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5 secrets of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade first opened in 2010 to record-breaking crowds and brilliant fanfare, bringing with it a next-generation of theming and land immersion and an overall revitalization of Universal Orlando Resort. Since then, it has grown exponentially, expanding to the sister parks of Universal Studios Japan and Universal Studios Hollywood, as […]

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Harry Potter: Japan’s new mysterious projection-mapping show

This time last year, Universal Japan made waves when it announced that its new 2018 attraction would not only be state-of-the-art, but also Harry Potter-infused: Universal Spectacle Night Parade – Best of Hollywood, which the company proudly boasted was “the world’s first next-generation parade” (thanks to its heavy utilization of projection mapping). Beyond the wonder […]

UPDATED: Universal Orlando’s limited-time pop-up bar for holidays 2018

Loews Hotels, the company that manages all of Universal Orlando Resort’s various on-site hotels, started to experiment just a few years ago with two items that are gaining more and more traction among the public, particularly the younger demographic: handcrafted cocktails and limited-time, exclusive experiences (something which Universal itself has mastered, thanks to the likes […]

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7 mistakes to avoid when visiting Universal Orlando Resort

Universal Orlando is a thrilling themed destination, comprised of three wonderful parks that are filled with attractions and entertainment for people of all ages. With so much to do, it can be hard to determine just how to make the most out of a vacation here. And while what can be accomplished is directly related […]

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Universal Orlando water taxis: This complimentary transportation is one of Universal’s best-kept secrets

When planning a trip to Universal Orlando, one of the main concerns is, “How do I get around?” Universal actually makes this a breeze by offering quite a few different methods to explore. One of our favorite ways to head out for the day is the resort’s water-taxi service that brings guests from its on-site […]

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4 secrets of bringing Stranger Things to life at Halloween Horror Nights

It is no secret that Stranger Things, the hit Netflix original series, has been the flagship haunted house at this year’s Halloween Horror Nights – not only has it dominated the annual event’s social-media and press coverage, it’s also attained a place of prominence amongst its food and drink lineup and, of course, has garnered […]

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How to use Universal Orlando’s new mobile order

UPDATE 3:23 pm, 10.22.18: Universal keeps rolling out mobile order to more and more locations, and doing so in a much faster fashion than we had initially thought, just four short weeks ago – now four quick-service restaurants brandish the smart-phone feature, with more doubtless already in the pipeline. Each venue’s dedicated guide page in the […]

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Why you should travel solo to Universal Orlando

Editor’s note: special thanks to OI reader – and superfan – Libby Thomas for submitting the following article to us. Love Universal Orlando Resort? Don’t have a friend or family member with your same enthusiasm? Fear not, my friends – you can still go to your favorite theme park. Just do it alone! It sounds scary […]

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Halloween Horror Nights 2018: House backstory REVEALED

Even though it doesn’t start for another two-and-a-half months, this year’s Halloween Horror Nights has already proven to be something of a return to form; the hallowed event used to be a more synchronized or cohesive affair, with a headlining icon that would set the year’s theme and tone both, with a set of haunted […]

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Halloween Horror Nights 2018: Every scare zone REVEALED

UPDATE (07.29.18): during this year’s Midsummer Scream panel, Universal had a few surprises up its sleeve regarding the Killer Klowns from Outer Space scare zone – most, if not all, of the Klowns from the cult film will be represented on the streets of Universal Studios Florida, as will the infamous ice cream truck. Okay, yes […]

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What if Universal built Scooby-Doo’s Spooky Island?

Scooby-Doo may be 49-years-old, but the franchise has managed to maintain a firm place in the pop-cultural landscape thanks to its nearly-infinite number of television series (which have continued on up through this year), films, direct-to-video releases, and spinoff tie-ins, which even include stage productions. Likewise, it’s already been 16 years since the two live-action […]

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Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey’s first-ever upgrade

The original version of Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey (located here in Orlando’s Islands of Adventure, but of course) has been remarkably stable across its eight-year lifespan, seeing only the smallest of – if any – changes. While this might initially seem like a rather standard state of affairs, given how infrequently Universal tinkers […]

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4 things you MUST do at Portofino Bay Hotel

There’s a reason why Portofino Bay Hotel is considered the flagship resort of Universal Orlando – it’s beautiful, impeccably-themed, and is positively huge, despite having one of the smallest room counts on-property (only Aventura Hotel and Hard Rock Hotel have fewer rooms). It’s not unusual to hear of first-time guests getting lost on the premises, […]

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Emeril’s restaurant at Universal CityWalk set to close

When Universal CityWalk Orlando first started to open at the end of 1998, one restaurant stood out from all the other original venues, quickly establishing itself as the flagship eatery at the nascent dinning/shopping/entertainment complex: Emeril’s Orlando. With such words as “gourmet,” “high energy,” “sophisticated,” and “upscale” being deployed in its official descriptions, and with […]

Universal now has the most expensive theme park in the world

Have you been following the progress of Universal Studios Beijing, the currently-under-construction theme park in China? We couldn’t blame you if you said no – Universal only recently took full ownership of Universal Studios Japan, attempting to upgrade it to the new standard currently being set by Universal Orlando Resort, and Universal Studios Singapore remains […]

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Recap: Universal’s week of openings

Last week, Universal Orlando Resort kicked off the 2018 new-attraction-offering cycle by grand-opening Voodoo Doughnut and Fast and Furious – Supercharged. Throughout the three-day celebration there was confetti, explosions, and lots of new details dropped about the future. If you missed it, no worries – we’re here to breakdown the important stuff. Starting with… Confirmed: Universal […]

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New local additions to Universal Orlando’s on-site hotels

Flavor is coming to Universal Orlando. Starting last year, Loews Hotels began introducing a dynamic new concept across its properties, partnering with local eateries and breweries to bring a local taste to its food and beverage offerings. Beginning soon, three of the five on-site hotels at Universal Orlando Resort will be offering the same experience – Loews […]

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Fast & Furious – Supercharged’s story explained

Fast & Furious is, without a doubt – and rightly or wrongly – a major cultural and economic force. The 17-year-old franchise has grossed over $5 billion worldwide, making it Universal Pictures’s highest earner, and with two more sequels – plus a spinoff trilogy titled Hobbs & Shaw – in the pipeline, it has no […]

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Four over-the-top combinations featuring Voodoo doughnuts

For almost 10 years, Universal Orlando has challenged itself to think outside the normal theme park fare and create food and beverage offerings that are as unique as the other experiences they craft. Since then, we’ve seen addition after fantastic addition become part of the new norm, and it’s been delicious. Gone are the days […]

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Why Stranger Things is perfect for Halloween Horror Nights

The first haunted house announcement for Halloween Horror Nights 2018 was a doozy: Stranger Things, that massively popular Netflix original series, will be arriving, automatically becoming the de facto headlining experience of this year’s event. The news was met with widespread excitement, but beneath the unbridled joy was a decided undercurrent of discontent and, moreover, […]

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5 symptoms of Universal withdrawal

Even though I live all the way in cold, snowy, remote Cleveland, Ohio, I’m still able to visit Universal Orlando Resort multiple times a year thanks to my job (hey – even the Orlando Informers have to keep informed, right?). Despite these more-or-less consistent journeys, however, I still find myself getting a little twitchy even […]

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