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Marc N. Kleinhenz

Marc N. Kleinhenz’s first dream in life was to be an astronaut. His second was an Imagineer. While neither completely worked out, he now writes books, flash fiction, and articles for 31 sites and counting (including IGN, The Escapist, and The Huffington Post). He’s co-created two podcasts and has even taught English in Japan. Imagineering school won’t be too far behind.

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. […]

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 – […]

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 […]

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 […]

Fantastic Beasts: Top 3 Theme Park Attractions

After the Harry Potter film series ended in 2011, most in the Muggle world thought that, barring the occasional short story on author J.K. Rowling’s Pottermore website, the franchise was effectively dead. 2016 has proven to be a big negation of that doom-and-gloom sentiment. The stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child gave us […]

Harry Potter: 4 attractions that could replace Dragon Challenge

Almost exactly a year ago, Screamscape reported on a rumor that just started to make the rounds regarding Dragon Challenge, that imposing dual roller coaster that is such a fixture of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade skyline (well, at least in Orlando; its sister sites in both Osaka and Hollywood are dragon-free, […]

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 […]

Universal’s sixth hotel: Everything we know

We had reported some time ago that our little birds at Universal indicated that the company was likely to announce its next on-site hotel – yes, that would be its sixth – even before its fifth, Sapphire Falls Resort, opened its doors (which, incidentally, happens this month). It seems like our sources were half-accurate: Universal […]

3 ideas for a Marvel Super Hero Island expansion

In 2012, The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man got an overhaul, upgrading its projectors to 4K and redoing all of its physical sets and digital animations. Later on this summer, The Incredible Hulk Coaster will be getting its own major refurbishment, replacing its track, upgrading its ride vehicle, and completely redoing its queue and story. As […]

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 […]

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 […]

The biggest Halloween Horror Nights reveal yet

Let’s get the big news out of the way first: Halloween Horror Nights, the nation’s premiere Halloween event, is returning to its roots this year by having an icon preside over the entire ordeal. Even better, for the first time this icon is going to be none other than Chance, Jack the Clown’s lady-friend who […]

The Walking Dead coming to HHN26: 3 ways for it to not suck

Universal let the undead cat out of the bag today and announced The Walking Dead as the third house for this year’s Halloween Horror Nights (the first two haunts, for all those not playing along at home, are two blasts from the horror past: Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Exorcist). This marks the fifth consecutive […]

Why Diagon Alley can never be repeated

There is a little recent addition to Universal Orlando called The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley. Maybe you’ve heard of it – it’s one of the most highly themed areas across the entire globe, it’s been responsible for some crazy year-on-year growth for NBCUniversal and its parent company, Comcast, and it’s pretty […]

5 reasons Revenge of the Mummy is the most overlooked ride at Universal Orlando

Did you know that tomorrow is Revenge of the Mummy’s 12th birthday? And did you know that the ride is a not-to-be-missed attraction at Universal Studios Florida? (This second one is easy to overlook, given all the glitz and attention that the park’s newer entries, such as Transformers: The Ride 3D, Springfield, and The Wizarding […]

The NEW Incredible Hulk Coaster revealed

After months of waiting for Universal to unveil what the newly redesigned Incredible Hulk Coaster will entail, the company just this morning went ahead and pulled the curtain back on what has been one of the most anticipated attractions at Universal Orlando Resort this year. Amazingly enough, even though the coaster’s track is exactly the […]

4 HUGE updates from Universal – April 2016

Aprils are typically sleepier months at Universal Orlando Resort (don’t believe us? You can view the crowd calendar right here), and while this year was no exception, it still managed to provide its fair share of new developments and happenings – thanks, in large part, due to this being the last moment of calm before […]

3 ways Universal Orlando can use DreamWorks

After being initially reported earlier this week, the news was made official by Comcast today: NBCUniversal is the new, proud owner of DreamWorks Animation, the studio behind such properties as Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, and How to Train Your Dragon (Comcast, for all those not in the know, is the parent company of Universal, making […]

Harry Potter: 4 NEW updates to the parks

Last month, we discussed all the ways that Universal Orlando Resort could expand without having to build new attractions on new parcels of land, and much of that speculation – naturally – focused on the untold potential of the Harry Potter franchise. It turns out that Universal is already taking that idea and running with […]

