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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:
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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 shopping centers in Orlando

Mar 02 2015 04:50 PM | OI Share in Central Florida

If you thought Orlando was all about the mighty theme parks, eating delicious food, and 90-degree temperatures, you’re missing out on a big feature in the world's number one vacation destination: shopping!

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OI Blog Will Avatar Land crush Diagon Alley?

Mar 01 2015 09:00 PM | Marc N. Kleinhenz in Central Florida

Could Avatar Land knock Harry Potter off of his theming throne? And, more importantly, SHOULD it?

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OI Blog Top 5 outdoor bars at Universal Orlando

Feb 28 2015 01:15 PM | DaniFloridaGirl in Universal Orlando Resort

One of the defining characteristics of Universal Orlando is that it offers many more adult-oriented distractions than the Mouse House. Check out our list of the top 5 outdoor bars!

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OI Blog What happened to Gringotts?

Feb 28 2015 11:33 AM | Marc N. Kleinhenz in Universal Orlando Resort

Want to know why Escape from Gringotts was mysteriously closed this past week? We just may have the answer.

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OI Blog 3 Possible Sneak Peeks at Universal’s Third Gate

Feb 26 2015 11:00 AM | Marc N. Kleinhenz in Universal Orlando Resort

What will the next Universal theme park look like? Beijing, Moscow, and South Korea just may hold the answer.

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OI Blog King Kong confirmed for Universal Orlando

Feb 24 2015 10:52 AM | Marc N. Kleinhenz in Universal Orlando Resort

King Kong was just confirmed to return to Universal Orlando!

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OI Blog Visiting Diagon Alley for the First Time

Feb 23 2015 07:30 PM | DaniFloridaGirl in Universal Orlando Resort

As someone who has now clocked a countless amount of journeys to Diagon Alley since its soft opening days, it was magical to see this immersive, encapsulating land through the eyes of an unspoiled, first-time visitor.

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OI Blog Top five ways to start AND end your day at Univ...

Feb 21 2015 09:00 AM | DaniFloridaGirl in Universal Orlando Resort

With all the excitement, adventure, and thrills to be had at Universal Orlando, it's hard to find a better place to spend your vacation day.

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OI Blog Universal's Top Three Rumors - February 20

Feb 20 2015 02:21 PM | Marc N. Kleinhenz in Universal Orlando Resort

We explore Wet 'n Wild's ultimate fate, how we know Twister is on the edge of extinction, and just how expensive visiting Disney or Universal will be this year.

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