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Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Awarded for Industry Excellence at IAAPA Expo 2022

IAAPA Expo 2022

IAAPA, the global association for the attractions industry, held its annual IAAPA Expo 2022 in Orlando, Florida, and The Walt Disney Company received several THEA and Brass Ring Awards during ceremonies held during the week.


Thea Awards

The prestigious Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) Thea Award is considered one of the greatest honors in the themed experience industry. The Thea Awards honor individuals, projects, and technologies in the arena of themed attractions and experiences worldwide.


This year’s Thea Award Recipients include:

Catalyst Award (recognizing individual contributions to the advancement of the industry)

  • Susanna Tubert, Creative Director, Disney Live Entertainment, Disneyland Parks & Resorts, The Walt Disney Company
Susanna Tubert, Creative Director, Disney Live Entertainment, Disneyland Parks & Resorts, The Walt Disney Company

Classic Award (celebrating a guest experience that has stood the test of time)

Main Street Electrical Parade float

Thea Awards for Outstanding Achievement – Brand Experience:

Galactic Starcruiser

IAAPA Brass Ring Awards

The annual IAAPA Brass Rings awards recognize amusement parks, water parks, zoos, aquariums, museums, family entertainment centers (FECs), and suppliers from around the world for excellence in food and beverage, games and retail, human resources, live entertainment, marketing, new products, and exhibits


The IAAPA Brass Ring Awards are considered one of the global attractions industry’s most prestigious honors, and Disney Parks received the following awards:

Most Creative Property-Wide Event, Amusement Parks and Attractions, Including Water Parks, Annual Attendance More Than 1 million

Disneyland Paris Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Most Creative Multimedia Spectacular

Harmonious at EPCOT - art rendering

Most Creative Halloween Haunt, Show, or Experience

Hong Kong Disneyland, “Let’s Get Wicked

Hong Kong Disneyland, "Let's Get Wicked"

Most Creative Christmas/Holiday Show

Disneyland Paris, “Mickey’s Dazzling Christmas Parade

Disneyland Paris, Mickey's Dazzling Christmas Parade

Best Theatrical Production, Amusement Parks and Attractions, Including Water Parks, With Annual Attendance More Than 1 Million

Disneyland Resort, “Tale of the Lion King

Disneyland Resort, Tale of the Lion King

Games and Merchandise Excellence – Best Apparel Item

Disney Global Product Creation, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind Cassette Player Shoulder Bag

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind Cassette Player Shoulder Bag

Games and Merchandise Excellence – Best Hard Good Item

Disney Global Product Creation, Halcyon Starcruiser Training Lightsaber Hilt

Halcyon Starcruiser Training Lightsaber Hilt

Games and Merchandise Excellence – Best Plush Item

Disney Global Product Creation, Groot Scented Plush

Groot Scented Plush

Food & Beverage – Best New Menu Item, Annual Attendance More Than 1 Million

The Ganachery at Disney Springs, “Chocolate Mighty Thor’s Hammer

Chocolate Mighty Thor's Hammer

“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.”

Congratulations to all of this year’s Thea and Brass Ring winners at IAAPA Expo 2022!

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