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 Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure
The journey of a lifetime is now open! Prepare for your adventure through the Forbidden Forest with Rubeus Hagrid over at our guide page.

 Bigfire
Replacing Emeril’s in CityWalk is Bigfire, a restaurant that’s designed to feel like a grand lakeside lodge and that will prepare all of its dishes (and, even, some of its drinks!) on a giant wood-fire grill in the very center of the building. Start salivating over in the OI Universal Center.

 HHN
Prepare for a journey into the frigid Canadian tundra as you’re hunted by a tribe of merciless yetis! Yeti: Terror of the Yukon is coming to Halloween Horror Nights, and you can read all about it over on the OI Blog.

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Latest Blog Posts

Yeti: Terror of the Yukon announced for Halloween Horror Nights 2019

One of the greatest strengths – not to mention draws – of Halloween Horror Nights each and every year is how Universal manages to build in a great deal of versatility into its haunted-house roster; last year’s event, for example, featured the likes of extra-dimensional monsters, carnies, witches, ghosts, masked killers, werewolves, and zombies. It’s […]

REVIEW: Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure

By this point, we feel like we’ve been in the Forbidden Forest with Rubeus Hagrid for forever now – we’ve pored over the concept art, analyzed the importance of having the jolly half-giant as the protagonist of the ride, deconstructed its story, and, of course, toured its queue. Because of this long history, you might […]

Bigfire: 3 big takeaways from Universal Orlando’s newest restaurant

The last time we checked in on Bigfire, Universal Orlando Resort’s newest gastronomical addition, the venue had just been announced; now, two months later, Universal invited us to a tour of the soon-to-open restaurant as part of a media event. We were taken with Bigfire’s culinary premise, aesthetic bent, and – of course – tableside […]

Treat yourselves to Copper Canyon Grill Orlando

UPDATE (06.21.19): It breaks my heart to have to update my review this way. Recently, Copper Canyon has closed the doors of its International Drive location. This happened suddenly, and the timing couldn’t be worse. The restaurant always held a dear place in my heart from the first meal I had so many years ago, and […]

The 10 best beaches near Orlando

When you think of Florida, you likely think of summer – palm trees, a scorching sun, and a life spent by the water with fun frozen drinks that magically appear out of thin (but humid) air. Summer in Florida isn’t just a season, it’s a lifestyle – and one we locals tend to live year-round, where […]

20 changes across Islands of Adventure’s 20 years

Although CityWalk – that giant collection of restaurants, night clubs, stores, and entertainment options – might have arrived first, it’s actually with Islands of Adventure that Universal’s toehold in Orlando was truly able to transform into a full-fledged resort. It’s hard to imagine that momentous event happened 20 short years ago, but it’s true – […]

Star Wars: Dok-Ondar’s story REVEALED

Yes, we’ve already received the novel Thrawn: Alliances, which saw Grand Admiral Thrawn and Darth Vader be dispatched to the remote world of Batuu on a secret mission for Emperor Palpatine in the final days before the original Star Wars trilogy, and we’ve gotten the young-adult book Pirate’s Price, which contains the fully-fleshed-out backstory of […]

Depths of Fear announced for Halloween Horror Nights 2019

Are you ready to plumb the depths of your fear? Universal has announced its next original haunted house for this year’s Halloween Horror Nights, and it looks to be a doozy: Depths of Fear. Set within a deep-sea underwater mining rig, the workers have dug too deeply into the ocean floor and accidentally unleashed a […]

FIRST LOOK: our tour of Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure

Be the first to know about any future announcements by signing up for email updates! Orlando Informer got the chance to check out Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure last week, getting a personal tour of (most of) its queue, learning some intriguing tidbits about its wild ride experience, and watching as the magicked motorcycles went […]

An award-winning night at Cooper’s Hawk

Cooper’s Hawk is an award-winning restaurant and winery located at the intersection of International Drive and Sand Lake Road – the head of Restaurant Row. They consider themselves a modern-casual experience delivered in an upscale setting. What this means is that the cuisine is kept familiar, but with their own spins thrown in while guests […]

Yellow Dog Eats: A hidden gem

I’m just going to come right out and say it: Yellow Dog Eats should be at the very top of your list of restaurants to visit during your next trip to Orlando. And if you’re a local and you haven’t tried it yet, you’ve certainly heard about it, so now you have no excuse to hop […]

Putting Edge glow-in-the-dark mini golf

  Looking for some indoor fun on a rainy day (or just any day, really) in Orlando? You can’t go wrong with Putting Edge’s glow-in-the-dark mini-golf. Located inside the former Artegon Marketplace, just down the street from Universal Orlando Resort and at the north end of International Drive, Putting Edge is a great place to bring the kids if it’s too hot, too […]

Arrival questions: Universal Orlando Resort

Here you are! After saving your hard-earned money, booking your flight and hotel, and purchasing your Universal Orlando Resort tickets, you’re finally in Orlando, Florida! But as you’re standing, luggage in hand, in the middle of Orlando International Airport, you suddenly realize you completely overlooked what to do next. You have no car to get […]

