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EA – Themed Entertainment Association – presented its latest Award for Outstanding Achievement (AOAs) to the creators and developers of compelling collaborative, educational, community, artistic and entertaining places that exemplify the value of globally engaging themed entertainment and experience design. Guest editor Christine Kerr summarises the event, the tributes and the award recipients. On 22 April 2017, at Disneyland Resort in California, the 23rd annual Thea Awards paid tribute to the organisations and individuals who work in the world of themed entertainment and experience design. The Thea Awards Gala, produced by Phil Hettema and his incredible team and supported by Walt Disney Creative Entertainment, was a glittering affair held in the ballroom at the Disneyland Hotel and was attended by more than 800 industry luminaries. Ahead of the awards, the TEA Summit featured presentations ranging from trends and influences on the business of the industry to case studies. Day one included a lively conversation with Jeremy Railton, recipient of the Buzz Price award, while Nolan Bushnell and Bruce Vaughn talked about the reality of VR. “Elephants in the Room” presentations challenged us to consider thoughtprovoking, but often avoided, topics. AECOM gave its ever-popular statistical breakdown. Day two offered AOA recipients an opportunity to share an overview of their projects, speak about the creative process, business impact and lessons learned, and answer questions about their accomplishments. ● www.attractionshandbook.com

Attractions Handbook 2017-2018  

The global resource for attractions professionals

Attractions Handbook 2017-2018  

The global resource for attractions professionals