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Universal Orlando: Complete guide to attraction assistance for special needs families

Editor’s note: this page is specifically intended for guests (or their families) visiting Universal with an intellectual, select physical, or learning disability. If that is not you, please return to our OI Center for over 200 other pages of vacation-planning information. This article has been provided by OI contributors Debi and Maureen, and we are very […]

Grinchmas at Universal Orlando: history and special needs information

One holiday tradition for my family is our annual trip to enjoy the sights and sounds of Grinchmas in Seuss Landing at Islands of Adventure. It just doesn’t seem like Christmas without it and we think we’ve only missed a couple of years since its beginning. Best of all, it’s special needs friendly! Grinchmas at Universal Orlando […]

Special needs are Universal: Wheelchair access, companion restrooms, and special requests for Diagon Alley

Welcome to the next edition of our Special Needs Are Universal column, featuring questions and answers to help those with disabilities plan their day at Orlando’s theme parks. Our ultimate goal is to give families the confidence to enjoy all there is to do across this amazing vacation destination! I believe that the Special Needs […]

Special needs are Universal: Diagon Alley attraction requirements, expectant mothers rider’s chart, Team Members continue to impress us

Welcome to our latest edition of Special Needs Are Universal, a now-monthly column that will highlight the questions received and answered on the OI Community Forums. My hope is that the SNAU forum will help those of you with disabilities lessen your anxiety and enable you to visit Universal Orlando Resort with the most updated […]

Special needs are Universal: Maneuvering a wheelchair through the parks, finding elevator access & companion bathrooms

Welcome to the next edition of our Special Needs Are Universal column, featuring questions and answers to help those with disabilities plan their day at Orlando’s theme parks. Our ultimate goal is to give families the confidence to enjoy all there is to do across this amazing vacation destination! My heroes are those who do […]

Special needs are Universal: Guest’s visit ruined by poor planning – how it could have easily been prevented

Welcome to the next edition of our Special Needs Are Universal column, featuring questions and answers to help those with disabilities plan their day at Orlando’s theme parks. Our ultimate goal is to give families the confidence to enjoy all there is to do across this amazing vacation destination! In today’s post, I’m going to […]

Special needs are Universal: Traveling with two disabled children – how to best prepare for Universal Orlando?

Welcome to Special Needs Are Universal, a column devoted to helping those with disabilities or who have disabled family or friends. There are many sites available on the internet, but Orlando Informer is the first that has the best information available for both disabled and non-disabled guests. There is no need to jump from place […]

Special needs are Universal: Are the “horror stories” about disabled families visiting Universal Orlando true?

Welcome to the next edition of our Special Needs Are Universal column, featuring questions and answers to help those with disabilities plan their day at Orlando’s theme parks. Our ultimate goal is to give families the confidence to enjoy all there is to do across this amazing vacation destination! Punxsutawney Phil has decreed that there […]

Special needs are Universal: A review of how we can help disabled families, visiting the parks with cystic fibrosis, First Aid locations

Welcome to the first edition of Special Needs Are Universal for 2014.  To start out the year, I’d like to remind our readers that Orlando Informer already has a considerable amount of information to help disabled families plan their visit to Orlando’s theme parks – including over 20 of our SNAU blog posts and the […]

Special needs are Universal: Autism & food allergy concerns for first-time Universal Orlando guests, Disney contact information for disability issues

In this edition of Special Needs Are Universal, I would like to share a couple of the newest questions and comments I’ve received from readers. I want to thank all of you who have taken the time to write to me about your experiences at both Universal Orlando and Disney World this year. The disabled […]

Special needs are Universal: Disabled parking permits for Int’l visitors, new USF companion restrooms, changes to Universal’s attraction assistance policy

Welcome to the next edition of our Special Needs Are Universal column, featuring questions and answers to help those with disabilities plan their day at Orlando’s theme parks. Our ultimate goal is to give families the confidence to enjoy all there is to do across this amazing vacation destination! This week I’d like to bring […]

Special needs are Universal: Prepare for Halloween Horror Nights, important AAP & GAP news

Welcome to the newest edition of Special Needs Are Universal, featuring questions and answers to help those with disabilities plan their visit to Orlando’s theme parks. Our ultimate goal is to give families the confidence to enjoy all there is to do across this amazing vacation destination! All the buzz right now is about Halloween […]

Special needs are Universal: Visiting the parks with walking aids, canes, casts or braces

Welcome to the next edition of our Special Needs Are Universal column, featuring questions and answers to help those with disabilities plan their day at Orlando’s theme parks. Our ultimate goal is to give families the confidence to enjoy all there is to do across this amazing vacation destination! I have two questions for this […]

Special needs are Universal: My sister wears a prosthetic leg – even with Express Passes, should we get an Attraction Assistance Pass?

