25th Annual TEA Thea Awards Program - April 2019

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25th Annual Thea Awards

2 5 t h A N N U A L T H E A AWA R D S

Presented by Chimelong

April 13, 2019 • Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, CA, USA Welcome message from Michael Mercadante, TEA International Board President


Thea Awards Gala Production Team Credits


Program Acknowledgements


Special thanks to our Gala partner Chimelong


Special thank you to our sponsors


History of the Thea Awards


25th Anniversary Gallery: Recipients of the TEA Thea Classic Award


25th Anniversary Gallery: Lifetime Achievement honorees


How to submit a Thea Award nomination


2019 Thea Awards Basyliszek, Park Legendia Be Washington: It's Your Turn to Lead, Gearge Washington's Mount Vernon Fantawild Oriental Heritage Nemo & Friends SeaRider, Tokyo DisneySea Legend of Camel Bells, Huaxia Cultural Tourism Resort ILLUMINATIONS: human/nature, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Banff National Park & Rouge Urban National Park Universal Spectacle Night Parade, Universal Studios Japan Michel Linet-Frion, TEA Peter Chernack Distinguished Service Award recipient JUSTICE LEAGUE™: Battle for Metropolis, Six Flags Magic Mountain Intel® Shooting Star™ drone SlideWheel, Chimelong Water Park The Evel Knievel Museum MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM: teamLab Borderless LEGO® House A/S Fantastic Journey, Majestic Princess, Princess Cruises Volcano Bay, Universal Orlando Resort Mark Woodbury, recipient of the Buzz Price Thea Award Dollywood, recipient of the Thea Classic Award

Advertiser Index AECOM BC A&ES Attraction & Entertainment Solutions 100 ACE 48 Adirondack Studios 112 AES-Artistic Entertainment Services 83 Alcorn McBride 27 Alterface 25 Animax Designs 44 Aquatic Design & Engineering 53 BMorrow Productions 3 Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity 59 Birket Engineering 109 Blue Telescope 3 Blueprint Cad PTE LTD 56 Canyon Creative 63 Chicago Scenic Studios 115 Chimelong Group 66-67 Christie 20-21 Color Reflections 37 Cortina Productions 29 Costume Connection 51

Crafted Design 105 d&b audiotechnik 113 Demodave 83 Disney Parks Live Entertainment 15 Electrosonic 32 Entertainment + Culture Advisors 88 Entertainment Design Corporation 59 Entertainment Project Services 27 ETC 77 ETI 31 EXP 69 Falcon's Creative 72 Fantawild International Limited 39 FAR Out! Creative Direction 3 Forte 40-41 Garner Holt Productions 61 Good Theory 89 Green Hippo 92-93 HBG Design 107 Herschend Family Entertainment IBC The Hettema Group 71 Hoplite 85 Huitt-Zollars 46 IA Stage 87

InMotion Entertainment 107 JRA 33 Keith Kaminski 108 Kraftwerk 113 Leisure Media 9 Mack Rides / Europa-Park 51 Miziker Entertainment 52 MODE Studios 92-93 Mousetrappe 38 MR ProFun 53 The Companies of Nassal 103 Nolan Heimann 89 Oceaneering 72 Pachinko Media 115 Panasonic Japan 33 PCL Construction 97 Pete Sepenuk 112 PGAV 57 Premier Rides IFC Princess Cruises 97 Puy du Fou 95 Sally Corporation 73 Scenario 29 7thSense Design 47

26 30 34 42 50 54 60 68 74 78 80 84 86 90 94 98 110 114

Solomon Group 28 SparkyJax Productions 49 Stantec 100 Strong / MDI 79 Super 78 5 TEA Foundation 10 TEA Past Presidents Committee 70 TechMD Inc. 112 Technifex 105 Technomedia 81 Thinkwell 108 Triotech 77 UNCSA 11 Universal Creative 96 University of Central Florida 13 VCI 75 Vekoma 76 Visual Terrain 101 Walt Disney Imagineering 45 Wanda 58 Wärtsilä 65 X Studios 82 IFC = Inside Front Cover, IBC = Inside Back Cover, BC = Back Cover

Welcome to the 25th Annual TEA Thea Awards TEA International Board President Michael Mercadante INTERNATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2019 President

Michael Mercadante

Main Street Design Vice President

Clara J. Rice

JRA (Jack Rouse Associates)


Brian Sands



Chris Conte


President Elect

Michael Blau

Adirondack Studios Immediate Past President

David Willrich

D J Willrich Ltd.

President, Europe & Middle East Division

Matt Barton

7thSense Design

President, Western North American Division

Shannon Martin Color Reflections

President, Asia Pacific Division

Thomas Megna

Megna Entertainment Group Inc. President, Eastern North America Division

Melissa Ruminot

The Companies of Nassal

Lynn Allmandinger


Bob Chambers

The Producers Group

Joanna Del Moral


David Gray

Oasis Enterprises LLC

Chris Ho

Chimelong Group Co., Ltd.

Nathan Jones

WhiteWater West Industries, Ltd.

Matt Kent

Hotopp Associates

Christian Kubsch

Walt Disney Imagineering

Ryan Miziker

Miziker Entertainment, Inc.

Paul Osterhout

Contour Entertainment

Klaus Paulsen


Anthony Pruett

The Hettema Group

Dale Sprague

Canyon Creative

Michael West

Universal Creative


Andrew D. O’Rourke

NextGen Member Representative


It is awards season in Southern California and the themed entertainment industry’s TEA Thea Awards ceremony has taken its rightful place in the distinguished lineup. I would like to welcome all of you to TEA’s 25th annual celebration of excellence in themed entertainment. Our association has been honoring achievement, talent and personal excellence in our industry for a quarter of a century now, showcasing the best of the international creative community that TEA represents. The TEA Thea Awards span the globe and reflect the innovation, development and expansion current in our industry. Of the 18 extraordinary people and projects receiving awards at the 2019 TEA Thea Awards Gala, six are in the Asia Pacific region and four are in Europe (including the first ever from Poland). They are also extremely diverse in nature, including museums, a cruise line, two National Parks, theme parks, attractions, a parade, a water park, and technology. Congratulations to all of you! Special congratulations go out to this year’s Buzz Price Thea Award recipient, Mark Woodbury, recognizing his lifetime of distinguished achievements; Dollywood, receiving our Thea Classic Award; and Michel Linet-Frion, recipient of the TEA Peter Chernack Distinguished Service Award. Special thanks to Chimelong Group for reprising its role as Presenting Sponsor of the TEA Thea Awards Gala this year. We are honored to continue the relationship between TEA and Chimelong. The prestigious TEA Thea Awards are one of the primary ways in which TEA serves its membership and the industry. The Thea Awards have been around nearly as long as our association (TEA was founded in 1991; the first Thea Awards Gala was in 1994) providing a way to annually showcase the vision, creativity, and skills of the teams that develop award winning projects.

In 2018, TEA introduced a complementary program, TEA Masters, to honor individuals whose body of work has made a significant contribution to the growth and development of our industry through their innovation, design, craftsmanship and artistry. Seven inaugural TEA Masters were recognized last October in conjunction with the TEA SATE conference in Orlando, and an annual slate of inductees will be added to this group in the future. This is an exciting time for our association and for the themed entertainment industry as a whole. Over the past five years our organization’s success has accelerated on multiple levels, from the size of our membership to the number of events we produce in all regions and the amount of attendees at those events, from the outreach of the TEA NextGen initiative to the degree of interest our members show in serving TEA. TEA’s current success is due to a collaborative effort involving the support and dedication of members, sponsors, TEA leadership, volunteers and staff. That success has put TEA in a position where it can focus on planning for the future with confidence. Our International Board of Directors developed a new, three-year Strategic Plan that will focus our efforts on who, what, and where we want to be in the years to come. This effort will help all of our members, by targeting global growth, leveraging our educational programs and strengthening the brand of TEA around the world. We hope you’ll join us for the journey ahead into the future of TEA and the global community we represent. The outlook is bright. Thanks to all of you!



Congratulations Mark and Michel! Here's to all of the 2019 award recipients who've brought such wonder and magic to audiences across the world. Here's to a joyous celebration with all who are part of our international industry and who collectively represent the best in themed entertainment!


Thea Awards Gala Production Team Credits Show Producer / Director: Tom Vannucci, SparkyJax Productions Art Director: Keith Kaminski Music Director: Andy Garfield, Pachinko Media Principal Lighting Designer: Steven Young, Visual Terrain Lighting Designer: Nicole Eng, Visual Terrain Show Writers: Bill Butler, Garner Holt Productions & Tom Vannucci, SparkyJax Productions Video Content Design: Super 78 Opening Video Montage: Toby Dalsgaard, GoCo & Dan Moalli, TechnoMedia Production Stage Manager: Jackson Benedict, SparkyJax Productions Assistant Stage Managers: Don Burgess, Creative Integrity & Rob Blasko, SparkyJax Productions TEA Thea Awards Gala Event Producer: Tammie Pearson Richards TEA Associate Event Producer: Erica Schwehr TEA Member Services, Event Coordination & Registration Lead: Marie Brennan TEA Associate Producer, Show Day: Paula Leber, Hotopp Associates TEA NextGen Volunteers: Evelyn Askew, Matt Brueckmann, Shannon Campbell, Anahita Dalmia, Rosa Ingram Jinkins, Joshua Meusch, Andrew O’Rourke, Sofia Ouhri, Jordyn Ross, Sharndeep Sahota, Shelby Short, Paula Torbay, & Brian Tran Special thanks to the HD Projection Team from Christie: Larry Howard, Bryan Boehme, Martin R Waverley, Justin A Griffith, Paul Dumpel, & Jan Miller TEA Technical Manager: Joe Fox PMP, EXP TEA Associate Technical Manager: Joseph White, Crafted Design IMAG Director: Ray Jensen, SJ Media Productions Cameras & A/V: Todd Dale, VCI Event Technology Teleprompter: Courtney Goodin, ProPrompt Inc. Video Post-Production for TEA TV: Ian McDaniel, Good Theory Studios, LLC Live Voiceover Talent: Pete Sepenuk, Belly Up Productions Show Choir: John Burroughs High School Powerhouse, under the Direction of Brendan Jennings Trophy Ambassadors: Ronni Cranston, Connor McDonald, Kaelin McDonald, Marisa Pool, Lauren Schlander, Evan Troncoso Talent Managers: Lynn Allmandinger & Dawn McDonald Costumer: Bonnie Sinclair, Costume Connection Props: Frank McDonald Thea Centerpieces: Shannon Martin, Color Reflections & Dale Sprague, Canyon Creative Foyer Graphics Art Supervision: Dale Sprague & Alicia Cobos, Canyon Creative Foyer Graphics Production Supervision: Shannon Martin & Durant Ashley, Color Reflections TEA Sponsor Reel Production: Dave Martin, Demodave Production & Voiceover Media Contact: Judith Rubin Candid Photography: Martin Palicki, InPark Magazine Gala Photography: Frank Dorosy Photography Disneyland Resort Teams Technical Director: Charles L Clark Light Board Operator & Programmer: Jeremy T Williams Lead Rigger / Focus Tech: Jaime A Manriquez Followspots: Valentin S Gomez & Thomas Price Audio Engineers: James Toucey & Andrew J Graves Audio Tech: Daniel P Gilstrap Lighting Tech: Eric A Salgado Electricians: Jose Luy & Ric B Wernicke Disneyland Resort Banquet Operations Managers: Marcella Gonzalez, Dwayne Jones, David Ramos, Laura Rich, Lindell Skinner, & Ana Vazquez Disneyland Resort Culinary - Banquet Chef: Chris Faulkner, Ralph Stuhlmueller Disneyland Resort Culinary - Sous Chef: Joven Tolentino, Adolfo Salazar, & Luis Favila Disneyland Resort Banquet Captains: Steve Bracha, Jesus Estrada, Norberto Martinez, & Susan Mukai Disney Catered Events: Terry DeLorenzo, Senior Sales Manager Disney Meetings & Events: Brenda Uribe, Catering & Convention Services Manager Disneyland Resort: Josh D’Amaro, President

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Thea Awards Program Acknowledgements

Publisher: Themed Entertainment Association (TEA)

25th Annual Thea Awards Nominating Committee

Executive Editor: Jennie Nevin Cover Design: Alicia Cobos, Canyon Creative

Lisa Passamonte Green, Chair Susan Bonds, Vice-Chair Steve Birket, TEA International Board Liaison Karen McGee, Thea Awards Coordinator

Program Design/Art Direction: Dale Sprague, Canyon Creative

Committee Members

Editor: Judith Rubin

Layout and Production: Martin Palicki, InPark Magazine Project Descriptions: TEA Thea Awards Committee Credits lists provided by the Thea Awards recipients Thea Awards Gala Show Producer: SparkyJax Productions Advertising Liaison: Martin Palicki Program Printing: Modern Postcard © 2019 Themed Entertainment Association. All rights reserved. Thank you to our TEA Headquarters Staff Jennie Nevin – chief operating officer Tammie Richards – event producer Erica Schwehr – associate event producer Marie Brennan – member services / event coordinator Judith Rubin – PR, social media & publications Linda Hamm – bookkeeper TEA Headquarters 150 E. Olive Ave., #306, Burbank, CA 91502 USA +1 818 843-8497 • www.teaconnect.org About TEA The TEA (Themed Entertainment Association) is an international nonprofit organization founded in 1991 and based in Burbank, California USA. TEA encompasses some 1,600 member companies and four International Divisions: Eastern North America, Western North America, Europe & Middle East, and Asia Pacific. Through its activities in the global community, TEA has changed the conversation about how great guest experiences are conceived and realized, and has focused international attention on a vital niche of popular culture and an important economic/travel/development stimulus. TEA's leading contributions include the annual Thea Awards, now recognized worldwide as a top industry honor, the SATE conferences on Experience Design, the annual TEA/AECOM Theme Index and Museum Index and the TEA NextGen Initiative to help students and recent grads build careers in the industry. TEA provides the proper channels and opportunities to network, educate and help your business or career grow. There are many benefits and advantages to becoming a paid association member and taking your place in the TEA community. About the TEA Thea Awards The annual TEA Thea Awards, presented in 2019 by Chimelong Group, were created to bring recognition to achievement, talent and personal excellence within the themed entertainment industry. From a modest beginning in 1994, the TEA Thea Awards have become internationally recognized as a symbol of excellence. This program contains additional articles about the history of the Thea Awards and special features to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the awards.


The Committee includes all past lifetime achievement honorees, one Board Liaison position and nine Members-at-Large appointed to three-year terms. Marc-Andre Baril Adam Bezark (Attraction Sub-Committee Chair) Dave Cobb Chip Largman Patricia MacKay Luc Mayrand Shawn McCoy (Museums & Aquariums/Zoos Sub-Committee Chair) Brad Merriman Roberta Perry Rick Rothschild Buzz Price Lifetime Achievement Recipients Tony Baxter Mark Fuller* Bob Gurr (Technical Sub-Committee Co-Chair) Phil Hettema Garner Holt Kim Irvine Don Iwerks* Keith James Monty Lunde (Technical Sub-Committee Co-Chair) Ron Miziker (Live Event Sub-Committee Chair) Yves Pépin (European Sub-Committee Chair) Jeremy Railton Bob Rogers Joe Rohde Jack Rouse* Frank Stanek Barry Upson Bob Ward

* Judge Emeritus – A title established for Lifetime Members who are no longer active in the yearly judging process but who may become active at any time in the future. In Memoriam – Thea Lifetime Achievement honorees John Hench (1908-2004) Jon Jerde (1940-2015) George Millay (1929-2006) Harrison “Buzz” Price (1921-2010) Marty Sklar (1934-2017)

Special thanks to Chimelong Group and our other Gala partners

Chimelong is a game-changer in our worldwide industry as attraction development continues at a dramatic pace in Asia and especially China. Chimelong’s support helps us to showcase and uphold our very best standards, across cultures and borders. We thank Chimelong Group for their contributions.

From the submission of nominations to the selection and naming of recipients, to formal presentation at the Thea Awards Gala, the annual Thea Awards cycle is a major production that relies on the dedicated and diligent efforts of many, including the Thea Awards Committee, the TEA International Board and TEA staff, plus additional critical support from sponsors, corporate sponsors, partners, the Gala Producer and the Gala Presenter. Crucial support for the 2019 TEA Thea Awards came from two outstanding sources: • Chimelong Group: Presenting sponsor of the Thea Awards Gala • AECOM: Theme Index Partner

Chimelong Group Thea Awards Gala Presenter TEA warmly welcomes Chimelong Group as presenting sponsor of the prestigious, 25th Annual Thea Awards Gala, celebrating the finest accomplishments of the global attractions industry. Entertainment properties that Chimelong owns and operates include Chimelong Paradise and Chimelong Water Park in Guangzhou, and Chimelong Ocean Kingdom in Zhuhai. In 2017, Chimelong Ocean Kingdom ranked 11th in the top 25 most-attended theme parks worldwide. Su Zhigang, Chairman of Chimelong Group Co., Ltd., began as a restaurateur in the late 1980s, opened his first hotel in the mid ‘90s and continued on to build a tourism and resort empire. TEA’s relationship with Chimelong Group has been growing for several years, and the company has been honored multiple times for its achievements with TEA Thea Awards. TEA COO Jennie Nevin said, “Chimelong has become a prominent force in the global theme park space, and we’re pleased that includes stepping up to support TEA and the Thea Awards. We welcome Chimelong’s generous support for TEA’s biggest event of the year. This alliance is a symbol of international collaboration that will continue to characterize the themed entertainment industry as it grows globally.”


A toast to the TEA Thea Awards: Su Zhigang (Chairman of Chimelong Group) and Jennie Nevin (COO of TEA)

AECOM Theme Index Partner AECOM is supporting the 25th annual Thea Awards Gala as Theme Index Partner, marking the company’s continued collaboration with TEA on the annual TEA/AECOM Theme Index and Museum Index. The TEA/AECOM Theme Index, published mid-year, is the definitive global study of attendance at the world’s top theme parks, water parks and museums. It is provided free as a resource for the industry, published online by TEA and AECOM and also distributed in print, and in a Chinese language edition. The relationship between AECOM and TEA is long standing and the company plays an important role as a presenter and facilitator for TEA conferences and TEA panels at outside events.

Congratulations Thea Award recipients from the team at Attractions Management www.attractionsmanagement.com 9

Special Thank You to our Sponsors THEA AWARDS GALA

AECOM • Chimelong Group • Christie • SparkyJax Productions


Chimelong Group • Christie • Universal Creative • Walt Disney Imagineering • Wanda

Themed Entertainment Association Foundation a 501c3 Charitable Foundation

Congratulates all of the Thea Recipients The mission of the Foundation is to provide and promote educational opportunities for individuals pursuing careers in the themed, leisure and entertainment design and production industries. www.tea-foundation.org


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7thSense • A&ES • Adirondack • AES • Aquatic Design & Engineering • Chicago Scenic Studios Cortina Productions • d&b audiotechnik • Disney Parks & Live Events • Electrosonic Falcon’s Creative Group • Forté • HBG Design • InMotion Entertainment • JRA • Kraftwerk Mousetrappe • Oceaneering • Panasonic • PCL Construction • Sally Corporation Stantec • Thinkwell • Triotech • Wärtsilä



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History of the Thea Awards

in technology, social behavior and connectivity are reinventing our notion of storytelling and immersion.

The establishment of the TEA Thea Awards as the preeminent award program recognizing excellence in Themed Entertainment projects was seminal to the recognition of Themed Entertainment as a professional industry.The Theas shine a bright light on the industry and its leaders, fabricators and creative geniuses who make Themed Entertainment magic. -- Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) founder Monty Lunde,Technifex

As our industry has expanded globally, the Thea Awards have recognized this and the geographic coverage of the awards has grown accordingly. It should also be noted that the Thea Awards are not by any means confined to theme parks. Museums and museum exhibitions, heritage centers, casinos, multimedia spectaculars, brand experiences, theatrical productions and many other types of attractions and guest experiences fall into the realm of projects that can be eligible for Thea Awards.

TEA created the Thea Awards to bring recognition to achievement, talent and excellence within the themed entertainment industry. The Thea Awards began in 1994 with a single Lifetime Achievement Award, and the first honoree was Harrison “Buzz” Price, a pioneer in entertainment feasibility. Monty Lunde, Bob Rogers, Pat Scanlon and Barry Howard were on the first Thea Awards organizational and judging committee. The Thea Awards were named in reference to three words: • “Thea” - the Greek goddess from whom all light emanates • “Theater” - derived from the goddess Thea • “TEA” - the acronym referring to our Association The original Thea trophies were designed by Barry Howard and Jeremy Railton. The current Thea trophy debuted in 2001 and was designed by Zofia Kostryko. The first year’s ceremony, held at the Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, was produced by Ron Miziker, and coordinated by Jana Love, with TEA founder Monty Lunde serving as master of ceremonies. The 1995 Thea Awards also took place at the Biltmore, again with a single honoree: the late Marty Sklar (an official Disney Legend, Marty). After Buzz Price passed away in 2010, TEA renamed the Thea Lifetime Achievement Award in his honor. It is now called the Buzz Price Thea Award Recognizing a Lifetime of Distinguished Achievements. The third year (1996) saw the introduction of Awards for Outstanding Achievement (AOA). Ten AOAs were bestowed. The Thea Classic category was created in 1997. It can be given to one achievement per year that has stood the test of time. Also in 1997, the AOA category of Excellence on a Limited Budget was created, to celebrate outstanding achievements under $10 million. For 2014-2015, new Wizarding World of Harry Potter attractions at Universal Studios prompted the Thea Awards Committee to create the Paragon Award, which recognizes a project that sets a new bar of excellence. In 2017, several Thea recipients first represented the newly created category of Connected Immersion, recognizing that tremendous advances


The TEA Peter Chernack Distinguished Service Award is also presented at the TEA Thea Awards Gala. This award was created and is decided by the TEA Past Presidents Committee, and was renamed in honor of the late Peter Chernack, a past president of TEA who was instrumental in conceiving this award. The culture of the Thea Awards is unique. Here are some key characteristics: • Honoree: the project itself – Thea AOA and Thea Classic awards honor the entire achievement. The trophy is awarded to the project owner. • Official project credits – The project owner is obliged to furnish a comprehensive credits list for publication by TEA. In this way the Thea Awards have resulted in the first official project credits of the themed entertainment industry. • Trophies for the team – Individuals and companies named on the official credits list of a Thea-honored project are entitled to obtain their own trophies from TEA. • No set categories – The TEA is free to honor several achievements in the same category, create a new category, or to skip categories as the year’s achievements warrant. • No secrets – Award recipients are openly announced in November, and the awards are formally presented the following spring at the Thea Awards Gala. • Open nominations – Anyone can nominate a project for a Thea Award. It is not necessary to be a TEA member.You can nominate your own project. The objective is simple: To find excellence and celebrate it. As we look to the future, the Thea Awards will continue to grow and evolve, while continuing to honor the original objective of bringing recognition to achievement, talent and professional excellence within our themed entertainment industry.

