TEA Names 21st Annual Thea Awards Recipients; Awards Gala to Be Held in Anaheim in 2015

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International slate of 17 Thea honorees includes Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando Resort, "it's a small world" at Disneyland, National 9/11 Memorial Museum in NYC, Chimelong Ocean Kingdom in Zhuhai (China), Amorepacific StoryGarden in Korea, Wonder Rooms at Gemeentemuseum in The Hague, Gratassland at Kongeparken in Norway, Wings of Time at Sentosa Island in Singapore and The Time Machine at Futuroscope Park in Poitiers (France). The Themed Entertainment Association Thea Award is coveted as one of the industry's highest honors.

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The Thea Award is considered one of the themed entertainment industry's highest honors.

The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA), the international alliance for the creators of compelling places and experiences, announced the new slate of recipients for the 21st Annual Thea Awards – to be formally honored March 21, 2015 at the Thea Awards Gala in Anaheim (Calif.), sponsored by AECOM.

"Each Thea-honored project represents a step forward in the themed entertainment industry and its collective drive toward excellence. We encourage the public and the press to learn about these achievements, and to celebrate with us.” -- TEA incoming president Steve Birket, Birket Engineering

More information/images: http://www.teaconnect.org.

21st ANNUAL THEA AWARD RECIPIENTS
The Thea Awards Nominating Committee of the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) recommended 17 award recipients, with final approval by the TEA Board of Directors.

THE BUZZ PRICE THEA AWARD – Recognizing a Lifetime of Distinguished Achievements
Ron Miziker, Miziker Entertainment Group

THEA CLASSIC AWARD
"it's a small world," Disneyland (Anaheim, Calif. USA)

THEA AWARDS FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT
The Time Machine, Parc du Futuroscope (Poitiers, France) - Attraction Rehab on a Limited Budget

Chimelong Ocean Kingdom (Zhuhai, China) - Theme Park

Gratassland “The Land of the Little Grey Tractor,” Kongeparken (Norway) – New Park Land, Limited Budget

Wilderness Explorers, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World (Orlando) - Attraction, Limited Budget

National September 11 Memorial Museum (New York City, USA) – Extraordinary Cultural Achievement

Wonder Rooms at Gemeentemuseum (The Hague) - Museum Exhibit

Nature Lab, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County - Museum Exhibition, Limited Budget

The Legend of Lady White Snake (Zhenjiang, China) - Event Spectacular

The Grand Hall Experience at Saint Louis Union Station (Saint Louis, USA) - Live Show, Limited Budget

Wings of Time (Sentosa Island, Singapore) - Event Spectacular

Bistrot Chéz Remy, Walt Disney Studios Park (Disneyland Paris) - Themed Restaurant

The StoryGarden at The Amorepacific Beauty Campus (Gyeonggi-do, South Korea) – Corporate Brand-Land

Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Studios Florida (Orlando) - Paragon Award
(specifically honoring Diagon Alley, Hogwarts Express and Diagon Alley Retail/Dining)

Harry Potter & The Escape from Gringotts, Universal Studios Florida (Orlando) - Attraction

Interactive Wands – Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Studios Florida - Technical Excellence

ABOUT TEA
The TEA (Themed Entertainment Association) is an international nonprofit alliance founded in 1991 and based in Burbank, Calif. Some 1,000 TEA members represent roughly 8,000 creative specialists, from architects to designers, technical specialists to master planners, scenic fabricators to artists, and builders to feasibility analysts working in 30 US states and 32 different countries.

ABOUT THE THEA AWARDS
The Thea Awards, sponsored by Economics at AECOM, were created by the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) to help realize a key mission of the association: bringing recognition to achievement, talent and personal excellence within the themed entertainment industry. From a modest beginning in 1994, the Thea Awards have become internationally recognized as a symbol of excellence. The public is welcome to attend the black-tie 21st Annual Thea Awards Gala, which will be held March 21, 2015 at the Disneyland Hotel, Disneyland Resort, Anaheim Calif. USA. Tickets go on sale in early 2015.

About Economics at AECOM (Thea Awards Gala title sponsor)
Economics at AECOM (formerly ERA/Economics Research Associates) is an international consulting firm focused on economic analysis for the entertainment and leisure industry, real estate development, public-policy analysis, tourism, and economic development.

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