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 Universal Mardi Gras
Mardi Gras has officially kicked off at Universal Studios Florida! The FINAL coconcert features The All – American Rejects on Saturday, March 25 and is included with your Universal Studios Florida admission. For complete Mardi Gras details, visit our official guide here.

 Universal’s Volcano Bay Water Theme Park
All of the attractions and story for Volcano Bay have been revealed! Take a look here. The park will open to the public May 25.

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What if Apple bought Disney and turned it into Universal?

Bear with me for a moment here. Over the past several months, there have been various individuals or publications in the financial industry that have been eagerly discussing the possibility of Apple, Inc., one of the largest companies in the world, purchasing The Walt Disney Company, another of the biggest. The impetus for this speculation […]

‘The Music of Pixar Live!’ coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Walt Disney World announced today that they will be squeezing in another show at the the Theater of the Stars at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The new show will be called “The Music of Pixar Live! A Symphony of Characters,” and will feature a live musical orchestra recreating some of the most popular songs from a variety of […]

Disney releases 2 NEW Pandora details

This has been a pretty big week for Universal, whether the company intended that or not: we’ve learned of its intention to build a massive seventh hotel on-site, discovered its patents for next-generation (Harry Potter?) rides, and, just this morning, saw its bold new take on the theme park menu for Volcano Bay. But Disney […]

REVEALED: Volcano Bay’s crazy food

Over the course of the past two years, Universal has been slowly but surely revealing every last facet of its brand-new “water theme park”: its attractions, backstory, and, most intriguing of all, its TapuTapu wearable. But what’s been missing in this deluge of information (see what I did there?) has been Volcano Bay’s food and […]

Is THIS Universal’s new Harry Potter ride?

We’ve known for some time now that Dragon Challenge, the dueling coasters in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade, may very well be on the chopping block and may, in fact, be shutting down for good later this year. What’s remained unknown is what, exactly, would replace it. It just so happens that […]

5 musical scores you’ll remember when visiting the Wizarding World

One of the most memorable experiences from visiting The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is the soundtrack that acts as your backdrop as you venture into these mystical lands. Whether walking through the alleyways of Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida or the streets of Hogsmeade at Islands of Adventure, the soundtrack from the Harry Potter […]

CONFIRMED: Universal’s seventh on-site hotel

When Comcast took control of NBCUniversal some six years ago, it was unsatisfied with how few hotel rooms were on-property at Universal Orlando – only some 2,400, spread across the first three venues of Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel, and Royal Pacific Resort. With the sheer amount of money and people that are now […]

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Halloween Horror Nights 2013: Veteran review, new approach to a touring plan & even more expert advice

So, what does it take to get the most out your Halloween Horror Night experience? Well, definitely plan on arriving early, around 5:30pm, to make sure you’re in the front of the pack when the gates open around 6:15pm. Every minute you are in the park prior to 8:00pm is incredibly valuable and must be […]

THE BIG 5: Top five most exciting prospects in Diagon Alley for diehard Harry Potter fans

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter took Islands of Adventure by storm when it opened to the public in 2010. Now, Diagon Alley is in the works at Universal — promising to be world’s first centrally themed multi-park experience — and its existence is opening up many new and exciting possibilities for our favorite Orlando […]

The Simpsons Springfield expansion officially announced, and it’s even better than you imagined

Woo Hoo! Springfield, hometown to America’s favorite animated family, The Simpsons, comes to life at Universal Orlando Resort launching this summer. The expansive, new area within Universal Studios will be anchored by the mega-attraction, The Simpsons Ride, and will allow guests to enter the world of The Simpsons like never before. It will be the […]

SeaWorld trip report – March 2014 (Sea of Surprises construction, Pets Ahoy, restaurant reviews, Ihu’s Breakaway Falls & Just for Kids Festival)

As we arrived at SeaWorld this past weekend, we could tell they had done a lot of renovations for the 50th anniversary celebration that starts Friday, March 21 (we’ll have a separate report on the opening next week!). The statue welcoming guests into the parking area has a new banner around the bottom, and once […]

Journey into the Wizard’s World: 10-minute documentary of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter presented in HD 1080p

I am very happy to present OrlandoInformer.com’s latest video, Journey into the Wizard’s World. This is a 10-minute documentary of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter experience at Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure. In it you’ll see virtually all aspects of the Wizarding World, including the tour through Hogwarts as part of Harry Potter and […]

Nile Ethiopian Cuisine: An exotic dining experience awaits you at this I-Drive hidden gem

Nile Ethiopian Cuisine is a small restaurant that hides back in a strip mall off International Drive.  But don’t let its location or lack of a fancy exterior fool you.  The restaurant offer authentic Ethiopian cuisine that is an exotic experience to taste and to eat! If you’ve never been to an Ethiopian restaurant, then […]

Reader poll: How much do you spend on souvenirs at Universal Orlando?

Today we’d like to discuss a topic that is near and dear to many theme park fans’ hearts, but not always appreciated by the budget keepers: merchandise and souvenirs! The goodies offered at various locations throughout Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure range from a $5,700 movie-quality Batman costume to 51 cent pressed pennies. […]