World Leisure Jobs - PortAventura, Europa-Park and The Nest among winners of 27th annual TEA Thea Awards...
26 Feb 2021 World leisure: news, training & property
 
 
HOME
JOBS
NEWS
FEATURES
PRODUCTS
FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTION
PRINT SUBSCRIPTION
ADVERTISE
CONTACT US
Sign up for FREE ezine
Latest news

28 Nov 2020

PortAventura, Europa-Park and The Nest among winners of 27th annual TEA Thea Awards
BY Tom Walker

PortAventura in Spain won the best attraction award for its Sesame Street: Street Mission area

PortAventura in Spain won the best attraction award for its Sesame Street: Street Mission area
photo: PortAventura/TEA

The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) has revealed the winners of its 2020 Thea Awards.

Winners this year – the 27th edition of the awards – include PortAventure World in Spain, which nabbed the Best Attraction award for its Sesame Street: Street Mission area.

Combining the popular Sesame Street characters with an engaging storyline and a bespoke gaming system, the attraction was deemed to create "a unique family attraction worthy of recognition".

In its assessment, the TEA jury said: "It powerfully illustrates how major IP-based attractions can be executed with excellence at theme parks anywhere in the world.

"After years of wondering exactly 'how to get to Sesame Street,' we now know it’s at PortAventura."

Other winners in the "attractions" category included The Twilight Saga: Midnight Ride at the Lionsgate Entertainment World in Zhuhai, China, which was recognised for its multi-rider, multisensory, interactive virtual reality experience.

The ride sees guests climb aboard their own motorbikes, each with its own multi-axis motion platform and lightweight, sanitary VR headset. Riders are greeted by Jacob, who introduces them to their mission: to ride out with the wolf pack to combat the vampire newborns prowling the forest.

Meanwhile, The Buzz Price Thea Award – given to an individual for a lifetime of distinguished achievements – was this year given to Bob Weis, president of Walt Disney Imagineering.

The 73-year-old industry veteran has been the creative and design lead for some of Disney’s largest and most successful parks.

"Bob's portfolio of work is unparalleled and recognised by the industry, his peers and the tens of millions of visitors as among the best," the TEA judging panel said.

"The admiration he has earned from our community over the decades is rooted in his authentic leadership style – that of a world-class visionary who is sincerely modest, selfless and kind."

Launched in 1994, the Thea Awards celebrate achievement, talent and personal excellence within the themed entertainment industry and have become internationally recognized as a symbol of excellence.

In total, there were 19 winners selected this year. See below the full list:

The Buzz Price Thea Award – Recognizing a Lifetime of Distinguished Achievements
Bob Weis, president of Walt Disney Imagineering

Thea Classic
Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Blackpool, United Kingdom

TEA Peter Chernack Distinguished Service Award (recognizing exceptional volunteer service to the Association)
Dale Sprague – Canyon Creative

Thea Awards for Outstanding Achievement (AOA)

• Entrance Experience Limited Budget – St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station, St.Louis Missouri, USA

• Attraction – Sesame Street: Street Mission, PortAventura World, Tarragona, Spain (Attraction)

• Attraction – Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, FL and Disneyland Park, CA, USA

• Live Show Spectacular – Qu Yuan, Jingzhou Oriental Heritage Park, Hubei China

• Attraction – The Twilight Saga: Midnight Ride, Lionsgate Entertainment World, Zhuhai, China

• Attraction Limited Budget – Snorri Touren, Europa-Park, Rust, Germany

• Technical Innovation – ARGUS LED Dome System

• Touring Exhibition, Limited Budget – Amazing Pollinators

• Live Attraction Spectacular – The Bourne Stuntacular, Universal Studios Florida, Orlando, Florida, USA

• Connected/Immersive Storytelling – The Nest, Los Angeles, CA, USA

• Attraction – Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Orlando, Florida, USA

• Immersive Design for Special Needs Guests – D.R.E.A.M. Centre, Chailey Heritage Foundation, Lewes, UK