Welcome to the next edition of our Special Needs Are Universal column, featuring questions and answers to help those with disabilities plan their day at Orlando’s theme parks. Our ultimate goal is to give families the confidence to enjoy all there is to do across this amazing vacation destination! Today’s question comes to us from […]

Special needs are Universal: I have serious concerns about dad, but he really wants to go to Walt Disney World “one last time with the grandkids”

Welcome to the next edition of our Special Needs Are Universal column, featuring questions and answers to help those with disabilities plan their day at Orlando’s theme parks. Our ultimate goal is to give families the confidence to enjoy all there is to do across this amazing vacation destination! Today’s questions come from Delores from […]

Special needs are Universal: Is the Attraction Assistance Pass necessary if I have Universal Express Passes?

Welcome to the next edition of our Special Needs Are Universal column, featuring questions and answers to help those with disabilities plan their day at Orlando’s theme parks. Our ultimate goal is to give families the confidence to enjoy all there is to do across this amazing vacation destination! Our most recent question came from […]

Special needs are Universal: Handicapped parking at Walt Disney World

Welcome to the next edition of our Special Needs Are Universal column, featuring questions and answers to help those with disabilities plan their day at Orlando’s theme parks. Our ultimate goal is to give families the confidence to enjoy all there is to do across this amazing vacation destination! Now that we in the lull […]

Special needs are Universal: Handicapped parking at Universal Orlando

Welcome to the next edition of our Special Needs Are Universal column, featuring questions and answers to help those with disabilities plan their day at Orlando’s theme parks. Our ultimate goal is to give families the confidence to enjoy all there is to do across this amazing vacation destination! Now that we in the lull […]

Special needs are Universal: Privileges for broken bones, more thoughts on guests requesting Assistance Passes

Welcome to the next edition of our Special Needs Are Universal column, featuring questions and answers to help those with disabilities plan their day at Orlando’s theme parks. Our ultimate goal is to give families the confidence to enjoy all there is to do across this amazing vacation destination! Today we will be discussing this […]

Special needs are Universal: Guests with food allergies visiting Universal Orlando

Welcome to our next Special Needs Are Universal article. The purpose of this OI Blog series is to answer your theme park disability questions and give families the confidence to enjoy all of Orlando! This week we’ll be discussing food allergies. As of January 21, 2013, a new law classifies those severely allergic to shell […]

Special needs are Universal: Visiting Universal Orlando & Walt Disney World with hidden disabilities

This is our fourth Special Needs Are Universal article. The purpose of this OI Blog series is to answer your theme park disability questions and give families the confidence to enjoy all of Orlando! Based on two current questions, unseen disabilities seem to cause many guests anxiety about how parks will view their requests for […]

Special needs are Universal: Visiting Universal Orlando with prosthetics

This is our third Special Needs Are Universal article. The purpose of this OI Blog series is to answer your theme park disability questions and give families the confidence to enjoy all of Orlando! This week’s question from from Allie, and it is about prosthetics and theme park rides: I use a prosthetic leg/feet. A […]

Special needs are Universal: Visiting Disney World with two Autistic boys – can we still use the accelerated entrances even if the boys aren’t riding?

This is our second Special Needs Are Universal article, which we have designed to answer your questions and address your concerns about theme park disability issues. This week we received our question from Vicky: We are doing the Disney World trip in June this year with our four boys, two of whom are Autistic. Last […]

Our first Special needs are Universal post: Theme park planning for disabled guests

This is the first of my twice-a-month articles tackling your questions and concerns about theme park disability issues. I’ve given the name Special Needs Are Universal to the blog posts in this new series because OrlandoInformer.com covers so much of Universal Orlando and having the information you need really is a universal consideration for special […]

4 videogames Universal NEEDS for its next park

You are reading an article tagged as a rumor. Read our note from the editor to learn about rumors shared on Orlando Informer. You’ve heard the rumors: Universal is maybe, just possibly seeking to make its long-awaited and oft-delayed third theme park based exclusively off of videogame properties. Is it improbable? Yes. But is it […]

