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Joe Rohde, Disney’s Animal Kingdom mastermind – flashback episode
Joe Rohde, one of the masterminds behind the planning and development of Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park, is retiring from his position with Walt Disney Imagineering.
In April 2018, the Orlando Sentinel's Dewayne Bevil talked with the famed Imagineer about how Disney made the jump from the Magic Kingdom to Animal Kingdom, why Pandora – The World of Avatar fits into a park focused on the natural, and where he keeps his spare earrings.
In honor of Rohde’s retirement, enjoy this flashback epis
Universal Orlando rolls out the red carpet to celebrate the holidays
Universal Orlando’s holiday celebration is underway with grounded Macy's balloons and floats, festive treats and so many cleverly themed decorations. Some features are familiar and some have been tweaked due to the pandemic.
Universal’s Holiday Experience (1:09)
Floats and characters (3:27)
Christmas decor (6:41)
Tribute Store (11:44)
‘Treats are amazing’ (13:50)
Character interactions (17:13)
Harry Potter projection show (18:22)
Holiday Tree Hunt (20:17)
Area attractions get into the holiday spirit: Gaylord Palms, Disney Springs and Give Kids the World
Central Florida attractions are giving the theme parks a run for their money when it comes to holiday activities. Listen to find out how you can jump into classic Christmas movies, enjoy Disney-themed trees, and experience millions of twinkling lights.
Gaylord Palms “I Love Christmas Movies” (1:37)
How does it compare to past ICE exhibit? (6:16)
Snowballs and tubing (8:17)
Disney Springs Christmas tree stroll (9:27)
Give Kids The World: Night of a Million Lights (14:30)
Baby boom at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park
Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park has had a handful of births this year, including a giraffe, a zebra, an aardvark, a porcupine and recently a white rhinoceros. Mark Penning, Disney Parks' vice president for animals, science and environment, talks about the baby boom.
Baby rhino (2:55)
More babies on the way (7:55)
Species Survival Plan (9:02)
Baby giraffe (12:17)
A baby what? (16:13)
Animal contraceptives (17:02)
Zebra born at Animal Kingdom Lodge (17:50)
The best part of the job (18:51)
New SeaWorld bar, HHN 2021 preview and ‘Happiest Place on Earth’ lesson
The Orlando Sentinel’s Dewayne Bevil and Patrick Connolly dive into new happenings at the theme parks: A new bar at SeaWorld, Universal’s HHN 2021 preview, Disney archway makeover and more.
SeaWorld’s new Glacier Bar (1:39)
Universal’s online preview of HHN 2021 (5:59)
Disney World arches get makeover (11:05)
Disney Springs eatery in the works (16:29)
It’s beginning to look a little like Christmas (21:06)
Opening Universal’s HHN houses during a pandemic, show director Charles Gray takes us behind the scenes
Universal Orlando faced many challenges bringing two Halloween Horror Nights houses to life this year. Charles Gray, senior show director at Universal Orlando, explains how the Halloween Seasonal Experience got the green light, how they approached the storytelling, and what the creative team learned.
Diet HHN (1:06)
Magic of narration (4:08)
Safety protocol (6:36)
New ways to scare (9:40)
What have we learned? (12:20)
Day vs. night event (14:11)
What happens to the other houses? (16:51)
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