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The 8 must-read stories for April 2017

When covering Orlando and all of its many splendid attractions – including, of course, our particular focus, Universal Orlando Resort – it can be easy to get buried in a deluge of news stories or site updates. This is to be expected, given the breadth and depth of Central Florida’s themed wares, but it’s also […]

Universal’s theme park future is secured

Harry Potter gets a great deal of credit for helping to make Universal’s theme park holdings across the globe newly resurgent, but the second player in the success story largely goes unmentioned. Comcast purchased NBCUniversal in 2011 – just a year after The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade opened – and was so […]

5 tallest and fastest roller coasters in Orlando

When it comes to roller coasters, a lot of people sometimes say bigger isn’t better, yet the theme parks, year after year, continue to push the envelope with just how high and how fast their coasters can go. Orlando is home to one of the best collections of roller coasters in the world; the theme […]

The exotic desserts of Pandora: The World of Avatar

Disney has been aggressively pursuing its food and beverage lineup for next month’s Pandora: The World of Avatar, telling us about the brand-new Mobile Order initiative and even revealing the land’s full menu. This is no surprise – Universal has said that it views the South Pacific cuisine of Volcano Bay as one of the […]

Starbucks offers Disney Springs exclusive drink

A new store exclusive Pink Flamingo Frappuccino is now being offered at the Disney Springs West Side Starbucks. Baristas were inspired to create the drink following last week’s Unicorn Frappuccino craze. The Pink Flamingo Frappuccino is a white mocha creme frappuccino with raspberry and strawberry pieces blended in. It’s topped with purple whipped cream and […]

Disney’s little touches are making Pandora super immersive

Much attention has been paid of late to 2019’s Star Wars Land, and how it promises to revolutionize the theme park experience with built-in hotels and ongoing, all-encompassing narratives, but it’s increasingly looking like Disney will beat itself to the punch with Pandora: The World of Avatar, which opens at Animal Kingdom next month. Pandora’s […]

Disney World announces “Free Dining” details for 2017

It’s that time of year again. Disney has released details on one of their most popular promotions of the year, the “free” Dining Plan offer. The company made some interesting changes to the promotion this year, possibly making it less of a value if you’re considering it. What’s changed in the 2017 free Dining Plan […]

8 ways to enjoy Star Wars at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

With construction coming to a close on Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, all eyes are now set on Star Wars Land, which is scheduled to open in 2019 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The massive expansion will feature an immersive world with two signature attractions for guests to enjoy. With that […]

Disney World details the score for “Happily Ever After”

Wishes Nighttime Spectacular will be officially becoming to an end on May 11 at the Magic Kingdom. A new show, called  “Happily Ever After” will kick off the next day on May 12. Walt Disney World has released a new video showcasing what has gone into creating the score for the this new nighttime spectacular, which […]

RUMOR: Tree of Life Awakenings at Disney’s Animal Kingdom to expand

The Tree of Life Awakenings show at Disney’s Animal Kingdom will be celebrating one year at the park next month, and according to WDW Magic, the show is rumored to be expanding to other areas of the park. Guests can currently only view the shows on the front side of the tree, which offered viewing areas near […]

New nighttime photos of Pandora: The World of Avatar light up the night

One of the biggest visual aspects of Pandora: The World of Avatar is the bioluminescent plants at night. Bloomberg has released new images of the Animal Kingdom expansion that show off just what guests can expect to see while exploring the alien jungle this summer. Walt Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde and his team had several […]

Star Wars Land: Our first glimpse of its layout and attractions

Over this past weekend, we were treated to a special panel at Star Wars Celebration Orlando that offered up a few tantalizing glimpses into Star Wars Land, the 2019 expansion that is going into Hollywood Studios in Orlando and Disneyland Park in Anaheim. (We also got a behind-the-scenes video, to boot, which was low on […]

Harry Potter: What we want out of the wizarding Christmas

In case you missed the big news from last week – seriously, it’s one of the most popular stories we’ve ever run in Orlando Informer’s entire six-year history – Christmas is coming to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter this year. The festivities will start on November 18 and will consist of exclusive décor, seasonal […]

Disney World details the drinks of Pandora – The World of AVATAR

With just under one month until Pandora – The World of AVATAR opens to the public at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, we now have some more details as to what specialty beverages guests will be enjoying this summer at the Satu’li Canteen and Pongu Pongu. The menu will consist of both non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages, so […]

RUMOR: Is Disney making Star Wars, Indiana Jones, & Frozen hotels?

