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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, […]

Halloween Horror Nights 2016 at Universal Orlando: Full Review

Universal Orlando’s biggest event of the year has begun its 26th run. Halloween Horror Nights 26 runs a select 31 nights now through October 31. In the past two weeks, I had the opportunity to experience everything HHN 2016 has to offer over multiple nights. If you’re not familiar with the event, I’d recommend perusing our […]

Magical Dining Month at Orlando Theme Parks

We’re right in the middle of Orlando’s Magical Dining Month and if you’re visiting the Orlando area before October 3, you should consider indulging. What is Magical Dining Month? It’s a program that runs through October 2 in which select restaurants offer three course dinners for $33 per person. One dollar from each meal benefits […]

In Case You Missed It

Universal reveals Horror Nights house and number of zones

Universal Orlando Annual Passholders began receiving the fall mailer on Saturday. Within the seasonal packet that is mailed to most passholders is the name of an unannounced house and the first indication of the number of zones at this year’s Halloween Horror Nights. Tomb of the Ancients at Halloween Horror Nights 26 The packet lists […]

Johnnie’s Hideaway: Distinctive nautical-themed dining steps away from Disney World

Johnnie’s Hideaway restaurant is tucked away in the Crossroads, a shopping complex located on the edge of Disney World property near Downtown Disney. It’s a nautical-themed venue with a focus on fresh seafood and steaks. You can click on any picture to view it full-screen. You can also view an expanded photo gallery with 20 […]

Top five ways to start AND end your day at Universal Orlando

With all the excitement, adventure, and thrills to be had at Universal Orlando, it’s hard to find a better place to spend your vacation day. But an important part of making that day all it possibly can be is ensuring that it starts off the right way – with all your ducks in a row […]

Boating around Walt Disney World: Set sail on the Seven Seas Lagoon and beyond

Many of Orlando’s attractions, resorts, and theme parks offer various fun-filled activities outside of the traditional shows and rides. Nowhere is this more apparent than at Walt Disney World. Over 20 on-property hotels offer countless entertainment options, my favorite of which can be found at the many marinas found throughout this vacation kingdom. These marinas […]

Golf Universal Orlando adds two new partner courses for on-site hotel guests

Guests staying at the on-site hotels at Universal Orlando Resort – Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel and Loews Royal Pacific Resort – can now hit the links at two of Orlando’s best golf courses. The resort’s new partner courses in the Golf Universal Orlando program feature Grand Cypress Golf Club, along with Windermere […]

Reader poll: The best water park in Orlando

There are plenty of amazing theme parks in the Orlando area, but it is also home to many first-class water parks as well! In case you need a little help remembering their specific characteristics, here’s a rundown of each one: Aquatica – SeaWorld At Aquatica, SeaWorld’s water park, you’re surrounded by pristine beaches, beautiful landscaping, […]

A photographic look into the Holidays at Universal Orlando

It’s the most wonderful time of the year at Universal Orlando Resort right now, and the parks have been decorated accordingly. With snowflakes in New York, Christmas garland in Seuss Landing, and a tree to rival the one located at the Rockefeller Center (well, almost) there is so much to see and take in at […]

Open letter to Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights: A true fan’s perspective on how to fix the event

Editor’s note: After the end of Halloween Horror Nights in 2012, Robert shared this “open letter” on our site to express some of the changes fans would like to see for HHN 2013. Now that this year’s event starts in less than a week, we’re taking another look at what he wrote to see if […]

Inside Mardi Gras 2013 at Universal Orlando: Media event recap & photo gallery

If you’ve ever been to Universal Studios Florida theme park you’ve seen it, walked by it, wondered what it was, etc. I’m talking about the very cool, Hollywood studio-looking gate inside the park marked Esoteric Pictures. Last Saturday, Orlando Informer, along with a group of Orlando media, journalists and bloggers, was invited to Universal Studios […]

Beyond the parks: Nine new ideas for celebrating New Year’s Eve in Orlando

From Universal Orlando’s legendary CityWalk celebration to the excitement and magic in Disney’s theme parks, there is no shortage of memorable ways to ring in the New Year here in Orlando. But don’t think the theme parks are the only happenin’ hot spots when midnight rolls around on December 31 — there’s so much more […]

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 […]

RUMOR SPOTLIGHT: Is Nintendo Universal’s third park?

Have you heard about Universal Orlando Resort’s third theme park? Yeah, we have, too, ever since the company first had plans for it (oh, and a fourth gate, as well) some 20 years ago. The original idea was to purchase a considerable amount of land – some 1,000 acres or so – in order to […]