Friday, December 8, 2023

#TEATheas: Awards season

2018 Thea Awards roster brings together a diverse and impressive list of notable projects and industry leaders

edited by Martin Palicki

Aside from bringing the themed entertainment industry together for a delightful evening of socializing, glitzy formalwear and live entertainment, the Thea Awards (held this year on Saturday, April 7, 2018) help recognize an art form that frequently goes unnoticed and uncredited.

The Theas Committee spends the better part of the year assembling and reviewing submissions from around the world – all for this one evening gala, anticipated by the whole industry.

But the value of the Theas extends beyond the Disneyland Hotel grand ballroom. The honorees recognized become a focus for the TEA Summit, and recipients frequently mention the award in their marketing and communication years after.

It is with that longevity in mind that we present a small selection of stories inspired by several of this year’s Thea recipients.

-Martin Palicki

Efteling: Magic Castle

Joe Fox: Everyday Joe

MOTIONGATE Dubai: Dreams in motion

Celebrating Phil Hettema

Thea Classic: Cedar Point

TEA Summit: Lessons of collaboration

3D Live: From concert space to outer space

NMAAHC: Tracing the long arc of history

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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