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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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9 minutes ago, Kris10 said:

Good Morning, Informers.

Having a rough go of it this morning. Yesterday afternoon I started to not feel so well, and I think I picked up what Sophia had. Sophia seems to be doing better, even though she didn't eat much yesterday, so I'm hoping this passes me quickly too. Can't eat very much without feeling worse, so I haven't even had coffee this morning, and I'm struggling without it. Had to go lay down for about 15 minutes about 1/2 hour into work this morning, because it was so painful to keep my eyes open. I'm thinking about going to get a coffee on my break and sip on it to see how I do. It will almost be worth the risk if I could just make it through the day without nodding off at my desk.

Anyway, hope you all have a great day!

*hugs* hope you feel better soon xx

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10 hours ago, MattLynch91 said:

I saw this one when I went to Asda (UK version of Walmart) the other day and contains a tiny bit of Guinness. Not sure if you get it in US at all. - LINK

That's the one but it isn't available here, sadly. 

9 hours ago, Dan_Mol said:

Afraid I must confess... had second thoughts and swapped it for lindt strawberries and cream before I got to the checkout. It was only about $15 apposed to the $25 on the site I linked you the other day.


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On March 22, 2016 at 5:36 AM, Freddyglove said:

Only a few days away from the big premiere of Batman vs Superman! Anyone else interested?


We are interested over here! Nathan is very excited about it. Probably won't go see it this weekend since it's Easter weekend, but I might surprise him and take him next weekend. You planning on seeing it opening day?

On March 22, 2016 at 0:41 PM, ATCBelgium said:

Hi everyone,

just wanted to thank you guys for thinking of us in these troubled times.

As some of you (but not all of you know) I'm an air traffic controller and Steven is a police officer. So we are both really close to the situation. Steven was actually at the scene a few hours ago and it really hit him to see the destruction and the discarded luggage lying around. 




Very glad to hear you are both ok. My prayers are going out to that part of the world.

16 hours ago, Chuck Plagmann said:

Happy birthday to OI Forum member halfbloodprincess. 

Happy birthday @halfbloodprincess!

12 hours ago, MrsRobinson said:

*hugs* hope you feel better soon xx


10 hours ago, rosie16 said:

@Kris10 Hope you feel better soon. Can't you go home?

Thank you guys! @rosie16 I could have but I'm out of sick time and didn't want to use my vacation time if I didn't have to. I felt better after coffee!

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Good Morning #709 

Thursday, last day at work this week... Long weekend ahead, but also a busy one too, as going away next week for work.

Nothing much on the cards, last day with new colleague training him up, although next week I'll be holding his hand on site.

Coffee and get this day over time, have a good'un everyone.

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