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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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Skull Island: Reign of Kong

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5 minutes ago, Future Boy said:

Having experienced Kong 360 last year, I can already see the difference. I'm hoping they have more footage than just that clip they released in the latest promo because that was exactly Kong 360.

 

I have been on Kong 360 at USH as well.  And yes, the video I saw was so much like the USH Kong 360 video.  Hopefully there will be more on this attraction.

 

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14 hours ago, AliciaStella said:

That was an excellent podcast. The queue sounds awesome and the bit where it's not the same as USH. Also didn't know Volcano Bay was early 2017 (I thought it was summer 2017 !)

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Is there going to be one of those cinedome screens on the kong ride? There is one at the Orlando Science Center and I always thought it was insanely cool. 

 

For those who don't know what I'm talking about:

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6 hours ago, Chase said:

Is there going to be one of those cinedome screens on the kong ride? There is one at the Orlando Science Center and I always thought it was insanely cool. 

 

For those who don't know what I'm talking about:

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I like that 

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On 3/17/2016 at 11:12 AM, Chuck Plagmann said:

 

I have been on Kong 360 at USH as well.  And yes, the video I saw was so much like the USH Kong 360 video.  Hopefully there will be more on this attraction.

 

On 3/16/2016 at 2:25 PM, HPTR said:

I don't know about the bananas, they might draw minions, but from the promos it could be monkey snot?

WOW I really hope it isn't a copy paste of USH.. because from the videos it is insanely LAME.... And LAZY!

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I got some video of the new Kong merchandise and while I was there checked out the construction site and they were testing the torches by the entrance! Very cool. Everything looks amazing and it's great that they're adding more theatrical lighting throughout the area. Can't wait to see it at night with some colored lights and not just floods. Check it out below and more images, especially of all the merch, on the blog post here.

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Lights are on inside the covered queue, as well as the pathway lanterns

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That's all for now. More on the blog post!

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1 hour ago, Robert said:

What can I say I'm an optimistic person! But yeah May is sadly more realistic.

I highly doubt they need more than a month to complete this. There were some rumors that they would soft launch on the 30th of March. They literally have the flames going. People were walking around the site without hard hats on, so there isn't any more construction.

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27 minutes ago, Kathkat said:

Does anyone know if Express Pass will be available on this ride?  I'm hoping there will be.  I can dream, can't I?  A tad off topic, but is Express Pass usually available on Hulk?  Thanks for any info

I am sure it is designed to accommodate Express, but I suspect it is unlikely to be implemented any time soon.  Both FJ and EFG have express capability, but it has never been used.

HULK always had express, but again, not clear if it will be available at the re-open.

 

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