Enchanted Tales with Belle, an expanded character interaction that opens with Magic Kingdom's New Fantasyland last December, won one of the Thea Awards for Outstanding Achievement on Tuesday.
The recognition by the Themed Entertainment Association was awarded to the Disney World attraction in which guests meet characters from the animated film "Beauty and the Beast" and even put on a playlet with the film's heroine, Belle.
“What might have been a basic character meet-and-greet has been elevated to a charming, imaginative and immersive experience,” the judges wrote.
Disney also took an outstanding-achievement award for Mystic Manor in Hong Kong Disneyland and an Thea Classic Award for the Enchanted Tiki Room at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif.
Other outstanding achievement awards went to Oceaneering's trackless ride system; The Song of an Angel from Universal Studios Japan; Michael Jackson: ONE at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas; Marine Worlds Carousel of Les Machines de I'lle in Nantes, France; The Railway Museum of Utrecht, Netherlands; the Polynesian Cultural Center Revitalization of Oahu, Hawaii; The Mind Museum of Taguig City, Phillippines; Titanic Belfast in Northern Ireland and Gardens by the Bay in Singapore.
The Buzz Price Thea Award, a lifetime achievement designation, goes to Garner Holt of Garner Holt Productions. Although neither a Disney cast member or Imagineer, Holt has had a hand in many Disney animatronic presentations, including the new Under the Sea -- Journey of the Little Mermaid ride and Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters at Magic Kingdom.
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