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Ep 120- Steve Glum of Ace Cafe and the odd story of the fertility statues

Steve Glum, the Chief Marketing Officer, Ace Cafe North America, joins us in the studio to talk about his role at the motorcycle-focused café in downtown Orlando. He shares stories from his time at Ripley’s including a run-in with the famed fertility statues, his time at Hard Rock, and what it was like being part of the opening staff at WDW’s Pleasure Island.

We also discuss TASTE! Central Florida. The annual event that helps raise funds for Second Harvest Food Bank and Coalition for the Homeless. Taking place August 19, 2017, at the World Center Marriott on 536 TASTE! is the premier foodie event of the year and this year is no exception. We also get new details on BOTH Oklahoma Joe’s BBQ joints coming to Central Florida and hear new details on future of the Ace Café brand.

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Recording Date- August 18, 2017, on WPRK 91.5 Winter Park (10AM-Noon)

IMPORTANT LINKS

TASTE! Central Florida

Tickets to TASTE! Central Florida

Ace Café Orlando

Orlando Park Pass

WPRK

Adventures in Charity Adventurer’s Club reunion

Joel Manby’s Tampa Bay Times interview

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Ep 119- Earnings Reports, BG Rumors, and a Double Murder

With new Quarterly Earnings Reports from Disney, SeaWorld, and Merlin all within the last few weeks. Ken looks at the numbers and the news surrounding each company. He touches on the Merlin Busch Gardens rumors, talks about the below estimate revenue coming out of Disney, and all the no good, very bad news coming out of SeaWorld.

Kevin Yee talks about The Great Movie and Universe of Energy and Ken shares his thoughts on hotel security. Plus a gruesome double murder at a resort shocks a small Florida community that hasn’t seen a single murder in nearly two decades.

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Recording Date- August 11, 2017, on WPRK 91.5 Winter Park (10AM-Noon)

Show Notes

DIS (The Walt Disney Company)

  • Revenue below estimates: $14.24 billion vs. the expected $14.42 billion, according to Thomson Reuters
  • Earnings Per Share above estimates: $1.58 vs. the expected $1.55
  • Operating Income
  • Media and networks: $1.84 billion vs. $1.99 billion expected, 22% decline YoY due to ESPN issues
    Parks and resorts: $1.17 billion vs. $1.09 billion expected (18 percent year-over-year growth)
    Studio: $639 million vs. $636.6 million expected
    Consumer and interactive: $362 million vs. $394.6 million expected
  • “Operating income growth for the quarter reflected an increase at our international operations, while results at our domestic operations were comparable to the prior-year quarter. Segment results benefitted from the timing of the Easter holiday, which fell in the third quarter of the current year compared to the second quarter of the prior year.”
  • Disney point to “to labor and other cost inflation, increased operations support costs, new guest offerings and the dry-dock of the Disney Fantasy in the current quarter” for their higher output. This was offset by increased guest spending related to “increases in average ticket prices for sailings on our cruise ships and admission to our theme parks, as well a higher daily average hotel room rates and food and beverage spending”.

 

SEAS (SeaWorld Parks and Resorts)

  • 353,000 fewer visitors in the first half of 2017
  • $373.8 million in revenue vs. expected $394 million
  • Net loss of $237.0 million for the first half of 2017 includes a non-cash goodwill impairment charge of $269.3 million.
    The company expects to achieve targeted $40 million in net cost savings by the end of 2018, is identifying additional areas for cost reduction.
  • Net loss of $175.9 million for the second quarter as admission revenue fell 6%
  • Annual passholders increased by 15 percent
  • March ‘17 – Total Debt of $1.61 B
  • Joel Manby speaks to Tampa Bay Times

 

MIINF (Merlin Entertainment)

  • visitors increase by 6.2 percent to 29.7 million
  • revenue up 19.4 percent to $893 million (£685 million).
  • Pre-tax profit unchanged at $65 million (£50 million).
  • London attractions saw domestic visitation “immediately and significantly reduced” following attacks but “cautious on international visitation over the key summer trading period given the lag between international bookings and visitation.”
  • Merlin chief financial officer Anne-Francoise Nesmes regarding Busch Gardens buy – “It takes two parties to do a deal so we do not know what SeaWorld’s intentions are but we do believe that those assets are interesting and we could certainly do a lot with them particularly around accommodation, so to us it’s about having the right discussion with a willing partner and making sure we have the right financial return.”

