Hang Gliding at Wallaby Ranch, Wrestling Alligators at Gatorland, Boggy Creek Airboat Ride, The Ravenous Pig Gastropub, Organic Beer Tasting at Orlando Brewing, Lake Buena Vista Resort, Music of Sailor 1942
Wallaby Ranch offers year-round Discovery Tandem Flights and hang gliding instruction. We are located just outside Orlando in sunny central Florida. We use the latest tandem aerotowing techniques to provide the safest, most enjoyable hang gliding experience possible. Wallaby Ranch offers a truly unique atmosphere for visitors, students, pilots and their families, and friends from around the world.g Gliding at Wallaby Ranch
Wrestling Alligators at Gatorland
For more than 60 years, Gatorland has been creating Fun, Smiles, and Special Memories for millions of visitorswho have entered through its world-famous gator mouth entrance. Located between Orlando and Kissimmee on the South Orange Blossom Trail, Gatorland is one of Central Florida’s classic attractions, and provides a unique and natural alternative to the larger theme parks of today. Founded by the late Owen Godwin in 1949, and still privately owned by his family today, Gatorland is a 110-acre theme park and wildlife preserve, combining “Old Florida” charm with exciting, new exhibits and entertainment.
Boggy Creek Airboat Ride
The Florida Everglades in south Florida are known worldwide as the location to go out on an airboat tour. It took years of talking to journalists, travel agents and customers to open up the awareness that the headwaters to the Florida Everglades actually start right in Orlando. They were able to finally make visitors realize that with their few precious vacation days Boggy Creek’s central location still gives them a chance to see the “Real Florida” only minutes from Orlando’s attractions.
The Ravenous Pig Gastropub
The gastropub is an idea fresh from across the pond. Start with a traditional pub experience, add a passionate culinary team and pair with an elevated dining experience—and you’ll get fare that is as delicious as it is unique.
Lake Buena Vista Resort
Lake Buena Vista Resort is the preferred Orlando Resort of thousands of Orlando visitors every year! Our luxurious Orlando Resort offers fully furnished one, two, three and four bedroom condo style hotel suites in the heart of Orlando, Florida.
Organic Beer Tasting at Orlando Brewing And Music of Sailor 1942
Orlando Brewing beer is the only beer around declared “Fresh From Florida” by the state’s Department of Agriculture. It is also never pasteurized and therefore must remain cold.
At Orlando Brewing we love all things local, organic and sustainable. That’s why our six-pack holders and plastic cases are recyclable and reusable, while our sampler flight trays are up-cycled wooden pallets. It’s also why we donate our spent grains, which are 100% certified organic and high in fiber and protein, to local and organic farmers in the surrounding area to be used as feed, helping to sustain our community’s local and organic agriculture.
Sailor, 1942 in a rich mix of folk, indie, blues, punk rock, soul, and youth.
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00:00-00:04 JON: Hi. I’m Jon Olson and welcome to Next Stop, from the theme park capital of the world.
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00:19-00:36 JON: Welcome to Orlando, Florida. On this episode of Next Stop, we will visit the longest continuously running theme park in Central Florida. We’ll soar high above the Wallaby Ranch, and we’ll get up close and personal with untamed nature in the Everglades. All this and more playful personalities on Next Stop Orlando. The fun starts now!
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00:43-03:48 JON: I’ve jumped out of airplanes, I’ve jumped of mountains, I’ve swam with sharks and sting rays. Today, hang gliding at Wallaby Ranch.Check that off the bucket list! There are many beautiful places to hang glide around the world, but there are very few places to learn. Wallaby ranch here in Orlando is one of those places.
MALCOLM: Kind of a hang gliding kibbutz of sorts you know, we have a lot of fun and we sort of live, eat and breathe hang gliding, which is a great environment for someone who wants to come and learn.
JON: This is kind of the mecca for hang gliders from around the world, everyone wants to come here, why is that?
