Earlier today, the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) announced the winners of the 18th Annual Thea Awards, recognizing excellence in the creation of extraordinary visitor experiences, attractions, exhibits and places. We’re thrilled that the following projects were all honored:
- Star Tours – The Adventures Continue at Disneyland park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios was honored with the Award for Outstanding Achievement – Attraction Refresh
- “The Magic, The Memories & You!” show at Magic Kingdom Park was honored with the Award for Outstanding Achievement – Show Spectacular
- Animation Magic in the Animator’s Palate Restaurant aboard Disney Cruise Line’s ship – Disney Fantasy was honored with the Award for Outstanding Achievement – Ingenious Use of Technology. The technology behind the forthcoming Animation Magic show made its public debut at the Walt Disney World Resort press event in May 2011. In this forthcoming show on the Disney Fantasy, guests can draw pictures on their placemats and see those pictures come to life on the walls around them, fully-animated alongside favorite Disney characters in scenes from beloved Disney animated films.
Also, Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde was honored with The Buzz Price Thea Award – Recognizing a Lifetime of Distinguished Achievements, including his work as executive designer on both Disney’s Animal Kingdom and the recently-opened Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa at Ko Olina, O‘ahu, Hawai‘i, among many other projects he has worked on throughout his 30-year involvement at Walt Disney Imagineering.
Joe and each of these winning projects will be honored at the Thea Awards ceremony, a black-tie gala to be held March 17, 2012, at the Disneyland Hotel.
Congratulations to all of our Thea Award winners!