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15 Nov 2022
TEA announces 2022 Thea Award winners, with Disney, Futuroscope, Kevin Murphy and Roland Mack among those honoured

The Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser experience at Walt Disney World, Orlando, is among the winners of this year's Thea Awards.

The awards – which were launched in 1994 – recognise individuals, projects, and technologies in the arena of themed attractions and experiences worldwide. Organised by The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA), the winners were revealed today to a packed crowd at the IAAPA Expo, which is taking place in Orlando this week.

This year, 20 recipients were recognized for their innovative work.

Among them were Roland Mack, the legendary founder and managing partner of Europa Park, who was given the Buzz Price Award for a lifetime of distinguished achievements.

In total, there were 13 winners of the prestigious Thea Awards for Outstanding Achievement.

These included the 3D motion theatre experience, Chasseurs de Tornades, at the Futuroscope visitor attraction in France and the Jurassic World Adventure at Universal Studios Beijing.

Meanwhile, industry veteran Kevin Murphy was given the Peter Chernack Distinguished Service Award for his many years of service and support of the TEA.

This year, two people were given the Catalyst Award, in recognition of their individual contributions to the advancement of the industry. The recipients were Susanna Tubert, creative director of Disney Live Entertainment at Disneyland Parks and Resorts; and Chevy Humphrey, president of Museum of Science & Industry in Chicago and chair of the American Alliance of Museums.

Fri Forjindam, Thea Committee Chair, said: “Our field is constantly changing. Honouring these recipients from around the world highlights their success in bringing forth highly engaging visitor attractions and experiences in the leisure and travel sectors.

"They are everything from problem solvers to specialists that create what our imaginations can only dream of and bring it all to fruition."

The full list of this year’s Thea Award winners are:

Buzz Price Award (recognizing a lifetime of distinguished achievements): Roland Mack, founder and managing partner, Europa Park

Catalyst Award (recognizing individual contributions to the advancement of the industry):

Susanna Tubert, creative director, Disney Live Entertainment, Disneyland Parks and Resorts, The Walt Disney Company

Chevy Humphrey, president and CEO, Museum of Science & Industry – Chicago and board chair of the American Alliance of Museums

Classic Award (celebrating a guest experience that has stood the test of time):

Disney’s Main Street Electrical Parade, Anaheim, CA, USA

Thea Awards for Outstanding Achievement:

Attraction: Chasseurs de Tornades, Futuroscope, France
Attraction: Jurassic World Adventure, Universal Studios Beijing, Beijing, China
Attraction Limited Budget: Underlandet, Liseberg, Gothenburg, Sweden
Connected Immersion: ‘Jump’ by Limitless Flight, Bluffdale, Utah, USA
Immersive Dining Experience Limited Budget: Absurdities Vol. 1, Andsoforth, Singapore
Immersive Live Experience: Particle Ink: Speed of Dark, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Live Event: How to Train Your Dragon: Untrainable, Universal Studios Beijing, Beijing, China
Science Centre: Shanghai Astronomy Museum, Shanghai, China
Museum Limited Budget: The Irish Racehorse Experience, Irish National Stud and Gardens Co, Kildare, Ireland
Historical Experience Limited Budget: Quake, Lisbon Earthquake Centre, Lisbon, Portugal
Brand Experience: Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida, USA
Theme Park: Universal Studios Beijing, Beijing, China
Technology: Beaudry Interactive, Los Angeles, California, USA

Peter Chernack Distinguished Service Award:

Kevin Murphy, for his many years of service and support of the TEA, its EMEA Division and global members

Peter Weishar, for his exceptional promotion of the themed entertainment industry through education, program development and support of TEA NextGen members


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19 Apr 2024
Galgorm Resort gears up to host UK Aufguss Championships next week
UK sauna enthusiasts will converge at Galgorm Resort in Northern Ireland next week for the highly anticipated second annual UK Aufguss Championships.
27 Mar 2024
Thailand's first lady attends APSWC Awards ceremony recognising industry excellence
The Asia Pacific Spa & Wellness Coalition (APSWC) recently marked another year of industry achievement with a prestigious awards ceremony held during the 2024 APSWC Round Table event in Bangkok, Thailand.
08 Mar 2024
Global Wellness Day 2024 to champion reconnecting with nature
Global Wellness Day (GWD) is set to mark its 13th annual celebration on 8 June 2024, under the theme #MagentaNature, emphasising the vital connection between humanity and the natural world.
04 Mar 2024
SHA Wellness receives top accolade at 2024 World Spa and Wellness Awards
Eight of the world’s leading spa operations were honoured at the annual World Spa and Wellness Awards during a glamorous ceremony held in London over the weekend.
01 Mar 2024
Second edition of UK Aufguss Championships set to heat up Galgorm Resort
The ancient art of aufguss will be celebrated this April with the Second UK Aufguss Championships at destination spa and hotel Galgorm Resort in Northern Ireland.
06 Feb 2024
Canyon Ranch announces Enchant at The Ranch wellness festival
Destination wellness brand Canyon Ranch will host the first edition of its beauty and wellness festival, called Enchant at Canyon Ranch, from 17 to 21 March at its Tucson resort and spa in Arizona.
10 Jan 2024
Spas of America unveils Top 100 Spas of 2023, Spa at Séc-he lands first place
Spa and wellness travel website Spas of America has unveiled its Top 100 Spas of 2023, with The Spa at Séc-he in downtown Palm Springs, California, taking the top spot.
20 Dec 2023
We Work Well unveils 2024 event schedule for fitness, wellness and hospitality industries
International hosted buyer event company We Work Well (WWW) has confirmed dates and locations for its 2024 conference calendar.
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21-21 Apr 2024
Below the Belt Melbourne Pedalthon
Sandown Racecourse
Springvale
Australia
22-24 Apr 2024
UK Aufguss Championships
Galgorm Resort
York
23-25 Apr 2024
ISPA Conference 2024
Phoenix Convention Center
Phoenix
United States
28-30 Apr 2024
Spa Life Scotland
Radisson Blu Hotel
Glasgow
08-08 May 2024
Hospitality Design Conference
Hotel Melià
Milano
Italy
10-12 May 2024
Asia Pool & Spa Expo
China Import & Export Fair Complex
Guangzhou
China
13-16 May 2024
W3Spa EMEA
Conrad Chia Laguna Sardinia
Italy
14 May 2024
2024 Wellness Real Estate & Communities Symposium
JPMorgan Chase Headquarters
New York City
United States
18-22 May 2024
Eco Resort Network
The Ravenala Attitude Hotel
Mauritius
23-24 May 2024
European Health Prevention Day
Large Hall of the Chamber of Commerce (Erbprinzenpalais)
Wiesbaden
Germany
30-30 May 2024
Forum HOTel&SPA
Four Seasons Hotel George V
Paris
France
30 May - 02 Jun 2024
Rimini Wellness
Rimini Exhibition Center
Rimini
Italy
06-07 Jun 2024
World Sauna Forum 2024
Sataman Viilu
Jyväskylä
Finland
08-08 Jun 2024
Global Wellness Day
Worldwide
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