MALCOLM: Well, we are actually famous for being safe, you know? Hang gliding has a reputation out there and people are afraid of it, and if they research it much they will find out we have an unbelievably good safety record.
MALCOLM: In all that time, we’ve never put a scratch on the soil.
JON: What is the process in learning, what am I going to do here?
MALCOLM: Well you get in the harness with the instructor, there is 2 harnesses that both hang from the center of gravity. Lay down in here and your feet are completely off the ground, on the wheels, and you take off behind the airplane and you follow them up to 2,000, 2,500 feet, he gives you a signal and you release the rope and your gliding around, and at that point, it is just like you have launched off a mountain.
MALCOLM: Alright, we are in the air.
JON: This is awesome!
MALCOLM: Since the advent of aero towing, ultralite has evolved to the point that you can tow them, it has made teaching a lot easier. Feels pretty nice, huh?
JON: It feels great. What a freeing feeling.know?
MALCOLM: Hang gliding is fun, it’s not about being scared, you know? We will just go to the down wind edge of the field here and we will finish up with a little figure 8 approach.
JON: Haha, the eagle has landed!
MALCOLM: What do you think?
JON: That is fantastic! That is the best way to start a day, oh my gosh.
MALCOLM: None better. You did great!
JON: You have so many people that have come here for the first time and have stayed.This is like a commune, in a good way. There are so many people that just eat, breath and sleep hang gliding, but everybody has a function on this property as well.
MALCOLM: Sure. Somebody is cooking, somebody is fixing airplanes, somebody is teaching.
JON: So what is the greatest part about Wallaby Ranch to you?
MALCOLM: Everyday I am taking someone else up, that is the biggest motivating thing for me to do tandems, that is the biggest motivating thing for me to start this place in the first place, is my love of taking up people that have never been before.
JON: That is one of absolute coolest things I have ever done in my life, and if you guys want to check this out, I think there is a website somewhere you can go to.
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03:56-04:01 JON: Coming up on Next Stop, the oldest theme park in Central Florida, and a lovely Orlando resort.
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04:04-7:56 JON: Gatorland is the alligator capital of the world, combining old Florida charm with new exciting exhibits and entertainment. I’m Jon Olson.
TIM: Hey Jon, welcome to Gatorland.
JON: It’s good to meet you. Now, Karen from Visit Orlando says you have the most interesting title in the state of Florida.
TIM: Well, it is the Dean of Gator Wrestling, but I don’t want that to impress anyone.
JON: I’m impressed!
TIM: I’ve been doing this for about 40 years. What it really means is when I get down on a gator I just can’t get back up, so there you go, you get a title. You ever wrestle a gator?
JON: I never have.
TIM: Let’s do that and a few more things, we’ve got a lot of stuff here at Gatorland.
JON: I’m following you.
TIM: Alright, come on. This is one of our favorite alligators. He was a wild alligator down in Hillsboro County. Thats a boy.
JON: That’s Chester.
TIM: Come here Chester, there ya go.
TIM: What you see right there is about 3,000 pounds per square inch.
JON: What are we doing here?
TIM: We’re going to go right in here, and we are going to walk at them kinda slow, but they are probably all going to turn and run, I hope not. Walk that at them. don’t be hesitant, just walk straight at them. Se, when they don’t run, that means they are going to attack.
JON: OK, great!
TIM: Can you stand up and smile for me today? Come here, lift your head up, hey buddy.Yeah.
JON: That is not a friendly noise.
TIM: Jon, we’re going to put you on one of our wrestling gators. Now you’re going to also give this a shot. Brandon, why don’t you go ahead and get his tail, now as he pulls him back, and as he’s pulling, he’s watching the gators mouth because they can spin and bite.
BRANDON: Now get on his back, get both knees right over the seam, now you hold him right around the tape here, cover it up and there you go, you’re on an alligator.
