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.
Drew the Intern from In The Loop stops by to join Ed, Robert, and Ken to talk about Day 3 at the International Attractions Expo. Today’s show focuses on the food vendors, the outdoor section and some of the challenges for media in covering such a massive event. The human powered snowcone machine, the Ninja Warrior course, inflatables and what Fun Spot will end up with are all mentioned.
Two interviews finish out today’s show. First up is Yvette Whittaker, Executive VP of Operations at Falcon’s Creative Group, talks about how to battle screen fatigue, why Falcon’s stays in Orlando and the role licensing has played at Falcon’s. Then Lori Gunthorp of Ropes Courses Inc. talks about the new course going in at the Andretti Karting FEC, the Christmas Eve accident at Artegon, and why ropes courses remain so popular.