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    • Taylor Strickland

      (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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  1. Brianna's Two Weeks in Orlando Report

    Congratulations!! Fabulous news!
  2. I have a Buy One Ticket - Get One Ticket Free coupon for LEGOLAND. It expires on 12/31/2015. I am happy to mail it to anyone who needs it. If you plan to purchase an advance ticket online, there is no need for the physical coupon, just go to : http://legoland.com/legostore2015/
  3. Theatre Magic Show

    I found out that the Theatre Magic Show located to the left of Mel’s Drive-In at the Hollywood Dr. section permanently closed yesterday (August 30, 2015). The Universal Orlando representative I was talking to did not know why or what was going in its place. She was only able to confirm that it is NOT for the Hello Kitty store because the HK store is going where I Love Lucy is located. I am curious if anyone on this forum has insight into why it closed or what is going in its place. My 6-yr-old son loves magic shows and will be very sad that this has closed.
  4. Luggage is a consideration for me. There are 4 of us traveling and we have yet to figure out how to travel lightly. Mid-size rental cars have difficulty fitting 5-6 large suitcases. At least with a shuttle, they have vans so fitting in the luggage is not a problem.
  5. I like themed fanny packs like this one to use when visiting WWoHP http://i.imgur.com/ReOE6Vh.jpg
  6. Happy Father's Day

    I just wanted to wish all the fathers out there a very HAPPY FATHER'S DAY Dads are awesome. I know I speak for many mothers out there when I say that we could not do it without you and we are so glad you are in our lives. I hope y'all have a terrific day.
  7. I am sharing some information I received regarding the Kids Camps at the Loews hotels and options for in-room babysitters. The Kids Camp is on a rotating schedule between the three on-site hotels, so it may be hosted at one of the sister properties during your stay. The hotels typically know the location one month in advance but you can make reservations several months ahead by emailing the concierge at your hotel, see below for contact information. Advance reservations are highly recommended; however, if there is high demand it is possible to add a sitter at another property to accommodate the need. The Camp is offered from 5:00 PM until 11:30 PM or 12:00 PM. Camp Portofino at Portofino Bay Hotel Children get to experience a unique Italian feeling while creating mosaic crafts, finger painting, creative play, group games, ping pong, board games, video games, and much more. Camp Location: Located near the beach pool. Hours: 5pm-11:30pm Sun-Thur and 5pm-12:00am Fri– Sun Cost: $15.00 per child, per hour Dinner: $15.00 Choice of Entrée, one side, drink, and dessert. Ages welcome: 4-14 years old & completely potty trained Reservations: Concierge’s desk 407-503-1230 portofinoconcierge@loewshotels.com Campo Portofino 407-503-1230 Camp Lil' Rock at Hard Rock Hotel Camp Lil’ Rock offers fun play for a real child rock star. Exciting arts & crafts designs, play your favorite instrument in a game of Rock Band, and enjoy the latest pop idol magazine or book. Camp Location: 1st Floor, around the corner from the fitness center Hours: 5pm-11:30pm Sun-Thur and 5pm-12:00am Fri– Sun Cost: $15.00 per child, per hour Dinner: $15.00 Choice of Entrée, one side, drink, and dessert. Ages welcome: 4-14 years old & completely potty trained Reservations: Concierge’s desk 407-503-2200 hardrockconcierge@loewshotels.com Camp Lil’ Rock 407-503-2230 The Mariner's Club at Royal Pacific Resort Explore the feeling of the islands while making flower leis and other island crafts. Experiencing the South Pacific culture through group games, hula dancing, board games, and much more. Camp Location: Tower 3, ground floor, outside to the left. We’re in between game room and gift shop. Hours: 5pm-11:30pm Sun-Thur and 5pm-12:00am Fri– Sun Cost: $15.00 per child, per hour Dinner: $15.00 Choice of Entrée, one side, drink, and dessert. Ages welcome: 4-14 years old & completely potty trained Reservations: Concierge’s desk 407-503-3200 royalpacificconcierge@loewshotels.com Mariners Club 407-503-3230 If you are interested in an in-room babysitter, the hours would be based on your personal needs. The company that staffs the Loews Kids Camps is Kid’s Nite Out. Another company used frequently is Sunshine Babysitting. Both are bonded and insured. The concierge at each hotel can make the reservations for you. Kid’s Nite Out www.kidsniteout.com Reservations: (407)828-0920 1 Child: $16.00 per hour 2 Children: $18.50 per hour 3 Children: $21.00 per hour 4 Hour Minimum $10 Transportation Fee for each reservation 24 Hour Cancellation Policy Sunshine Babysitting www.sunshinebabysitting.com Reservations: (407)421-6505 1 Child: $14.00 per hour ($1 more per hour per child) 4 Hour Minimum $10 Transportation Fee for each reservation 24 Hour Cancellation Policy Holiday rates range from $2-$4 more per hour
  8. I learned when emailing the concierge to make a cabana reservation, you need to provide answers the following questions: · How many people will be using the Cabana? · Would you prefer to be closer to the pool’s bar or to the volleyball/beach area? · Would you like a half or full day? · What are your drink preferences (we have a 10 soft beverage allowance)? · What time would you like your complimentary fruit platter to be delivered? · Do you have any preferences for magazines or newspapers to be placed into your Cabana? I worked with Nicole at the Lobby Concierge. Her direct line is 407-503-3200 and email is the same one that Taylor quoted - royalpacificconcierge@loewshotels.com
  9. lnicole seems to know the secret to getting a really low rate on car rentals. I've seen lower rates than what LooksLikeCRicci mentioned, but not as low as what lnicole found. Using a Hertz CDP Code of 40000, I found the following weekly rates (7 day rental) on Hertz. Economy or Compact Car: 133.75 per week Intermediate Car: 138.25 per week Full Size Car: 142.50 per week I'm not advocating to use this CDP code, I am just giving an example of the rates that I saw with rentals out of MCO (Orlando airport). If you can, it is cheaper to choose a rental facility outside of the airport for lower rates and because you avoid the approximately 45 airport concession fee and rental facility charge. I would personally choose a car rental because I place a high value on my convenience and time.
  10. Episode 1

