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Episode 78 – Ron Schneider Breaks The Silence

Today we come back from our break with a round-up of the news. Then during the Main Event we have the original Dreamfinder, Ron Schneider, join us to chat about Walt’s Frozen Head, his views on Orlando tourism and the future of the industry.

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Recording Date: Punch List- June 27, 2016 | Main Event- July 1, 2016

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WDW

Beaches reopen with fences after gator attack

Port Orleans food court to get updated

V&A’s Scott Hunnell is promoted to GF Exec. Chef

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique gets a new location

More WDW restaurants test walk-in availability

Universal

Volcano Bay info released

PETS rumors heat up

Not long until Sapphire Falls opens

Other

SeaWorld address sea pens during investor call

Port Canaveral goes up on parking

Hyatt House announced for Caravan Court (136,160 sq ft, 168 rooms, on-site restaurant)

Orlando Attractions Unite

I-Drive plaza sells, redevelopment likely

Westgate Standoff causes ripple effects

ph askes to get bigger

Other Important Links

Walt’s Frozen Head

From Dreamer to Dream Finder

WPRK

Theme Park University

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OTR Special – Happy 25th Anniversary to Universal Orlando

In this special episode dedicated to Universal Orlando’s 25th Anniversary we are joined by an old JAWS skipper, a guest who took in family throughout the 1990s, a local who spent much of their free time there in the ’90s and a current fan boy. Jake hosts this round-table discussion on what makes Universal Studios Florida so special. Jaws, Kongfrontation, Hitchcock, Hanna-Barbara, and more are discussed in the special edition of the Orlando Tourism Report.

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Recorded- June 3, 2015

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Today we’re talking about old school Universal. If you aren’t familiar with 1990s Universal check out this cool videos from 1990

Also check out this great collection of interviews and details from the gone but not forgotten attractions of Universal Studios that Orlando Park Pass recently published.

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5 Things to Look Forward To In UOR’s New Diagon Alley

After 15 years in service Gwazi, one of only three wooden coasters in Central Florida, will be close on February 1 of this year. The ride, found in the Morocco section of Busch Gardens Tampa, holds the title for the most fly-bys on a dueling roller coaster.
In recent years the ride has gotten noticeable rougher with the lack of wait on even busy days pointing to a lack of interest from most park guest. Busch Gardens did install new trains in 2010, this helped some with the roughness but many still seem to complain about the roughness. Park merchandise has noticeable not included the ride in recent years as well.
The coaster had a Lion and a Tiger side with the Tiger side being closed near the end of the 2012 season. Since then only the Lion side has run. (Check out the video below to see a ride-thru on both sides.)
“No decisions have been made about what lies ahead for Gwazi or for the future plans of that area of Busch Gardens,” said Park President Jim Dean. “But, we are always looking for ways to enhance guests’ experiences, so stay tuned for more news.”

Also closing at Busch Gardens is the Pantopia Grill. The dinner theater is found in the spectacularly themed Pantopia land yet inside it remained similar to how it looked for many years. Busch Gardens has confirmed that the dinner theater is being remodeled and will reopen with a new food court model, similar to the Expedition Cafe found in Antarctica at SeaWorld Orlando. The new restaurant will offer windows with Italian, America, Asia and Mexican cuisine. The Busch Gardens Tampa blog mentioned menu items at the new restaurant including; “rotisserie chicken, flatbread pizza, teriyaki chicken, shrimp lo Mein and panini’s.”

Craft beer and Starbucks coffee will be also be available in the new dining pavilion. The new restaurant will be known as Dragon Fire Grill and is expected to open later this year.

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