3 massive holes Universal needs to plug

We’ve discussed before the last remaining hurdles for Universal to becoming as well-varied as its mouse competition down the street, and while free transportation from the airports to Universal Orlando would certainly go a long way to increasing the resort’s user-friendliness, those recommendations were conceived of and written at a wholly different point in time, […]

SNAU: Parade viewing, Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream, and special RVs for disabled riders

Benches at the parade viewing area for guests with disabilities Last fall I wrote about how Universal might help to make Halloween Horror Nights more enjoyable and easier to maneuver for guests using wheelchairs and scooters. After my recent visit to Universal Studios for Mardi Gras 2015, I’ve decided to evaluate the current Viewing Area […]

Rumor round-up for October 25, 2013: King Kong special report, Universal’s five-year road map, Meal Deal replacement, the Hogwarts Express & more

King Kong, Disaster, and Jurassic Park: The plot thickens… King Kong’s imminent arrival at Universal Orlando Resort is quickly becoming like some of our old favorite TV series, like The X-Files or Moonlighting: will he or won’t he? When and where? (And, I guess we should add, will he jump the shark?) The latest round […]

Universal Orlando – a special place with extraordinary people

My husband and I have so many stories of Universal team members who have just thrilled us with their hospitality and care while visiting Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure. From ride assistants, cart sales people and performers, all the way up to a vice president, these people have one thing in common: to […]

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Magical Dining Month at Orlando Theme Parks

We’re right in the middle of Orlando’s Magical Dining Month and if you’re visiting the Orlando area before October 3, you should consider indulging. What is Magical Dining Month? It’s a program that runs through October 2 in which select restaurants offer three course dinners for $33 per person. One dollar from each meal benefits […]

Top 3 theme park pet peeves

Ever wonder if you’re the only one upset by the rude behaviors of others when you visit a theme park? It seems “Zombie Chris” thought this when he started the topic “What are your trip/theme park pet peeves?“ in the Orlando Informer Community Forums. Ninety-four posts and approximately 40 listed annoyances prove that there are […]

SNAU: moving walkways, Orlando Eye, and Universal discounts for disabled guests

Welcome to the May 2015 edition of our Special Needs Are Universal column, featuring questions and answers from our readers and tips to help those with disabilities plan their day at Orlando’s theme parks. Our goal here at Orlando Informer is to offer all guests touring Universal Orlando parks inside information, and being able to […]

The Orlando Eye – Complete Guide

Today’s the day! I-Drive 360, home of The Orlando Eye, is officially open to the public. Last week, Orlando Informer was on hand to experience The Eye. Today, we have everything you need to know about the attraction before you and your family “take flight” on an upcoming vacation. A look at the 400-foot wheel […]

Comparing disability policies at Universal, Disney, and Busch Gardens

Welcome to the next edition of our Special Needs Are Universal column, featuring questions and answers to help those with disabilities plan their day at Orlando’s theme parks. Our goal here at Orlando Informer is to offer all guests the tricks and tools of touring Universal Orlando, and being able to help special-needs guests is […]

SNAU: Touring Universal with autistic family members

Our goal here at Orlando Informer is to offer all guests tips and tools for touring Universal Orlando, and being able to help special needs guests is no exception. It’s an honor and privilege to be able to help with your concerns, and I thank you for your trust and readership – especially considering the […]

Orlando Informer Weekly Dispatch: June 29 – July 5, 2014

OI Universal Center updates Greetings, vacation planners! Prepare to UPGRADE YOUR ADVENTURE to Universal Orlando with our Weekly Dispatch. This is a summary of all the latest Universal news and activity on our site. Please note that these updates are listed from newest to oldest: 7/5 – Are you considering a visit to Universal on […]

Orlando Informer Weekly Dispatch: June 1 – 7, 2014

OI Universal Center updates Greetings, vacation planners! Prepare to UPGRADE YOUR ADVENTURE to Universal Orlando with our Weekly Dispatch. This is a summary of all the latest Universal news and activity on our site. Please note that these updates are listed from newest to oldest: 6/7 – Our 74 photos from last night’s Universal tour […]

Orlando Informer Weekly Dispatch: April 28 – May 3, 2014

OI Universal Center updates Greetings, vacation planners! Prepare to UPGRADE YOUR ADVENTURE to Universal Orlando with our Weekly Dispatch. This is a summary of all the latest Universal news and activity on our site. Please note that these updates are listed from newest to oldest: 5/2 – A new month means another update to our […]

