Universal Orlando

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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Universal Orlando: Rides for larger guests

Like many in the traveling public, I fall into the category of the obese. Despite the label, I’m a very healthy guy (per my family’s doctor) who absolutely loves the Orlando theme parks, including Universal Orlando Resort. Unfortunately, not all attractions are equally accessible to all body types. If you consider yourself a larger person, […]

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Owning Valentine’s Day at Universal Orlando

Like we explained yesterday in another post, Valentine’s Day is a hard holiday. The expectation, the hurdles, the trouble – it can be incredibly overwhelming for even the most well-intentioned person. Fortunately, out of all of the Central Florida hotspots, Universal Orlando Resort makes it incredibly easy to “win” Valentine’s Day. What makes Universal Cupid’s […]

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CONFIRMED: Voodoo Doughnut coming to Universal CityWalk

While not necessarily surprising, it’s still terrific to have the news officially confirmed: Voodoo Doughnut, that unique and fast-spreading West Coast start-up, is landing in CityWalk Orlando. We’ve already given you the full run-down on the idiosyncratic chain’s sensibilities and wares, from its wooden-coffin packages to its indie record label – and, of course, its […]

Dates for new Harry Potter projection show announced

When word arrived in early 2017 that both Universal Studios Japan and Universal Studios Hollywood would be receiving projection-mapping shows utilizing Hogwarts Castle as their canvas, Floridians were, understandably, confused. Universal Orlando Resort had been the original Harry Potter trailblazer, after all, opening Hogsmeade several years before its counterparts and, even, topping it off with […]

Model maker dreams of breaking into the theme park industry

You may not know Kolby Ratigan’s name now, but odds are you will in the future. The 18-year-old University of Redlands student (where he’s studying theater design and fine art, with an emphasis on themed entertainment design) is currently eyeing a job as either an art director or attraction designer for a major theme-park design […]

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The three new milkshakes of Toothsome Chocolate Emporium

Toothsome Chocolate Emporium and Savory Feast Kitchen has arguably become the most popular CityWalk destination, and the reason behind its prominence is inarguably due to its spectacular lineup of specialty milkshakes. Interestingly enough, however, the restaurant has been frequently tinkering with its shake menu ever since its opening day of September 22, 2016, adding a […]

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Disney is tying all of its Star Wars attractions together

Many people have wondered what will come of Star Tours: The Adventures Continue, the 28-year-old motion simulator that got a refresh in 2011, once Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens just down the road in Disney’s Hollywood Studios sometime in 2019. The new, ultra-immersive Star Wars land, after all, will be specifically placed during the sequel […]

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Wizarding World: Seventh chocolate frog card is arriving!

Yes, yes – amazing rides, such as Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, and other engrossing attractions, like Tales of Beedle the Bard, make up the vast bulk of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s experiences (and generate most of tourists’ excitement). However, it’s been in another realm entirely that Universal has applied the most […]

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One couple’s secrets to a perfect Universal vacation

Jill and Kevin Levett joined Orlando Informer’s Facebook community when it first opened a year-and-a-half ago, and in the time since, the British couple has proven to be extremely popular with the 30,000+ members of the group. The reason is obvious: above and beyond their penchant for giving away Harry Potter goodies (such as shirts […]

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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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