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Month: November 2015

OTR at IAAPA IAE 2015 Day 3 – Dynamic Attractions, VR Coasters & Bill Kitchen

Today’s IAE Review highlights from our OTR on FM radio show. Today on the radio, we had Robert live from the International Attractions Expo. A few different guests stopped by to chat with us live on the radio. Thomas Wagner of VR Coasters, the minds behind incredible Oculus Rift experience at Fun Spot’s Freedom Flyer, stops in to discuss the role of virtual reality in theme parks. Then we have Guy Nelson, the CEO of Dynamic Attractions, discuss the role of Dynamic Attractions in the rapid growth of amusement parks in Asia. Nelson also chats about the future of Orlando and gives details on the future of the new Dynamic Attractions Amusement Development Center in Orlando. We close out the radio show with a unique phone call from Bill Kitchen, the inventor of the Polercoaster and Skycoaster, where he discusses the latest in the fight between Skyplex and Universal.

Beavertails, inflatables and Fun Spot are all also discussed during today’s show as well.

Show Notes


Date of Recording: Nov 19, 2015


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Interviews Today

VR Coasters

Dynamic Attractions

Bill Kitchen of US Thrill Rides 

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OTR at IAAPA IAE 2015 Day 2 – Wanda Group, Goddard Group & ProSlide

Today we have interviews with Wanda Group (they talk about building new parks, Disney as competition and the struggles of the industry in Asia right now), Goddard Group (they talk about the Cirque park in Mexico and the future of the industry) and ProSlide (they talk about their 2016 projects, new tech that might soon be in Orlando and the evolution of water slides). Plus we have Kevin Yee review the VR Coaster demonstration that’s currently at Fun Spot and Ed of Mickey Updates stops by to talk about what was happening on the IAAPA IAE15 floor today.

Show Notes


Date of Recording: Nov 18, 2015


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Monorail fender bender

Skyplex adds world’s largest wave pool, world’s tallest vertical lift

Port Canaveral votes NO on new resort complex

Port Canaveral confirmed as the world’s 2nd busiest cruise port

Boat accident at Port Canaveral

Disney unions group endorses Val Demings, Susannah Randolph

Great Wolf Lodge confirmed for Orlando

OSC extends hours to meet demand ahead of Mummies closure, new numbers say over 500K ppl visited last year


Owners & GMs Breakfast (Joel Manby spoke, reviewed the Nov 9th news)

Dynamic Attractions announced new Orlando attractions center

THEA awards

Hall of Fame inductees

Interactive game, Cosmic Quest, announced for KSC

Holy Land Experience announces Trin-I-Tee Golf mini golf attraction

Gravity Group saw coaster at Walibi

Tonight’s Interviews


Tomorrow-10a-Noon on WPRK, TuneIn app | Mack, Dynamic Attractions & Bill Kitchen of US Thrill Rides

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OTR at IAAPA IAE 2015 Day 1 – Falcon’s Creative Group & Oceaneering

Interviews with Falcons Creative Group and Oceaneering + Analysis from all of the day’s news. Ken reviews the food, Jay talks about Cobra’s Curse and Robert shares what was shared the most on Twitter from Day 1 of the IAAPA International Attractions Expo 2015.

Show Notes


Date of Recording: Nov 17, 2015


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VR coaster at Fun Spot

Lightening Rod Press Conference– VR Google Cardboard,

Goddard Group’s Cirque park

Cloud Coaster – Extreme Engineering

Cobras Curse full layout– no dark ride scenes

Dynamic Attractions– Opening attractions development center in Orlando

Funnel Sticks

Edible Dough

Polercoaster– Nashville, Myrtle Beach. $50 Million, half the size

Holy Land putt putt

Triotech/Legoland Press Conference

The Giant announces launch

Big Things on the floor this year-


Photos- 360, booths,


Interview 1 – Falcons Creative Group

Interview 2 – Oceaneering


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Ep 54 – Joshua Wallack Talks Mangos, Skyplex and More

Today we have a special interview with Joshua Wallack, the visionary behind Skyplex and Mango’s Orlando. He sits down with us to talk about the struggle to build Skyplex, the benefits to the community, the new parking garage plaza, and Mango’s (which will be the largest Latin club in the U.S.).