Orlando Informer Weekly Dispatch: April 7 – April 12, 2014

OI Universal Center updates Greetings, vacation planners! Prepare to UPGRADE YOUR ADVENTURE to Universal Orlando with our Weekly Dispatch. This is a summary of all the latest Universal news and activity on our site. Please note that these updates are listed from newest to oldest: 4/11 – Orlando Informer is officially kicking off our watch […]

Accessible fun for all ages: Enjoying Universal Orlando with my grandparents

Universal Orlando prides itself in being a family-orientated theme park for all ages. You see their dedication to this mission by hosting attractions and shows for a wide array of age groups, from young children to teens to adults. While I do personally believe anyone can have a great time at Universal Studios Florida and […]

Orlando Informer Weekly Dispatch: March 16 – 23, 2014

OI Universal Center updates Greetings, vacation planners! Prepare to UPGRADE YOUR ADVENTURE to Universal Orlando with our Weekly Dispatch. This is a summary of all the latest Universal news and activity on our site. Please note that these updates are listed from newest to oldest: 3/23 – We’re happy to announce that our Weekly Dispatch […]

Orlando Informer Weekly Dispatch: December 16 – 21, 2013

OI Universal Center updates Greetings, vacation planners! Prepare to UPGRADE YOUR ADVENTURE to Universal Orlando with our Weekly Dispatch. This is a summary of all the latest Universal news and activity on our site. Please note that these updates are listed from newest to oldest: 12/21 – Friendly reminders: For those in town this weekend, […]

Orlando Informer Weekly Dispatch: November 25 – 29, 2013

OI Universal Center updates Greetings, vacation planners! Prepare to UPGRADE YOUR ADVENTURE to Universal Orlando with our Weekly Dispatch. This is a summary of all the latest Universal news and activity on our site. Please note that these updates are listed from newest to oldest: 11/29 – Wednesday evening we took our weekly tour of […]

Orlando Informer Weekly Dispatch: November 17 – 24, 2013

OI Universal Center updates Greetings, vacation planners! Prepare to UPGRADE YOUR ADVENTURE to Universal Orlando with our Weekly Dispatch. This is a summary of all the latest Universal news and activity on our site. Please note that these updates are listed from newest to oldest: 11/24 – We are entering the busy week of Thanksgiving, […]

Disney’s Disability Access Service (DAS): First-hand experience & in-depth analysis of the new system

As promised, my family and I were at Epcot when the new Disability Access Service (DAS) card rolled out Wednesday, October 9. Over the last few days I have been in contact with others in the disabled community to see how their first contact visits with Guest Relations progressed. Below I will explain the new […]

Rumor round-up for September 28, 2013: Pulling the plug on WWE Hall of Fame, NextGen & Avatar Land updates, SeaWorld show 20 million years in the making

Is Universal pulling the plug on the WWE Hall of Fame? Over the past few months, we’ve been reporting on the possibility of NBA City in CityWalk being demolished and a WWE Hall of Fame replacing it. It turns out, though, that those plans may be getting the bulldozer, as well. According to Wrestling News […]

Disability Access Service (DAS) to replace Guest Assistance Card (GAC) at Walt Disney World

Welcome to the newest edition of Special Needs Are Universal, featuring questions and answers to help those with disabilities plan their visit to Orlando’s theme parks. Our ultimate goal is to give families the confidence to enjoy all there is to do across this amazing vacation destination! As you may have already heard on local […]

Orlando Informer Weekly Dispatch: September 15 – 22, 2013

OI Universal Center updates Greetings, vacation planners! Prepare to UPGRADE YOUR ADVENTURE to Universal Orlando with our Weekly Dispatch. This is a summary of all the latest Universal news and activity on our site. Please note that these updates are listed from newest to oldest: 9/22 – We have a ton of stuff to post […]

Orlando Informer Weekly Dispatch: September 8 – 14, 2013

OI Universal Center updates Greetings, vacation planners! Prepare to UPGRADE YOUR ADVENTURE to Universal Orlando with our Weekly Dispatch. This is a summary of all the latest Universal news and activity on our site. Please note that these updates are listed from newest to oldest: 9/13 – Can you believe Halloween Horror Nights 2013 opens […]