The TEA’s Thea Awards once again honor outstanding achievement in experience design and themed entertainment and reinforce the value of creating compelling places and experiences to an ever-wider range of venues, events, and industries. The official presentation of the awards will be March 3, 2007 at TEA’s 13th Thea Awards Gala, sponsored by Economics Research Associates, will be a black tie event held at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California.

TEA International board president Craig Hanna of Thinkwell Design and Production, says, “These Awards recognize accomplishments from museums large and small; from zoos and theme parks; from branded retail facilities to world expositions. They truly reflect the impact that storytelling, architecture, technology, and experience design are having on the guest and visitor experience.”

TEA’s Thea Award Recipients

Thea Lifetime Achievement Award
Bob Rogers, BRC Imagination Arts

Thea Classic Award
Madame Tussauds — London, UK

Thea Awards for Outstanding Achievement (AOA)

Aquarium:
The Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta, GA

Aquarium Exhibit/Limited Budget:
The Real Cost Café’, Monterey Bay Aquarium, CA

Attraction:
Expedition Everest, Disney’s Wild Animal Kingdom, Orlando, FL

Attraction:
Ski Dubai, Dubai, UAE

Brand Retail Experience:
Boudin at The Wharf, San Francisco, CA

Children’s Museum:
Kidspace Children’s Museum, Pasadena, CA

Live Show:
Believe at Sea World, San Antonio, San Diego, Orlando

Live Show/Special Event:
Toyota Group Pavilion, EXPO 2005 Aichi, Japan

Museum Exhibit:
The U-505 Submarine, Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, IL

Museum Touring Attraction:
Ashes and Snow, Santa Monica, CA

Museum Touring Exhibition:
Robots: The Interactive Exhibit, The Becker Group, Baltimore, MD

Simulated Experience:
The Great Glass Elevator at Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Alton, UK

Zoo Exhibit:
Zoomazium, Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle, WA