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Themed Entertainment Association
Themed Entertainment Association Logo.jpg
AbbreviationTEA[1]
Founded1991[1]
Founder
  • Monty Lunde
  • Rock Hall
TypeMutual benefit non-profit corporation
PurposeRepresentative body
Location
Area served
Worldwide
Membership
1,600 companies[1]
President
Michael Mercadante[1]
Websitewww.teaconnect.org
THEA Awards
Sponsored by
  • Themed Entertainment Association
DateApril
LocationLos Angeles, California
First awarded1995
WebsiteTHEA Awards
THEA Award Trophy.jpg
THEA Trophy

The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) is an international non-profit association that represents creators, developers, designers and producers of themed entertainment. It is also noted for its THEA Awards, which were founded in 1995 and are distributed annually in a range of themed entertainment categories.[2]

Founding[edit]

The TEA was founded in 1991 by Monty Lunde, a former special effects designer for Disney who had gone on to start the special effects company Technifex with his business partner Rock Hall.[3] The TEA mission, as stated in its bylaws, is to facilitate dialogue and communication among its members, to stimulate knowledge and professional growth, and to expand the size, diversity and awareness of the themed entertainment industry.[4] Every year since 2007, the TEA has hosted a 2-day SATE (Story + Architecture + Technology = Experience), lecture-based industry conference in the spring, just before the THEA Awards.[5]

Awards[edit]

The TEA presents the annual THEA Awards to projects that exemplify the highest standards of excellence and achievement, including individuals, parks, attractions, exhibits, and experiences in the themed entertainment industry. The THEA Awards began in 1994 with a single honoree: Harrison “Buzz” Price, the first recipient of the THEA Lifetime Achievement Award.[6] That award is now called the Buzz Price Thea Award for a Lifetime of Outstanding Achievements in his honor.[7] The second recipient was Marty Sklar in 1995. Bob Gurr was the recipient in 1999.[8] In 1996, the Awards for Outstanding Achievement (AOA) were introduced, and ten were distributed. In the years since, additional special categories of AOA have been created, ensuring a multi-award event.[7] Anyone can nominate a project, but judging is conducted by a committee that includes all past lifetime achievement honorees, one board liaison, and nine members-at-large appointed to three-year terms.[9] Award recipients are announced in November and formally presented the following spring.[2]

25th Annual Thea Award Recipients[edit]

In 2019, Theas were awarded to the following:[10]

24th Annual Thea Award Recipients[edit]

In 2018, Theas were awarded to the following:[11]

23rd Annual Thea Award Recipients[edit]

In 2017, Theas were awarded to the following:[12]

22nd Annual Thea Award Recipients[edit]

In 2016, Theas were awarded to the following:[13]

21st Annual Thea Award Recipients[edit]

In 2015, Theas were awarded to the following:[14]

20th Annual Thea Award Recipients[edit]

In 2014, Theas were awarded to the following:[15]

19th Annual Thea Award Recipients[edit]

In 2013, Theas were awarded to the following:[16]

18th Annual Thea Award Recipients[edit]

In 2012, Theas were awarded to the following:[17]

17th Annual Thea Award Recipients[edit]

In 2011, Theas were awarded to the following:[18]

16th Annual Thea Award Recipients[edit]

In 2010, Theas were awarded to the following:[19]

15th Annual Thea Award Recipients[edit]

In 2009, Theas were awarded to the following:[20]

14th Annual Thea Award Recipients[edit]

In 2008, Thea Awards for Outstanding Achievement were awarded to the following:[21]

13th Annual Thea Award Recipients[edit]

In 2007, Theas were awarded to the following:[22]

12th Annual Thea Award Recipients[edit]

In 2006, Theas were awarded to the following:[23]

11th Annual Thea Award Recipients[edit]

In 2005, Theas were awarded to the following:[24]

10th Annual Thea Award Recipients[edit]

In 2003 (awards moved from fall to spring, skipping 2004), Theas were awarded to the following:[25]

9th Annual Thea Award Recipients[edit]

In 2002, Theas were awarded to the following:[26]

8th Annual Thea Award Recipients[edit]

In 2001, Theas were awarded to the following:[27]

7th Annual Thea Award Recipients[edit]

In 2000, Theas were awarded to the following:[28]

6th Annual Thea Award Recipients[edit]

In 1999, Theas were awarded to the following:[29]

5th Annual Thea Award Recipients[edit]

In 1998, Theas were awarded to the following:[30]

  • The Buzz Price Thea Award (recognizing a lifetime of distinguished achievements): John Hench
  • Thea Classic: Calico Mountain, Knotts Berry Farm
  • Awards for Outstanding Achievement
    • Ripley's Aquarium, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
    • Star Trek: The Experience, Las Vegas
    • Space Quest Casino, Las Vegas
    • New York-New York Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
    • The Power of Houston
    • Coney Island Emporium in the New York-New York Hotel
    • Masquerade Show in the Sky, Rio Suite Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
    • Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds, United Kingdom
    • Adventure Slots (Limited Budget)
    • Encounter at LAX, Los Angeles International Airport (Limited Budget)
    • UFO Encounters (Limited Budget)

4th Annual Thea Award Recipients[edit]

