New Universal boss to charged with boosting Orlando complex

Posted Tuesday, February 26, 2002 5:12 AM | Contributed by Shawn

Universal Vivendi exec Robert Gault, who has been serving as interim boss at Universal Florida, was named president and COO for the Orlando attractions yesterday. He is charged with making the complex a "must see" attraction for visitors to Orlando, even in the slump the travel industry is experiencing.

Read more from the Orlando Sentinal.

Tuesday, February 26, 2002 5:51 AM
rollergator's avatar Talk about THE job I'd like to help out on, it's like what he REALLY needs is a Jeff Siebert-type.  I *think* I have enough enthusiasm for the "complex" to handle it...LOL.  Seriously, it's kind of like a lay-up, or a "gimme" putt.  I'm not saying there wouldn't be a LOT of work, but how could I complain about 12-hour workdays in....Paradise. 

They already ARE miles ahead IMO on the whole "guest satisfaction" thing, and experince tells me I'm a good front-runner....;)

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Tuesday, February 26, 2002 7:06 AM
Jeff's avatar Yeah, I don't think giving the guests a good experience is really the issue. I think getting people to the park is the biggest challenge. I think I can speak for most people when I say that a visit to IOA makes you want to go back!

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Tuesday, February 26, 2002 10:10 AM
after visiting IOA, i want to go back.... everyday i wish i could just hop on the next flight and get down there! it's beautiful and has everythign everybody could possibly want! geez i miss IOA!
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Tuesday, February 26, 2002 10:52 AM
I agree. Went for the first time two years ago and I missed the place. Both IOA and USF were really interesting, but the billion dollar investment in IOA really shone. Can't wait to go back. Getting people there instead of DW down the highway is no small feat, but I think they stand a good chance of doing very well.
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Tuesday, February 26, 2002 1:13 PM
On some forums especially hardcore Disney sites like DIS, USF and IOA dont seem to get their props.

But as we all know, once bitten ... actually when I visit USF, its always IOA before USF. In most cases, I am there for IOA. USF is a bonus.

Wish I was there right now. Im going to cry. :-(

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Wednesday, February 27, 2002 3:35 AM
I've had an annual to Universal since year one (and I worked there for a year or so also).  When you go as often as I do though, you notice things that can be improved upon.  Certain maintenance and upkeep issues really need to be addressed.  And a solid decision on future attractions would be nice to have as well.

-Shady

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