A lot has transpired in the months since the last episode, so Mark Schaub catches everyone up on all the new developments this summer at Orlando-area malls. He also chats with the attractions reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, Dewayne Bevil, all about the Crayola Experience which just opened at The Florida Mall. And discover what’s on the horizon for Orlando Mall Guide.
00:00 – Intro and welcome
01:00 – Why there haven’t been any podcast episodes in the past four months
- Citing a yearning to pursue other interests including growing Orlando Mall Guide, Mark resigned from his position as Public Relations Specialist II at Orlando Science Center. Mark is now performing public relations and social media services on a contract basis to afford him more time and flexibility when it comes to OMG and his other pursuits.
04:54 – Gods & Monsters opened this past June and it is awesome
- Gods & Monsters opened on June 20, 2015 at Artegon Marketplace Orlando. At 19,000 square feet, it is the second-largest comics and collectibles shop in the country and third-largest in the world. In addition to incredible products for sale, the store is themed to the wazoo: the checkout lanes are modeled after Arkham Asylum from the Batman mythos, life-size statues of superheroes are scattered throughout, and there’s even a place to enjoy snacks and grab an artisan soda. Beer sales are on the way.
- Listen to Mark’s past interviews with Gods & Monsters’ founders Anna Young and Todd Fisher from last summer: Episode 3, Episode 4.
- Check out grand opening coverage including photos galore at the following link: http://orlandomallguide.com/grand-opening-coverage-of-gods-monsters/.
08:32 – DICK’S Sporting Goods opens at The Florida Mall
- The second DICK’S Sporting Goods opens at an Orlando mall property in the past year (the first at Orlando Fashion Square). It’s a great place to make all your sports-related purchases.
09:48 – The new Dining Pavilion opens at The Florida Mall
- Replaces former Food Court and is much, much bigger in space and options including healthy fare. It features modern architecture, a whole lot more places to sit down and improved restrooms.
- Learn more about the Dining Pavilion at the following link: http://orlandomallguide.com/new-dining-pavilion-opens-at-the-florida-mall/.
13:59 – Interview with Dewayne Bevil, attractions reporter for Orlando Sentinel
- Dewayne takes us back to when he was in high school and a mall opened in his small town, as well as his early memories of the Orlando mall scene in the late 80’s/early 90’s.
- Crayola Experience offers 25 hands-on stations to unleash your creativity. The average dwell time is four to five hours.
- Dewayne discusses what struck him the most which includes his appreciation for the blending of old-school coloring with new-school technology.
- How do you base an attraction on crayons? Dewayne explains the approach Crayola took, which was to amp up the experience gained at home using their products through the use of tech.
- Admission is $19.99 per person and an annual membership is $29.99 per person. If one was to return for a second day within a year, it makes monetary sense to purchase the membership.
- Learn more about the Crayola Experience at the following link: http://orlandomallguide.com/crayola-experience-now-open-at-the-florida-mall/.
23:57 – International Hot Glass set to open later this summer at Artegon Marketplace Orlando
- 4,300-square foot glass gallery will showcase glass-blown art from around the world. But the coolest part is the chance to pair up with a professional to create your own unique piece of glass art that you can take home. Workshops start at $45 per person.
- The end result will need to cool overnight but can be picked up the next day or delivered straight to your home or hotel room.
- Learn more about International Hot Glass at the following link: http://orlandomallguide.com/international-hot-glass-to-debut-july-at-artegon-marketplace-orlando/.
25:32 – Sky Zone Trampoline Park eyes its grand opening for August at Artegon Marketplace Orlando
25:42 – Berghoff’s Oktoberfest a scratch at Artegon Marketplace Orlando
- As I said on Ken Storey’s Orlando Tourism Report podcast episode 36 in a discussion that covered a myriad of topics, Berghoff’s Oktoberfest will no longer be opening at Artegon Marketplace Orlando. No reason is available but mall management states that a new tenant will be announced soon.
26:16 – Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill closes at Artegon Marketplace Orlando
- As Kyle Arnold of the Orlando Sentinel reported, the restaurant chain is experiencing financial difficulties across many of its locations across the nation. The mall states that despite the company’s issues, the restaurant did well at its I-Drive location. Mark expresses how every time he was at center, the place was always busy. All in all, the restaurant chain’s shortcomings are not representative of its apparent success at Artegon Marketplace. A new concept awaits to take its place.