Bob Rogers of BRC Imagination Arts provided essential information for this article.


25th Anniversary Gallery: The TEA Thea Classic Award The first TEA Thea Classic Award was given in 1997 at the fourth annual Thea Awards Gala, to Pirates of the Caribbean, Disneyland Resort, Anaheim CA USA. This was four years after the founding Gala, in 1994; the Thea Classic has been given annually since then.


Pirates of the Caribbean, Disneyland, California, USA


Calico Mountain (The Mine Train Ride), Knott's Berry Farm, Buena Park California, USA

The Thea Classic Award honors an outstanding “compelling place and experience” achievement from the past, which set new standards and which has stood the test of time. “Test of time,” while not a hard and fast rule, is generally understood by the TEA Thea Awards Committee to mean a minimum of 20 years in operation. The achievement or attraction must still be in existence, use or operation.


Silver Dollar City, Branson, Missouri, USA


Universal Studios tram tour, Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal City, California, USA


Knott’s Scary Farm Halloween Haunt, Buena Park, California, USA


Efteling, Kaatsheuvel, The Netherlands


Disneyland, California, USA


Madame Tussauds, London, UK


SeaWorld San Diego, California USA


Epcot, Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando Florida, USA


Coal Mine, Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, Illinois, USA

A Thea Classic must also fulfill the same criteria governing TEA Thea Awards for Outstanding Achievement: It must exemplify the highest standards of excellence associated with the arts and sciences of creating compelling places and experiences. The Thea Classic Award may be given once each award cycle.

1999 The Haunted Mansion, Disneyland, California, USA 2000 Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen, Denmark

2011 The Exploratorium, San Francisco, California, USA

Special congratulations to Dollywood, recipient of the Thea Classic Award in 2019, on the 25th anniversary of the TEA Thea Awards – and to all the distinguished past recipients of this prestigious, top honor of our association and our industry.


Puy du Fou: Le Grand Parc and Cinéscénie, Les Epesses, France


Europa-Park Theme Park and Resort, Rust, Germany

Note:The Thea Awards Gala was moved from fall to spring in 2005, skipping 2004


"it's a small world," Disneyland, California, USA


San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park, San Diego, California, USA

2014 The Enchanted Tiki Room, Disneyland, California, USA

2017 WaterWorld: A Live Sea War Spectacular, Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal City, California, USA



Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio, USA


Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, USA

Clockwise from top left: Pirates of the Caribbean, Calico Mountain, Universal Studios tram tour, The Haunted Mansion, Silver Dollar City, Knott's Scary Farm Halloween Haunt, Efteling


25th Anniversary Gallery (continued): The TEA Thea Classic Award

Clockwise from top left: Tivoli Gardens, Disneyland, Madame Tussauds, Puy du Fou, San Diego Zoo, Epcot, SeaWorld San Diego


Clockwise from top left: Coal Mine, The Exploratorium, WaterWorld: A Live Sea War Spectacular, Cedar Point, Dollywood, "it's a small world," Europa-Park, The Enchanted Tiki Room


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25th Anniversary Gallery: The Buzz Price Thea Award – Recognizing a Lifetime of Distinguished Achievements The TEA Thea Awards were founded in 1994 with a single award recognizing lifetime achievement/ outstanding individual achievement. The award was first given to the late Harrison “Buzz” Price at the inaugural Thea Awards Gala. It was re-named in his honor after Buzz passed away in 2010. The Buzz Price Thea Award is given once each award cycle to an individual, alive and active in his or her field, well known and respected in the industry and considered to set an outstanding public example for excellence in compelling places and experiences. Past recipients of Thea lifetime honors automatically become lifetime members of the Thea Awards Nominating Committee, and are invited to participate in the evaluations and judging process. Special congratulations to the 2019 recipient of this award, Mark Woodbury,Vice Chairman of Universal Parks & Resorts and President of Universal Creative. Notes: The Thea Awards Gala was moved from fall to spring in 2005, skipping 2004; no lifetime honor was awarded in 2000

1994 Harrison “Buzz” Price 1995 Marty Sklar 1996 Monty Lunde 1997 Don Iwerks 1998 John Hench 1999 Bob Gurr 2001 Tony Baxter 2002 Jon Jerde 2003 George Millay 2005 Barry Upson 2006 Yves Pépin 2007 Bob Rogers 2008 Jack Rouse 2009 Robert L Ward 2010 Mark Fuller 2011 Kim Irvine 2012 Joe Rohde 2013 Frank Stanek 2014 Garner Holt 2015 Ron Miziker 2016 Keith James 2017 Jeremy Railton

Buzz Price, John Hench, Marty Sklar and Don Iwerks at an early Thea Awards event


2018 Phil Hettema 2019 Mark Woodbury

Harrison "Buzz" Price 1994

John Hench 1998

George Millay 2003

Marty Sklar 1995

Bob Gurr 1999

Barry Upson 2005

Monty Lunde 1996

Tony Baxter 2001

Yves PĂŠpin 2006

Don Iwerks 1997

Jon Jerde 2002

Bob Rogers 2007


25th Anniversary Gallery (continued): The Buzz Price Thea Award – Recognizing a Lifetime of Distinguished Achievements

Jack Rouse 2008

Joe Rohde 2012

Keith James 2016


Robert L Ward 2009

Frank Stanek 2013

Jeremy Railton 2017

Mark Fuller 2010

Garner Holt 2014

Phil Hettema 2018

Kim Irvine 2011

Ron Miziker 2015

Mark Woodbury 2019



— Park Legendia, Chorzow, Poland

Thea Award For Outstanding Achievement - Attraction, Limited Budget

This unique attraction introduces interactive, darkride storytelling to an emerging theme park market (Poland) and builds on a unique and local cultural context. Bazyliszek uses modern storytelling tools and immersive environments to explore the myth of the Basilisk – a reptilian monster, part serpent/part rooster with magical powers and a deadly glance. In the Monster Hunters Guild mansion, in the Magical Forest zone of the park, guests are enlisted to go to the village of Kurkowo, battle the Basilisk and free the village. The queue experience is a walk through the Guild Hall, Hall of Fame, Research area, Weapons room, and finally a Briefing room where guests are asked to help in the hunt by Flora, a Monster Hunter herself. Guests board Monster Hunter vehicles and use shooting devices in a fierce and fun battle to disarm carnivorous plants, find the Basilisk and defeat it.


The attraction uses a full range of tools to deliver this story and experience: targets are in the media on screens that are integrated in show sets, as well as on moving show action elements, and into black lighted sets. The media extends the show sets, and elegantly continues the story and the village, and bring the characters to life in a fun, energetic way. Despite its limited means, the attraction is a complete story with a full queue, preshow, video presentation, dedicated load, interactive ride across multiple scenes where theming bridges well across gaps, and even includes scores shown in a guild book at the end. Using a Polish myth as a basis for its story is a great match for its audience. Delivering an attraction that is well integrated in its cultural context, but that manages to deliver a compelling modern and fun experience is not only remarkable, it is also a great alternative to major IP offerings. Bazyliszek is an outstanding model of an attraction that speaks to its regional audience. It is wellexecuted, elegant, engaging, colorful, fun and fresh.

Official Credits List - Bazyliszek Maciej Krupa – Project manager, Śląskie Wesołe Miasteczko sp. z o.o. Eduard Markocsy – Development Project Manager, Tatry Mountain Retorts, a.s. Magdalena Jagiełko – Theming Manager, Tatry Mountain Retorts, a.s. Jozef Hudec – Site development manager, Tatry Mountain Retorts, a.s. Vladmír Ligda - Site development manager, Tatry Mountain Retorts, a.s. Vladmír Čukan – Development Director, Tatry Mountain Retorts, a.s. Martin Bartoš - Business Development Manager, Tatry Mountain Resorts, a.s. Beata Markiewicz – Brand Manager, Śląskie Wesołe Miasteczko sp. z o.o. Izabela Kieliś – Junior Brand Manager, Śląskie Wesołe Miasteczko sp. z o.o. Karolina Korba – Junior Brand Manager, Śląskie Wesołe Miasteczko sp. z o.o. Anna Adamek – Marketing Specialist, Śląskie Wesołe Miasteczko sp. z o.o. Juraj Chovaňák – Marketing Director, Tatry Mountain Retorts, a.s. Joanna Papierz – Office Specialist, Śląskie Wesołe Miasteczko sp. z o.o. Rafał Piskozub – Technical Manager, Śląskie Wesołe Miasteczko sp. z o.o. Peter Cibulka – Business Development Manager, Tatry Mountain Resorts, a.s. Andrea Koblíčková - Business Development Manager, Tatry Mountain Resorts, a.s. Magdalena Sklorz – Gastro Manager, Śląskie Wesołe Miasteczko sp. z o.o. Łukasz Janiszek – Deputy Gastro Manager, Śląskie Wesołe Miasteczko sp. z o.o. Jacek Zwyrtek – Chef, Śląskie Wesołe Miasteczko sp. z o.o. Adrianna Kuc – Deputy Operational Director, Śląskie Wesołe Miasteczko sp. z o.o. Peter Krčmárek – IT specialist, Tatry Mountain Resorts, a.s. Szymon Świerczek – IT specialist, Śląskie Wesołe Miasteczko sp. z o.o. Joanna Kravjar – Chief of Staff Poland, Śląskie Wesołe Miasteczko sp. z o.o. Július Vinter – Country Manager Poland, Tatry Mountain Resorts, a.s. Paweł Popiela - Investment Representative, Partner&Service Marcin Ziemiański - Inspector of Investor Supervision, Partner&Service Paweł Dygdoń - Construction Manager, PTM Construction sp. z o.o. Tadeusz Kostoń - Main Designer, TIMINVEST Tadeusz Kostoń

Robert Gilarski – Owner, RAZ Company sp. z o.o. Alicja Gilarska – Owner, RAZ Company sp. z o.o. Joanna Stych - Greenery Designer, Urządzanie i Utrzymywanie Terenów Zieleni Joanna Stych Helder Lopez – Project Manager, Universal Rocks Wiesław Lebek – Owner, B2W Dremod sp. Z o.o. Dominik Petrík – Project Manager, Destin, a.s. Miloš Krajčovič – Owner, Destin, a.s. Jan Pomierny – Project Manager, Fish Ladder Łukasz Dygdoń - Works Manager, PTM Construction sp. z o.o. Paweł Stelmach - Project Manager, Elter Szymon Szulik – Owner, HLS sp. Z o.o. Łukasz Szulik – Owner, HLS sp. Z o.o. Mirosław Usarek - Owner, UMEX Kowalstwo Artystyczne Jan Usarek – Owner, UMEX Kowalstwo Artystyczne Andrzej Szymała – Owner, EL Akustyka Piotr Szczęsny – Owner, TTM System sp. Z o.o. Marek Siwiec – Project Manager, TTM System sp. z o.o. Vladimír Dunčko – Owner, TEXnet, s.r.o. Mirosław Foryś – Owner, ASD Maciej Fischer – Commercial Director, AGIW sp. z o.o. Sp. Komandytowa Paweł Cebula – Managing Director, Śląskie Wesołe Miasteczko sp. z o.o. Simeon van Tellingen - Creative Director, JoraVision B.V. Tjeerd Heerschop - Site Manager Productio, JoraVision B.V. Robin van der Want - Project Manager, JoraVision B.V. Benoit Cornet - CEO, Alterface Projects Stephane Battaile – COO, Alterface Projects François Danhaive - Project Manager, Alterface Projects Benjamin Walravens - Show Producer, Alterface Projects Laurence Beckers - Creative Director, Alterface Projects Baudouin Magos - Site Manager, Alterface Projects Romain Demoustier - Software Engineer, Alterface Projects Nicolas Hanozet - IT Designer, Alterface Projects Thomas Sokay - IT production, Alterface Projects Johan Desmyter - Technical Designer, Alterface Projects

Jean-Paul Grun - Prototype Designer, Alterface Projects Ruud Koppens - CEO and Sales Rsponsible for this project, ETF Machinefabriek B.V. Wim de Borgie - Project Manager, ETF Machinefabriek B.V. Anton Keim - Head of Mechanical Engineering, ETF Machinefabriek B.V. Roy Jansen - Sr. Electrical Engineer, ETF Machinefabriek B.V. Robert Erdkamp - Buyer, ETF Machinefabriek B.V.

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Be Washington: It’s Your Turn to Lead George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, VA, USA

Thea Award For Outstanding Achievement - Museum Experience, Limited Budget

In this new first-person, interactive experience, visitors face crises that Washington faced in his presidency (four possible scenarios), hear from advisors and choose a course of action while on the clock, then learn how Washington himself acted. In a period-looking space equipped with state-ofthe-art gaming kiosks, actor Chris Jackson (George Washington in “Hamilton”) appears on screen to introduce the topics. The room design, inspired by Congress Hall in Philadelphia, contains 18 two-person kiosks. Theatrical windows on the left and right of the theater change in color to suit the topic and mood of the scenario. While based on primary, 18th-century source material, the first-person approach, interactive elements, rich 6K media presentation, and time-pressured gameplay are all designed to appeal to millennials and Gen Z participants – guests with very different media expectations than previous generations.


Some distinguishing attributes: • Gamification meets edutainment meets Theater! • Engaging, entertaining and highly educational! • Individual or group/network mode • Can be deployed in classrooms anywhere • Web version leverages the same media and gameplay as the theater version In addition to welcoming everyday guests, the “Be Washington” theater can be used to host education, leadership, corporate, and governmental groups for custom facilitated sessions with Mount Vernon experts. The large 6K screen includes a picture-in-picture capability that allows the facilitator to present additional information to further flesh out the topic and facilitate discussion. “Be Washington” is an excellent example of bringing historical education to life in a present-time environment.

Official Credits List - Be Washington: It’s Your Turn to Lead Mount Vernon Project Team Robert Shenk, Project Lead, George Washington’s Mount Vernon Matt Briney, Project Lead (AV/ Interactives), George Washington’s Mount Vernon Doug Bradburn, Historical Research/ Writer, George Washington’s Mount Vernon Joseph Stoltz, Historical Research/ Writer, George Washington’s Mount Vernon Joe Sliger, Construction Management, George Washington’s Mount Vernon John Davis, Construction Management, George Washington’s Mount Vernon Robert Canizalez, Theater Construction, George Washington’s Mount Vernon Nabil Awwad, Theater Construction, George Washington’s Mount Vernon Allison Wickens, Education, George Washington’s Mount Vernon Rebecca Aloisi, Marketing, George Washington’s Mount Vernon Rebekah Hanover Petit, Graphical Design, George Washington’s Mount Vernon Bert Oltmans, IT, George Washington’s Mount Vernon Shawn Conners, IT, George Washington’s Mount Vernon David Fischer, IT, George Washington’s Mount Vernon Mason Shelby, Videography, George Washington’s Mount Vernon Ethan Guralnick, Videography, George Washington’s Mount Vernon Cheryl Marling, Project Manager, George Washington’s Mount Vernon Susan Schoelwer, Historical Design Consultant, George Washington’s Mount Vernon Jessie McLeod, Historical Design Consultant, George Washington’s Mount Vernon Sarah Stio, Social Media, George Washington’s Mount Vernon Melissa Wood, Communications, George Washington’s Mount Vernon Cortina Productions Joseph Cortina, Director, Cortina Productions Amanda Scherer, Art Director, Cortina Productions Jen Fetsch, Producer/ Writer, Cortina Productions John McCarthy, Director of Interactive Design, Cortina Productions Brent Feito, Live Action Producer/1st Assistant Director, Cortina Productions

Daniella Eguiguren, Coordinating Producer, Cortina Productions Sam Howse, Coordinating Producer, Cortina Productions Arianna Drumond, Coordinating Producer, Cortina Productions Rico Santos, Production Coordinator, Cortina Productions Felicia Knise, Production Assistant, Cortina Productions Tiana Davis , Production Assistant, Cortina Productions Amanda Tuttle, Graphic Production Manager, Cortina Productions Vu Ngo, Interactive Graphic Designer, Cortina Productions Katrina Rinsberg, Junior Interactive Designer, Cortina Productions Abhishek Ravi, Junior Animator, Cortina Productions Nick S, VFX/Editor, Cortina Productions Andrew Prasse, VFX Supervisor/ Editor, Cortina Productions Ben Fall, Junior Editor, Cortina Productions Alex Kolotos, Assistant Camera/Jr. Editor, Cortina Productions Frank Winston, Senior Software Developer, Cortina Productions Jack Livingston, Software Developer, Cortina Productions Zain Oberoi, QA Manager, Cortina Productions Violet Leonard, Software Tester, Cortina Productions Matthew Alexander, Interactive Design Assistant, Cortina Productions Brendan Lipton, Interactive Graphic Designer, Cortina Productions

Aaron Johnson, Grip Shawn Baron, Grip Gregory Breazeale, Sound Technician Len Schmitz, Audio Technician Matt Ritterpusch, Boom Operator Brian Merrick, Special Effects Supervisor Shawn Hambright, Special Effects Assistant Barbara Norkus, Craft Services Director Barbara Brown, Set Medic

Independent Contractors working for Cortina Productions Jerry Hornbaker, Art Director Mark Hughes, Prop Master Justin R. Smith, Set Decorator Austin Murray, Set Dresser Eric Butler, Construction / Greens Andy M. Bobb, Art Production Assistant Kevin Hershberger, Costume Designer Christi Owen, Costumer Brennan Wheatley Assistant Costumer Tyler Grecco, Costume Stitcher Nicole Py, Key Hair / Makeup Donna Krutz Moore, Makeup Assistant Guy Gane, Background Coordinator Charlie Kendall, Director of Photography Justin Lucas, Assistant Camera Donny Aros, Gaffer Will Iverson, Grip

Arch-e-tel (Architecture) Jim Stokoe, Architect

Solomon Productions Gary Solomon, Partner Jonathan Foucheaux, AV Designer Barry Mendelson, AV Technician Tom Kraesig, AV Technician Whitney Hines, Project Coordinator Gallagher & Associates (primary partner for the design of the physical theater spaces) Patrick Gallagher, Partner Rob Malootian, Theater Design Lex Colton, Theater Design Josh Sennett, Theater Design Suzanne Lawson, Project Coordinator, Wide Awake Films Shane Seley, Producer Ed Leydecker, Producer Keith Johnson, Animation Director Jeff Van Bockern, Videography Michael Palm, Videography Julia Barnett, Production Assistant, Independent Contractors working for Wide Awake Films Brian Stefancyk, Historical Props Wade Rogers, Historical Props

Actors Chris Jackson, Host Dwight Tolar, George Washington Melanie Adams, Philadelphia Citizen Charles Boyington, Alexander Dallas Joseph Carlson, General Charles Cornwallis Lisa Cassell, Philadelphia Citizen Cynthia Chin, Philadelphia Citizen Doug Cohen, Philadelphia Citizen Greg Cooper, Henry Knox Steve Diatz, Philadelphia Citizen Natalie Fairchild, Annis Stockton Ben Goldman, Julius Caesar Marvin Greer, William Lee Joe Grisaffi, Thomas Jefferson Ethan Guralnick, Privateer Everet Howell, Thomas Mifflin Nick Ingvolstod, Philadelphia Citizen Krista Jasillo, Whiskey Rebel Steven Kirkpatrick, David Ramsey/ Cato Trish Kristoff, Philadelphia Citizen Eben Kuhns, Benjamin Franklin Bache/Charles Genet Matt Mattingly, George Hammond/ John Cadwalader Robin Matty, Whiskey Rebel Emily McCabe, Whiskey Rebel Brendan McCann, Philadelphia Citizen Josh Odsess-Rubin, Alexander Hamilton Kristen Otto, Philadelphia Citizen Eli Pendry, Continental Army Officer/ John Armstrong Tom Plott, Hugh Henry Brackenridge Peg Pokusa, New Jersey Farmer’s Wife Sangeeta Ranade, Philadelphia Citizen Karen Roth, Whiskey Rebel John Sadowsky, Daniel Morgan David Shelby, Philadelphia Citizen Mason Shelby, Philadelphia Citizen Ivonne Sokel, Philadelphia Citizen


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Fantawild Oriental Heritage Xiamen, China

Thea Award For Outstanding Achievement - Theme Park

Xiamen Fantawild Oriental Heritage is the 22nd park developed and operated by Fantawild Holdings, and enhances the Fantawild brand with its special mix of traditional Chinese culture and technologydriven attractions. With nine thematic areas, 12 major attractions and a cultural heritage town, the park presents thousands of years of rich Chinese history, culture and folktales, enhanced by traditional architecture, classic food, and live entertainment. The attractions were developed primarily in-house by Fantawild animation and special effects units. Oriental Heritage’s main attractions include: • Bridge to Love – a domed theater featuring the story of China’s Romeo and Juliet • Dragon’s Palace – a dark ride featuring 3-D animation • Eternal Love – a holographic theater • The Legend of Nuwa – a 4-D multi-screen dark ride


Throughout the park, these and other attractions, along with amazing performances and powerful characters, combine to bring China’s storied cultural history to life in a unique environment that is a break from traditional theme parks or live theatrical experiences. Oriental Heritage brings together an exceptional blend of live entertainment, large-scale shows and engaging darkride experiences. It successfully couples technologybased immersive experience with the rich folklore and culture of China, to deliver a truly unique and compelling family destination.

