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3 Ways Universal can expand, Harry Potter-style

Last week’s big Harry Potter news – that a nightly show involving projection-mapping on Hogwarts Castle could be coming later this year – was not only incredibly popular amongst the Universal faithful, it also underlined the company’s approach to keeping its two Wizarding Worlds of Harry Potter fresh and exciting without having to build new rides. […]

Orlando Informer’s Top 9 Stories in 2016

2016 brought a lot to Universal Orlando. A chocolate emporium, mysterious island rumored to be inhabited by a giant ape, and completely refurbished coaster all opened to eager guests. The number of major announcements was even more exciting, giving us glimpses into future additions like Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon and Volcano Bay. […]

RUMOR: Universal’s New Harry Potter Nighttime Show

This article has been tagged as a rumor. Please read our note from the editor to learn about rumors on Orlando Informer. On Christmas Eve, Screamscape gave everyone a slightly early Christmas present by dropping a sizzling new rumor onto the themed online scene: a new nighttime show at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – […]

Secret Life of Pets debuts in Universal’s Superstar Parade

The Secret Life of Pets made its first appearance in Universal Orlando’s Superstar Parade yesterday. Similar to other units of the parade, The Secret Life of Pets unit comes out multiple times during the day prior to the parade near the Horror Makeup Show. The new addition features gymnast dancers, with splashes of parkour stunts. The addition […]

6 Universal Patents Predict the Future of Theme Parks

It’s not enough that Universal unleashed three of the most revolutionary rides on theme park audiences anywhere in the world – that would be 1999’s Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, 2010’s Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, and 2014’s Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, but of course – and is looking to pull a […]

Super Nintendo World revealed for Universal Studios Japan

Super Nintendo World has been announced for Universal Studios Japan. It is scheduled to open in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The area will have “expansive and multi level environments filled with unprecedented, state-of-the-art rides, interactive areas, shops, and restaurants, all featuring Nintendo’s most popular characters and games.” The expansion to Universal Studios Japan is […]

First Details on Universal Orlando’s Nintendo Land

After originally announcing their partnership a year-and-a-half ago, Universal and Nintendo just today revealed the first details on their highly-anticipated Nintendo Land, which is now officially confirmed to be coming to Universal Studios Japan and Universal Studios Hollywood alongside Universal Orlando Resort. “Revealed” is the appropriate word to use, as we now know more about […]

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Orlando Informer Weekly Dispatch: November 10 – 16, 2013

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: We’re switching things up on you this week! Universal made […]

Busch Garden Tampa trip report – November 2013 (hands-on at the Animal Care Center, Falcon’s Fury construction & more)

Editor’s note: I want to let our readers know that, with the addition of Salina as a contributor to our blog, Orlando Informer is now committed to producing monthly trip reports for Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, SeaWorld Orlando, and Busch Gardens Tampa, as well as one Walt Disney World theme park (each month […]

Disney’s Disability Access Service (DAS): First-hand experience & in-depth analysis of the new system

As promised, my family and I were at Epcot when the new Disability Access Service (DAS) card rolled out Wednesday, October 9. Over the last few days I have been in contact with others in the disabled community to see how their first contact visits with Guest Relations progressed. Below I will explain the new […]

SNAU: moving walkways, Orlando Eye, and Universal discounts for disabled guests

Welcome to the May 2015 edition of our Special Needs Are Universal column, featuring questions and answers from our readers and tips to help those with disabilities plan their day at Orlando’s theme parks. Our goal here at Orlando Informer is to offer all guests touring Universal Orlando parks inside information, and being able to […]

SeaWorld Orlando announces opening date for TurtleTrek

From We know you’ve waited patiently and now we have great news to share! The grand opening of TurtleTrek at SeaWorld Orlando will be Friday, April 27. TurtleTrek will give you a turtle’s eye view of the ocean’s wonders and showcase the challenges they face, and the things we can all do to help […]

Three incredible ways Diagon Alley is lavishly improving on Hogsmeade’s wizarding formula

It isn’t just with park-connecting rides and compelling merchandising opportunities that Universal plans on expounding upon the Wizarding World of Harry Potter formula that it nearly perfected four years ago – there are a whole slew of other methods, both incredibly big and microscopically small, that will help transport you more fully into Harry’s wondrous […]

World Cafe on International Drive: A traditional British breakfast at a convenient I-Drive location

I really enjoy trying out all the different restaurants on Orlando’s International Drive–particularly those restaurants that are not part of a national chain. My latest stop was at World Cafe. This small venue is located right across the street from International Palms Resort (a Universal Orlando Partner Hotel), just about a block down from Magical […]

Are you a “weekend warrior?” Go to Universal.

Weekend Warriors and Day Trippers If you’re a Floridian especially, or live anywhere within an easy trip to Orlando, you may be like my family… Sometimes my wife and I will be at dinner or have just had a long day at work and one of us will say, “Hey you want to go to […]

Transformers characters now appearing daily at Universal Studios Florida – and they are AMAZING

Starting the week of March 4, Optimus Prime and Bumblebee have begun daily appearances for guest meet and greets inside Universal Studios Florida. Although as of today the hours are unpublished, the buzz around town is that they will be trading shifts between 10:00am and 4:00pm each day. These characters are AMAZING, and this is […]

Magic Kingdom Trip Report – June 2011 (with huge Fantasyland construction update)

I spent a few hours in Disney’s Magic Kingdom this morning, just to see what’s new. Let’s jump right into it. You can click on any image to view it full-screen. You can also view and share many of these photos on the OI Facebook page. Scroll to the bottom of the post to view […]

Orlando becomes first U.S. destination to top 55 million visitors!

It was another record-breaking year for Orlando with final 2011 visitation numbers revealing that Orlando welcomed 55.1 million visitors, up 7.2% from last year’s record setting 51.4 million and 1.5% over the previous forecast of 54.3 million visitors. Total domestic visitation (business & leisure) accounted for 51.3 million visitors, a 7.5% increase over 2010 and […]

OI Share: My concert review of The All-American Rejects at Universal Mardi Gras (old and new fans rock out to AAR songs from across their 10-year career)

The stage was set and the Universal Music Plaza was packed to capacity with energetic fans awaiting for The All-American Rejects to take the stage for the final 2013 Mardi Gras concert. The crowds were a mixed of old and new fans, but still all were hyped to see band. The time finally arrived for […]