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Ep 100 – Rick Singh and the Coffin Simulator

On this episode we have local haunt expect Benjamin O’Conner of Old Town’s new Mortem Manor. He talks about what it takes to do Florida’s only year round haunt. He also shares details on the new coffin simulator at the attraction.

We also have Rick Singh, Orange County Property Appraiser, call in to address a recent AP article about his fight against local theme parks. He shares tons of great insights and calls Orange County the birthplace of fake news.

Make sure to follow us on Twitter and tweet at us using #OldTownOTR to win tickets to Mortem Manor and the coffin simulator. Contest runs through 11AM, Friday April 21, 2017.

This is an episode not to be missed!

Hosts

Special Guest- Benjamin O’Conner of Mortem Manor

Recording Date- March 24, 2017 on WPRK 91.5 Winter Park (10AM-Noon)

Important Links

AP article about theme parks vs Rick Singh

Old Town

Mortem Manor

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Ep 82- The Fat One

This is show is highlights from the 4-hour long #OTRonFM episode from Sept. 23. We review Kennedy Space Center’s new HoloLens attraction, we talk about tons of WDW news and N*SYNC’s Joey Fatone calls in to talk about his brand new hot dog stand in the Florida Mall. We also talk about the rocky week SeaWorld had on the stock market and we #SkipAMeal to help support Second Harvest.

Hosts

Special Guests

Recording Date- Originally aired on WPRK 91.5 Winter Park on Friday, September 23, 2016.

News

Muppets in MK schedule revealed

Could passholders be blocked from visiting Star Wars land?

Sanaa adds breakfast service

Rivers of Light rumored to be opening by end of the year

Celtic rock band coming to Epcot’s Canada

Universe of Energy closing date info released to CMs

ABC’s Blackish visits WDW

Citizens of Hollywood returning to DHS

Writers Stop closing at DHS

FuelRod expands at WDW

Havaianas kiosk opens inside Blizzard Beach

DAK gets new monkeys

Central Florida Zoo adds cotton top tamarins

Garcia added to FRLA Hall of Fame

Gary Oerther passes away

IAAPA moves to Orlando

Crayola Experience Halloween event

Haunt at Old Town

Legoland opens bookings Beach Retreat

Hard Rock Heals Suite opens at Hard Rock Hotel Orlando

SeaWorld halts dividends

Universal Studios rumored to be getting DreamWorks update to the parade, + more in park

Dynamic Attractions, who designed Disney’s Soarin’ ride, confirmed manufacture for Miami’s new flying theater

Other important Links

Destination: Mars opens at KSC

Joey Fatone’s Fat One’s Hotdogs

Skip a Meal Challenge

WPRK

 

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Ep 52 – Banks Lee Talks DHS, the future of I-Drive and HHN

This week Banks Lee of Attractions Magazine calls in to chat about the sudden closure of 7220 I-Drive, safety at HHN, the future of DHS and more. During the FM segment Robert and Ken talk I-Drive NASCAR’s new partnership with the Orlando Magic, the new Orlando Pride soccer team and the James Beard chef who’s headed to Disney Springs.

Jake talks about Bill & Ted, a new indoor snow ski simulator center in town and Tiffany’s crazy concert at Epcot’s Food & Wine.

During the Aftershow Mr. Brian joins the show to talk the future of iFly and Pointe Orlando. What’s happening at the corner of I-Drive and Universal Blvd also comes up. And the latest details from Port Canaveral are discussed. Then Ken gives the very latest on the World’s Largest Entertainment McDonald’s.

Show Notes

Hosts

Recording Date: FM- 10-28-15 | Aftershow 11-2-15

Music

 

The Punch List

I-Drive

Orlando Eye closes for nearly a week

Magic, IDrive Nascar announce new partnership

iFly announces new location in between Wonder Works and Icebar. No word on what that means for the current location.

OTR’s tweets about Hawaiian Rumble

Dubai Skydive plans new indoor skydiving at I-Drive 360

Stabbing in parking lot near International Drive’s Howl at the Moon

Volcano Island mini golf owner’s odd Youtube video

World’s Largest Entertainment McDonald’s

Fun Spot’s Skycoaster lighting

WDW

Celebrity Chef Rick Bayless (6X James Beard award winner) confirmed to be opening new restaurant at Disney Springs.  Scott Joseph has been reporting since late 2014.

Permits show new entrance, expansion areas for DHS.

UOR

Universal theme parks have their highest attendance ever.

Safety of Scare Actors at HHN. Drunks, wild guest. What can be done to keep HHN under control?

Space Coast

Port Canaveral announces its slowing down cargo rail project

Port Canaveral terminal upgrades

Overview of Port Canaveral

Other Local Tourism

OCSC announces new details on Orlando Pride. 1500 season tickets sold, 3 new celebrity players.

