Thinkwell's Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, Disney's Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, and Universal's Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventures led the winners of this year's Thea Awards, announced this afternoon by the Themed Entertainment Association at the IAAPA Expo in Orlando.
Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi on Yas Island, which won our Theme Park Insider Award as the world's best theme park earlier this year, was honored for outstanding achievement in the Theme Park category while Galaxy's Edge was honored as a New Park Land and Millennium Falcon: Smuggler's Run and Hagrid's were honored as Attractions.
The Themed Entertainment Association presents its Thea Awards to deserving themed entertainment projects and personnel each year. Unlike many awards programs that honor single winners in a fixed line-up of categories, the Thea Awards can honor multiple projects that meet an established standard of outstanding achievement in a variety of categories. The awards will be presented during the TEA's Thea Awards Gala presented by Chimelong Group at the Disneyland Resort next April.
Here is the rest of the line-up of this year's winners.
Buzz Price Thea Award (Lifetime Achievement): Nancy Seruto, Shanghai Disney Resort Creative Executive, Walt Disney Imagineering
TEA Peter Chernack Distinguished Service Award (recognizing exceptional volunteer service to the Association): Wendy Heimann-Nunes, Nolan Heimann LLP
Thea Classic: Pageant of the Masters, Laguna Beach, CA, USA
Thea Awards for Outstanding Achievement (AOA):
Le Premier Royaume, Grand Parc du Puy du Fou, Les Epesses, France (Attraction)
Popcorn Revenge, Walibi, Belgium (Attraction, Limited Budget)
The Legend of the Gods, Huaxiacheng Tourism Scenic Area, Weihai Huaxia City, Shandong, China (Live Show
The Google Assistant Ride, 2019 CES Trade Show, Las Vegas, NV, USA (Brand Experience)
The Hebrew Bible Experience, Museum of the Bible, Washington DC, USA (Museum Exhibit)
Fram Museum, Oslo, Norway (Museum Upgrade)
The Cool Planet Experience, Wicklow, Ireland (Museum, Limited Budget)
Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds, London, England (Connected Immersion)
Poverty Encounter, Children’s Hunger Fund, Sylmar, CA, USA (Connected Immersion, Limited Budget)
Wonderbox at Paradise City, Incheon, South Korea (Family Entertainment Center)
Christie Eclipse 4K RGB Pure Laser Projector (Technical Innovation)
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