THEA Not So Kind To Orlando

Afternoon Thrill Seekers,

For the first time in 10 years Orlando was snubbed in the prestigious  THEA (Themed Entertainment Association) Awards. The Thea awards are given  to projects whose achievement has been determined to be of “outstanding” quality. The award is for people or parks in the themed entertainment industry, selected by people from the industry.

The winners

  • The Buzz Price Thea Award (formerly the Lifetime Achievement Award): Joe Rohde, Walt Disney Imagineering
  • Thea Classic Award: Puy du Fou: Le Grand Parc and Cinéscénie, Vendée, France
  • Attraction: Space Fantasy: The Ride at Universal Studios Japan, Osaka, Japan
  • Attraction on a Limited Budget: Barnas Brannstasjon (Children’s Fire Station) at Kongeparken, Ålgård, Norway
  • Attraction: Arthur, L’Aventure 4D at Futuroscope, Poitiers, France
  • Attraction Refresh: Star Tours: The Adventures Continue at Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World, USA
  • Museum Exhibit: NatureQuest at Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Atlanta, USA
  • Museum Exhibit: YOU! The Experience at Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, USA
  • Science Center Attraction on a Limited Budget: The Changing Climate Show at Science North, Greater Sudbury, Canada
  • Cultural Heritage Attraction on a Limited Budget: Ghost of the Castle at Louisiana’s Old State Capitol, Baton Rouge, USA
  • Show Spectacular: Crane Dance at Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore
  • Show Spectacular: The Magic, The Memories and You at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, USA
  • Live Show Event Spectacular: Yo México, Celebration of the Century of the Mexican Revolution, Mexico City, Mexico
  • Live Show Spectacular: The House of Dancing Water at City of Dreams, Macau
  • Themed Restaurant Experience: FoodLoop at Europa-Park, Rust, Germany
  • Ingenious Use of Technology: Animation Magic in the Animator’s Palate Restaurant aboard Disney Cruise Line’s ship Disney Fantasy  

According to the Orlando Sentinel, the annual Themed Amusement Awards were given out during a short ceremony that took place inside the Orange County Convention Centre during the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions conference.

So a bad year for Orlando in the awards but lets see what 2013 brings…