On this much-anticipated return of OTR Ken Storey addresses the controversy regarding his tweet about Texas. Then Ed and Kevin join the show and discuss all the news we’ve missed over the past month including Fashion Square Mall, T2 closing, a $20 million cash deal on 192, and much more. At the end of the show, we review the tourism industry’s response to Irma.Here i
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.
For our final wrap-up episode of OTR at IAAPA we have Michael Muldoon of Coaster Nation stop back by to share his thoughts on this year’s show. Ed and Ken review the VR experiences on the floor this year and we talk about the highlights from the various exhibitors. Michael talks about his first time trying a Nathan’s hot dog and Ken talks about Russian cotton candy.
We have three interviews to round out the week with. First up is accesso, a Lake Mary-based digital queuing and ticketing company famous for its Qbot. accesso has a brand new smart wearable, known as Prism, that will likely be seen in theme parks across the country in the coming years.
Then we have the Founder and Co-CEO of The Producers Group talk about their new dinner theater concept and why it might be successful when others are struggling.
And our very last interview of #IAE16 is with the VP of Sales at laser tag company Delta Strike. We’ll see our first local Delta Strike laser tag arena open next year as part of the Andretti Orlando entertainment center.
We have trip reports galore on today’s show. Ken visits the Holy Land Experience, Mr. Brian checks out Animal Kingdom after dark and Jim sees what Legoland Florida has in store for summer. The Punch List includes HUGE news coming out of Fun Spot Kissimmee, an odd story regarding China’s Wanda Group, less booze at Epcot, and fun facts about a serial killer who spent time in downtown Orlando.
During the Main Event, we have a wedding planner stop by the studio to give us details on some of the wildest weddings ever seen in Orlando including one that involved a Joan Rivers lookalike and a live alligator. Dawn of ComeSeeOrlando calls in to give us a live report from MegaCon. Plus, we talk about the odd new bus routes that WDW just rolled out.
All of that and plenty of tacos on today’s Orlando Tourism Report!
On today’s show we discuss Fun Spot’s new long-range plan then Derek Burgan stops by to talk about the latest from the Disney outlets. He also talks about dinner theatres, Disney bloggers and Cabana Bay parking.