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Ep 117 – Margaritaville plus 5,000 more hotel rooms

Ed and Ken go through a run down of the latest hotel news from around Central Florida. From Sanford, to UCF, to Apopka, to 192 there’s plenty of new hotels going up. One of the biggest projects is the new $750 million Margaritaville Resort on 192. Jim Bagley, the Project Manager of Margaritaville Resort Orlando, calls in and talks about all the huge projects that are a part of the new Margaritaville Resort, including a massive new water park.


Recording Date- July 28, 2017, on WPRK 91.5 Winter Park (10AM-Noon)

Important Links


Hard Rock’s Reverb vs Red Lion’s Hotel RL

Margaritaville Orlando

Ken’s definitive Margaritaville Orlando Resort article


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Ep 70 – It’s a Great Big Beautiful Space

On today’s show we’re joined by Brendan Byrne, 90.7 WMFE’s Space reporter. He shares his experiences from reporting on Kennedy Space Center and talks about the future of space tourism in the Central Florida market.

During the Punch List Andy and Jim talk about big news coming out Busch Gardens plus Clearwater Aquarium’s massive new expansion plans.

Show Notes


Recording Date: Main Event- 4/6/16 | Punch List- 4/13/16

Music: Song 1 | Song 2

Punch List

Adam Sandler IS NOT moving Melbourne Florida

I-Drive Bazaar (SW corner of SLR and I-Drive) could be rebuilt (Rich at OBJ reporting based on discussion filings)

Orlando’s hotel supply to increase by 2.8% in the next two years (45.6 mill room nights available in 2017)

Clearwater Marine Aquarium goes on the defensive about new expansion plans

 Florida HQ’d Carnival Cruises to use reality shows, game shows to promote cruising

Legacy Florida money approved for Lake Apopka ($5 Mill per yr), Everglades ($200 Mill per yr)

North Florida’s Apalachicola River named the most endangered river in the nation

BGT closes Tidal Wave, is something new coming to Stanleyville?

Mako gift shop readies to open



Grand Florida gets new carpet, new $15 tour

Ample Hills Creamery coming to Disney’s Boardwalk resort

Olaf to begin meeting guests at DHS

Tower of Terror might be getting a bar and/or a Guardians of the Galaxy overlay

Disney Springs Town Center to open May 15



Other Important Links

Kennedy Space Center



Are We There Yet space podcast

Colin Byrne

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Ep 42 – Safari Mike Hopes For A Train But Not For a Monkey Island

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.

Show Notes


Song One (Punch List)

Song Two (Main Event Intro)

Song Three (Closing Song)

Recording Dates: Main Event- Aug 21, 2015 | Punch List- Aug 24, 2015

The Punch List

Paul Brinkman’s analysis of how Monday’s stock market craziness affects for Central Florida businesses (And it doesn’t look good for SEAS)

  1. Dismaland – Banksy theme park
  2. Lord of the Rings park in Spain put on hold due to gov’t $ cuts
  3. F&F at USF
  4. Fantasy of Flight to reopen in 3-5 years
  5. Falcon’s Creative Group announces office expansion.
  6. Black Bear exhibit coming to the Central Florida Zoo
  7. Winery, vacation home, botanical gardens development at Formosa Gardens area of 192 moves forward
  8. Visit Orlando kicks off new campaign
  9. MK, DLP make list of riskiest places to use public wifi
  10. New renderings of Skyplex released, T-Mobile/AT&T announced as telecommunications partner
  11. Occupancy and nightly rates up year over year in the region
  12. Hotel announced for Bella Collina
  13. AC Hotel/Residence Inn coming across from Millenia, new office building were also announced for across the street from that project
  14. 2 new hotels announced for OIA, no flag announced at this time
  15. OIA announces Fentress (Denver, LAX) as the architect for the new South Terminal
  16. Mag-Lev hits a snag with the OIA
  17. Daytona Beach getting gun range with booze bar

Ken Recommends – Florida Matters TIA Interview

The Main Event

Jambo Everyone

J.E.’s. Zazzle Shop

National Elephant Center in Fellsmere, Florida

DAK makes worst zoo list

Bronx Zoo’s World of Darkness

Potter Zoo’s new moose exhibit

Discovery Island

Flamingos at Epcot

Zootopia rumor for DAK

Wild monkeys of Silver Springs

Dixie Landings Radio

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