Germany’s Mack Rides Receives the Themed Entertainment Association’s THEA Award
Enlarge image Consul General Neumann congratulates Michael Mack on THEA Award. (© GermanyinLA) On Saturday, April 22, Consul General Hans Jörg Neumann attended the 23rd Annual Thea Awards Gala in Anaheim hosted by the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA).
The Germany company Mack Rides received the Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement - Innovative Ride System for their Inverted Powered Coaster system. Installed at Europa-Park in Rust, Germany as part of the attraction, Arthur in the Kingdom of the Minimoys.
Enlarge image Mack's Inverted Powered Coaster. (© Courtesy Mack Rides) As described in the award summary, the Inverted Powered Coaster combines dark-ride, 360-degree spins, variable speeds with gravity, plus power-fed coaster sections and on-board audio that support any number of configurations. It combines the showmanship of a sophisticated dark ride vehicle with the visceral thrills of a roller coaster. It dissolves the boundaries of traditional ride and attraction categories and offers designers unprecedented flexibility to create new types of guest experiences, and new genres in storytelling thrill rides.
The prestigious Thea Award is considered one of the attraction industry’s greatest honors - equivalent to the Oscar for theme parks. Consul General Neumann was pleased to congratulate Michael Mack who picked up the award on behalf of the family-run company.