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AWARDS


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The 18th annual Thea awards celebrate excellence in storytelling in the industry. We look at the winning attractions


ewarding excellence in storytell- ing that supports the creation of compelling places and guest


experiences, the TEA’s (Themed Entertainment Association) Theafe Awards reinforce the value of experience design and themed entertainment approaches to engaging people worldwide. Now in their 18th year, the annual awards recognise large and small


accomplishments and outstanding achievements of projects that demon- strate the power that the creation of compelling places and experiences can have on the guest and visitor experience. Announced in November, the awards will be formally presented on March 17, 2012 at the 18th Annual Thea Awards Gala at the Disneyland Hotel, Disneyland Resort, Anaheim California, US.


THE BUZZ PRICE THEA AWARD FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT


JOE ROHDE Rohde is a 30-year vet- eran of The Walt Disney Company, starting his career as a model designer on Epcot, and continuing with projects for Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California, Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida and Disneyland Paris. Joe led the team that conceptualised, designed and built Disney’s Animal Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort. He con- tinues to oversee new attractions for that park and is also responsible for the creative design and content of Aulani, a Disney resort and spa, at Ko Olina, Oahu, Hawaii, which opened in August 2011.


THE THEA CLASSIC AWARD PUY DU FOY: LE GRAND PARC AND CINÉSCÉNIE VENDÉE, FRANCE


Puy du Fou includes two independent attractions. Le Grand Parc is an assem- bly of picturesque villages based on the history of the region, each with a spec- tacular live story presentation, running at approximately 30 - 40 minutes. Cinéscénie is a night time spectacular involving more than 800 cast members,


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hundreds of animals, and special effects including programmable fountains, pro- jections on buildings and water screens, pyrotechnics, programmed lighting, fi re effects, lighting, moving sets (some of which emerge from under water) stunts, horsemanship, fencing, mock battles and more. (See our feature on p34)


Read Attractions Management online attractionsmanagement.com/digital The judges say: “The


challenge of creating Disney’s Animal Kingdom, a park with a strong wild- life conservation message, involved years of research and negotiation with con- stituents from the scientifi c community, the world of zoos, and representatives of indigenous communi-


ties involved in the stories created in the park. In the process of developing the park itself, Rohde was instrumen- tal in the development of the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, which has supported more than 180 non-profi t organizations in 111 countries totalling nearly $18m (£11.7m, 14.1m).”


Puy du Fou’s incredible effects, many of which involve water, have earned the park the Thea Classic Award


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