The #1 Universal Orlando vacation planning website | Orlando Informer

Welcome to the world’s leading Universal Orlando vacation planning resource
When you upgrade your adventure by using our FREE online guide, you’ll have the power to navigate the parks like an expert, avoid the long lines, and protect your investment!

Start planning your visit right now or check out our most recent updates:

 Toothsome Chocolate Emporium now open!
The highly anticipated restaurant is now open! Click here to see our OI Center page on the restaurant.

 Universal’s Volcano Bay Water Theme Park
All of the attractions and story for Volcano Bay have been revealed! Take a look here.

 Free One-On-One Travel Planning
Are you thinking this right now: “I enjoy your site, but all the new stuff at Universal has got me a little confused – like, what ticket do I need for the Hogwarts Express?” If you don’t have the time to plan every detail yourself, Orlando Informer Travel can help! We can assist you with your trips to Universal, Disney, and more. Best of all, our services are free to you. Seriously. To get in touch, simply call (844) ORL-INFO or email us, or learn more by visiting

View ALL of our Daily Updates | Learn how to use our site | Enter the OI Universal Center

Orlando Informer Meetup 2017

Latest Blogs

First Details on Universal Orlando’s Nintendo Land

After originally announcing their partnership a year-and-a-half ago, Universal and Nintendo just today revealed the first details on their highly-anticipated Nintendo Land, which is now officially confirmed to be coming to Universal Studios Japan and Universal Studios Hollywood alongside Universal Orlando Resort. “Revealed” is the appropriate word to use, as we now know more about […]

Universal Orlando begins testing return time tickets for select attractions

Universal Orlando has activated a new feature in their official app that allows you to reserve return time tickets for select attractions, Orlando Informer has learned. Right now, the new feature only appears in the app for select users. In addition, it only appears as an option for Shrek 4-D. As this is being written […]

Fantastic Beasts: Top 3 Theme Park Attractions

After the Harry Potter film series ended in 2011, most in the Muggle world thought that, barring the occasional short story on author J.K. Rowling’s Pottermore website, the franchise was effectively dead. 2016 has proven to be a big negation of that doom-and-gloom sentiment. The stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child gave us […]

Secret Life of Pets set to join Universal’s Superstar Parade

Today Universal Orlando Show Director Lora Wallace shared the details on Universal’s two new floats that will joined their daily Superstar Parade next month. The smaller float is themed after Central Park in New York and features Max and Duke. The larger, main float is based around apartments you’d see in New York city. This float […]

Universal Orlando fully implements seasonal pricing on one day tickets

Universal Orlando has fully implemented seasonal pricing on one day tickets. Guests who purchase 1 day park to park or single park tickets to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure will now pay varying prices based on when they plan to visit. Dates will be broken down into three categories: value, regular, and peak. Tickets […]

Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey set for refurbishment

Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey will close for 18 days, Orlando Informer has learned. The attraction will be closed from December 1 through December 18, 2016. It will be the first major refurbishment for the attraction. It’s very uncommon for major attractions, outside of the water rides, to go down for extended refurbishments. Most […]

4 Reasons to be Excited about Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon

Related posts: Race through New York starring Jimmy Fallon coming in 2017 Top 5 reasons to get excited for Sapphire Falls Resort Jimmy Fallon ride details revealed for Universal Orlando Delish New York Bakery: A little slice of New York life in Orlando’s Restaurant Row

In Case You Missed It

Real guest reviews of Universal Orlando: Even more amazing reviews submitted by our fans (and last weekend’s Review & Win contest winners announced!)

Our site is the world’s most popular independent guide to Universal Orlando Resort — comprehensive, obsessively updated & completely free — and used by more than 300,000 unique site visitors each month. That’s why we are so excited to provide our readers with a much-sought-after site feature: real guest reviews of the attractions and restaurants […]

The Korean BBQ Taco Box: Orlando’s culinary rags-to-riches fairytale

Located at the Citgo gas station on the corner of Colonial Drive and Primrose, just a few blocks east of downtown Orlando, Korean BBQ Taco Box is a big yellow truck that serves up delicious Korean street food. When we stopped by here yesterday I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.  The locale, the “Grand […]

The 12 best new Universal Orlando additions

It’s old news by now: Comcast, after purchasing NBCUniversal in 2010, was pleasantly surprised by just how well Universal Parks and Resorts was performing, all thanks to a certain boy wizard and his loads of merchandise. After originally tinkering with the idea of spinning the theme park division off into its own company, Comcast opted […]

Orlando Informer Weekly Dispatch: June 1 – 7, 2014

OI Universal Center updates Greetings, vacation planners! Prepare to UPGRADE YOUR ADVENTURE to Universal Orlando with our Weekly Dispatch. This is a summary of all the latest Universal news and activity on our site. Please note that these updates are listed from newest to oldest: 6/7 – Our 74 photos from last night’s Universal tour […]

Muppet*Vision 3D queue experience at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – photo gallery, HD 1080p video

Muppet*Vision 3D at Walt Disney World’s Disney’s Hollywood Studios may not seem as cutting-edge these days, since we can go see 3D movies in IMAX just down the street. But what this attraction may have lost in its wow-factor it more than makes up for in its HA!-factor. Yes, it is true that I love […]

Islands of Adventure water rides: Fun in the sun at Ripsaw Falls, Bilge-Rat Barges, Jurassic Park River Adventure – photo gallery

Today was a beautifully sunny day at Universal Orlando and Islands of Adventure. I thought I’d take the opportunity to get out of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and snap a few shots of the other rides. Since Ripsaw Falls in Toon Lagoon recently re-opened, I headed over there. The warm weather definitely had […]

Rumor round-up for February 7, 2014: Gringotts’ full story, riding Avatar Land’s boat ride, Diagon Alley signs & Seven Dwarfs Mine

Ready to visit your Gringotts vault? Breaking the story of Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts has been a long and laborious process – it’s still one of the best-kept secrets of the new Wizarding World, even after Universal’s big webcast last month – but we’ve been committed to digging through the dirt and […]

Orlando Informer Weekly Dispatch: March 31 – April 6, 2013

OI Universal Center updates: March 31 – April 6, 2013 Greetings, vacation planners! Prepare to UPGRADE YOUR ADVENTURE to Universal Orlando with our Weekly Dispatch. This is a summary of all the latest Universal news and activity on our site. Please note that these updates are listed from newest to oldest: 4/5 – This is […]

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

This is part two of Jim’s trip report covering his family’s recent visit to Orlando. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out part one. SeaWorld is a great park for those looking to add a little education in their vacation. Although it does not have the number of rides that are at Universal, […]

Universal testing allowing all guests on Pteranodon Flyers

Update March 24: Universal has ceased this testing phase. It’s unknown if it’ll resume at a later date. Universal Orlando is testing allowing all guests over 56″ in height on Pteranodon Flyers for the last hour of operation each day, Orlando Informer has learned. The ride, which Universal describes as a “slow, gentle attraction that […]

7 biggest future attractions at Universal Orlando

You are reading an article tagged as a rumor. Read our note from the editor to learn about rumors shared on Orlando Informer. All the recent talk of Steven pielberg possibly returning to Universal Pictures – and of his maybe resurrecting rides based off of his classic properties of Back to the Future and Jaws […]

An evening of laughter at the Orlando Improv Comedy Club and Dinner Theatre

Looking for something original to do in Orlando last night, we searched around and found the Orlando Improv Comedy Club.  It is located at the Pointe Orlando shopping and restaurant complex on International Drive, right next to the parking garage on the second floor.  It shares a building with Fat Fish Blue, an American bistro […]