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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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29 Nov 2022
East Cape Futures Forum to emphases the importance of regenerative tourism and development
A new regenerative tourism and development conference will take place at Palmas de Cortez Hotel Los Barriles in Baja California Sur, Mexico, from 5-8 December 2022.
03 Nov 2022
London Marathon Events is new delivery partner for Royal Parks Half Marathon
The Royal Parks Half Marathon has named London Marathon Events as its new delivery partner.
24 Oct 2022
WTA’s 2022 International Wellness Tourism Conference rescheduled for November
The second annual International Wellness Tourism Conference has been postponed to 29-30 November 2022, following Hurricane Fiona.
19 Oct 2022
Global Wellness Summit releases full agenda for 2022 event
The complete agenda for the 2022 Global Wellness Summit (GWS) taking place in Tel Aviv, Israel, is now live.
12 Oct 2022
The UK's National Visitor Attractions Conference lands in Birmingham
The National Visitor Attractions Conference (VAC 2022), has been held for the 19th time.
04 Oct 2022
Historic number of winners crowned at 2022 Aufguss World Championships
From 12-17 September, the world’s top aufguss masters gathered in the Netherlands to celebrate the power of sauna and participate in the annual Aufguss World Championship.
30 Sep 2022
VAC 2022 conference programme and 25 speakers announced
VAC 2022 has announced the final line-up of 25 top attractions sector speakers set to appear at the conference on Thursday 13 October.
23 Sep 2022
Anna Bjurstam, Alberto Apostoli and Andrew Gibson headlining Synergy The Retreat Show in Ibiza this October
Like-minded spa, wellness and travel experts are being invited to come together at the inaugural Synergy – The Retreat Show from 25-28 October in Ibiza.
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