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Celebrate National Chocolate Day with a NEW Toothsome shake

National Chocolate Day is right around the corner on Friday, October 28! Before you ask, of course Universal Orlando is celebrating. Festivities kick off at 11 am at The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen in CityWalk. A new, special milkshake will join the ranks of the 13 extraordinary Toothsome milkshakes. Jacques’ Chocolate Day Special, […]

6 ideas for date night at Halloween Horror Nights 26

What makes you reach for that special someone more than hair raising, heart throbbing fear? Sure, you could go see the latest scary movie and have your date under your arm as they clench your hand while anxiously awaiting to see what will pop-out on screen next, but why settle for just watching it unfold […]

Halloween Horror Nights 2016 extension confirmed

As first reported by Orlando Informer almost two weeks ago, Halloween Horror Nights 26 has officially been extended two additional nights. The event will now run on November 4 and 5. Park officials were forced to cancel Halloween Horror Nights on October 6 and 7 due to Hurricane Matthew. Guests who had date specific tickets […]

RUMOR: Halloween Horror Nights 2016 extended two extra nights

Universal Orlando will likely extended Halloween Horror Nights 2016 an additional two nights, Orlando Informer has learned. Sources familiar with the matter have indicated that Halloween Horror Nights will likely operate on November 4-5. Universal Studios Florida’s daytime operating hours were briefly adjusted to reflect this possibility, with the park opening an hour earlier than normal and […]

Step inside the original houses at Halloween Horror Nights 2016

Last week, we took you inside American Horror Story at Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 2016. This week, we’re excited to take you inside a different (but just as sinister) side to HHN 26. Halloween Horror Nights 26 offers three houses that each tell a completely original story. In Ghost Town: The Curse of Lightning […]

Hurricanes and your Orlando vacation: 4 things to know

Last Updated: October 4, 2016 7:10 AM As of writing this, Hurricane Matthew is approaching Florida. While it’s still too early to tell how much of an impact it will have on the state and Orlando, we thought it may be a good time to go over some important information you should know if you’re visiting […]

Top 5 Items from Weasley’s Wizarding Wheezes in Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando

One of my favorite shops to visit in all of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is the Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes toy and joke shop. Universal did such a great job that it mirrors what was in the Harry Potter franchise, both the books and movies. Located at 93 Diagon Alley, the Weasley twins’ shop […]

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Orlando Informer Weekly Dispatch: July 21 – 28, 2013

OI Universal Center updates Greetings, vacation planners! Prepare to UPGRADE YOUR ADVENTURE to Universal Orlando with our Weekly Dispatch. This is a summary of all the latest Universal news and activity on our site. Please note that these updates are listed from newest to oldest: 7/27 – We recently started using Flickr as a place […]

From the black lagoon: Weekly rumor round-up for Orlando’s theme parks

Is that a train I hear coming? While rumors of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter phase 2 have been running strong all year, buzz really picked up this week on the work being done for what looks to be the path for the Hogwarts Express train to go between Universal Studios Florida and Islands […]

Rumor round-up for March 23, 2013: Johnny Depp & Big Thunder Mountain, Cinematic Spectacular & Harry Potter, USF KidZone & Dreamworks

Johnny Depp to appear in another Magic Kingdom Attraction Lots of changes have been coming to Big Thunder Mountain at Disney’s Magic Kingdom. After a lengthy refurb, an interactive queue was installed that involved both a new backstory for the ride and an opportunity for guests to cause “explosions” in the attraction. Meanwhile, Jim Hill […]

OI Share: Don and his family experience the greatest vacation so far – part one

I have been to Universal Orlando 6 times, with 4 of the trips happening before IOA existed. On March 1, 2012, I set out to Florida for my 7th visit. Accompanying me were my two children, Bryce, 11, and Hailey, 6, my fiancé Jen, and her two daughters, Paige, 11 and Aly, 9. Bryce and […]

Tour Universal Studios Singapore

While on a recent trip to Singapore, I scheduled an extra day to visit Universal Studios Singapore. I have always wondered about the similarities and differences between the Orlando and worldwide Universal theme parks, and this was my chance to finally find out. It was a great day, which I am very happy to share […]

New Incredible Hulk Coaster begins soft opening at Universal’s Islands of Adventure

The completely redone Incredible Hulk Coast began soft opening on Monday, August 1, at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. The green one himself towered over the entrance as guests poured into one of the summer’s most highly anticipated attractions. What is a soft opening/technical rehearsal? A soft opening, commonly referred to as a technical rehearsal, is […]

Universal reveals Horror Nights house and number of zones

Universal Orlando Annual Passholders began receiving the fall mailer on Saturday. Within the seasonal packet that is mailed to most passholders is the name of an unannounced house and the first indication of the number of zones at this year’s Halloween Horror Nights. Tomb of the Ancients at Halloween Horror Nights 26 The packet lists […]

All-new Dine With Shamu premiering soon at SeaWorld Orlando

It’s Orlando’s most immersive and memorable family dining experience — Dine With Shamu at SeaWorld Orlando. Guests get closer than ever to SeaWorld’s majestic whales while enjoying a delicious menu of seasonal and sustainable items at a reserved poolside table. They’ll get an incredible glimpse into the interactions that occur between SeaWorld’s trainers and whales. […]

Best water park in Orlando

Aquatica was recently voted Orlando’s number-one water park by Orlando Sentinel readers. Featuring family-friendly waterslides partnered with one-of-a-kind thrills, Aquatica has something for everyone. Where else in Orlando can you find the fun of a water park mixed with the spirit of SeaWorld? It truly has many great attributes, and in today’s BIG 5, we’re […]

‘Halloween II’ coming to Halloween Horror Nights 26

This year at Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights everyone is entitled to at least one good scare. Today Universal Orlando revealed that Halloween II will be one of the nine houses at Halloween Horror Nights 26. This is Halloween‘s second appearance at Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights. The first house, which was constructed two years ago at […]

Countdown to Diagon Alley: Top five vacation planning tips for visiting the Harry Potter expansion at Universal Orlando

If you’re reading this page, you likely know that Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando Resort, scheduled to open summer 2014, will be one of the biggest things to happen in Orlando this decade. You probably know, too, that it will have the Leaky Cauldron, Gringotts Bank, King’s Cross Station, and the Hogwarts Express (among other […]

Universal Studios Florida trip report – June 2011 (includes 150 photos!)

Time to check out what’s going on at Universal Studios Florida, the original theme park at Universal Orlando Resort. You can click on any image to view it full-screen. You can also view and share many of these photos on the OI Facebook page. To view the entire USF trip report photo gallery–including more than […]