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Ep 120- Steve Glum of Ace Cafe and the odd story of the fertility statues

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.

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Recording Date- August 18, 2017, on WPRK 91.5 Winter Park (10AM-Noon)

IMPORTANT LINKS

TASTE! Central Florida

Tickets to TASTE! Central Florida

Ace Café Orlando

Orlando Park Pass

WPRK

Adventures in Charity Adventurer’s Club reunion

Joel Manby’s Tampa Bay Times interview

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Ep 119- Earnings Reports, BG Rumors, and a Double Murder

With new Quarterly Earnings Reports from Disney, SeaWorld, and Merlin all within the last few weeks. Ken looks at the numbers and the news surrounding each company. He touches on the Merlin Busch Gardens rumors, talks about the below estimate revenue coming out of Disney, and all the no good, very bad news coming out of SeaWorld.

Kevin Yee talks about The Great Movie and Universe of Energy and Ken shares his thoughts on hotel security. Plus a gruesome double murder at a resort shocks a small Florida community that hasn’t seen a single murder in nearly two decades.

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Recording Date- August 11, 2017, on WPRK 91.5 Winter Park (10AM-Noon)

Show Notes

DIS (The Walt Disney Company)

  • Revenue below estimates: $14.24 billion vs. the expected $14.42 billion, according to Thomson Reuters
  • Earnings Per Share above estimates: $1.58 vs. the expected $1.55
  • Operating Income
  • Media and networks: $1.84 billion vs. $1.99 billion expected, 22% decline YoY due to ESPN issues
    Parks and resorts: $1.17 billion vs. $1.09 billion expected (18 percent year-over-year growth)
    Studio: $639 million vs. $636.6 million expected
    Consumer and interactive: $362 million vs. $394.6 million expected
  • “Operating income growth for the quarter reflected an increase at our international operations, while results at our domestic operations were comparable to the prior-year quarter. Segment results benefitted from the timing of the Easter holiday, which fell in the third quarter of the current year compared to the second quarter of the prior year.”
  • Disney point to “to labor and other cost inflation, increased operations support costs, new guest offerings and the dry-dock of the Disney Fantasy in the current quarter” for their higher output. This was offset by increased guest spending related to “increases in average ticket prices for sailings on our cruise ships and admission to our theme parks, as well a higher daily average hotel room rates and food and beverage spending”.

 

SEAS (SeaWorld Parks and Resorts)

  • 353,000 fewer visitors in the first half of 2017
  • $373.8 million in revenue vs. expected $394 million
  • Net loss of $237.0 million for the first half of 2017 includes a non-cash goodwill impairment charge of $269.3 million.
    The company expects to achieve targeted $40 million in net cost savings by the end of 2018, is identifying additional areas for cost reduction.
  • Net loss of $175.9 million for the second quarter as admission revenue fell 6%
  • Annual passholders increased by 15 percent
  • March ‘17 – Total Debt of $1.61 B
  • Joel Manby speaks to Tampa Bay Times

 

MIINF (Merlin Entertainment)

  • visitors increase by 6.2 percent to 29.7 million
  • revenue up 19.4 percent to $893 million (£685 million).
  • Pre-tax profit unchanged at $65 million (£50 million).
  • London attractions saw domestic visitation “immediately and significantly reduced” following attacks but “cautious on international visitation over the key summer trading period given the lag between international bookings and visitation.”
  • Merlin chief financial officer Anne-Francoise Nesmes regarding Busch Gardens buy – “It takes two parties to do a deal so we do not know what SeaWorld’s intentions are but we do believe that those assets are interesting and we could certainly do a lot with them particularly around accommodation, so to us it’s about having the right discussion with a willing partner and making sure we have the right financial return.”

 

  • Six Points include grow current attractions, make them destination resorts, synergize, new midway and Legoland attractions, and acquire.

(Could we see a Six Flags/Merlin bidding war?)

Other comments for the show-

Double murder at Zota Beach Resort in Longboat Key

Goodbye to GMR and UoE

New batch of CPers in town, is this the most vlog friendly batch yet?

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Ep 116 – Breaking into Blogging and Podcasting, Plus a Spouse’s Response

On this very special episode of OTR we’re joined in studio with Nick (Dad on Disney), our biggest fan Jenny (JLBNerdy), and Jenny’s husband Loss. The trio discusses the ins and outs of breaking into theme park social media, lessons they’ve learned from blogging, podcasting, and tweeting. Loss tells stories of what it’s like to be married to a Disney nerd who blogs and podcasts about the parks.

Hosts

Recording Date- July 14, 2017, on WPRK 91.5 Winter Park (10AM-Noon)

Special Guests

Nick Illasi

Jenny B

Loss B

Important Links

WPRK

Tom Morrow’s Mouse

Jenny’s column on DisKingdom

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Ep 115 – D23 Predictions with Nick Ilasi

Nick Ilasi, better known as the Dad on Disney, joins Ed and Ken for a discussion on all the latest WDW rumors and what we might hear from each at this week’s D23 event. Jenny calls in for a some small talk and we finally announce the winner of our June giveaway!