Official Credits List - Fantawild Oriental Heritage Leadership Team Frank Li, Founder of Fantawild Holdings Inc. & Chief Creative of all Fantawild theme parks Mike Liu, President & Chief Operation Officer of Fantawild Theme Parks Liang Ding, Chief Designer & Chief Director Daisy Shang, Chief Officer of Global Brand Promotion Zhongjie Dun, Producer Daohong Liu, Chief Architect Aihua Yun, Head of Fantawild Imagineering Yongsheng Liu, Chief Construction Engineer Hui Liu, Chief R & D Engineer Bingkun Hao, Chief Engineer of Attraction Technology Cai Xia Huo, Director of Equipment Assembly Chao Li, General Manager of Xiamen Fantawild Oriental Heritage Kui Xu, Produce Director Haibo Xu, Film Shooting Technology Supervisor Jiamou Fu, Executive Creative Yajun Chen, Executive Creative Jian Zhang, Supervisor of Architectural Design Effects Jingren Gao, Supervisor of Architectural Design Effects Wenzhuo Liu, Producing Effects Supervisor Creative Ying Ao Yeqiong Deng Zunrong Xin Jin Chen Minhong Song fujianwen Liu Engineering Directors of R & D Peixiong Guan Yong Yang Xiaodong Shi Qiang Liu Fanxin Kong Qiyun Zeng Haizhu Cao

Construction Management Bo Zhou, Deputy Director of Construction Management Yurong Yang, Deputy Director of Construction Management Project Team Attraction Planners Yuru Zhang Dike Ma Danyuan Wang Ruya Ge Xiang Huang Concept Artists Tiankuo Peng Jinshen Wang Chen Chen Qianhui Mai Yue Peng Miaomiao Guo Function Designing Zhe Zhang Luyan Zhang Yiyan Li Qiao Yang Yong Nie Binbin Luo Linchun Chen Film Concept Creative & Story Writer Tingjie Chen Yi Zhang Mu Chen Yueling Kuang Tao Zhang Tingting Chen Zhiting Feng Yuexuan Wang Li Yang Demin Zhang Wenjie Niu Lu Liang Xiaojie Lin

Deputy Director of Equipment Assembly Dezhong Xie Jun Dong Geng Chen Ying Wang Ziquan Cao

Film Art Design Zhen Liu Shijie Lin Quanyong Luo Hao Ma Jun Yang Lei Zhang Yangjie Chen Bo Shao Yu Chao Guihua Liang Jiawei Pang Chengxu Tao Yige Zhang Zumou Huang

Chao Chen, Supervisor of Equipment Assembly Kangquan Gou, Director of

3D Production Xiaoqing Xing, Production Supervisor Kaijie Li, Production Supervisor

Yi Lv, Senior Project Manager of Equipment Assembly

Manyi Deng, Production Supervisor Weiwei Wang, Producing Effects Inspection Kaiming He, Producing Effects Inspection Qing Su, Producing Technology Engineer Feng Xie, Producing Technology Engineer Defu Luo, Producing Technology Engineer Ying Liu, Project Coordinator Sijian Xu, Film Characters Modeler Tao Yang, Film Characters Designer Wenjia Yi, Film Characters Modeler Bin Zeng, Film Characters Modeler Jian Yang, Deputy Manager of Modeling Xuan Wang, Deputy Head of Modeling Mingjiao Fu, Head of Modeling Cheng Qi, 3D Modeling Xiao Lin, Deputy Head of Modeling Xin Li, Modeling Designer Wei Wen, Modeling Designer Bin Li, Modeling Designer Ciming Liu, Modeling Designer Jun Ling, Modeling Designer Meiying Guan, 3D Modeling Rui Peng, 3D Modeling Yongzhong Zheng, Clay Sculptor Hegang Xiao, Head of Modeling Binbin Dai, Modeling Designer Lei Gao, Modeling Designer Haihua Zhang, 3D Modeling Yanzi Wang, 3D Modeling Youjun Deng, 3D Modeling Yi Zhou, 3D Modeling Naming Yang, 3D Modeling Shengnan Liu, 3D Modeling Zhengrong Fan, 3D Modeling Huanxi Yan, Head of Modeling Ting Xiong, Modeling Designer Guoquan Jia, Modeling Designer Yicheng Ling, Modeling Designer Liming Shi, 3D Modeling Yulin Hui, 3D Modeling Kun Zou, 3D Modeling Wenbin Hu, 3D Modeling Jinqing Wei, Deputy Head of Animation Dept. Haibo Zhang, Deputy Head of Animation Dept. Fusheng Xie, Head of Animation Dept. Wenjie Su, 3D Animator Guangquan He, Deputy Manager of Animation Dept. Yuliang Hu, Animation Designer Chenxi Peng, Animation Designer Anqi Wu, Animation Designer Yuzhou Zhang, Performance Advisor Pan Cai, Motion Capture Engineer Xiaochuan Jing, 3D Animator Binbin Lin, Deputy Head of Animation Dept. Zhongxing Xia, Deputy Head of Special Effects Dept.

Linxing Huang, Deputy Head of Special Effects Dept. Weiliang Feng, Special Effects Designer Fan Zeng, Head of Special Effects Dept. Yanghua Li, Special Effects Designer Xiuzhen Rong, 3D Special Effects Designer Xin Luo, Deputy Head of Special Effects Dept. Daye Qiu, Special Effects Designer Qingqing Ge, 3D Special Effects Designer Film Shooting Yunhong Jiang, Deputy Manager of Film Shooting Yuzhou Zhang, Film Director Yu Gan, Script Supervisor Tao Liu, Technology Supervisor Huasheng Huang, Photographer Chunchao Yang, Lighting technician Lihua Yin, Dresser Guangwen Shi, Prop master Post Production Yingxing Li, Deputy Head of Synthesis Helong Zhan, Designer of Synthesis Kunpeng Shi, Designer of Synthesis Minjie Mai, Compositor of Post Production Jia Liu, Compositor of Post Production Yuming Tang, Compositor of Post Production Baitong Cheng, Compositor of Post Production Yuanyuan Jiang, Compositor of Post Production Jiangfeng Zhou, Designer of Rendering Dept. Xia Zhang, Designer of Rendering Dept. Xiaoyan Jia, Post Producer Jianbo Zhan, Rendering Engineer Wei Xia, Rendering Engineer Lin Chen, Quality Controller Audio Production Gaoliang Huang, Deputy Head of Audio Production Ye Song, Audio Mixer Yongyu Mo, Audio Mixer Yuxuan Wang, Dubbing Mechanism and Electricity Zhencheng Guo Jie Chen Shiguang Peng Hanqin Yang Yingjie Ji Liangfeng Lin Shuping Lu Yujia Zhai Yunrui Liang


Official Credits List - Fantawild Oriental Heritage Shengbi Jiang Jianchun Lin Jianan Zhang Lieqing Luo Shanshan Xia Architecture Design Zhen Wang Wen Zhang Peipei Liu Xueli Gao Juncai Hong Huijiang Hu Lizhu Ke Yanrong Lei Ruyu Bai Shujuan Zeng Weisheng Chen Xiaofang Chen Jinbao Ding Chunpu Huang Jun Shen Zhiyong Shen Xiaoe Su Yang Wang Weifeng Wu Cai Zhang Weiling Zhang Liliang Zhu Weiming Chen Xiaojun Liu Zhibin Xia Lele Xiong Zhumin Zhang Mingsheng Zhao Yiwei Zheng Landscaping Design Yang Wang Lei Sun Yan Jiang Yinjuan Tan Lilan Yi Ximei Liao Ciai Liao Xuan Gao Yuwei Guan Qunzhe Huang Zonglin Jiang Yunyan Su Shiyan Zheng Jun Liu


Meiju Huang Liqun Lin Xiaochi Su Ming Xie Lu Yu Yupei He Guizhong Luo Xiaoyang Su Taoxia Xia Jiupeng Li Xiaonan Li Zhi Lin Shihui Shang Ting Li Zeming Wang

Xiaohui Luo Qing Xue Yongsheng Zhao Junhong Xiao Kewei Liu Ying Cheng Zhenqiang Deng Wei Li Yun Wang Sen Lin Sufang Liu Ke Wu Weijia Wu Jianlin Xiong Kening Zhang

Mechanical Engineer of R & D Yongjiang Li Depeng Ren Fuguan Wei Jun Wei Jiewen Xu Xuhai Yang Mingcheng Cui Yong Feng Qixian Liu Zhenzhong Liu Yunfei Sun Guixian Wang Zhengping Wu Zuowei Tang Qingfeng Guo Yuelin Liu Lingcong Meng Song Sun Li Zhang Yingmao Kang Bohuo Zhang Yuqing Zhong

Graphic Design Engineer of R & D Hongbo Liu Kunming Xiao Yu Zhang Longlong Cai Tongwen Liu Jun Xie

Art Design Xiaoyan Chen Chunmiao Li Jinmin Yu Yujia Xiao Jia Feng

Electrical Engineer of R & D Bingzhong Cai Yumin Li Ziyun Su Yingsheng Chen Gui Lan Jiqiang Li Rensheng Wang Jie Yang Li Ping Ye Mingcai Liang Bo Sun Xiaobo Xiao Junhui Xie Yong Zhou Xiangdeng Wang Shigang Wen Sheng Zhou Qiwen Tang

Decoration Design Ming Li Xibao Cao Guoqin Chen Tao Fu Jing Hong

Computer Science and Technology Engineer Mingwei He Jianliang Lin Cidong Tao Zhao Liu

Effect Design Engineer of R & D Li Chen Tingjiang Cui Moshan Guo Fei Han Fusheng Li Zhigang Li Fuxi Mao Suolin La Shuang Qin Weichao Xu Zhiwei Li Chunyu Liu Yulong Wang Yao Yao Zijun Yan Weiming Qin Jinshuo Fan Yang Gao Mingfan Nie Lizhu Pan Xiaona Wang Xin Wu Renjie Yu Structural Design Engineer of R & D Kun Chen Yunfeng Chen Limin Lu Chi Zhang Yong Zhang Process Design Engineer of R & D Zunyi Min Hailu Chen Document Development Yuhui Ma Jing Zhao Project Managers Yu Xiong

Qiyi Cheng Li Lei Le Zhang Lishi Xie Jiaqi Zhu Zhu Xia Haitao Tong Guilin Liu Haibing Lai Dongting Wang Lei Wang Donghai Tan Weixing Hu Jian Zhao Rong Tang Lin Gong Xiaodong Du Zehua Long Fei Xue Jun Lei Bingzhong Liu Tianyi Lan Ningbo Han Design for video/audio, light and controller Jun Wu Xingwei Liu Chao Yu Jiatong Li Tongsheng Zeng Wen Peng Guanyi Wang Kai Zhang Xiaoqing Li Intelligent Engineer Ping Cao Dongxia Ou Chong Liu Cheng Liu Man Yuan Guoxin Liu Mechanical and Electricity Commissioning Youwei Wang Dongya Wu Jiyun Sun Zhiwei Wang Liuchun Bu Zhouming Zeng Min Wu Commissioning for video/audio, light and controller Chao Fu Bin Wu Tuo Wang Guangming Zhai Zhiqiang Zhao Haitao Sun Jinfeng Tang Fengyang Shi Xiang Liu Xin Jin


Official Credits List - Fantawild Oriental Heritage Xiaoliang Zheng Xueping Wu Yun Ji Tao Huang Ziyu Ding Xiaolin Wu Qiang Zhang Peng Li Sheng Gao Comprehensive technical supporters Guoliang Yu Haimiao Chen Jing Sun Miao Jiang Jin Wei Hongzhi Zeng Internal Inspection Huiyuan Yang Lifang Lu Qingshan Zhang Zhijiang Wu Comprehensive Management Guohui Liu Zhengrong Zhang

Construction Management Fuqiang Deng Jinchang Lu Xiaobing Yang Jingshun Bo Feng Cheng Bei Guo Zihuan Yang Jie Yu Lin Chen Kang Cui Bin Xiang Fei Gao Shuai Meng Qiguang Liang Mian Lv Technical Engineering of Construction Management Zhiyong Lai Long Hu Daqian Jiang Yuanfeng Wang Jia Xiong Yi Luo Shidong Wei Lipeng Chen Zhiren Li

Zhenxin Jin Ximei Liao On-site Management of Construction Management Wensheng Zhan Jianshu Wei Wei Deng Xuming Zou Project Construction Management Hngping Lin Jian Peng Yongliang Huang Bo Feng Sheng Huang Zhongpeng Wang Chunjun Li Xuegang Bie Liu Yang Helei Xiao Haibo Song Xilei Yue Fengjiao Lin Mengtian Yuan Tao Huang Gaisheng Shuai Zhou Zhou

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Nemo & Friends SeaRider Tokyo DisneySea, Japan

Thea Award For Outstanding Achievement - Repurposed Attraction

This immersive ride experience is based on the Disney/ Pixar films Finding Nemo and Finding Dory. Guests board a “SeaRider” submarine which shrinks to the size of a fish. The video interactions with the spectators showcase the beloved characters Nemo and Dory and many of the other popular characters from Finding Dory including Destiny, the whale shark, and Hank, the octopus. Each of the two theaters utilizes the same motion simulator system as its predecessor, StormRider, which includes a combination of motion and visual effects. In addition to the all-new story and media are a new exterior theater façade, a new preshow and a more refined immersion experience inside the simulators.


Even without 3D glasses or a complex theater, the team found the perfect balance of elements to make this a charming and exciting ride for the whole family. Each experience is unique, composed live with more than 576 different video clips that create different storylines for each ride. The attraction is beautifully executed and subtly transformed; it does not feel like a repurposed ride. The immersion effect composed of video and motion is perfectly balanced, providing the guests with a feeling of riding in the water and plenty of surprises and action to entertain. Nemo & Friends SeaRider is a beautiful example of taking a good attraction and making it even better.

Official Credits List - Nemo & Friends SeaRider WDI SeaRider Crew List Alexander Salvador Mendoza Show Mechanical Designer Sr Cameron Schlender Associate Illusion Maker Keven Schlender Illusion Integrator Principal Eric Daffern Show Programmer Sr Brandon Benepe Brandon J Benepe Owen Yoshino Creative Director Sr Hiro Izawa Concept Designer Michael Barnett Show Electronic Engineer Principal Ken Neville Executive Producer Michael Godby Graphic Design Executive Gilles Martin Illusion Integrator Principal Harry Wykes Illusion Integrator Sr Randy Hill Show Electronic Engineer Principal Michael John Quinn Concept Designer Lead Charlie Watanabe Story Editor Sr Doreen Carrillo Show Lighting Designer Sr Alex Guerrero Sr Project Coordinator Kathleen Janus Media Producer Rick Wullschleger Interior Designer Sr Judith Bradbury Production Designer Leonard Yee Dimensional Designer Nicholas Dean Diaz Associate Show Lighting Designer Sabin Lee Show Set Designer Principal Cherie Beaulieu-Unland Project Controls Planner Preston Landry Visual Effects Designer Principal Gail Hash Project Controls Lead Dave Yanchar Executive Project Management Richard Antolin Project architect Aaron Szylewicz Associate Illusion Maker Peter Montgomery Show Programmer Frank Hill Show Systems Engineer Principal John S Algeo Architect Principal

Daniel Lindsey Media & Art Pipeline Manager Trinh Mai Illusion Maker Princ Kurt Kinzel Executive Audio Media Design Salvatore Ingraldi Illusion Integrator Principal Zohreh Sadeghi Architect Sr Pia Christina Gilman Graphic Designer Princiapl Laurence Treweek Visual Effects Designer Principal Greg Francis Holleran Show Design & Production Management Executive Michael Iezza Illusion Maker Jason Young Illusion Maker Michael Horen Illusion Maker Principal Debra McKinney Sr Financial Analyst Adam Jonathan Frank Show Lighting Designer Sr William Gonzalez Illusion Maker Sr Janice Kim Rosenthal Experience Designer Melissa Ann Troutt Assoc Illusion Maker Joseph Husung Mgr -Video Media Design Uriel Sanchez Illusion Maker Erma Yazzie Dimensional Designer Lead Peter Hernandez Illusion Maker Sr Manuel Arredondo Concept Illustrator Sean Robb Logisitics Mgr Monika Meirer Color Design, Paint Jeffrey De Boer Digital Designer / Producer Barry Golding Illusion Maker Principal Elias Lopez Show Mechanical Designer Principal Jaime McGough Dimensional Designer Jennifer Plessinger Artisan Principal -ColorDesign/Paint Tanner Wade Lovgren Illusion Maker Honam Lee Interior Designer John Argo Sourcing Specialist Sr Lujan Decima Visual Effects Designer Sr

Raymond Jones Executive Special Effects Stephanie Shelley Mgr-Bidding Producer - Media William Martinez Concept Designer Sr Randall J Myers Illusion Maker Principal Kenneth Smith Show Mechanical Designer Group Lead Andrew MacPhee Artisan Sr-Color Design/Paint David Thurman Architect Principal Ryan Holman Visual Effects Designer Samuel Philip Holmes Video Media Designer Michael Barry Storyboard artist David Lewis SD&P Mgr Principal R Scott Bates Project Design Management Executive Lyle Wohlfarth Associate Show Electronic Designer John Hagen-Brenner Illusion Integrator Sr Carley Addeman Project Controls Planner Frank Villalpando Illusion Maker Jeremy Fulton Graphic Designer Sr Donald Hilsen Executive Ride Project Engineer Adeline Newmann Video Media Designer Claudia Hartman Staff Writer Thomas Child Managing Story Editor Nathan McWilliams Show Electrical Engineer John Dennis Executive Creative Director Jeffrey Webb Vice President Estimating Greg Combs Portfolio Executive Producer Daniel Jue Portfolio Creative Executive Eri Luna Executive Assistant Susan Cordell Executive Assistant Haruna King Executive Assistant Irma Barrios Executive Assistant Nancy Hickman Executive IRC/Asset Management Suzanne Holzer Manager Dimensional Design

Jason Badger Show Lighting Designer Principal Cindy Tsujimura Project Controls Planner Patrick Simmons Dimensional Designer Ian MacVittie Executive Show Management Janny Mulholland Portfolio Executive Producer Anjelica Casillas Manager - Digital Arts Studio Kevin Fong Shipping Supervisor Mike Kutcher Illusion Maker Principal Trung Ngo Artisan Spec Sr-ColorDesign/Paint Sonny Chapman Illusion Maker Sr Reona Toney Illusion Maker Chris Mazzella Illusion Production Manager Duane McLeod Project Design Management Executive John P Mauvezin Dimensional Designer Lead Justin Petronglo Associate Illusion Maker Mike Fracassi Assistant Producer Greg Lhotka Sound Editor Mixer Principal Miho Hojo Interpreter Katsumi Tsuge Interpreter Rieko Lindsey Interpreter Maki Narita Bilingual Secretary Hiromi Hayashi Office Supervisor Misato Kimura Field Project Managment Supervisor Katsumi Hirano Senior Show Designer Haruhisa Oki Production Designer Sachio Fujima Show Designer Kelley Forde Executive Producer Pixar SeaRider Crew List ROGER GOULD Creative Director LIZ GAZZANO Executive Producer TONY APODACA Technical Director STEVE MASON Associate Creative Director


Official Credits List - Nemo & Friends SeaRider KRISTA SHEFFLER Line Producer ERIK LANGLEY Production Manager FREDDIE SULIT Production Coordinator NICK ROBERT Production Coordinator KERI CICOLANI Senior Assistant ADRIENNE DUCOMB Senior Assistant MICHELLE LIU Finance Lead ANDY JIMENEZ Story Previsualization BOB WHITEHILL Story Previsualization CHRIS ROMAN Story Artist KENNY PICKETT Associate Sound and Music Editor KENDRA JUUL Second Assistant Editor JEROME RANFT Sculptor RICKY NIERVA Character Designer DANIEL HOLLAND Character Designer CATHERINE KELLY Graphic Designer SYLVIA WONG Director of Photography - Layout ROBERT ANDERSON Layout Artist


NANCY KATO Animator SHAWN KRAUSE Animator CHARLES LARRIEU Animator CAMERON MIYASAKI Animator JAYSON PRICE Animator BEN RUSH Animator STEFAN SCHUMACHER Animator RICKY WIGHT Animator ANTHONY WONG Animator STEPHEN WONG Animator ROBB GIBBS Animation Shot Support MIKE LORENZEN Crowds Technical Artist FRANK AALBERS Simulation Technical Artist GAVIN BAXTER Simulation Technical Artist MARIANA GALINDO Simulation Technical Artist SONOKO KONOSHI Simulation Technical Artist AUSTIN LEE Character Modeling & Articulation Artist


MARK WOODBURY Buzz Price Lifetime Achievement Award

MICHEL LINET-FRION Peter Chernack Distinguished Service Award

And all other THEA Award recipients for your incredible work!


