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Ep 117 – Margaritaville plus 5,000 more hotel rooms

Ed and Ken go through a run down of the latest hotel news from around Central Florida. From Sanford, to UCF, to Apopka, to 192 there’s plenty of new hotels going up. One of the biggest projects is the new $750 million Margaritaville Resort on 192. Jim Bagley, the Project Manager of Margaritaville Resort Orlando, calls in and talks about all the huge projects that are a part of the new Margaritaville Resort, including a massive new water park.


Recording Date- July 28, 2017, on WPRK 91.5 Winter Park (10AM-Noon)

Important Links


Hard Rock’s Reverb vs Red Lion’s Hotel RL

Margaritaville Orlando

Ken’s definitive Margaritaville Orlando Resort article


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Ep 82 – Racing Towards the Big Screen

Today we have three guests on #OTRonFM. First up is Tony with the latest news on the Dreamfinders documentary that will be screened at the Orlando Film Fest today. Then we have Eddie Hammon of Andretti Indoor Karting & Games and Rick Wilson of Foundry come on to talk about the brand new, flagship Andretti Indoor Karting attraction that broke ground this week on Universal Blvd.

We also cover all the big news this week including new Magic Kingdom parade rumors, KidsTown opens at the Orlando Science Center and the latest Star Wars land rumors.


Special Guests

  • Tony Cortese of Dreamfinders
  • Rick Wilson of Foundry
  • Eddie Hammon of Andretti Indoor Racing & Games

Recording Date- Originally aired on WPRK 91.5 Winter Park on Friday, October 21, 2016.

  1. With no nighttime parade rumors say MK will run its daytime parade twice a day
  2. Television Hall of Fame display removed from Disney’s Hollywood Studios
  3. Popular event ‘Club Villain’ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios to continue beyond Halloween
  4. The Ark from “Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark” is Now at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
  5. Rumors regarding the new Star Wars ride seem to point to a multi-part experience where guests disembark from the ride vehicles halfway thru the ride
  6. Le Cellier Steakhouse Merchandise Released at Epcot
  7. Jim Hill reignites the Ratatouille ride rumors on the latest Disney Dish podcast
  8. RUMOR: Destination D Attendees Will Be The First to See Rivers of Light Next Month?
  9. Bus Stop Beverage Test at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort
  10. Kitchen Closed at Walt Disney World Swan for Failing Health Inspection; Bugs Found
  11. China’s Wanda hires ex-Disney exec to lead theme park drive
  12. Hard Rock Café Orlando Offers First-Ever Meatless Menu
  13. StarFlyer developer can move forward with permitting
  14. Virgin Cruises Rebrands as Virgin Voyages, Finally Signs Deal for Three Ships
  15. Orlando airport passenger count over 41 million on a yearly basis
  16. KidsTown at Orlando Science Center opens this weekend


Important Links

Andretti Indoor Karting & Games



Orlando Film Fest



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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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Ep 43 – Kubersky’s Art Night At The Cat Cafe

Seth Kubersky stops by to talk about his new Universal Orlando guidebook. The local art scene, the future of 192, casinos, and California theme parks are all discussed. Plus what type of shoes Seth loves to wear to theme parks and his favorite district in town to go out for a night on the town. During the Punch List we talk about all the new hotel rooms announced for the area (over 2,000 in the past week alone!), our private conversation with the Maglev company, the future of museums in St Pete and Central Florida’s new cat café that’s about to open. News from Tampa, Daytona, Port Canaveral, Skyplex, iSquare, and SeaWorld is also included.

