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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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08 Mar 2023
Kamalaya takes top honours at 2023 World Spa and Wellness Awards ceremony
The winners of the World Spa & Wellness (WSW) Awards were announced at a gala dinner last weekend during the 2023 WSW conference in London.
03 Mar 2023
Cathy Feliciano-Chon, Ali Al Kuwari named 2023 Global Wellness Summit co-chairs
The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) has appointed Cathy Feliciano-Chon – a leading brand development and communications expert with offices in Hong Kong and Shanghai – and Ali Al Kuwari, CEO of Qatar-based developer Msheireb Properties, as co-chairs of its 2023 summit.
01 Mar 2023
First ever IAAPA North America Trade Summit to focus on VR and 'authentic reality'
Attendees to IAAPA’s first-ever North America Trade Summit will hear about how the visitor attractions industry has evolved from a service economy into an experience economy.
23 Feb 2023
Lake Nona Impact Forum returns to accelerate health and wellbeing innovation
The Lake Nona Impact Forum will see leaders from health, wellbeing, technology and business gather in Florida during 8-10 March, 2023.
19 Dec 2022
Synergy - The Retreat Show 2023 to be hosted at Palmaïa The House of AIA in Mexico
Mexico will be the host location for the 2023 iteration of industry event Synergy - The Retreat Show from 24-27 October 2023.
03 Dec 2022
Wooden skyscraper hotel in Swedish Lapland has rooftop Vana spa
The world’s tallest hotel made almost exclusively from wood, has opened at the birthplace of cross-country skiing, Skellefteå in Swedish Lapland, with the property's rooftop Vana Spa giving spectacular views over the city.
29 Nov 2022
East Cape Futures Forum to emphasise 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.
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