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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.

Hosts

Recording Date- May 26, 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.

Hosts

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.

Hosts

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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Ep 104- I-Drive NASCAR and so can you!

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.

Hosts

Recording Date- March 31, 2017 on WPRK 91.5 Winter Park (10AM-Noon)

Important Links

I-Drive NASCAR

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Ep 103- Busch Gardens History-apalooza

Grab your favorite sample of a Busch beer, find some shade, and enjoy this history filled episode of #OTRonFM.  Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez joins the guys to discuss his new Images of America book all about Busch Gardens Tampa. We start with the earliest days of gardens that sprung up beside the brewery and work our way through history to the coaster mecca it is today. We discuss Dwarf Village, the giant pandas, the monorail, and more in this wild episode of #OTRonFM

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Special Guest-

Recording Date- April 7, 2017 on WPRK 91.5 Winter Park (10AM-Noon)

Important Links

Images of America – Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

WPRK

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