Steve Glum, the Chief Marketing Officer, Ace Cafe North America, joins us in the studio to talk about his role at the motorcycle-focused café in downtown Orlando. He shares stories from his time at Ripley’s including a run-in with the famed fertility statues, his time at Hard Rock, and what it was like being part of the opening staff at WDW’s Pleasure Island.
We also discuss TASTE! Central Florida. The annual event that helps raise funds for Second Harvest Food Bank and Coalition for the Homeless. Taking place August 19, 2017, at the World Center Marriott on 536 TASTE! is the premier foodie event of the year and this year is no exception. We also get new details on BOTH Oklahoma Joe’s BBQ joints coming to Central Florida and hear new details on future of the Ace Café brand.
We focus on three big announcements at OTR on today’s show before Jake gives trip report from his trip to Italy. Jim gives up the update from the Town Hall meeting at SeaWorld Orlando and Robert talks about the crazy new wedding option at Walt Disney World. Brian also gives us the latest on Kong while Ken and Andy talk about all the news from I-Drive and the area attractions.
Robert gives us a mega-update from WDW including trip reports from DAK Lodge, Saratoga Springs and Wilderness Lodge. Plus the very latest on Tilikum’s declining health. News on a brand new, first in the region water slide and you won’t believe where it’s going. Also, Jim and Ken discuss Kylie Jenner and the Goo Goo Dolls.
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.