December 18, 2014
On today’s special episode Kyle and Ken are joined by theme park historian and urban planner Sam Gennawey. He talks about his latest book. Then the guys geek out some chatting about urban planning at Disney World and around Central Florida. Sam tells some interesting stories that he uncovered while researching his books and gives his opinion on some local urban design topics including Celebration, Downtown Orlando’s renaissance and what he thinks it will take to make Downtown Disney a true success. Ken keeps bringing up the fact that Disney World lacks any true non-bus, comprehensive transit system. Sam talks about how Universal took as much market share as they did and where he thinks the parks will go from here. The Punch List is shortened this week but still includes Ken and Kyle discussing Meg Crofton’s retirement announcement, WestGate’s new steak house plus the SunRail announcement to run a late night train.
December 9, 2014
On today’s show political analyst Frank Torres calls in from the Orlando City Council meeting where rideshare, like Uber, is being discussed. Then Kyle and Ken talk about some of the other big stories around town, including the leadership shake up at Wet ‘n Wild and the new home for the Arabian Nights horses. Eric Davis then joins the show to discuss recent news regarding SEAS, what he would like to see changed in Orlando and what he thinks the future of the company will be. Viktor gives details on the new Express Dine feature plus the latest from Christmas Town at BGT.
December 1, 2014
On today’s episode Viktor, Bob and Ken talk about all the recent news and rumors including that amazing new Jurassic World trailer, a new coaster possibly coming to Fun Spot, the Great Movie Ride’s new sponsor, those Avatar aerial shots that ThemeParx posted, #OtterGate at BGT, and One Daytona.
Then Ken and Kyle are joined by Mark of Orlando Mall Guide and Jason of Orlando Fun and Food for a detailed discussion on the future of retail in the tourist district with an extended focus on the brand new Artegon Marketplace that recently opened. Jason shares insights into what he sees as the future of Pointe Orlando being while Mark talks about the new megamall and its impact on the tourist district. American Girl’s new store, Hooters and I-Drive 360’s new Irish pub McFadden’s are all brought up as well.
The conversation ends with a quick discussion on the very latest regarding the Magnet Levitation train proposal with Ken giving details of why he thinks it might be extended to all the way to Universal Studios.
Episode Producer- Ken & Bob
Recorded- News Segment – Nov 30, 2014 | Interview Segment – Nov 22, 2014
November 23, 2014
In this wrap up to IAAPA Attractions Expo 2014 Ken, Kyle and Viktor talk about what news of the week they are most excited about. Kyle and Ken discuss these new Wanda plans to enter the UK market. Viktor talks about the Brass Ring Awards BGT won and why SeaWorld didn’t get any of that Brass Ring love. In the final floor interview of IAAPA Kyle sits down with Simworx Managing Director Terry Monkton to discuss their new ride concepts.
Episode Producer- Ken & Bob
Recorded- November 21st, 2014
November 21, 2014
Today the OTR crew is joined by Robert from Mickey Updates. Together they talk about the new AirSurfer attraction system, who’s been spotted on the trade floor, the latest on the arcade games and other news from around Orlando. The latest news from Pointe Orlando is mentioned. Artegon, Aquatica and that new parking structure at Disney Springs all come up as well. Then Kyle sits down with the CEO of Dynamic Attractions for a special interview focused on Orlando’s Big 2 and the future of themed entertainment.
Episode Producer- Ken
Recorded- November 20th, 2014