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      (IMPORTANT) What's next for our community   03/24/2016

      Today we're excited to announce the start of our new Facebook group: Universal Community by Orlando Informer. We're also announcing we're closing our forums. This is probably the hardest decision I've made so far with Orlando Informer. This week marks the 2nd anniversary of our forums. Monday will mark 2 years from when I first applied to work with Orlando Informer. I was entering a pool of over 50 applicants, didn't meet the requirements, and didn't think the odds were very high that I'd get the position of Forum Moderator. It never even crossed my mind that not only would I get the position, but that position and these forums would be the start of being able to do what I love as a fulltime job. At its core, our forums have always had two goals: A ) Help families receive specific answers to specific questions, feedback from folks who have been in their shoes, and help them maximize their investment into their vacation. B ) Build a community of people who love to visit Universal, with a foundation of respect and tolerance. I can speak for our entire team on our forums (both past and present), especially our Community Manager @Chuck Plagmann, when I say that we have devoted hours of time every day of the year working towards these two goals. We feel that we've made major strides towards both of our goals, but see the opportunity to help a significantly greater amount of people plan their vacation and add on to our established (and amazing) community. Unfortunately, as time goes on, forums like ours have a tendency to slow down and be replaced by social media. It's the cycle of life for forums. We believe that this Facebook group is the logical next step for our community. Our forums and the content within will remain browseable for the foreseeable future, however you will not be able to submit new content. Our Facebook group, Universal Community by Orlando Informer, will be curated by our same team that ran the OI Forums. @Chuck Plagmann and I will be on the group daily to provide insight and help families plan their vacation. @debi will be monitoring for any Special Needs questions. Our (very talented) authors, like @Marc N. Kleinhenz, will be on the group to talk about their latest articles and your feedback. Finally, @Park Beast will even be dropping by from time to time to talk about our weekly podcast. You can access our Facebook group by searching "Universal Community by Orlando Informer" or visiting UOR.community from any webbrowser. We know this is a substantial change from our forums, but are hopeful you'll be willing to give it a shot. Additionally, we're launching a Facebook group for Universal Hollywood: "Universal Community by California Informer" or visit USH.community. This is the end of the forums, but it is just the beginning of our community. One thing we consistently hear from members of our forums is how different our community is from some of the others found online. We are committed to maintaining this reputation in our Facebook group. I have met a countless number of people, many I call friends, from our OI Forums. I know real bonds (and even relationships) have resulted from the time spent on these forums. I'm looking forward to seeing these bonds develop and new ones form on our new outlet. Please know that this decision was not made lightly or without considering the amount of time many of you have spent on here. I fully believe this is the next step forward to growing our community and helping as many people as possible have the best trip to Universal. I'm looking forward to interacting with everyone for many years to come. As always, please don't hesitate to reach out with feedback -- taylor [at] orlandoinformer.com See you on the Facebook Group, Taylor P.S., Unlimited likes on Facebook, you can thank me in advance.


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    They have to reset the park to the MVMCP so once the MNSSHP is done they have 4 days to turn it to xmas. Don't think you will catch a MNSSHP but you could do the MVMCP.
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    That would be great all over JP. Have free roaming scare zone type entertainment. Would be excellent. They could run in packs!
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    I think April is optimistic, now May?????
  5. Your kids will have the time of their lives. They are the perfect age for it.
  6. I was wondering when the shopping would begin :), they have to be smokin' whacky weed to think this is a good idea.
  7. That is what I think also, can't imagine they would sell you a 2 day P2P and not sell you the HHN add on for both nights.
  8. You will be fine purchasing them now, print your confirmation and if you use more than one CC note which one it is you used to make the purchase so when you pick them up you have it handy to identify you. If you are having the tickets shipped no need for that part, I always do pick up as it is so convenient that way.
  9. Let's talk shopping!

    Um, whenever I have a self image issue in the parks I just look around. For the most part people are all different and in July, in a theme park are not the most photogenic. I just dress for comfort and I really don't care what others think, that is their issue. I don't as often as I should but it is a fine ritual to baste yourself before going out in the cooker when you are in Florida and repeat often for all exposed skin. Slather up with the SPF 30 or 45 on a regular basis for the exposed places and have a great time. I guarantee no one is going to approach you about your image. Head up and look for the next experience not what might happen in your head.
  10. I think he is asking about the path with the stairs that comes out on top by the Anglia.
  11. The taxis are open to all guests. There are clubs and restaurants at the hotels so they encourage you to come over and spend money.
  12. You have looked at this page? Sorry if you posted it above http://orlandoinformer.com/blog/rides-at-universal-for-larger-guests/
  13. The trial seats are there to check so you don't have to do the "walk of shame", you know going in if there might be an issue and can decide if you want to try. A lot depends on how you are built and what ride it is. Some fit and some don't, if there is an accommodation the ride attendants can direct you to the proper seat.
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