Fear Factor Live at Universal Studios Hollywood, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield, Ill., and the Curse of DarKastle, the Ride at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Va., are among the annual Thea Awards winners announced Wednesday.
Disneyland was selected for the Thea Classic Award and Yves Pépin of ECA2 in France was named the recipient of the Thea Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Thea Awards, now in their 12th year, recognize outstanding achievement in the creation of compelling places and experiences.
Other winners include the Olympic Spirit Toronto in the category of branded visitor center; Images of Singapore on Sentosa Island, Singapore (reinvention of a cultural heritage center); the Athens 2004 Olympic Games Opening Ceremonies (live event spectacular); Remember… Dreams Come True at Disneyland (show); the Lifeline Table at the Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Room in London (exhibit); the Ice Age Adventure! at Movie Park in Bottrop, Germany (limited budget/refurbishment); Dodge's Wild Earth at the Philadelphia Zoo (limited budget); and the Magiquest Wand (development of interactive technology).
"This year's Thea Awards are truly an international affair," Craig Hanna of Thinkwell Design & Production and president-elect of the international board of TEA (formerly the Themed Entertainment Assn.) said in a statement. "The awards recognize accomplishments in seven different nations, ranging from museums to zoos, from technological innovation to personal achievement, from dark rides to cultural heritage centers."