The news has been running rampant today that Disney is currently surveying guests about a possible Star Wars-themed hotel that would potentially be installed on-property at Walt Disney World Resort. This is understandably exciting – thus all the headlines, social media posts, and, even, local news coverage(!) in Orlando – but it’s actually only one-third […]

Toothsome has a ONE-DAY-ONLY milkshake today

Even before Toothsome Chocolate Emporium and Savory Feast Kitchen opened last September 22, it was renowned for its impressive façade (which was helped furnished by none other than Universal Creative, the department responsible for designing theme park attractions) and, of course, for its over-the-top milkshakes, which range from the delectable Espresso Buzz Milkshake (which features […]

4 things we just learned about Star Wars Land

It feels like we’ve been discussing Star Wars Land, Disney’s biggest single-property land in its 62-year theme-park history, forever now; in reality, however, The Walt Disney Company only officially announced the expansion in 2015, and construction began just a year ago. Still, even within this two-year context, we actually know precious little about the area […]

LEGOLAND Florida teams up Autism Speaks and adds ‘Quiet Rooms,’ No-Wait Passes and more

April is National Autism Awareness Month and LEGOLAND Florida Resort is doing their part by announcing the addition of ‘Quiet Rooms,’ No-Wait Passes and Employee Training to assist guests with Autism Spectrum Disorders. LEGOLAND Florida recently partnered with the North and Central Florida chapter of Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, to better serve […]

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RUMOR: Is Disney making Star Wars, Indiana Jones, & Frozen hotels?

The news has been running rampant today that Disney is currently surveying guests about a possible Star Wars-themed hotel that would potentially be installed on-property at Walt Disney World Resort. This is understandably exciting – thus all the headlines, social media posts, and, even, local news coverage(!) in Orlando – but it’s actually only one-third […]

Harry Potter Christmas Celebration announced

Universal has just announced a Christmas Celebration at Universal Orlando’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter, an event that has long been rumored. Although the details are, as of this moment, rather sparse, what information has been provided is nothing short of exhilarating. We have very little doubt that this will prove to be one of […]

SeaWorld announces a revolutionary new water ride

This is the summer of the water park. Universal is, of course, leading the charge with Volcano Bay, which is being billed as a “water theme park,” and Disney has decided to get into the game by adding Miss Adventure Falls, the first new attraction to land at Typhoon Lagoon in a decade. Now it’s […]

Jimmy Fallon’s grand opening was crazy but purposeful

Despite severe weather in the area, which threatened to disrupt the proceedings, Jimmy Fallon and a gaggle of his closest friends – both of the real and Universal costumed variety – arrived in a mini-parade down the street in front of his brand-new, now-open attraction, Race through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon. The event was […]

4 BIG Universal updates from March 2017

March has been an exceptionally busy month for Universal – not surprising, given just how big of a year 2017 promises to be (we already have Volcano Bay and Race through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon confirmed, with a Harry Potter nighttime show and, just maybe, Christmas event rumored to be on the way). From […]

REVEALED: How your annual pass works (or not) at Volcano Bay

Ever since Volcano Bay was first announced two years ago, there has been one overriding question that keeps inundating us here at OI HQ (and Universal’s Guest Services department and, we’re pretty sure, every other part of the online themed community, as well): “Will my annual pass work at the water theme park?” We now, […]

American Horror Story returning to Halloween Horror Nights 27

Universal Orlando Resort just announced that the popular FX show, American Horror Story, will be returning to Halloween Horror Nights 27. The haunted house will feature content from season two: “Asylum,” season three: “Coven” and season six: “Roanoke.” Some of the highlights from season 2 will include Dr. Arden’s  human “Rasper” experiments and an encounter with serial […]

REVEALED: Volcano Bay’s crazy food

Over the course of the past two years, Universal has been slowly but surely revealing every last facet of its brand-new “water theme park”: its attractions, backstory, and, most intriguing of all, its TapuTapu wearable. But what’s been missing in this deluge of information (see what I did there?) has been Volcano Bay’s food and […]

CONFIRMED: Universal’s seventh on-site hotel

When Comcast took control of NBCUniversal some six years ago, it was unsatisfied with how few hotel rooms were on-property at Universal Orlando – only some 2,400, spread across the first three venues of Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel, and Royal Pacific Resort. With the sheer amount of money and people that are now […]