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Despite Long Lines, Theme Parks Are A Big Attraction

Universal Studios Orlando - Islands of Adventure credit: travelerfolio.com

From roller coasters to virtual rides, Florida's theme parks have helped redefine family entertainment. With Disney experiencing its own struggles with long lines and rising ticket prices, we wanted to learn what is being done to deliver this once-in-a-lifetime experience. 

This week on Florida Matters, we talk about the theme park experience.
Guests include:

Gabrielle Russon, tourism reporter with the Orlando Sentinel.

Amanda Norcross, senior editor of Trip Advisor's Family site FamilyVacationCritic.com

They discuss how the theme parks are trying to help minimize the long lines by adjusting ticket prices to the demand of the park-goer. 

Gabrielle Russon tells us about the programs Disney has implemented to increase workers satisfaction, including pay increases, it being one of the only theme parks in Florida to unionize its workers,  as well as tuition payments to staff members. 

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Amanda Norcross teaches us how to get the most of our money by planning theme park vacations around the ages of your children. 

Listen to the show on WUSF 89.7 Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday at 7:30 a.m.  It's also on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9 on Mondays at 10 p.m.

Christy Oshana is the Producer for Florida Matters, WUSF Public Media’s public affairs show.
I cover health care for WUSF and the statewide journalism collaborative Health News Florida. I’m passionate about highlighting community efforts to improve the quality of care in our state and make it more accessible to all Floridians. I’m also committed to holding those in power accountable when they fail to prioritize the health needs of the people they serve.