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Universal’s Cinematic Spectacular has closed

When Universal first debuted Cinematic Spectacular: 100 Years of Movie Memories on May 8, 2012, it was part of an unprecedented push to introduce more new attractions in one calendar year than had ever been done in Universal Parks and Resorts’s five-odd-decade history. (The lagoon show’s 2012 brethren included an upgraded Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, […]

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Celebration of Harry Potter 2018 first details

On September 13, Universal went ahead and made the announcement that everyone had been waiting so long to hear: the dates for the next round of A Celebration of Harry Potter, the annual event that looks to, well, celebrate the Harry Potter franchise in all of its various multimedia forms. (The company did, indeed, drop […]

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Universal is shaking up its menus again

Ever since the Boy Wizard first flew his broom into Universal Orlando Resort, a brand-new element has emerged on the theming landscape: food. From 2010 onward, no theme-park experience would be considered complete without an accompanying exclusive dish or beverage, such as the Wizarding World’s Butterbeer or Volcano Bay’s Pan-Pacific lineup. Since then, however, we’ve […]

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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 […]

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Hurricanes and your Orlando vacation: 4 things to know

Last updated: September 13, 2017 8:45 am WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 UPDATE: SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica Orlando, and Busch Gardens Tampa all reopen today at 10:00 am. Discovery Cove will remain closed until Friday, September 15. Down at Legoland Florida Resort, meanwhile, Legoland Hotel opens its doors once again today, with the theme park and Beach Retreat […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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 […]

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Halloween Horror Nights 2017’s countdown clock reached zero and…

On June 30, after having made just two Halloween Horror Nights announcements (that would be for the first two houses, American Horror Story and The Shining, of course), Universal offered up a rather cryptic video and message: surrender your soul. What, exactly, guests would be sacrificing their spirits for wasn’t known, but the company did […]

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9 breathtaking morning photos of Universal’s Volcano Bay

Last month, we had the opportunity to photograph Universal’s Volcano Bay before it opened for the day as part of Universal’s #UOInstaMeet. InstaMeets at Universal Orlando are always a blast. In the past, they’ve allowed us to give you a look at Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure after they close for the night […]

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Volcano Bay removes almost 30 food choices

Universal’s Volcano Bay has removed roughly 28 menu items from the restaurants across the park, Orlando Informer has learned. Four new items have been introduced to replace the removed items. When it opened in May, Volcano Bay featured far superior food offerings when compared to Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure. This change begins […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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Universal’s Caribbean Carnaval is paradise in Orlando

This week, I was excited to experience a flavorful journey through the Caribbean at Sapphire Falls Resort’s new weekly dinner show, Caribbean Carnaval. The spread included a buffet of various greens, entrees, side dishes, and desserts, along with unlimited beverages, which included the hotel’s signature Planter’s Punch. The service was great, with the buffet opening […]

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Aventura Hotel will be the most technologically advanced at Universal Orlando

Updated 06.05, 9:30 am: Universal has published a new blog post providing a few more details and a home video version of the virtual tour. We’ve incorporated both in the article. International Pow-Wow 2017, the trade show for the US Travel Association, gets underway today at Washington, DC, and Universal decided to mark the occasion […]

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Volcano Bay media day live blog

Today’s the day! It’s been a long two years since Universal first announced Volcano Bay, its next-generation “water theme park,” but the Waturi people are finally opening their doors and welcoming specially-selected press into their paradise home starting this morning. Orlando Informer, of course, is among the invitees, and we’re going to live blog about […]

Academy of Villains returning to Halloween Horror Nights 27?

Halloween Horror Nights 2017 is really starting to heat up. Within the past week, we got (official) confirmation that Stanley Kubrick’s legendary Shining is arriving in haunted-house form, and now we’re getting word that a different kind of beloved horror staple will be making a return appearance. Academy of Villains, the 18-year-old theatrical dance company […]

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Volcano Bay merchandise available now

Following up with Volcano Bay’s recent merchandise reveal last week, Universal has now made a majority – or, at least, we think it’s a majority – of the apparel, souvenirs, and bottles available for purchase on its main site. The merchandise will also be available at CityWalk, Sapphire Falls, and Cabana Bay. Check out what […]

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Volcano Bay: A close-up look at TapuTapu

Volcano Bay is almost here! As such, Universal has, early this morning, decided to go a bit more in-depth into some of the functionality of TapuTapu, the wristband that will enable guests to make Virtual Line reservations, pay for their purchases, and, we just learned yesterday, open lockers. (You can read up on everything there […]

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Volcano Bay merchandise revealed

With only two weeks to go before Volcano Bay’s grand debut, Universal has just today unveiled the new water park’s merchandise, one of the very last unknown elements left in its lineup. (Speaking of which: if you’ve missed out on Volcano’s amazing backstory or even more incredible food, be sure to check out our previous, […]

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The 8 must-read stories for April 2017

When covering Orlando and all of its many splendid attractions – including, of course, our particular focus, Universal Orlando Resort – it can be easy to get buried in a deluge of news stories or site updates. This is to be expected, given the breadth and depth of Central Florida’s themed wares, but it’s also […]

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Universal’s theme park future is secured

Harry Potter gets a great deal of credit for helping to make Universal’s theme park holdings across the globe newly resurgent, but the second player in the success story largely goes unmentioned. Comcast purchased NBCUniversal in 2011 – just a year after The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade opened – and was so […]

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Harry Potter: What we want out of the wizarding Christmas

In case you missed the big news from last week – seriously, it’s one of the most popular stories we’ve ever run in Orlando Informer’s entire six-year history – Christmas is coming to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter this year. The festivities will start on November 18 and will consist of exclusive décor, seasonal […]

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Toothsome has a ONE-DAY-ONLY milkshake today

Even before Toothsome Chocolate Emporium and Savory Feast Kitchen opened last September 22, it was renowned for its impressive façade (which was helped furnished by none other than Universal Creative, the department responsible for designing theme park attractions) and, of course, for its over-the-top milkshakes, which range from the delectable Espresso Buzz Milkshake (which features […]

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Universal’s next-gen ride concept is built for SPEED

Everyone is keenly aware of this year’s big additions to Universal Orlando Resort – this month’s Race through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon, next month’s Volcano Bay, and, just possibly, a Harry Potter nighttime show later this year – which means it might be a good time to pivot to those wonders that Universal has […]

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Volcano Bay: What to do first?

You’ve gotten your ticket (no easy task!), waited in line for Early Park Admission, and, of course, snagged your TapuTapu upon entering the front gate. What now? There’s a lot to do at Volcano Bay, from leisurely activities to some pretty high-end thrills, and this is precisely the way that Universal has designed it – […]

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New ride concept for Harry Potter, Nintendo, or something else?

Universal has been on something of a roll with patents lately (or, at least, the news media are on a roll picking up on them) – after two registrations were filed two weeks ago that may or may not have something to do with the new Harry Potter ride that will replace the rumored-to-close Dragon […]

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