Hey Thrill Seekers,
Today’s post continues our series of interviews asking members of the theme park industry to review 2013 and look forward to 2014. In previous posts we’ve heard from Kelly Morris and Gavin Boswell both of Orlando Attraction Tickets.
As I promised in the last post, today’s interview is with someone outside of OAT, Nigel has been with LEGOLAND Florida from the very start and if you’re looking for a man more enthusiastic about LEGO in the UK you’ll be hard pressed to find one. A very knowledgeable and hardworking man getting a tiny bit of time with him was a bit of a coup.
Name: Nigel McShine-Jones (nickname is Choonz because I’m a wanna be DJ!)
Who do you work for?: LEGOLAND Florida
What was 2013 like?: 2013 was a great year for us. We saw a tremendous amount of international visitors in the park, including loads of Brits.
Your highlight of 2013?: The announcement the new LEGOLAND Hotel coming in 2015.
Your Best Park 2013?: LEGOLAND Florida of course!
Your Best Attraction 2013?: The new World of Chima attraction based on the LEGO product. A lot of fun and you get extremely wet!!
In regards to Theme Parks, what are you most looking forward to in 2014?: The opening of the new Orlando Eye in late 2014. (Nigel informed us that the Orlando Eye is Florida’s equivalent of the London Eye… imagine the views!!!)
Make a 2014 prediction…: If the rate of exchange with the pound versus dollar stays the same, I think we can expect a ‘bumper crop’ of British visitors to Orlando in 2014.
A cracking interview and a nice little bit of confirmation that we could see the Orlando Eye in late 2014 🙂
Thanks very much to Nigel for his time and we hope a lot of you will be visiting LEGOLAND Florida in 2014.