In 1997, Theas were awarded to the following:[31]

  • The Buzz Price Thea Award (recognizing a lifetime of distinguished achievements): Don Iwerks
  • Thea Classic: Pirates of the Caribbean, Disneyland
  • Awards for Outstanding Achievement
    • Terminator 2:3D, The Battle Across Time, Universal Studios Florida
    • Villa Volta, Efteling, Holland
    • Daytona USA, Daytona Speedway, Florida
    • Apollo/Saturn V Center, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
    • Warner Bros. Studio Store Expansion, NYC
    • Niketown New York, NYC
    • Caesars Magical Empire, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas
    • The Intergalactic Circus Spectacular, Lotte World, Seoul, Korea
    • Rock'n Robin, Cinema World, Kamakura City, Japan (Limited Budget)
    • Dark Castle, Fantasy Pointe, Nasu Highlands, Japan (Limited Budget)

3rd Annual Thea Award Recipients[edit]

In 1996, Theas were awarded to the following:[32]

2nd Annual Thea Award Recipients[edit]

In 1995, Theas were awarded to the following:[33]

  • The Buzz Price Thea Award (recognizing a lifetime of distinguished achievements): Marty Sklar

1st Annual Thea Award Recipients[edit]

In 1995, Theas were awarded to the following:[34]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "ABOUT US". Themed Entertainment Assocaition. 2019. Retrieved 16 October 2019.
  2. ^ a b Ken Story (27 November 2018). "The latest TEA Thea Awards point to Asia, Universal as the future of the tourism industry". Orlando Weekly. For the last quarter-century, the Themed Entertainment Association has hosted the annual TEA Thea Awards, a prestigious who’s-who in the themed attraction industry.
  3. ^ TEA and Fantasy: Technifex President and CEO Monty Lunde. Blooloop. Retrieved 2018-02-23.
  4. ^ "Themed Entertainment Association Bylaws" (PDF). Themed Entertainment Association. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-12-07.
  5. ^ TEA SATE conference & SATE Academy Days. Themed Entertainment Association. Retrieved 2015-09-24.
  6. ^ Thea Confidential. Live Design. Retrieved 2018-02-23.
  7. ^ a b About the Thea Awards. Themed Entertainment Association. Retrieved 2018-02-23.
  8. ^ http://www.teaconnect.org/Blog/TEA-Blog/index.cfm?ID=5388&redirect=y
  9. ^ Thea Committee. Themed Entertainment Association. Retrieved 2018-02-23.
  10. ^ "Past Awards: Thea Awards 2019". Themed Entertainment Association. Archived from the original on 2019-08-31.
  11. ^ "Past Awards: Thea Awards 2018". Themed Entertainment Association. Archived from the original on 2019-08-31.
  12. ^ "Past Awards: Thea Awards 2017". Themed Entertainment Association. Archived from the original on 2019-08-31.
  13. ^ "Past Awards: Thea Awards 2016". Themed Entertainment Association. Archived from the original on 2015-09-10.
  14. ^ "Past Awards: Thea Awards 2015". Themed Entertainment Association. Archived from the original on 2015-09-10.
  15. ^ "Past Awards: Thea Awards 2014". Themed Entertainment Association. Retrieved 2015-09-24.
  16. ^ "Past Awards: Thea Awards 2013". Themed Entertainment Association. Retrieved 2015-09-24.
  17. ^ "Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) Announces 18th Annual Thea Award Recipients" (PDF). Themed Entertainment Association. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-11-03.
  18. ^ "17th Annual Thea Award Recipients". Themed Entertainment Association. Archived from the original on 2014-05-25.
  19. ^ "16th Annual Thea Award Recipients". Themed Entertainment Association. Archived from the original on 2014-05-25.
  20. ^ "15th Annual Thea Award Recipients". Themed Entertainment Association. Archived from the original on 2014-02-17.
  21. ^ "14th Annual Thea Awards". Themed Entertainment Association. Archived from the original on 2014-05-25.
  22. ^ "13th Annual Thea Awards". Themed Entertainment Association. Archived from the original on 2014-05-25.
  23. ^ "Past Thea Award recipients: 1994-2018". Themed Entertainment Association.
  24. ^ "Past Thea Award recipients: 1994-2018". Themed Entertainment Association.
  25. ^ "Past Thea Award recipients: 1994-2018". Themed Entertainment Association.
  26. ^ "Past Thea Award recipients: 1994-2018". Themed Entertainment Association.
  27. ^ "Past Thea Award recipients: 1994-2018". Themed Entertainment Association.
  28. ^ "Past Thea Award recipients: 1994-2018". Themed Entertainment Association.
  29. ^ "Past Thea Award recipients: 1994-2018". Themed Entertainment Association.
  30. ^ "Past Thea Award recipients: 1994-2018". Themed Entertainment Association.
  31. ^ "Past Thea Award recipients: 1994-2018". Themed Entertainment Association.
  32. ^ "Past Thea Award recipients: 1994-2018". Themed Entertainment Association.
  33. ^ "Past Thea Award recipients: 1994-2018". Themed Entertainment Association.
  34. ^ "Past Thea Award recipients: 1994-2018". Themed Entertainment Association.

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