The old-world charm of roadside attractions may have taken a backseat to modern theme park thrills, but the unique businesses will live on in an upcoming talk at the University of Central Florida.

Dorothy Mays, head of Public Services at Rollins College’s Olin Library, will discuss the impact that competitors such as Walt Disney World and modern innovations, including interstate highways, have had on Gatorland and other Central Florida roadside attractions.

Mays’ presentation on the history and struggles of mid-tier tourist attractions will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, in Room 223 of UCF’s main campus Library.

The event is free and open to the public.

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