JON: This is a first. Whoa!
TIM: I was told this is one of your favorite animals.
JON: Yeah, love them! He can get in my hand
TIM: I’m going to drape him here. No, he is a very friendly snake. again, one of our reptiles of concern here in Florida, it’s a Burmese python, and there is reportedly thousand of these down in the everglades South Florida. This is a Chilean rosy haired tarantula, very delicate, isn’t it? It’s a different feeling.
JON: It’s very different. Especially when you can’t see what they are doing. Very calming feeling.
TIM: It’s just crawling. I’m going to just leave you with that one.
JON: So this is the oldest continuous theme park in the state of Florida.
TIM: We’ve got thousands of alligators, crocodiles, a zip line, an alligator breeding marsh that is absolutely full of natural wildlife, natural birds, so there is just something to see for everybody, if you are a nature lover or you want some of that thrill side of it.’SO who’s your girlfriend?
TIM: This is Holly, she came to us through the pet trade industry. give Jon a kiss, Holly. There ya go, now get up here. She’s a Malucan cockatiel
JON: Tim, I can not thank you enough for a memorable afternoon. What a pleasure.
TIM: I had a great time, you were a great sport. and you ar enot going home with any extra holes, that is a succesful day around here.
JON: Thanks for having us, it was a pleasure to meet you.
TIM: Come back soon.
JON: Thank you so much, take care. Think TIm’s going to miss you? You are coming home with me buddy!
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08:24-10:38 JON: Our Orlando home is the Lake Buena Vista Lake resort, Village and Spa, and village is a very appropriate word for this place, it is a village. Now Daryl, you’ve been here from the beginning.
DARYL: Correct. we started with 2 buildings originally, the mall was next door.
JON: It must be amazing to see what it has become today for you.
DARYL: It is, It’s a child that has grown, so it’s pretty impressive. Once again, I’ve been here since the beginning.
JON: And a lot of variety for the families that stay here.
DARYL: Absolutely. We’’ve got 2, 3 and 4 bedroom units that will fit any size family.
JON: Now it is a village, there is a lot going on here, but one of my favorite things is the pool.
DARYL: The pool is zero entray, it was built for families., The pirate ship is our biggest thing, it’s our number one focus., everyone sees it and goes oh, and the kids go looka the ship, look at the ship, so it is pretty impressive.
JON: The location is excellent, you are close to so many theme parks, you’ve got a nice mall with designer brand shops next door.
DARYL” A couple of weeks ago I awas walking by the pool and a gentleman said ‘Are you the manager’? and I said “Yes, how can I help you’? and he said ‘ I just want to thank you; I said ‘Absolutely, you know, I’m glad you are enjoying your stay and everything He said ‘I want to thank you, because when I came down we were going to do all the parks, and we did the parks the first day and after that the kids got in the pool and said they didn’t want to go to the parks anymore, they just wanted to stay in the pool ’ so hence, he saved a lot from going to the parks all day.
JON: So he hung out in the poolside bar all day, the kids were in the pool, I’m guessing his wife was in the spa. Tell us about the spa, it’s a really nice spa.
DARYL: The spa is 6,00 square feet, full service for hair, nails, manicure, pedicure, different styles of massage, it’s very nice.
JON: We have frequented the place next door, you’ve got a very authentic Irish pub with excellent food.
DARYL: Frankie Farrells is another key feature, it is our one main restaurant on property, huge portions, great prices, and a really good atmosphere, it’s got a authentic irish fell in it.
JON: It’s excellent. You’ve also got a general store, you’ve got a fitness center, this place really has it all.
DARYL Yeah, it’s as you said, it’s a village, so we try and incorporate everything that the guest would need so they really, besides having to go to the park, they don’t have to leave.
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10:44-10:49 JON: Up next, we experience nature at it’s finest, and Orlando’s Ravenous Pig.
