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 Skull Island: Reign of Kong now soft opening
The blockbuster attraction coming to Islands of Adventure this summer is now soft opening. Learn what it means

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Universal’s Volcano Bay story and attractions REVEALED

Starting at the US Travel Association’s IPW convention, which is currently being held in New Orleans, and continuing on its official blog, Universal has finally gone ahead and started to divulge some first-ever specific details about Volcano Bay, its brand-new, next-generation water park that it’s been billing as its third park at Universal Orlando. According […]

Imagining Universal Studios Florida in 25 years: What Will Be Left Standing on the 50th Anniversary?

Last year marked the 25th anniversary of the opening of Universal Studios Florida. If you have visited what is now Universal Orlando Resort, you know things are much different than what was originally a small, stand alone Florida theme park. The addition of Islands of Adventure, CityWalk, and five on-site hotels currently sit side by […]

Planning a Universal Orlando birthday vacation of a lifetime

There is no better destination than Orlando to celebrate a special occasion, especially a birthday. With ten major theme parks, plenty of attractions, and hundreds of well-appointed hotels, you can easily find a perfect place to celebrate your occasion. One mother recently pulled off an unforgettable surprise birthday trip for her son. During her trip […]

Harry Potter: Ranking ALL the attractions

The two Wizarding Worlds of Harry Potter – that’s both Hogsmeade at Islands of Adventure and Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida – have some of the most magical (no pun intended) attractions to be found anywhere on the planet, from rides to stage shows to shopping (yes, shopping – Potter broke new theming ground […]

Theme park inspired dresses for your next Orlando trip

When planned correctly, wearing a cute dress on your vacation to the Orlando theme parks can be another memorable and fun aspect of your vacation. To help make the most of your trip, I’ve compiled some tips and ideas for wearing a theme park inspired dress on your next Orlando trip! How to pick the […]

Orlando theme park community comes together standing strong

Note from the Editor: This is by far the hardest article I’ve ever had to publish on our site. However, when Dani pitched the idea, there was no way I could turn her passion down. Our entire team at Orlando Informer is devoted to counteracting this senseless attack on our Orlando community however possible. As […]

Skull Island: Reign of Kong now soft opening at Universal’s Islands of Adventure

Skull Island: Reign of Kong began soft opening on Thursday, June 9, at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. The attraction swung open its large temple doors for guests who have highly anticipated the attraction for months. What is a soft opening/technical rehearsal? A soft opening, commonly referred to as a technical rehearsal, is an opportunity for the […]

In Case You Missed It

5 big Universal developments in 2016

The opening of NBC Sports Grill & Brew in CityWalk, some tinkering in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley, an expansion of Royal Pacific Resort’s convention space, and, of course, a whole bevy of closures, from Disaster, Twister, and Beetlejuice’s Graveyard Revue in Universal Studios Florida to The Incredible Hulk Coaster in […]

Upcoming changes to MyMagic+ at Walt Disney World

Change is the only constant thing in life. It’s been nearly five years since MyMagic+ first began to change vacationing at Walt Disney World forever. Whether that change has been a good or a bad thing may be a source of debate for many more years to come. Naturally, any project of this scale is […]

My magical experience at A Celebration of Harry Potter: Day 3 (and two additional stories from guests critical of how Universal handled the event)

We now pick up Maureen’s “A Celebration of Harry Potter” trip report at the beginning of Day 3. If you missed our post covering Day 1 & Day 2, you can view it by clicking here.   A Celebration of Harry Potter – Day 3 On Sunday, January 26, the third and final day of […]

Rumor round-up for October 19, 2013: Skull Island the eighth Island of Adventure, Avatar details & theories, Potter construction update

Welcome to the eighth Island of Adventure: Skull Island King Kong, after an 11-year absence, is returning to Universal Orlando – that much all the various sources at all the various sites can agree on. It’s just everything else about the King’s return to Universal that causes all (rumor) hell to break loose. First, Kong […]

Orlando water park adventures: Finding the best place to splash & play in 2014

Ahh! Summertime is knocking on Florida’s door. The seasons of fall, winter, and spring are always short-lived in the Sunshine State – that’s why an avid theme park goer always needs a refreshingly exciting way of cooling off from the unforgiving Florida rays. We look to the water parks of Central Florida to quench both our […]

Rebuilding Universal Studios Florida: A look at 2013 and beyond

To say that Universal Studios Florida has been busy this past year is something of a profound understatement. In addition to opening Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem over the summer, the park has seen three(!) additional construction projects spring up literally across the entire year. The impending arrival of Transformers: The Ride 3D is enough to […]

Spring Break 2014 survival guide: Lessons learned from visiting Universal Orlando at its busiest

There is a Universal Orlando vacation, then there is a Universal Orlando vacation during Spring Break. While the rising temperatures and festive spirit of the holiday create an energy all its own, you definitely need to know what you’re doing to harness that energy and turn it into a positive memory. The peak period of […]

Disney’s best dining? Not in the parks

“So, where’s the best place to eat while I’m at Disney?” It’s a favorite question on forums across the internet, partially because the dining options at Disney are diverse and, sometimes, daunting to vacationers. With all the choices Disney offers, the answers to the question are never quite the same, but some familiar favorites rise […]

How Universal can expand without land

Everyone knows that Universal Orlando Resort, at “just” 840 acres, is rather limited on real-estate. Yes, there’s the 50-acre Wet ‘n Wild property, which is rumored to be transformed into a site for additional (value) hotels within the next few years. And, all right, yes, there’s also the secondary plot of land that Universal just […]

Universal Studios Florida trip report – early January 2012 (and some CityWalk stuff too!)

January 2, 2012   January 3, 2012 Yes, the JAWS attraction and its home, Amity, have been shuttered at Universal Studios Florida. No more skippers and no more boat tours. I was able to visit on both January 2, its final day, and January 3. Needless to say, it was quite a transformation. Here is […]

New Test Track at Epcot set for official grand re-opening December 6

Chevrolet designers and Walt Disney Imagineers have joined forces to give Walt Disney World guests a deep glimpse inside a professional design studio creating a first-of-its-kind multi-sensory virtual experience in automotive design. Chevrolet and Disney tapped their best design talent with expertise ranging from industrial and automotive design to architecture and animation. The design collaboration […]

Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek & Waldorf Astoria Orlando – Photo Gallery

Update 7/9/2011 I just finished putting together a separate post for Waldorf Astoria Orlando with more than 70 images of the resort. Follow this link to view it: Waldorf Astoria Orlando – photo gallery with more than 70 images + 1 HD video of the last shuttle launch   Original post Last night I had […]