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‘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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

How Disney is beating Universal in the food war

As is well-known by now, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter redefined the way that theme park operators think about their food offerings and the way that guests view it as part of their get-away-from-reality vacations. No longer is the standard, boring fare of hamburgers and mac-‘n-cheese the order of the day, served up in […]

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

The surprising way that Jimmy Fallon connects with Avatar Land

A funny thing happened after experiencing Race through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon during its technical rehearsal period twice in one weekend: I went back to my hotel room after the second ride-through and started watching The Tonight Show clips. When I returned back home, I shared them with my wife, who’s way more of […]

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

Marvel’s apex – and what it means for Universal

It may appear that Marvel Super Hero Island is isolated from all the rest of Marvel Entertainment – and its parent company, Disney – meaning that whatever happens in the constantly-being-revamped comic books and the ever-more-sprawling Marvel Cinematic Universe have absolutely no bearing on Universal’s theme park land. To a very large extent, this is […]

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

3 ways How to Train Your Dragon could come to Universal’s theme parks

There is no doubt that How to Train Your Dragon is one of, if not the, best animated films that DreamWorks has ever made. The first movie grossed over $620 million at the worldwide box office, and its sequel, How to Train Your Dragon 2, raked in over $490 million. With the first two installments earning […]

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

I’ve eaten at every CityWalk table-service restaurant

Yes, the theme parks – and, soon, the “theme water park” of Volcano Bay – are where all the action of Universal Orlando is at; one makes the journey in order to experience The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, ride The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, and delight in the Universal Horror Makeup Show, after all. […]

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

Does the new Harry Potter ride NEED Harry Potter?

One of the main, everlasting draws of Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, in addition to its stellar queue and its faithfulness to the source material, is its inclusion of a cornucopia of actors from the Harry Potter films; being able to swoop over a Quidditch pitch or through the Chamber of Secrets wouldn’t be […]

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

New nighttime show coming to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Japan

Nighttime in Hogsmeade is about to get a lot more exciting over at Universal Studios Japan as the park just announced today that a new nighttime projection show will be taking place on Hogwarts Castle. Here is a description of the show via press release: The night show in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter […]

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

The top-secret location Disney uses to create new food and drinks

Delish, a “top-10 food-related” website, was recently invited by Disney to come check out the Flavor Lab, a top-secret complex that opened in October 2015 in order to serve “as a hub of new product, packaging, and equipment innovation for food and beverage programs across Walt Disney Parks and Resorts,” according to the Disney Parks […]

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

SeaWorld Orlando extends Seven Seas Food Festival to daily operation

SeaWorld Orlando announced today that their new Seven Seas Food Festival is so popular that they’ve moved it from Saturday’s only to daily operation through April 16 to accommodate spring break crowds. Seven Seas Food Festival features over 60 unique dishes from 11 global marketplaces throughout the park. In addition to this, there are a number of […]

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

Did Disney just confirm a major Star Wars Land rumor?

With its grand debut just two short(ish) years away, we’re starting to get more and more information about Disney’s Star Wars Land, which is due to arrive simultaneously at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts. Even with this steady trickle of confirmations, however – and even with the occasional sneak peek at the ongoing […]

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

New fashion line called ‘The Dress Shop’ coming to Disney Springs

A new clothing line is coming to Disney Springs that will feature dresses and accessories inspired by Disney nostalgia. Called ‘The Dress Shop’, this new line will feature a variety of dresses featuring iconic Disney characters, attractions and more, including the Tower of Terror and the Orange Bird. There will also be a variety of accessories, […]

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

Welcome to Lava Lagoon, the original Volcano Bay

Volcano Bay, Universal Orlando Resort’s third park, is soon to open its watery doors to guests. While everyone continues to wait with baited breath – and to ask an endless series of questions that we still can’t answer as of yet – it might behoove us to take a quick detour to the not-so-distant past, […]

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

‘March Magic’ returning to Disney World with new and old teams

The annual “March Magic” event is returning to Walt Disney World for its fourth year in a row. This fun competition allows fans of fictional Disney-inspired teams can vote for their favorite in hopes that their team makes it all the way to the end of the tournament bracket. Some new teams created for this […]

