Disney Parks' win multiple Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) and Brass Ring awards at this week's IAAPA Expo in Orlando

17 days ago in "The Walt Disney Company"

Posted: Friday November 18, 2022 9:23am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

This week, at the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) Expo, the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) announced that Disney Parks, Experiences and Products will be presented three prestigious Thea Awards in 2023.


Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, was recognized with a Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement.

"Main Street Electrical Parade," will receive the Thea Classic Award.

Tokyo DisneySea is the recipient of the Liseberg Applause Award, which recognizes outstanding theme parks worldwide.

"I'm so proud of our teams who continue to delight our guests and consumers by pushing industry boundaries," said Josh D'Amaro, chairman, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products. "These accolades illustrate our legacy of innovation, as evidenced by projects that opened 50 years apart being awarded together."

Disney Live Entertainment Creative Director Susana Tubert will receive the Thea Catalyst Award, reserved for an individual who has achieved a real and positive impact on the culture of our industry.

"I would like to thank TEA and IAAPA for these amazing recognitions—and most importantly, for their steadfast dedication to advancing our industry and keeping us connected globally," said Barbara Bouza, president, Walt Disney Imagineering. "As our Imagineering and Live Entertainment teams continue to deliver magic and inspire humanity, it's an honor to be recognized by our colleagues and friends around the world. I'd also like to give a special shout-out to this year's Thea Catalyst Award recipient, Susana Tubert, who continues to be an influential and inspiring leader."

Additionally, IAAPA announced that Disney Parks, Experiences and Products is the recipient of nine Brass Ring Awards for Live Entertainment Excellence, Games and Merchandise Excellence and Food & Beverage Excellence.

For Live Entertainment Excellence, the following Disney Live Entertainment projects received Brass Ring Awards in these categories:

  • Best Theatrical Production – "Tale of the Lion King" at Disneyland Resort
  • Most Creative Christmas/Holiday Show – "Mickey's Dazzling Christmas Parade" at Disneyland Paris
  • Most Creative Halloween Haunt, Show or Experience – "Let's Get Wicked" at Hong Kong Disneyland
  • Most Creative Multimedia Spectacular – "Harmonious" at EPCOT
  • Most Creative Property-Wide Event – Disneyland Paris 30th Anniversary Celebration

"This year's Brass Ring and Thea Awards truly speak to the power of live entertainment and the consistent quality of work of the team I have the privilege to lead," said David Lightbody, senior vice president, Disney Live Entertainment. "We are honored and grateful to receive these industry recognitions."

For Games and Merchandise Excellence, and Food & Beverage Excellence, the following products received Brass Ring Awards in these categories:

  • Best Apparel Item – Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind Cassette Player Shoulder Bag
  • Best Hard Good Item – Halcyon Starcruiser Training Lightsaber Hilt
  • Best Plush Item – Groot Scented Plush
  • Best New Menu Item – Chocolate Mighty Thor's Hammer at The Ganachery at Disney Springs
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JoeCamel17 days ago

You can attend in the future if you get a party ticket from OI. great time, good food and no waits. Pterodon Flyers is my highlight

MagicHappens197117 days ago

I think tonight is one of the Orlando Informer buyouts

zombiebbq17 days ago

We saw attendees streaming into Universal around 8pm last night. My husband who has never worked a corporate job, couldn't believe how many people he was seeing 😂. I'm assuming they rent it out for attendees? We were saying how cool it would be to ride VC at night (which side note was the scariest coaster we've both ever been on).

Elijah Abrams17 days ago

Disney doesn’t deserve those awards in the current state they’re in!

Trauma17 days ago

Opened this thread to see what it was all about and walked into a pixie dust hurricane. The fact that anyone defends the Galactic Fail Cruiser is beyond me.

LittleBuford17 days ago

You've never heard of a critically acclaimed film that did badly at the box office? Or a genius artist whose talents weren't recognised in their own lifetime? It's hardly a difficult concept to wrap your head around; there are many (non-Disney) examples out there of high-quality products that, for some reason or other, don't attract as many consumers as they otherwise might. And in this instance, the reason is no mystery: the price point is prohibitive.

Jrb197917 days ago

That to qualifies as a failure.

LittleBuford17 days ago

@lazyboy97o can hardly be called a defender of today's Disney. His point is very specific and pretty difficult to refute: quality and popularity aren't necessarily correlated. To me, the experience looks amazing, and the positive reviews speak to that. The only thing that would keep me away is the price point.

MagicHappens197117 days ago

I have good friends that work there and would say that it’s closer to 50% occupancy with some dates being closer to 75-100% so it just depends

co1006417 days ago

The fact is that the experience is overpriced. I am shocked they haven't budged on the price point yet.

Model3 McQueen17 days ago

Tbh I never know what's true nowadays there so much sensationalism out there.

MagicHappens197117 days ago

From what I hear, the 25% number isn’t accurate and the staffing cuts are only effecting F&B Servers

Model3 McQueen17 days ago

what about the reported voyager staff cuts and 25% occupancy (from site that shall not be named)? Out of 100 rooms, those arent signs of success I imagine.

Jrb197917 days ago

The defenders defend again. Sure it might be making good profit but having this much availability is surely not what they hoped.