How Disney is trying to change the theme park industry

It seems as if the theme park industry is undergoing some kind of quiet, not-quite-behind-the-scenes revolution in how the park operators charge the public and, thereby, increase their profit margin – call it the surcharge war, attempting to make consumers pay more for services they either already receive or will get slightly more of. Unsurprisingly, […]

Flashback to 1990: Jaws, Psycho, & Phantom of the Opera

Welcome back to the past: June 7, 1990, the day that Universal Studios Florida formally opened its doors. We hope the time travel process this time wasn’t too disagreeable with your stomach; return trips always cause agida. On our first time-hopping jaunt, we hit up half of the brand-new park’s lands and rode a smattering […]

6 HUGE updates from Universal – March 2016

How many big developments can happen in a single month? If you’re Universal Orlando Resort and it’s March, it turns out the answer is quite a lot. From new sneak peeks at upcoming attractions and restaurants to the latest behind-the-scenes deliberations being leaked, the past four weeks have been a nearly nonstop rip-roaring adventure. Oh, […]

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 […]

Let’s tour 1990’s Universal Studios Florida

It is June 7, 1990, and it is the grand opening of Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s very first built-from-the-ground-up theme park. Sitting on a 840-acre plot of land that is mostly undeveloped, the park bristles with the excitement of the new and the unexplored – it is, after all, only the second theme park to […]

4 BIG Universal attractions by 2020

You are reading an article tagged as a rumor. Read our note from the editor to learn about rumors shared on Orlando Informer. You may already know all about Skull Island: Reign of Kong, Hello Kitty, and all the other big developments for this year, and, yes, you may already have a pretty good idea […]

Rumors! Kong, Hulk, and Fast & Furious

You are reading an article tagged as a rumor. Read our note from the editor to learn about rumors shared on Orlando Informer. There’s been a lot of work progressing behind the scenes – and, yeah, occasionally out in the open, as well – at Universal Orlando these past few weeks. This isn’t out of […]

Harry Potter: 3 ways to fit the new stories in the parks

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 may have concluded the insanely popular, $7.7 billion film franchise back in 2011, but that hasn’t caused the overarching, multimedia-infused Harry Potter franchise to start flagging. In point of fact, in the nine years since the final book was published, the property has only continued to grow […]

4 HUGE updates from Universal – January 2016

January is renowned for being the slowest month of the year in practically every profession known to man (well, save for politics – especially in a presidential election year! – but that’s a subject best saved for trying to sneak into the Orlando Informer Podcast). Still, that hasn’t stopped this past month at Universal Orlando […]

Rumors! Volcano Bay, Avengers, and new hotels

You are reading an article tagged as a rumor. Read our note from the editor to learn about rumors shared on Orlando Informer. Why, hullo, old chum. It’s been a little while since we met here in the shadowy corner of Orlando Informer, doing that whole Rumor Round-Up thing, so I thought it might be […]

Star Wars Land: 5 new things to know

We may still be some five years(!) before Star Wars Land opens up at Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort, but that doesn’t mean new information isn’t turning up at nearly every turn. And there’s good reason behind the sudden uptick: Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens has broken all sorts of […]

Harry Potter’s future at Universal

You are reading an article tagged as a rumor. Read our note from the editor to learn about rumors shared on Orlando Informer. Over the past few years, a number of new developments – both rumored and officially acknowledged – have been streaming out of Universal Orlando Resort, painting a rather rosy picture of what […]

Is Nintendo Land being delayed?

When word first broke that Nintendo was coming to Universal Orlando Resort, the themed community made a collective gasp – what a surprise! – and then proceeded to throw a massive celebration. One of the biggest intellectual properties from the past 30 years in any medium, getting what we soon learned was going to be […]

The 12 best new Universal Orlando additions

It’s old news by now: Comcast, after purchasing NBCUniversal in 2010, was pleasantly surprised by just how well Universal Parks and Resorts was performing, all thanks to a certain boy wizard and his loads of merchandise. After originally tinkering with the idea of spinning the theme park division off into its own company, Comcast opted […]

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 […]

Disney’s Season of the Force: Worth it or a waste?

Right from day one, when Disney first announced the new Season of the Force event back in August, there was something off between how Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts would be celebrating the event. Whereas Disneyland Park always had the rock-solid date of November 16 for the commencement of the activities, Hollywood Studios received […]

Secret Life of Pets coming to Universal Orlando?