Universal Monsters announced for Halloween Horror Nights 2019

Today, Universal has made many fans’ dreams come true by announcing that it’s going to take the most seminal film property in its library out of the dusty vault that it typically keeps it stored in and set it loose at this year’s Halloween Horror Nights. Yes, that’s right – the Universal Monsters are coming […]

Islands of Adventure: Ranking the water rides

The City Beautiful basically exists in a summer season for seemingly three-quarters of the year. During what’s actually the “summer,” it can get a bit unbearable and put you in search of some relief. Search no further! Islands of Adventure offers just that in the form of its incredible water rides. While there are only […]

Nightingales: Blood Pit announced for Halloween Horror Nights 2019

What would Halloween Horror Nights be without the occasional homage to years past thrown into the mix? For this year’s event, a blast from the past is exactly what we’re getting – in more ways than one – in the form of Nightingales: Blood Pit. The Nightingales only made one (major) appearance, all the way […]

Bigfire is replacing Emeril’s at Universal Orlando

On May 8, 2018, word unexpectedly arrived that Emeril’s Orlando, that long-standing anchor of CityWalk, would be permanently closing up shop on July 7. Speculation immediately turned to just what would be succeeding the venerable venue, given its central location in the dining/shopping/entertainment district, specifically, and given the trend of what all the other recent replacements […]

Nintendo and Minions coming in first-ever expansion to Universal Studios Singapore

There are four Universal theme-park locations around the world (for now, at least – an absolutely-mammoth Beijing resort is currently being built, with it already having nabbed the title of being the most expensive theme park in the world). Of these, Universal only owns three, meaning that the fourth, in Singapore, has largely been left […]

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Yeti: Terror of the Yukon announced for Halloween Horror Nights 2019

One of the greatest strengths – not to mention draws – of Halloween Horror Nights each and every year is how Universal manages to build in a great deal of versatility into its haunted-house roster; last year’s event, for example, featured the likes of extra-dimensional monsters, carnies, witches, ghosts, masked killers, werewolves, and zombies. It’s […]

Bigfire: 3 big takeaways from Universal Orlando’s newest restaurant

The last time we checked in on Bigfire, Universal Orlando Resort’s newest gastronomical addition, the venue had just been announced; now, two months later, Universal invited us to a tour of the soon-to-open restaurant as part of a media event. We were taken with Bigfire’s culinary premise, aesthetic bent, and – of course – tableside […]

20 changes across Islands of Adventure’s 20 years

Although CityWalk – that giant collection of restaurants, night clubs, stores, and entertainment options – might have arrived first, it’s actually with Islands of Adventure that Universal’s toehold in Orlando was truly able to transform into a full-fledged resort. It’s hard to imagine that momentous event happened 20 short years ago, but it’s true – […]

Star Wars: Dok-Ondar’s story REVEALED

Yes, we’ve already received the novel Thrawn: Alliances, which saw Grand Admiral Thrawn and Darth Vader be dispatched to the remote world of Batuu on a secret mission for Emperor Palpatine in the final days before the original Star Wars trilogy, and we’ve gotten the young-adult book Pirate’s Price, which contains the fully-fleshed-out backstory of […]

Depths of Fear announced for Halloween Horror Nights 2019

Are you ready to plumb the depths of your fear? Universal has announced its next original haunted house for this year’s Halloween Horror Nights, and it looks to be a doozy: Depths of Fear. Set within a deep-sea underwater mining rig, the workers have dug too deeply into the ocean floor and accidentally unleashed a […]

FIRST LOOK: our tour of Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure

Be the first to know about any future announcements by signing up for email updates! Orlando Informer got the chance to check out Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure last week, getting a personal tour of (most of) its queue, learning some intriguing tidbits about its wild ride experience, and watching as the magicked motorcycles went […]

Universal Monsters announced for Halloween Horror Nights 2019

Today, Universal has made many fans’ dreams come true by announcing that it’s going to take the most seminal film property in its library out of the dusty vault that it typically keeps it stored in and set it loose at this year’s Halloween Horror Nights. Yes, that’s right – the Universal Monsters are coming […]

Nightingales: Blood Pit announced for Halloween Horror Nights 2019

What would Halloween Horror Nights be without the occasional homage to years past thrown into the mix? For this year’s event, a blast from the past is exactly what we’re getting – in more ways than one – in the form of Nightingales: Blood Pit. The Nightingales only made one (major) appearance, all the way […]

Bigfire is replacing Emeril’s at Universal Orlando

On May 8, 2018, word unexpectedly arrived that Emeril’s Orlando, that long-standing anchor of CityWalk, would be permanently closing up shop on July 7. Speculation immediately turned to just what would be succeeding the venerable venue, given its central location in the dining/shopping/entertainment district, specifically, and given the trend of what all the other recent replacements […]