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9 incredible photos around the water at Islands of Adventure

Being a photographer that is a fan of crazy colors and nighttime photography, my favorite park to visit when the sun goes down is Universal’s Islands of Adventure. From Marvel Superhero Island to Seuss Landing, each land provides plenty of color and immersion when taking a nighttime stroll. However, I believe that the real color […]

Orlando Informer week in review: February 5, 2016

New on Orlando Informer: 6 new must-try snacks at Universal Orlando 4 HUGE updates from Universal – January 2016 Can staying on club level at Universal’s on-site hotels actually save you money? A Celebration of Harry Potter 2016 recap Mardi Gras 2016 at Universal Orlando – complete insider’s guide Related posts: Orlando Informer week in […]

A Celebration of Harry Potter 2016 recap

The third annual A Celebration of Harry Potter has come and gone, more successful than ever. Taking place from January 29 – 31, 2016, this year’s event featured an impressive lineup of celebrities, intriguing panels, and plenty of creative cosplaying. Meeting the stars The celebrity lineup of A Celebration of Harry Potter 2016 did not […]

6 new must-try snacks at Universal Orlando

An epic vacation requires some epic fuel. Thankfully Universal Orlando offers an epic variety of food and beverage to suit all tastes. This includes lots of snacks and drinks that are perfect for a little pick-me-up any time of day.  And to make things even sweeter, Universal Orlando has recently introduced a few new snacks […]

4 HUGE updates from Universal – January 2016

January is renowned for being the slowest month of the year in practically every profession known to man (well, save for politics – especially in a presidential election year! – but that’s a subject best saved for trying to sneak into the Orlando Informer Podcast). Still, that hasn’t stopped this past month at Universal Orlando […]

Can staying on club level at Universal’s on-site hotels actually save you money?

Everyone loves going to Universal Orlando for vacation.  And everyone loves saving money.  Therefore, what could be better than doing both!  It’s really just simple algebra: like x+y = some other letter than the one I guessed at on my math midterm in high school. There are many ways to save a little cash when […]

Rumors! Volcano Bay, Avengers, and new hotels

You are reading an article tagged as a rumor. Read our note from the editor to learn about rumors shared on Orlando Informer. Why, hullo, old chum. It’s been a little while since we met here in the shadowy corner of Orlando Informer, doing that whole Rumor Round-Up thing, so I thought it might be […]

In Case You Missed It

Kona Cafe at Disney’s Polynesian Resort: Havin’ lunch on island time

On a recent visit to Walt Disney World, my sister-in-law and I stopped by the Kona Cafe for lunch. After checking in at the podium, we were quickly approached by a host who asked if we would like to see the dessert selections before we were seated. We said yes, and were escorted to a […]

Disney making some changes to the Epcot’s Japan Pavilion

A few days ago we went for a walk around Epcot at Walt Disney World. Upon reaching the Japan Pavilion in World Showcase I was surprised to see many big changes. First, one of my favorite snack carts now has its own building. Check this out (you can click any image to view it full-screen): […]

OI Share: One family’s incredible 2,000-mile, 36-hour trip to Halloween Horror Nights

Although our family has been going to Universal Orlando since 1991, I never really paid much attention to Halloween Horror Nights. First of all, even though I am a huge fan of horror movies, I always hated fun houses as a kid, especially the ones with live people in them. So even though I was aware of Universal’s […]

Top 3 theme park pet peeves

Ever wonder if you’re the only one upset by the rude behaviors of others when you visit a theme park? It seems “Zombie Chris” thought this when he started the topic “What are your trip/theme park pet peeves?“ in the Orlando Informer Community Forums. Ninety-four posts and approximately 40 listed annoyances prove that there are […]

4 ways SeaWorld is trying to reinvent itself

You might have heard about a little film called Blackfish, a documentary which purported to expose SeaWorld’s animal abuses (we say “purported” because, well, there’s a lot of challenges to the film’s accuracy – which, no, we’re not going to get into here). In the two years since then, SeaWorld has paid the price for […]

Orlando Premium Outlets International Drive: Closest outlets to Universal Orlando

If you’re ready to take a break from all the merchandise at the Universal Orlando’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter, but you still feel the urge to shop, then you don’t have to go far to find some fantastic deals. Just head down the road to Orlando Premium Outlets International Drive. Click any image to […]

Fogo de Chao on I-Drive: We sample the sizzling new bar menu & handcrafted cocktails

Fogo de Chao is best know for their continuous tableside service that includes 16 cuts of incredible meats in the main dining area. Guests control their service with small green- and red-sided chips that allow the servers to know whether to “stop” or “keeping coming!” It also keeps the tradition of “Churrasco” barbeques alive, which […]

Orlando Informer Weekly Dispatch: September 15 – 22, 2013

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: 9/22 – We have a ton of stuff to post […]

LEGOLAND Florida’s World of Chima now open, offers guests a new interactive water ride, 4D movie experience & more

LEGOLAND Florida today celebrated the opening of The LEGO World of Chima presented by Cartoon Network. The World of Chima is a highly-themed area with thrilling and interactive rides and attractions for visitors of all ages, adding to the park’s already exciting line up of more than 50 rides, shows and attractions. Opening to guests […]

SeaWorld Summer Nights June 22 – August 11: A new world of fun & adventure starts when the sun goes down

When the sun goes down at SeaWorld Orlando, a new world of fun and adventure comes to life. Summer Nights at SeaWorld Orlando is a nighttime spectacular that includes incredible shows, an all-new attraction — Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin — thrilling coasters under the stars, and a nightly Shamu show that ends with a […]

Disney’s Season of the Force: Worth it or a waste?

Right from day one, when Disney first announced the new Season of the Force event back in August, there was something off between how Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts would be celebrating the event. Whereas Disneyland Park always had the rock-solid date of November 16 for the commencement of the activities, Hollywood Studios received […]

Agave Azul: Top-rated Mexican dining just a short drive from Universal Orlando

My wife and I love Mexican food; everywhere we’ve lived we have visited the various Mexican places in the area to try them out to find which one we like best. So when we relocated to Orlando this winter from South Florida, we knew we’d need to find a new Mexican place to enjoy. I […]