 

  • Six Points include grow current attractions, make them destination resorts, synergize, new midway and Legoland attractions, and acquire.

(Could we see a Six Flags/Merlin bidding war?)

Other comments for the show-

Double murder at Zota Beach Resort in Longboat Key

Goodbye to GMR and UoE

New batch of CPers in town, is this the most vlog friendly batch yet?

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Ep 110- Our 3rd Birthday Blowout

On this special extended episode of #OTRonFM we celebrate our 3rd birthday with a new intro and a massive timeline of all the news that has happened in Central Florida tourism since we launched in 2014. This look back at the last three years is mixed with personal stories and inside jokes. Jake calls in to discuss a new double-decker bus tour that’s opening in Orlando then Kevin Brewer calls in to discuss his recent foodie adventures.

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Recording Date- June 2, 2017, on WPRK 91.5 Winter Park (10AM-Noon)

Important Links

Double Decker buses come to Orlando

Jake’s History Hunters on Splendid China

 

Ken’s insane 72 point timeline of the last three years

  1. Transformation of Downtown Disney to Disney Springs (concept announced Aug, 2014)
  2. Skyplex announced (June 5, 2014)
  3. Diagon Alley opens at USF (July, 2014)
  4. I-Square megamall announced (July, 2014)
  5. Crayola comes to town (announced July, 2014)
  6. Kong comes to IOA (we broke the news of the project # (340) with Florida Thrill Parks)
  7. Falcon’s Fury opens at BGT (August, 2014)
  8. Sapphire Falls announced (Sept, 2014)
  9. Old Town announces remodel (Sept 2014)
  10. Philips Center opens (Nov, 2014)
  11. Artegon opens and closes (Dec 2014, Feb 2017)
  12. Jim Atchison leaves SW (Jan 2015), Manby comes on (announced Mar, 2015, started in Apr)
  13. Walburgers announced for Downtown Orlando (Dec, 2014)
  14. Flea World closed (Dec, 2015)
  15. Gwazi Closed (Feb, 2015)
  16. Shooting at Fun Spot I-Drive (Feb, 2015)
  17. Ringling retires the elephants (Mar, 2015)
  18. #OtterGate (Nov 2014, BGT issues statement Mar 2015)
  19. OTR spins out on its own (Mar, 2015)
  20. Epic McDonalds announce (Mar, 2015)
  21. Hub opens at MK (Mar, 2015)
  22. SW has social media meltdown (Mar 2015)
  23. Gator Spot comes to Fun Spot (April, 2015)
  24. Caption EO leaves Epcot (April 2015)
  25. SW announces Mako, Cobra’s Curse (May, 2015)
  26. I-Drive 360 opens (May 2015)
  27. Universal announces Nitendo partnership (May 2015)
  28. Legoland Florida Hotel opens (May 2015)
  29. House of Blues rape incident (July 2015
  30. Dining Pavilion at The Florida Mall opens (July, 2015)
  31. Fast and Furious leaked at USF (Aug, 2015)
  32. Margaritavilla announced for 192 (Aug, 2015)
  33. Skipper Canteen opens at MK (Aug, 2015)
  34. Soarin’ around the World, Frozen details released (Aug, 2015)
  35. OTR goes on FM radio (Oct, 2015)
  36. CSI abruptly closes on I-Drive (Oct 2015)
  37. iFly announces new location (Nov, 2015)
  38. Great Wolf Lodge announced (Nov, 2015)
  39. Fun Spot tests outs VR during IAAPA (Nov, 2015)
  40. Dynamic Attractions announces Orlando office (Nov, 2015)
  41. Skyplex is approved (Dec, 2015)
  42. Fun Spot announces big expansion (Jan 2016)
  43. Nick Hotel closes (Jan 2016)
  44. Mango’s has its grand opening (Jan 2016)
  45. Cuba opened to daily flights (Feb, 2016)
  46. Toothsome’s confirmed (Mar, 2016)
  47. SeaWorld announces end of orca breeding (Mar, 2016)
  48. Legoland confirms second hotel (Mar, 2016)
  49. Tidal Wave closes at BGT (Apr, 2016)
  50. Visit Florida gets first big review (Apr, 2016)
  51. Gatorland files permits for swamp buggy ride (May, 2016)
  52. Orlando announces plans to lure Pro Bowl to town (May, 2016)
  53. SeaWorld partners with Guy Harvey (May, 2016)
  54. Fun Spot and Old Town announce partnership (June, 2016)
  55. Pulse (June, 2016)
  56. Heroes and Legends announced for KSC (July 2016)
  57. Fat Ones opens at Florida Mall (Sept 2016)
  58. IAAPA announces HQ move to Orlando (Sept 2016)
  59. Anderetti breaks ground (Oct 2016)
  60. Hurricane Matthew hits (Oct 2016)
  61. SeaWorld announces new rides for all their parks (Nov 2016)
  62. Closure of Wet n Wild (Dec 2016)
  63. Tilikum dies (Jan, 2017)
  64. Coronado Springs, Caribbean Beach expansions, gondolas announced (Feb 2017)
  65. Rivers of Light opens (Feb 2017)
  66. Hogan’s announced for I-Drive (Feb, 2017)
  67. 4DX opens at Pointe Orlando (Mar 2017)
  68. Fallon opens at USF (Mar 2017)
  69. Miss Adventure Falls opens at TL (Mar 2017)
  70. Blue Horizons ends at SW (Mar 2017)
  71. Pandora opens (May 2017)
  72. Volcano Bay opens (May 2017)
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Ep 106 – Fringe, Art, Fish and more with Denna Beena