10 more players announced

Tampa Bay Rays get out of Tropicana contract, can now look for new stadium home outside of Tampa Bay.

SunRail gets DOT approval for MCO leg (Still won’t open until 2020)

The Florida Aquarium starts construction on new events center.

Holy Land Experience gets more lights and mirrors

Central Florida Zoo changes expansion focus

 

Trending This Week

Indoor snow skiing coming to Winter Park

Fun Spot Kissimmee has a black out Monday. It lasted about an hour, no reports of stranded riders.

Film crew at the Sunday, Oct 25 Bill and Ted

Tiffany stopped by Epcot’s Food & Wine. Everyone is talking about her cover of Guns and Roses “Sweet Child of Mine.”

Custom Magicbands will soon be available (in a new Tomorrowland station)

Ahead of Shanghai Disneyland’s opening next year farmers in Shanghai welcomed Mickey Mouse this week with forming the famous cartoon star in a rice field.

A sinkhole opened up on the Maitland I-4 off ramp Monday swallowing the front end of a car.

Daytona International Speedway shares new aerial shots of Daytona Rising. Less than 75 days until it’s finished.

Screenshots of an AP survey asks how interested they would be in “Upgrading paper annual passes to plastic.”

Deadline gave new details, including who’s writing, the Tower of Terror feature film by Disney

 

 

 

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Ep 43 – Kubersky’s Art Night At The Cat Cafe

Seth Kubersky stops by to talk about his new Universal Orlando guidebook. The local art scene, the future of 192, casinos, and California theme parks are all discussed. Plus what type of shoes Seth loves to wear to theme parks and his favorite district in town to go out for a night on the town. During the Punch List we talk about all the new hotel rooms announced for the area (over 2,000 in the past week alone!), our private conversation with the Maglev company, the future of museums in St Pete and Central Florida’s new cat café that’s about to open. News from Tampa, Daytona, Port Canaveral, Skyplex, iSquare, and SeaWorld is also included.

Show Notes

Hosts

Recording Dates: Main Event- Aug 26, 2015 | Punch List- Aug 31, 2015

Punch List Intro

Main Event Intro

Closing Song

 

Punch List

  1. UOR announces 400 more rooms in two new towers.
  2. Rosen announces 1,200-1,500 more rooms, spread across three OCCC area hotels (Shingle Creek, Centre and Plaza)
  3. New 365 room hotel announced for Universal Blvd (beside the Imagine Westin, across OCCC)
  4. Bike lanes, bus lanes discussed at I-Drive meeting
  5. New details on the SLR/I-Drive pedestrian bridge
  6. New renderings of Skyplex released
  7. Maglev chat- Groundbreaking by end of year, Phase 1 is OIA to I-Drive, Phase 2 I-Drive Circulator
  8. iSquare announces first retail tenant…a Subway
  9. Falcon’s to start licensing Turtle Trek for attractions world-wide
  10. Brevard Zoo plans an aquarium
  11. The Florida Aquarium partners with Florida Museum of Photographic Arts on new exhibit
  12. New $75 million western and native American art museum planned for St Pete
  13. Escapology announces a new room
  14. A Cat Café planned for Clermont (near 192/27 interchange)
  15. Daytona Lagoon sold to United Parks, $2 Million upgrade planned

 

The Main Event

 

Events

Magical Dining Month– Now through Sept 30

M.C. Escher at Dali Museum now through Jan 3

The 4th Annual Great Irish Hooley – Sept 4-7 @ Raglan Road

O-Town Mac Down for GKTW – Sept 12

The Pineapple Ball – Oct 17

 

Next Week on OTR – Tim Grassey of WDW Theme Parks and E-Ticket Report

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Ep 30 – Summer 2015 Outlook with Banks Lee

On today’s show Banks Lee joins us to discuss the Summer 2015 Outlook. We discuss Legoland, I-Drive 360 and Uncle Lou’s odd Ebay listings. Before Banks joins us Kyle and Ken cover the Punch List with a conversation about area apartments, timeshares and reality shows staring Jackie Siegel.

Show Info

Music
Hosts
Recording Dates
  • Punch List – 4-23-2015
  • Interview – 4-25-2015

 

Show Notes

 Punch List

Apartments mentioned on today’s show

 

I-Drive

 

Other local tourism news

Main Event

Interview with Banks Lee

5 Takeaways from the interview

  1. Even Banks is getting tired of waiting for Universal to announce Kong
  2. Banks likes how SeaWorld responded to the coaster rumors and believes Universal could learn from it
  3. SeaWorld can become more than a sea life attraction if they build the next coaster properly
  4. Gator Spot at Fun Spot might be the breakout attraction this summer
  5. Locals are going to I-Drive, now the attractions there need to respond with annual passes for locals
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