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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley

Episode 51

This week on the Orlando Informer Podcast: We discuss the new Frozen ride at Epcot, ranked the attractions in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and discuss the Volcano Bay announcement.

We answer your questions about Nickelodeon at Universal and more.

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Chance the Clown, the icon of Halloween Horror Nights 26

Episode 50

This week on the Orlando Informer Podcast: Chance is the icon of HHN 26, Mako opens at SeaWorld, Macy’s Holiday Parade returning.

We answer your listener questions like why doesn’t the park stay open later and merchandise at CityWalk.
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Episode 49

This week on the Orlando Informer Podcast: We discuss The Walking Dead returning to Halloween Horror Nights 26 and the Skull Island: Reign of Kong construction walls coming down.

We answer your listener questions about Halloween Horror Nights, opening dates, and more!

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Episode 48

This week on the Orlando Informer Podcast: We discuss why Diagon Alley may never be repeated, seasonal pricing coming to Universal, Toothsome’s live actors, and Sapphire Falls.

We answer your listener questions such as the opening date for the new Incredible Hulk.
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Episode 47

This week on the Orlando Informer Podcast: We discuss Revenge of the Mummy, a possible delay for Skull Island: Reign of Kong, Hulk beginning testing, and the most overrated attractions at Universal.

We answer your listener questions like the dispatch time for the Hogwarts Express.

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King Kong in Skull Island: Reign of Kong

Episode 46

This week on the Orlando Informer Podcast: We discuss Downtown Orlando, the new King Kong animatronic footage, plastic annual passes turning to Universal, Universal Japan’s change in expansion plans, and eating at CityWalk for lunch.

We answer your listener questions about The JAWS Ride, hear from a listener who left us a peculiar voicemail, and more!

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New Incredible Hulk Coaster entrance

Episode 45

This week on the Orlando Informer Podcast: We discuss the reveal of the new Incredible Hulk Coaster story, ride vehicles, queue, and more, Toothsome’s name change, Volcano Bay construction, and Universal’s transportation hub.

We answer your listener questions such as Hulk’s restraints and express at Halloween Horror Nights.

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(UNIVERSAL) Raptor-roar

Episode 43

This week on the Orlando Informer Podcast: Universal Orlando character meet and greets, The Exorcist is coming to Halloween Horror Nights, a new rumored themed bar coming to Disney World, and more!

We answer your listener questions like if there’s any updates on Ministry of Magic and expansion at Universal Studios Florida.

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Texas Chainsaw Massacre at Halloween Horror Nights 26

Episode 42

This week on the Orlando Informer Podcast: 4 changes coming to the Wizarding World, Skull Island’s new food stand, the first house at HHN 26, and Annual Pass price increase.

We answer your listener questions, like what we think will be at Nintendo land and if there’ll be a big Fantastic Beasts movie premiere at Universal.

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Episode 41

This week on the Orlando Informer Podcast: We’re joined by OI developer George Reason to discuss the latest feature to launch on Orlando Informer, we discuss Disney’s new upcharge events, and all of Universal’s on-site hotel pools.

We answer your listener questions, like maintenance on Universal rides and HHN.

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Episode 40

This week on the Orlando Informer Podcast: Honeymooning at Universal, Marvel developments, Mako’s opening date, and information on Photo Connect.

We answer a special voicemail listener question, and questions about Toothsome, Volcano Bay, SeaWorld, Disney, and more!
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Episode 39

This week on the Orlando Informer Podcast: We discuss the history and details of CityWalk’s Margaritaville, the food and drinks of the Wizarding World, and the recently revealed Skull Island: Reign of Kong creatures.

We answer your listener questions, like if we think Volcano Bay will be included in your annual pass next year.

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Skull Island Reign of Kong RV

Episode 38

This week on the Orlando Informer Podcast: we discuss the drivers of your expedition through Skull Island, SeaWorld’s last generation of killer whales, early park admission at Universal, and more.

We answer your listener questions like when Universal will add more thrill rides and if we could ever see Ghostbusters returning.

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Toothsome Chocolate Factory Rendering

Episode 37

This week on the Orlando Informer Podcast we discuss the history of Universal, their latest restaurant announcement, and speculate on a possible opening date for Reign of Kong.

We answer your listener questions, like which area of the parks we think is next to be replaced.
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Episode 36

This week on the Orlando Informer Podcast: Tips and tricks for navigating Mardi Gras, SeaWorld whale deteriorating health, and a possible NBA City replacement.