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10:53-14:14 JON: Today we experience the untamed wilderness of the Central Florida everglades with Boggy Creek Airboat Rides. Tell us about this boat, how does this thing work?
JOHN: Basically, it’s relatively simple as far as mechanics goes, you have your big block chevrolet, so basically all you do it this little pedal right here, you hit that when you are ready to go, your steering is right here, this right here is a hard left, this right here is a right.
JON: So what are we hoping to see today?
JOHN: We are going to see as much as we can possibly find. Gators hopefully, preferably, and any other wildlife that’s going to contribute to what we do. They are not on the payroll like I am though, so there is no guarantees. Up over here guys we’ve got ourselves about a 10 or 11 foot male alligator, and if you look directly behind where his head is, you see the grass is kind of layed down, that is kind of his little spot that he’s chosen to come up and sun himself to get his body warm. Now this is a perfect angle too, you can see the distance between the nose and the eyes on this gator? Whatever that distance is in inches, will translate over into feet.
JON: That is crazy going through that grass, it goes against all principles of boating.
JOHN: Yeah, it’s um, I see it all the time, the first time people that have been in a boating background see that, you can see the look of total terror on their faces, and then they are like, that was kinda cool, do it again, do it again! That one right there we are going to say is about 4 or 5 years of age.
JON: Does the hissing mean he likes us?
JOHN: The hissing means he wants you to just reach out and touch him. Pet him, come on now, be my buddy. No, I don’t want you to do that. Honestly, even a gator of about this size has a bite equivalent of to that of a pit bull.
JON: OK, no.
JOHN: Over here, off to your left, on the very top of the cypress trees, off to the left hand side, it you look, you not have one, but you actually have two, there is a pair of breeding bald eagles there on the left. This county actually has the highest concentration of breeding and nesting bald eagles in the entire state of Florida. There is 20 just around the outside of this lake alone. Come on little one, come on buddy, mama, help him out, you can do it. Come on buddy we’re pulling for you.
JON: What kind of birds are these?
JOHN: We’ve got a breeding set of Sandhill Cranes, and there is a set of two freshly newborn babies that have hatched out in the last few days.
JON: They are already playing, man, look at that!
JOHN: A little sibling rivalry going on there.
JON: John, this is nature at it’s finest, unspoiled nature.
JOHN: Yes, it certainly is. This is basically what the real Florida is. You come out here and enjoy what the real beauty is. This is basically the way it would have been 50 or 60 years ago, before there was any intrusion of people, theme parks, and anything else. Coming out here givve you a little taste of what this place use to be like a hundred years ago, what our grandfathers would have seen.
JON: What a wonderful experience, thank you very much.
JOHN: My pleasure, I appreciate you coming down and sharing this with me.
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14:23-14:44 JON: Orlando Florida us one of the top domestic and international meeting and vacation destinations in the world. To plan your dream vacation to Orlando, we recommend you check out visitorlando.com this website is loaded with helpful information to help your family plan a vacation with memories to last a lifetime.From discounted theme park tickets, to sample itineraries,visitorlando.com has got it all.
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14:50-16:43 JON: The Ravenous Pig is located in Winter Park, one of 6 dining districts in Orlando. It’s a gastro pub. What is that exactly? Let’s find out. We’ve filmed all over the world. We’ve talked about gastronomy in Mexico, we’ve featured a gastro pub in Sydney, Australia, but I still don’t know what gastro pub really means.
JAMES: What gastro pub means to us, or what we first envisioned when we first decided to open was a pub atmosphere that focused on food first.
JON: It’s called the Ravenous Pig, but you don’t just serve pig.
JAMES: No, we are almost 50/50 serving seafood and meat. We do everything.
JON: So what do we try here?
JAMES: We should probably start here, this is a chicken and pork truffled sausage, with a house made mustard underneath here, a head cheese, which is a braised pigs head rolled up and then sliced. In front of you is one of our appetizers, it actually scallop and pork belly, so that is a seared diver scallop, and then a piece of porl belly.