Hosts

Recording Date- July 7, 2017, on WPRK 91.5 Winter Park (10AM-Noon)

Important Links

WPRK

D23

Tom Morrow’s Mouse

Ken’s D23 predictions article

 

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Ep 110- Our 3rd Birthday Blowout

On this special extended episode of #OTRonFM we celebrate our 3rd birthday with a new intro and a massive timeline of all the news that has happened in Central Florida tourism since we launched in 2014. This look back at the last three years is mixed with personal stories and inside jokes. Jake calls in to discuss a new double-decker bus tour that’s opening in Orlando then Kevin Brewer calls in to discuss his recent foodie adventures.

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Recording Date- June 2, 2017, on WPRK 91.5 Winter Park (10AM-Noon)

Important Links

Double Decker buses come to Orlando

Jake’s History Hunters on Splendid China

 

Ken’s insane 72 point timeline of the last three years

  1. Transformation of Downtown Disney to Disney Springs (concept announced Aug, 2014)
  2. Skyplex announced (June 5, 2014)
  3. Diagon Alley opens at USF (July, 2014)
  4. I-Square megamall announced (July, 2014)
  5. Crayola comes to town (announced July, 2014)
  6. Kong comes to IOA (we broke the news of the project # (340) with Florida Thrill Parks)
  7. Falcon’s Fury opens at BGT (August, 2014)
  8. Sapphire Falls announced (Sept, 2014)
  9. Old Town announces remodel (Sept 2014)
  10. Philips Center opens (Nov, 2014)
  11. Artegon opens and closes (Dec 2014, Feb 2017)
  12. Jim Atchison leaves SW (Jan 2015), Manby comes on (announced Mar, 2015, started in Apr)
  13. Walburgers announced for Downtown Orlando (Dec, 2014)
  14. Flea World closed (Dec, 2015)
  15. Gwazi Closed (Feb, 2015)
  16. Shooting at Fun Spot I-Drive (Feb, 2015)
  17. Ringling retires the elephants (Mar, 2015)
  18. #OtterGate (Nov 2014, BGT issues statement Mar 2015)
  19. OTR spins out on its own (Mar, 2015)
  20. Epic McDonalds announce (Mar, 2015)
  21. Hub opens at MK (Mar, 2015)
  22. SW has social media meltdown (Mar 2015)
  23. Gator Spot comes to Fun Spot (April, 2015)
  24. Caption EO leaves Epcot (April 2015)
  25. SW announces Mako, Cobra’s Curse (May, 2015)
  26. I-Drive 360 opens (May 2015)
  27. Universal announces Nitendo partnership (May 2015)
  28. Legoland Florida Hotel opens (May 2015)
  29. House of Blues rape incident (July 2015
  30. Dining Pavilion at The Florida Mall opens (July, 2015)
  31. Fast and Furious leaked at USF (Aug, 2015)
  32. Margaritavilla announced for 192 (Aug, 2015)
  33. Skipper Canteen opens at MK (Aug, 2015)
  34. Soarin’ around the World, Frozen details released (Aug, 2015)
  35. OTR goes on FM radio (Oct, 2015)
  36. CSI abruptly closes on I-Drive (Oct 2015)
  37. iFly announces new location (Nov, 2015)
  38. Great Wolf Lodge announced (Nov, 2015)
  39. Fun Spot tests outs VR during IAAPA (Nov, 2015)
  40. Dynamic Attractions announces Orlando office (Nov, 2015)
  41. Skyplex is approved (Dec, 2015)
  42. Fun Spot announces big expansion (Jan 2016)
  43. Nick Hotel closes (Jan 2016)
  44. Mango’s has its grand opening (Jan 2016)
  45. Cuba opened to daily flights (Feb, 2016)
  46. Toothsome’s confirmed (Mar, 2016)
  47. SeaWorld announces end of orca breeding (Mar, 2016)
  48. Legoland confirms second hotel (Mar, 2016)
  49. Tidal Wave closes at BGT (Apr, 2016)
  50. Visit Florida gets first big review (Apr, 2016)
  51. Gatorland files permits for swamp buggy ride (May, 2016)
  52. Orlando announces plans to lure Pro Bowl to town (May, 2016)
  53. SeaWorld partners with Guy Harvey (May, 2016)
  54. Fun Spot and Old Town announce partnership (June, 2016)
  55. Pulse (June, 2016)
  56. Heroes and Legends announced for KSC (July 2016)
  57. Fat Ones opens at Florida Mall (Sept 2016)
  58. IAAPA announces HQ move to Orlando (Sept 2016)
  59. Anderetti breaks ground (Oct 2016)
  60. Hurricane Matthew hits (Oct 2016)
  61. SeaWorld announces new rides for all their parks (Nov 2016)
  62. Closure of Wet n Wild (Dec 2016)
  63. Tilikum dies (Jan, 2017)
  64. Coronado Springs, Caribbean Beach expansions, gondolas announced (Feb 2017)
  65. Rivers of Light opens (Feb 2017)
  66. Hogan’s announced for I-Drive (Feb, 2017)
  67. 4DX opens at Pointe Orlando (Mar 2017)
  68. Fallon opens at USF (Mar 2017)
  69. Miss Adventure Falls opens at TL (Mar 2017)
  70. Blue Horizons ends at SW (Mar 2017)
  71. Pandora opens (May 2017)
  72. Volcano Bay opens (May 2017)
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