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 NEW: Skull Island: Reign of Kong now open
The blockbuster attraction at Islands of Adventure is now officially open. Learn more about the ride

 Universal’s Volcano Bay Water Theme Park
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REVIEW: Strong Water Tavern Rum Tasting at Sapphire Falls Resort

I remember one of the first pieces of concept art for Loews Sapphire Falls Resort I ever laid eyes on featured the Strong Water Tavern. I knew then and there a visit here would be compulsory for me. With a little help from the Orlando Informer team and our friends at Loews, I had the distinct pleasure […]

4 Pokemon Go-inspired attractions to put into Universal’s parks

Pokemon Go has, over the course of the past week, dominated news stories (thanks to its being used on smart phones more than Tinder and Twitter, to it adding $9 billion of value to publisher Nintendo, and, of course, thanks to all the various real-world mishaps it’s been wreaking across the country, including a teenager […]

Top 5 bars at the Walt Disney World Resort

Nothing feels better than escaping the brutal Florida sun. Getting a delicious drink once you’re inside the air conditioning? Priceless. Today we’ve got for you our top five bars around the Walt Disney World Resort. With this list you’re sure to find a great location to beat the heat without worrying about having to buy park admission. […]

Suspicious package at Universal Orlando CityWalk causes temporary closure

A suspicious package found by a K-9 unit in Universal Orlando’s transportation hub caused an evacuation and temporary closure of the facility at around 4:50 PM on Monday. The all-clear was issued later at around 5:40 PM. Universal Orlando’s transportation hub encompasses its two garages, valet, and bus/taxi loop. It is how almost all guests […]

6 beautiful photos of Cinderella Castle at Disney World

As a kid, one of my earliest memories in my life is my first ever visit to the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, here in Orlando, Florida. I was two years old at the time (or so I’ve been told) and I was headed down Main Street, towards Cinderella castle in a stroller. I […]

Toothsome Chocolate Emporium begins to take shape at Universal Orlando

Almost a year ago, Orlando Informer reported CityWalk’s newest addition would focus on chocolate and sweets. In March, Universal Orlando officials lifted the veil on the new addition (at the time) titled The Toothsome Chocolate Factory & Savory Feast Emporium. The news broke the internet and became one of our most popular articles ever, shared […]

‘Halloween II’ coming to Halloween Horror Nights 26

This year at Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights everyone is entitled to at least one good scare. Today Universal Orlando revealed that Halloween II will be one of the nine houses at Halloween Horror Nights 26. This is Halloween‘s second appearance at Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights. The first house, which was constructed two years ago at […]

In Case You Missed It

Disney’s Animal Kingdom trip report – April 2014 (FastPass+ progress, World of Avatar construction & best tips for touring)

For this month’s Walt Disney World trip report, I spent a “wild” day at Animal Kingdom this past weekend. The weather was beautiful, with temperatures in the low 80s, a calming breeze, and plenty of sunshine. Upon entering the park this visit, I noticed the FastPass+ kiosk lines were dramatically shorter than my visit in […]

OI Share: Lori shares her touring plan & insights with us after a fun-filled day at Legoland Florida

Here’s an overview of our Legoland Florida visit with a few suggestions thrown in. We were there on Wednesday, May 30, and the park hours were 10am – 5pm. Our party consisted of two adults, a 12-year old girl, and two die-hard Lego boys, 9 and 7. We did not purchase the additional admission to […]

Free event: Meet renowned national and local authors at the UCF Book Festival March 31

The 3rd Annual UCF Book Festival, presented by the Morgridge International Reading Center at the University of Central Florida, is coming to UCF Arena on March 31, 2012. Join the community for one of Florida’s premier literary events, featuring renowned national and local authors, book signings and sales, exhibits, book appraisals, and special children’s activities. […]

Q: Does Universal Studios Orlando have a Studio Tour like Hollywood?

Reader Question Does Universal Studios Orlando have a Studio Tour like Hollywood? OI Answer They used to be years ago.  If you are interested in a bit of history, here’s a write-up from Wikipedia: The tram which boarded between the soundstages at the park began by entering and going past the various sound stages at […]

Legoland Florida announces expansion: Star Wars coming to Miniland (update: opens today!)

Update 11/9/12 Under construction for four months and crafted from 1.5 million LEGO bricks, the new Star Wars miniland recreates scenes from each of the six Star Wars movies, and a seventh from the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars. As of 10:00am this morning, it is officially open!   Original post The FORCE […]

Orlando Informer Weekly Dispatch: May 25 – 31, 2014

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: 5/31 – Later today we’re off to Universal Studios Florida […]

UCF Knights march into Magic Kingdom: Complete coverage & priceless parade viewing tips

What phrase do you immediately hear after the Super Bowl has just completed? Why, “I’m going to Disney World” of course! On special occasions, a triumphant athlete, sports team, or celebrity is often invited to parade through Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. This past weekend it finally time for Orlando’s hometown heroes, the University of […]

SNAU: Touring Universal with autistic family members

Our goal here at Orlando Informer is to offer all guests tips and tools for touring Universal Orlando, and being able to help special needs guests is no exception. It’s an honor and privilege to be able to help with your concerns, and I thank you for your trust and readership – especially considering the […]

OI Share: Experiencing Universal Orlando’s theme parks has changed my life forever

Let me start by taking a little trip back in time. For my 14th birthday, my parents took me and my brother to Orlando for a week. It was the best birthday present ever, and one that I will always treasure. During this vacation, we made a stop at Walt Disney World for three days: […]

LEGOLAND Florida is getting even more kid-friendly – DUPLO Valley to open in spring 2014

LEGOLAND Florida has announced new attractions and significant renovations to the theme park’s toddler-dedicated area, which will be called DUPLO Valley when it reopens in spring 2014. Planned enhancements will bring the LEGO DUPLO line of preschool building toys to life with new farm-themed attractions, an air-conditioned indoor play area, and a water play area […]

Walt Disney World for lovers: Best ideas for romance on Valentine’s Day or any other day

Couples who’ve been bitten by the love bug don’t need a fairy godmother to find romance at Walt Disney World. This is, after all, home to some of the world’s most famous romances: Cinderella and Prince Charming, Lady and the Tramp, Beauty and the Beast – and don’t forget America’s sweethearts, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. […]

Walt Disney World kicks off a ‘Monstrous Summer’ with an all-nighter Friday; has a bursting lineup of new thrills & happenings all season

Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort will kick off a Monstrous Summer by keeping three theme parks open for 24 hours nonstop on Memorial Day Weekend, the traditional start of the family travel season. The Magic Kingdom Park in Florida and Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park in California will stay open from […]