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 NEW: Skull Island: Reign of Kong now open
The blockbuster attraction at Islands of Adventure is now officially open. Learn more about the ride

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REVIEW: Strong Water Tavern Rum Tasting at Sapphire Falls Resort

I remember one of the first pieces of concept art for Loews Sapphire Falls Resort I ever laid eyes on featured the Strong Water Tavern. I knew then and there a visit here would be compulsory for me. With a little help from the Orlando Informer team and our friends at Loews, I had the distinct pleasure […]

4 Pokemon Go-inspired attractions to put into Universal’s parks

Pokemon Go has, over the course of the past week, dominated news stories (thanks to its being used on smart phones more than Tinder and Twitter, to it adding $9 billion of value to publisher Nintendo, and, of course, thanks to all the various real-world mishaps it’s been wreaking across the country, including a teenager […]

Top 5 bars at the Walt Disney World Resort

Nothing feels better than escaping the brutal Florida sun. Getting a delicious drink once you’re inside the air conditioning? Priceless. Today we’ve got for you our top five bars around the Walt Disney World Resort. With this list you’re sure to find a great location to beat the heat without worrying about having to buy park admission. […]

Suspicious package at Universal Orlando CityWalk causes temporary closure

A suspicious package found by a K-9 unit in Universal Orlando’s transportation hub caused an evacuation and temporary closure of the facility at around 4:50 PM on Monday. The all-clear was issued later at around 5:40 PM. Universal Orlando’s transportation hub encompasses its two garages, valet, and bus/taxi loop. It is how almost all guests […]

6 beautiful photos of Cinderella Castle at Disney World

As a kid, one of my earliest memories in my life is my first ever visit to the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, here in Orlando, Florida. I was two years old at the time (or so I’ve been told) and I was headed down Main Street, towards Cinderella castle in a stroller. I […]

Toothsome Chocolate Emporium begins to take shape at Universal Orlando

Almost a year ago, Orlando Informer reported CityWalk’s newest addition would focus on chocolate and sweets. In March, Universal Orlando officials lifted the veil on the new addition (at the time) titled The Toothsome Chocolate Factory & Savory Feast Emporium. The news broke the internet and became one of our most popular articles ever, shared […]

‘Halloween II’ coming to Halloween Horror Nights 26

This year at Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights everyone is entitled to at least one good scare. Today Universal Orlando revealed that Halloween II will be one of the nine houses at Halloween Horror Nights 26. This is Halloween‘s second appearance at Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights. The first house, which was constructed two years ago at […]

In Case You Missed It

Unearthing Jurassic Park’s past, present, and future

In a park filled with lands that overflow with detail and discovery, one of the most inviting is none other than Jurassic Park. At a little over 20 acres, it is the largest island at Islands of Adventure, containing one of the biggest arrays of attractions and some of the most atmospheric theming, from the […]

Gaylord Palms undergoing massive renovation project

Have you heard that Gaylord Palms is undergoing their first massive renovation and construction project since the resort and convention center opened in 2002? It is obvious to anyone who visits the complex, since part of the project involves the dismantling of a huge swath of outdoor space. Here’s a bit about the project from […]

Special needs are Universal: Handicapped parking at Walt Disney World

Welcome to the next edition of our Special Needs Are Universal column, featuring questions and answers to help those with disabilities plan their day at Orlando’s theme parks. Our ultimate goal is to give families the confidence to enjoy all there is to do across this amazing vacation destination! Now that we in the lull […]

SNAU: Parade viewing, Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream, and special RVs for disabled riders

Benches at the parade viewing area for guests with disabilities Last fall I wrote about how Universal might help to make Halloween Horror Nights more enjoyable and easier to maneuver for guests using wheelchairs and scooters. After my recent visit to Universal Studios for Mardi Gras 2015, I’ve decided to evaluate the current Viewing Area […]

DoubleTree at Universal Orlando: Details, special discount & complete photo gallery with more than 100 images

We are very proud to announce the partnership between DoubleTree and Orlando Informer. As many guests visiting Universal Orlando already know, staying on-site is not always feasible for all budgets. Luckily there are several off-property hotels within walking distance of the Universal, and DoubleTree may be the very best selection for those who truly want […]

OI Share: Don and his family experience the greatest vacation so far – part two

This is Part Two of Don’s story. If you haven’t read Part One yet, you can click here to view it. At approximately 11:30, we walked back to WWoHP and made our way to The Three Broomsticks. We were in line for about 15 minutes before getting a table for six. The 3 girls each […]

Tusker House at Animal Kingdom: A family buffet with African flavors

Tusker House restaurant at Disney’s Animal Kingdom offers buffet-style family dining with African flavors. Nestled right off the main drag in the Africa neighborhood Disney’s largest theme park, this manages to offer enough variety to please everyone on your party, whether you are looking for something simple or something exotic. You can click on any […]

Q: What to do in Orlando, FL for my husband and me? Not “normal” touristy stuff.

Reader Question Q: What to do in Orlando, FL? Ok all my Yahoo Answers friends…I need some help. My husband and I are going to be taking a vacation to Orlando, FL, in a few weeks. I am trying to find something unique for us to do together. I know there is so much “normal” […]

The beaches of Clearwater & St. Pete: An award-wining destination when you need a break from Orlando

We had a free day during our recent Orlando vacation, so we decided to head over to Clearwater and St. Pete, home to world class beaches, an abundance of shops, dining and fun activities. What a wonderful time it was! When vacationing in the Orlando area, you have many beach options to choose from within […]

Countdown to Diagon Alley: How Harry Potter is defining the next-generation theme park experience

On Thursday, January 23, Universal is going to finally blow open its most-anticipated attraction yet, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley, in a webcast announcement. To mark the occasion, we here at Orlando Informer are throwing a countdown to the two-years-in-the-making event with this new blog post series, exploring – and celebrating […]

Hash House A Go Go “twisted farm food” restaurant opens on International Drive – start saving room right now

Yesterday Hash House A Go Go, an brand new all-day dining spot, opened at 5350 International Drive – just a half mile North of Universal Boulevard. The award-winning dining spot serves “twisted farm food” for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner at the restaurant group’s first Southeast location. Conceived of Midwestern roots, the concept launched in […]

Universal Orlando: A culinary odyssey

When I took my wife to Universal Orlando back in February for her 30th birthday, we didn’t have much time to spend at the resort, thanks to the wonderful flexibility of the public school system (she teaches eighth-grade English, in case you’re curious). I spent some seven months carefully — some might say obsessive-compulsively — […]