The companies that make Orlando one of the most visited vacation destinations in the nation also spearhead entertainment innovation used across the globe. A culmination of industry and education has exploded into a burgeoning tech economy that supports not only the region’s massive theme park and attractions industry, but the expanding footprints of many other major corporations including Lockheed Martin, Darden Restaurants, Siemens and more.
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“Orlando has become a hub where hospitality and travel tech providers [like Flip.to] put their primary and secondary offices.”
– Edward St. Onge, founder of Flip.to and former CEO of TravelClick
THE THEME HERE IS SUCCESS
Major Headquarters in Orlando
IAAPA relocated its global headquarters to Orlando in 2016.
Universal Orlando Resort is headquartered in Orlando with 25,000+ employees.
Darden Restaurants is one of many restaurant headquarters in Orlando.
Wyndham Destinations chose Orlando for its global headquarters in 2019.
TALENT IS OUR MAIN ATTRACTION
Workforce & Talent Pool
The leading theme park companies have built specialized technical and creative teams to build the next generation of entertainment experiences. Disney and its Orlando-based Imagineering group, for instance, employs 232 experts in 3D modeling, software development, computer-aided design and visual effects. Universal, meanwhile, has more than 120 people with the same skill set on the books. Orlando’s entertainment powerhouses along with media companies such as Electronic Arts Tiburon and Golf Channel create the need for a talent base with the right combination of technical and creative skills. And to meet this demand, Orlando universities are expanding their contribution to the talent pipeline for the hospitality, theme park and attraction’s technology ecosystem.
Rosen College of Hospitality Management
The University of Central Florida’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management is one of the largest and fastest-growing hospitality programs in the nation with more than 3,500 undergraduate students.
Digital Animation & Visual Effects
The DAVE School
The Digital Animation & Visual Effects (DAVE) School, located in on the backlot of Universal Studios, produces skilled graduates in the fields of digital entertainment and interactive media.
UCF and the University of Florida (UF) offer qualifications in Themed Experiences. At UCF, the degree is offered as a track in its Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree. UF offers a Master of Science in Architectural Studies with a concentration in Themed Environments Integration.
“The themed-entertainment industry is one of Florida’s largest employers. Our goal [at UCF] is to work with the parks to ensure that our students are being trained to fill the creative positions they need.”
– Jeff Moore, dean of the UCF College of Arts and Humanities at the University of Central Florida