Thea Award Earned By Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Disney Imagineer Nancy Seruto

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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge debuted this year at Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World. The lands immerse guests into the Star Wars universe on the planet of Batuu. We have learned from Disney Parks Blog that the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) has awarded Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge with two Thea Awards for Outstanding Achievement.


The overland land was awarded with a Thea Award, 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 gave an award for Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, one of the new attractions within the the land. The award is Outstanding Achievement – Attraction. The award was issued due to the innovation and technology that was created for the attraction. “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.”

Another award was given, but this one goes to Nancy Seruto, Walt Disney Imagineering creative executive for Shanghai Disney Resort. She was honored as a recipient of the Buzz Price Thea Award for the year. This award is given to an individual who raises the standards of excellence within the theme park industry.

“Nancy is an inspiring and highly collaborative leader who excels at bringing together diverse talents and perspectives to create experiences that resonate with our global audiences,” said Bob Weis, president of Walt Disney Imagineering. “In addition to her incredible work creating story-driven, immersive experiences in our parks, she generously lends her time and expertise to support nonprofit organizations that touch lives around the world. She is widely respected throughout the themed entertainment industry, and this award is a wonderful tribute to her influence and inspiration.”

Congratulations to Disney, Nancy and all of the cast members who took part in helping achieve these amazing awards!

Photo and Source Credit: Disney Parks Blog

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