Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Honored with Thea Awards During the 2019 IAAPA Expo

Since debuting at Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios this summer, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge has given Guests a chance to live their very own Star Wars adventure. Mirroring the excitement for these immersive lands, the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) recognized Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge with two Thea Awards for Outstanding Achievement.


The land itself was honored with a Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement – New Park Land.  According to TEA, “this multifaceted experience combines epic and detailed placemaking, themed retail and dining, immersive theatrical techniques and interactive attractions into an audacious, genre-redefining, 14-acre adventure that lets park Guests live their own Star Wars story in ways never before possible within the boundaries of a conventional theme park.

The intricate layout, sophisticated use of scale, extension of character details and high quality of execution combine to make this an outstanding example of story-driven, experiential design blurring the line between guest and experience, making every detail ‘in-world’ authentic.”


TEA also honored Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge with a Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement – Attraction. TEA cited the technology, innovative loading system, screen-accurate vehicle, ultra high-resolution game engine and interactive controls that combine to allow guests to take the controls of one of the most famous ships in the galaxy.


“Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge has set a new bar for immersive storytelling—and more than 5 million Guests have taken a spin on the Millennium Falcon,” said Bob Chapek, Chairman, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products. “Congratulations to the incredible Imagineers, Cast, and Lucasfilm partners on these well-deserved recognitions of their passion, creativity, and dedication.”

Soon, Guests will be able to take the force to a whole new level with the Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance attraction coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios on Dec. 5 and Disneyland on Jan. 17.
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