Wizarding World was recognized for outstanding achievement in the "new theme park land" and "thematic integration of retail, food and beverage experiences" categories. Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey received notice for outstanding achievement for "featured attraction" and "technical achievement."
For the retail award, the committee made note of the folks waiting an hour to enter the wand shop, and said it was amazing not to see a cola or churro there. "This could be an eye-opener for operators that are buried by the usual trinkets and fast food on exhibit at IAAPA," the committee wrote.
Disney-related Thea Award winners included World of Color at Disney's California Adventure for "nighttime spectacular" and the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco in the museum category.
Kim Irwin, art director at Disneyland, recerived the Buzz Peterson Award for a lifetime of distinguished achievements. Irwin, daughter of Imagineer Leota Toombs, also had a hand in Disney World projects, including "it's a small world," interiors for the Contemporary and the Germany, Mexico, Universe of Energy and The Land areas of Epcot.