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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.
kirbyo0000

May 2016 - OI Meetup & Special Event.

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23 hours ago, amiller03 said:

Chuck...you truly are an "ambassador"! Looking forward to meeting all of you.

Yes...both times, but I've been putting my work email as a contact (firewalls and security are top priority at my company...probably blocking any responses).

Yes, if you used the form on the website an email was definitely sent to you.

If you're looking to book travel arrangements for the meetup, you can just email me directly at taylor@orlandoinformer.com

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1 hour ago, Taylor Strickland said:

Yes, if you used the form on the website an email was definitely sent to you.

If you're looking to book travel arrangements for the meetup, you can just email me directly at taylor@orlandoinformer.com

:)

Thank you, Taylor. That is very kind. I'd like to wait to get the special discount rate at RPR (not sure when that will be presented to us-that question was posed in my original email to Travel.OI). Will definitely contact you/OI Travel at that time...and use a different email address!

 

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5 hours ago, amiller03 said:

Thank you, Taylor. That is very kind. I'd like to wait to get the special discount rate at RPR (not sure when that will be presented to us-that question was posed in my original email to Travel.OI). Will definitely contact you/OI Travel at that time...and use a different email address!

 

Yes, it's now available! An email will be going out about it soon. However, it's $49 off of Annual Passholder/Florida Resident rate at Royal Pacific. The group rate is $254/night + tax. It's valid up to 3 days prior to or following the meetup on May 21. Email taylor@orlandoinformer.com to book.

We're also able to assist with daytime tickets/annual passes and nights at other on-site hotels (at the regular rate).

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I CAN'T WAIT!!!  Just bought my tickets and we'll be staying at Royal Pacific.  Bringing my 2 "kids" (Ashley and Michael) who are Uni-Pros and a friend (Allen) who has never been to Universal before.  This event is a dream come true!  Thanks Taylor!!!

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Just curious.....Is there a calendar for this amazing meetup anywhere listing the OI forum peeps that are attending? Asking for a friend. :ph34r:

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