Thursday, November 30, 2023

TEA and TEA Members Present Three Days of Excitement at IAAPA Attractions Expo 2012

TEA Thea Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients: (L to R) Back: Don Iwerks, Barry Upson, Monty Lunde, Tony Baxter; Front: Marty Sklar, Bob Rogers, Buzz Price

Burbank, CA, USA — The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) and its members will be sponsoring key events during the 2012 IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando, FL, USA.

In addition to the following events, the TEA Booth (#1354), sponsored by Adirondack Studios, AES, AME, BRC Imagination Arts, Canyon Creative, Color Reflections, IMERSA, The Nassal Group, Thorburn Associates, and Coffee Sponsors Edwards Technologies and VOA Assocates, offers the perfect location for meeting and networking with industry leaders in themed entertainment design.

Tuesday, Nov. 13
2.00 pm: Thea Awards Announcement. Plan to be at the TEA Booth for this always exciting moment as the TEA announces the recipients for the 19th annual Thea Awards, honoring the best in themed entertainment design. The TEA Summit and Thea Awards Gala will be held April 4-6, 2013 at the Disneyland Hotel, Anaheim, CA.

7.00 – 9.30 pm: TEA International Mixer at Miller’s Ale House, 8963 International Drive, Orlando. For the first time, TEA is offering a complimentary admission, no RSVP, cash bar mixer. Snacks will be provided and full food service is available for purchase from the menu. Come join TEA members and enjoy a few hours mixing with old friends and making new contacts. InPark Magazine is sponsoring the TEA International Mixer Sponsors along with Adirondack Studios, Canyon Creative, Color Reflections, FUNA, Rethink Attractions and Thorburn Associates.

Wednesday, Nov. 14
8.30 – 10.00 am: TEA Annual Members Meeting, Convention Center S230FGH
Join TEA colleagues as they review the year past and look to the year ahead, install the new TEA President and newly-elected International and Division Board Directors. Sponsored by Rethink Attractions.

Thursday, Nov. 15
7.30 – 9.00 AM – TEA Eastern Division 5K Fundraiser for Give Kids The World
Join the TEA Eastern Division Team as they support the 2012 IAAPA fun run/walk to raise funds for the Give Kids The World Village, a resort that creates magical moments for children with life-threatening illnesses. Sign-up or feel free to donate to help them reach their $1000 goal. There is a $20 registration fee. Sign up or donate under Team Name: TEA Eastern at:

9:00 – 10:15 AM – TEA Seminar, Convention Center South Hall Room #S230FGH
TEA Presents: Future Legends 2012: Engaging the Senses

Here you’ll meet some of the brightest young thinkers and designers in the next wave of entertainment and engagement design. These are creative leaders who understand social media/entertainment, emerging technologies, interactivity, immersive storytelling, sensory immersion and what happens when those things converge. You’ll get the benefit of their original insights, projects they are working on and predictions for what’s just around the corner for everyone in the industry.

You’ll come out of this session inspired, energized and enlightened about what to do next so you can benefit from the “next big thing” shaping 21st Century experience design.

Invited Speakers: Susan Bonds, CEO, 42 Entertainment; Dave Cobb, Creative Director, Thinkwell; Christian Lachel, Vice President, BRC Imagination Arts

7.30 – 11.00 pm – IAAPA Celebrates at Universal Studios
Be sure to join the thousands of owners, operators and vendors attending the biggest evening event of the tradeshow. Sponsored by TEA member Thinkwell and KODAK Imaging, a number of rides, food and drinks will all be available throughout the evening at this ticketed event. 

For more information on IAAPA Attractions Expo 2012, visit
For more information on the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA), visit
About the TEA

The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) is an international non-profit association representing the world’s leading creators, developers, designers and producers of compelling places and experiences.  Our members bring the experience of engaging storytelling and entertainment to a vast number of casinos, restaurants, retail stores, museums, zoos, theme parks and an ever-growing list of destinations that aim to bring a higher level of visitor experiences world wide.

Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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