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Month: November 2015

SideChat – Safety at HHN 25 with Derek Burgan, Gregory Ryan and Mr Brian

This special SideChat Roundtable features Derek Burgan, Gregory Ryan, Mr Brian and Ken discussing safety at Halloween Horror Nights 25 at Universal Studios Orlando. The conversation includes the recent rash of media coverage, the in-park experiences for each other them and what they think should change before next year. While the topic is a serious one the conversation is kept light.

Show Notes

Recording Date- Nov 3, 2015


Hosts and Guests-


::A Sample of HHN 25 Scare Actor Coverage by Central Florida’s Mainstream Media::

Orlando Weekly – Nov 4 – Attacks on scare actors are out of control this year; here’s a nine-step plan to make Halloween Horror Nights safer for everyone

WKMG 6 – Oct 29 – 2 arrested in Halloween Horror Nights attacks reported at Universal

Orlando Sentinel – Oct 29 – Universal ‘scare actors’ tell horror stories of abuse

WKMG 6 – Oct 27 – Halloween Horror Nights actors quit after being attacked

Behind The Thrills – Oct 26 – Is Halloween Horror Nights safe? An open letter to scareactors and fans

Theme Park Insider – Oct 26 – Harassment Claims Fuel Debate about Employee Safety at Theme Parks’ Halloween Events

Central Florida Future – Oct 26 – Student scare actors at Universal’s HHN share stories

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Ep 52 – Banks Lee Talks DHS, the future of I-Drive and HHN

This week Banks Lee of Attractions Magazine calls in to chat about the sudden closure of 7220 I-Drive, safety at HHN, the future of DHS and more. During the FM segment Robert and Ken talk I-Drive NASCAR’s new partnership with the Orlando Magic, the new Orlando Pride soccer team and the James Beard chef who’s headed to Disney Springs.

Jake talks about Bill & Ted, a new indoor snow ski simulator center in town and Tiffany’s crazy concert at Epcot’s Food & Wine.

During the Aftershow Mr. Brian joins the show to talk the future of iFly and Pointe Orlando. What’s happening at the corner of I-Drive and Universal Blvd also comes up. And the latest details from Port Canaveral are discussed. Then Ken gives the very latest on the World’s Largest Entertainment McDonald’s.

Show Notes


Recording Date: FM- 10-28-15 | Aftershow 11-2-15



The Punch List


Orlando Eye closes for nearly a week

Magic, IDrive Nascar announce new partnership

iFly announces new location in between Wonder Works and Icebar. No word on what that means for the current location.

OTR’s tweets about Hawaiian Rumble

Dubai Skydive plans new indoor skydiving at I-Drive 360

Stabbing in parking lot near International Drive’s Howl at the Moon

Volcano Island mini golf owner’s odd Youtube video

World’s Largest Entertainment McDonald’s

Fun Spot’s Skycoaster lighting


Celebrity Chef Rick Bayless (6X James Beard award winner) confirmed to be opening new restaurant at Disney Springs.  Scott Joseph has been reporting since late 2014.

Permits show new entrance, expansion areas for DHS.


Universal theme parks have their highest attendance ever.

Safety of Scare Actors at HHN. Drunks, wild guest. What can be done to keep HHN under control?

Space Coast

Port Canaveral announces its slowing down cargo rail project

Port Canaveral terminal upgrades

Overview of Port Canaveral

Other Local Tourism

OCSC announces new details on Orlando Pride. 1500 season tickets sold, 3 new celebrity players.

10 more players announced

Tampa Bay Rays get out of Tropicana contract, can now look for new stadium home outside of Tampa Bay.

SunRail gets DOT approval for MCO leg (Still won’t open until 2020)

The Florida Aquarium starts construction on new events center.

Holy Land Experience gets more lights and mirrors

Central Florida Zoo changes expansion focus


Trending This Week

Indoor snow skiing coming to Winter Park

Fun Spot Kissimmee has a black out Monday. It lasted about an hour, no reports of stranded riders.

Film crew at the Sunday, Oct 25 Bill and Ted

Tiffany stopped by Epcot’s Food & Wine. Everyone is talking about her cover of Guns and Roses “Sweet Child of Mine.”

Custom Magicbands will soon be available (in a new Tomorrowland station)

Ahead of Shanghai Disneyland’s opening next year farmers in Shanghai welcomed Mickey Mouse this week with forming the famous cartoon star in a rice field.

A sinkhole opened up on the Maitland I-4 off ramp Monday swallowing the front end of a car.

Daytona International Speedway shares new aerial shots of Daytona Rising. Less than 75 days until it’s finished.

Screenshots of an AP survey asks how interested they would be in “Upgrading paper annual passes to plastic.”

Deadline gave new details, including who’s writing, the Tower of Terror feature film by Disney




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