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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.
Dan Hatfield

The "Good Morning" Project

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I thought it might be fun to have a place to say "good morning" to each other, but also to make a little bit of a game out of it. So, if you think it could be fun, let's try this.

 

When you post here in this topic to say your dailly greeting to everyone, also include a count for the total number of consecutive days you've posted to our Good Morning topic. Then we'll just see who can get the highest, and maybe we'll figure out some sort of prize later on. But remember, it's all just for fun.

 

I'll start...

 

Good morning, everyone! I've got quite a few Universal updates I'm working on, and we should be publishing two new blog posts today, so it's time for me to get off the forums and get to work :)

 

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Good morning everyone! This is going to be fun :)

 

  For those who work Monday - Friday today is... HUMMMMMP DAY! ;)

 

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Good morning, everyone! This should be fun. I can't wait to go back to Orlando, 70 days!

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Greetings,

   Not my 'hump' day as Agent J says, but my Saturday.

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Good Morning perhaps, a morning indeed!  Another squeaky a.m. for me but another fun thread to help drudge through it.  Have a nice day everyone.

 

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Good Morning! I'm currently obsessing over all the new Harry Potter updates, and our families crazy schedule trying to decide when we should go!

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Good Morning! It snowed here last night! Pure ice on the car! Eww! I'm currently sitting at work looking up pop news on Hypable and talking to some lovely folks on here! I am also still doing fun research for my Orlando trip for next year! Drive or to fly? Hate flying but I have time to figure it out! I have to decide by July 15 when I sign up for the runDisney event! Have a good day everyone!

 

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Good morning everyone.  Hope you all have a nice day.  First day of my Easter holiday today. Woohoo!  6 whole days and no work :)

 

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G'day OI forum peeps.  Today is my Friday and then 4 day Weekend!

 

 

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Good morning all!

Up very early today to go ride some roller coasters, whoohoo! Going to be a chilly start, but lots of fun.

BangBang I hope no aches today!

Have a great day everyone! :)

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Morning everyone. Pretty horrible day here. Looking forward to some florida sunshine.

Hope you all have a great day

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Good morning everyone, though for me working overnight it's just about time to say goodnight. Looking forward to a good news phone call today, excited to be starting a whole new life adventure! 

Post #1 of many yet to come... Have a good day all, see you in Sept...

T

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Good morning all!  Post #1 for me from the UK :)  Hope you're all having a fab day. It's Thursday for us here, looking forward to a four day break over Easter.

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Good morning everyone!!

The sun in shining in sunny Scotland today and we're getting prepared for Easter weekend :)

Morning #1

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Stretch...ouch...Good morning!!!  Have fun Agent J!  Everyone else have a marvelous day, may your twitter feeds be filled with glorious OI updates!

 

 

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Morning,

 

My wife is visiting friends in Minnesota for a few days (we're both originally from the Twin Cities), so I'm driving her to the airport in a couple of hours. Then it's back to work!

 

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Greetings folks, bummed as Im having to reschedule my trip, postponed it two weeks.

 

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Good morning all, snowed here yesterday, through last night. Up early waiting for my son to be dropped off, then hoping to convince him to go back to sleep since he has 2 hour late start.

So hopefully I'm saying goodnight as well... ;-)

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Good morning!!! enjoying my last day off ..I am working the whole weekend starting tomorrow ( night shift RN) .Hoping the scheduling crew approves my Universal vacation for Jan..They denied me my request for December :(

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