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 NEW: Skull Island: Reign of Kong now open
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REVIEW: Strong Water Tavern Rum Tasting at Sapphire Falls Resort

I remember one of the first pieces of concept art for Loews Sapphire Falls Resort I ever laid eyes on featured the Strong Water Tavern. I knew then and there a visit here would be compulsory for me. With a little help from the Orlando Informer team and our friends at Loews, I had the distinct pleasure […]

4 Pokemon Go-inspired attractions to put into Universal’s parks

Pokemon Go has, over the course of the past week, dominated news stories (thanks to its being used on smart phones more than Tinder and Twitter, to it adding $9 billion of value to publisher Nintendo, and, of course, thanks to all the various real-world mishaps it’s been wreaking across the country, including a teenager […]

Top 5 bars at the Walt Disney World Resort

Nothing feels better than escaping the brutal Florida sun. Getting a delicious drink once you’re inside the air conditioning? Priceless. Today we’ve got for you our top five bars around the Walt Disney World Resort. With this list you’re sure to find a great location to beat the heat without worrying about having to buy park admission. […]

Suspicious package at Universal Orlando CityWalk causes temporary closure

A suspicious package found by a K-9 unit in Universal Orlando’s transportation hub caused an evacuation and temporary closure of the facility at around 4:50 PM on Monday. The all-clear was issued later at around 5:40 PM. Universal Orlando’s transportation hub encompasses its two garages, valet, and bus/taxi loop. It is how almost all guests […]

6 beautiful photos of Cinderella Castle at Disney World

As a kid, one of my earliest memories in my life is my first ever visit to the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, here in Orlando, Florida. I was two years old at the time (or so I’ve been told) and I was headed down Main Street, towards Cinderella castle in a stroller. I […]

Toothsome Chocolate Emporium begins to take shape at Universal Orlando

Almost a year ago, Orlando Informer reported CityWalk’s newest addition would focus on chocolate and sweets. In March, Universal Orlando officials lifted the veil on the new addition (at the time) titled The Toothsome Chocolate Factory & Savory Feast Emporium. The news broke the internet and became one of our most popular articles ever, shared […]

‘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 […]

In Case You Missed It

Countdown to Diagon Alley: How Harry Potter is defining the next-generation theme park experience

On Thursday, January 23, Universal is going to finally blow open its most-anticipated attraction yet, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley, in a webcast announcement. To mark the occasion, we here at Orlando Informer are throwing a countdown to the two-years-in-the-making event with this new blog post series, exploring – and celebrating […]

Black Friday Universal Orlando 2015 Deal

4-night vacation package from only $89* per adult, per night, tax inclusive. Vacation Package includes: 4-night stay at Rosen Inn International, a Universal Partner Hotel 3-day park-to-park ticket^ Early Park Admission◊ one hour before the theme park opens to one Universal Orlando theme park Access to select live entertainment venues˄˄ at CityWalk Upgrade to Cabana […]

A new spin on Chevy’s Fresh Mex gets its start in Orlando

The Crossroad Shopping Plaza in Lake Buena Vista, near Walt Disney World, is a popular place to find affordable, quality dining. Over the years many enhancements and new businesses have come to this shopping plaza while one staple has remained strong for many years: Chevy’s Fresh Mex. Now the time has come for Chevy’s to […]

Reader poll: Your favorite on-site hotel at Universal Orlando

One thing I love about Orlando is the variety of beautiful hotels that are in the area. At Universal Orlando specifically, guests will find three AAA Four Diamond award-winning luxury resorts: Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Hard Rock Hotel, and Loews Portofino Bay Hotel. Not only are these properties visually stunning, but they offer a lot […]

What’s new in Orlando’s theme parks for 2011

LEGOLAND Florida The new LEGOLAND Florida is the biggest thing heading our way in 2011.  Taking over the grounds of Cypress Gardens in Winter Haven, about an hour from the attractions in Orlando, this new theme park will be the second LEGOLAND in the US and the fifth in the world. LEGOLAND bills itself as […]

CityWalk’s next generation, wave three: Bread Box and Hot Dog Hall of Fame

They’ve finally arrived, just in time for summer. The spectrum of dining options at Universal CityWalk continues to broaden as Bread Box and Hot Dog Hall of Fame have now officially opened. I recently visited CityWalk in order to try out both of these new casual dining options. First up, my dining companions and I […]

Top 5 secrets of Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

Welcome to THE BIG 5, a definitive top-five list of various Orlando-related, uh, stuff. THE BIG 5 is wide ranging and will run the gamut from the top five roller coasters in Orlando, to the top five gift shops at Universal, to the top five billboards on I-4, and everything in between. This week’s list […]

Rumor round-up for June 27, 2014: Universal is building three more hotels, all the HHN 24 scare zones, and a few Diagon Alley updates

Hotels, hotels, and more hotels It has long been known that Universal has been interested in eventually developing five hotels on its property – that’s been in the books ever since the mid-’90s, when the company first hatched plans to transform Universal Studios Florida into Universal Orlando Resort – and it’s even been thoroughly accepted […]

Why you NEED to eat at Yard House

It was my sister, Stefanie, who first experienced Yard House at a South Florida location of theirs, as well as one in Los Angeles. When she caught wind that they were expanding into the Central Florida market, she was supremely excited and began sharing the details with me as we awaited their grand opening. The […]

Rumor round-up for June 14, 2013: Universal Dining Plan, The Simpsons, The Lorax, The Smurfs & Space Mountain

Followers of Orlando Informer on Twitter got the scoop earlier this week on Universal announcing a brand new Universal Dining Plan, giving the obsessive-compulsive trip planner a whole new level of resort features to account for — and giving everyone else potentially small-to-major headaches. Walt Disney World, whose own dining plan is both popular and […]

Rumor round-up for February 28, 2014: Universal price increase, Star Wars Weekends, Leaky Cauldron’s food & Transformers-themed rooms

Save money on Universal Orlando tickets – for this weekend only Did you hear about Universal Orlando Resort’s price increases earlier this week, which were done to keep pace with Disney’s unusually-timed price hikes? And did you read our report that Universal’s website prices are still inexplicably set at 2013 levels? (You can seriously save […]

Three great events coming up at Universal’s on-site hotels – and we’re giving away tickets to two of them!

Velvet Sessions with Ed Roland Are you looking for our just announced Hard Rock Hotel Velvet Sessions giveaway featuring Ed Roland? If so, please click here.   Original post Over the next few weeks there are three exciting reasons to visit Universal’s on-site hotels: Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel, and Royal Pacific Resort. Better […]