Disney Parks, experiences and products recognized for industry excellence

This week, during the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) Expo, the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) announced that Disney Parks, Experiences and Products will receive three prestigious Thea Awards in 2023. In addition, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products will also receive nine Brass Ring Awards recognizing global innovation and the industry’s unwavering spirit.

“I’m so proud of our teams who continue to delight our guests and consumers by pushing industry boundaries,” said Josh D’Amaro, chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products. “These awards exemplify our legacy of innovation, as evidenced by projects that opened 50 years apart and have been recognized together.”

The revolutionary vacation experience Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser receives a Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement. The most immersive Star Wars experience ever created integrates physical, digital and live entertainment elements into a cohesive story that unfolds over multiple days and nights. Additionally, the Main Street Electrical Parade receives the Thea Classic Award in recognition of a proven experience. The Main Street Electrical Parade celebrated its 50th anniversary earlier this year. Tokyo DisneySea receives the Liseberg Applause Award, which recognizes outstanding theme parks worldwide.

Susana Tubert, Creative Director of Disney Live Entertainment, will receive the Thea Catalyst Award, reserved for an individual who has made a real and positive impact on the industry, in recognition of her spirit of innovation and multiple accomplishments in the field. Based at Disneyland Resort, Tubert is a creative leader who inspires artistic risk-taking with an emphasis on history and relevance and has brought her talent, leadership and experience to the development of popular shows like Tale of the Lion King. Main Street Electrical Parade, Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular and other highly successful and immersive cultural celebrations and events such as Disney Festival of Holidays, Disney ¡Viva Navidad!, Lunar New Year Celebration, Plaza de la Familia, Pixar Fest and Pop-Up Disney! A Mickey Celebration.” Tubert also made a creative contribution to recent updates to the jungle cruise Attraction.

“I want to thank TEA and IAAPA for these amazing recognitions – and most importantly, for their unwavering commitment to advancing our industry and keeping us connected around the world,” said Barbara Bouza, President of Walt Disney Imagineering. “As our Imagineering and Live Entertainment teams continue to deliver magic and inspire humanity, it is an honor to be recognized by our colleagues and friends around the world. I also want to give a special thank you to this year’s Thea Catalyst Award recipient, Susana Tubert, who continues to be an influential and inspiring leader.”

The following Disney live entertainment projects received the Brass Ring Awards for excellence in live entertainment:

  • Best Theatrical Production – “The Story of the Lion King” at Disneyland Resort
  • Most Creative Christmas/Holiday Show – Mickey’s Dazzling Christmas Parade at Disneyland Paris
  • Most Creative Halloween Venue, Show or Experience – Let’s Get Wicked at Hong Kong Disneyland
  • Most Creative Multimedia Spectacle – “Harmonious” at EPCOT
  • Most creative event on the entire property – Celebration of Disneyland Paris’ 30th Anniversary

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

For Games and Merchandise Excellence and Food & Beverage Excellence, the following products received the Brass Ring Awards:
  • Best Garment – 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 in Disney Springs


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