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Universal Orlando announces sixth on-site hotel: Aventura Hotel

Russ Dagon, Vice President and Executive Project Director at Universal Creative, revealed the details of Universal’s sixth on-site hotel Monday. The sixth on-site hotel, titled Universal’s Aventura Hotel, will be a prime value property that towers above its neighboring on-site hotels Loews Sapphire Falls Resort and Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort. Dagon’s team is responsible for the […]

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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, […]

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Inside look at Universal’s Volcano Bay

Universal Orlando shared more details about Universal’s Volcano Bay on Thursday. Volcano Bay is their all-new water theme park opening in early summer 2017. Volcano Bay packages go on sale on November 15, 2016. Orlando Informer’s Volcano Bay section in our OI vacation planning Center will debut later today. Queueless ride technology Being called TapuTapu, […]

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Jimmy Fallon ride details revealed for Universal Orlando

Universal Orlando has lifted the veil on Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon, the brand new ride coming to Universal Studios Florida in Spring 2017. Before even boarding the ride, guests will be able to spend time in Studio 6B. This area will act as an interactive pre-show. Guests will be able to meet and […]

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Celebrate National Chocolate Day with a NEW Toothsome shake

National Chocolate Day is right around the corner on Friday, October 28! Before you ask, of course Universal Orlando is celebrating. Festivities kick off at 11 am at The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen in CityWalk. A new, special milkshake will join the ranks of the 13 extraordinary Toothsome milkshakes. Jacques’ Chocolate Day Special, […]

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6 ideas for date night at Halloween Horror Nights 26

What makes you reach for that special someone more than hair raising, heart throbbing fear? Sure, you could go see the latest scary movie and have your date under your arm as they clench your hand while anxiously awaiting to see what will pop-out on screen next, but why settle for just watching it unfold […]

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Halloween Horror Nights 2016 extension confirmed

As first reported by Orlando Informer almost two weeks ago, Halloween Horror Nights 26 has officially been extended two additional nights. The event will now run on November 4 and 5. Park officials were forced to cancel Halloween Horror Nights on October 6 and 7 due to Hurricane Matthew. Guests who had date specific tickets […]

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RUMOR: Halloween Horror Nights 2016 extended two extra nights

Universal Orlando will likely extended Halloween Horror Nights 2016 an additional two nights, Orlando Informer has learned. Sources familiar with the matter have indicated that Halloween Horror Nights will likely operate on November 4-5. Universal Studios Florida’s daytime operating hours were briefly adjusted to reflect this possibility, with the park opening an hour earlier than normal and […]

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Step inside the original houses at Halloween Horror Nights 2016

Last week, we took you inside American Horror Story at Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 2016. This week, we’re excited to take you inside a different (but just as sinister) side to HHN 26. Halloween Horror Nights 26 offers three houses that each tell a completely original story. In Ghost Town: The Curse of Lightning […]

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Hurricanes and your Orlando vacation: 4 things to know

Last Updated: October 4, 2016 7:10 AM As of writing this, Hurricane Matthew is approaching Florida. While it’s still too early to tell how much of an impact it will have on the state and Orlando, we thought it may be a good time to go over some important information you should know if you’re visiting […]

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Top 5 Items from Weasley’s Wizarding Wheezes in Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando

One of my favorite shops to visit in all of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is the Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes toy and joke shop. Universal did such a great job that it mirrors what was in the Harry Potter franchise, both the books and movies. Located at 93 Diagon Alley, the Weasley twins’ shop […]

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Step Inside American Horror Story at Halloween Horror Nights 2016

In case you missed our coverage over the past months, including when we sent my mother through the house, American Horror Story is at Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 26. It’s one of the best houses at this year’s event, landing in the top 3 of our rankings and receiving high praise from fans. Recently, […]

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Halloween Horror Nights 2016 at Universal Orlando: Full Review

Universal Orlando’s biggest event of the year has begun its 26th run. Halloween Horror Nights 26 runs a select 31 nights now through October 31. In the past two weeks, I had the opportunity to experience everything HHN 2016 has to offer over multiple nights. If you’re not familiar with the event, I’d recommend perusing our […]

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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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Halloween Horror Nights 26 Merch Sneak Peek

In a surprise move, Universal Orlando made all of the Chance themed Halloween Horror Nights 26 merchandise visible in their online store overnight. It’s unclear if this was intentional. Halloween Horror Nights 26 merchandise is scheduled to go on sale in a dedicated store near Universal Studios Florida’s Revenge of the Mummy on Wednesday, September […]

