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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.

MyHeartIsInOrlando

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  1. Disney Springs Photgraphy

    Now we're talking! Great shots!
  2. Do you geek out when it comes to souvenirs?

    Hilarious i bought this in 2013 because I thought it was awesome. I still do. 3 years later, still has tags on it and never worn
  3. Do you geek out when it comes to souvenirs?

    I also bought a golden snitch. What's a grown man gonna do with this? LOL, no wonder Universal is making $$$$
  4. Universal Orlando Photography

    What is your drink of choice? I'll take frozen Butterbeer
  5. Disney Springs Photgraphy

    I didn't see another post with this topic so forgive me if there is one. I happen to love Disney Springs and there are some great sunsets that can be photographed there
  6. Do you geek out when it comes to souvenirs?

    Agreed on each point! My wife loves Lucy so that was disappointing. Hello Kitty... I just don't get it. I loved Twister even though it was dated. The Hulk is probably my 2nd favorite coaster, just behind Manta
  7. The "Good Morning" Project

    Good morning everyone! We are halfway to the weekend! Hang in there
  8. Do you geek out when it comes to souvenirs?

    It was in the Twister shop so it's either moved or gone now
  9. Do you geek out when it comes to souvenirs?

    I also got some Sharknado stuff cause as bad as it is, I love that cheesy movie
  10. Do you geek out when it comes to souvenirs?

    Gotta show the other half...
  11. Do you geek out when it comes to souvenirs?

    1) EVERYTHING from brochures to cups.... name it. T-shirts... some of which I have never worn. I still have 3 bottles of pumpkin juice in my fridge right now 2) I have never bought any big ticket items but would love some. I am a TOTAL Potterhead though. See pic below 3) Just more shirts I work from home so this is half of my work desk:
  12. Universal Orlando Photography

    Chillin in the break room....
  13. The "Good Morning" Project

    Good morning (almost afternoon)! It is starting to warm up here - high around 70 today. Praying for Brussels, I will never understand the evil of some in this world. Getting more excited about the Sapphire Falls opening - just so I can see reviews and hopefully book my own stay there. Have a great day everyone!
  14. Sapphire Falls Resort: Rooms - photos, details, & more

    That's awesome! Can't wait to hear review!
  15. I-Drive 360 and The Orlando Eye: news & updates

    That's odd, cause I am afraid of my heights myself and The Eye didn't bother me at all. Will be interesting when I get to New York City in a few months.