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Sandton Times Hour Edition 143 Radio & Podcast Show Notes

The weekly Sandton Times Hour is a Sandton magazine show that brings the wanted online pages of The Sandton Times to life. As the only radio show and podcast dedicated to Africa’s richest square mile, this Sandton magazine show is packed with an array of entertaining and informative interviews blended with the best music, every week on Mix 93.8, Mondays at 7pm.


  • Take a ride on Brightline Trains, the first high-speed railway project to be completed in over 100-years in the United States, between Miami and Orlando.
  • Then take a tour of the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex at Cape Canaveral to explore the retired Space Shuttle Atlantis and the new ARTEMIS project.
  • Anna Stone, Director of Marketing & Business Development at The Grove Resort & Water Park Orlando shares some insights on accommodation options.
  • ‘Travel Notes’ on Universal Studios, Walt Disney World Resorts and why you might want to add these destination to your dream list for 2024/2025!
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The Sandton Times offers readers all they ever wanted online, and The Sandton Times Hour is the go-to weekly magazine show broadcast from greater Sandton. The Sandton magazine show features fabulous food spots, luxurious lifestyle bits, first-hand travel tips, motoring notes, and world-class entertainment, business and so much more beyond the borders of greater Sandton. In 2023, the radio show and podcast was selected by Feedspot panellists at #15 on a ranking of Top 40 South Africa Podcasts on the web.


In this week’s show [Edition 143 | Week 05] The Sandton Times covers an array of topical news as well as these interviews:


Take A Ride On Brightline Trains, The First High-Speed Railway Project To Be Completed In Over 100-Years In The United States

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Brightline is deemed to be the only provider of modern, eco-friendly, intercity rail in the United States. The company currently serves Miami, Aventura, Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, West Palm Beach and Orlando. Image: Brightline

After a decade in the making, Brightline is set to redefine train travel in the United States (U.S.) with its bold venture connecting Miami and Orlando. The Sandton Times got onboard to experience this new service first hand.


Read the full story: We Tried It: Brightline – America’s New $6-Billion High-Speed Passenger Train


Take A Tour Of The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex At Cape Canaveral

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To say it is out-of-this-world could almost sound like a cliche, but there is nothing quite like exploring humankind’s ventures into the cosmos to date and what is yet to come! Image: The Sandton Times

Something awe-inspiring is about to happen the moment you traverse the gates of Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and set your sights on all things space exploration.


Right at the entrance, the massive space complex provides a history of space exploration at Heroes & Legends featuring the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame. This is a chance to find out how the space age came to life and get to know those who dared to venture into outer space first hand through a collection of artifacts, stories and well-presented exhibitions.


Then hop on a bus and take a tour of the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, stopping at the Apollo/Saturn V Center, getting a jaw-dropping perspective of scale as you stand beneath the tallest rocket ever flown. You can also touch a Moon rock, witness first-hand accounts of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, and get a chance to do some shopping and pick up a souvenir.


Don’t miss the Rocket Garden as well as the Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibit, a remarkable story of human ingenuity and imagination with 33 spaceflights and millions of km’s travelled. With so much to see, do and experience first-hand, the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex offers a front-row seat to the edge of space.


For a glimpse into the future, visit Gateway: The Deep Space Launch Complex, where future designs shape where deep space travel of tomorrow is going. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex promises an extraordinary adventure into the outer reaches of our galaxy and the wonders of space exploration.


Visit the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex website for more.


The Grove Resort & Water Park Orlando With Director of Marketing & Business Development Anna Stone

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The Springs Pool, bordering the serene Lake Austin, beckons guests to unwind in three full-sized pools, an oversized hot tub, a children’s splash area, and private cabanas. With the daily temperature maintained at a perfect temperature, it provides an escape from the bustling pace of Orlando’s attractions. Image: The Sandton Times

Nestled in the heart of Orlando, The Grove Resort & Water Park stands as a gateway to an unforgettable vacation experience. Centrally located near various attractions, this resort offers a perfect blend of comfort, entertainment, and relaxation.


For those enchanted by the magic of Disney, The Grove Resort & Water Park is just moments away from Walt Disney World Resort. Immerse yourself in the enchanting world of Disney, exploring the four theme parks—Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The resort’s proximity to Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure adds an extra layer of excitement, with thrilling rides inspired by blockbuster movies.


At Surfari Water Park, a world of aquatic adventures unfolds with a FlowRider Double surf simulator, dual water slides, a lazy river, and a dedicated kids’ activity pool—all free for resort guests. For an elevated experience, reserve a private cabana with amenities like a dining set, lounge chairs, a cooler with ice, water bottles, and even a television.


Nature enthusiasts can indulge in fishing at the Lake Austin Pier, where bass, bluegill, sunfish, and catfish abound. The serene lakeside setting provides a picturesque backdrop for a variety of resort water sports.


