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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 works exclusively for Orlando Informer as a writer, editor, and podcast co-host. He’s also written for 31 other sites, has had his fiction featured in several publications, and has even taught English in Japan. Imagineering school won’t be too far behind.

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 […]

Pandora: The World of Avatar REVEALED

Just because pulling the curtain back on Star Wars Land wasn’t enough for Disney today at its biennial D23 expo, the company went ahead and landed another doozy: offering the first official specifics on Avatar Land, which will be coming to Animal Kingdom starting in 2017 (a second phase is expected to open in ‘18). […]

Star Wars Land coming to Disney World and Disneyland

After three years of continual teases, delays, and general confusion amongst the theme park faithful, Disney this afternoon finally revealed the first details on Star Wars Land at its biennial D23 expo. These first tidbits admittedly amount to more of a tease, since they were unveiled during the live-action film panel, but we should expect […]

4 videogames Universal NEEDS for its next park

You are reading an article tagged as a rumor. Read our note from the editor to learn about rumors shared on Orlando Informer. You’ve heard the rumors: Universal is maybe, just possibly seeking to make its long-awaited and oft-delayed third theme park based exclusively off of videogame properties. Is it improbable? Yes. But is it […]

Let’s skewer theme parks and princesses, shall we?

Now, this is one for the history books. Fake Theme Park has been delighting us for the past four years with tales of its sordid park history (it originally opened in 1955), the intriguing – and outright illegal – antics of its founder and CEO, Murph Gantly, and the many (mis)adventures of its handful of […]

RUMOR SPOTLIGHT: Is Nintendo Universal’s third park?

Have you heard about Universal Orlando Resort’s third theme park? Yeah, we have, too, ever since the company first had plans for it (oh, and a fourth gate, as well) some 20 years ago. The original idea was to purchase a considerable amount of land – some 1,000 acres or so – in order to […]

Top 5 reasons to get excited for Sapphire Falls Resort

Universal Orlando Resort’s array of on-site hotels is about to get a fifth entry in the form of Sapphire Falls Resort, which, it was just revealed last week, will be having its grand opening on July 14, 2016. But that’s not all that was unveiled: Universal has started to lift the curtain and divulge more […]

The ONE ride I think we NEED in the next Wizarding World

You are reading an article tagged as a rumor. Read our note from the editor to learn about rumors shared on Orlando Informer. In case you’ve been safely tucked away in the land of the Muggles for the past few years, there’s been this little rumor making its way around the wizarding community that Universal […]

2 BIG changes F&F could bring to Universal

You are reading an article tagged as a rumor. Read our note from the editor to learn about rumors shared on Orlando Informer. As Universal continues its multi-billion-dollar overhaul of Universal Studios Florida, moving from area to area and replacing all of its lackluster or otherwise threadbare attractions with brand-new and highly immersive rides, there […]

Is the Hulk Coaster about to have a complete makeover?

You are reading an article tagged as a rumor. Read our note from the editor to learn about rumors shared on Orlando Informer. In case you didn’t hear – and, really, you should’ve, given that we discussed this very point in some depth in the very hip and happening Orlando Informer Podcast – The Incredible […]

Disney’s biggest theme park expansion ever

You are reading an article tagged as a rumor. Read our note from the editor to learn about rumors shared on Orlando Informer. We spoke a few months back about Disney’s plans for Hollywood Studios, which included the much-fabled Star Wars Land taking over all of Echo Lake and Pixar Place (which currently consists of […]

The theme park queue of the future

It goes without saying that the most critical aspect of a theme park ride is the ride itself. But there are, of course, other elements that are nearly as important in sealing the theming deal. Of these ancillary facets, perhaps none is as fundamental to the guest’s experience as is what has historically been viewed […]

3 massive holes Universal needs to plug

We’ve discussed before the last remaining hurdles for Universal to becoming as well-varied as its mouse competition down the street, and while free transportation from the airports to Universal Orlando would certainly go a long way to increasing the resort’s user-friendliness, those recommendations were conceived of and written at a wholly different point in time, […]

4 hurdles for Universal Orlando to overcome

Note from the author: this is one of the very first articles I ever did for the site, back in early 2012. Given that most of these points have yet to be addressed by Universal, and given that we’ll be following up on this piece tomorrow with a brand-new take on the resort post-construction boom, […]

How to fix Epcot

Note from the author: as promised/threatened on the latest episode of the Orlando Informer Podcast, here is the article originally published to commemorate Epcot’s 30th anniversary, in October 2012. After detailing how the park lost its way during its first three decades in the first part of our exploration, we now turn to how it […]

2 possible replacements for Wet ‘n Wild

Two days ago, Universal made official what we all were assuming, anyway: Wet ‘n Wild, the 38-year-old Orlando staple, will be closing down on December 31, 2016, to make way for Volcano Bay, Universal’s first-ever built-from-the-ground up “water theme park.” What’s going to happen to the 50-acre lot where the park currently sits? That’s an […]

Epcot’s mid-life crisis

Note from the author: as promised/threatened on the latest episode of the Orlando Informer Podcast, here is the article originally published on Epcot’s 30th anniversary, October 1, 2012 (just a few weeks after my first son was born). Given the news of Frozen replacing Maelstrom and other recent developments, its message is even timelier now […]

Unearthing Jurassic Park’s past, present, and future

In a park filled with lands that overflow with detail and discovery, one of the most inviting is none other than Jurassic Park. At a little over 20 acres, it is the largest island at Islands of Adventure, containing one of the biggest arrays of attractions and some of the most atmospheric theming, from the […]

Unlocking Universal’s 2015 developments

2014, it’s safe to say, was a mega-year for Universal Orlando, with the likes of Cabana Bay Beach Resort, a wholly revamped CityWalk, and, of course, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley all debuting at the resort. 2015 has been, in contrast, rather – well – sleepy. Not that this is to […]

NBC Sports Grill & Brew first details

Announced to the public for the first time this morning, NBC Sports Grill & Brew is officially headed to CityWalk later this year, replacing NASCAR Sports Grille, which closed in November (and which is picking up its stakes and moving over to Daytona).   While neither a full menu nor a specific opening date has […]

Top 5 Volcano Bay Easter eggs

Now that the cat’s officially out of the bag (read: Universal officially announced its new Volcano Bay water park yesterday morning), many fans who have been waiting for the grand reveal may be feeling a tad disappointed; the company, after all, simply released one piece of concept art and offered more in the way of […]

Remembering Disney World’s best attraction (part 2)

This is a two-part article. To view the first part, click here. Horizons, which bowed on October 1, 1983 – one year to the day after Epcot itself opened – quickly established itself as the park’s premiere attraction. In 1994, after General Electric opted not to renew its ten-year sponsorship contract, the ride was closed, […]

Volcano Bay first details

Update: More details have been revealed for Volcano Bay. Learn more After literally several years of leaked trademarks and repeated rumors, Universal has today made it official: Volcano Bay, its very first built-from-the-ground-up “water theme park,” is coming. Although confirmed details are, as of right now, scant, the company did tip its hand in several […]