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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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Best places to live in Central Florida?

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I want to make the move to central florida. Can anyone recommend the best areas to live? Being relatively close to USO and Disney would be nice. Ive heard Winter Gardens is beautiful. Winter Park was nice, but its very expensive there. Thanks..

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Metro west can be nice if you go in the right part of it.

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I want to make the move to central florida. Can anyone recommend the best areas to live? Being relatively close to USO and Disney would be nice. Ive heard Winter Gardens is beautiful. Winter Park was nice, but its very expensive there. Thanks..

Hi tonyarmijo,

I've relocated your topic to our Local Living section. Furthermore, I've modified your topic title to be a bit more descriptive. Thanks for your understanding!

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I want to make the move to central florida. Can anyone recommend the best areas to live? Being relatively close to USO and Disney would be nice. Ive heard Winter Gardens is beautiful. Winter Park was nice, but its very expensive there. Thanks..

What kind of budget do you have?

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We loved living in Celebration, but it was too expensive for our young family, so now we live in Ocoee, right on the edge of Windermere. It's a pretty short distance from Universal, but it's a solid 45-minute hike door-to-door to get to a Disney park. That being said, we don't have to deal with I-4 anymore :)

 

In general, if you narrow down the part of the city you're interested in, definitely continue to check with locals. As JMach alluded to, even within the "suburbs" of Orlando there are good parts and bad parts.

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Hunters Creek is another nice place but can be a little pricey

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I have a question.  In looking at houses online, I noticed that all the pools are screened in.  Is that done to keep the hordes of mosquitoes out?  I've never seen so many screened in like that.

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I have a question. In looking at houses online, I noticed that all the pools are screened in. Is that done to keep the hordes of mosquitoes out? I've never seen so many screened in like that.

that and it helps keep out some of the Suns damaging rays.
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Is moving into WWOHP an option?

funny story I knew someone who lived in the Mummy building for 2 months.
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I have a question.  In looking at houses online, I noticed that all the pools are screened in.  Is that done to keep the hordes of mosquitoes out?  I've never seen so many screened in like that.

 

Yes, the screen is to control bugs.  Some also have a sunscreen protection factor as well.  You would be crazy not to have a screen.  Bugs, snakes, alligators, etc. - all make for a less than satisfying pool experience. :)

 

Many people have fire pits in their screened areas for winter evenings.

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Yes, the screen is to control bugs.  Some also have a sunscreen protection factor as well.  You would be crazy not to have a screen.  Bugs, snakes, alligators, etc. - all make for a less than satisfying pool experience. :)

 

Many people have fire pits in their screened areas for winter evenings.

 

Ohhhh, gators!  That would suck, haha.  It all makes perfect sense now.  Thanks Chuck!  :)

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I have a question.  In looking at houses online, I noticed that all the pools are screened in.  Is that done to keep the hordes of mosquitoes out?  I've never seen so many screened in like that.

 

When my sister came last month, she found it odd that so many houses had screened-in porches. I guess that's a Florida thing! 

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I have lived in Seminole County  (Altamonte Springs, Longwood, Casselberry, Lake Mary, Sanford) my whole life and I love it.

 

For a brief moment I lived in the Millenia area, just off Conroy near Universal. I loved the proximity to the parks, but it never felt residential or relaxing place to come home to after work. And the crime rate has gone up in that area. I also lived right by Disney property in an apartment complex near the Marriott World Center. Again, LOVED the proximity to the parks, but disliked always feeling part of the tourist area and not "home."

 

I love living in Seminole County. It is 30 -45 minutes from the attractions area. The natural beauty, the older neighborhoods are charming and there are new neighborhoods to. The use of the SunRail is great and I can quickly get to Winter Park when I want to enjoy the glamour of that neighborhood. 

 

Seminole County is where all the original neighborhoods are. The neighborhoods are all unique, you'll rarely find the type of neighborhoods where all the houses look the same and are stacked right next to each other like in Orange and Osceola Counties. Most "transplants" move to Clermont, Ocoee, Windemere, Winter Garden. 

 

Seminole County will always get my vote as the best place to live in Central Florida.

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I have lived in Seminole County  (Altamonte Springs, Longwood, Casselberry, Lake Mary, Sanford) my whole life and I love it.

 

For a brief moment I lived in the Millenia area, just off Conroy near Universal. I loved the proximity to the parks, but it never felt residential or relaxing place to come home to after work. And the crime rate has gone up in that area. I also lived right by Disney property in an apartment complex near the Marriott World Center. Again, LOVED the proximity to the parks, but disliked always feeling part of the tourist area and not "home."

 

I love living in Seminole County. It is 30 -45 minutes from the attractions area. The natural beauty, the older neighborhoods are charming and there are new neighborhoods to. The use of the SunRail is great and I can quickly get to Winter Park when I want to enjoy the glamour of that neighborhood. 

 

Seminole County is where all the original neighborhoods are. The neighborhoods are all unique, you'll rarely find the type of neighborhoods where all the houses look the same and are stacked right next to each other like in Orange and Osceola Counties. Most "transplants" move to Clermont, Ocoee, Windemere, Winter Garden. 

 

Seminole County will always get my vote as the best place to live in Central Florida.

 

I'll check into that area too Dani, thanks!  (I've totally hijacked this topic)

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wowee that is lush!!! 

lol better not let my girlfriend see this! She'll guilt me so hard about wanting it. Like the Brown Estate isn't good enough!

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There's 7 bedrooms Lainie!  If several of us chip in, it's ours!

Terri says we can move down only if I put air conditioning units in the pool area...

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Well I will let everyone in on Orlandos best place to live. My secreat Doom Dungen build under UO. And lucky for everyone I am now accepting application to join my cause of world domination. Pay is 0 but you do get to live in my dungen and eat any leftover food I don't eat. You must also be willing to give your life to my cause but we have cool death lasers! Private message me for photos and more details!

Oh we have cookies!!!

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Well I will let everyone in on Orlandos best place to live. My secreat Doom Dungen build under UO. And lucky for everyone I am now accepting application to join my cause of world domination. Pay is 0 but you do get to live in my dungen and eat any leftover food I don't eat. You must also be willing to give your life to my cause but we have cool death lasers! Private message me for photos and more details!

Oh we have cookies!!!

 

Forget it unless there are unlimited brookies!

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