Thea Awards Announced for ‘World of Color’ and Disney Imagineer Kim Irvine

Heather Hust Rivera

by , Vice President, Consumer Products

Today, the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) announced that this year’s Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement-Nighttime Spectacular goes to “World of Color” at Disney California Adventure park. “World of Color” is recognized by TEA as “a visual and technical marvel,” that combines stunning Disney and Pixar animation with music, lights, fog, lasers, fire and nearly 1,200 programmable fountains spanning an area that is bigger than a football field. Please join me in congratulating the hundreds of talented people from around the world who worked on this project for the past five years!

'World of Color'

And that’s not all. Longtime Disney Imagineer Kim Irvine was recognized for a lifetime of distinguished achievements with The Buzz Price Award. Kim began her career at Walt Disney Imagineering in 1970, where she worked alongside many of the Walt Disney Imagineering legends such as John Hench, Mary Blair, Marc Davis and Claude Coats. She worked on many attractions for both Magic Kingdom and Epcot at Walt Disney World before joining Imagineering’s Disneyland Design Studio team in 1980.

Longtime Walt Disney Imagineer, Kim Irvine

Kim has long been the Art Director for Disneyland park and was responsible for projects such as Disneyland’s 50th anniversary celebration, including a new look for the iconic Sleeping Beauty Castle. Recent projects include adding ‘new magic’ to classic attractions such as ‘it’s a small world’ and in locations like the Rivers of America. Kim also created designs for the new Disney Gallery and interiors for the new The Disneyland Story presenting Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln attraction on Main Street, U.S.A.

TEA announced the 17th Annual Thea Award recipients during the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attraction’s (IAAPA) annual conference. The Thea Awards recognize achievement, talent and personal excellence within the themed entertainment industry. To date, Walt Disney Imagineering has received a total of 34 awards throughout the Thea Awards’ 17-year history.


  • Congrats! World of Color is amazing!

  • Congratulations to the World of Color team, and to Kim Irvine! 🙂

  • A well deserved honour. Congratulations to the entire team including Kim for their continuing hard work. Disneyland is an inspiration because of Walt and your continued work. I cant wait to see the world of colour on my next visit!!!
    Again, well done 🙂

  • Congratulations to the “World of Color” and Kim Irvine !….WELL DESERVED…it is spectacular !!!

  • A big congratulations to the entire World of Color team and Steve Davison, of course! It is an amazing show that deserves the recognition.

    And congratulations to Kim Irvine as well! Thanks for the work you have produced throughout the years at WDI.

  • Great work Kim! You have clearly contributed immensely to Disney Theme Park magic!

  • Congratulations to World of Color & Kim!

    I’ve seen World of Color over 30 times now and I still feel like I can’t see it enough! And now the Tron effect after the show, Oh My! Disney still finds a way to one up itself with help from people like Kim too!

    Being a ex-Cast Member, I know everything that goes into anything around the resort, so a big shout out to all the Cast Members that planned the show, and even to those who work the Guest Control shifts around Paradise Bay!! Without all of you, World of Color wouldn’t be what it is today!

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