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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.
Lainie

Lainie & Marty's Walker Stalker London Trip

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6 hours ago, Lainie said:

The largest queues unsurprisingly were for Norman, Andy and Melissa. Queues for autographs with Norman were 5 hours at one point and some folk didn't get to see him even though they had queued all that time.

Some people are raving online about how it was the best event they have ever been to. I can honestly say it was the worst. Each to their own and all that, but I won't be going to it again. 

Badly organised, nothing to do, no atmosphere, nothing much beyond craft fair type merchandise. 

However, I  would be incredibly surprised if it was the same story in the States. You seem to do things like this so much better than we do over here.   I think amateurish would just about sum it up. 

I'd be madder than hell if I paid that money and after waiting was told no. They PAID for that, stick around for it until everyone gets their turn. That's why the interaction is 8.5 seconds, so the queue can move. 

I worry about that, though, I'm not so sure what to expect and I still haven't decided. It's either go and find out or stick with it and move on. From what I have seen from a few YouTube clips, I'm not really sure it's much more over here. I have a feeling Atlanta would; be the biggie but possibly just more people and more booths.

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@Bern.....I've been looking into Atlanta as well since Norman wasn't at Boston last year...I fear he won't be this year either....been researching and what I have found out was what @Lainie said...you can see everything in Atlanta in 1 day.....getting a VIP is not worth it unless you buy the $1,500 pass cuz you wait in long lines anyway to pay around $40 for autographs and  selfies :o .....my concern is the day/time of the panels, I am interested in attending some, but that won't be available until it gets closer...which doesn't do us any good since you have to buy your passes and book your hotels waaaaay in advance....Don't even get me started on hotels!...most are sold out already and extremely expensive!

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Thank you @POTTERLUVA I appreciate that very much as I have been meaning to research and get sidetracked. Not sounding good, is it? I can't understand how people put so much into this--those attending--and get almost nothing from it. It's banking on names but that's about it. The thang with us is that it's a very quick weekend trip, DH would have to take off and it'd be some rushing for M. I had a feeling I should have looked into hotels in December/January. I think my decision is being made for me, I am disappointed. :(  Thank you my lovely Dead cohorts for your help and advice. 

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