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Ep 123- Wallack World Rises, SeaWorld Sinks, and Universal Goes All In

In this news round-up from one of the most eventful fall seasons Orlando has seen in years we talk about those awful new attendance numbers coming out of SeaWorld, we review Mango’s new menu and talk Skyplex, we cover all the new hotels and attractions heading to Disney, and try to read the tea leaves on what the future holds for Universal Orlando.

Recording Date- November 7, 2017

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Ep 118 – Restaurant Round-up and Reviews

In this restaurant news round-up, Ed and Ken discuss all the latest rumors and news about area tourism foodie news. We discuss everything from Meg Crofton joining Cracker Barrel to new Arby’s and much more. Plus reviews from Satu’li Canteen, Planet Hollywood, and many more.


Recording Date- August 4, 2017, on WPRK 91.5 Winter Park (10AM-Noon)

Restaurants in the Tourist District  

TASTE! Central Florida

Meg Crofton joins Cracker Barrel

Taste! Saturday, August 19, 2017 6:45 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

2 WDW pastry chefs on Dessert Professional magazine list of Top 10 pastry chefs in America

IAAPA flyer, gourmet doughnuts

Lucky’s Market will open four new Central Florida locations


North I-Drive

Simon Premium Outlets I-Drive ($1,100 sales revenue per sq ft) and Taubman Mall at Millenia ($1,360 sales revenue per sq ft)

Grand National– Starbucks, Mission BBQ, Bahama Breeze and LongHorn Steakhouse (plus 2 hotels)

BB opened at The Loop in May

Street name change

Pollo Tropical at Artegon (7/11 going in beside it)

Andy’s Frozen Custard- Beside Sonic, looks like the Sanford one except for ice cream cone thru roof instead of on the wall. Both under 1,500 Sq ft

Arby’s on Kirkman

(Boot Barn moving across the street from here)

Waffle House at Dowdy

Circo at Hollywood Plaza

Mango’s Tropical Café Orlando Touts Major Dining Awards Streak – Plus New Dinner Show Features and The Arrival of Chef Angel Ramirez

Uncle Julio’s at 360

Flamecraft bar at SWO



DS- Wolfgang, PH review, HoB rumors, star wars vr

Grand Ave, BaseLine Tap House at DHS


Wdw tower restaurants

Edible cookie dough shop coming to Celebration this August

New hooters east of JYP near The Loop

Magic place breaking ground on 192

PDQ- Winter Park, Hunter’s Creek

Habit Burger coming to WP, SoDo,

Dragon Challenge = Project 942

HP sit down

Brewery Hops Boss in Winter Park

Fuddruckers coming to Mills50

Shots Bar coming to downtown

Nightlife Czar appointed in downtown

Parramore’s soccer stadium bar district is shaping up

Spanish Mill at the springs

Cocina 214, Landshark opening in Daytona Beach

5 breweries, hard cider

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Ep 51- Ripley’s, Ringling and Skyplex with Jason of Orlando Fun & Food

FM Radio content is 00:06:55 through 01:09:30. In our very first FM episode Jason of Orlando Fun & Food stops by to talk Skyplex, Ringling, plastic annual passes at Universal, and more. During the trends report Jake talks about Back To The Future Day, a baby rhino and the dismantling of The Hulk coaster.  In the after show Jay, Ken and Robert get into an in-depth debate about steel coasters in Orlando, self driving cars and what causes empty shopping malls.

Show Notes




Robert of Mickey Updates


Events and Disney Correspondents-Lissa and Nicki

Online Trends Correspondent-Jake of Orlando Park Pass

Hotel Correspondent-Kyle

Touring Shows and Media Correspondent- Richie

Special Guest- Jason of Orlando Fun & Food

Recording Date: 10-19-15

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News of The Week

iSquare helipad, updated design gets City of Orlando MPB approval 

The Coop gets MasterChef Season 1 winner Whitney Miller at Chef de Cuisine 

Water Buffalo go to DAK

OCSC announces new pro Women’s team (Orlando Pride)

USH adds more dates for HHN, will Orlando follow?

Disney Channel orders more Descendents– will we see any Descendents in the parks?

Skyplex- Will BoC approve it?

Artegon sells Cinemark land, other nearby land– Will it survive?

Ringling adds no new show in 2016, Gold tour closes (Red, Blue shows remain) 

Ripley’s BION This Week

Trends of the Week


Other things we referenced this week

Ripley’s attractions in Gatlinburg

Red Trolleys of St Augustine

Miracle City Mall in Titusville

Warehouse Row in Chattanooga

Baron 1898

Heathrow 5 PRT

Lymmo BRT in Downtown Orlando

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Ep 50 – The One We’ve Been Teasing

On today’s 50th episode of Orlando Tourism Report we cover a wide-range of topics in the Punch List including a new huge ship coming to Port Canaveral, confusion in town regarding the DPAC hotel project, a plane crash that killed a co-founder of one of the region’s most controversial attractions, and the very latest in SeaWorld’s ongoing battle with the California Coastal Commission.

Then in a shortened Main Event we finally announce the thing we’ve been teasing since August. It’s true! Orlando Tourism Report will now be on FM radio.