Show Notes


Recording Dates: Main Event- Aug 26, 2015 | Punch List- Aug 31, 2015

Punch List Intro

Main Event Intro

Closing Song


Punch List

  1. UOR announces 400 more rooms in two new towers.
  2. Rosen announces 1,200-1,500 more rooms, spread across three OCCC area hotels (Shingle Creek, Centre and Plaza)
  3. New 365 room hotel announced for Universal Blvd (beside the Imagine Westin, across OCCC)
  4. Bike lanes, bus lanes discussed at I-Drive meeting
  5. New details on the SLR/I-Drive pedestrian bridge
  6. New renderings of Skyplex released
  7. Maglev chat- Groundbreaking by end of year, Phase 1 is OIA to I-Drive, Phase 2 I-Drive Circulator
  8. iSquare announces first retail tenant…a Subway
  9. Falcon’s to start licensing Turtle Trek for attractions world-wide
  10. Brevard Zoo plans an aquarium
  11. The Florida Aquarium partners with Florida Museum of Photographic Arts on new exhibit
  12. New $75 million western and native American art museum planned for St Pete
  13. Escapology announces a new room
  14. A Cat Café planned for Clermont (near 192/27 interchange)
  15. Daytona Lagoon sold to United Parks, $2 Million upgrade planned


The Main Event



Magical Dining Month– Now through Sept 30

M.C. Escher at Dali Museum now through Jan 3

The 4th Annual Great Irish Hooley – Sept 4-7 @ Raglan Road

O-Town Mac Down for GKTW – Sept 12

The Pineapple Ball – Oct 17


Next Week on OTR – Tim Grassey of WDW Theme Parks and E-Ticket Report

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Ep 42 – Safari Mike Hopes For A Train But Not For a Monkey Island

Safari Mike of Jambo Everyone/Radio Harambe stops in for a chat about the future of Animal Kingdom and the history of live animals at Walt Disney World. Ken is let down when Safari Mike tells him a monkey island in the Seven Seas Lagoon is unlikely. Jake asks about the role of the conservation message in the future of the park. Both SeaWorld and Busch Gardens are also brought up in the discussion. During the Punch List Brian, Jake and Ken talk about wine on 192, booze at a gun range, that odd leak from Universal Orlando and their favorite parts of IAAPA. Ken tells the guys about some bad news regarding the Mag-Lev train and some good news regarding Orlando International. A quick discussion on Monday’s insane stock market drop and what it means for Orlando is also included.

Show Notes


Song One (Punch List)

Song Two (Main Event Intro)

Song Three (Closing Song)

Recording Dates: Main Event- Aug 21, 2015 | Punch List- Aug 24, 2015

The Punch List

Paul Brinkman’s analysis of how Monday’s stock market craziness affects for Central Florida businesses (And it doesn’t look good for SEAS)

  1. Dismaland – Banksy theme park
  2. Lord of the Rings park in Spain put on hold due to gov’t $ cuts
  3. F&F at USF
  4. Fantasy of Flight to reopen in 3-5 years
  5. Falcon’s Creative Group announces office expansion.
  6. Black Bear exhibit coming to the Central Florida Zoo
  7. Winery, vacation home, botanical gardens development at Formosa Gardens area of 192 moves forward
  8. Visit Orlando kicks off new campaign
  9. MK, DLP make list of riskiest places to use public wifi
  10. New renderings of Skyplex released, T-Mobile/AT&T announced as telecommunications partner
  11. Occupancy and nightly rates up year over year in the region
  12. Hotel announced for Bella Collina
  13. AC Hotel/Residence Inn coming across from Millenia, new office building were also announced for across the street from that project
  14. 2 new hotels announced for OIA, no flag announced at this time
  15. OIA announces Fentress (Denver, LAX) as the architect for the new South Terminal
  16. Mag-Lev hits a snag with the OIA
  17. Daytona Beach getting gun range with booze bar

Ken Recommends – Florida Matters TIA Interview

The Main Event

Jambo Everyone

J.E.’s. Zazzle Shop

National Elephant Center in Fellsmere, Florida

DAK makes worst zoo list

Bronx Zoo’s World of Darkness

Potter Zoo’s new moose exhibit

Discovery Island

Flamingos at Epcot

Zootopia rumor for DAK

Wild monkeys of Silver Springs

Dixie Landings Radio

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