Interview With Karl Hendrie CTO Of Orlando Attraction Tickets

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Tuesday means interview day and we’ve got one of the top dogs here at Orlando Attraction Tickets, the Chief Technical Officer Karl Hendrie.

Karl is one of the founders of OAT and is in charge of all things technical from the website to our internal systems, his latest baby is our iOS app which Karl designed from scratch.

Let’s get to know him…

Name: Karl Hendrie

Company: Orlando Attraction TicketsKing_Kong

Position: CTO

Getting to know you 

Traditional  Coasters or Motion Simulators? I do love what’s happening with motion simulators right now, the ideas and tech are amazing, they just get better and better.  That said, you cant beat the adrenaline of a kick ass roller coaster.

Fast Pass or queue? Fast Pass all the way – if I can save time doing anything I will.

Facebook or Twitter? Much to the mockery of my friends I don’t use facebook. However I can be found loitering around twitter from time to time.

Fictional Character that most represents you? I am often likened to a silver back or some kind of ape so if you randomly pick any famous ape/monkey from TV/Film you’re probably not that far from the mark.

Book or Film? I find it difficult to concentrate on ‘one’ thing for very long, I get bored and start drifting off to something else so it has to be films.

Night out or night in? Nights in are what you do the day after a great night out.

Favourite song?: Unfinished Sympathy by Massive Attack

Favourite film?: I refuse to answer this question on the grounds that as soon as I decide and then write down my favourite film I will immediately change it to something else – its impossible to nail it down!

3 People (real or fictional) you’d invite for the perfect dinner? Elon Musk, Steve Jobs and Bill Bailey

Work 

What’s been the highlight of the year (2015) for your company?: Over the course of 2015 the company grew massively. I think its always very satisfying when hard work is rewarded and that’s exactly what happened in 2015 – the team here were amazing, really worked their socks off without diluting the quality of service we are renowned for!

What’s been the highlight of the year (2015) for you?: Right from the start one of our main objectives was to develop a meaningful brand. During 2015 we have really pushed on. From the amazing work we are doing socially on platforms like facebook (https://www.facebook.com/orlandoattractiontickets) to being the first UK broker to sell via an App, last year really galvanised all of our efforts in making Orlando Attraction Tickets the fastest growing ticket broker in Europe.

What can we expect from your company in 2016?: More of the same. For our customers we want to continue offering tickets to some of the worlds biggest and best theme parks at amazing prices. We also believe hugely in the customer experience. Gavin and I are always looking at ways to make buying tickets a better and easier process so you can expect some subtle tweaks here and there.

Make a 2016 prediction…: I think people are looking to get even more from their Orlando holiday spend – over the last 12 months we have seen a rise in the amount of people looking to do things outside of theme parks. Things like Kennedy Space Centre, Boggy Creek Airboat Rides, Fun Sport America and the Merlin attractions down on International Drive to name a few – So really what I’m saying is that more and more people are realising that they can enhance their holiday by adding low cost excursions and attractions, which is a trend that will escalate during 2016.

Best Theme Park ride/attraction of 2015?: Since Hulk at IOA is being refurbished my default go to ride is SheiKra  at Busch Gardens.

Best Theme Park/attraction food of 2015?: Duff beer at Moe’s Tavern (Springfield USA, Universal Studios) Beer is a food right?…

Best Theme Park/attraction tip?: Make sure things like keys, phones and wallets are secure before going on a coaster.  You’d be surprised at the amount of stuff that will wiggle its way out of your pocket during a zero-G roll – http://www.attraction-tickets.info/it-just-be-raining-ipods-and-stuff-2/

Best kept secret in Florida?: A Hurricane cocktail at Pat O’Brien’s on Universal’s City Walk – enough said…

I’d like to thank Karl for giving me his precious time, it took a few reschedules but we got there in the end.

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Until next week.

Smiles included…

Jamie

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