Visit the The Grove Resort & Water Park Orlando website for more.


Dream List Destination Universal Studios Florida Theme Parks

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For adrenaline enthusiasts, Universal Studios Florida is a haven of excitement. Image: The Sandton Times

Embark on a journey of real thrills and immersive adventures at Universal Orlando Resort, solidifying its reputation as Florida’s must-see destination. This iconic resort promises an unparalleled experience for thrill-seekers, offering a myriad of attractions, fan-favourite rides, and interactive experiences that transcend expectations.


Dive into the heart of action with Men In Black Alien Attack, where New York is under siege by aliens, and you, as an Agent Trainee, must obliterate the extra-terrestrial invaders. Take a magical journey on the Hogwarts Express with a Park-to-Park admission ticket, connecting Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure in a spellbinding adventure.


Explore the mischievous world of the Minions in ‘Illumination’s Villain-Con Minion Blast’, a thrilling interactive attraction where you use the E-Liminator X blaster to navigate the chaos of Villain-Con. Join Gru and the Minions for the heart-warming and humorous ‘Despicable Me Minion Mayhem’ ride, bringing joy to the whole family. Brace yourself for ‘The Bourne Stuntacular’, a cutting-edge fusion of stagecraft and film that propels you into the heart of Jason Bourne’s high-stakes escapades.


Master the art of magic with ‘Interactive Wands’ in Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley, allowing you to cast spells and witness enchanting experiences unfold before your eyes.


In Universal Islands of Adventure, families can enjoy the enchanting ‘Flight of the Hippogriff’ roller coaster, spiralling around a pumpkin patch and swooping past Hagrid’s hut. Immerse yourself in the wizarding world with ‘Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey’, a captivating adventure through Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.


For the brave at heart, the ‘Jurassic Park River Adventure’ takes you on a seemingly serene river tour through herbivore containment, only to face the unexpected terror of a giant T-Rex in an 25-meter drop.


Whatever your flavour of entertainment, Universal Orlando Resort ensures that every turn brings new excitement, making it a haven for thrill-seekers, fantasy lovers, and families seeking unforgettable experiences.


Visit the Universal Studios Florida Theme Parks website for more.


Dream List Destination Walt Disney World Resorts Theme Parks

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For adults seeking a unique adventure, Walt Disney World Resort offers a perfect blend of nostalgia and excitement. Image: The Sandton Times

Walt Disney World Resort, often dubbed ‘The Most Magical Place on Earth’, stands as a beacon of enchantment and wonder for visitors from around the world. Nestled in Orlando, Florida, this sprawling resort has been captivating hearts since 1971, offering unparalleled entertainment and recreation across its four iconic theme parks: the Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom.


Spanning an astonishing size, nearly twice that of Manhattan, Walt Disney World Resort goes beyond the traditional theme park experience. With over 25 resort hotels, two water parks, a sports complex, and the vibrant Disney Springs – a metropolis of shopping, dining, and entertainment – it truly is a world unto itself.


As part of The Walt Disney Company’s 100th Anniversary celebrations, the resort reflects a rich history of creativity and innovation. The past decade has seen remarkable growth, marked by the introduction of new theme park lands inspired by beloved franchises like Star Wars, Toy Story, and AVATAR. The expansion also includes attractions featuring iconic characters such as Mickey Mouse, Guardians of the Galaxy, Ratatouille, and Beauty and the Beast. From classic attractions that echo childhood memories to recent additions like TRON Lightcycle / Run, the experience is ever-evolving.


Disney’s Hollywood Studios, a haven for cinematic enthusiasts, immerses visitors in the magic of Star Wars at Galaxy’s Edge, where they can pilot the Millennium Falcon and witness favorite characters coming to life. The park also boasts the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration, Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage, and the whimsical Toy Story Land.


Food enthusiasts are in for a treat with unique dining experiences at Disney Springs. The expansive district, nearly doubled in size, offers a plethora of eateries, bars, and lounges, creating the perfect setting for a fun-filled time with friends.


To cap off the enchantment, adults can’t miss ‘Happily Ever After’ at the Magic Kingdom Park. This nightly fireworks extravaganza, featuring lights, lasers, and special effects, along with contemporary renditions of beloved Disney songs, is a mesmerizing experience that adds a magical finale to any visit.


Walt Disney World Resort is not just a destination; it’s a realm of dreams and memories, where the spirit of creativity and imagination continues to thrive, ensuring that every visit is a truly magical experience.


Visit the Walt Disney World Resorts Theme Parks website for more.


Sandton Times Hour Music Playlist

  • Ariana Grande and John Legend – Beauty and the Beast
  • Taron Egerton – Rocket Man
  • Halle Bailey – Part of Your World
  • Jordan Fisher and Angie Keilhauer – Happily Ever After


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