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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 109- Seth K talks Volcano Bay

In this Volcano Bay grand opening celebration of an episode we have a trip report from Kevin Brewer who was at the grand opening celebration. He tells us about the early morning ceremony and gives us his first impressions on the rides at the new park. Then Seth Kubersky stops by to talk about the media event earlier in the week. He reviews the new Cabana Bay rooms, Sapphire Falls, and, of course, Volcano Bay.

Hosts

Recording Date- May 26, 2017, on WPRK 91.5 Winter Park (10AM-Noon)

Special Guest:  Seth Kubersky

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Ep 102 – Boats, Coffins, and Bands

You’ve seen them speeding around Bay Lake with parasailers, tubers, and others. We sit down with Julie of the Sammy Duval Water Sports Center at the Contemporary resort. We hear about what it takes to run Disney World’s famous parasailing experiences. Second half of the show we begin with an interview with Van’s Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman. We discuss the entertainment – social awareness balance that edutainment is trying to find these days.

We talk chickens, tubing, coffin experiences, and Kava.

Hosts

Special Guest- Julie of Sammy Duval’s

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

Important Links

Sammy Duval’s Water Sports Center

Old Town

Kevin Lyman

Grandview Aquarium

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Ep 98 – @JLBNerdy Visits Orlando & Ken Tries to Talk Nintendo

One of OTR’s oldest and most dedicated fans stops by the studio as part of a grand non-Disney weekend she planned with Ken. News involves confirmation of two rumors from the previous week’s show and Ken gives exclusive new details on what Nintendo at UOR will look like.

Hosts

Special Guest- Jenny (@JLBNerdy)

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

Punch List

 

Osceola leaders: Smart sensors, resorts and training programs to generate more jobs

Omni Orlando Resort execs foresee big payoff from expansion set to open in May

GOAA’s Kruppenbacher, Villages’ Lester among Scott’s picks for constitution panel

Omni Orlando Resort execs foresee big payoff from expansion set to open in May

Orlando airport contractors helped fund board member’s campaign

La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil Will Host Its Final Disney Springs Performance This December

Taste of the Nation Becomes Taste! Central Florida and Sets a 2017 Date

Caribbean Carnaval Coming to Loews Sapphire Falls Resort

Bike Week set to roll into Daytona Beach

Florida Mall unveiling high-tech children’s ‘Play Park’ in spring

Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge names firm to design new building

Creative City Project renames annual event

Amendments governing heights of airport-adjacent developments to change

Give Kids The World gets Intergalactic makeover and pays tribute to Founder

Miami’s SkyRise unveils crown jewel attraction with Skyway observation pods @SkyRiseMiami

Mayor Buddy Dyer unveils giant WrestleMania title belt at Lake Eola

Brightline installs new CEO, reveals 2.5-year delay on Orlando leg

Regal Pointe Orlando debuts 4D movie technology today

House gives tentative approval to abolishing incentives

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Ep 97 – Nick Ilasi Talks Disney & Callers talk Fallon

Nick Ilasi (@DadonDisney) stops by the studio to talk about his Florida Plunge story, what excites him the most in the next few years at WDW, and how he began podcasting. Callers join the show to talk about Fallon and SeaWorld’s Food & Wine Fest. And during the news the guys discuss the latest rumors coming out of Disney Springs.

Hosts

Special Guest- Nick (@DadOnDisney)

Recording Date- March 3, 2017 on WPRK 91.5 Winter Park (10AM-Noon)

Punch List

Disney

  1. Cars 3 Extended Look Debuts at Daytona 500 (Will we see a Florida version of Cars Land themed to Daytona Beach? PLEASE!!!)
  2. RUMOR: Cirque Du Soleil – La Nouba Coming to an End at Disney Springs (is a West End remodel about to happen?)
  3. Second Fort Wilderness Food Truck Coming to Disney

(On the local food truck front, there has been a major backlog for truck build-outs as one of the main food truck builders has a supposed mystery client who has rush ordered 10 highly themed food trucks.  The new trucks will be ready by mid-summer)

  1. RUMOR: 10-Story Tower, Waterfront Dining, and More Changes Coming to Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
  2. Miss Adventure Falls opening at TL on March 12
  3. ‘Avatar’ merchandise available at Disney World

SeaWorld

  1. SeaWorld attendance, revenue dip in fourth quarter(When will we see positive numbers coming out of SEAS?)
  2. Blue Horizons is confirmed to be ending, more educational show starting next month
  3. Busch Gardens new president faces headwinds in amusement park industry
  4. New Book Chronicles Busch Gardens Tampa History

Universal

  1. Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon opens at USF and the reviews aren’t good
  1. (OW) Universal is testing a room service droid at Cabana Bay Beach Resort

I-Drive/Tourist District

  1. O’Connor Capital updates 69-acre retail center plans on Daryl Carter Pkwy
  2. Gaylord Palms Resort finishes water park improvements
  3. Large hotels planned for construction will break Orlando’s current growth plan (Sentinel seems to indicate that iSq is still happening)
  4. 100-plus permits for local commercial projects pulled in past 3 weeks
  5. Osceola’s W192 Development Authority ups grant money to $3M in 2018 budge
  6. DeBartolo Development to build new apartments in Reunion Resort (Is the coalesce between the tourist and non-tourist distinctions finally coming to an end?)

Beyond the tourist district

  1. Drive Shack leases Lake Nona land, awaits permits to break ground on golf facility
  2. Orange County tourist tax collection up in January
  3. Groundbreaking Ceremony for the 1,700 Seat Acoustical Hall Set for Next Week
  4. Orlando Museum of Art acquires more art for their collection
  5. First of Four New Trains at Orlando International Airport is Installed and Running
  6. (OW) Art31 sets Maitland aglow for the month of March
  7. Spooky Empire Mid-Season Convention announces Malcolm McDowell, Dee Snyder, and other ‘retro’ guests

Beyond Orlando

  1. 44 Florida hotels land Forbes Travel Guide ratings
  2. Tourists to the U.S. Set a New Spending Record Last Year ($247.1 billion international travelers spent in the U.S. last year is a 0.4 percent increase from the $246.2 billion they spent in 2015)
  3. Hard Rock Hotel Malta Announced for 2020
  4. Downtown Miami Site for 1700-room Convention Center Hotel Expected to Close in Weeks, Per Report (1700-room hotel with 600,000 square feet of convention space)
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