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

Take a ride on the new Miss Adventure Falls slide at Typhoon Lagoon Water Park

The new family raft ride, Miss Adventure Falls, is now open at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park. Walt Disney World has shared a new video showing off the new slide, including some on-ride footage of the ride. In this new attraction, guests follow along with Captain Mary Oceaneer and her ocean treasures she’s discovered over […]

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

Disney reveals new Pandora – The World of Avatar details on ABC

Disney released new footage and details from inside Pandora – The World of Avatar on various ABC shows throughout the day. The first segment featured GMA reporter Paula Faris taking viewers for a walk around Pandora with Avatar film Producer Jon Landau. The video gave us our first look at the all-new Flight of Passage attraction, […]

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

New details released about Star Wars: Galactic Nights happening at Hollywood Studios

Disney revealed more details today about Star Wars: Galactic Nights, their upcoming seperate ticketed event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The event will run for one night on April 14, which for those of you taking notes, is also the same weekend as the Star Wars Celebration in Orlando. During the event, guests will be able to […]

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

Disney to reveal new Pandora – The World of Avatar details on ABC

Disney World announced today that ABC will be revealing more details about the upcoming Pandora – The World of Avatar expansion at Animal Kingdom throughout the day on March 9. “Good Morning America” will feature a sneak peek at the all new expansion including a first-ever look at Flight of Passage, the new attraction within […]

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

First look at Avatar: Flight of Passage’s queue

After nearly five-and-a-half years of development and construction, Pandora: The World of Avatar’s May 27, 2017 opening date is nearly upon us – which means the flow of information from Disney on the land’s mysterious contents is widening to a veritable deluge. Earlier this week, we got our first look at the exclusive food and […]

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

4 biggest takeaways from Race through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon

In case you missed the news, Universal has started soft openings for its brand-new ride, Race through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon, which is set for a grand opening on Thursday, April 6. This, of course, means that it’s time for a media preview event, which occurred earlier this morning at the attraction itself. We […]

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

Could wireless charging be coming soon to Disney World?

In a rather interesting post on the Disney Research website, a new technology called quasistatic cavity resonance, or QSCR for short, is being developed by Disney to allow for wireless charging of your mobile devices. According to Disney Research, the new technology will allow structures such as cabinets, rooms, and warehouses to generate quasistatic magnetic fields that […]

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

Harry Potter: 5 things to know before venturing to the Wizarding World

It’s no surprise that Harry Potter is the most popular sight to behold at Universal Orlando – it’s the sole reason for the resort’s current resurgence, after all, and both of the Boy Wizard’s theme park lands tend to be the single most-crowded locations. It’s also no surprise, then, that we here at Orlando Informer […]

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

How Nintendo and the new Switch could be part of Nintendo Land

With Super Nintendo World coming to Universal Studios Japan by 2020 and other Universal theme parks in the near future, how could Universal and Nintendo possibly integrate the new Nintendo Switch or any of their up-and-coming consoles into the theme parks? One of the biggest interactive activities that Universal has going on right now are […]

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

Disney World reveals Pandora – The World of AVATAR food and drink

Walt Disney World continues to release new information almost daily about the new Pandora – The World of Avatar expansion coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Today, we got a first-look at some of the food and drink options coming to this new area. Satu’li Canteen Satu’li Canteen will be the healthy eating option inside Pandora […]

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

5 rumors we WISH came true at Universal Orlando

One of the most exciting features about Universal Orlando Resort is its current state of unprecedented construction and expansion. Ever since 2012, parent company Comcast has been pumping some $500 million a year into the crown jewel of its global theme park empire, having new rides, restaurants, or hotels open up each year – with […]

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

New ‘Caribbean Carnaval’ event coming to Loews Sapphire Falls Resort

A new event is coming to Loews Sapphire Falls Resort called Caribbean Carnival. The new event celebrates the culture and food of the Bahamas, Cuba, Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad. Attendees will be able to sample authentic Caribbean cuisine and participate in song and dance native to the Caribbean Islands, all at at Cayman Court at Loews Sapphire Falls […]

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

La Nouba to have final performance in December at Disney Springs

Walt Disney World announced today that the Cirque du Soleil La Nouba show will have its final performance at Disney Springs on December 31, 2017. The show made its debut almost 20 years ago at Downtown Disney in 1998. “We are incredibly proud of the success that La Nouba has had for nearly two decades,” said […]