During a shortened Punch List Jay, Jake and Ken talk Universal, I-Drive and Mummies.

Don’t forget to tune in tomorrow through Friday for the latest IAAPA coverage.

Show Notes


Recording Date: FM- 11-12-15 | Punch List 11-15-15



Trends With Jake
  1. Trackers take a break after creepy message includes their private info
  2. Theme Park Review Robb mocks runDisney fans, twitter goes nuts (mention the OTR twitter poll)
  • He later on sneaks’ beer bottles onto Rockin Roller Coaster
  1. An Epcot guest gets drunk, scales the Mexican pyramid
  2. The mainstream media tries to cover SEAS, gets its comically incorrect
Punch List

Mummies of the World exhibit at Orlando Science closing end of November

Rosen Shingle Creek announces 640 rooms, other new expansions

Beetlejuice at USF confirmed for Dec 3 permanent closure

UOR confirms parking for Volcano Bay will be in existing garages, guests will be shuttled to the water park

Pets attraction coming to UOR?

Legoland Florida may soon be within the city limits if Winter Haven has its way

Ken thinks the SeaWorld Rescue ride is coming to Key West at SWO

B Resort rebrands American Q restaurant

Disney focused men’s clothing boutique Twenty Eight & Main opens at Disney Spring’s Marketplace Co-Op

Famed Disney imaginer Marty Sklar stopping by Disney Spring/DHS Nov 17, 18 for a book signing

DHS’s Jedi Training gets updates, new characters

Main Event


Mango’s Hollywood parking garage gets the green light after 2 year feud with nearby Golden Corral owner

WARNING- Static occurs 01:37:30 – 01:45:00 but still listen because it’s very good insights!



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Ep 53 – Artegon Zombies and SEAS Prophets

With breaking news coming out of runDisney, SEAS and I-Drive today’s podcast includes Jake talking about the ending of HHN, Kevin Yee covers the history of upcharge events at WDW and a special podcast exclusive interview with Andy of Theme Parks and Travels talking SEAS. The FM content includes the latest from Premier Exhibits and from Artegon. The I-Drive Vision Plan is also discussed in length on today’s show.

FM Content ends at 00:45:00

Show Notes


Recording Date: FM- 11-5-15 | Aftershow 11-9-15 | 11-10-15



Punch List

  1. I-Drive Vision Plan. The BoC accepted the recommendations but made it clear that they are not adopting the recommendations. BCC Morning Session around the 01:20:00 mark.
  2. SEAS raises prices, unveils new logos for Cobras Curse & Mako, unveils plans for 2016.
  3. Twister closing
  4. Legendary Truth at HHN – Are these signs of the tech to come?
  5. Star Trek gets a new TV show, will an attraction come to Orlando?
  6. Crowne Plaza on Universal Blvd gets new management.
  7. Premier Exhibits buys Dinoking Tech. Will we see Dinoking exhibits in Orlando?


  1. Artegon announces the end of the cages, a new food court and new attractions
  2. Xero Gravity Sports Park land deal falls thru, new locations sought, but Kissimmee is very negative towards the project
  3. MargaritaVillage releases new details
  4. SunRail cancels late night train, adds mid-afternoon one
  5. New info on UCF’s proposed hotel
  6. Hunger Games, Fox announced new theme parks.


Trends Report with Jake of Orlando Park Pass

“Center for Leadership Development & Mentoring”

Nov 7 – Jan 3, 2016: Minnie’s Holiday & Dine Dinner

Jan 4, 2016 – March 20, 2016: Hollywood themed

March 21 – June 5, 2016: A celebration of Spring

June 6 – September 11, 2016: A beach-party blast for the Summer

September 12 – November 6, 2016: Enjoy a festive Halloween celebration

The Bigger Picture with Kevin Yee

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