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Marc N. Kleinhenz’s first dream in life was to be an astronaut. His second was an Imagineer. While neither completely worked out, he now works exclusively for Orlando Informer as a writer, editor, and podcast co-host. He’s also written for 32 other sites (including Screen Rant, IGN, The Escapist, and California Informer [OI's sister site]), has had his fiction featured in several publications, and has even taught English in Japan. Imagineering school won’t be too far behind.

Is SeaWorld selling Busch Gardens to Legoland owner?

Let’s be blunt: SeaWorld Entertainment isn’t doing very well right now. In late August, it was announced that its former CEO, Jim Atchison, is under investigation by the Department of Justice for insider trading. A few weeks before that, it was revealed that the company’s national attendance for the first half of the year was […]

Exclusive new Halloween Horror Nights merchandise arrives!

UPDATE (1:08 pm 10.04.17): the second wave of HHN 2017 merchandise has arrived, including items from this year’s haunted houses. See below for pictures and more info. When Williams of Hollywood quietly opened in November 2015, offering a smorgasbord of former theme-park props and vintage movie memorabilia, fans instantly fell in love. From perusing pieces […]

Review: Halloween Horror Nights 2017

This year’s Halloween Horror Nights may have gotten off to an incredibly slow start in terms of its announcements – we’ve never gone so close to the event’s kickoff without knowing its full slate of attractions, which may or may not point to some problems behind the scenes – but the payoff turns out to […]

2017 marks the biggest Christmas celebration at Disney World yet

Disney blew out its resort-wide Christmas celebrations at Walt Disney World today, and it’s easy to see how the company is clearly itching to make this year the biggest – and, quite possibly, the best – holiday season it’s ever had across the destination’s 46-year history. There’s so much going on in November and December, […]

RUMOR: Voodoo Doughnut coming to Universal CityWalk

Not familiar with Voodoo Doughnut, East Coasters? That’s going to change – and soon. Universal will be bringing the fast-growing mom-and-pop doughnut chain to CityWalk. It’s a good fit – not only is the small company’s quirky sensibilities and funky wares compatible with the likes of The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar (or, even, Bread Box […]

Terminator 2 3D closing for a new attraction

In Universal and parent company Comcast’s never-ceasing effort to upgrade nearly every square inch of Universal Studios Florida, they have leveled an entire swath of older attractions, many of them dating back to the park’s earliest years: Jimmy Neutron’s Nicktoon Blast, Jaws, Lucy: A Tribute, Twister: Ride It Out, Disaster: A Major Motion Picture Ride […]

Disney’s new biannual Star Wars party

On April 14, 2017, Disney kicked off what has unsurprisingly already become a brand-new after-hours tradition: an all-things-Star Wars celebration called Star Wars: Galactic Nights. Today, the company has announced a second round, scheduled for Saturday, December 16 – just one day after Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi hits theaters, incidentally – […]

Final four houses REVEALED for Halloween Horror Nights 2017

After an incredibly slow start, Universal has surged ahead with its Halloween Horror Nights 2017 announcements within the last two weeks, filling in many of the last details that fans have been anxiously waiting to hear for the past few months. Now we have confirmations on the vast majority of the event’s nine haunted houses, […]

The Horrors of Blumhouse announced for Halloween Horror Nights 2017

This is one of the more interesting announcements Universal has made in relation to Halloween Horror Nights yet: a special Blumhouse mash-up haunted house is on its way. You may not have heard of Blumhouse Productions, the tiny production company behind a surprising number of big-profile movies, but you’ve certainly seen its films: so far […]

SeaWorld being investigated by the Department of Justice

In 2013, a little documentary called Blackfish was released to much fanfare, galvanizing public opinion against SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment and its long-standing practice at the time of breeding animals in captivity. The film and the accompanying backlash have wreaked havoc on the company’s economic standing, causing attendance to plummet in the four years since […]

Universal researching answer to Disney’s Minnie Vans

Last month, Disney confirmed long-standing rumors that it was interested in instituting its own Uber-like on-demand ride service; called Minnie Vans, the electric vehicles take guests willing to pay the $20-per-ride fee anywhere they want on Walt Disney World Resort property. Not only have the vans already been deployed, their presence has been steadily expanded, […]

