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OTR – Ep 22 – The 43.7 Million Dollar Question

In the first episode of 2015 Kyle and Ken are joined by Jay of Orlando Tourist Blog. The guys cover all the news they’ve missed over the past month including Artegon’s Christmas Eve death, Gwazi’s closing, the coaster rumors at SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa, Universal Orlando’s non-stop construction, restaurants at Disney Springs and more before sharing their thoughts on pay at Walt Disney World compared to that of Bob Iger’s.

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Ken Storey



Recorded Jan 22, 2015


SkyTrail at Artegon Dec 24 accident.

The Daily City’s Artegon Pop-Up Shop

Family hired Mark Nation in Wrongful Death lawsuit against SkyTrail at Artegon

Plane Airplane Museum at Artegon

Are Artegon’s lights too bright? Jay thinks so.

Cricketer’s Pub closed. Around since 1991. Mercado -> Festival Bay -> Dr Phillips

Orlando Eye installs first capsule

Skyplex is keeping the BK

Star Flyer at the Vue at I-Drive 360

Crayola Experience getting paint, ramping up to opening. First event with local schools happened.

Wet N Wild cited in employee near drowning

Napa at Hyatt Regency I-Drive closed Dec 31, now its Urban Tide. Seafood focus with local produce and seafood.

Kyle Recommends- The Spa at Hyatt Regency

Hyatt at MCO signed for another 20 years



What does the leadership shakeup really mean?

Dolphin Up-charge rumor

Ken Recommends- Food & Wine, Flower & Garden festivals at SeaWorld Orlando

Busch Gardens announces Food & Wine.

Ken Recommends- Food & Wine, Flower & Garden at SWO

Gwazi closing. Surprised? Any idea what will replace it?

Pantopia Grill becomes Dragonfire Grill

New coaster rumors at both SWO (Hospitality House) & BGT (Tut’s Tomb area)

Ken – “I’m a big fan of buffets.”

Blue World Project

Ihu’s Breakaway Falls

UT San Diego article on BWP



Allah is behind walls– new museum on the way?

What is Project 611?

OTR’s coverage of Star Trek at UOR – SideChat 1 June 6, 2014

Kongstruction is full steam ahead. Will it open this year?

Does the current coaster rules point to a future where Dragon Challenge will dull? (UUOP Ep #126)



DHS HatWatch2015

Poly bungalows- Too costly? 4 Seasons has a $14,000 room!

Bob Iger gets compensation package. Increase of 34% since 2013. $23,335 an hour. That’s a disparity of 2500 to 1 compared to average CM

Disney World starting pay increased to $10 per hr in 2016

Time covers the Disney homeless problem

Disney Springs might get a ‘Le Cirque’   How high-end is to high-end for Disney World?

Ken Recommends – Le Cirque: A Table in Heaven

Erin Wallace leaves TWDC. Jason Garcia called her ‘probably the most powerful person at WDW”

Ken Recommends- Passport 2 Dream’s Year In Review

Peter Pan queue gets interactive (now with AC!)

Kyle- “When Disney actually builds something under Iger its actually good.”

Mystic Manor POV



2015 Hours = only 41 days closed. Will it ever become 365 like Florida’s other parks?

Hotel announces opening date- May 15.

Heartlake City area- Whats the deal with those face characters?


Closing Song


Ken Storey has been blogging about life in Central Florida for the past 12 years. As a 2nd generation Central Floridian he has a passion for and connection with the region. In his spare time he enjoys visiting low budget roadside attractions, Taco Bell, and typically plans road trips with as little interstate time as possible.

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