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

Disney unveils a first-ever Ant-Man ride

Hong Kong Disneyland is currently in the midst of its own Universal Orlando Resort-esque expansion and renovation plan – with a price tag of $1.4 billion (what Comcast spends on its four American parks in a three-year period), Disney is going to open a new attraction nearly every single year from 2018 to 2023, whether […]

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

How Jimmy Fallon is the future of theme park attractions

One could make the argument that Race through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon has a lot going against it: its show building is small and constrained, thanks to its location and the fact that Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit’s track careens through its second story; it features an intellectual property that has only limited appeal outside […]

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

TECHNICAL REHEARSALS: Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon

Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon soft opened for the first time Thursday, March 2 at 3:50PM. Orlando Informer was there to share the ride’s first day of testing with the general public. A soft opening, also referred to as a technical rehearsal, is an opportunity for guests to experience an attraction or show […]

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

Disney World announces ‘Miss Adventure Falls’ opening date

The latest water slide at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon, Miss Adventure Falls, will officially be opening on March 12, just in time for the big Disney spring break crowds. In this new attraction, guests follow along with Captain Mary Oceaneer and her ocean treasures she’s discovered over the years. The story goes that Mary got stranded […]

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

SeaWorld is looking down – but not out

SeaWorld’s revenue and attendance numbers for 2016 were released this week, and the situation – as one might expect – isn’t particularly good. The company and the Orlando park both are still feeling the consequences of the Blackfish controversy; the 2013 documentary galvanized anti-captivity advocates and produced a tidal wave of bad publicity for SeaWorld, […]

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

Disney World announces new Pandora – The World of AVATAR pin collection

With the grand opening of Pandora – The World of AVATAR just a few months away, Disney announced one of the first pieces of Pandora merchandise you’ll be able to purchase, a set of 5 pins themed after the giant posters that adorn the construction walls near Tiffins Restaurant in Animal Kingdom. The first pin in […]

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

Disney World announces opening date for Copper Creek Villas & Cabins

Walt Disney World announced today that the new Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge will officially be ready for its first guests on July 17, 2017. There will be a total of 184 vacation homes, including Deluxe Studios, one- and two-bedroom Villas, and even three-bedroom Grand Villas, which sleep up to 12 people. There […]

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

SeaWorld Orlando announces new “Dolphin Days” show

SeaWorld Orlando announced today that a new dolphin show is coming to their park called “Dolphin Days.” This new show will be replacing the Blue Horizons show after an eleven-year run at Dolphin Theater. The show will feature a more educational aspect where guests can learn about each individual dolphin and the special bond they share […]

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

Jimmy Fallon describes ‘Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon’ as “insane”

In a recent interview with the “Today” show on NBC, Matt Lauer asks Fallon about his new “cool thing” at Universal Orlando, which is of course his new ride, “Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon” at Universal Studios Florida. Fallon described the ride as “insane” during the interview and goes on to talk about how […]

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

Disney World’s Star Wars Land is already shaping up!

One of the biggest developments to come out of The Walt Disney Company’s purchasing of Lucasfilm back in October 2012 – besides getting two new trilogies of Star Wars films, but of course – was the possibility of finally getting an entire area themed to writer-director George Lucas’s galaxy far, far away. Development on such […]

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

Disney World confirms the return of Epcot International Festival of the Arts in 2018

Walt Disney World confirmed today that the Epcot International Festival of the Arts will be returning in 2018. This parkwide event at Epcot features a variety of visual, culinary and performing arts exhibits and ran for a total of six weekends throughout January and February in 2017. Some of the highlights from 2017 included art pieces from […]

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

Universal expanding its global theme park empire?

Universal Studios Hollywood may have started the whole shebang off, Universal Orlando Resort may be the company’s crown jewel, and Universal Studios Japan may be the newly-acquired property, but Universal Parks and Resorts has long been contemplating other theme park locations around the world, stretching all the way back to the period right after USJ […]

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

Universal Orlando testing Savioke Personal Service Robot at Cabana Bay Beach Resort

How cool would it be to have items delivered to your room via robot? According to the official Universal Orlando Twitter account, the park is testing a Savioke Personal Service Robot at the Cabana Bay Beach Resort.   Testing, testing… 😏 #CabanaBayResort pic.twitter.com/ti1L8ielpR — Universal Orlando (@UniversalORL) February 28, 2017 Universal did not mention what kind […]

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