The IAAPA Attractions Expo has wrapped up its 2017 run. Ed and Ken discuss what they were most impressed with over the last week. VR industry pioneer Thomas Wagner of VR Coasters discusses their new project with Legoland and what the future of VR attractions in theme parks are. Saham Ali of Falcon’s Creative Group discuss project mapping, how to keep high-tech attractions relevant with age, and how they deal with clients who might not have the biggest budgets. Then the episode wraps up with an interview with Gravity Group co-founder and lead engineer Chad Miller. Miller discusses Mine Blower at Fun Spot, Oscar’s Wild Taxi at Sesame Place, and the role of roller coasters at local parks and FECs.
Jim Deberry, Senior Manager of North America for Arihant Water Park Equipment talks about the future of water parks, the evolution of the industry up to this point, and even shares some details of what to expect at this year’s IAAPA Attractions Expo.
At the end, a few news stories are touched on during the quick hits. Ed and Ken weigh in on the Pirates controversy, a Disney blogger’s shocking news story, and the hot new beach bar headed to Daytona Beach.
Seth Kubersky stops by the studio and tells stories of his years working in the local dinner theater scene. He talks about how those early years in local dinner theaters helped shape his views of Orlando today.
Then in the second hour we talk about the latest news including new details on OPD’s new headquarters, the Panda Express on I-Drive closing, and a nighttime show at USJ.
This episode we start off with announcing a new contest we’re running over the next 24 hrs. Then we sit down with Robert Morris of Kings Bowl to discuss bowling in Orlando, managing an attraction on I-Drive, and the future of local tourism. After Morris leaves we have an extended Punch List where we go through a ton of local news including new details on Volcano Bay, info on Avatar, and a State Senator shares the latest on gondolas in Orlando.
In this episode of #OTRonFM we have a news roundup with news from nearly every single corner of Central Florida. We’re extra energetic this week after SoFlo Energy Drinks drops off some drinks for us. We chug the caffeine and dive into the news. We talk with someone who was at CityWalk when the power went out. Jim calls in with a review of Paddlefish. Ken gives a trip report from Hogan’s Beach Shop in Clearwater. We discuss the name of Fun Spot Kissimmee’s new coaster. And we ask if SeaWorld is properly training their employees these days.