique business of themed entertainment. 

The annual TEA Summit & Thea Awards take place over the course of three days on a weekend in the spring, in Los Angeles. They are ticketed events and receive support from corporate sponsorship and extensive coverage from the industry press and in the mainstream media.



TEA Summit Day One focuses on the visitor attractions industry through a business lens and considers the owner/operator perspective as well as the creative/project point of view. Day One offers an exclusive in-depth look at the headline Thea Award recipients: a conversation with the Buzz Price lifetime honoree, and case study of the Thea Classic. Day One also includes the global market outlook discussion with top economics specialist AECOM, plus additional curated sessions addressing key, relevant industry topics. 

Taken together, the TEA Summit and Thea Awards Gala are one big weekend of professional development, networking, education and celebration, revolving around the current slate of TEA Thea Awards recipients and headlined by the best of the global themed entertainment business - industry superstars, creative and tech pioneers, and top projects all leading the way for tourism, real estate development and great guest experiences.

The TEA Summit content changes from year to year but is always informative and provocative.

Day Two of the TEA Summit  is Thea Case Studies Day, a deep-dive into the projects being recognized with a Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement at the Thea Awards Gala on the following evening. Presentations are made by the owners and their creative partners, sharing insights and in-depth views on the project’s development and implementation. The slate of international award recipients ensures this day is full of unique personalities who are excited to share the details of their project with the attendees. Case Studies Day welcomes a broad industry audience, including TEA NextGen (student and academic) members and the press. 

The prestigious Thea Award is considered one of the attraction industry's greatest honors. The awards were founded in 1994 by the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). TEA's annual Thea Awards Gala is an elegant, black-tie dinner event held in the spring in Los Angeles, following the TEA Summit. 


Want to volunteer?

As with all TEA events, both the TEA Summit and Thea Awards depend partly on volunteers from within the Association to help with a wide range of tasks. Each year, TEA needs help creating, staging and producing the annual Thea Awards Gala in Los Angeles. Depending on what you volunteer to do, this usually requires anywhere from one to 10 days in the course of a 6-week period usually in February-March (the Gala is held every spring, usually in April).


Being part of this team involves real work and responsibility and the ability to take direction. It’s also fun and a great way to meet people and learn more about the industry.

Learn more by visiting the TEA Summit & Thea Awards blog


Forthcoming events

TEA Summit

13-14 April 2023

Disneyland Resort, Anaheim California,

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