3 ways Universal Orlando will change in the next decade

The number of ways that Universal Orlando Resort has changed so far this decade is, to put it mildly, mind-boggling; ever since the twin advent of Harry Potter and Comcast (the new corporate owner), attendance has soared, the money spigot has been turned resolutely on, and the developments have been coming fast and heavy. Just […]

Disney Springs is becoming the Star Wars capital of Disney World

Everyone points to the new films, television shows, and, of course, theme park lands as to what Disney has been doing with the Star Wars property since it purchased it from creator George Lucas in October 2012. It turns out, however, that arguably the biggest impact the Mouse House has made on the franchise has […]

Celebrate Halloween with SeaWorld and Sesame Street

The Halloween season in Orlando starts earlier than ever before this year, with Disney firing up Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party a week early, on the unbelievable date of Friday, August 25. And Universal, for its part, has pushed its Halloween Horror Nights both forwards and backwards, starting on September 15 and running (on select nights) […]

Academy of Villains: Afterlife arriving at Halloween Horror Nights 2017

Three months ago, we reported that Academy of Villains, a theatrical dance company known for its stunt work and “intense” choreography, was in talks to make its second appearance at Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights. Today, we’re happy to make that report official. Universal has just announced that the dance troupe will be a part […]

Zones REVEALED for Halloween Horror Nights 2017

After a dearth of information for what has felt like forever, Universal has finally cast open the floodgates and allowed a veritable torrent of Halloween Horror Nights 2017 revelations to come pouring out – just this week alone, we’ve already gotten the next haunted house (that’s Saw: The Games of Jigsaw, but of course) and […]

A THIRD new theme park land is revealed for Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Last month, Disney unveiled a brand-new bar for its continually-under-construction Hollywood Studios: BaseLine Tap House, a “cheerful corner pub specializing in beer and wines from California.” What was so intriguing about the announcement, beyond the continued revitalization of the former movie-studio theme park, was the reference of yet another brand-new land that BaseLine was going […]

In-depth analysis: Last year for Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure

Today, Universal announced the unthinkable: Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure, what has been called the cornerstone of Halloween Horror Nights over the course of its 26-year run, will be canceled following the 2017 season. The magnitude of this development cannot be overstated. Bill and Ted are the only characters to return year after year, […]

Is Indiana Jones Land coming to Animal Kingdom?

Over the past few months, a particular rumor has started to gain traction all across the themed online community, with it seemingly coming to a boil just over the past two weeks. It initially caught our eye, and we’ve been doing our best to monitor it behind the scenes, checking with our sources along the […]

Saw returning to Halloween Horror Nights

In continuing with Universal’s efforts to recruit some of the biggest – and most influential – names in horror, the company has today announced that Saw will be making a return appearance at Halloween Horror Nights this year. The Saw series is one that probably needs no preamble, but in our continued interest of being […]

This new haunt might be Orlando’s most intriguing this Halloween

Blackwood State Park. April 1986. Legends about the so-called Beast of Blackwood – which may or may not be the result of a government-funded experiment – have circulated for some time, prompting five local youths to go “investigate” in what is really a glorified camping trip. They, of course, disappear, and now it’s your turn […]

Star Wars hyper-reality experience coming to Disney

There has been a recent trend in the themed industry to have theme parks couple the real-world experiences they offer with virtual-reality components – think Kraken Unleashed, SeaWorld’s new VR upgrade to its 17-year-old floorless roller coaster, or Universal’s new slew of patents, which includes a virtual window that can wrap around a building or […]

Ash vs Evil Dead coming to Halloween Horror Nights 2017

Universal just announced that horror icon Ash Williams will be coming to Halloween Horror Nights for the very first time in a haunted house based on the Ash vs Evil Dead television series. The Evil Dead franchise is a long and beloved one, having started as a trilogy of cult films throughout the 1980s and on […]

4 exciting expansions coming to Orlando theme parks

New attractions (such as next year’s Fast & Furious: Supercharged at Universal Studios Florida) are exciting, and new theme park lands (like Disney’s Hollywood Studios’s Toy Story Land and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge) are downright intoxicating, but, for our money, one of the most mesmerizing parts of the Orlando theme parks’ ever-expanding dominance is, well, […]

Will this be the most luxurious hotel at Disney World?