JASON DAVIES Character Modeling & Articulation Artist MASHA ELLSWORTH Character Shading Artist JONATHAN HOFFMAN Character Shading Artist MICHAEL KILGORE Character Shading Artist HAILEY YOON Character Shading Artist CAROL WANG Digital Modeler KRISTEN BEECH Sets Modeling & Dressing Artist TOM MILLER Sets Modeling & Dressing Artist MICHAEL ALTMAN Sets Modeling & Dressing Artist KRIS KLEIN Sets Modeling & Dressing Artist NICHOLAS PITERA Sets Modeling & Dressing Artist JOSEPH SUEN Sets Modeling & Dressing Artist COLIN THOMPSON Sets Shading Artist TOM WICHITSRIPORNKUL Sets Shading Artist NEIL BLEVINS Sets Shading Artist NICK LUCAS Effects Lead STEVE AVOUJAGELI Effects Artist

ALL 2019 THEA AWARD RECIPIENTS! Walt Disney Imagineering is proud to receive AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT Nemo & Friends SeaRider


Official Credits List - Nemo & Friends SeaRider CHRISTOPHER FOREMAN Effects Artist HENRY GARCIA Effects Artist CODY HARRINGTON Effects Artist ANDREW WHEELER Effects Artist AIRTON ARBELAEZ Director of Photography - Lighting MIMIA ARBELAEZ Lighting Artist DON BUI Lighting Artist ED CHEN Lighting Artist YE WON CHO Lighting Artist KEITH CORMIER Lighting Artist JIM GETTINGER Lighting Artist WEN-CHIN HSU Lighting Artist SUNG YEON JOH Lighting Artist JEAN-CLAUDE KALACHE Lighting Artist JAE KIM Lighting Artist LINHAN LI Lighting Artist

EMMANUEL MANIEZ Lighting Artist LUKE MARTORELLI Lighting Artist MARIA POWERS Lighting Artist VANDANA SAHRAWAT Lighting Artist JONATHAN PENNEY Rendering Lead TONY MITZELFELT Rendering & Lightspeed Technical Director ZACH REPASKY Rendering Technical Director JESSICA MONTEIRO Rendering Technical Director PHILIP GRAHAM Lightspeed Technical Director TOM NETTLESHIP Lightspeed Technical Director MAX BICKLEY VR Pipeline Engineer GATES ROBERG-CLARK VR Pipeline Engineer STEPHAN STEINBACH VR Pipeline Engineer Special Thanks ALEXIS ANGELIDIS LAURIE AU LINDSEY COLLINS

HEATHER FENG JOHN HALSTEAD ALLEN HEMBERGER HEIDI HOLMAN JOHN LASSETER STEVE LAVIETES ANGUS MACLANE DONNA QUATTROPANI TASHA SOUNART ANDREW STANTON JEREMIE TALBOT Vendor Crew List Mike Peters Engineer, TechMD Todd Homme Music Producdtion Supervisor JAC Redford Arranger, Orchestrator, Conductor Bill Bernstein Music Editor Simon Rhodes Music Recording Engineer & Mixer Takeshi Furukawa Music Mockup Programmer Isobel Griffiths Orchestra Contractor, Isobel Griffiths LTD Amy Stewart Asst. Orchestra Contractor, Isobel Griffiths LTD

Fiona Guillot Studio Manager, Abbey Road Studios Tom Meyer Skywalker Sound, Lead Sound Designer Rick Rothschild FAR Out! Creative Direction, Creative Show Integration Director Suzi Jaeger Theory Seventy Three Corporation, Control Software Developer Lead Joe Wilbur Audio tuning , TechMD Corey Cooper Show Action Equipment programming , Entec Systems, Motion Control Programming Frank Weigand Show Action Equipment design, The TWT Group Keith Irizarry Show Action Equipment design, The TWT Group Aidan Bradley Show Action Equipment design, The TWT Group Jenoptik Speciallized Lens Development, Jenoptik

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Legend of Camel Bells Huaxia Cultural Tourism Resort, Xi’an, Shanxi Province, China

Thea Award For Outstanding Achievement - Live Show Spectacular

This live spectacular is Chinese legendary epic storytelling, of travelers on the Silk Road crossing China all the way to ancient Rome during the Tang Dynasty (618-907) encountering extreme weather, lifethreatening dangers, and fantastic sights. Legend of Camel Bells wows the audience with stunning stage effects, massive props, extreme scenery, a huge cast, animal actors, a 15-meter-tall volcano and snow mountain, 18-meter-high Buddha and 20-meterhigh by 40-meter-wide waterfall - all dramatically presented on the massive, oval-shaped stage, backed by a 4,000 square meter LED screen. The adventure is continuous as the 3,000-person, raked audience platform rotates seamlessly from scene-to-


scene. Not only does the platform rotate, it tracks back and forth from the action to provide a more intimate or larger stage area as required for the scene. This is China – where audiences love big spectacles, big stories – and where, due to sheer population numbers, themed entertainment must be on a grand scale. The Legend of Camel Bells represents the highest level of visual imagination and design in its execution. It immerses and involves its audiences and is executed with theatrical flair and showmanship. The enormous scale makes it the largest show in Northwest China (and in most parts of the world!)

Official Credits List - Legend of Camel Bells Xia Zhenxiang, President, Producer Xia Chunting, Chairman, Director and Writer Jack Ahe, Executive Director Dong Gang, Composer Han Chunqi, Costume Designer Meng Qin, Lighting Design Li Guangcheng, Video Design Xu Tao, Narrator Director Team Di Jun Guan Yue Zhang Xiaoxia Shi Yue Liang Di Cultural Consultants Xiao Yunru, Cultural Consultant Shang Ziqin, Cultural Consultant

Xue Baoqin, Cultural Consultant Wang Shuanghuai, Cultural Consultant Companies Cooperated Beijing Huaxia Zhongtian Cultural Media Co., Ltd. Stage Equipment / Show Action EquipmentAdvanced Communication Equipment (International) Co., Ltd. AV / Lighting Systems Engineer & Integrator Weihai Yuanda Digital Technology Co., Ltd. AV / Lighting Systems Integrator Huaxia Cultural Tourism Art Group, Performing Team


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ILLUMINATIONS: human/nature Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada & Rouge Urban National Park, Toronto, Canada

Thea Award For Outstanding Achievement – Connected Immersion – Digital Overlay Experience, Limited Budget

This creative collaboration is a magical, nighttime, digital discovery experience. The experience was offered and tailored to two different national parks. These parks have a rich history to explore – not just geology, but also the ecological impacts that have created what surrounds guests today. The team wanted to make these narratives visible without impacting the environment, but also wanted to demonstrate how their multiplicity and continuity shapes the landscapes and wildlife ecosystems. In this case, the show equipment (gear) used both revealed the story and became a metaphor for the story. The team sought a ‘leave no trace’ approach and the entire operation was designed to be battery-powered and portable.


The experience starts at night, with guests exploring in teams. They have been outfitted with multimedia tools disguised as camping gear, that activate along the way to illustrate story points, trigger video, special effects, music and voiceover, revealing wildlife and history within the parks. From salmon swimming up the Rouge River to a submerged town of Lake Minnewanka, each moment is a combination of multimedia effects and encouraging audience participation to work together to bring these stories to life. Illuminations: human/nature leverages the magic and storytelling impact of the digital tools of our industry while being respectful and aware that the majesty of our national parks and environment must be preserved. It invites participants to consider the real lack of boundaries between humans and wild nature.

Official Credits List - ILLUMINATIONS: human/nature Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity celebrated the histories that have shaped Canada by commissioning a participative artwork experience titled ILLUMINATIONS: human/ nature, created by contemporary visual artist Sarah Fuller and Montréal multimedia studio Moment Factory and presented in both official languages of Canada, French and English. The innovative immersive event took place in two locations for three nights each: • Treaty 7 Territory in Banff National Park, Canada’s first national park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, at Lake Minnewanka from October 5-7, 2017. • The traditional territories of 10 first nations in Rouge National Urban Park, Canada’s first urban national park in the Greater Toronto Area, from October 19-21, 2017. From deep time to the present, ILLUMINATIONS: human/nature shined a spotlight on the landscape, people, and heritage of Canada by weaving together the unseen narratives of the human and the natural in both national parks – from their geological formation, ecology and biodiversity, to Indigenous and colonial settler history, as well as conservation. Through storytelling, projection, and technology, ILLUMINATIONS: human/nature re-imagined nature without boundaries and the future of wild spaces in a fully engaged experience that uncovered the unseen narratives of each site. In small groups, visitors were equipped with a portable toolkit that led them on a journey in each park at night. The journey culminated in a multimedia campfire experience that brought the smaller groups together as a community. All visitors received a field guide which provided detailed information about each site based on the pre-event research that we undertook. We acknowledge that Banff National Park and Lake Minnewanka is located on Treaty 7 Territory, the traditional land of the Stoney Nakoda, Blackfoot and Tsuut’ina Nations.

Nechen eîgiyabich, ne mînîrhpa mâkoche ne, mînîwakâ îmne iyadoth, tanothkan gichûthe egihnâge nechagiyas, îethka netoga ne-châtoga ne barhe mâkoche înagabitha chach eyabiwîstach. Nous reconnaissons que le parc national Banff et le lac Minnewanka sont situés sur le territoire ancestral des Stoney Nakoda, des Blackfoot et des Tsuut’ina, tel que défini par le Traité no 7 We acknowledge that Rouge Urban National Park is located within the territory of the Williams Treaties First Nations and shares the traditional territory of the Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabeg peoples, most recently the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation. The territory was the subject of the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Iroquois confederacy (Haudenosaunee) and the Anishinaabe and allied nations, to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. Nsidowaabndaanaa maanda Rouge Urban National Park temgak zhiwe debendigik nji-sa maanda Williams Gchi-kwiinwin Ntam Anishinaabeg miiniwaa dash maamowi dinkaazinaawaa maanda pane gaabi-nakazowaad nenaasab gonda Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee miiniwaa Anishinaabeg, noomya gewii Mississaugas odi New Credit Ntam Anishinaabeg. Maanda aki-debendaagok gii-aawon eshnikaadek Onaagan bekish Bezhig-emkwaan Wampum Gijipzowin Naakonigewin, naasaab nendimoowin nji-sa gonda Naadiwek debendaagozijig (Haudenosaunee) miiniwaa Anishinaabeg miiniwaa bebkaan naasasb debendaagozijig, jibzaani-maawndookiiwaad miiniwaa gnowendimoowaad kina gegoo enkaazog Gaataaying zhiwe Gchigamiing. Nous reconnaissons que le parc urbain national de la Rouge est situé sur le territoire visé par les Traités Williams, et qu’il occupe ainsi les terres ancestrales des HuronsWendats, des Haudenosaunee, des Anishnabeg et, plus récemment, des Mississaugas de New Credit. Ce territoire a fait l’objet du traité de la ceinture wampum dit « du bol à

une seule cuillère », une entente par laquelle la Confédération iroquoise (Haudenosaunee), les Anishnabeg et les nations alliées ont convenu de partager et de préserver de manière pacifique les ressources de la région des Grands Lacs. The ILLUMINATIONS: human/nature project was generously supported by the Government of Canada, the Mackie Family Creation Endowment and Gay Mitchell and Archie McIntosh Creation Endowment Fund. Ce projet ILLUMINATIONS: human/ nature est supporté généreusement par le Fonds pour la creation par le gouvernement du Canada, de la famille Mackie et le Fonds Gay Mitchell et Archie McIntosh. THANK YOU • MEEGWITCH • MERCI PROJECT LEAD, BANFF CENTRE Tamara Ross ARTIST/CREATOR Sarah Fuller CURATOR Peta Rake PROJECT CONCEPTION Carolyn Warren PROJECT AND PRODUCTION MANAGER Caroline Hollway STAGE MANAGER Louisa Key SITE MANAGER Chris Teeter RESEARCHERS Simon M. Benedict Zoë Lepiano Jessie Short TRANSLATION OXO Una Wesley Duane Mark Amanda Foote Cherith Mark Isadore Toulouse Shirley Williams Stoney Nakoda Education Authority BANFF CENTRE Janice Price, President and CEO Bruce Byford, VP Administration and CFO

Michael Code, VP Operations Howard Jang, VP Arts and Leadership Valerie Kapay, VP Human Resources Rosemary Thompson, VP Marketing, Communications and Board Relations MARKETING Marie-Hélène Dagenais Reggie Lyons Matt Matheson Jenny Spurr AUDIENCE SERVICES Eamonn Reil Rhona Hogg PRODUCTION Staff and Practicums in Theatre Production Department MOMENT FACTORY Dominic Audet, Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer Sakchin Bessette, Co-Founder and Executive Creative Director Éric Fournier, Partner and Executive Producer CORE TEAM Daniel Jean, Producer Gabriel Pontbriand, Creative Director David Conway, Line Producer Simon Garant, Multimedia Director Rémi Lapointe, Technical Director Ajmir Kandola, Co-conceptor and scenographer Vincent Letellier, Composer Marie-Ève Meilleur, Project coordinator TECHNICAL & SCENOGRAPHY TEAM Joel Adria Bruno Angeles Jesse Ash Jean-François Bisson Pascal Champagne Jean-François Daviau Mathieu Désilets Nicolas Franco-Gendron Jorge Garcia Benoît Giguère Catherine Hébert Marie-Eve Pageau Marc Tétreault Pierre-Yves Régnier Dominic Sauvageau Stéphane Turner CONTENT TEAM Yann Ben Alluch Marianne Bousquet Amy Chartrand Ismael Cosio Ysella Gibson-Lobb Catherine Gaucher


Official Credits List - ILLUMINATIONS: human/nature Catherine Grenier David B Horntvedt Véronique Meignaud Stéphane Morali Sacha Pérez del Solar Alberto Ramirez Charlotte Rudelle Gregory Solaz Sasha Vreca Poster and Marketing Identity: Paprika INTERACTIVE TEAM Enrick Lambert Nathanaël Lécaudé Céline Mornet Andrew Mancini Jean-François Poirier Marouane Sahbi Elliot Sinyor Fabrice Veniard MUSIC & VOICE OVER Eya Hey Nakoda Jasmine Bouchardy PRODUCTION TEAM Marie-Claire Lynn Philippe Morel Julie Roy-Lamarre Adam Thompson

Carbon offset certification : ALTE Coop PARKS CANADA Hoda Azadi-Gray Eric Baron Greg Danchuk Cam Fisher Jennifer Gagne Bill Hunt Susan Kennard Omar Mcdadi Pam Veinotte   SPECIAL THANKS TO THE BANFF CONTRIBUTORS Jacqueline Bell Brian Calliou Jade Nasogaluak Carpenter Emily Collins Elder Tom Crane Bear Casey Eagle Speaker Anne Ewen Amethyst First Rider Tanya Harnett Jeff Horvath John Grant Howse John Kearsey Tim Latter Roy Louis Travis Mann Marie-Ève Marchand

Courtney Mason Alexia McKinnon Woody McPhail Darlene Meguinis Murray Palmer Jim Olver Peter Poole Corleigh Powderface Elder Sykes Powderface Bill Snow Anthony Starlight Janice Tanton Josh Tarchuk Becca Taylor Jan and Adam Waterous Parks Canada, Banff and Rouge Staff Town of Banff Department of Canadian Heritage Glenbow Museum Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies SPECIAL THANKS TO ROUGE CONTRIBUTORS Brian Charles Kerry Ann Charles Melissa Dokis Paul General Dave Ireland Mark LaForme Dave Lawrie

Andrew Lentini Leo Lepiano Louis Lesage Lori Loucks Jeff Monague Maria Papoulias Janet Sumner Anne Taylor Mike Whittamore Darin Wybenga Chippewas of Rama First Nation Huron-Wendat Nation of Wendake Beausoleil First Nation Six Nations of the Grand River Curve Lake First Nation Chippewas of Georgina Island Hiawatha First Nation Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation Alderville First Nation Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation Citizen Scientist Luminato CPWAS Wildlands League Royal Ontario Museum Springwater Provincial Park Toronto Zoo Whittamores Farm’s Rouge Valley Foundation Rouge Valley Conservation Centre


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Universal Spectacle Night Parade Universal Studios Japan, Osaka, Japan

Thea Award For Outstanding Achievement - Live Show Spectacular

Theme parks have, over the decades, explored ways to expand upon the nighttime parade spectacular and Universal Studios Japan has dramatically reinvented the stage on which their nightly pageant performs. The memorable characters, settings and music from Harry Potter, Transformers, Jurassic World and Despicable Me “Minions” provide the basic foundation for this achievement. Universal’s goal was to immerse guests in an experience rather than merely have them view it from the sidelines. As each scene winds its way down the parade route, elaborate yet subtle background settings transform environments all around into carefully extended worlds in which the characters and props passing through inhabit and reside - from prehistoric worlds and science fiction, to live action fantasy and cartoon towns.


The stories come to life in a multitude of ways. Characters move on and off the moving set pieces. Animatronic and costumed characters make fantastic beings real; while supporting filmed characters appear within the mapped background environments. The movements of a large cast of live performers align with the projection and technical elements. A new parade control system had to be invented to synchronize onboard and off-board projection mapping with the progressive movement of parade units, choreographed to a musical score. With absolute precision, the massive, virtual environments synchronize with puppeteered creatures and live performance to achieve near-total guest immersion with characters, settings and music. The result really does let guests “live the movies.”

Official Credits List - Universal Spectacle Night Parade Mike Davis, Executive Producer, Universal Studios Japan Kahori Kanaya, Creative Director, Universal Studios Japan Makoto Ishida, Producer, Universal Studios Japan Noriko Kanai, Producer, Universal Studios Japan Norm Kahn, Producer, Utopia Worldwide Brian Stonestreet, Production Design Vincent Richards, Art Director Angel Herrera, Art Director Adam Rowe, Art Director, Concept Artist Dylan Chapman, Graphic Artist Will Sturrock, Concept Artist, Paulie Jenkins, Lighting Design Illya Mindlin, Associate Lighting Design Martha Carter, Lighting Draftsperson Bart Kresa Design, Projection Design Paul Freeman, Music Producer/ Engineer/Sound Design, Audio By the Bay Bob Wackerman, Music Producer, Audio By the Bay Don Dorsey, Parade Control System Designer, Audio By the Bay Pete Baines, Chief Technical Officer, Audio By the Bay Aaron Leishman, Parade Control Hardware Designer, Audio By the Bay Erik Hockman, Parade Control Hardware Designer, Audio By the Bay Alan Lee Silva, Music Composer, Orchestrator, and Arranger, Audio By the Bay Aiko Kakinoki, Costume Director, Moris Hiroko Tsuji, Costume Designer, Moris Mie Shiori, Costume Design, Moris Awoi Komasa, Choreography Cana Matsuda, Choreography, Universal Studios Japan Takeshi Hida, Choreography Toshiki Kojima, Choreography Naoya Nishimura, Stunt Choreography, Universal Studios Japan Toshihiko Ikemoto, Stunt Choreography, Universal Studios Japan Twenty , Puppet Design and Fabrication Michael Curry Design, Puppet Design and Fabrication Rick Hayashi, Creative Developer, Universal Studios Japan Hiroaki Sato, Takuzo Sato, Nobuyuki Hirotsu, Akiko Sano, Production Stage Manager, Universal Studios Japan

Yuki Nakao, Yoshiki Kawamori, Production Coordinators, Universal Studios Japan Shigeru Hatori, Motohiro Kikutome, Yoshinori Kobayashi, Taro Mineuchi, Technical Coordinator, Universal Studios Japan Tadao Sogabe, Project Interpreter, Universal Studios Japan Maika Sumimoto, Takashi Hirose, Interpreters Nao Takeuchi, Production Assistant, Universal Studios Japan Nassal, Float Fabrication Murayama, Float Fabrication Shogo Iwamoto, Projection Consultant Electrosonic, Projection System, Ray, Projection System Installation Tokyo Butai Shomei, Lighting Program Creators Union, Media Production Tom Benoit, Technical Director, Universal Creative Tim Sassoon, Media Production, Universal Creative Nobou Ogata, Costume Team Manager, USJ Chisato Inayama, Costume Team, USJ Nozomi Nishida, Costume Team, USJ Hisami Shimizu, Costume Team, USJ Norio Arima, Costume Team, USJ Rie Terada, Costume Team, USJ Yayoi Kanbashi, Costume Team, USJ Kana Ishii, Costume Team, USJ Miyuki Kitafuji, Costume Team, USJ Sachie Koyama, Costume Team, USJ Megumi Matsuyama, Costume Team, USJ Masami Ogawa, Costume Team, USJ Riho Bando, Costume Team, USJ Izumi Kichise, Costume Team, USJ Megumi Inoue, Costume Team, USJ Yuko Orita, Costume Team, USJ Kaede Ichihara, Costume Team, USJ Kazuna Shingu, Costume Team, USJ Hanae Kodama, Costume Team, USJ Shinya Matsumoto, Hair & Make Up Team Manager, USJ Kiyko Nahara, Hair & Make Up Team, USJ Erika Higashi, Hair & Make Up Team, USJ Risa Takayama, Hair & Make Up Team, USJ Eri Tamura, Hair & Make Up Team, USJ Yuka Igeta, Hair & Make Up Team, USJ Mayuko Ooyama, Hair & Make Up Team, USJ Chika Azuma, Hair & Make Up Team, USJ Mao Takada, Hair & Make Up Team, USJ

Asami Hatasue, Hair & Make Up Team, USJ Erina Takeda, Hair & Make Up Team, USJ Yuki Nishikawa, Hair & Make Up Team, USJ Yuki Okimoto, Hair & Make Up Team, USJ Yasuyo Inamura, Hair & Make Up Team, USJ Haruka Ishijima, Hair & Make Up Team, USJ Mai Matsuura, Hair & Make Up Team, USJ Megumi Hirao, Hair & Make Up Team, USJ Mami Kamitani, Seamstress, USJ Mina Yanagawa, Seamstress, USJ Mariko Fuji, Seamstress, USJ Momoka Honda, Seamstress, USJ Mio Teraoka, Seamstress, USJ Maki Ichinose, Seamstress, USJ Youko Ida, Seamstress, USJ Mika Iwanaka, Character Costume Team, USJ Mayu Ono, Character Costume Team, USJ Takako Ito, Character Costume Team, USJ Tomomi Hirono, Character Costume Team, USJ Ayako Suzuki, Character Costume Team, USJ

Megumi Harumashi, Character Costume Team, USJ Miyuki Nanba, Character Costume Team, USJ Shiho Muranaka, Character Costume Team, USJ Airi Takaoka, Character Costume Team, USJ Cgika Ariyoshi, Character Costume Team, USJ Ayami Nagao, Character Costume Team, USJ Mizuho Asano, Character Costume Team, USJ Ai Dan, Character Costume Team, USJ Nami Koyama, Character Costume Team, USJ Yuka Kitagawa, Character Costume Team, USJ Tom Williams, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Universal Parks and Resorts Page Thompson, President, International Operations, Universal Parks and Resorts Mike Davis, Senior Vice President, International Entertainment, Universal Parks and Resorts J.L. Bonnier, Chief Executive Offiver, Universal Studios Japan Craig McIntyre, Senior Vice President and Executive Officer, Universal Creative, Universal Studios Japan



Official Credits List - Universal Spectacle Night Parade Matt Jones, Project Director, Universal Studios Japan Junichi Arita, General Manager, Operation, Universal Studios Japan Daisuke Hamana, Director, Operations, Universal Studios Japan Seishi Miura, Director, Entertainment Operations, Universal Studios Japan Satoshi Kubo, Entertainment Operations Unit Manager, Universal Studios Japan Michael Curry Owner, Principal Designer, Michael Curry Design Jeff Curry, Company Manager, Michael Curry Design Jana Park-Rogers, Production Manager, Michael Curry Design Sam Perkins, Technical Director, Michael Curry Design Charles Babbage, Art Director, Director of 3D Design, Michael Curry Design Andrew Jagels, Production Coordinator, Michael Curry Design Laura Shirk-Charles, Costume Dept. Manager, Michael Curry Design David Fagerquist, Composites Dept. Manager, Michael Curry Design Joe Lisi, Composites Dept. Asst. Manager, Michael Curry Design Amalia Salazar, Administration Manager, Logistics, Michael Curry Design Marcus Gannuscio, Associate Designer, Design Assistant to Michael Curry, Michael Curry Design Ryan O’Brien, Documentarian, Digital Archivist, Mechanical Designer, Michael Curry Design Kylan Jackson Mechanical Design & Fabrication, Michael Curry Design Alex Jordan, Mechanical Design & Fabrication, Michael Curry Design Andy Ohler, Mechanical Fabrication, Michael Curry Design Mike McCallum, Mechanical Fabricator, Michael Curry Design Byron Ohler, Mechanical Design & Fabrication, Michael Curry Design Ben Hawthorne, Mechanical Fabricator, Michael Curry Design Orvis Evans Mechanical Design & Fabrication, Control Systems Design, Michael Curry Design Roger Williams, Lead Sculptor, Michael Curry Design Tyler Stuart, Mechanical Design & Fabricator, Crafts Lead, Michael Curry Design Sean Donahue, Sculptor, Crafts Artisan, Michael Curry Design Lauren McRory, Crafts Artisan, Michael Curry Design Jack McRory, Crafts Artisan, Michael Curry Design


