WATCH: Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Unveils New Kennedy LED Spectacular Entry Experience
By Steve Wilson // October 19, 2023
Steve Wilson and Terry Spain cover this exciting event
WATCH: Steve Wilson and Terry Spain were at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex to cover the unveiling of the new Kennedy Entry Experience, an exciting enhancement to the entrance plaza. The LED spectacular features a 3,000-square-foot video display that tells the story of NASA: past, present, and future, with attention-grabbing technology that makes images appear to leap off the screen.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Terry Spain and I were at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex to cover the unveiling of the new Kennedy Entry Experience, an exciting enhancement to the entrance plaza. The LED spectacular features a 3,000-square-foot video display that tells the story of NASA: past, present, and future, with attention-grabbing technology that makes images appear to leap off the screen.
The inspiring six-minute video sets the tone by featuring former President John F. Kennedy’s famous “We choose to go to the Moon” speech as well as iconic artifacts guests will encounter during their visit, moments in history that changed space exploration forever, and glimpses into the future. In addition to featuring custom immersive content, live-input video, wayfinding, and event advertising, the Kennedy Entry Experience is also integrated into the emergency system to alert park guests of inclement weather events.
The video is replayed throughout the day.
After the unveiling, I spoke with the Chief Operating Officer of the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Therrin Protze. I asked him about the excitement surrounding the video. He told me, “It’s a dream come true. We have talked about this for three years and to make President Kennedy’s speeches come alive and watch the past, present, and future come alive in a 3D fashion, I think it’s a pretty great experience for our guests.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Steve Wilson was born in DeRidder, Louisiana and grew up in both New Orleans and Macon, Georgia. He moved to Brevard County in 1984 and retired from local government as the Community Advocate/Assistant to the City Manager with the City of Rockledge in 2018.
Among the awards and accolades Steve has received over the years are 15 + year Rockledge Little League volunteer, Brevard Public School Jefferson Award Recipient, Rockledge High School Raider Booster Award 2001, 2006, City of Rockledge Employee of the Year 2006, Rockledge Kiwanian of the Year 2006-2007, City of Rockledge Quality Public Service Award 2008, 2012, 2017, Rockledge Kiwanis Citizen of the Year 2012-2013, Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame – Sportscasting 2015, Rockledge High School Leadership and Service Award 2016, Central Florida Humanitarian Award 2017, Space Coast Inspiration Award – 2018 and Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame – Lifetime Achievement – 2020.
Wilson is especially proud of is chairing two fundraisers in support of pediatric cancer research through the St. Baldrick’s Foundation in honor of Merritt Island resident Julie Spurlock that raised over $25,000.00.
He has been a partner, along with Orville Susong, for the past 24 years with the Friday Night Locker Room, a broadcasting team that covers and reports on a wide variety of local events that are of significance to the residents of the Space Coast and beyond. Their mission is to promote youth sports, support first responders and law enforcement personnel, and showcase community and charitable events that are produced by our nonprofit partners in central Florida.
The Friday Night Locker Room has awarded hundreds of sports achievement plaques to Brevard County student-athletes over the years. They have also awarded more than $18,000 in academic scholarships to Brevard County high school seniors.