Hi I’m Richard The Orlando Guy and it’s time for another Orlando Update.
Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom is just two months away from the official opening of the much anticipated Tron Lightcycle/Run coaster. In newly released footage from a cast-member preview, the Tron coaster, inspired by the Tron Lightcycle Power Run at Shanghai Disneyland, puts riders behind two-wheeled Lightcycles that race the digital world from the Tron film series. “The story of Tron Lightcycle/Run picks up after ‘Tron: Legacy’ where Kevin’s son, Sam Flynn, has opened a second gateway into a digital realm called the Grid. The massive structure for the coaster located in Tomorrowland was constructed of nearly 40 pieces, strategically assembled and aligned, to create the perfect system for moving Lightcycles to The Games.” Tron Lightcycle/Run coaster officially opens April 4th of this year.
Could Major League Baseball be coming to Orlando? In an exclusive interview with Richard Bilbau, Orlando Business Journal’s Senior Staff Writer, Pat Williams, one of the founding members the NBA’s Orlando Magic, has not given up his hope of landing a professional team for The City Beautiful named, The Orlando Dreamers because as Pat says, “The dreamers are who we are as a community … we all have big dreams.” There are several hurdles to overcome in realizing his dream, including finding the right team owner, building a stadium once an owner has been identified which could cost upwards of one billion dollars to build and finding land – perhaps near International drive in the tourist area which would allow the stadium to cater to many other types of events. Orlando which is among the top 20 designated market areas according to Nielson ratings and which welcomes more than 1,000 new residents each week, has a good shot at being considered for an MLB expansion franchise. I’ll keep you updated as more information becomes available.
In a recent press conference, Orlando International Airport reported that it surpassed the 50 million passenger mark flowing through the airport in 2022 in a remarkable rebound in the post pandemic era. The airport which recently opened the new Terminal C, was built during the pandemic and proves that the new terminal was more than needed to meet projected demand according to Kevin Thibault, CEO of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. Kevin also stated, “By continuing to build during the pandemic, we are now well positioned for the future growth and economic expansion of the Central Florida region.” Orlando International Airport, the world’s seventh-busiest air hub — this year expects to start designing Phase 2 of Terminal C’s expansion, which includes 15 new gates on the north side of the new south terminal in a process expected to take a few years to complete.
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