Disney ride wins Thea award

MUMBAI: The "Believe" killer whale show, produced at SeaWorld parks in San Diego, San Antonio and Orlando, and Walt Disney World‘s newest thrill ride, Expedition: Everest at Disney‘s Animal Kingdom theme park in Florida, were among 16 attractions worldwide honored at this year‘s Thea Awards ceremony.

In a media briefing the industry group said that the new SeaWorld show "presents a lyrical storyline that incorporates powerful images, music audience interaction, and most of all, thrilling new human and animal interactions in an effectively staged and emotionally captivating presentation."

"The Disney attraction Expedition Everest boldly and successfully continues Disney‘s mountain-based story-themed roller coaster tradition by combining mythic storytelling with an authentic environment and the latest ride technology," added the group.

Other winners included the Georgia State Aquarium, Bob Rogers, founder and chairman of BRC Imagination Arts, and Ski Dubai, for its successful creation of a ski resort in the middle of the Arabian desert.

The Themed Entertainment Association (Thea), founded in 1991, is an international nonprofit organization representing 6,500 theme park industry creative specialists working in nearly 500 firms in 39 different countries. The Thea Awards were created in 1994 to recognize achievement, talent and personal excellence within the themed entertainment industry.

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