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Ep 89 – Otronicon, Virtual Adventures and Tilly

Robots, rockets, and video games take over the Orlando Science Center January 13-16, 2017. We have Orlando Science Center’s VP of Communications, Jeff Stanford, stop by the studio to tell us about Otronicon, KidsTown, and much more. Ed geeks out about gaming celebrities that will be at Otronicon and Ken tells stories about citrus.

During the conversation news breaks that Tilikum has passed away at SeaWorld Orlando.

Then Robert calls in with an interview from Virtual Adventures, the new virtual reality attraction at the Florida Mall.

Hosts

Special Guest – Jeff Stanford – VP of Communications, Orlando Science Center

Recording Date- Jan 6, 2017 – Live on WPRK 91.5 Winter Park

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Important Links

Otronicon

Orlando Science Center

 

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Virtual Adventures

SeaWorld’s statement on Tilikum’s passing

News

Leadership changes at SeaWorld, Busch Gardens

Universal Orlando worker’s death ruled accidental electrocution

Single day meal plan announced for MK

Joffery’s Coffee coming to Tomorrowland

Armed Forces History Museum to close

What’s going on with The Tunnels at Disney Springs

International Palms Resort on I-Drive sold, update planned

 

 

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Ep 88 – Gorillas and Volcanoes with Seth Kubersky

Seth Kubersky stops by for this Christmas Eve’s eve special 3-hour episode of #OTRonFM. He talks about his new Universal Orlando guidebook, the ever-changing Orlando arts scene, and the fallout from the Christina Grimmie shooting.

Hosts

Special Guest – Seth Kubersky

Recording Date- Dec 23, 2016 – Live on WPRK 91.5 Winter Park

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Important Links

Seth Kubersky’s Orlando Weekly articles

Seth Kubersky’s books

Unofficial Guide to Universal Studios Orlando 2017

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Ep 87 – Cruising with Mark Baratelli

Mark Baratelli shares stories about his time at Disney Cruise Lines and why he loves Orlando. He talks about his Food Truck Bazaar and how it helped shape Orlando’s massive food truck scene. Ken talks about his recent trip to Busch Gardens and Robert asks how I-Drive 360 is doing.

Hosts

Special Guest–  Mark Baratelli of The Daily City

Recording Date- Dec 16, 2016 – Live on WPRK 91.5 Winter Park

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Important Links

The Daily City

TDC’s Food Truck Bazaar

WPRK

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Ep 86 – Grassey talks about ALL the WDW rumors

Tim Grassey of WDW Theme Parks sits down with Ken to talk about nearly every single WDW currently being tracked on his site. They go park by park to discuss the rumors.

A few quick rumors from UOR are also discussed but this is a WDW heavy episode.

Hosts

Special Guest– Tim Grassey of WDWThemeParks

Recording Date- Nov 22, 2016

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OTR at IAAPA #IAE16 Day 4 – accesso, Strike Force, and The Producers Group with Michael Muldoon

For our final wrap-up episode of OTR at IAAPA we have Michael Muldoon of Coaster Nation stop back by to share his thoughts on this year’s show. Ed and Ken review the VR experiences on the floor this year and we talk about the highlights from the various exhibitors. Michael talks about his first time trying a Nathan’s hot dog and Ken talks about Russian cotton candy.

We have three interviews to round out the week with. First up is accesso, a Lake Mary-based digital queuing and ticketing company famous for its Qbot. accesso has a brand new smart wearable, known as Prism, that will likely be seen in theme parks across the country in the coming years.

Then we have the Founder and Co-CEO of The Producers Group talk about their new dinner theater concept and why it might be successful when others are struggling.

And our very last interview of #IAE16 is with the VP of Sales at laser tag company Delta Strike. We’ll see our first local Delta Strike laser tag arena open next year as part of the Andretti Orlando entertainment center.

Hosts

Special GuestMichael Muldoon of Coaster Nation

 

Recording Date- Nov 18, 2016

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Interviews Today-

Tara Morandi – VP of Marketing at accesso

Edward S Marks – Co-CEO and Founder at The Producers Group

Shane Zimmerman – VP of Sales at Delta Strike 

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