Orlando is home to the longest running Fringe Festival in the nation. We sit down with a local art expert,  Denna Beena, to discuss Fringe, the local art scene, and how it all ties back into the larger tourism community.

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Recording Date- May 12, 2017, on WPRK 91.5 Winter Park (10AM-Noon)

Special Guest: Denna Beena

Important Links

Fringe Orlando

Orlando Weekly’s Fringe Coverage

Peter Anton’s Sugar & Gomorrah Ride at Art Miami

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Ep 105- Ken and Ed Do the News plus some clarifications on Ripley’s

Ken and Ed sit down to do a quick run-through of all the latest news and rumors. Lots of talk about Disney World and what to expect over the next few years. Ken gets emotional over fireworks and Ed asks why Ripley’s has so much land they own in the tourist district.

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

 

  1. Holiday Inn Club Vacations starts $16M expansion to Cape Canaveral resort         
  2. Ritz Carlton planning $6.6 million upgrade
  3. Tampa Bay History Center grows up and out, stays on track with $11M expansion
  4. Ferrari brand to grace Norwegian Joy race track
  5. SeaWorld San Diego’s polar bear dies unexpectedly
  6. Star Wars hotel rumor causes internet frenzy     
  7. No fines issued after OSHA investigation into Cirque du Soleil at Disney Spring performer’s fall    
  8. Freeform Makes Major Announcements at Upfront Presentation
  9. Emirates scales back flights, including Orlando routes, citing Trump policies in part
  10. Character Changes at Walt Disney World including Moana moving to MK
  11. Rumor- Moana themed roller coaster attraction coming to MK
  12. Orlando airport shuttle breakdown impacted 14,000, officials say
  13. BOGO Fun Card Deal Ending Soon at Busch Gardens Tampa 
  14. Disney princesses get drunk, twerk in ‘Disenchanted’      
  15. Disney Ranked as the World’s Most Successful Licensor 
  16. Orca at SeaWorld San Antonio gives birth to last baby
  17. SeaWorld San Diego ending nightly fireworks, neighbors rejoice
  18. First permits for HHN 2017 pulled
  19. Major Tomorrowland update rumored, including up to 4 new rides and new music loops
  20. RUMOR: New Menu Coming to Sci-Fi Dine In Restaurant ~ Disney’s Hollywood Studios
  21. “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” will have its world premiere at Shanghai Disneyland
  22. Amenities expansion underway at HGVC’s Las Palmeras hotel on Universal Blvd
  23. With Incredibles Dance Party gone Mr Incredible is now meeting guests at MK
  24. Wild rumor of a new haunted mansion themed restaurant coming to MK
  25. Ripley’s moves forward with one of its two local projects
  26. 8 new improvement districts on 192
  27. Tavares might be getting a train after all
  28. Mickey Mouse mouse ears looking celebration cakes debut at WDW
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