The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that paperwork has been filed to build a brand-new hotel at Walt Disney World Resort, near Epcot (on the corner of Epcot Center Drive and Interstate 4, to be exact), with the name of JW Marriott at Bonnet Creek. The news is notable not only for the fact that the […]

Dragon Challenge closing for a new Harry Potter ride

Confirming at long last what everyone has suspected for the past two-and-a-half years, Universal has today announced that Dragon Challenge will be closing down on Tuesday, September 5 in order to make room for a brand-new Harry Potter attraction. Although Universal didn’t offer much in the way of specifics for the replacement ride, it did […]

Universal researching Star Wars hotel impact and Express changes

Last weekend, Disney blew the socks off the theming world when it made a huge bevy of announcements at its biennial D23 Expo, ranging from Tron Lightcycle Power Run’s arrival at Magic Kingdom to a Guardians of the Galaxy ride at Epcot. But the biggest one, in terms of its game-changing potential, has to be […]

15 new additions to Disney World by 2021

In 2012, Comcast – which had just finished purchasing NBCUniversal the year before – made what is a now-legendary announcement: it was going to spend $500 million a year on both of its American theme park locations, opening up at least one new attraction, restaurant, and/or hotel each and every year. Although we have yet […]

Toy Story Land arriving in summer 2018 at Hollywood Studios

Yes, we might have known all about Toy Story Land’s three attractions, its placement on the Hollywood Studios map, and a general timeframe for its opening (2018), but that still left quite a bit in the dark. What would the area’s various dining and character meet-‘n-greet experiences be like? What would happen to the next-door […]

Disney World announces its answer to Uber

Leave it to Disney to find a way to address consumers’ complaints and to increase its revenue stream in one fell swoop. Transportation at Walt Disney World Resort is always at a premium, given the huge number of guests that visit there each and every day and the vast number of square miles that the […]

Star Wars hotel CONFIRMED for Disney World

There were a whole bunch of announcements that we expected Disney to make during its D23 Expo today: a massive new E-ticket for Magic Kingdom (Tron Lightcycle Power Run), Epcot (Guardians of the Galaxy), and Hollywood Studios (Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway) each; new transportation options for Walt Disney World Resort (gondolas and Uber-like Minnie […]

Tron coaster CONFIRMED for Disney World

Tron Lightcycle Power Run, which opened with Shanghai Disneyland on June 16, 2016, has long been rumored to be making its way over to Walt Disney World Resort, whether that be in Epcot’s Future World or Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland (the coaster acts as Space Mountain’s replacement in the Chinese Tomorrowland). Today, at its biennial D23 […]

Guardians of the Galaxy coming to Epcot

During this weekend’s biennial D23 Expo, Disney Parks and Resorts made the long-awaited and -expected announcement: the ultra-successful Guardians of the Galaxy franchise will be landing at Epcot. The rumor that the recently-exploded property would be finding its way to Walt Disney World Resort is an old one, having first appeared shortly over a year […]

Big changes announced for Disney World’s Epcot

On the continued march to Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary in 2021, Disney has been readying each of its resort’s four theme parks for the big event, refreshing their attractions or expanding them with brand-new lands. So far, Hollywood Studios has been the out-and-out star of this preparatory work, getting such additions as Toy Story […]

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge details revealed

This weekend’s D23 Expo has been huge for Star Wars Land; on Thursday night, we got a sneak peek at the absolutely mammoth model Disney brought to the convention floor of the 14-acre area, and, now, we have a whole slew of official confirmations that fans have been waiting for ever since the development was […]

Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway CONFIRMED for Disney World

Just because reconstituting half of Disney’s Hollywood Studios into both Toy Story Land and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge just isn’t quite enough, Disney has gone ahead today and revealed that it’s adding one final piece to the makeover puzzle: Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, the first-ever Mickey-themed ride in Disney’s history. Guests will be able […]

Is this the REAL name of Star Wars Land?

The big Disney Parks and Resorts panel at this year’s D23 Expo won’t begin until 6:30 pm EST on Saturday, July 15 – a panel which, we’re assuming, many a revelation will be dropped on us, including a lot more information about Star Wars Land – but it seems like we may have gotten one […]

Star Wars Land’s secret interactivity revealed?

