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 Universal Mardi Gras
Mardi Gras has officially kicked off at Universal Studios Florida! Some of the upcoming concerts include Yandel on Saturday, March 4 and Olivia-Newton-John on March 5! Concerts start at 8:30 ET. 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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What are the best shoes to wear (and not to wear) at a theme park?

One of the single most important wardrobe decisions you can make when visiting any theme park is what kind of shoes you’re going to wear for the day. Because lets face it, walking around a theme park is a lot of work on your feet, and the last thing you want is your feet feeling […]

4 secrets of Minion Park, the new Despicable Me land coming to Japan

Despicable Me – which is now intertwined with its spinoff franchise, Minions – has been a growing cinematic phenomenon, with its most recent release grossing $1.1 billion at the global box office (that’s as much as Captain America: Civil War!). It turns out, however, that it’s in the realm of theme parks that the property […]

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 […]

In Case You Missed It

How to fix Epcot

Note from the author: as promised/threatened on the latest episode of the Orlando Informer Podcast, here is the article originally published to commemorate Epcot’s 30th anniversary, in October 2012. After detailing how the park lost its way during its first three decades in the first part of our exploration, we now turn to how it […]

THE BIG 5: Top five reasons to go to Downtown Disney

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 drink options at Universal Studios, to the top five mini-golf courses in Orlando, to the top resorts on Disney property, and everything in between. […]

Ghirardelli Soda Fountain at Downtown Disney: A sweet spot for an afternoon treat

A few times a year, my retired parents visit us from Atlanta for a few weeks. Our plans during their visit always include going to Downtown Disney one afternoon and enjoy a treat at Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop. We went back in March and recently we visited Ghirardelli’s during Memorial Day weekend. After […]

Dick’s Last Resort now open in Lake Buena Vista: Eat, drink & laugh at a restaurant like no other

When you hear the name Dick’s Last Resort, your imagination is left to wander. If you are familiar with the brand, then you know you can expect a great time full of laughs and smiles – and a belly full of great food, too! Dick’s Last Resort is now open in Lake Buena Vista, and […]

Reader poll: What’s the most important element of a theme park land?

The recent slew of details that has been unleashed this past week regarding Diagon Alley’s attractions, shops, and overall level of detail has not only gotten us excited for the epic adventure that lies just around the corner, but also has gotten us wondering as to just what exact element of a theme park land […]

Islands of Adventure trip report – June 2013 (stunning images of the Hogsmeade train station under construction & more)

I recently visited Islands of Adventure (IOA) at Universal Orlando Resort (UOR) on a hot and stormy afternoon. The crowds were heavy, although surprisingly the wait times for the different rides and attractions indicated a more moderate crowd level. [wptouch target=”non-mobile”]Remember, you can click any image to view it full-screen. And don’t miss the complete […]

August 4th is AAA Member Day at Universal, and even non-members can enter the $5,000 vacation sweepstakes

August 4th is AAA Member Day at Universal Studios Florida! Show your AAA Card at the check-in table to receive these benefits: Early Park Admission to Universal Studios Florida – Arrive hour prior to regular park opening time Private character meet and greet sessions throughout the day Priority seating for shows in Universal Studios Exclusive […]

Single Riders Line and how it can help you on your vacation

One of the biggest secrets at the Orlando area theme parks are the single riders lines for certain attractions. Not all of the rides and attractions have them, but if you utilize the single riders line at the attractions that feature it, you’ll be able to save some time using it. In some cases, I […]

Universal releases first look of Skull Island: Reign of Kong

Universal has given select newspapers a first look at their new ride coming this summer to Islands of Adventure: Skull Island: Reign of Kong. The biggest reveal was a picture of the 72-foot taparemple doors on Skull Island that act as one of the initial moments guests witness after boarding the ride. The scene will […]

An Old Town Halloween 2012: Enjoy this free & frightening event on select nights in October

Old Town will host their 2nd annual “an Old Town Halloween” multi-day event for this season. Zombies, Ghosts, and Florida Ghost Busters will inhabit the streets of Old Town in Kissimmee throughout select dates in October as the theme park transforms into a free Halloween festival for all ages and budgets. An Old Town Halloween […]

6 photos of an empty Wizarding World at night

The year 2010 brought us many great things: Apple iPad, Google’s Driverless Car, and Kickstarter (you know, that website where you can raise funds for just about anything). But for the theme park world, everybody’s eyes were looking at one World on June 18th, 2010, and that was the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Granted, […]

Rumor round-up for June 21, 2013: Building Cars Land at Hollywood Studios, closing Latin Quarter at CityWalk & reworking the Guest Assistance Cards

#Occupy Lights Motors Action! Unless you were living under a rock late last week, the news of Disney’s Hollywood Studios getting a huge makeover was “leaked” ahead of its rumored official announcement at the D23 Expo in August. This is not the first time plans for something big have leaked at the Mouse House, as […]