Emily Dieter, Crafts Artisan, Michael Curry Design Amy Nevitt, Fabric Artisan, Michael Curry Design Megan Harris, Fabric Artisan, Michael Curry Design Cayenne Adler, Fabric Artisan, Michael Curry Design Darcy Sharpe-Meade, Fabric Artisan, Michael Curry Design Crissy Goheen, Fabric Artisan, Michael Curry Design Rosa Espinoza Bozo, Fabric Artisan, Michael Curry Design Cory Sylvester, Composites Dept., Michael Curry Design Stormy Candido, Composites Dept., Michael Curry Design Roy Bailets, Composites Dept., Michael Curry Design Aaron Coffeen, Composites Dept., Michael Curry Design Sam Lasseter, Composites Dept., Michael Curry Design Cody Burchfield, Composites Dept., Michael Curry Design Paul Coca, Lead Painter, Michael Curry Design Todd Griffith, Painter, Michael Curry Design Tim Oakley, Painter, Michael Curry Design Roddy Mousley, Facility Coordinator, Logistics, Michael Curry Design Claudia Mielnik, EVP Creative, Illumination Entertainment Jaronna Yates, Project Director, Illumination Entertainment David Swift, Creative Director, Illumination Entertainment Anthony Ripo, Project Manager, Illumination Entertainment Mikio Mori, AZA Enginerring Nanae Kai, CN International Naohiro Kurosawa, G.W.International Kazuyoshi Sekiguchi, NIPPO Youmei Sakashita, NIPPO Kenji Kimura, NIPPO Mao Kameyama, NIPPO Tomonori Ichii, NTT Communications Syuichi Maeda, NTT Communications Manager Hitoshi Saito, S.C Alliance Takao Kishi, STUDIO 100 Masashi Aokata, TS Hidenori Okamura, TS Seiko Inoue, USK Karen Kureishi, World Wide Technology Inc. Tetsuya Doi, YM Kikaku Hikaru Sakurai, Koa Shisetsu Naoki Toriyabe, Attain Hideto Honda, R-Style Takashi Matsuura, Manager, ELECTRI Isamu Kakeno, Obayashi Kiyoshi Kawabe, Assistant Manager, Obayashi

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Michel Linet-Frion TEA Peter Chernack Distinguished Service Award

by Gene Jeffers The TEA Peter Chernack Distinguished Service Award is presented annually at the TEA Thea Awards Gala, in recognition of a TEA member’s outstanding contributions “above and beyond the call of duty” to the Association. Nominations are open to the TEA membership; the final selection of the recipient is made by majority vote of the TEA Past Presidents Committee and approved by the TEA International Board of Directors. The late Peter Chernack, a Past President of TEA, was instrumental in creating the award. Take a pinch of Verne, a sip of Champlain, a splash of Cousteau and a dash of Debord, mix well and throw in a welcoming smile and an always helping hand. Voila! You have one Michel Linet-Frion, architect, experience designer and recipient of this year’s Peter Chernack Distinguished Service Award. Ever since Nick Farmer (Past President of the TEA International Board of Directors) introduced him to the TEA in 1999, Michel, who is based in France, has dedicated himself to improving the association and growing its membership. The TEA Service Award recognizes exceptional service to the association, and Michel’s strong history of TEA leadership and service includes a stint on the TEA International Board and multiple terms on the TEA Europe and Middle East Division Board (EME). He is currently serving a term on the latter, with a particular focus on the role that TEA should play in the EME regions. He is passionate about TEA’s continued development across global markets becoming, as he says, “as pertinent as possible so as to become unavoidable!” No stranger to the TEA Thea Awards, Michel has major credits on four award recipients, Space Mountain in Disneyland Paris, L’Oxygenarium in Parc Asterix, Les Mysteres de la Mer at the Grand Aquarium of St. Malo, and Center Parcs’ Bois aux Daims Eco Resort. He has participated in the TEA Thea Awards Committee, where his advocacy helped facilitate increased review and selection opportunities for projects in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. After key posts with Walt Disney Imagineering and Parc Asterix/Grevin & Cie., Michel now serves as Creative &


Innovation Director for Pierre & Vacances/Center Parcs, a French leisure and real estate group. In that role, he finds his volunteer efforts and contacts within the TEA to be both personally and professionally rewarding. His work brief, as he sees it, is to develop Center Parcs’ current and future sites, to ensure they are attractive and innovative, to ensure they remain competitive and distinctive leisure choices within an increasingly competitive sector. As a creative force who has worked within large corporate owner/operator organizations for 30 years, Michel has brought and continues to bring a unique and valuable perspective to his role within TEA. “Today’s guests have evolved, becoming more and more used to theming,” Michel says. “Design teams must double down, strive harder to achieve a kind of verisimilitude that will bring out both the drama of the story and the authenticity of the experience.”

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Michel fundamentally understands the value of the TEA and its highly qualified membership to his own work and to the industry as a whole. Since joining the association 20 years ago, Michel has been instrumental in helping to generate networking Michel celebrates with and educational events, colleague Bruno Guth after a especially within the CenterParcs project received EME region. He assisted a Thea Award in 2017 with the first TEA SATE conferences in Europe and has presented on a wide range of topics at events of TEA and other industry groups. And always, he is the quintessential TEA ambassador, recruiting, cultivating, ensuring that the value, reputation and reach of the ever-expanding organization continue to improve. Michel is deeply grateful for the support of his wife Valerie, daughters Fleur and Stella, and son Tim and to the hundreds of TEA volunteers who make the


association possible. “This award is only possible because of all of you,” he said. “Thank you.” Following his retirement several years ago as TEA Executive Director, Gene Jeffers is currently serving as Board chair for the San Gabriel Pomona Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross and is a Board Member of the Historical Novel Society. He was recently invited to and attended the Tucson Literary Festival’s Master Class; is writing an historical novel and a series of short memoirs about growing up in the Congo; and is drafting a research article based on a survey he conducted about perceived success factor differences between theme park designers/builders and theme park operators worldwide. Gene and his wife, Carol (also a writer) travel often, and enjoy their two daughters and three grandchildren. More at www.OurWriteHouse.com.

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JUSTICE LEAGUE™: Battle for Metropolis Six Flags Magic Mountain, Valencia, CA, USA

Thea Award For Outstanding Achievement - Attraction

This story-driven adventure for guests of all ages blends dimensional and animated sets, animatronics, 3D video, special effects, projection mapping, laser stun-blasters, interactive targets, a scoring system, a musical score and more aboard custom motion vehicles. Narrative-based, full immersion storytelling is an impressive new direction within a park system better known for iron rides - while staying true to the Six Flags brand. Participants are plunged into convincing illusions simulating the dynamic movements emblematic of other Six Flags attractions, including a vertical loop, a corkscrew inversion and other thrill movements. These are cleverly achieved without the need for height restrictions. Thus, the experience can be safely shared with everyone from younger siblings to grandparents.


Continuous improvement is how it ought to be. While this Thea Award honors the installation at Six Flags Magic Mountain, with the JUSTICE LEAGUE™ attraction in seven parks since 2015, Six Flags and their team have achieved a commendable, constant trend of artistic and technical improvements and set an example for the industry. With each installation it gets better, artistically and technically - raising the bar in all aspects, all while staying within a business model and cost structure appropriate to the park’s attendance and market. And the result is both a documented crowd pleaser and attendance driver. Shouldn’t it always be this way? This is the TEA’s opportunity to reward what we would like to see at every economic level of our industry.

Official Credits List - JUSTICE LEAGUE™: Battle for Metropolis Warner Bros. Consumer Products Pam Lifford – President, Warner Bros. Consumer Products Peter van Roden – Sr. Vice President of Global Themed Entertainment for Warner Bros. Consumer Products Warner Bros. Entertainment Kevin Tsujihara – CEO Warner Bros. Entertainment DC Entertainment Jim Lee – Chief Creative Officer for DC Entertainment Geoff Johns – former DC Entertainment President and Chief Creative Officer Six Flags Entertainment Les Hudson – Vice President of Design, Six Flags Entertainment Six Flags Magic Mountain Neal Thurman – Park President Bonnie Sherman Weber – Former Park President Tim Dofflow – Director of Maintenance Debbie Erickson – Director of Marketing and Sales Bruce Thompson – Construction Manager

Tammy Jo Nunez – Facilities Manager Brad Jordan – Maintenance Manager Sally Corporation John Wood – Chairman & CEO Rich Hill – Creative Director Donna Gentry – Vice President of Projects John Stegall – Vice President of Technical Services Lauren Wood Weaver – Director of Marketing and Communications SALLY SUBCONTRACTORS Alterface Projects Benoit Cornet - CEO and Founder Stephane Battaille COO, Co-Founder Etienne Sainton - Head Of Innovation Oceaneering Dave Mauck - Vice President Pure Imagination : Josh Wexler - Chief Executive of Fun Steve Tavernia – Producer Wyatt Design Group Larry Wyatt - Principal

Forté Specialty Contractors Scott Acton - Founder/CEO Travis West - Project Director Stewart Zilberberg – (FMR) Vice President Project Development Christie Digital Larry Howard - Director of Sales Techni-Lux Tony Hansen - Lighting Designer BOSE (audio amplifiers & speakers) Marco Marroquin - Florida & Caribbean Territories Manager Bruce Hurst - Regional Sales Engineer BCI Integrated Solutions (projectors, video screen installations) Michael Fraioli - VP of Audio Visual Michael White - Electronic Systems Designer Strong MDI Screens Inc (video screens & 3D screen coating materials) Francois Barrette VP & General Manager Genevieve Desroches Director of Engineering Peter Brown - National Sales Manager

Weigl Control (animation control equipment) Manfred Weigl – Co-Founder Mike Blasko - Co-Founder BTX (video extenders and audio cables) Chris Mehalso Regional Sales Manager RealD Marlene Songin Vice President, Cinema Ralph Alberts (console and guns) Edward Alberts – President Seth Alberts – Owner Door Control, Inc. Mike Bradberry, President Sigma Services Rick Fleming, President Gantom (LED lighting fixtures) Philip Hernandez - CEO THIRD PARTY – hired by Six Flags Gary Little, Gary Little Construction Marvin Hatch, H&S Electrical

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Intel® Shooting Star™ drone Thea Award For Outstanding Achievement - Outstanding Technical Innovation

Developed by Intel’s Drone Group, the technology for the unique Shooting Star Drone System is an innovative design and engineering solution for aerial light shows. This drone mass flight system (for both indoor and outdoor shows) is controlled by one computer and one operator. This technology is inclusive of both the unique Shooting Star Drone and the software and technology necessary to control the complexity of mass drone flight with precise, reliable and safe control and choreography of extremely large numbers of drones.


Each Shooting Star Drone is exceedingly lightweight (300 grams); each provides a moving point of brilliant light with virtually infinite colors (more than 4 billion color combinations from built-in LEDs). With the software and animation interface of the system, a light show can be easily created in a remarkably short time. Intel’s proprietary algorithms automate the animation creation process by using a reference image, quickly calculating the number of drones needed, determining where each drone should be placed and formulating the fastest path to create an image in the sky. Employed in the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Opening Ceremony, 1,218 drones set a new Guinness World Record for most drones flown simultaneously.

Official Credits List - IntelŽ Shooting Star™ drone Anil Nanduri Intel Vice President & General Manager Natalie Cheung General Manager, Drone Light Shows Ketan Bhat Progam Office Lead Bilal Safeer Business Develoment Stephen Kampmeier Legal Counsel Rose Deggendorf Legal Counsel Cindy Ng Head of Marketing Jason Chow Chief of Staff Rachel Padgett Marketing Strategy Clay Coleman Drone Logistics and Aviation Manager Constantin Leue Systems Validation Engineer Markus Luetzenburger Program Manager Seiji Nair Operations Research Engineer Florian Uhlemann Product Engineer Nishi Wadhera Software Engineer Yun Wei Validation and Test Engineer Madeleine Ong Show Execution Lead Timothy Heath Drone Light Show Animator Charlene Teets Drone Light Show Animator Shilpa Patel Project Manager Edward Clapper Project Manager Bradley Whalen Project Manager Allison Miller Business Development Tapio Liusvaara Project Manager Mika Hakkinen Schematics Engineer Kalle Ruoko Schematics Engineer Sami Vaara Radio Frequency Engineer Janne Vilen CAD Layout Engineer Mika Ritamaki Camera Engineer Jaakko Isohella Batteries and Charging Engineer Esa Saunamaki Design Engineer

Fabian Oberndorfer CAD Engineer Mikko Lampinen CAD Engineer Julian Schirra Aerodynamics Daniel Gurdan Chief Light Show Technologist Martin Moerth Flight Controller Firmware Lead Anttu Koski System Firmware Lead Michael Platz Firmware Engineer Tobias Lang Firmware Engineer Petri Ahonen Firmware Engineer Evgeny Kalugin Firmware Engineer Jari Nippula Firmware Engineer Matti Paasto Firmware Engineer Soren Friis Firmware Engineer Tobias Gurdan SW Project manager Tuomas Katila Software Engineer Andreas Jalsovec Software Animation Engineer Matthias Vyshnevskyy Program Manager KC Cheng Technical Program Manager Isaac Kuke Technical Support Engineer Adam Cho Product Manager Shankar Chidambaram Sourcing Manager Tony Krstanovski Software Program Manager James Micali Manufacturing Engineer Lisa Haqq Manufacturing Engineer Andrew Detering Manufacturing Engineer Steven Girouard Quality and Reliability Engineer Till Klein Quality and Reliability Engineer Andreas Gaede-tsangas Safety and Regulatory Engineer Yossi Avni Quality Engineer


SlideWheel Chimelong Water Park, Guangzhou, China

Thea Award For Outstanding Achievement - Attraction

As a huge, moving, iconic feature within Chimelong waterpark, SlideWheel is visually stunning and becomes a major part of the nighttime experience for spectators and passengers alike. Viewers watch the spectacle as the 24-meter-tall SlideWheel rotates, while providing an immersive water ride to passengers, with thrills unique for a water slide. This includes swinging motions and zero gravity. Up to 480 passengers an hour slide through, loaded into four-person rafts that are moved into the SlideWheel every 30 seconds via an automated conveyor. As a raft is moved into the slide, at the central


rotational point, the raft begins a 3-minute slide within the SlideWheel. A total of three rafts can be riding inside the SlideWheel at any given time. Combined with a light show achieved using more than 700 LED lights on the interior and exterior, the SlideWheel is a mesmerizing attraction for all. SlideWheel is a highly engineered and innovative achievement that provides guests both visual and physical sensations that are unique to the waterpark industry.

Official Credits List - SlideWheel PROJECT MANAGEMENT Guangzhou Chimelong Group Co., Ltd. Tony Sze, Senior Consultant of Chimelong Group Charlotte He, Project Senior Manager Wei Li, Project Manager Wiegand.maelzer GmbH Stephan Spiller, Chief Technology Officer Xuan Zheng, Project Manager Dawei Chen, Project Manager GLOBAL SOURCING Guangzhou Chimelong Group Co., Ltd. Tony Sze, Senior Consultant of Chimelong Group Tracy Liang, Assistant General Manager of International Business Department Charlotte He, Project Senior Manager Wei Li, Project Manager Eagle Xiao, Logistic Manager Lisa Huang, Contract Manager Wiegand.maelzer GmbH Rainer Maelzer, Managing Director Xuan Zheng, Project Manager CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT Guangzhou Chimelong Group Co., Ltd. Tony Sze, Senior Consultant of Chimelong Group Zhijian Lan, Project Director Wenan Liang, Project Manager Seven Zhang, Vice General Manager of Special Equipment Center Xiao Yu, Project Manager Wei Li, Project Manager Hengchu Zhang, Construction Designer Wiegand.maelzer GmbH Frank Heimes, Engineer Guangzhou Linzhi Decoration Engineering Co., Ltd. Qingping Qin, Construction Manager Josef Wiegand GmbH & Co. KG Rico Schwone, Installation Leader Michael Arnold, Construction Leader Thomas Hauser, Head of Engineering INSTALLATION MANAGEMENT Guangzhou Chimelong Group Co., Ltd. Tony Sze, Senior Consultant of Chimelong Group Seven Zhang, Vice General Manager of Special Equipment Center

Xiao Yu, Project Manager Wei Li, Project Manager Shuguang Wang, Manager Wiegand.maelzer GmbH Frank Heimes, Engineer Stephan Spiller, Chief Technology Officer Dawei Chen, Project Manager Shenzhen Ren Yi Installation Engineering Co., Ltd. Yong Luo, Project Manager Josef Wiegand GmbH & Co. KG Rico Schwone, Installation Leader Thomas Hauser, Head of Engineering Michael Arnold, Construction Leader Gerstlauer Amusement Rides GmbH Siegfried Gerstlauer, Managing Director Michael Messtorff, Mechanical construction and development Dominik Miller, Systems Engineering and Management

TESTING, COMMISSIONING AND CSEI APPROVAL Guangzhou Chimelong Group Co., Ltd. Seven Zhang, Vice General Manager of Special Equipment Center Xiao Yu, Project Manager Guangzhou Chimelong Group Co., Ltd. Chimelong Water Park Subsidiary Terence Liang, General Manager of Chimelong Water Park Jim Jin, Vice General Manager of Chimelong Water Park

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OPERATION Guangzhou Chimelong Group Co., Ltd. Vincent Wang, Chief Operation Officer of Chimelong Group

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The Evel Knievel Museum Topeka, KS, USA

Thea Award For Outstanding Achievement - Museum, Limited Budget

With his famous motorcycle stunts and jumps, Evel Knievel entertained kids and adults throughout the late 1960s and into the 1970s. This museum is a sincere, respectful tribute to Knievel’s high-adrenaline career, fearlessness and humor, and the love that people still hold for him. It is created with great respect for Knievel’s fearlessness and an appreciation for the humor he brought to his stunts, which were always clever, clearly dangerous, and compelling to watch. The museum is a two-story building in Topeka, Kansas which sits underneath the Historic Harley Davidson, just south of the Kansas Expocenter. The first floor offers an historic timeline and a collection with many of his unique cycles, fancy leathers, a movie theater and the lovingly restored “Big Red” Mack truck Evel used to transport his show.


The second floor features a virtual reality stunt-jump over 15 police cars, and the famous Skycycle X-2 Steam Powered rocket in which Knievel attempted to jump Snake River Canyon. Also displayed are many of his custom cycles, fancy leathers and a plethora of famous and sought-after merchandise. There are memorabilia and posters from his different shows, interactive displays and a theater showing his movies, such as “Viva Knievel.” The TEA Thea Awards Committee gives The Evel Knievel Museum high marks for creative staging and production, unique storytelling and great guest experience for all ages.

Official Credits List - The Evel Knievel Museum Michael Patterson, Co/Founder and Creator, The Evel Knievel Museum Lathan McKay, Co/Founder and Collector, The Evel Knievel Museum The Late Jim Caplinger, Co/Founder, Caplinger Chartered Bruce Zimmerman, Museum Director and Creation Team, The Evel Knievel Museum Amanda Beach, Museum Sales/ Marketing and Creation Team, The Evel Knievel Museum Elijah Geiger, Creation Team, Historic Harley-Davidson Kyle Taylor, Creation Team, Fact & Fiction JC Hendricks, Interactive Displays, Dimensional Innovations Jonathan Perez, Interactive Displays, Dimensional Innovations Curtis Walker, Interactive Displays, Dimensional Innovations Marshall Miller, Interactive Displays, Dimensional Innovations Wesley Derstine, Interactive Displays, Dimensional Innovations Chris Riebschlager, Interactive Displays, Dimensional Innovations Jordan Marshall, Interactive Displays, Dimensional Innovations Brian Silvey, Interactive Displays, Dimensional Innovations Kristina Simon, Interactive Displays, Dimensional Innovations Brandon Wood, Interactive Displays, Dimensional Innovations Lindsey Weber, Interactive Displays, Dimensional Innovations Alex Grigsby, Interactive Displays, Dimensional Innovations Jordan Parnass, Architect, Jordan Parnass Digital Architecture Philip Weller, Architect, Jordan Parnass Digital Architecture Scott Wiley, Historian, Color Me Lucky Revisited Kelly Knievel, Evel Knievel Family, K&K Promotions Krystal Knievel, Evel Knievel Family, K&K Promotions Joanne Morrell, Fundraising, Impact Marketing Marilyn Stemp, Production, Board Member Travis Charbonneau, Artist, TC Concepts Greg Janosik, Creation Team, Historic Harley-Davidson Darren Piecukonis, Creation Team, Historic Harley-Davidson Roni Munoz, Creation Team, Historic Harley-Davidson Jaxon Patterson, Creation Team, Historic Harley-Davidson Cathy Patterson, Creation Team, Historic Harley-Davidson

Steve Figgs, Creation Team, Historic Harley-Davidson Annie McDowell, Creation Team, Historic Harley-Davidson Tyler Runnells, Creation Team, Historic Harley-Davidson Tyler Sharp, Creation Team, Historic Harley-Davidson Chad Halepeska, Creation Team, Historic Harley-Davidson Ted Crady, Creation Team, Historic Harley-Davidson Jason Stoneking, Creation Team, Historic Harley-Davidson Rick Evans, Creation Team, Historic Harley-Davidson Sherry Burgen, Creation Team, Historic Harley-Davidson Zeb Anderson, Creation Team, Historic Harley-Davidson Dave Larson, Creation Team, Historic Harley-Davidson Eddie Blasche, Creation Team, Historic Harley-Davidson Zach Reeves, Creation Team, Historic Harley-Davidson Chris Agajanian, Collector, Ascot Motorsports Jake Huyett, Production, Jones Huyett Partners Gary Jones, Production, Jones Huyett Partners John Mock, Collector Mike Draper, Evel’s Crew Carl Green, Evel’s Crew George Sedlak, Artist, Evel’s Crew Jeff Handley, Creation Team, The Evel Knievel Museum Trish Votaw, Contractor Joe Pennington, Contractor, Stevenson Company Jim Colson, City of Topeka HR Cook, SMG Management Brett Oetting, Visit Topeka People Who Think Inc., Production Josiah Engstrom, Video Production, Moto Vike Films Ryan Cavanaugh, Video Production, Boiled Owl Films Todd Williams, Contractor, Todd Williams Restoration Steve Sims, Contractor, Exhibit Associates Steve Gee, Contractor, Fast Signs Greg Murray, Contractor, Champion Builders Jon Hass, Contractor, HME Metals Scott Truex, Collector, Truex Engineering Bill Davidson, Harley-Davidson Museum Robby Hull, Collector Stephen Scherer, Production, Social Flash Media Doug Senecal, Contractor, Doug Danger Daredevil

Chris Keeshan, Fundraising, CKA, Inc Austin Munoz, Contractor, HQS Flooring Josh Gorrell, Video Hardware, Electronic Life Russ Briggs, Board Member, Briggs Auto Larry Gill, Board Member Robbie Knievel, Family Tracey Knievel McCloud, Family Alicia Knievel Vincent, Family Bill Rundle, Evel’s Crew Ray Gunn, Evel’s Crew Lee Ratliff, Evel’s Crew John Hood, Evel’s Crew Earle Castine, Evel’s Crew Gene Sullivan, Evel’s Crew Bryan Richards, Collector Robb Mariani, Production

Jerry Jones, Production Chris Armstrong, Capps Bicycles Philip Lash, Yamaha Motor Company Kyle May, Contractor, May Electric Lane Wallis, Contractor, Premier Lighting Danny & Becky Downs, Contractor Melissa Rau, Production Jeff Boyer, Contractor, Jeff Boyer Cabinetry Todd Oberzan, Radiologic Professional Services Tim Morrissey, Contractor, Westek Matt Strathman, Corporate Support, Strathman Sales Mack Trucks, Corporate Support WIBW TV, Corporate Support Fidelity Bank, Corporate Support Kansas Department of Wildlife & Tourism, Corporate Support


MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM: teamLab Borderless - Tokyo, Japan Thea Award For Outstanding Achievement - Connected Immersion – Digital Art

Japan’s famous art collective teamLab, in collaboration with local urban landscape developer MORI Building Co. Ltd. created this permanent experience showcasing more than 50 interactive digital artworks in 5 different zones over 100,0000 square feet, and already a ‘mustsee’ attraction for anyone visiting Japan. The museum is designed for people of all ages and cultures. The experience is beautiful and accessible to guests, whether tech-savvy, digital art lovers or new to digital art. The main objective is to create interactions between guests (jumping, climbing, touching, etc.) with a sense of total immersion. The playfulness of many of the exhibits removes the ‘seriousness’ of the ‘digital art’ and encourages these interactions, helping to bring out the ‘child’ in everyone,’ catalyzing moments of fun and joy.


