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Jan 01 2015 12:00 AM | Taylor Strickland in OI Center

Welcome to the OI Universal Center!

Prepare to UPGRADE YOUR ADVENTURE to Universal Orlando Resort with our OBSESSIVELY UPDATED collection of Universal insider information and expert advice.

The OI Universal Center is home to our FREE next-generation ENCYCLOPEDIA of Universal Orlando vacation planning information. It contains over 200 pages covering Universal’s theme parks, hotels, and more. In addition, we offer our readers six extraordinary advantages over traditional guidebooks and other websites:
  • Nearly same-day updates to our insider information as changes take place in the parks
  • Comprehensive analysis of all construction projects and anticipated resort developments
  • Immersive multimedia, including more than 10,000 full-screen photos and hours of HD video
  • Intense, first-hand coverage of annual events with advice written based on this year’s activities
  • Over a thousand “real guest reviews” of Universal’s theme park attractions & dining venues
  • In-park photo updates broadcast live from Universal Orlando each and every week
Last year over THREE MILLION FAMILIES used our website to plan the perfect vacation and gain complete confidence in their knowledge of the parks. As we now celebrate an even bigger and busier year, we are very proud to take our place as the premier independent resource for guests visiting Universal Orlando Resort.

First-time visitors, please read this page:
How to use our FREE online guide to plan your Universal vacation


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The Script: TICKETS, PACKAGES & PLANNINGThe Set: MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR VACATIONInsider’s Guide to the Wizarding World of Harry PotterAnnual events at Universal OrlandoUniversal Orlando touring plansUniversal Studios Florida - the full tour

Universal’s Superstar Parade

Universal’s Cinematic Spectacular: 100 Years of Movie Memories

In-park dining experiences – Superstar Breakfast & Cinematic DiningIslands of Adventure – the full tourUniversal CityWalkOn-site hotels at Universal OrlandoOff-site hotels around Universal Orlando



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OI Blog Top 5 reasons Disney fans should love Universal

May 25 2015 04:11 PM | Dan Hatfield in Universal Orlando Resort

Attention, Disney faithful: prepare to discover a whole new side to Orlando that you never knew existed.



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OI Blog How to make your family fall in love with Unive...

May 24 2015 03:05 PM | OI Share in Universal Orlando Resort

Convert a theme park vacation naysayer into a fan for life.



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OI Blog How Universal dropped the ball with Harry Potter

May 22 2015 09:12 AM | Marc N. Kleinhenz in Universal Orlando Resort

A discussion of theme and form in the first Wizarding World.



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OI Blog 3 timeless tips for a special Universal anniver...

May 21 2015 08:33 AM | OI Share in Universal Orlando Resort

Three secrets to make your anniversary trip to Universal Orlando truly "one in a minion."



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OI Blog The most rewarding birthday at Universal

May 20 2015 09:29 AM | OI Share in Universal Orlando Resort

Experience the perfect birthday for one family at Universal Orlando with us.



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OI Blog 8 pieces of bad advice you should NEVER follow

May 18 2015 08:43 AM | TheNameIsCasie in Central Florida

Don't sabotage your Orlando vacation before it even begins.



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OI Blog A stroll down Universal's memory lane

May 17 2015 07:16 PM | AllyPfeiffer in Universal Orlando Resort

Remembering the history of Universal Orlando through memorabilia and merchandise (plus, how to find the best stuff!).



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OI Blog How Disney Is Aping Universal with Indiana Jones

May 15 2015 01:15 PM | Marc N. Kleinhenz in Central Florida

Universal may have invented themed food and drink, but Disney just may have perfected them.



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OI Blog 5 rides in Orlando that don't go upside down

May 14 2015 11:06 PM | OrlandoAJ in Central Florida

Who said rides have to go upside down to give you the thrill of a lifetime?



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