In case you weren’t aware, Universal has been on something of a tear, updating or outright replacing a number of older attractions or unused plots of land with brand-new experiences. This trend has mostly targeted Universal Studios Florida over the past few years, affecting everything from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley […]

4 ways SeaWorld is trying to reinvent itself

You might have heard about a little film called Blackfish, a documentary which purported to expose SeaWorld’s animal abuses (we say “purported” because, well, there’s a lot of challenges to the film’s accuracy – which, no, we’re not going to get into here). In the two years since then, SeaWorld has paid the price for […]

4 biggest unsolvable problems of Halloween Horror Nights

In case this point were in doubt previously, the record-breaking performance of Halloween Horror Nights 25 has made it beyond official: Universal’s insanely popular annual event has become even more popular, to the point where practically every single night of its 30-day run has felt like what has traditionally been called a “peak night,” where […]

The most unique theme park wedding in history

Think you’ve seen everything that can be done at a theme park? Think again. On Back to the Future day, October 21, 2015 (y’know, when Doc Brown and Marty McFly arrived at the future), Stephenie and Jeff Lodermeier tied the knot inside of Universal Studios Florida, decked out in full BTTF regalia. Being a professional […]

Disney vs. Universal: Annual passes

Disney raised the price of its annual passes this past week (for the second time this year, incidentally), and the resulting flurry of activity and commenting that has followed in the announcement’s wake – the cheapest option at Disney World is now $750! – has gotten us here at Orlando Informer wondering what the value […]

4 Things You Need to Know about F&F: Supercharged

You are reading an article tagged as a rumor. Read our note from the editor to learn about rumors shared on Orlando Informer. Fast & Furious: Supercharged was announced just two months ago (you can see all of August’s many major announcements here), but already there’s a fair bit of information leaking about what the […]

4 HUGE updates from Universal – September 2015

September wasn’t quite the month that August was, with all its absolutely huge announcements, but it still managed to pack its own fair number of punches. Unsurprisingly, this past month was less about the future and more about the huge bevy of special events that start to envelope Universal Orlando Resort for the remainder of […]

3 best (and most unusual) replacements for Toon Lagoon

Universal Studios Florida has, for the past four summers, been awash in a constant stream of construction projects that were designed to spruce up the old place: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley replaced Jaws/Amity, The Simpsons replaced a boring stretch of nothingness, and Transformers: The Ride – 3D, Despicable Me: Minion […]

HHN 25 original houses: Complete guide

It’s Halloween Horror Nights’s 25th anniversary, and to celebrate, Universal is throwing a giant party – the biggest event in its history, filled with some of the most stuffed haunted houses that guests have ever experienced. While this prospect makes the diehard aficionados salivate – it’ll be a contest for them to spot all the […]

4 most ridiculous Universal Orlando rumors

You are reading an article tagged as a rumor. Read our note from the editor to learn about rumors shared on Orlando Informer. We love rumors here at Orlando Informer HQ. And we certainly should – we’ve reported on what seems like almost every single one of them over the past three years, and we’ve […]

7 biggest future attractions at Universal Orlando

You are reading an article tagged as a rumor. Read our note from the editor to learn about rumors shared on Orlando Informer. All the recent talk of Steven pielberg possibly returning to Universal Pictures – and of his maybe resurrecting rides based off of his classic properties of Back to the Future and Jaws […]

Steven Spielberg’s new theme park rides – including Jaws and Back to the Future?

You are reading an article tagged as a rumor. Read our note from the editor to learn about rumors shared on Orlando Informer. Before Universal Studios was a theme park, it was exactly what it sounded like: a film production studio that has been in the business of making movies for over a century now. […]

4 HUGE updates from Universal – August 2015

While it can be said that basically any month is a big one for Universal Orlando – the resort is, after all, adding several new experiences each and every single year – August really has taken the cake in terms of major announcements. This is probably because this past month has also been a rather […]

Universal’s next must-do experience is…

You are reading an article tagged as a rumor.  UPDATE: Universal Orlando has announced Toothsome Chocolate Emporium! Learn the details here. On August 16, NBA City – one of Universal CityWalk’s very first tenants – closed its doors. While we know that it’s preparing to make its move over to the competition down the street, […]

EXCLUSIVE: Universal’s possible next big partner

You are reading an article tagged as a rumor. Read our note from the editor to learn about rumors shared on Orlando Informer.   Universal seems to really be in love with videogames right now, which, one can suppose, makes sense – they are the last main frontier for theme parks to conquer (film and […]