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6 ideas for date night at Halloween Horror Nights 26

What makes you reach for that special someone more than hair raising, heart throbbing fear? Sure, you could go see the latest scary movie and have your date under your arm as they clench your hand while anxiously awaiting to see what will pop-out on screen next, but why settle for just watching it unfold […]

Halloween Horror Nights 2016 extension confirmed

As first reported by Orlando Informer almost two weeks ago, Halloween Horror Nights 26 has officially been extended two additional nights. The event will now run on November 4 and 5. Park officials were forced to cancel Halloween Horror Nights on October 6 and 7 due to Hurricane Matthew. Guests who had date specific tickets […]

RUMOR: Halloween Horror Nights 2016 extended two extra nights

Universal Orlando will likely extended Halloween Horror Nights 2016 an additional two nights, Orlando Informer has learned. Sources familiar with the matter have indicated that Halloween Horror Nights will likely operate on November 4-5. Universal Studios Florida’s daytime operating hours were briefly adjusted to reflect this possibility, with the park opening an hour earlier than normal and […]

Step inside the original houses at Halloween Horror Nights 2016

Last week, we took you inside American Horror Story at Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 2016. This week, we’re excited to take you inside a different (but just as sinister) side to HHN 26. Halloween Horror Nights 26 offers three houses that each tell a completely original story. In Ghost Town: The Curse of Lightning […]

Hurricanes and your Orlando vacation: 4 things to know

Last Updated: October 4, 2016 7:10 AM As of writing this, Hurricane Matthew is approaching Florida. While it’s still too early to tell how much of an impact it will have on the state and Orlando, we thought it may be a good time to go over some important information you should know if you’re visiting […]

Top 5 Items from Weasley’s Wizarding Wheezes in Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando

One of my favorite shops to visit in all of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is the Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes toy and joke shop. Universal did such a great job that it mirrors what was in the Harry Potter franchise, both the books and movies. Located at 93 Diagon Alley, the Weasley twins’ shop […]

Step Inside American Horror Story at Halloween Horror Nights 2016

In case you missed our coverage over the past months, including when we sent my mother through the house, American Horror Story is at Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 26. It’s one of the best houses at this year’s event, landing in the top 3 of our rankings and receiving high praise from fans. Recently, […]

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10 steps to enjoy your summer vacation at Universal

Many guests who visit Universal Orlando Resort have little choice regarding the time of year they can visit Orlando and must do so in the summer because of school and work schedules. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, guests will likely encounter large crowds, wait in long lines, endure oppressive heat, experience violent thunderstorms and […]

Through the eyes of a little princess: A child’s first visit to the New Fantasyland

We recently had the opportunity to visit New Fantasyland in Disney’s Magic Kingdom. Considering our granddaughter Lily has been a fan of Belle of Beauty and the Beast since she was old enough to understand the difference between the princesses, it became our great pleasure to visit with the “princess in the yellow dress.” As […]

Marvel Superhero Can-Ams & Hollywood Drive-In Golf construction at Universal Orlando

While I was at Universal Orlando Saturday to check out the one-year anniversary of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, I also got to take some photos of two other newsworthy items. The first item is the new Can-Am Spyders driven by the Marvel Superheros at Islands of Adventure. Here are a few of the […]

6 ideas for date night at Halloween Horror Nights 26

What makes you reach for that special someone more than hair raising, heart throbbing fear? Sure, you could go see the latest scary movie and have your date under your arm as they clench your hand while anxiously awaiting to see what will pop-out on screen next, but why settle for just watching it unfold […]

Quick-service breakfast options on your way into Magic Kingdom

As you may already know I went this past Saturday morning to Magic Kingdom at Disney World to do some research for an OI reader and to put together a trip report. Being the observant website editor that I am, I thought it might also be a good idea to document the quick-service breakfast options […]

6 Things You Need to Know about The Orlando Eye

Orlando is chock full of big amusements; towering icons, colossal entertainment, and ginormous thrills are just a few of the reasons tourists and locals alike love “The City Beautiful.” Lately, however, Orlando is beginning to look more like “The City Growing,” as International Drive is gaining steam as the newest amusement hub – and, arguably, […]

Take a wild ride on Kilimanjaro Safaris

On the edges of Harambe, the African village in Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World, guests are invited to go out into the wildlife preserve and see a variety of native African species on Kilimanjaro Safaris. From the hard to spot okapi to guest favorites like giraffes and elephants, Kilimanjaro Safaris is a unique way […]

The Halloween season begins: Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Party, SeaWorld’s Spooktacular, LEGOLAND’s Brick-or-Treat & Halloween Horror Nights

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2013 Starting tonight Magic Kingdom plays host to the ultimate trick-or-treating neighborhood as Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party returns for 23 special nights, from September 10 – November 1. Entertainment features the twice nightly “Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween Parade”, led by the infamous Headless Horseman, followed by “HalloWishes”, a green and orange fireworks […]

Rumor round-up for September 13, 2013: No more Cars Land, Universal adds one new ride per year, Harry Potter movie & Hogwarts Express opening date

Goodbye, Cars Land – hello, something else? Theme Park Insider has something of a bombshell announcement this week: according to its inside sources at Walt Disney Imagineering, the long-proposed and oft-hoped-for Cars Land expansion at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is now dead. What happened? A couple things, it turns out, but the biggest seems to be […]

Reader poll: If you could, which closed USF attraction would you bring back?

Universal Orlando is recognized around the world for their collection of first-class attractions. Unfortunately, as we all know, to make room for new attractions sometimes old ones have to be replaced. Over the years we’ve seen attractions that we hold near to our hearts disappear from Universal Studios Florida, the original theme park at Universal […]

Universal’s best restaurant: Bice

I love dining in and around theme parks. Part of it is a love of great food; part of it is the trauma of losing three hours of every childhood trip to Magic Kingdom as my family rode the ferry to the parking lot and ate sandwiches out of the back of the car. Over […]

Magic Kingdom update: The Fantasyland expansion continues

Casey Jr. has come to town, and the Dumbo rides are now dueling with Timothy Q. Mouse watching over in Storybook Circus, part of the Fantasyland expansion at Magic Kingdom. Along with the two larger attractions, a number of smaller details and further work behind the scenes has been taking place in the last few […]