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3 ways Universal Orlando can use DreamWorks

After being initially reported earlier this week, the news was made official by Comcast today: NBCUniversal is the new, proud owner of DreamWorks Animation, the studio behind such properties as Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, and How to Train Your Dragon (Comcast, for all those not in the know, is the parent company of Universal, making […]

Mythos at Universal’s Islands of Adventure temporarily closes May 2

Mythos will temporarily close beginning Monday, May 2 for “routine maintenance”, Orlando Informer has learned. The restaurant, which has an average rating of 4.3/5 by Orlando Informer readers, is tentatively expected to reopen on Wednesday, May 25. Mythos is one of two full-service restaurants at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. It is often considered the best […]

The Exorcist coming to Halloween Horror Nights 26

Things just got scary. The Exorcist is the second house confirmed to be coming to Halloween Horror Nights 26. Mike Aiello announced the news on Universal Orlando’s blog today. Recognizing the movie as one of “the kings of influential horror pop culture,” Aiello admitted the house won’t be the easiest to design with the majority of […]

9 extraordinary pictures from Universal’s InstaMeet

Cameras in hand and tripods ready, Universal Orlando invited just under 30 of Orlando’s top Instagram photographers and select media outlets to photograph both parks completely empty this past weekend. As rain poured down and the park began to close for the day, Universal’s second “InstaMeet” kicked off. Below find our 9 favorite shots captured by Orlando […]

Disney awakens with six massive announcements

This week at Walt Disney World’s Awaken Summer event, the company made several massive announcements about their slate of projects opening this year and beyond. Here are the six you absolutely cannot miss. 1. Disney’s Animal Kingdom awakens at night Starting this Memorial Day weekend, Disney’s Animal Kingdom will debut their new nighttime offerings to […]

Universal Orlando Increases Annual Pass Prices

Universal Orlando has increased all Annual Pass prices this week, Orlando Informer has learned. Florida Residents looking to purchase the Resort’s Power Pass will see the steepest increase at 9.3%. Its non-FL resident sibling took the second highest increase at 8.3%. Universal Orlando’s Power Pass provides access to the parks during most times of the […]

Harry Potter: 4 NEW updates to the parks

Last month, we discussed all the ways that Universal Orlando Resort could expand without having to build new attractions on new parcels of land, and much of that speculation – naturally – focused on the untold potential of the Harry Potter franchise. It turns out that Universal is already taking that idea and running with […]

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Wizarding World of Harry Potter trip report – October 2011

Time again to visit Universal’s signature area, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. We swung through earlier today, about 2:00pm, and we were quite surprised by the amount of people. I wonder if it had to do with the weather, since it rained basically all weekend. In any case, the wait time for Forbidden Journey […]

Wolfgang Puck Cafe at Downtown Disney: Dining in style at Downtown Disney’s West Side

Wolfgang Puck invites you to dine in style at Downtown Disney’s West Side. Located right across from the AMC movie theater in Downtown Disney–Walt Disney World’s shopping, dining, and entertainment district–Wolfgang Puck serves up new American cuisine with a flair for originality. The Downtown Disney West Side venue is actually two restaurants in one: quick-service […]

Special needs are Universal: Traveling with two disabled children – how to best prepare for Universal Orlando?

Welcome to Special Needs Are Universal, a column devoted to helping those with disabilities or who have disabled family or friends. There are many sites available on the internet, but Orlando Informer is the first that has the best information available for both disabled and non-disabled guests. There is no need to jump from place […]

Boating around Walt Disney World: Set sail on the Seven Seas Lagoon and beyond

Many of Orlando’s attractions, resorts, and theme parks offer various fun-filled activities outside of the traditional shows and rides. Nowhere is this more apparent than at Walt Disney World. Over 20 on-property hotels offer countless entertainment options, my favorite of which can be found at the many marinas found throughout this vacation kingdom. These marinas […]

Remembering Disney World’s best attraction (part 2)

This is a two-part article. To view the first part, click here. Horizons, which bowed on October 1, 1983 – one year to the day after Epcot itself opened – quickly established itself as the park’s premiere attraction. In 1994, after General Electric opted not to renew its ten-year sponsorship contract, the ride was closed, […]

33nd Annual Dick Batchelor Run for the Children hosted by Universal Orlando: January 18, 2014

Join over 2,200 runners and walkers on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at Universal Orlando for the 33rd Annual Dick Batchelor Run for the Children! The longest running 5k in Orlando, the Dick Batchelor Run raises vital funds for the programs of the Howard Phillips Center for Children & Families, part of Arnold Palmer Hospital for […]

OI Share: Delisa of ‘Angry Koala Gear’ visits the Wizarding World

I don’t remember the first time I went to the zoo, park or Disneyland when I was younger. I imagine that experience was emotional, filled with awe much like how I felt when I first walked into The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal’s Islands of Adventure. I’ve invested a lot of time, energy […]

La Luce by Donna Scala: A superb Italian dining experience at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek

Last year the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek & Waldorf Astoria Orlando opened on the outskirts of Walt Disney World property. The two hotels are branded separately, but they share many amenities, staff, and convention space. I visited last Friday night to experience La Luce by Donna Scala, an authentic Italian restaurant in a modern setting. […]

Free event: Join your neighbors for the Inaugural Winter Garden Harvest Festival on May 5th

A Local Folkus, LLC, producers of the fall Winter Park Harvest Festival, are partnering with the City of Winter Garden and Slow Food Orlando to produce the first Winter Garden Harvest Festival this spring. The festival will take place on May 5th, 2012 in the heart of Winter Garden’s Downtown Historic District from 9:00 a.m. […]

When’s the best time to visit Universal Orlando? For our family, it’s the week after Thanksgiving

Our family has always gone to Orlando during the “off season.” The combination of easily available accommodations, comfortable weather, and smaller crowds at the parks makes it a no-brainer for us. The week after Thanksgiving is consistently reported as one of the slowest weeks of the year for the parks. So this year, our family […]

What happened to Gringotts?

You are reading an article tagged as a rumor. Read our note from the editor to learn about rumors shared on Orlando Informer.   For all those unawares, on Wednesday, February 25, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts was unexpectedly closed when Universal Studios Florida opened that morning. It not only remained inoperational for […]

Harry Potter: 4 NEW updates to the parks

Last month, we discussed all the ways that Universal Orlando Resort could expand without having to build new attractions on new parcels of land, and much of that speculation – naturally – focused on the untold potential of the Harry Potter franchise. It turns out that Universal is already taking that idea and running with […]