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Content Strategist – Orlando Informer Full-time Content Strategist position now available at Orlando Informer. Applicants must be able to work up to 45 hours a week, including occasional nights and weekends. A competitive salary will be offered. For almost six years, Orlando Informer has been the leading independent resource for guests visiting Universal and other […]

Universal testing Facial Recognition for Universal Express

Universal Orlando has begun testing “photo validation technology” at select attractions for guests with unlimited Universal Express from an on-site hotel, Orlando Informer has learned. The test began today at Cat in the Hat. Instead of guests having to present their express pass ticket to a team member, facial recognition software tells the team member […]

3 Ways Universal can expand, Harry Potter-style

Last week’s big Harry Potter news – that a nightly show involving projection-mapping on Hogwarts Castle could be coming later this year – was not only incredibly popular amongst the Universal faithful, it also underlined the company’s approach to keeping its two Wizarding Worlds of Harry Potter fresh and exciting without having to build new rides. […]

Orlando Informer’s Top 9 Stories in 2016

2016 brought a lot to Universal Orlando. A chocolate emporium, mysterious island rumored to be inhabited by a giant ape, and completely refurbished coaster all opened to eager guests. The number of major announcements was even more exciting, giving us glimpses into future additions like Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon and Volcano Bay. […]

RUMOR: Universal’s New Harry Potter Nighttime Show

This article has been tagged as a rumor. Please read our note from the editor to learn about rumors on Orlando Informer. On Christmas Eve, Screamscape gave everyone a slightly early Christmas present by dropping a sizzling new rumor onto the themed online scene: a new nighttime show at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – […]

Secret Life of Pets debuts in Universal’s Superstar Parade

The Secret Life of Pets made its first appearance in Universal Orlando’s Superstar Parade yesterday. Similar to other units of the parade, The Secret Life of Pets unit comes out multiple times during the day prior to the parade near the Horror Makeup Show. The new addition features gymnast dancers, with splashes of parkour stunts. The addition […]

6 Universal Patents Predict the Future of Theme Parks

It’s not enough that Universal unleashed three of the most revolutionary rides on theme park audiences anywhere in the world – that would be 1999’s Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, 2010’s Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, and 2014’s Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, but of course – and is looking to pull a […]

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Hilton Grand Vacations Suites at SeaWorld: Love at first stay!

This was the first Hilton Grand Vacations property that I have ever stayed at, and it was love at first stay! The pools, beautiful grounds, luxurious rooms and friendly staff will have you feeling like you’re in your own personal paradise! I was in eighth grade during the time of our first stay at this […]

5 inexpensive ways to make your Universal vacation unforgettable

When planning a successful and fun-filled trip to Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure, many things need to be considered: what kind of tickets are the best value, what are you going to carry into the parks, what can you do to have fun without spending even more money? In today’s BIG 5 post […]

Orlando Film Festival starts Wednesday: Over 220 films, more than 50 features & Thursday is horror night!

The 8th annual Orlando Film Festival is set to once again take over Orange Avenue in downtown Orlando starting this Wednesday. With over 220 films, including more than 50 features, this is by far their biggest year to date. The festival runs October 16th through the 20th. All screenings & panels take place at the […]

Islands of Adventure trip report – November 2013 (Jurassic Park midway games open, Hogsmeade Station construction & more photos of the Hogwarts Express)

My family and I visited Islands of Adventure last weekend on a sunny afternoon, and we greatly enjoyed our adventure. Walking through the lively and entertaining CityWalk, I observed the ongoing construction for the new Starbucks location rumored to be replace the former Endangered Species store. For now, Starbucks continues to be fully operational on […]

SeaWorld introduces ‘Cup that Cares’ Coke Freestyle refillable program, new South Pole Chill flavor

This penguin-shaped cup may look cute and cuddly, but it has a noble purpose: encourage guests to help the planet, one refill at a time. In conjunction with SeaWorld Orlando’s epic new attraction and ride Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin opening Memorial Day weekend, SeaWorld has created the Cup That Cares — a new reusable […]

Summer is over and the sales begin: Stay at Universal’s on-site hotels for as low as $129

In case you had any question whether or not September, October, and November are slow months in Orlando, the surest sign arrived in our inbox this morning: Rates as low as $129 for Universal’s on-site hotels: For those of you who may be unfamiliar with Universal’s on-site hotels — Royal Pacific Resort, Hard Rock Hotel, […]

5 most expensive buys at Universal

In this edition of THE BIG 5, we explore the riches that can be found inside some of Universal’s merchandise shops. My ventures through these stores proved to be eye-opening and full of new entries onto my personal wish list. So come along and dream with me as we drool over some of the coolest […]

ICE! at Gaylord Palms 2011: Photo tour, HD video, and our tips to make the most out of your visit

Visiting ICE! at Gaylord Palms is one of the many family traditions we have here in Orlando. That’s why, when we jumped in the car to visit a few days ago, I was quite excited for the spectacle! If you are not familiar with ICE!, here is a summary from ICE! is Florida’s favorite […]

Preparing your kids for their Universal Orlando adventure – a clever mom’s guide

The dates are picked for your Universal Orlando vacation, the lodging is reserved, and the tickets are purchased. As you count down the days to your vacation, your preparations will certainly keep you busy, but don’t forget that your children will also benefit from some simple ways to anticipate the trip and their own preparation. […]

Experience Disney magic with an enchanting phone call to Epcot’s UK Pavilion

If you’ve visited Epcot you’ve probably noticed the candy apple red phone booths that are located in the UK Pavilion. You may have even posed for a photo inside, tried to cram your whole family into the booth, or even picked up the receiver to see if the phone actually works. Well, you might just […]

OI Share: Jim and his family spend one of their best vacations ever in Orlando – part one

This year our family of mom, dad, three kids (22, 17 & 15) and grandma decided to take our one week trip to Orlando mainly for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.  The website was extremely helpful with deciding what to see and how to accomplish it. The three kids and I are into […]

Disney’s Hollywood Studios trip report – May 2013 (Star Wars Weekends opens, special characters & events)

My family decided to go to Disney’s Hollywood Studios this past weekend for our next trip report. We were excited it was Star Wars Weekend and thought it would be fun to see the characters and merchandise available during this very popular annual celebration. [wptouch target=”non-mobile”]Remember, you can click any image to view it full-screen. […]