The big, detailed nature of Star Wars Land has been well documented in the two years since the project was officially announced – it’s 14 acres in size, it’ll feature tons of hidden details and Easter eggs, and, we saw just last night, it’ll have multi-story-tall buildings that will dominate guests as they walk down […]

Star Wars Land model REVEALED

Tonight, at a special press preview event ahead of this weekend’s D23 Expo, Disney pulled back the curtain on its massive, impressively-detailed model of Star Wars Land… and the results are stunning, to say the least. What makes the reveal all the more exciting is the simple fact that Disney, despite having shared several different […]

The Great Movie Ride closing soon at Disney’s Hollywood Studios?

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is currently facing a whole slew of some pretty massive changes – after all, nearly half the park is under construction, with part of it being transformed into Toy Story Land for next year and the rest eventually rising as Star Wars Land in 2019. A Star Wars-themed hotel is also said […]

Everything you need to know about D23 2017

The Walt Disney Company, as you may have noticed, is a large enterprise, comprising a wide range of media and markets. The biennial D23 Expo, which is held in Anaheim this year from Friday, July 14 to Sunday, July 16, celebrates it all, with panels scheduled to highlight upcoming films and showcase the latest in […]

Christmas in July arrives at Disney World

For the very first time, Disney will be jumping on the Christmas in July bandwagon and celebrating the most wonderful time of the year in its Disney Springs dinning, shopping, and entertainment complex. Running from Saturday, July 15 to Sunday, July 30, the shindig will consist of several different events: Special food and drinks Both […]

Tron coaster coming to Disney World?

For the better part of a year, rumors have swirled that Tron Lightcycle Power Run, one of the flagship attractions of the just-opened Shanghai Disneyland, would be somehow, someway making the move over to Walt Disney World Resort, whether that be Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland or Epcot’s Future World (two lands that are in desperate need […]

Cirque du Soleil buys Blue Man Group & changes Orlando’s future

Well, talk about unexpected. Today, out of the clear blue sky (pardon the expression), Cirque du Soleil announced that it had purchased Blue Man Productions, the parent company behind the Blue Man Group show that has become so famous over the past 26 years (and across the four seasons of Arrested Development, of course). Citing […]

No icon for Halloween Horror Nights 2017?

As fans around the country – and the world – await more announcements regarding this year’s Halloween Horror Nights, it turns out that one of the more notable ones may have just slipped right past most observers. With only two houses revealed thus far (that would be American Horror Story and The Shining, of course) […]

The one way that the Harry Potter and Star Wars lands backfire

With the advent of such next-generation theme park lands as The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Pandora: The World of Avatar, themed areas are now an attraction in and of themselves – highly detailed, recreating one specific location from their source material, and fully immersive. Gone are the days when restaurants, gift shops, or, […]

ALL Harry Potter rides receive Express Pass access

UPDATE (7:30 am 07.01.17): Express access has, indeed, been extended to every single ride within The Wizarding World of Harry Potter as of this morning. The article has been updated accordingly. For the past several years, the most conspicuous absences on a list of those attractions that don’t feature Express access was, but of course, […]

Is Disney World’s Star Wars Land getting delayed?

Star Wars Land, what is increasingly being talked about – and presented by Disney as – being the next major step in the evolution of theme park design, has been under construction at both Disneyland in Anaheim and Hollywood Studios in Orlando since April 2016. Since then, progress in California has skyrocketed ahead, leaving Florida […]

SeaWorld unleashes Kraken Unleashed

Back in April, SeaWorld formally unveiled Kraken Unleashed, the virtual-reality upgrade to its popular, 17-year-old Kraken roller coaster. Today, the company invited media to try out the new experience for ourselves, just one day ahead of its grand opening to the public. We dove deep into the ride’s virtual waters, again and again, documenting our […]

4 things we just learned about Super Nintendo World

Late last night (Orlando time, that is), a special ground-breaking ceremony was being held over at Universal Studios Japan. There, Mark Woodbury, the president of Universal Creative, and Shigeru Miyamoto, the representative director of Nintendo (as well as the creator of Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, and many other timeless videogame properties), took […]