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OTR Ep 26 – Ringling and the Brits

On today’s show Jason of Orlando Fun & Food weighs in on the shocking news coming out of Ringling Brothers. Then Jay and Ken talk about some recent news before Kyle joins. Kyle and Ken interview Simon and Susan of Veness Travel Media. Simon is the author of ‘The Brits Guide to Orlando,’ the best selling guide of its kind in the U.K.  Simon and Susan discuss their observations in the changing demographics of Orlando tourism and how the larger trends in Florida are affecting it.

Show Info


Special Guests

Recording Dates

  • Interview with Jason- March 8, 2015
  • Interview with Simon and Susan- March 5, 2015



Show Notes

Ringling Brothers/Feld Entertainment




Other Tourism in Central Florida

Main Event

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OTR – SideChat 7 – Here Come The Lions

In today’s SideChat we’re joined by Simon and Susan of Veness Travel Media.  Simon is the author of The Brits Guide to Orlando, the #1 selling Orlando travel guide in the U.K.  For this special SideChat though we pick his brain on soccer. He is a regular writer for and He has also written about American sports for most major British newspapers and has been featured on the BBC.  Today we discuss the Orlando City Soccer Club’s first MLS season, what this new team means to Orlando tourism and how Kaka will impact Brazilian tourist’s vacation plans.

Show Info

Ken Storey



Special Guests – Simon & Susan of Veness Travel Media

Show Notes

Orlando City Soccer Club


South Florida Condo Sales

MLS Largest attended games

Atlanta confirmed as an expansion


Church Street Station

Mag-lev I-Drive plans | Overall plans

David Beckham’s plans for a Miami MLS expansion

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OTR – Ep 25 – Unofficial Tours and Thoughts With Bob Sehlinger

Today we have Bob Sehlinger, Founder of The Unofficial Guides. He discusses the history of Unofficial Guides and Touring Plans, his thoughts on current events in Central Florida’s tourism industry and the future of Unofficial Guides. Along the way interesting tidbits related to Disney World, South Florida, Busch Gardens and Len Testa are all brought up.

Show Info

Interview with Bob Sehlinger

Recorded Feb 19, 2014

Show Notes

The Unofficial Guides

Time Dependent Traveling Salesman Problem

Len Testa’s Twitter

Bob- “We basically write for Type A personalities.”

Touring Plans

Ken Recommends – The Touring Plans Lines App

WDW Today Touring Plans restaurant review episode

Ken Recommends – Couchsurfing

History of Disney Price Increases

Michael Moore vs Charlton Heston

Derek Burgan’s DAK Full Day Park post

New Avatar at DAK info

British vacation time entitlements

Rasulo stated hotel future plans, not Iger like Ken stated.

Chalet Suzanne closed

Clearwater Aquarium expansion plans

Unofficial Guides on Twitter | Facebook


::The Unofficial Guide Author Events::

Both events are free of charge

Celebration Writers Group: Special Author Visit

  • Monday, March 9 at 7 p.m.
  • Bob Sehlinger, Laurel Stewart, Len Testa, Seth Kubersky and Lilane Opsomer.
  • Hosted by Celebration Writers Group
  • Enjoy details on the business of publishing.

Wonderful World of Disney Authors

  • Wednesday, March 11 at 7 PM
  • Bob Sehlinger, Laurel Stewart, Seth Kubersky and Liliane Opsomer
  • The focus of this event will be Disney stories and their inside scoops on writing the successful series.
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OTR – Ep 24 – Wet and Wild For Possibilities Far Far Away

On today’s show Kyle and Ken cover some recent news including that dreadful SEAS earnings report, a recent shooting at Fun Spot, the new Avatar renderings and a new restaurant planned for Magic Kingdom. Then they spend the rest of the show discussing what Universal will do after Wet n’ Wild closes. The usual suspects like the megamall, The Orlando Eye, and (of course) Taco Bell are all mentioned.

Continue Reading Launches!

We are proud to announce Orlando Tourism Report has now hatched and has launched out on its own. Please make sure to check out our brand new website, . You’ll be able to find all of our restored Show Notes, a few archived articles and the brand new Gossip Line.

When you have rumors you want to share the Gossip Line is here to give you an anonymous option.

We’ll be announcing a few more special features that help celebrate Orlando tourism over the next few days. Make sure to tune-in later this week for TWO brand new episodes; including one with the founder of the Unofficial Guides. He talks about the history of tour books in Orlando, the future of Touring Plans and more!

Of course you can follow us @OrlandoPodcast on Twitter.

OTR is glad to have you listening and excited to share this next step with you!

Thank you for listening and staying with us!

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