Awards and Recognition

TEA Announces 2014 Thea Award Recipients


The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) recently announced the recipients for their 21st annual Thea Awards. These awards seek to acknowledge the outstanding achievements in the themed entertainment industry in addition to the creative talent behind each attraction or experience. Walt Disney Parks and Resorts was honored to receive three awards, including the Thea Classic Award for Disneyland’s it’s a small world attraction in Anaheim, California.


Personally overseen by Walt Disney in support of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), "it's a small world" was created for the 1964-1965 New York World's Fair where it enjoyed 2 seasons. It was eventually shipped back to Disneyland Park, where it reopened in 1966. Due to its immense popularity, the attraction has been replicated in every Disney Resort around the world and, along with a Thea Classic, is considered a Walt Disney classic.


Disney Parks also received honors for Bistrot Chez Rémy, a full-service restaurant offering Disneyland Paris guests fine French cuisine from a rats-eye-view. It received the award for Outstanding Achievement, Themed Restaurant. “This venue exhibits thoroughness [and] conceptual clarity,” said TEA, applauding Bistrot Chez Rémy for its “dedication to narrative detail.” Guests think so, too, as Bistrot Chez Rémy has quickly become one of the most popular dining destinations at the resort. 


Lastly, TEA awarded Wilderness Explorers at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Florida, for Outstanding Achievement: Interactive Park Attraction on a LimitedBudget. The experience takes kids through 30 different challenges to earn badge stickers and become official Wilderness Explorers. Through each challenge, guests learn something new about the wild animals and wild places inside the park.


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. 

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