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Universal honors Pulse victims with window tribute

Universal Orlando recently added a window tribute in the Hollywood area of Universal Studios Florida in memory of the Pulse victims that were a part of the NBCUniversal family. The window is near Universal’s Horror Makeup Show. Jonathan Camuy worked on La Voz Kids, a Spanish TV show similar to “The Voice”. It is filmed […]

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Universal Orlando raises Annual Pass prices by up to 49% in one year, adds perks

Universal Orlando Resort debuted an Annual Pass price increase, new ticket option, and added perks for Passholders on Wednesday. The price increase marks the second this year, with Universal raising their Annual Pass prices only four months ago. In total, pricing for some Universal Orlando passes has risen by up to almost 50% this year […]

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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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Toothsome Chocolate Emporium preview plagued with “shakes”

Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen has begun its preview period this week, opening nightly for guests. (Lunch service will soon be added.) Over the first three days of its preview, we’ve spent 9 hours at the new restaurant. We’ve sampled 4 courses. We’ve captured almost 250 pictures. While our full review will come following […]

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American Horror Story coming to Halloween Horror Nights

American Horror Story is coming to Halloween Horror Nights 26, Universal Orlando officials announced today. The critically-acclaimed, Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning television series is found on FX and has run for five seasons. The sixth season debuts September 14. The Halloween Horror Nights house will focus on Murder House from Installment 1, Freak Show […]

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REVIEW: Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando Resort

Over 1,000 photos, 10 OI Center pages, and countless visits to Sapphire Falls later… All that’s left? Our official review of the new on-site hotel. Read on to learn why Loews Sapphire Falls Resort is now my favorite hotel at Universal Orlando Resort! Sapphire Falls opened on July 14, 2016, and is the sister hotel […]

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Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights 26 REVEALED

Universal Orlando officials have blown the lid off Halloween Horror Nights 26, sharing the details of this year’s original content that includes three original houses, five original scare zones, and two shows! Before we dive into the details of the horror, a forewarning: Now that the majority of the details of HHN 26 are revealed […]

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Halloween comes to the Wizarding World Japan, more events on the horizon

In an announcement that surprised many, Universal Studios Japan revealed today that for the first time ever there will be a Halloween event in their Wizarding World of Harry Potter. This comes on the day after NBCUniversal announced a multi-business partnership which grants them the rights for “Harry Potter” and “Fantastic Beasts” fan events, movie […]

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Universal reveals Horror Nights house and number of zones

Universal Orlando Annual Passholders began receiving the fall mailer on Saturday. Within the seasonal packet that is mailed to most passholders is the name of an unannounced house and the first indication of the number of zones at this year’s Halloween Horror Nights. Tomb of the Ancients at Halloween Horror Nights 26 The packet lists […]

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Krampus coming to Halloween Horror Nights 26

Krampus is coming to Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 26, show director Charles Gray revealed on Universal’s blog today. Few details were shared about the haunted house, outside of the fact that we’ll be visiting the Engel home. Guests will run into dark elves, gingerbread men, Jack-in-the-Box, and the Teddy Bear. This appears to be […]

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New Incredible Hulk Coaster begins soft opening at Universal’s Islands of Adventure

The completely redone Incredible Hulk Coast began soft opening on Monday, August 1, at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. The green one himself towered over the entrance as guests poured into one of the summer’s most highly anticipated attractions. What is a soft opening/technical rehearsal? A soft opening, commonly referred to as a technical rehearsal, is […]

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REVIEW: Strong Water Tavern Rum Tasting at Sapphire Falls Resort

I remember one of the first pieces of concept art for Loews Sapphire Falls Resort I ever laid eyes on featured the Strong Water Tavern. I knew then and there a visit here would be compulsory for me. With a little help from the Orlando Informer team and our friends at Loews, I had the distinct pleasure […]

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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 […]

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Suspicious package at Universal Orlando CityWalk causes temporary closure

A suspicious package found by a K-9 unit in Universal Orlando’s transportation hub caused an evacuation and temporary closure of the facility at around 4:50 PM on Monday. The all-clear was issued later at around 5:40 PM. Universal Orlando’s transportation hub encompasses its two garages, valet, and bus/taxi loop. It is how almost all guests […]