Show Notes


Recording Date: 10-19-15


The Punch List

  1. SEAS announces its pursuing legal action against the CCC ruling
  2. SWO opens Pass Member Lounge
  3. Machine Gun America co-founder dies in South Florida plane crash
  4. 3 new retailers announced for Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores outlets
  5. Disney announces dates for the Christmas Day Parade taping (and its much earlier than expected)
  6. Epcot’s Candlelight Processional list gets filled
  7. Flying Fish closes for lengthy refurb, reimagining
  8. Fulton’s Crab House (13), Wolfgang Puck Grand Café (36) make Top 100 highest grossing restaurants in U.S. list
  9. Disney World offers new “better for you” snacks that feature minimalist character tie-ins
  10. Special events around the SW Ep VII premiere planned for DHS
  11. MCO officials meet Wednesday to discuss who will be the ‘design and engineering services architect of record’ for the $1.8 billion South Terminal (HNTB Corp, PZ Aviation Group JV, KBJ Architects). Fentress Architects is providing design consultation for the terminal.
  12. Melbourne Airport adds Orlando to name in hopes for increased traffic
  13. MCO passenger counts up 6% in August (3.2 million)
  14. Norwegian Epic (5th largest ship in the world) confirms Port Canaveral as its home port (4100 passengers)
  15. Jacksonville Maritime Museum closes due to lack of attendance and financial support
  16. Spain’s Paramount theme park in Alhama de Murica looks to be dead, despite developers denial
  17. Orlando City Soccer Club bringing Orlando City B USL team to Eastern Florida State College (Will likely announce a women’s team this week)
  18. USFL might be looking to bring a football team to Orlando
  19. Snap announces second gallery space in Downtown Orlando
  20. IAAPA Attractions Expo 2015 to feature the 2nd largest trade show floor in the event’s 97 year history, sells out of indoor floor space
  21. Orlando Eye shuts down again for technical difficulties
  22. Amazon abruptly shuts down Amazon Destinations, its hotel and reservation site. | Priceline and TripAdvisor sharing some services
  23. DPAC hotel project adds condos, increases in size
  24. 890 unit Grande Palisades resort near WDW to open in 2016
  25. Bella Collina’s condo hotel project changes names, will be suite only

Things We Loved This Week

Imagineer Cornelius Vanderbilt Wood bio on WDWInfo

St. Pete’s Dali Museum makes list of 23 amazing museum buildings to see this year

Victoria & Albert’s makes TripAdvisor’s Top 10 Travelers’ Choice Restaurants in the U.S.

Peas & Carrots are at WDW; follow along all week for a fun semi-outsider’s perspective

Marriott Island’s Dragon Point to rise again in 2017 | History of Annie the Dragon

Creative City Project (Ken thanks Beastly Kingdom for the reminder)


Oct 21-25 Orlando Film Fest

Oct 24- Cows ‘n Cabs in Winter Park

Oct 30-31- Swan & Dolphin Food & Wine Classic

Nov 13-15 Winter Park Concours d’Elegance

Nov 14- Food Truck Wars stops by Artegon Marketplace

Nov 14-22 Festival of the Trees at OMA (tickets on sale now)

Nov 21- 2nd Annual Run for Wildlife 5K at BGT (Register before Oct 31 for $40, $50 afterwards)

Nov 20-22- Latin Baseball Festival at WWOS

Dec 5, 12, 19, 26 Barista Bootcamp at the 4 Seasons Orlando

Main Event

The Orlando Tourism Report is now bringing the local hospitality conversation to a new weekly show on WPRK 91.5 FM.  OTR is the only podcast devoted to all aspects of Central Florida tourism. OTR’s first show on WPRK will be on Thursday, Oct 22, 2015. This weekly show will air Thursdays from 10 to noon. This live show will feature in-studio guests, locally relevant music, and news and information related to City Beautiful’s most important industry.  Orlando Tourism Report will now be available live to the entire community on FM radio and the convenient TuneIn App.

We will continue to produce and release weekly podcasts, now moving it to every Sunday.  The podcast will feature original content with some highlights from the WPRK 91.5 FM broadcast.

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5 Questions in 5 Minutes with Denise of

We recently were able to grab a few minutes with Denise of Mouse Steps. She gave us some insights into where she sees Orlando evolving and what the future of Disney World will be. If you’re unfamiliar Mouse Steps is a one stop shop for all things Disney related. From movie reviews to walking trails at the World Mouse Steps is the perfect site. They also feature the very latest in Disney World news; including ride closures and restaurant reviews.

OTR- What should the theme be for Universal Orlando’s next resort?

D@MS- I would personally like to see character themed suites for a full resort, like the higher end Minion Suites. For anyone who hasn’t seen them, there is one room that is elegant, and then a very nicely themed bedroom for kids (or kids at heart).

OTR- What do you see as being the likely next big construction project coming to Magic Kingdom? 

D@MS- I would be surprised to see any big construction coming to the Magic Kingdom anytime soon. Between Downtown Disney (Disney Springs), Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park and hopefully a makeover at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, I think Disney has a pretty full plate. I would rather see Epcot get a few new countries or attractions. The Magic Kingdom just went through several years of changing Fantasyland, so I just don’t see anything big happening now.

OTR- What will Future World be in 15 years?

D@MS- I don’t expect Future World to change that much in 15 years. It would be nice to have a makeover for Universe of Energy, and to have Wonders of Life open all year round with attractions. The Imagination pavilion could use a massive overhaul too.

OTR- What is the next step for Central Florida’s sports tourism industry

D@MS- I would like to see a major league baseball team for Orlando.

OTR- Short and sweet! I like that. And one last question here.What is one non-touristy thing that everyone who visits Orlando should see or do?

D@MS- We have a lot of semi-touristy things to do here. Lakeridge Winery in Clermont would be one. There are a ton of restaurants and some things to do in the Winter Park area. Kings Bowl on I-Drive is fun and has great food. There is always something to do here, in or out of the theme parks.

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