Interview With Nohemi Romero From WonderWorks

Hey Thrill Seekers,

It’s interview Monday (I’m aware that’s not a thing) and we’re continuing our season of interviews with Nohemi from WonderWorks. You may be more familiar with WonderWorks as the “upside down museum” on International Drive.

Lets get stuck in and find out about her and how 2016 turned out.

wonderworksName: Nohemi Romero
Company: WonderWorks
Position: Sales Manager

GETTING TO KNOW YOU

If you could have an endless supply of any food, what would you get? Shrimp Tempura Sushi is my favourite! I will take any version of it.

If you were an animal, what would you be and why? I would be a rabbit, as we are energetic, cuddly and loved by everyone.

If someone made a movie of your life would it be a drama, a comedy, a romantic-comedy, action film, or science fiction? Everyone would say it is a romantic comedy as I love, love and I am a blast. And I would totally agree!

Complete the sentence; I was once mistaken for . . . Salma Hayek, but not the Frida Kahlo version.

If you had your own talk show, who would your first three guests be? The Obamas and Adele. They are all super fun and serious which reminds me of myself.

WORK

What was the highlight of 2016 for your company?:  WonderWork’s added a Dr. Seuss Unorthodox “Taxidermy” Art Installation which is super whimsical.

What can we expect from your company in 2017?:  A new inversion tunnel with a see-through walkway that will enhance your experience.

Make a 2017 prediction…:  It will be a crazy year! Really unpredictable I would say.

Best Theme Park ride/attraction of 2016?: Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley at Universal is amazing.  You feel as though you have been transported to the book or movie.

Best Theme Park/attraction food of 2016?:  Butter Beer! Is that considered food??

Best Theme Park/attraction tip?:  Bring water bottles with you to the parks as they are allowed and to purchase them at a theme park it usually is an arm and a leg.

Best kept secret in Florida?:  The Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show; It’s the show we have nightly at WonderWorks. Many people do not know we have a dinner show, they think we are just an attraction. When they finally find out and come they are surprised on how great it is. You will be laughing hysterically and your belly will be about to explode by how much food and alcohol you will consume.

A cracking interview from Nohemi and I’d like to take the opportunity to thank her for getting involved. I can’t wait to try the new inversion tunnel. You can purchase WonderWork Tickets directly from Orlando Attraction Tickets for as little as £22.00.

You can check out our other interviews here;

Larry from Eat & Play

Renee from Fun Spot America

Smiles included…

Jamie

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Interview With Larry From Eat & Play Card

Hey Thrill Seekers,

It’s that time of year again when we stick our spotlight on our partners and hit them with the questions you’ve been dying to ask… like “If you were an animal what would you be and why?”

We start off with Larry from Eat & Play Card, lets get to know him and his company a little better.

cat dayName: Larry Raubach
Company: Eat and Play Card
Position: Director

GETTING TO KNOW YOU

If you could have an endless supply of any food, what would you get? Cheetos! Or Wotsits as they are generally known in the UK. I have a serious addiction. Nothing screams “yum!” like orange fingers.
If you were an animal, what would you be and why? A cat. How great would it be to live life without giving a damn.
If someone made a movie of your life would it be a drama, a comedy, a romantic-comedy, action film, or science fiction? A rom-com sounds good to me. Starring Jennifer Lawrence and of course me as myself. A few sequels would be sweet too.
Complete the sentence; I was once mistaken for . . . a short-lived actor from the soap Young and the Restless. True story. Maybe that’s why he was short-lived?
If you had your own talk show, who would your first three guests be? Trump, Putin and Hillary. I’d ask them all but one question: “What does your psychiatrist think?”

WORK

What was the highlight of 2016 for your company?: That’s for me to know…and you still to find out…
What can we expect from your company in 2017?: Some exciting new participating merchants!!
Make a 2017 prediction…: Best year ever!
Best Theme Park ride/attraction of 2016?: Easy, hands down, no question about it: SeaWorld’s new coaster “Mako.”
Best Theme Park/attraction food of 2016?: Sorry, I’m not really a fan of attraction food. I either fill up off-site or sneak in a few bags of Cheetos to snack on.
Best Theme Park/attraction tip?: Tuesday and Wednesday off-season and get their early. With flawless weather and in exactly one hour in early December at SeaWorld, I rode Mako, Manta, Kraken and Journey to Atlantis. Then I popped a couple Panadol. But oh it was worth it.
Best kept secret in Florida?: I’ll keep saying this until it’s no longer a secret: Delray Beach. Only 2.5 hours from Orlando in Palm Beach County, it’s one of my favourite places anywhere.