This exhibit is a great example of a well-balanced and structured, totally immersive experience, without complex instructions or recent technologies (no wearables, motion theaters, VR, AR, or 3D glasses). The simple, yet innovative combination of analog interactive installations and advanced projection mapping visuals equals a world-class, non-linear entertainment experience that allows visitors to explore, wander and discover at their own pace. It maintains a ‘Japanese’ touch with many local culture and nature references, for example, the interactive Tea Ceremony room. The level of technical complexity (520 computers / 470 video projectors / interactive sensors / etc.) and the overall quality of the experience, make ‘Borderless’ a new reference point and potentially a game-changer in the industry.

Official Credits List - MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM: teamLab Borderless 辻 慎吾 Shingo Tsuji, President and CEO 森 佳子 Yoshiko Mori, Director 森 浩生 Hiroo Mori, Executive Vice President & Director 北林 幹生 Mikio Kitabayashi, Executive Vice President & Director 山門 靖夫 Yasuo Yamakado, Executive Managing Officer & Director 河野 雄一郎 Yuichiro Kohno, Executive Managing Officer & Director 小笠原 正彦 Masahiko Ogasawara, Executive Managing Officer & Director 大塚 順一Junichi Ohtsuka, Executive Officer on Special Appointment 香山 行宏 Koyama, Yukihiro, Executive Officer 栗原 弘一Koichi Kurihara, Executive Officer 岡本 次郎 Jiro Okamoto, Executive Officer 小坂 雄一Yuichi Kosaka, Executive Officer 小沢 由紀夫 Yukio Ozawa, Executive Officer 藤井 宏昭 Hiroaki Fujii, Senior Advisor & Chairperson, Mori Arts Center 壬生 基博 Motohiro Mibu, Senior Advisor & COO, Mori Arts Center 南條 史生 Fumio Nanjo, Director, Mori Art Museum 杉山 央 Ou Sigiyama, General Manager, MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM 松島 義尚 Yoshinao Matsushima, Deputy General Manager, Mori Art Museum 橘 英輔 Eisuke Tachibana, MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM 小川 正彦 Masahiko Ogawa, MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM 星川 浩 Hiroshi Hoshikawa, MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM 鈴木 健司 Kenji Suzuki, MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM 髙橋 一菜 Kazuna Takahashi, MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM 明治 光治 Mitsuharu Meiji, MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM 坂本 光明 Mitsuharu Sakamoto, MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM 満木 奈美 Nami Iwane, MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM 加藤 郁実 Ikumi Kato, MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM 戸澤 麗美 Reimi Tozawa, Mori Art Museum 向後 康弘 Yasuhiro Kogo, General Manager, Corporate Planning Department 植野 超 Haruka Ueno, Senior Manager, Corporate Planning Department 渕上 秀樹 Hideki Fuchigami, Corporate Planning Department

野村 秀樹 Hideki Nomura, General Manager, Public Relations Department 山本 将克 Masakatsu Yamamoto Senior Manager, Public Relations Department 秋葉 千恵 Chie Akiba Public Relations Department 服部 祐平 Yuhei Hattori Public Relations Department プロー まゆみ Mayumi Purro Public Relations Department 三品 秋穂 Akiho Mishina Public Relations Department 佐野 佳洋 Yoshihiro Sano Senior Manager, Accounting Department ⾧島 大輔 Daisuke Nagashima Accounting Department 船島 玲子 Reiko Ieda General Manager, Town Management Department 廣田 智久 Tomohisa Hirota Senior Manager, Retail Development Department 岡本 卓矢 Takuya Okamoto Retail Development Department 牧野 隆 Takashi Makino Retail Development Department 松永 淳 Atsushi Matsunaga Deputy General Manager, Retail Development Department 板谷 祥章 Yoshiaki Itaya Retail Development Department 山本 崇 Takashi Yamamoto Retail Development Department 鷲見 和彦 Kazuhiko Washimi Retail Development Department 大木 和行 Kazuyuki Ohki Retail Development Department 名取 将彦 Masahiko Natori Retail Development Department 出路 博 Hiroshi detchi Retail Development Department 服部 佑哉 Yuya Hattori Retail Development Department 山元 明浩 Akihiro Yamamoto Building Management Department 久保 尚文 Naofumi Kubo Deputy General Manager, Architectural Design Department 久保 寿泰 Toshiyasu Kubo Architectural Design Department 左近 恵理彌 Eriya Sakon Architectural Design Department 小林 史明 Fumiaki Kobayashi Architectural Design Department 山本 博之 Hiroyuki Yamamoto Architectural Design Department 山下 亮祐 Ryosuke Yamamoto Architectural Design Department 佐川 浩一 Koichi Sagawa General Manager, Purchasing Department 田辺 直也 Naoya Tanabe Senior Manager, Purchasing Department 関 武志 Takeshi Seki Purchasing Department

西田 翔 Sho Nishida Purchasing Department 中江川 潤 Jiyun Nakaegawa Executive Director, Council for Safety Policy 柏山 武 Takeshi Kashiyama Council for Safety Policy 峰崎 善次 Yoshitsugu Minezaki Council for Safety Policy 白木 栄世Eise Shiraki Council for Safety Policy

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LEGOÂŽ House A/S - Billund, Denmark Thea Award For Outstanding Achievement - Brand Center

LEGO House, located in the Danish town of Billund, where the iconic LEGO brick was invented, is an immersive brand center where children and adults of all ages can explore their creativity and discover the endless possibilities of learning through play. LEGO House epitomizes the presentation and embodiment of the LEGO brand. From the architecture to the interior treatments and furnishings, all the details are designed to emulate the LEGO brick system. the guest visit is enhanced by a digital layer that compliments the experience. As the guest moves through the experience zones, a customized RFID wristband allows them to interact with digital touchpoints that will assist them in capturing their LEGO House creations and memories. A support app is


available to aid guests prepare for their visit and to relive their experience with family and friends. Creative and engaging play has been at the very core of the LEGO philosophy since its inception. All the activities are designed to foster learning through play and advance childhood development through immersion and engagement. At LEGO House children play with a system that combines structure, logic and creativity where all bricks can be combined in countless ways allowing them to be endlessly creative in expressing their imagination. This process stimulates vital skills like communication, empathy and problem solving, which benefit children throughout their entire lives. All of this is achieved in a seamless manner that is the iconic brand of LEGO and occurs in a bright colorful playful environment for the entire family.

Official Credits List - LEGO® House A/S Jesper Vilstrup Managing Director LEGO House A/S Niels Jørgen Jensen Head of Operations LEGO House A/S Gitte Hedegaard Nipper Head of Sales & Marketing LEGO House A/S Mike Ganderton Head of Experience Development LEGO House A/S Sanne Forsberg Holm Head of People & Culture LEGO House A/S Annette Gram Sørensen Senior Operations Manager LEGO House A/S Birte Nørregaard Knudsen Senior Project Manager LEGO House A/S Trine Nissen Senior Communication & PR Manager, LEGO House A/S Astrid Mueller Senior Event & Tour Manager LEGO House A/S Willy Christensen Senior Sales & Marketing Manager LEGO House A/S Gitte Cort Associate Marketing Manager LEGO House A/S Mads Bøggild Mommsen Digital Lead LEGO House A/S Søren Hinge Hansen Senior Experience Designer LEGO House A/S Rikke Ranch Høgstrup Senior Experience Designer LEGO House A/S Stuart Harris Senior Experience Designer LEGO House A/S Simon Wilson Experience Designer LEGO House A/S Jørgen Bjerg Sørensen Facility Manager LEGO House A/S Bettina E. Kreutz Executive Assistant LEGO House A/S LEGO House Advisory Board Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen Owner KIRKBI A/S Jørgen Vig Knudstorp Executive Chairman LEGO Brand Group John Goodwin CEO LEGO Foundation

John Jacobsen Chief New Openings Officer Merlin Entertainments Mike Petrich Director, Informal Learning Cluster Exploratorium LEGO A/S Poul Skov Senior Vice President LEGO A/S Skip Kodak Senior Vice President LEGO A/S Katherine Kirk Muff Vice President Social responsibilities LEGO A/S Rasmus Duun VP, SMCD Model Production LEGO A/S Ludmila Pavlícková Project Team Manager, SMCD Model Production LEGO A/S Petr Kučera Senior Designer LEGO A/S Hans Rauff Lead Platform Architect LEGO A/S Wicki Damm Creative Manager LEGO A/S Jan Beyer Manager, AFOL Network Events LEGO A/S Flemming Jørgensen Development Manager, Specialist LEGO A/S Søren Holme Senior Producer LEGO A/S Kathrine Talks Producer LEGO A/S Bente Kipp Jørgensen Graphic Designer LEGO A/S Jeanette Borch Lind Senior Project Manager LEGO A/S Klaus Peter Rotne Prototying LEGO A/S KIRBI A/S Thomas Kirk Kristiansen Board Member KIRKBI A/S Kurt Carstensen CFO KIRKBI A/S Steen Pedersen Head of Global Real Estate KIRKBI A/S

Mette Moesgaard Senior Director, Portfolio & Facility Management, KIRKBI A/S Frank Gaardsvig Head of IT KIRKBI A/S LEGO Foundation Bo Stjerne Thomsen Head of the LEGO Foundations Centre, LEGO Foundation Tina Holm Sorensen Experience Manager LEGO Foundation Amos Blanton Research Officer LEGO Foundation LEGO Idea House Jette Orduna Head of LEGO idea House LEGO Idea House Line Højgaard Culture Mediator, Heritage LEGO Idea House Abdallah Kobeissi Project Coordinator LEGO Idea House External Partners Bjarke Ingels Group Architect KG Hansen Building construction COWI Engineers Arkitema Architects Outdoor spaces Stringent Construction Project Management Monstrum Outdoor Playgrounds Kubik bv Experience development Bruns bv Furniture Fabrication Mansveld bv AV design Kiss the Frog Digital development Kvorning Design og Kommunikation History Collection design Ralph Appelbaum Associates Early concept development Stylt Trampoli Restaurant concept HiQ Restaurant concept Kadeau Restaurant concept The Incredible Machine Digital concept design Trine Dvinge Prösch Graphic design consultant Thomas Michel Interior design Consultant

Jette Skovgaard Jensen Concept design consultant Quarterre Concept design PARK Early project scoping Aros Kommunikation Early project scoping JesperKongshaug Lighting Design Design By Touch Concept design Valcon Business model development e-Types A/S Visual Identity AV Design AV MAVT AV Cordura Ticketing System M2 Film LEGO House Documentary Designit Experience Journey & touchpoint development Hidden Gorilla Early concept development Meng & Co. Training North Kingdom App Development Special thanks to the following former LEGO House project team members Lars Dithmer Lars Mikkelsen Søren Holm Jesper Wengel Anne Vibeke Westerberg Line Holst Sørensen Henrik Behrens Jensen Christian Nørgaard Hermann Kudlich Søren Lund Hans Peter Folmann Anne-Mette Bidstrup Cory Hastings Lars Skov Bjerrum Peter O. Sevel Rasmus Buhl Andersen Tine Stærmose Enke Janni Drejer Laursen Kasper Høj Nielsen Mikkel Sonne Per Christian Jensen Kirsten Vingborg Biilmann Patrick Fallesen Lars Kærgaard




Fantastic Journey Majestic Princess, Princess Cruises, Valencia, CA USA

Thea Award For Outstanding Achievement - Live Show Spectacular, Limited Budget

Fantastic Journey sets a new standard in cruise ship entertainment by the creation of an epic concert of exceptional proportions and production values aboard the Majestic Princess, which was purpose-built for the Chinese guest market. It combines the best of leadingedge entertainment technology: LED and projection mapping, programmable costumes and scenery, immersive audio and lighting design, and a unique, autonomous indoor drone show. It reflects Princess Cruises’ in-depth understanding of their market’s tastes, style, and preferences, combined with a high sensitivity to the need for best-in-class leisure experiences. A theater at sea has special maintenance needs. In the case of Fantastic Journey, the ever-changeable ocean


means that each show (and constantly throughout each show) the flight of carefully choreographed lightsource drones must be monitored and adjusted. That’s what happens in the astonishing complex performance of “Rise” midway through the evening. And this jawdropping number is just one in an evening of awesome live entertainment and outstanding spectacle. After a build-out in Montefalcone, Italy, the Majestic Princess set out on her maiden shake-down cruise to various Mediterranean ports and headed on to Shanghai while on-board, the production team assembled by Princess Cruises set up, tested and rehearsed the show. The premiere of Fantastic Journey in Spring 2017 was, of course, nothing short of fantastic.

Official Credits List - Fantastic Journey PRINCESS CRUISES Rai Caluori, Executive Vice President, Guest Experience & Product Development Denise Saviss, Vice President Entertainment Experience Ed Ramaekers, Vice President Technical Operations Kerry Lovegrove, Creative Development Director Mark Simons, Production Operations Director Cindi Garren, Creative Development Manager Kevin Miller, Studio Operations Manage Derrin Brown, Production Operations Manager Chad Singleton, Production Operations Specialist Jeremy Rich, Casting Specialist Kyla Wilde, Majestic Princess Cast Supervisor Amber Calhoun-Berger, Creative Development Coordinator Patrick Garcia, Show Operations Coordinator Kelly Dannen, Senior Purchasing Specialist Doreen Rosenfeld, Production Coordinator Premier Performance Cast Members, Majestic Princess Premier Production Crew, Majestic Princess, Princess Cruises Roman Humeniuk, Production Stage Manager Tracy Andronek, Production Automation & Drones Matt Dejong, Production Lighting & Video Ryan Young, Production Lighting & Video Jon Cooper, Production Lighting & Video Amanda Parker, Production Lighting & Video Hector Cordova, Production Lighting & Video Kevin Gault, Production Sound & Audio Josh West, Production Sound & Audio Vini Pereira, Production Sound & Audio Victoria Bull, Production Stage Crew Operations Ian Banogan, Production Stage Crew Chief CREATIVE DESIGN TEAM Danny Teeson, Creator, Director & Choreographer, Danny Teeson Productions Jackson Lowell, Costume Designer, Jackson Lowell Designs

Nelson Kole, Music Arranger, Marinade Enterprises Danny Fiandaca, Sound Designer, Danny Fiandaca Designs Bob Bonniol & Butch Allen, CoProduction Design, Mode Studios Colleen Bonniol, Content Executive Producer, Mode Studios Pablo Molina, Video System Design & Projection Mapping, Mode Studios Benny Kirkham & Cat West, Lighting Programmers, Mode Studios Michael Figge, Content Production Lead, Mode Studios Nadia Quislund & July Meyer, Production Managers, Mode Studios Lanz Short, Mapping Designs, Green Hippo Limited Federico Augugliaro, Drone Designer & Programmer, Verity Studios Markus Hehn, Drone Designer, Verity Studios Luca Gherardi, Drone Install, Verity Studios Shayne Fraeke, Documentary Producer, PremiereTV Igor Kovalik, Documentary Director, PremiereTV

Russel Joyce, Welder, Great Lakes Scenic Studios Derek Wray, Assistant Head Welder, Great Lakes scenic Studios

Fran Bradley, Commissioning Technician, Tait Tim Grant, Commissioning Engineer, Tait

Nick Ewins, Managing Director, Push The Button Andrew Booth, Panel Electronics, Push The Button Dan Chapman, Panel Electronics, Push The Button Martin McCole, Panel Electronics, Push The Button Gareth Williams, Panel Electronics, Push The Button

Marcus Hunt, Lead Commissioning Engineer, Tait Luke O’Connor, Commissioning Technician, Tait Mark Hatt, Lead Mechanical Engineer, Tait Tom Lillicrap, Mechanical Technician, Tait Andrew Cunningham, Mechanical Technician, Tait Jamie Green, Mechanical Technician, Tait Ozlem Zaimoglu, Lead Rigger, Tait Kevin Carro, Rigger, Tait

Mike Savage, Project Manager, Tait Craig Roberts, Lead Commissioning Engineer, Tait

VENDORS & CONTRACTORS Silvia Tchakmakjian, Costume Shop Owner, Silvia’s Costumes Noah Penn, Costume Shop Assistant, Silvia’s Costumes Zovig Meguerditchian, Costume Shop Organizer & Shopper, Silvia’s Costumes Hasmik Yalenian, Costume Shop Pattern Maker, Silvia’s Costumes Paula Craig, Pyro Install, Pyro Spectaculars Inc Gregg Schaat, Pyro Install, Pyro Spectaculars Inc John Gittens, Project Manager, It’sShow.biz Thomas Richter, Panel Build & Install, Brilliant Stages Tony Ravenhill, Panel Build & Install, Brilliant Stages Michael Proverbs, Panel Build & Install, Brilliant Stages Jonathan Bacca Leal, Panel Build & Install, Control AV Walnefs Ramirez Irias, Panel Build & Install, Control AV Dave Stevens, Project Manager, Great Lakes Scenic Studios Myron Jurychuk, Head Carpenter, Great Lakes Scenic Studios Casey Altorf, Lead Installer & Assistant Head Carpenter, Great Lakes Scenic Studios Trevyn Watson, Head Automation & Electrics, Great Lakes Scenic Studios

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Volcano Bay Universal Orlando Resort, Orlando, FL USA

Thea Award For Outstanding Achievement - Water Theme Park

Volcano Bay is the third theme park to open within the Universal Orlando Resort. This Polynesian-inspired, water-themed park consists of four distinct villages, 18 attractions, six restaurants, retail, real sand beaches and the 200-foot-tall Krakatau Volcano. Guests can enjoy all Volcano Bay has to offer without standing in lines or carrying personal flotation devices, thanks to the revolutionary Tapu Tapu bracelets. The entire park beckons with the promise of escape, relaxation and adventure and lives up to the belief that ‘Water is Life and Life is Joy.’ Once inside, guests are transported to a quintessential tropical island paradise that’s every bit as exciting or serene as they wish. Guests can float along the Kopiko Wai Winding River,


play in the waves of Waturi Beach, ride the Krakatau Aqua Coaster and experience a 125-plunge speed slide, racing slides, body slides and the TeAwa raft ride. Islandinspired dining and shopping are featured in the park. The revolutionary Tapu Tapu bracelets entitle guests to all privileges and conveniences of the island including: virtual queueing, cashless transactions for lockers and cabanas, to view and purchase photos captured throughout the day and enjoy dining and retail, all with just a tap of the wrist. They can even use Tapu Tapu to unlock some island magic all around the park. Volcano Bay truly merges a water park and a theme park into something representative of the high standards of our industry, and raises the bar for water parks in general.

