Universal's Diagon Alley Leads the 21st Annual Thea Awards

November 18, 2014, 12:30 PM · ORLANDO — The Themed Entertainment Association today announced the winners of its 21st annual Thea Awards, honoring outstanding achievements in the themed entertainment industry. Universal Creative's The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley led the winners, with three awards, including the Paragon Award and the award for the year's best attraction.

Christine Kerr, outgoing President of the TEA, right, with incoming President Steve Birket

The winners include:

The Thea Awards Gala will be held on March 21, 2015 at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim.

Replies (7)

November 18, 2014 at 12:57 PM · Diagon Alley set the standard for how far a theme park can go to immerse you in another world. When Potter fans walk in for the first time and break out into tears, you know you did something right.
November 18, 2014 at 3:08 PM · Well deserved.
November 18, 2014 at 8:15 PM · Well said, N B.
November 19, 2014 at 4:21 AM · Love a Futuroscope shout-out. If that park was closer to a major city, we'd be talking about it *all the time*.
November 19, 2014 at 7:33 AM · MAGIC BANDS did not win the technical award??? LOL
Great job by Universal. I love standing just inside the entrance to Diagon ALley and watch peoples mouths drop when they first walk in. God forbid the Dragon breaths fire right as their walking in for the first time, I thought one family was going to faint they were so overcome with emotion.
November 19, 2014 at 10:02 PM · DA deserves to win awards, of course.

Although the interactive wands are a great idea, I wouldn't have given the technical award for that because I saw too many people struggle to do the tricks with them.

I would have given the technical award to the terrific new AAs in the 7DMT ride. They are beautifully realized, and state of the art.

November 20, 2014 at 1:24 PM · Another award for Small World. That'll keep the haters at bay.

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