Some great answers there from Larry and his “talk show” is definitely one I would tune in to.  You can find out more information about the Eat & Play Card on Orlando Attraction Tickets and at the moment is included as an option in our free smile alert offer.

Thanks to Larry for taking the time to take part and kicking off this series with some cracking answers

Smiles included…

Jamie

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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.

You can read our other interviews here;

Until next week.

Smiles included…

Jamie

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Interview With Nigel McShine-Jones From LEGOLAND Florida

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Its Tuesday, which means interview day. Today its the return of the original Nigel McShine-Jones, Nige has very gracefully taken part in every single season of interviews we’ve conducted! He’s a good man and we appreciate his patience with us.

Lets get to know Nigel a bit better;uncle_buck1

Name: Nigel McShine-Jones
Company: Merlin Entertainments
Position: Sales Manager uk & Ireland

Get to know you

Traditional coasters or motion simulators? motion simulators. I’m a bit of a coward and don’t like heights. so coasters are a no go wherever possible .

Fast pass or queue? fast pass of course!

Facebook or twitter? Facebook. can’t seem to stay on top of twitter. I need to though, as it seems more immediate.

Fictional character that most represents you? Uncle Buck

Book or film? Film

Night out or night in? Depends on the night out!

Favourite song?: oooh that’s a tough one. joy and pain by Maze featuring Frankie Beverley

Favourite film?: animal house with john belushi

3 people (real or fictional) you’d invite for the perfect dinner? Nelson Mandela, Richard Pryor and Yoda!

Work

What’s been the highlight of the year (2015) for your company?: – So much has happened for merlin in the USA in 2015. especially in Florida. we opened our brand new 152 room highly themed hotel down at LEGOLAND Florida resort. the hotel is amazing, even if I do say so myself. we have 4 different themed to the rooms. pirate, adventure, kingdoms and Lego friends. kids have a separate area in each room with their own bunkbeds, tv and dvd player. There is also a treasure hunt in the room where they win free Lego. guests staying at the hotel get early access to the park which is literally 122 steps from the hotel (I walked it myself and counted!). we also opened three new attractions on international drive. the Orlando eye, which is perfect to catch amazing sunset views flight or to see all the theme park fire works. Madame Tussauds Orlando where are selfie sticks are most welcome and you get up close and personal with life size wax figures of some of the world’s most sought after stars. sealife Orlando aquarium where we will transport you into a magical underwater world filled with some amazing creatures and experience the worlds only 360 degree underwater tunnel . they are at the heart of the brand new idrive360 entertainment complex on international drive that is full of some amazing restaurants, bars and shops including Walmart!

What’s been the highlight of the year (2015) for you?: My holiday this year. I went to Vietnam and Cambodia amazing place.

What can we expect from your company in 2016?: We will be launching a world exclusive in 2016. The Lego movie 4d. A specially made interactive Lego movie featuring most of your favourite Lego movie characters. You will only be able to see the 4d movie at LEGOLAND’s around the world

Make a 2016 prediction…: With all the new rides and attraction that opened in 2015 and even more to come in 2016. I predict that Orlando will overtake New York as the most visited destination for UK visitors

Best theme park ride/attraction of 2015?: Madame Tussaud’s Orlando. Where else are selfie sticks actively encouraged and where can you put your feet up on the desk in the white house oval office? Not to mention ‘singing’ and taking selfies with your favourite pop star and movie actor

Best theme park/attraction food of 2015?: Still granny apple fries from LEGOLAND Florida resort. Granny smith apples dipped in a wonderful cinnamon based coating and lightly fried. Served with a dollop of cream. Decadent and healthy at the same time.

Best theme park/attraction tip?: The ‘start at the back of the park and work your way forward rule’ still rings true in pretty much every theme park. It’s tried and tested.

Best kept secret in Florida?: Swimming with the manatees at crystal river. A genuine once in a lifetime experience with the most fascinating and gentle of animals.

Thanks very much to Nigel for again getting involved with our interview season, you can read more from this years interviews here;

Smiles included…

Jamie

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