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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.
Hockeyman

Seaworld Photography

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I love that Sea Turtle photo!

Here are a few of my favourites from our 2013 trip :) The Shamu show was definitely my favourite part. My kids I think could have spent all day at the little tree filled with the birds. And the squirrel, I know, doesn't exactly scream Sea World LOL It was hanging out near a concession stand and was just the friendliest little thing, walking right up to people looking for handouts.

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52 minutes ago, HPTR said:

Mike, I have been a fan of your work through multiple sites. You make the photos I wish I could - Thanks!

Thank you, I appreciate it HPTR :)

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On 3/23/2015 at 4:34 PM, SnatcherGirl said:

 

The Manta was the first roller coaster I ever rode! (it's also my last name oh irony). Such a cool trip down memory lane  :lol:

OK, I scrolled back up and saw this one, just amazing! Never stop and I feel like I get something for free 

On 3/23/2015 at 3:52 PM, Hockeyman said:

Shocked there isn't a thread on here already for this. Time to get one kicked off so ill start 

 

 

 

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My DW has wanted to visit SeaWorld Orlando for the past few years now, so this time around we decided to do it.  I must say, SeaWorld has a totally different vibe than Universal or Disney.  It was very laid back and relaxing just walking around from show to show, instead of standing in line after line for rides.  Also, the park wasn't very crowded at all.  There was PLENTY of seating at all the dining venues.  We all had a great time and I highly recommend it.  Now some photos. :) 

There are a few more photos here: http://www.pbase.com/wtang/seaworld 

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9 minutes ago, MyHeartIsInOrlando said:

Pacific Octopus, beautiful creature!

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Cephalopods, creepy but very cool. 

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