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Toothsome Chocolate Emporium begins to take shape at Universal Orlando

Almost a year ago, Orlando Informer reported CityWalk’s newest addition would focus on chocolate and sweets. In March, Universal Orlando officials lifted the veil on the new addition (at the time) titled The Toothsome Chocolate Factory & Savory Feast Emporium. The news broke the internet and became one of our most popular articles ever, shared […]

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‘Halloween II’ coming to Halloween Horror Nights 26

This year at Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights everyone is entitled to at least one good scare. Today Universal Orlando revealed that Halloween II will be one of the nine houses at Halloween Horror Nights 26. This is Halloween‘s second appearance at Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights. The first house, which was constructed two years ago at […]

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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 […]

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‘Secret Life of Pets’ store opens, attraction rumors intensify

Rumor of ‘Secret Life of Pets’ attraction coming to Universal Orlando intensifies Late last month, NBCUniversal Chief Executive Officer Steve Burke told investors Universal Parks & Resorts is in the process of creating a “Secret Life of Pets” attraction. Burke did not elaborate as to which Universal park(s) would feature this ride. Universal has parks located […]

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Almost 20 new offerings added to Universal in-park restaurants

Universal Orlando has recently overhauled the menus at all of their full-service in-park restaurants, Orlando Informer has learned. The smallest number of menu changes took place at Mythos and Finnegan’s, whereas the less popular Confisco and Lombard’s were subject to a more extensive menu overhaul. In addition to adding, updating, and removing offerings, Universal also increased […]

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Incredible Hulk Coaster begins to roar back to life

The Incredible Hulk Coaster is in the middle of testing, as more construction walls are dismantled and its new lighting package is tweaked. The ride, which will reopen later this summer, has a brand new story and look. Just this week, construction walls were pushed back and the ride’s marquee inched closer to completion. (The track […]

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Universal Orlando Testing Hulk Virtual Reality

Universal Orlando has begun testing a Hulk virtual reality simulation in advance of the redesigned ride’s opening, Orlando Informer has learned. The simulation, which began testing earlier this week with Universal Team Members, is now open to all guests. The tests are being held in Toon Lagoon Amphitheater, a 2,000 seat venue that remains unused for the […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Imagining Universal Studios Florida in 25 years: What Will Be Left Standing on the 50th Anniversary?

Last year marked the 25th anniversary of the opening of Universal Studios Florida. If you have visited what is now Universal Orlando Resort, you know things are much different than what was originally a small, stand alone Florida theme park. The addition of Islands of Adventure, CityWalk, and five on-site hotels currently sit side by […]

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Planning a Universal Orlando birthday vacation of a lifetime

There is no better destination than Orlando to celebrate a special occasion, especially a birthday. With ten major theme parks, plenty of attractions, and hundreds of well-appointed hotels, you can easily find a perfect place to celebrate your occasion. One mother recently pulled off an unforgettable surprise birthday trip for her son. During her trip […]

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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 […]

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Skull Island: Reign of Kong now soft opening at Universal’s Islands of Adventure

Skull Island: Reign of Kong began soft opening on Thursday, June 9, at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. The attraction swung open its large temple doors for guests who have highly anticipated the attraction for months. What is a soft opening/technical rehearsal? A soft opening, commonly referred to as a technical rehearsal, is an opportunity for the […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Universal Orlando increases gate ticket prices, implements seasonal pricing

Universal Orlando is implementing seasonal pricing for one-day tickets sold at their front gate, spokesman Tom Schroder told Orlando Informer on Monday. This change increases ticket pricing at the gate during certain times of the year. Guests purchasing their 1-day tickets at the gate will now be paying higher prices during certain times of the year. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Plastic Annual Passes confirmed by Universal Orlando

All new Universal Orlando Annual Passes will be plastic and current passholders will have the option to replace their paper ticket with plastic, Universal Orlando announced on their blog Monday. The change, which Orlando Informer first reported was being considered on April 19, will go into effect on June 3. Current passholders will not be […]

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King Kong himself REVEALED for Skull Island: Reign of Kong

“This isn’t a movie. This is the real deal. [Kong will be] close enough that you’ll feel his breath sweep across your skin and his thunderous roar reverberate through every bone in your body,” Mike West said in the latest Skull Island: Reign of Kong video released by Universal Orlando on Monday. Mike West is an […]

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