Official Credits List - Volcano Bay 533 TEAM Joe Casey, VP, Sr Project Director Dale Mason, VP, Creative Director Katy Pacitti, Sr Show Producer Lara Larberg MacLean, Associate Producer Julie Boyle, Associate Producer Rich West, Attraction Designer Eric Thomas, Attraction Designer Kate Shore, Show Coordinator Helen Mattson, Show Set Designer John Haden, Associate Designer, Show Set Emily Frank, Intern Danny Gonzalez, Admin Shana Cook, Sr Admin Je-Jen Chiu, FDM Mike Wallace, FDM Bob Barron, Estimator Frank Bianchi, Sr. Manager, Project Attractions Cheryl Kelly, Assistant Manager, Project - Creative Maryanne Arca, Sr. Master Scheduler Rick Phillips Chris Laber, Analyst, Financial, Universal Parks and Resorts Tom Quattrini Sean Noble, Project Engineer, Facility Justin Schwartz, Director, Engineering & Safety Mark Pohlhammer, VP, Executive Project Director Mike Siemer, Assistant Director, Engineering & Safety Kane Fritz, Assistant Director, Engineering & Safety Terry Trauger, Assistant Director, Engineering & Safety Matt Gall, Sr. Mgr, Audio/Visual Noel Noble, Sr. Mgr, Audio/Visual Matthew Usi, Manager, Hardware Development Mark Traynor, Sr. Manager, Technical - Creative Douglas Goodner, Sr. Manager, Technical - Creative Aaron Nickerson, Technical Coordinator Elliot Taylor, Assistant Director, Engineering & Safety David Helmick, Engineer Chris Guertin, Associate Engineer Kate Novak, Engineer Matthew Taggart, Manager, Technical – Show Nicole Brown, Technical Coordinator Byron Miller, Assistant Mgr, Technical - Creative Joseph Maikisch, Engineer Dionte Henderson, Engineer Jeanine Curovic, Manager, Technical Paul Conover, Construction Project Manager Karen Cusack, Project Engineer, Facility

Silverio Pacifico, Sr. Mgr, Engineering & Safety Stephen Schmidt, Asst. Mgr, Technical Marc Sherman, Project Engineer – Facility Gary Bondurant, Art Director, Universal Creative Alex Catania, Intern, Universal Creative Josh Holzhausen, Project Superintendent Craig Riebel, Sr. Project Superintendent Robert Ginn, Project Superintendent Kathleen Parrish, Coordinator, Facility - Creative Mike Miller, Sr. Manager, Planning & Area Development Design VOLCANO BAY OPERATIONS Senior Management Jeff Polk, VP, Volcano Bay David Derda, Director, Operations Bob Sharpe, Sr. Manager Aquatic Operations Rich Bacetti, Manager Aquatic Operations Krystal Cook, Supervisor Cody Lang, Supervisor Dan Seutter, Supervisor Taissa Lind, Supervisor Cody DePalma, SAE Leah Hawkins, SAE Entrance Operations VB Alejandra Agreda, Manager VB Entrance Ops Felicia Davis, Supervisor Shannon Heit-Ruddy, Supervisor Ethan Wheeler, Supervisor Channing Ogzewalla, Supervisor Park Services VB Wilson Bailey, Manager Premium Services Que McKay, Supervisor Antonio Morales, Supervisor Clarissa Santana, Supervisor Timmy Williams Jr., Supervisor Julio De La Villa, Supervisor Premium Services Wayne Reyes, Manager VB Park Services Nelson Connole, Supervisor Ashley Judd, Supervisor Brian Fachada, Supervisor Michael Lahens, SAE Kenneth Grenzer, SAE Brandon Tejeda, SAE Operations Base Anita Hans, Supervisor Andrea Lengemann, SAE Melissa Perez-Altreche, Supervisor

UVB Security Nick Allard, Manager Security Jesus Granados, Supervisor Jimmy Luna, Supervisor Kevin Broyles, Supervisor UNIVERSAL Universal Executive Leadership Tom Williams, CEO & Chairman, Universal Parks & Resorts Mark Woodbury, Vice Chairman, Universal Parks & Resorts and President, Universal Creative Creative Studio Thierry Coup, SVP, Creative Studio Ross Osterman Mark Rhodes Iris Chailloux, Associate Producer, Universal Creative (Media) Darrin Hughes, Sr. Designer, Attractions, Universal Creative (Studio) Diana Castillo, Assoc. Designer, Concept-Illustrator Erin McCollum, Designer, ConceptIllustrator Eric Schuh, Sr. Technical Manager, Universal Creative (USH) ATI Tom Geraghty, Director, ATI Akiva Krauthamer, Assistant Technical Manager, Universal Creative (ATI) Anthony Melo, Associate Software Developer, Universal Creative (ATI) Chris Chung, Manager, Universal Creative (ATI) Andy Biar, Engineer, Universal Creative (ATI) Tomas Trujillo, Sr. Mgr, Engineering & Safety Prop Shop Tina Zeno, Assistant Manager, Universal Creative Prop Shop George Gakoumis, Art Director, UPR Props Rich Swim, Senior Manager, Universal Creative Prop Shop Jamie Hewett, Assistant Manager, Universal Creative Prop Shop Vanessa Luedtke, Artist Universal Creative Prop Fabrications Jason Hawk, Lead Artist, UPR Props Tom Mitchell, Designer 1, Universal Creative William Martin, Artist, Universal Creative Prop Fabrication Sasha Graham, Artist, UPR Props Thomas Allsmiller, Artist, UPR Props Brian Stuckey, Artist, UPR Props Stephanie Knoll, Aritst, UPR Props Gill Gillespie, Artist, Universal Creative Prop Fabrication

Catherine Goodison, Consultant, Universal Creative Charles Richardson, Model Builder, Universal Creative Prop Shop David Jordan, Artist, Universal Creative Prop Fabrication Tony Mandile, Artist, Fabrication, UPR Props Wolfie Sembler, Associate Designer, Show/Set, Universal Creative Tanner Chance, Consultant, Technical, Universal Creative Prop Shop David Sadler, Artist, Universal Creative Prop Fabrication Dana Melnyk, Model Builder, UPR Props Mark Klingaman, Consultant, Universal Creative Carina Fernandez, Artist, Fabrication, Universal Creative Prop Fabrication Ellee Gilley, Project Coordinator, Universal Creative Danielle Blanchard, Project Coordinator, Universal Creative Prop Shop Legal Jessica Mariani, Sr. Manager, Business Affairs, Universal Creative (Legal) Clifford Mayhall, VP, Legal & Business Affairs Stephanie Simmons, Paralegal Brawner Greer, SVP, Legal Affairs Karen Trauger, Sr. Director, Contracts Michelle Hines, Director, Contracts Dom Sotero, Administrator, Contracts Tom Quatrini Finance & Administration Daniel Memis, SVP/CFO, Creative Jeff Kujawa, Director, Administration Robin Scammon, Finance Coordinator, Universal Creative (Finance) Heather Boucher, Director of Operational Finance Kristin Donovan, Finance Director Raquel Perez, Cost Manager, Universal Creative (Finance) Sourcing Brad Singh Annmarie Venne, Manager, Sourcing, Universal Creative (533) Sandra Leslie, Sourcing Manager, Universal Creative (533) IT Gloria Chliyah, Senior Analyst, Field Services, Universal Creative (IT) Greg Miller, Supervisor, Universal Creative (IT)


Official Credits List - Volcano Bay Marketing Alice Norsworthy, EVP, CMO, Universal Parks & Resorts, Executive Marketing Tom Schroder, Vice President, Corporate Communications Kristen Clark, Manager, Public Relations Denielle Ricci, Representative, Public Relations Mary Cavanaugh Knapp, Vice President, Brand Management & Communications Alex Turin, Sr Director, Product Brand Management Amanda Loughheed, Manager, Product Brand Management Kate Lysaught, Sr Brand Manager, Product Brand Management Todd Hampton, Director, Brand Communications Marketing Ashley Reyes, Sr Manager, Brand Communications Marketing Christian Fulton, Representative, Brand Communications Marketing Sandy White, Sr Manager, Project Management Heather French, Sr Marketing Project Manager Andy Penn, Sr Manager, Sales Troy Scillian, Executive Creative Director Scott Ritchey, Assoc Marketing Creative Dir Kevin Kolczynski, Director, Photography Paula Bowers, Manager, Photo & Production Services Brian Austin, Senior Art Director Howard Mermel, Copywriting Manager Todd Wineland, Associate Creative Director Kyle Daily, Motion Graphics Designer, Editor Tom Reid, Senior Producer Todd Bright, Animation Joe Lane, Graphic Design Chaz Woods, Designer Lora Salazar, Sr Manager, Trade Marketing Loren Leon, Manager, Trade Marketing Todd Bledsoe, Manager, Trade Marketing Aaron Gayhart, Manager, Trade Marketing Erin Berube, Manager, CRM Harry Broomfield, Representative, CRM Ivette Flores, Representative, CRM Kristina Brown, Manager, Mobile App Matt Heiden, Representative, eCommerce Caitlin Burdey, Manager, Resort Marketing


Jennifer Adamson-Long, VP, Media Erin Gibson, Director, Media Holly Hillson, Manager, Media Kim Brooks, Director, Media Dan McLear, Manager, Digital Media Analytics Larry Rhodes, Sr Manager, Social Media Eric Gray, Director, Social Media

Entertainment Tyler Cartensen, Entertainment Coordinator, Universal Orlando (Entertainment) Jason Horne, Show Director, Universal Orlando (Entertainment) Mike Aiello, Sr. Director, Creative, Universal Orlando (Entertainment) Lyle Moon, Show Director, Universal Orlando (Entertainment) Julie Dietz, Facilities & Production Coordinator, Universal Orlando (Entertainment) Michelle Clermont, Producer, Universal Orlando (Entertainment) Justin Bowen, Senior Director, Universal Orlando (Entertainment) Matthew Flood, Performance Coordinator, Universal Orlando (Entertainment) Brian Villa, Manager, Universal Orlando (Entertainment) David "Cubby" Little, UI Programmer and Integrator, Universal Orlando (Entertainment) Wardrobe Ken DePaul, Director, UO Wardrobe Harold Paine, Manager, UO Wardrobe Jyoti Patel, Senior Administrative Assistant, UO Wardrobe Mariana Vessosa, Coordinator, UO Wardrobe Tech Services Brent Bauman, Ride/Show Lead, Universal Tech Services Scott Bayus, Engineer, Universal Tech Services Vicky Bear, Document Control Supervisor, Universal Tech Services Bill Betterly, Ride & Show Technician, Universal Tech Services Calvin Yerke, Supervisor, Ride/Show, Universal Tech Services Michael Harrison, Tech I, Ride/Show, Universal Tech Services Shaun Lander, Coordinator, Universal Tech Services Darnell Aiken, Technician, Ride/Show, Universal Tech Services Ed Agin, Technician, Ride/Show, Universal Tech Services Adam Albino, Helper, Ride/Show, Universal Tech Services

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Official Credits List - Volcano Bay Steve Arcila, Engineer, Universal Tech Services Ryan Benoit, Helper, Ride/Show, Universal Tech Services Carlos Belardo, Helper, Ride/Show; Universal Tech Services Carlos Castano, Manager, Ride/Show; Universal Tech Services Francisco Castro, Technician, Ride/ Show; Universal Tech Services Chad Chandler, Lighting Tech, Ride/ Show, Universal Tech Services Gary Coffman, Supervisor, Ride/ Show; Universal Tech Services Leighton Collins, Associate Project Manager; Universal Tech Services Devin Coy, Helper, Ride/Show; Universal Tech Services Garrett Dillon, Helper, Ride/Show; Universal Tech Services Daniel Doern, Technician, Ride/Show; Universal Tech Services Richard Dover, Coordinator, Ride/ Show; Universal Tech Services Luis Erazo, Technician, Ride/Show; Universal Tech Services James Evans, Lead, Ride/Show; Universal Tech Services Darrel Fletcher, Trainer, Ride/Show; Universal Tech Services Ben Foss, Technician, Ride/Show; Universal Tech Services Kevin Gerardi, Engineer, Universal Tech Services Christian Gomez, Technician, Ride/ Show; Universal Tech Services Brandon Goshorn, Helper, Ride/ Show; Universal Tech Services Robin Graham, A/V Technician, Ride/ Show; Universal Tech Services Tony Gray, Manager, Ride/Show; Universal Tech Services Devon Hamilton, Helper, Ride/Show; Universal Tech Services Michael Harrison, Tech I, Ride/Show; Universal Tech Services Thomas Hench, Technician, Ride/ Show; Universal Tech Services Peter Heyen, Lead, Ride/Show; Universal Tech Services Mike Kamp, Supervisor, Ride/Show; Universal Tech Services Dale Keech, Technician, Ride/Show; Universal Tech Services Saeid Khederzadeh, Associate Project Manager; Universal Tech Services Shaun Lander, Coordinator, Ride/ Show; Universal Tech Services Chuck Litchfield, Technician, Ride/ Show; Universal Tech Services Chris Lopez, Technician, Ride/Show; Universal Tech Services Lowery, Lance Sr. Manager, Ride/ Show; Universal Tech Services


Patricia Magee, Helper, Ride/Show; Universal Tech Services Jim Meade, Engineer, Universal Tech Services Matthew Milliken, Lighting Tech, Ride/ Show; Universal Tech Services Michael Moore, A/V Technician, Ride/ Show; Universal Tech Services Marcin Olkowicz, Technician, Ride/ Show; Universal Tech Services Charles Raines, Lighting Tech, Ride/ Show; Universal Tech Services Scott Rains, Technician, Ride/Show; Universal Tech Services Gage Ramos, Helper, Ride/Show; Universal Tech Services Lincoln Rampersadsingh, Technician, Ride/Show; Universal Tech Services Elliot Reynolds, Technician, Ride/ Show; Universal Tech Services Leo Rivera, Technician, Ride/Show; Universal Tech Services Roberto Ruvalcaba, Supervisor, Ride/ Show; Universal Tech Services Rick Sandefur, Technician, Ride/Show; Universal Tech Services George Salazar, Technician, Ride/ Show; Universal Tech Services Mark Simison, Technician, Ride/Show; Universal Tech Services Ronnie Scarberry, Technician, Ride/ Show; Universal Tech Services Jason Sunderland, Lead, Ride/Show; Universal Tech Services Calvin Yerke, Supervisor, Ride/Show; Universal Tech Services Facilities Jim Aeschilman, Sr Manager Stacy Ashbaugh, Scenic Paint Delano Barrett, Base Paint Paul Bell, Hardware/Maintenance Evans Bradly, Base Paint Abra Britnell, Scenic Paint Denny Clayton, Coordinator Javier Colon, Crafts Mike Delay, Base Paint Dave Edwards, Supervisor Scott Endstrasser, Scenic Paint Howard Everson, Coordinator Chelsea Fabiszak-Roney, Scenic Paint Monique Jachens, Scenic Paint Kip Johnson, Supervisor Danny Kelyman, Base Paint Jessica Leiby, Scenic Paint Scott Lewis, Director Dwight Litson, Base Paint Shannon Mann Boudreau, Scenic Paint Mike Mendenhall, Base Paint Jessica Minton, Scenic Paint Sarah Morgan, Scenic Paint Niall O'Brien, Scenic Paint Scott Paigo, Scenic Paint Doug Redding, Base Paint Scott Romans, Maintenance

Richie Rosario, Scenic Paint - Lead Otto Sanchez, Scenic Paint Stephanie Sarb, Scenic Paint Heidi Scheumann, Scenic Paint Diana Schumm, Scenic Paint Jinwon Seo, Scenic Paint Daniel Strole, Base Paint Tony Velez, Scenic Paint Eddie Villalona, Scenic Paint - Lead Mike Wagganer, Scenic Paint - Lead Rocky White, Base Paint Paul Wieclaw, Scenic Paint Tom Ziffer, Scenic Paint

Jose Santana-Vazquez, Technician Alex Brannen, Technician Chad Calton, Technician Dennis Crompton, Technician Greg Bishop, Technician Manuel Salazar, Technician Cory Wentink, Technician Peter Collebert, Technician Gold Cramer, Technician Nick Brandt, Technician Hanford Wright, Technician Irving Diaz, Technician William Gonzalez, Technician

Parks Technology Darren White, Sr. Director, Universal Parks Technology Rafael Sardina, Director, Universal Parks Technology Dan Miller, Manager Project Delivery, Universal Parks Technology Jerad Johnson, Project Manager, Universal Parks Technology Belgin Onen, VP Architecture and Integration, Universal Parks Technology Ty Tastepe, SVP Solutions, Universal Parks Technology Bert Perez, VP Infrastructure, Universal Parks Technology Doug Chansky, Sr. Manager Infrastructure Operations, Universal Parks Technology Rich Gassett, Sr. Engineer Network, Universal Parks Technology PJ McParland, Sr. Specialist Infrastructure Operations, Universal Parks Technology Rudy Rojas, Sr. Director Network, Universal Parks Technology John McKinney, Sr. Manager Infrastructure Systems, Universal Parks Technology Kristin Ong, SVP, Digital Experience, Universal Parks and Resorts Nicole Bull, VP Digital Experience, Universal Parks and Resorts Bonnie Spivey, Director Digital Experience, Universal Parks and Resorts Brian St. Pierre, Director Digital Experience, Universal Parks and Resorts

HR Business Partner Team George Bahler, Director, Human Resources Elizabeth Torres, Manager, Human Resources Sonja Armstead, Coordinator, Human Resources

EHS Water Quality Lloyd Lowe, Senior Manager Justin Brown, Manager Billy Hamilton, Supervisor Steve Haley, Supervisor Wayne Balliet, Supervisor Paul Edgar, Supervisor Darryll Gibson, Supervisor Ivan Andujar, Lead Technician Rick Purchas, Lead Technician James Clark, Lead Technician Gareth Barnard, Lead Technician

Talent Development Jamey Walls, Director, Talent Development Jessica Kelly, Manager, Talent Development Sarah Knorp, Sr. Trainer, Talent Development VENDORS Accesso Andrew Jacobs, Managing Director, Accesso Ian Francis, Development Manager, Accesso Seb Hinds, Technology Manager, Accesso Eric Petrusic, CFO, Accesso Steven Totham, Technical Specialist, Accesso American Holtzkraft Barbara Bodden, President, American Holtzkraft Jim Toker, Regional Sales Manager, American Holtzkraft Aquatique Norbert Fischer, R&D Director, Jean Kohler, Export Manager Dominique Formhals, CEO Christine Perrin, Export Secretary Thibaut Dietenbeck, Product Design Engineer Mathieu Levain, CAD Designer Laurent Haller, Fountain Technician David Kobler, Fountain Technician Philippe Savineau, Fountain Technician Maxime Gerhard, Fountain Technician Alexandre Paterna, Fountain Technician Michael Baderot, Fountain Technician

Official Credits List - Volcano Bay Artistic Adventures Jill Anderson, Project Manager, Artistic Adventures Michael Grenell, Creative Director, Artistic Adventures Austin Rob Stang, Austin Commercial Bobby Terriaco, Sr., Project Manager, Austin Commercial Toby Whaley, Admin Assistant, Austin Commercial Tommy Hallmark, Project Manager, Austin Commercial David Tweedie, Project Manager, Austin Commercial Scott Boyatt, Project Manager, Austin Commercial Eric Krogman, Project Manager, Austin Commercial Courtney Mitchell, Superintendent, Austin Commercial Brian Thomas Sr. Superintendent Austin Commercial Brandon Sharkey, Superintendent, Austin Commercial Don Quinn, Superintendent, Austin Commercial Cinnabar Andrea Whittier, Project Manager, Cinnabar California Inc. Randy Morgan, Scenic Manager, Cinnabar California Inc Composite Technologies Steve Darrow, CEO Mike Fox, Design/CNC Programming James Hausman, Sr. Designer Ronnie Waddell, President of Metal Production Matt Baxter, Waterjet Programmer/ Operator John Davis, Welder Tommy Williams, Powdercoat Specialist Ricardo Amen, Mold/Fiberglass Tech Kirk Aguera Jr., CNC Programmer/ Operator Steve Sarka, Quality Control Colorvision William Matzinger, V.P. System Engineering I.T, Colorvision International Inc. Richard Egan, V.P. System Engineering, Colorvision International Inc. Henry Tyson, Executive Vice President, Colorvision International Inc. Mark Simmons, President, Colorvision International Inc. Bob Horvath, System Development Engineer, Colorvision International Inc.

Bryan Wilkins, V.P. Software Engineering, Colorvision International Inc. Kim Hall, VP. Operations, Colorvision International Inc. Victor Baughman, Systems Integration, Colorvision International Inc. Glen Vargas, Technical Support Supervisor, Colorvision International Inc. Pedro Torres, Technical Support Network Integration, Colorvision International Inc. Jeff Douglas, Director Software Development, Colorvision International Inc. Sean DeChristopher, Senior Systems Engineer, Colorvision International Inc. Mike Morris, District Operations Manager, Colorvision International Inc. Ky Farrar, Operations Manager, Colorvision International Inc. Tom Bennet, Graphic Artist, Colorvision International Inc. Eddie Gil, Graphic Artist, Colorvision International Inc. Kevin Barnum, Graphic Artist, Colorvision International Inc. Sean Karp, Software Engineer, Colorvision International Inc. Chris Walker, Software Engineer, Colorvision International Inc. Jason Pinder, Software Engineer, Colorvision International Inc. Susan Jack, Executive Assistant, Colorvision International Inc. Julio Hernandez, Technician, Colorvision International Inc. Yakub Ali, Technician, Colorvision International Inc. Jamie Guy, Creative Director, Colorvision International Inc. James Guy, Creative Director, Colorvision COST Glenn Barnard, Sr. Project Manager, Cost of Wisconsin Kyle Thomas, Artist John Hagar, Artist Juan Flores, Artist Placido Flores, Artist Jennifer Fredricks, Artist Mike Volz, Artist Andy Bauer, Artist/GFRC Steve Lord, Assistant Supervisor/ Welder Tony Hennes, CNC Operator/Foam Technician Jon Heinbuch, Fiberglass Supervisor Jose Garcia, Fiberglass Tech Ruben Aria, Fiberglass Tech Brentson Shaw, GFRC Nozzle man


Official Credits List - Volcano Bay Jeff Zingsheim, GFRC Supervisor Yakub Mohamd-Ismail, Laborer Fred Carey, Laborer/GFRC Inspector Josh Lord, Machine operator Ryan Ullius, Mixer Operator/Laborer Ron Beine, Packaging Chris Riehle, Packaging Jason Mueller, Packaging Kevin Kraus, Packaging Supervisor Steve Petruzates, Sculptor/Art Director Rus Faber, Sculpture Supervisor Chris Hemauer, Shipping Supervisor Jamie Ehlke, Steel Supervisor Rick Ulliu, Vice President of Production Dan Missall, Welder Wayne Selthofner, Welder/Artist Justin Gravelle, Welder/Artist John Chalustowski, Welder/Artist Bryan Lofy, Welder/Fabricator Justin Schladwelier, Welder/ Fabricator Dan Adame, Welder/Machine Operator Sean Rice, Project Superintendent Felipe Munoz Martinez, Technician Salvatore Martinez, Technician Emilio Martinez, Technician Alfonso Munoz Martinez, Technician Less St.Leon, Theme Painter Alfred Graham, Theme Painter Anna Tribbett, Theme Painter Brodsley Whyte, Lead Artist Denton Pitterson, Artist/Carver Sherwin Dowe, Artist/Carver Cogito Joe Farnsworth, Software Engineer Robert Swanson, Software Engineer DTJ Dave Ignatew,Principal/Owner – Lead Designer Brian Ryckman,Associate – Project Manager Nick Troha, Designer Scott Pessin, Senior Designer Jay Johnston, Associate Principal Brennan Maher, Designer Florida Metal Craft Thomas Burnnet, Owner William Chamberlain, Installer/ Fabricator Matthew Bracewell, Installer/ Fabricator) Ted Olswfski, Installer/Fabricator) Golf Coast Whitney Boger-Keene, Owner, Golf Coast Construction Brad Boger, Owner, Golf Coast Construction


