It’s been a great week for Disney Parks! Disney accepted 4 separate awards this week for excellence in its theme parks.
The Themed Entertainment Association awarded Nemo and Friends SeaRider at Tokyo Disney Sea a Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement on Tuesday. It isn’t hard to she’s why. This guest favorite employs innovative technology to allow guests to explore the wonders of the sea. Onboard guests a “shrunk” down to fish size in order to get up close and personal with marine life and discover the world of Nemo in never before seen ways.
Then on Wednesday, Disney brought home not one but three brass rings from the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA). A true honor, IAAPA presents Brass Ring Awards to honor excellence in food and beverage, games and retail, human resources, live entertainment, marketing, new products and exhibits in the Amusement park industry and is highly regarded
The Broadway-caliber musical Beauty and the Beast on Disney Dream won the award for Best Theatrical Production. This retelling of the classic Disney film brings the movie to life right on stage with dancing, music and beautiful costuming. The award is certainly well deserved as this show truly is a cut above most cruise ship entertainment.
The award for Most Creative Multimedia Spectacular went to Celebrate! at Tokyo Disneyland. This multimedia water, protection, and pyrotechnics show made its debut on July 10 to celebrate Tokyo Disneylands 35th anniversary. It opened to critical acclaim. The show celebrates some of Tokyo Disneylands most popular attractions as well as beloved Disney films.
The newest toy on the block also found acclaim. The Light Up Slinky Dog toy available in Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios won the award for Best Hard Goods. It’s easy to see why. My toddler fell in love with this little guy while we were there last, and (unlike many souvenirs) has played with him nearly every day since. It’s safe to say Disney Parks has a hit with this simple, but entertaining new toy!
Bob Weis, President of Walt Disney Imagineering, released a statement on behalf of Imagineers, “I’m so proud of the Imagineers who created and brought to life Nemo & Friends SeaRider at Tokyo DisneySea; our Live Entertainment teams that delivered two more award-winning shows – an amazing nighttime spectacular honoring the 35th anniversary of Tokyo Disneyland, and an innovative and powerful theatrical performance of Beauty and the Beast aboard the Disney Dream cruise ship; and the merchandise team who helped bring Slinky Dog to life in an entirely new way as a light-up toy.”
We couldn’t agree with these choices more. Congratulations to the winners!
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