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Magical Dining Month at Orlando Theme Parks

We’re right in the middle of Orlando’s Magical Dining Month and if you’re visiting the Orlando area before October 3, you should consider indulging. What is Magical Dining Month? It’s a program that runs through October 2 in which select restaurants offer three course dinners for $33 per person. One dollar from each meal benefits […]

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Complimentary Mosquito Repellent Available at Universal, Disney, and SeaWorld

Universal Orlando, Disney World, and SeaWorld Entertainment will begin providing complimentary mosquito repellent beginning Sunday, August 28, 2016. This is a direct response to the Zika virus that has been locally transmitted via mosquitos in Miami Beach and Pinellas County. Miami is roughly 204 miles away from Orlando; Pinellas County is roughly 73 miles away. […]

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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. […]

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Frozen Ever After: you deserve better

I love bad attractions. Usually they’re the combined effort of a bunch of incredibly talented people trying something new and failing in a spectacular fashion. For as terrible as the Journey Into Your Imagination attraction was (and terrible is definitely an understatement) it all came from a unique idea of trying to quantify something completely unquantifiable: […]

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Town Center breathes new life into Disney Springs

This week, Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney) opened their newest district of their rebranded shopping and dining destination. The Town Center focuses on upscale shopping with a design aesthetic than can only be described as classic Florida. In a word, it’s stunning. In more words, you’ll have to check out the rest of the article. What’s […]

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Disney awakens with six massive announcements

This week at Walt Disney World’s Awaken Summer event, the company made several massive announcements about their slate of projects opening this year and beyond. Here are the six you absolutely cannot miss. 1. Disney’s Animal Kingdom awakens at night Starting this Memorial Day weekend, Disney’s Animal Kingdom will debut their new nighttime offerings to […]

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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, […]

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Must try eats at Epcot’s 2016 Flower and Garden Festival

What better way to enjoy the warm air and sunshine of the spring season than by taking a tour around the world showcase at Epcot’s 23rd Annual International Flower and Garden Festival? Running from March 2nd thru May 30th, Epcot is taken over by displays of character themed topiaries, a magical butterfly garden, rock shows, […]

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New Star Wars shows storm onto the scene at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Sunday, Disney quietly opened two new Star Wars shows at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  The first, Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away is a look at some of the franchise’s most iconic moments, with some special appearances from some even more iconic characters. If you’ve ever wanted to get some great pictures of some of […]

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Disney puts the D in Diva with Club Villain

It should go without saying that Club Villain is a popular new idea at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Currently residing at the Sunset showcase right by the entrance to Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, this entertainment experience was originally only supposed to last until the end of February, was then extended until the end of […]

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Enhanced security screening at Universal, Disney, and SeaWorld

All US Universal, Disney, and SeaWorld parks have added additional security measures for the holiday season, in what appears to be a coordinated decision. The security changes include randomly selected secondary screening at all three major Orlando properties. Disney has contracted crowd management and security company CSC to operate metal detectors at all bag check areas. The […]

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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 […]

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Ten things discovered during a weekend at Disney World

Over Columbus Day weekend, my family and I visited Walt Disney World. We went to the Magic Kingdom (MK) on Saturday and Disney’s Hollywood Studios (DHS) Sunday. I wanted to pass along ten things I discovered during our adventures this weekend. Columbus Day weekend is now a popular holiday to visit Orlando’s theme parks. Although […]

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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 […]

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Character Experiences at Disney & Universal: present and future

Guests visiting Walt Disney World often return home with stories recounting a magical meeting with Mickey or Cinderella, sometimes even stating that this character interaction was the highlight of the trip for their son or daughter. But at what cost? When “Frozen fever” first swept through the parks in 2014, guests were waiting sometimes upwards […]

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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, […]

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Remembering Disney World’s best attraction (part 1)

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, only to be reopened sporadically over the course of the next several […]

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How Disney Is Aping Universal with Indiana Jones

When the Disney Company purchased Lucasfilm, Ltd. for $4 billion back in October 2012, everyone’s attention went straight to the mammoth Star Wars franchise. And rightfully so – Disney has wasted no time in bringing new television series, novels, comic books, and, of course, film trilogies to bear on the public at large, replete with […]

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Comparing disability policies at Universal, Disney, and Busch Gardens

Welcome to the next edition of our Special Needs Are Universal column, featuring questions and answers to help those with disabilities plan their day at Orlando’s theme parks. Our goal here at Orlando Informer is to offer all guests the tricks and tools of touring Universal Orlando, and being able to help special-needs guests is […]

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