We answer your listener questions, such as if there’s a discounted Universal ticket for guests prone to motion sickness.

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Episode 35

This week on the Orlando Informer Podcast: We discuss the latest Universal rumors, holiday celebrations, seasonal pricing at Disney, and Q-Bot at Universal.

We answer your listener questions, like if Halloween Horror Nights will be at both parks this year.

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Skull Island: Reign of Kong

Universal releases first look of Skull Island: Reign of Kong

Universal has given select newspapers a first look at their new ride coming this summer to Islands of Adventure: Skull Island: Reign of Kong.

The biggest reveal was a picture of the 72-foot taparemple doors on Skull Island that act as one of the initial moments guests witness after boarding the ride. The scene will be bypassed during inclement weather.

Universal additionally confirmed that Reign of Kong will be one of the longest rides it has ever created.

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The story of Skull Island

Universal released a new description for the ride and its surrounding area on Thursday, revealing that the new island is “rife with prehistoric creatures of unknown origin — and the legend of a beast still undiscovered.” They go on to explain our role in the story and more:

You find yourself at a campsite of the 8th Wonder Expedition Company, the research team leading your adventure.

Once beyond camp, the menacing terrain shows signs of a native presence; beating drums draw you toward an ancient temple. Moving deeper into the ruins reveals a lost shrine — and proof you are not alone. You ignore warnings to turn back.

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You board a specially designed expedition vehicle that will take you deeper into the island. Mysterious sounds pierce the air and you hear chanting. And then you confront an enormous temple wall, complete with carvings and images that seem to pay homage to something you cannot quite comprehend. The temple’s massive wooden doors slowly open, revealing a labyrinth of caves.

Inside the caves, you meet your expedition leader — and suddenly find yourself in the midst of a raging struggle between creatures of incomprehensible size and ferocity. Then, as those creatures turn on you, there is an even more enormous, earth-pounding presence — bigger, closer and more overwhelming than you can possibly imagine. It is Kong. But is he friend or foe?

Myth Explorers: The Quest for Kong

In addition to these new details, earlier this month Universal Orlando quietly launched an elaborate website marketing campaign to lead up to the opening of the new attraction. Dubbed Myth Explorer, this web series follows Erin Ryder (co-host of Destination Truth on Comcast’s Syfy and Chasing UFOs on National Geographic) and her fictional crew as they “brave an island that doesn’t appear on any official map—a rocky, skull-shaped jungle in the Indian Ocean where the story of King Kong originated.”

The Myth Explorer website seems to indicate that we can expect 5 episodes of the web series. A season preview has already been released, along with a quick 45-second clip of explorer Erin at the airport.

UPDATE 9:39am: Universal has released episode 1 of Myth Explorer, which is almost 7 minutes long. See it below.

Having traveled to the South Indian Ocean, Erin Ryder and the Myth Explorer crew search the sea for the lost island. For safety, the team splits and their research vessel becomes a floating HQ as Erin and Mike set off to explore a rocky shore and mist-shrouded mountains that could be the actual Skull Island.

Skull Island: Reign of Kong is a part of several other additions coming to Universal Orlando in 2016. Other projects include a complete makeover of the Hulk roller coaster and Universal’s next on-site hotel, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. Both are also scheduled to open in the summer.

Stick with Orlando Informer for full coverage of these additions and how they may affect your vacation!

Crowds at Universal Orlando

Episode 34

This week on the Orlando Informer podcast, we discuss our new crowd calendar, Shanghai Disneyland’s negative impacts, StarWars Land details, and listener Kendall joins us to talk about planning a trip to Universal.

We answer your listener questions, such as when is the best time to book an on-site hotel room.

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Episode 32

This week on the Orlando Informer Podcast: Trevor Aydelotte joins us to talk photography at theme parks, we discuss the latest earnings report from Disney and Universal, and explain a new deal being offered at Sapphire Falls.

We answer your listener questions, such as having breakfast in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

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Butterbeer Fudge

Episode 31

This week on the Orlando Informer Podcast: we introduce you to California Informer, recap A Celebration of Harry Potter, talk about Butterbeer fudge, and Disney news.

We answer your listener questions, including if E.T. will be replaced any time soon.

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Episode 30

This week on the Orlando Informer Podcast: we discuss the 7 things to know when visiting the theme parks during the slow season, latest Universal Orlando rumors, and A Celebration of Harry Potter.

We answer your listener questions, including if Revenge of the Mummy will be updated because of the upcoming Mummy reboot.

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