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.
Robert and Ken visit the famous I-Drive NASCAR indoor karting experience and then have the crew stop by for a special episode of OTR. This episode includes a full hour of exclusive podcast content never heard before + one hour of #OTRonFM content from the April 21st episode. Hear as everyone talks about their favorite memories of old school I-Drive, what makes NASCAR such a huge brand, and why I-Drive NASCAR is here to stay.
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.
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.