Jon Richards Bear Garber, Project Manager, Jon Richards Company Daniel Young, Jon Richards Company James Long, President, Jon Richards Company Taylor McCook, Project Coordinator, Jon Richards Company Khai Ellington, Project Manager, Jon Richards Company Michele Braman, Office Manager, Jon Richards Company

Murphy Lighting Systems Chris Murphy, President, Murphy Lighting Systems Bert Sturner, Project Manager, Murphy Lighting Systems Randy Watson, Project Manager, Murphy Lighting Systems Karlean Weber, Customer Service Manager, Murphy Lighting Systems Lane Williams, Senior Field Technician, Murphy Lighting Systems

KHS&S Josh Johnson, Project Manager Nicki Meyer, Clerical James Love, Superintendant Bryan Campbell, Art Director Isaac Salguero, Lead Carver Manual Medina Lebron, 2nd Carver Tony Hales, Logistics Foreman Kevin Connolly, Rockwork Foreman Matt Hill, Lead Artisans Jessica Johnson, Lead Artisans Robert Lisk, Carpenter Forman (Lead Carpenter) Bob Almond, 2nd Carpenter Dan Willinga, Bus Driver (Carpenter) Dale Love, Night Shift Logistics Jason Pollack, Lead Designer Daniel Han, Design Support Nathalie Crane, Design Support Sowri Rajan (TLE), Engineering

Murphy’s Waves Jim Stuart, Managing Director, Murphy’s Waves Neil Walsh, Project Director, Murphy’s Waves Neil McClure, Senior Installation Engineer, Murphy’s Waves Neil Wallace, Installation Engineer, Murphy’s Waves

KoolFog Mike Montez, Project Engineer, KoolFog Bryan Roe, Owner, KoolFog LifeFormations Bret Woodbury, Principal - Project Director, LifeFormations Michael Fruland, Project Manager, LifeFormations Rodney Heligmann, President LifeFormations James Rogers, Chief Engineer, LifeFormations Melissa Platt, Controller, LifeFormations McLaren Engineering Group William J. Green Sr., Senior Mechanical Engineer, McLaren Engineering Group Andrew C. Habel, P.E., Florida Division Manager, McLaren Engineering Group Lawrence W. Bennett, P.E., McLaren Engineering Group ModelWerks Andy Braddock, Director of Operations, Modelwerks Lee Phillips, Manager, ModelWerks Daniel Parke, President, ModelWerks

Nanolumens Joe Mellette, Director of Finance, Nanolumens Lenny Morrill, Project Manager, Nanolumens Cailin Gentile, Business Development Specialist, Nanolumens Nassal Bryn Court, Art Director, Nassal Heidi Kneisl, Art Director, Nassal Andrew Ochalek, Project Manager Lesley Gustafson, Project Coordinator Amanda Grant, Design Manager Alvin Phan, Designer Finn Bills, Designer Steve Ryerson, Installation Superintendent Alan Johnson, Assistant Superintendent Tiffany George, Scenic Painter Mario Lopez, Craftsman/Installer Luis Lopez, Craftsman/Installer Juan Mendoza, Craftsman/Installer Fred Batten, Craftsman/Installer Phil Fleshmen, Craftsman/Installer Kevin Ylonen, Craftsman/Installer Orlando Carter, Craftsman/Installer Craig Culp, Craftsman/Installer Frank Solórzano Sr., Craftsman/ Installer Phoenix Rising David Rogers, President, Phoenix Rising David Chambers, Manager, Phoenix Rising David Fowler, Fabricator, Installer & Scenic, Phoenix Rising Evan Freeman, Fabricator, Installer & Scenic, Phoenix Rising Stuart Rogers, Warehouse Manager, Phoenix Rising

ProSlide Rick Hunter, President, ProSlide Andreas Tanzer, Director of Research and Design, ProSlide Andrew Grant, Engineer, ProSlide Andrew Good, Engineer, ProSlide Claudio DiAngelis, Project Manager, ProSlide Michael Mcloughlin, Engineer, ProSlide Greg White, Product Development Manager, ProSlide Randy McLean, Global Field Services Manager, ProSlide Ray Smegal VP Product, ProSlide Artur Agrafenin, Electro-Mechanical Technologist, Global Support, ProSlide Nicholas Yu, NPI Program Manager, ProSlide Round Table Stefan Price, Art Director, Roundtable Productions, LLC Barak Marcus, Lead Scenic Fabricator, Roundtable Productions, LLC Erin Kelly, Office Manager/Fabricator, Roundtable Productions, LLC Timothy Welsh, Scenic Fabricator, Roundtable Productions, LLC SCE Anthony Gutierrez, BIM/VDC Manager, Service Complete SMART Brian Peterson, President, Smart Ride Technifex Gabriel Wilson, Technician, Technifex Terry Ratcliff, Electrical Lead, Technifex Don Simon, Customer Care Manager/ Field Lead, Technifex Daryl Bogacz, Lead Fabricator, Technifex Tim Dobies, Lead Fabricator, Technifex Dutch Folckemer, Electronics/Control, Technifex Joe Ortiz, VP Engineering, Technifex Maurice Aboulache, Manager Engineering, Technifex Tom Perkins, Project Manager, Technifex Rock Hall, Principal/Chairman, Technifex Barbara Grill, Stations West Principal/ Sculpt and Pain, Technifex Technomedia ThemeWorks Kavi Allard, Artist, ThemeWorks Kevin Allard, Art Director, ThemeWorks


Official Credits List - Volcano Bay Chris Altigieri, Paint/Finish Technician, ThemeWorks Jim Amos, Artist, ThemeWorks Robert Anderson, Metal Technician, ThemeWorks Joey Beard, Production Support, ThemeWorks Marika Berg, Accounting, ThemeWorks Maria Bernal, Artist, ThemeWorks Chuck Brown, Paint/Finish Technician, ThemeWorks Frank Bunting, Carpenter, ThemeWorks Michael Bunting, Carpenter, ThemeWorks William Bushman, Composites Technician, ThemeWorks Chase Cannon, Production Support, ThemeWorks Lillian Carter, Artist, ThemeWorks Sesh Cole, Artist. ThemeWorks Kraig Cooper, Metal Technician, ThemeWorks Michael Cousins, Carpenter, ThemeWorks Dustin Cromer, Metal Technician, ThemeWorks Elizabeth Distante, Artist, ThemeWorks Mike Dove, Logistics Support, ThemeWorks Bradley Evans, CNC Operations, ThemeWorks Amanda Fritts, Finance, ThemeWorks Adam Fritts, CNC Technician, ThemeWorks Tommy Fritz, Production Support, ThemeWorks Darryl Futch, Carpenter, ThemeWorks Ryan Futch, Production Support, ThemeWorks Rebecca Gavitt, Artist, ThemeWorks Joseph Gazdun, Metal Technician, ThemeWorks Scott Gill, Rapscallion, ThemeWorks Rachel Glover, Artist, ThemeWorks James Guice, Art Director, ThemeWorks Justin Haas, Production Design, ThemeWorks Tammy Holland, Production Support, ThemeWorks Heather Honeycutt, Artist, ThemeWorks Amy Iannotti, Artist, ThemeWorks Houston Isom, Production Support, ThemeWorks Jason Jones, Composites Technician, ThemeWorks James Kiernan, Production Support, ThemeWorks Alex Klein, Production Design, ThemeWorks Dalton Koonce, Metal Technician, ThemeWorks


Blake Krogulski, Production Support, ThemeWorks Michael Langlois, Composites Technician, ThemeWorks Frank LeGrand, Production Support, ThemeWorks Abhay Lerra, Production Support, ThemeWorks Rebecca MacLeod, Production Design, ThemeWorks Chris Marzella, Project Management, ThemeWorks Ben Matava, Metal Technician, ThemeWorks Mike McGriff, Estimating Manager, ThemeWorks Steve Meyerhoff, Paint/Finish, ThemeWorks Sydney Moore, Metal Fabricator, ThemeWorks James Morales, Paint/Finish Technician, ThemeWorks Frank Obremski, Carpenter, ThemeWorks Alex Parent, Artist, ThemeWorks Stephanie Parker, Production Design, ThemeWorks Carita Petta, Artist, ThemeWorks Tom Pettigrew, Artist, ThemeWorks Kelly Pickard, Artist, ThemeWorks Melanie Poller, Artist, ThemeWorks Lee Redman, Carpenter, ThemeWorks Benjamin Rehder, Carpenter, ThemeWorks Dervla Reilly, Production Design, ThemeWorks Stephen Scott, Metal Technician, ThemeWorks Brian Sibson, Metal Technician, ThemeWorks Brittany Sikes, Paint/Finish Technician, ThemeWorks John Sikes, Composites Technician, ThemeWorks Jeff Skoda-Smith, Production Design, ThemeWorks Gregory Smith, Artist, ThemeWorks Joseph Smith, Artist, ThemeWorks Abdiel Sostre-Martinez, Production Support, ThemeWorks Ashley Spears, Paint/Finish Technician, ThemeWorks Austin Spears, Production Support, ThemeWorks Nicole Spears, Project Support, ThemeWorks Ricky Spears, Installer, ThemeWorks Steven Speir, Metal Technician, ThemeWorks Casey Sullivan, Carpenter, ThemeWorks Arthur Swal, Artist, ThemeWorks Carly Thompson, Metal Technician, ThemeWorks Chris Utman, Metal Technician, ThemeWorks

Marilyn Utman, Artist, ThemeWorks Wayn Utman, Production Manager, ThemeWorks Robert Valerio, Metal Technician, ThemeWorks Mark Van Sciver, Sr. Project Manager, ThemeWorks Mike Vasseur, VP, Project Development, ThemeWorks Stephen Walker, Metal Technician, ThemeWorks Diontrey Whitfield, Production Support, ThemeWorks Bart Wigglesworth III, Metal Fabricator, ThemeWorks Eric Wooten, CNC Operations, ThemeWorks Lori Wright, Carpenter, ThemeWorks Veronica Zakharov, Artist, ThemeWorks Visual Terrain Lisa Passamonte Green- Principal-inCharge/CEO, Visual Terrain David Green - President/COO, Visual Terrain Swanee Konkin - Business Manager, Visual Terrain Michael Mahlum - Principal Lighting Designer, Visual Terrain Steven Young - Principal Lighting Designer, Visual Terrain Kate Furst - Senior Lighting Designer, Visual Terrain Ken Daniel - Principal Themed Lighting Designer, Visual Terrain Leigh Brown - Lighting Designer, Visual Terrain Jonathan Lebovic - Lighting Designer, Visual Terrain Bryan Yu - Lighting Designer, Visual Terrain Wendy Thomas - Project Coordinator, Visual Terrain Mallory Paddock - Production Designer, Visual Terrain Taylor Maurer - Lighting Design Assistant, Visual Terrain Lisa Maydwell - Project Manager, Visual Terrain Corey Albert - Project Coordinator, Visual Terrain Jeff De Lamotte - Programmer, Visual Terrain Chris Barbee, Director of Installations, Bandit Lites Stephanie McFadden, Procurement Manger, Bandit Lites John Cameron Carter, Coordinator, Bandit Lites Steve Powell, Coordinator, Bandit Lites Joost Wijgers, Programmer, LightH-Art Brad McDonald - Owner and Principal, Reveal Studio

Jim Ward - Revit Specialist, Reveal Studio Jose Martinez - Revit Production Designer, Reveal Studio Husein Eshafah - Revit Production Designer, Reveal Studio Dennis Bayot - Revit Production Designer, Reveal Studio Visionetics Lynda Robinson, Visionetics Bob Rindfuss, Visionetics

Water Technology Rachel Domann, Senior Project Manager, Water Technology, Inc. Chuck Newman, Founder, Water Technology, Inc. George Sells, Director, Creative Studio, Water Technology, Inc. Brian Freber, Director of Engineering and Project Management, Water Technology, Inc. WaterWorks Ron Reichmann, President, WaterWorks Andy Deichmann, Project Manager, WaterWorks Wade McGruder, Sale, WaterWorks W.W. Gay Mechanical Contractor, Inc. Mike Runge, VP Field Operations Joanie Jones, Office Manager Bonnie Walker, Service Administrator Patrick Newman, Superintendent James Elliott, Foreman Scott Robinson, Foreman Jason Strickland, Superintendent Tyree Aldajuste, Journeyman Delbert Jones, Foreman Rob Lind, Foreman Misc Stefan Price, Owner, Roundtable Productions, LLC Steffen Vala, Owner/Animator, Coalmine Canary Al Pardo, Animator, (Self Employed) Barbara Grill, Scenic/Painter, (Self Employed) Ben Messersmith, Project Manager, CCK Benito Perez, Senior Applications Engineer, P3 America Todd Bright, Owner/Animator,Todd Bright Animation Chad Hiller, Manager, Sourcing, CH Robinson Claire Evans, President & CIC, Amazulu Corina Lescarbeau, Translation Services, SDL David Bozzone, Photographer, Aero Photo

Celebrating the 25th Thea Awards Congratulations to our industry colleagues who create wonder, surprise and joy for guests worldwide!



Official Credits List - Volcano Bay Evan Greenspan, President, Clearance Steven Geer, Owner/Animator, (Self Employed) Tim Tryzbiak, Owner/Programmer, ootii, LLC Mark Alberson, Owner/Engineer, Creative Structural Solutions Michael Smith, Project Manager, MetCon Pete Lehman, Composer / Sound Designer / Mixer, Visible Sound Ray Carroll, Construction Manager, KMI International Shawn Briel, Themeparks Project Manager, InterAmerica Stage Juliana Ross, Scenic Painter, Juliana Davidson, LLC

Chris Sphar, Sales Representative, CMRG Tom Gary, Sales Representative, The Gary Group David Ti, Owner SoundWinds/Air Arts Mark Manship, Sales Representative, MM Groups Justin Stehr, Design Engineer, Entech Innovative Laurent Guinci, Costume Designer & Creative Director, LOLO Creative, Ltd Luc Steadman, Principal Designer, Steadman Design Studio David Harrison

Mark Woodbury and

Dale Mason Your leadership, trust and patience during my early years in this business, got me to where I am today! (Backstage making sure nobody messes up! LOL)

Thank You and

Congratulations! Keith Kaminski Art Director of the 2017 and 2019 Thea Awards

Congratulations to our friend and colleague MARK WOODBURY on the honor of receiving the Buzz Price Thea Award for a Lifetime of Distinguished Achievements and your many years of leadership in the industry.

And congratulations to all of the 2019 Thea Award recipients. From Joe, Craig, & Francois... and your friends at Thinkwell Group.


Birket Engineering Congratulates Lifetime Achievement Thea Recipient

Mark Woodbury

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Mark Woodbury Vice Chairman Universal Parks & Resorts and President Universal Creative

The Buzz Price Thea Award – Recognizing a Lifetime of Distinguished Achievements

The Buzz Price Thea Award is a tremendous honor for anyone to receive, and we at Universal Creative couldn’t be more proud to have it bestowed upon our inspirational leader and creative visionary, Mark Woodbury. Mark’s career with Universal Creative and Universal Parks & Resorts is certainly one worth honoring and celebrating, though he is quick to remind you that you’ll be “stuck with him” for many more years. In his 30 years with the company, he has created lasting memories for all of the guests who experience the products of his vision around the world, from entire theme parks to individual attractions, retail establishments, dining venues and more.

by Universal Creative Team


Mark’s mission to “do better today than we did yesterday” is one of the driving forces behind Universal Creative. He challenges himself and his team to never rest on our laurels or accept anything less than excellence. His ability to lead holistically – being a knowledgeable source for marketing ideas, industry trends, financial data, innovative technology, design principles and more – is a rare talent that enables him to push the business forward effectively and strategically. Mark truly embodies creativity in everything that he does. His creative energy is effervescent and infectious – as his team, it inspires us to challenge our thinking, care about every detail, and color outside the lines. From Universal’s Islands of Adventure, to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, his creative direction has brought to life immersive experiences and rich stories in ways that no one else could.

Mark is frequently described as “tough, but fair.” In the best way possible, he is not an easy audience. He challenges our team to be better, think differently, reach higher and dream bigger. Mark never settles, and he never lets his team settle either. One key quality that makes Mark an incredible leader is his humility. When Mark found out he would be receiving this award, his reaction was, “Why would they want to give this to me? I couldn’t have accomplished anything without my team.” He always shines the spotlight on others and takes opportunities to recognize his team for our contributions and hard work. The Buzz Price Thea Award is meaningful to us as a team because it acknowledges someone who never puts himself first or tries to be the lone hero. This award recognizes that Mark has continually championed teamwork, combining effective collaboration and intentional communication across a multitude of disciplines and functions to design, develop and deliver unforgettable experiences to our guests.

Mark Woodbury, Joe Casey, Katy Pacitti, Dale Mason, Justin Schwartz in 2015 at the Thea Awards Gala, accepting the Paragon Award for new Wizarding World of Harry Potter attractions.

Finally, we would be remiss if we did not include one of our favorite qualities about Mark, his sense of humor. Mark has the uncanny ability to always hit a punch line, and the comedic timing of a born entertainer. Although his pranks may have subsided, his trademark dry sense of humor and quick wit are always there to remind us that we work in the business of fun and shouldn’t take ourselves too seriously. In summation, we could’ve used this article to tell you about the number of attractions Mark has opened or the fast facts of his career. But those won’t be Mark’s legacy. Mark’s legacy will be in the lives he has touched, both within Universal Creative and outside Universal Creative. His legacy will be in his unwavering advocacy for diversity and inclusion, his sincere desire to meet every Team Member and hear their story, his heartfelt “thank you’s“ and “congratulations,” the time he spent mentoring and developing his team, and his commitment to his family. It will also be in the extra time spent perfecting a design, the hand-drawn napkin sketches that turned into real-life buildings, the unconventional ideas that became blockbuster successes (think The Hogwarts Express), and his willingness to always bet on his team. Mark, there is no one more deserving of this award and we couldn’t be more proud of you. Thank you for everything. It wouldn’t be Universal Creative without you.

Bob Ward, Dale Mason, Steven Spielberg, Mark Woodbury & Phil Hettema on Universal’s Islands of Adventure's opening day in 1999.

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Dollywood - Pigeon Forge, TN, USA Thea Classic Award

The Thea Classic Award honors an outstanding “compelling place and experience” achievement from the past, which set new standards and which has stood the test of time. Dollywood is a 150-acre theme park located in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The park began as Rebel Railroad (1961-1970), then Goldrush Junction (1970-1976), and Silver Dollar City Tennessee (1977-1985). Since May 3, 1986, Dollywood has been owned and guided by Dolly Parton and Herschend Family Entertainment. Visitors from across the country and around the world flock to Dollywood to experience its 10 themed areas and enjoy the local culture. In 2019, Dollywood will open its 11th themed area, Wildwood Grove, representing the park’s largest expansion ever and described as a place where “adventure takes root and dreams take flight.” Over decades of expansion and improvement, the park remains true to Dolly’s priorities, passions and philanthropy through strong commitments to


community, employees and other initiatives that are unique in the industry. It began in 1961 as a small tourist attraction that included a historic steam railroad ride, general store, blacksmith shop and saloon. The park today includes more than 40 attractions, as well as highenergy entertainment, dining and retail areas. The 10 themed areas (soon to be joined by Wildwood Grove) are Showstreet, Rivertown Junction, Craftsman’s Valley, The Village, The Country Fair, Timber Canyon, Jukebox Junction, Owens Farm, Adventures in Imagination and Wilderness Pass. Dollywood lives up to the Herschend motto of “Creating Memories Worth Repeating®” with a blend of thrilling rides, spectacular shows, master craftsmen and heartfelt sincerity in the best traditions of the Great Smoky Mountains region where it was born. Culture, story and authenticity are hallmarks. Most important, at every point of the visitor experience, guests encounter employees with a genuine interest in the guest’s experience, delivering what is arguably the highest level of authentic human care and heart of any park in the world. Dollywood is truly a Classic.

Official Credits List - Dollywood Dollywood’s success can be attributed to the unprecedented vision of entertainment icon Dolly Parton, and theme park legends Jack and Pete Herschend. Their unique partnership, which began in 1986, highlights the strengths of each and has transformed the park from a regional attraction into one of the country’s most popular family destinations. Three leaders have been instrumental in guiding The Dollywood Company to its current position, company presidents Ted Miller, Ken Bell and Craig Ross.

It is impossible to list the thousands of employees, partners and supporters who have spent countless hours dedicated to offering a welcoming and thrilling atmosphere for all who enter. The overwhelming teamwork of so many has created this special place. From the friendliest hosts in the industry to world-class attractions and the highest quality live theme park entertainment, Dollywood provides an unparalleled guest experience and is a direct reflection of the evolving vision dreamed up by Parton and Herschend Family Entertainment.

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How to submit a Thea Award nomination The Themed Entertainment Association annual TEA Thea Awards recognize excellence and innovation in the themed entertainment and international visitor attractions industry. Each year hundreds of nominations are received and considered by the TEA Thea Awards Committee for outstanding destination attractions, breakthrough technology, event spectaculars, cultural attractions or guest experiences, and individuals who have made their mark through a lifetime of distinguished achievements.

Nominating process Thea Awards nominations open in April and close in July, and judging takes place between August and October. The slate of recipients is announced in November, and awards are formally presented the following spring at the annual TEA Thea Awards Gala.

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Did you know? • You can nominate your own project, event or technology • Anyone may submit a nomination - whether or not a member of the Association • Nominations for lifetime achievement honorees and for the Thea Classic Award are also welcome How to submit a nomination Phase 1: Visit the TEA website at www.teaconnect.org and select “Nominate a project” from the Thea Awards drop-down menu; then click “Online Application” to navigate to the nomination form. Follow the instructions to provide the required information. You will also see links for Nomination Tips and Thea Rules & Judging Criteria. Phase 2: An email response to your nomination will include a link to use in submitting additional materials and media. Note: for projects, the video is a most important element.

Resources The TEA website also provides access to further resources that can help you understand more about the Thea Awards, including Thea Awards and Thea Case Studies video archives on TEA TV, links to past Thea Awards Programs, and galleries of past Thea Awards recipients organized by year.

We hope you will participate and share something spectacular! For more information and assistance, email theaawards@TEAConnect.org or telephone TEA headquarters at +1 818 843-8497.


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