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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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I shall await with anticipation then. I've always wanted to go to USH and Hollywood in general and now Potter's there it gives me greater leverage with the wife.

 

How is the Mummy different?

 

the part in reverse is at least 3 times as long....

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LA is my next dream place to go on holiday. Obviously can't go without taking in the parks - Universal, Disneyland and Magic Mountain.

If me and my friends potential holiday to Texas in April 2016 for Wrestle Mania materialises and if we get tickets. As that would be only a week, tempted to add a week in LA as half way there already!

I would suggest not going to Magic Mountain, not a clean park and no immersive atmosphere, the cast members are rude and the people who visit are generally unsavory. I would suggest SeaWorld San Diego instead.

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The passes seem to have now only allow Disneyland, SeaWorld, and Legoland

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I shall await with anticipation then. I've always wanted to go to USH and Hollywood in general and now Potter's there it gives me greater leverage with the wife.

 

How is the Mummy different?

I prefer the Orlando version. The story is better, the actual ride is longer, and it uses actual fire effects
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So I've been told they are months ahead of schedule and are possibly soft opening in December

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With Mummy, not only is UO's longer but the queue line is also a bit different. As everyone may have read in my Trip Report.

When I was over there, Hogsmeade looked like it was nearly complete. It's a little smaller looking but not by much and it basically, looks-wise, seems to be the same thing. Then again, I was only able to see what I could with a themed construction fence blocking my view lol

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So I've been told they are months ahead of schedule and are possibly soft opening in December

Wizarding World Hollywood softs won't happen until early 2016. December is out of the play. Construction will be finished, but they need to do set dressing, which takes a long time to do. I'm sure you've seen pics of Potter Hollywood progress, the exteriors looks almost complete, but the interiors still need to be worked, plus they are starting to train more employees for Potter.

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Curious, who likes ROTM Hollywood more than FL? Also how are the wait times on it, usually busy?

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Curious, who likes ROTM Hollywood more than FL? Also how are the wait times on it, usually busy?

I like ours more, personally. The queue for ROTM Hollywood is a bit better done and there is that slightly longer reverse part but I feel our ride in general is the better one.

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I like ours more, personally. The queue for ROTM Hollywood is a bit better done and there is that slightly longer reverse part but I feel our ride in general is the better one.

I think the reverse part at USH is much MUCH longer than at USF.  I like that part.  When you are used to USF, my first thought going in reverse was "when is this going to stop?"

 

 

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I think the reverse part at USH is much MUCH longer than at USF.  I like that part.  When you are used to USF, my first thought going in reverse was "when is this going to stop?"

 

 

Eh. It didn't feel much longer to me. I mean, I agree, when you're used to Orlando, you notice it enough to think "Well. This is fun and different!" lol but for me, I just think Orlando has generally the better version.

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Eh. It didn't feel much longer to me. I mean, I agree, when you're used to Orlando, you notice it enough to think "Well. This is fun and different!" lol but for me, I just think Orlando has generally the better version.

I need to go ride it before the end of next year....

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USH Potter opens 4/7/16

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On November 26, 2015 at 8:58 PM, USH_Today said:

Wizarding World Hollywood softs won't happen until early 2016. December is out of the play. Construction will be finished, but they need to do set dressing, which takes a long time to do. I'm sure you've seen pics of Potter Hollywood progress, the exteriors looks almost complete, but the interiors still need to be worked, plus they are starting to train more employees for Potter.

Yeah, bad website. Can't wait for California Informer because I'm limited to Cali parks until I graduate.

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