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 Universal Mardi Gras
Mardi Gras has officially kicked off at Universal Studios Florida! Some of the upcoming concerts include Fifth Harmony on Saturday, February 25 and Yandel on Saturday, March 4! For complete Mardi Gras details, visit our official guide here.

 Universal’s Volcano Bay Water Theme Park
All of the attractions and story for Volcano Bay have been revealed! Take a look here. The park will open to the public May 25.

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Disney World increases Disney Dining Plan prices

If you’re planning on purchasing the Disney Dining Plan anytime soon for your vacation to Walt Disney World, be prepared to spend a little more. The theme park resort has increased prices for the Disney Dining Plan across the board. Here is a breakdown of each Disney Dining Plan tier price increase: Quick Service Plan […]

Universal Orlando releases retro attraction posters featuring Jaws, Back to the Future, and Twister

Back to the Future, Jaws, Twister, all of the classic rides that we so dearly miss at Universal Studios Florida can now be part of your daily lives with these new posters released today by Universal Orlando The park does not have any plans currently to release physical copies of the posters for purchase, but […]

Skyplex Orlando on International Drive announces new addition to its growing list of thrill rides

Skyplex on International Drive, the massive thrill ride tower complex that is scheduled to start construction later this year, just announced yet another thrill ride to its arsenal, called Sky Jump. The attraction is described as a “free fall” experience where guests are strapped to zipline mechanism 500-feet in the air and “freefall” to the ground. […]

New ‘Caring for Giants’ African Elephant experience available at Animal Kingdom

A new experience is available for guests that visit Disney’s Animal Kingdom called Caring for Giants, where guests can get closer than ever to African elephants. The whole experience runs approximately 60 minutes and during the trip, guests will be able to get an up-close look at what goes into caring for these giant creatures. […]

Walt Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde explains how ‘Avatar’ will continue Animal Kingdom’s legacy

When Disney’s Animal Kingdom opened back in 1998, one of the biggest aspects of the park was the focus on the conservation and preservation of nature. In an all-new video, Walt Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde explains how the parks newest and biggest expansion ever, Pandora – The World of Avatar, will continue that legacy. Joe […]

Walt Disney World announces new Sip, Savor, Sparkle event at Contemporary Resort

Walt Disney World announced a new seperate ticketed event today called Sip, Savor, Sparkle. The event will take place at the California Grill at the Contemporary Resort, which is located on the 15th story of the resort. The event begins an hour before fireworks at the Magic Kingdom where guests will be taken into private banquet […]

Universal Orlando Resort and Hollywood launch new joint advertisement campaign

Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood announced a new joint advertisement campaign called “I’m Ready.” This new advertisement campaign is the first time Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood have done a joint advertising campaign for their parks. The new ad features a national television advertisement, digital advertising placements and a joint webpage where guests […]

In Case You Missed It

Rivers of Light opening date and dining packages released

Originally announced back in 2013, Rivers of Light seems to finally have an official starting date, February 17, 2017.  The first show, according to, will begin at 7:15 PM.  The show will then have performances on Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday, and then will be switching to a nightly show beginning April 8.  From […]

Historic Downtown Kissimmee’s City Centre: Four venues offer a mix of drinks and dining

Historic Downtown Kissimee’s City Centre, located on the corner of Broadway and Dakin, offers four unique venues for drinks and dining. In an area of town that has seen better days, these establishments are awake and ready to impress with just the right mix of rural sophistication.   3 Sisters Speakeasy 3 Sisters Speakeasy, a […]

Experience the first snowfall of the season in Celebration with special guests!

This Saturday marks the first night of the Now Snowing evening event in Celebration, FL. Every night, beginning Saturday and running through December 31, the charming Celebration Town Center evokes the spirit of the holidays with snowfall. Since this Saturday starts the annual tradition, Celebration will be hosting a special event. Here’s the schedule: 5:30 […]

Unlocking Universal’s 2015 developments

2014, it’s safe to say, was a mega-year for Universal Orlando, with the likes of Cabana Bay Beach Resort, a wholly revamped CityWalk, and, of course, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley all debuting at the resort. 2015 has been, in contrast, rather – well – sleepy. Not that this is to […]

Celebrating a special birthday across Orlando: Typhoon Lagoon, Universal CityWalk & Universal Studios Florida

My teenaged son’s birthday was a few days ago and since Orlando’s theme parks are his favorite place to be, my husband scheduled a vacation day and we planned to spend the day celebrating at one of the parks. Some background information to better understand our experience: my son has severe autism and is non-verbal. […]

Lotus Blossom Cafe at Epcot’s China Pavilion: Quick-service Chinese classics

We recently visited Epcot’s China Pavilion at Walt Disney World twice in one week. This presented me with an opportunity to eat at both of China’s restaurants: the full-service Nine Dragons (you can see my review here) and the quick-service Lotus Blossom Cafe. Let’s take a look at how things went at Lotus Blossom Cafe. […]

Islands of Adventure trip report – May 2014 (Hogsmeade Station, King Kong construction + CityWalk update)

I visited Islands of Adventure this past weekend, and to say I enjoyed my time at the park is an understatement. But before I get to IOA, let’s take a quick stroll through CityWalk.   Universal CityWalk Entering CityWalk from the parking deck, I noticed the construction progress at several locations, including Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt […]

OI Share: Living gluten-free at Halloween Horror Nights (thanks to Finnegan’s)

I had a great gluten-free experience recently at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida for Halloween Horror Nights 2011!! Plans changed unexpectedly with the group of friends I went with because of time restraints!  We had plans to eat beforehand, but we all really wanted to get to the park and enjoy the fun!!  For a […]

2013 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival March 6 – May 19 blooms with new features

A blooming bounty of festival firsts will welcome Disney guests to the 20th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival presented by HGTV March 6 – May 19, 2013 at Walt Disney World.  First, the news: Epcot chefs will cook up first-time festival food and beverage fun, with special cooking stations offering exclusive-to-the-festival bites along the park’s World Showcase […]

Universal Orlando adds 2 months free for Florida Residents purchasing new annual passes

Universal Orlando has begun a holiday promotion for Florida residents: purchase a new annual pass and get two months free. If I’m not mistaken, this is the first annual pass promotion Universal has had since the opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. As usual, this promotion is sponsored by Coke, and this time […]

Winter Park Harvest Festival celebrates local food Nov. 19 – 20

As you must certainly know by now, Winter Park is one of the places on the top of my list when people ask, “What can I do in Orlando other than go to the theme parks?” The Winter Park Harvest Festival, running on November 19 and 20, is just one of the many reasons. This […]

Furious success shakes up Horror Nights 25

You are reading an article tagged as a rumor. Read our note from the editor to learn about rumors shared on Orlando Informer.   Just a few short days ago, we analyzed the full haunted house lineup of this year’s Halloween Horror Nights, but there’s still so much more to talk about – including some […]