Moody Gardens Receives International Recognition With A THEA Award For Its SpongeBob SubPants Adventure Attraction

Nov 27, 2015, 02:00 ET from Moody Gardens

GALVESTON, Texas, Nov. 27, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Moody Gardens, a world class attraction located in Galveston, TX has been selected to receive the 2016 THEA Award for Outstanding Achievement for its SpongeBob SubPants Adventure attraction. The announcement was made last week at the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions Expo (IAAPA).

The SpongeBob SubPants Adventure is a one-of-a-kind interactive experience that allows guests to go on a submarine voyage to explore the world of Bikini Bottom with the help of their captain, Patrick Star. Visitors are able to choose their path through the wild and silly deep-sea adventure and have real-time conversations with Patrick. The attraction takes visitors from digital to real time through exciting 4D sensory elements which brings the adventure to life through scents, bubbles and bouncing beach balls.

Moody Gardens partnered with Nickelodeon, Super 78 and SimEx-Iwerks Entertainment to create this innovative attraction that opened in May. Harnessing the power of modern computer technology and classic artistic techniques, a group of designers, engineers, fabricators responsible for many of the world's leading theme park attractions collaborated to create the SpongeBob SubPants Adventure.

Super 78, an attraction design and production company based in Los Angeles, was also recognized with a THEA Award in the Technology Breakthrough category for the creation of their groundbreaking Gepettoo Animation Control System. This is a proprietary digital puppetry that delivers feature film 3D animation in real time used in the SpongeBob SubPants Adventure attraction.  This Animation Control System allows a performer behind the scenes to control all aspects of the full-sensory experience on screen in front of audiences. The performer's voice becomes an on-screen character, and he has an unlimited palette of animation options which brings the character to life. The performer also runs the lights, sounds, bubbles, and scents with the push of a button.

"We consistently strive to offer new and immersive experiences the whole family can enjoy together," said John Zendt, Moody Gardens President and CEO. "This was a highly innovative and creative team that created an exceptional attraction and we are honored to be receiving this THEA award."

The Thea Awards were created by the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) in 1994 to help realize a key mission of the association: bringing recognition to achievement, talent and personal excellence within the themed entertainment industry. TEA's Thea Awards have become internationally recognized as a symbol of excellence. The award will be presented to Moody Gardens at the 22nd Annual THEA Awards Gala scheduled for April 2 in Anaheim, CA.

This permanent attraction takes excitement to new depths in a non-stop whirlwind of surprises with fun for the whole family to enjoy only at Moody Gardens. Admission is $18.95 for adults and $16.95 for seniors and children. It is also included in a Moody Gardens Value Pass.

For more information, call (800) 582-4673 or visit You can also follow Moody Gardens on Twitter and Facebook.

Moody Gardens® is a public, non-profit, educational destination utilizing nature in the advancement of rehabilitation, conservation, recreation, and research.

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