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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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Birthdays!

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Is it your birthday? Tell us here so we can have a celebration in this very post!

April Birthdays - we celebrate you!

Happy Birthday!!!!

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My birthday was this past Friday - lots of fun, but now I have to catch up on all my work and write papers (which is obviously why I am here on these forums instead).

 

Happy Belated Birthday!!!  :D

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*coughs*...Wednesday FTW!!!!

Wait for it daddy0!

Mind you, my birthday is Halloween. We could start the build up to that now if you like?

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Wait for it daddy0!

Mind you, my birthday is Halloween. We could start the build up to that now if you like?

That's fantastic!!!

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My birthday was this past Friday - lots of fun, but now I have to catch up on all my work and write papers (which is obviously why I am here on these forums instead).

Happy Birthday!!!

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Wait for it daddy0!

Mind you, my birthday is Halloween. We could start the build up to that now if you like?

mine is October 29th...so we should start counting towards that first :P
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mine is October 29th...so we should start counting towards that first :P

 

Yessss let the countdown begin! My birthday is September 17 so yay for autumn bdays!

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Wait for it daddy0!

Mind you, my birthday is Halloween. We could start the build up to that now if you like?

 

im so jealous right now and would LOVE to have a bday on Halloween!  :o

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Seems the autumn birthdays have taken over this thread...sorry, April birthdays!

 

Hahaha!

 

April birthdays still have the upper hand here since we are in April - I bet May birthdays will be popping up soon!

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Thank you, Thank you, thank you,...My birthday present to my self is I'm taking my 4 year old grandson..(he will be 5 in july) to see the new Rio 2 movie...

Ooooo! Enjoy it!!!  :)

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Thank you, Thank you, thank you,...My birthday present to my self is I'm taking my 4 year old grandson..(he will be 5 in july) to see the new Rio 2 movie...

 

Ohh! have fun, and happy birthday!

 

Mine is two weeks from yesterday (April 29). Pretty sure I won't be up to anything interesting for it.

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Yessss let the countdown begin! My birthday is September 17 so yay for autumn bdays!

One of my best friend's bday is Sept 17th, We'll be in Orlando celebrating her 21st that night!

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Yessss let the countdown begin! My birthday is September 17 so yay for autumn bdays!

 

 

My birthday is September 4th....add another one to the autumn bdays :]

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