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Thea Awards
Thea Awards for outstanding achievements are as follows: Attractions
– Toy Story Midway Mania at Disney's California Adventure and
Awarded by the TEA (Themed Entertainment Association), the Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World (California and Orlando),
prestigious Thea Awards honour excellence in the creation of visitor Dragon's Treasure Show at City of Dreams Casino (Macau);
attractions, experiences, exhibits and places. Winners of the 16th Attraction Rehab – Disaster! at Universal Studios (Orlando, Florida);
annual awards were announced in November at IAAPA Attractions Expo Museums – The Museum at Bethel Woods (Bethel, New York),
in Las Vegas. Please Touch Museum (Philadelphia, USA); Travelling Exhibition –
“It was a good year for museums,” noted TEA president Steve America I Am: The African American Imprint; Science Centre
Thorburn. “Other Thea Awards illuminate the growing Asian market Exhibit – Skyscraper! Achievement & Impact at Liberty Science Center
and its steady flow of creativity and innovation. The predominant thread (New Jersey, USA); Zoo Attraction, limited budget – McNeil Avian
of this awards cycle is a maturation in the use of technology – we’ve Center at Philadelphia Zoo (USA); Live Show – Tea Show at OCT
mastered the seamless and transparent blend of media and technology East Resort (Shenzhen, China); Brand Experience – The Heineken
with live performers and physical elements – all in the service of Experience (Amsterdam,
storytelling.” The Netherlands).
This year’s Thea Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Mark Fuller, The awards will be
chairman and CEO of WET, the world leader in water feature design formally presented at a
and technology. Fuller owns more than 50 patents on water control, black-tie gala ceremony on
lighting and air compression devices and his firm has created a new March 16 at Universal
reference for the modern water fountain. Studios Hollywood. For
The Thea Classic Award, meanwhile, goes to Coal Mine at the more details, and to see
Chicago Museum of Science and Industry. Now in its 76th year of the full winner’s
operation, this beloved exhibit takes visitors on a simulated excursion descriptions, visit
600ft below the earth's surface. This themed ride anticipated similar www.teaconnect.org
theme park adventures by some 20 years. An updated post show brings
TEA president Steve Thorburn
visitors to the computer control rooms, where every facet of modern
announces the winners during
mining is monitored by today's technologies.
IAAPA Attractions Expo
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