Park paradise ruined by Orlando shooting

Orlando mass shooting: Who were the victims?
For decades, kids from every corner of America and beyond have actually dreamed of a summertime journey to Orlando. Disney World opened in the city in 1971, and amusement park from Sea World and Universal quickly followed. On Sunday, Orlando came down with the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, an act of severe violence that eliminated 49 and sent out shockwaves through the tourism market. “We are all sad by the awful and horrific events in Orlando, and provide our thoughts, prayers and support to everybody in our community affected by this senseless act,” Bob Iger, the chairman and CEO of Disney (DIS), said in a statement. Disney is the largest single taxpayer in central Florida, with 74,000 employees and a yearly regional payroll of $2.4 billion. In Orlando, it now operates an overall of 4 amusement park and 27 resort hotels. Related: Global media label Orlando an ‘American horror story’ Universal and Sea World employ thousands more individuals in Orlando. According to the city’s tourist association, more than 63 million individuals went to Orlando in 2014, making it the “most gone to location in the nation.” All three of the city’s flagship theme park– Disney World, Sea World and Universal– lie within 20 miles of the gay club that was attacked by a Florida male who authorities say pledged allegiance to ISIS. “Today we are dealing with something that we never pictured,” Orlando Mayor Friend Dyer stated on Sunday. Among the victims was Luis S. Vielma, who worked at Universal Orlando. On Twitter, the 22-year-old was grieved by J.K. Rowling, developer of the Harry Potter book series. Vielma had actually worked on the Harry Potter trip at Universal, the author tweeted. “I can’t stop crying,” she wrote. Luis Vielma worked on the Harry Potter ride at Universal. He was 22 years of ages. I can’t stop weeping. #Orlando— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 13, 2016 “He was constantly a friend you might call,” Josh Boesch, who worked with Vielma at Universal, informed the Orlando Guard. “He was always open and available.” Universal Orlando representative Tom Schroder said the company was “deeply saddened over the loss of our employee.” “We are working to support his pals and coworkers here at Universal Orlando,” Schroder said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Luis, his family, and all the victims of this catastrophe.”– Faith Karimi contributed reporting.

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