• Museum Exhibit Design, Limited Budget) – “Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Dr. Jane Goodall,” National Geographic Museum, Washington DC, USA

• Themed Hotel – Les Quais de Lutèce Hotel, Parc Astérix, France

• Technological Innovation of Industry Significance – Tait Navigator Automation and Show Control Platform

• Airport Destination Experience – Jewel Changi Airport, Singapore



Connect with
World Leisure
Magazine:
View issue contents
Sign up:
Instant Alerts/zines

Print edition
 

News headlines
Pandemic having 'massive impact' on US attractions – losses estimated at US$23bn
Pandemic having 'massive impact' on US attractions – losses estimated at US$23bn   25 Feb 2021

The pandemic cost the US visitor attractions an estimated US$23bn in economic losses during 2020, while the sector also suffered job losses five times .... more>>
71,000 new health and fitness apps launched in 2020, estimates App Annie report
71,000 new health and fitness apps launched in 2020, estimates App Annie report   25 Feb 2021

Mobile data and analytics provider App Annie has released its State Of Mobile 2021 report, in which the company estimates that more than 71,000 new .... more>>
FIBO 2021 makes one final move to November 2021. Normal service will resume in 2022
FIBO 2021 makes one final move to November 2021. Normal service will resume in 2022   25 Feb 2021

The world's largest fitness trade fair, FIBO, has been rescheduled to November. The event will take place at the Koelnmesse exhibition centre in .... more>>
Beverly Hills Hotel unveils newly renovated spa with design details by Champalimaud Design
Beverly Hills Hotel unveils newly renovated spa with design details by Champalimaud Design   24 Feb 2021

The iconic Beverly Hills Hotel Spa in Los Angeles has reopened its doors after seven months of extensive refurbishment and redesign. Christopher .... more>>
Company profile


Safe Space Lockers



View full profile>>

Catalogue gallery


Featured Supplier

Davines Group receives prestigious sustainability award

Davines Group receives prestigious sustainability award

The Davines Group, alongside Davines hair care and Comfort Zone skincare, has been recognised as "Best Performer of the Year" by the prestigious Best Performance Award by SDA Bocconi Management School – one of the most well-respected universities in Italy. More>>




in this issue

• Gyms open, but group exercise fight looms
• ukactive reveals details of new Active Standard
• PureGym 'burning £4m a week' during lockdown



World Leisure jobs




Assistant General Manager
Salary: Excellent salary plus benefits
Location: Sutton-in-Ashfield, UK
Company: Everyone Active
Lifeguards
Salary: Competitive salary
Location: London, UK
Company: Everyone Active
Duty Manager (Wet)
Salary: Competitive salary
Location: London, UK
Company: Everyone Active
Swimming teachers
Salary: Competitive hourly rate
Location: Burton upon Trent, Burton-on-Trent, UK
Company: Everyone Active
Diary dates
Powered by leisurediary.com

23-26 Feb 2021

Tecnova Piscinas

IFEMA, Madrid, Spain


28 Feb - 02 Mar 2021

World Spa & Wellness Online Conference

Online,



Leisure Management magazine 2018 issue 1
Leisure Management
2018 issue 1

View issue contents
View on turning pages
Download PDF
  Profile: Stephen Hulme
We look back on the career of Everyone Active CEO Stephen Hulme More>>
  Tourism: Right to roam
Sweden is inviting everyone to come and stay – and indulge in a spot of wild camping. Jenny Kaiser from VisitSweden talks about the initiative More>>


Leisure Management magazine 2016 issue 1

Leisure Management
2016 issue 1

View issue contents
View turning pages
Download PDF
  On the cover: AJ Hackett
Bungy, New Zealand More>>
  Social good: Winds of change
Learn about the Change Foundation and the opportunities it creates More>>


Published by The Leisure Media Company Ltd Portmill House, Portmill Lane, Hitchin, Herts SG5 1DJ. Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385 | Contact us | About us | © Cybertrek Ltd