Owasso’s Wheels and Thrills Hosts Former Disney Executive Director John Formica

VACATION PRESENTATION: Wheels and Thrills guest speaker John Formica, second from left, presents a a courtesy Disneyworld Florida vacation certificate to Ray Adcock, left, of Owasso at the recent Wheels and Thrills event. At right are Wheels and Thrills owners Tammy and Robert Johnson.

Wheels and Thrills, supported by the Owasso Chamber, hosted ex Disney executive John Formica at a recent event. Formica spoke on how to run your business with the “Disney Model” which included several tips on hiring, employee retention, customer satisfaction, and making guest experiences unique. Formica also gave away one free vacation to Disneyworld Florida to a random attendee drawn from a box. It was won by Owasso local, Ray Adcock.

Formica, known as the “Ex Disney Guy,” is a leading authority on tourism, hospitality and service industries alike, while fast becoming a highly sought after internationally known keynote speaker, business and team trainer and small business consultant. He has inspired audiences across the globe with over 3,000 keynotes and seminars to associations, business communities, health care professionals, colleges and students, showing them how to create a Disney-like culture, positive leadership, team relationships, small business growth and transforming any existing service level into a Magical customer experience.

Prior to his speaking career, Formica acquired over 25 years of experience in top management positions with service industry leaders including Walt Disney World Resorts,Hyatt Hotels, Hilton, Adam’s Mark and Sunrise Senior Living.

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GUEST SPEAKER: “Ex Disney Guy” John Formica speaks at the Wheels and Thrills event which was supported by the Owasso Chamber. Formica spoke on how to run your business with the “Disney Model.”

During his 10 years at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, Formica managed its top luxury resort properties and implemented Disney’s philosophy on creating a superior customer experience and people management to lead his teams to achievethe highest guest satisfaction ratings among all Disney World Resort Hotels.

Selected to Co-chair and assist in the company-wide rollout of “Disney’s Guest Satisfaction Program.”
Delivered presentations for the Disney Institute on “Customer Loyalty” to audiences, companies and business professionals from all over the world.

About Wheels and Thrills:
Located at 10637 North Garnett Road in Owasso, Wheels and Thrills is a hometown family entertainment center offering the latest in indoor skating, laser tag, arcades, an exciting play zone for the kids, and more. The 26,000 sq. ft. family entertainment center features a massive 150’ x 75’ hardwood maple floor, with state-of-the art lighting sound and special effects.

Wheels and Thrills is a popular place to hold birthday parties offering seven custom birthday packages from which to choose. The birthday people are the heroes as they are hosted with perfect celebrations for their big day.
Wheels and Thrills party specialists offer guests the perfect group party or corporate event for groups of any size. Rollerblades (inlines) and roller skates (quads) are offered for rental, as well as special toddler and youth training skates. For those new to skating, SkateMate rentals are offerd to assist those just learning or those who need a little assistance balancing on wheels.

With loads of public skating hours each week, plus fun special sessions like Adult Night and Dance Night, Wheels and Thrills has something for everyone, including Tiny Tots sessions every Thursday morning for those age 6 and under. It’s a special time for the toddlers to skate, bounce, play in the playground, hop on riding toys, and play along with interactive games.

Wheels and Thrills offers skate lessons for all ages.

The latest and greatest electronic games are found in the Wheels and Thrills Arcade. Guests earn points on the Wheels and Thrills Fun Card to redeem for prizes in the Arcade Stuff Shop. The Stuff Shop offers a huge selection of toys and prizes for all ages.

Wheels and Thrills is the place for exciting multi-level, themed laser tag, with amazing special effects. Kids under 56” tall can explore the massive 20’ tall soft-play, indoor playground with over 16 different activities. The Food Factory serves up piping hot pizzas fresh out of the oven, corndogs, burgers, and other tasty treats.
In short, Wheels and Thrills is a fun place to visit.

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