JON: I’ve never had anything like it.
JAMES: It’s very cool, I like it a lot.
JON: It’s really good. So you are not only well known for your food, but you are also well known for your cocktails.
JAMES: Jaime heads up our bar, she is fantastic. I really suggest your next stop here moving right up to the bar and seeing what Jaime has to offer.
JON: Twist my arm!
JAIME: This is our house infused bacon bourbon, so we actually rendered bacon fat and mixed it with house infused organic maple syrup,. then we mix it with a little bit of vanilla extract, orange bitters, top it with soda and serve it with candied bacon.
JON: Everything is better with bacon.
JAIME: Of course.
JON: Why should our viewers come to the Ravenous Pig?
JAIME: I guess the number one reason is that I can’t think of any reason why you shouldn’t.
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16:49-16:55 JON: Coming up on Next Stop, our local music segment, and some tasty Orlando brew.
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17:01-19:27 JON: For our live music scene in Orlando, we are at the Orlando Brewing Establishment which is my new favorite haunt. This place is awesome John, I love it man, thanks for having us.
JOHN: No, thank you.
JON: Now I love 3 things about this place. I love the bear. I love all the stuff on the wall, but I especially love the big american flag. What’s up with that?
JOHN: It’s the flag that was used for the opening ceremonies of our theater downtown, it was a big high rise and everything, and when they were done with the ceremony, they decided they were going to throw the flag away. Well, the foreman of the job said ‘No, no, no, no, I’ve got a friend who know what to do with it’ and so he brought it down here and we hung it on the wall.
JOHN: So it’s been flown once.
JON: Only once, and now it stays on your wall proudly.
JOHN: Forever and ever.
JON: everything else on your wall, you’ve got some crazy signs up there. What is your favorite one?
JOHN: I think the reason I get up in the morning is beer.
JON: That one? Every afternoon? The reason I get up every afternoon is beer?
JOHN: Yeah, afternoon. Yep.
JON: I like that one too. Let’s talk about your beer, because it’s really good, it’s also one of the true organic breweries.
JOHN: We are one of ten in the United States of the world there are the 3 beers that we have, that is the imminent domain, that is a malty, a very malty beer, then we have the blonde, the blonde is our most popular, it’s very light, it is about 4 or 4 ½ percent alcohol.
JON: I can see why. Now this one, I love the name.
JOHN: That’s Hopgasmic
JOHN: That was the end of the year beer, we converted from non organic hops to organic hops.
JON: I like this beer a lot.
JOHN: So that is the last beer we made with non organic hops.
JON: I like it, that’s excellent
JOHN: Everything we make now is from 100% organic hops
JON: So you guys feature live music.
JOHN: Yes we do, I like music, I really enjoy music. We’re the original original music venue in Orlando.
JON: I like it, and that goes basically for our band tonight, Sailor 1942
JON: Their music is old school ,but very young kids.
JOHN: They are, umm, they have a very unique way of looking at the world, they are kind of what you would expect in the Bob Dylan age of folk.
20:34-20:47 JON: Do you ever get up and sing with the band?
JOHN: Um, one time.
JON: Ha ha! How did that work out for you?
JOHN: I’m not sure, I think it’s on youtube.
JON: I’m going to look for that, I’m definitely going to look for that.
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21:22-21:51 JON: Thanks for tuning in to Next Stop from Orlando. In addition to theme parks, we hope we showed you some different things to do here in the Orlando area. Also a huge thanks to this shows sponsors, Visit Orlando, and the Lake Buena Vista Resort Village and Spa. And a special shout out to florida Dolphin Tours who hooked us up with Orlando Magic tickets, thanks guys. Thanks also to our shows title sponsors and good friends, Alaska Airlines and the Alaska Airlines VISA signature card. Next Stop, where will we take you next? Make good memories everybody.
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