    I loved the Podcast, I thought you did a great job! I need to turn on closed captioning to listen and I thought I would let you know that the spelling and words are not quite right, although it is not that bad. I assume this is an automated feature. I am mentioning it in case you can fine-tune it in any way.
  11. Jurassic World attractions...

    Do they still take out the Baby Triceratops, or has it been retired?
  12. This is hilarious! Thanks for sharing.
  13. Royal Pacific Resort - Questions

    Has anyone received the welcome gifts for children under ten that is advertised as part of the Loews Loves Kids program? I am wondering what is in it.
  14. What is a Jurassic Park Selfie Connect Station? This is listed on the Photo Connect Facebook page. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Universal's Photo Connect 2 hrs · Edited · Wondering what locations are included in the Star Card? Here is a park list for your reference. Universal Studios Florida Front Gate Photographer Rockit Ride Photo MIB Ride Photo Mummy Ride Photo Gringotts in Queue Photo ET Hot Set Simpsons Couch Hot Set Shrek and Donkey Meet and Greet Photo Sponge Bob Meet and Greet Photo Minions Meet and Greet Photo Transformers Meet and Greet Photo HHN Roaming Photos during HHN Event Islands of Adventure Front Gate Photographer Hulk Ride Photo Rip Saw Ride Photo Jurassic Park Ride Photo Jurassic Park Raptor Encounter Jurassic Park Selfie Connect Station Forbidden Journey Ride Photo Spider-man in Queue Photo Spider-man Meet and Greet Photo Seuss Trolley in Queue Photo Gringh Meet and Greet Photo during Grinchmas
  15. How much do you tip?

    Am I the only one who does 20% after having a couple of drinks because it is easier to do the math?
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