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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 […]

Zones REVEALED for Halloween Horror Nights 2017

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 […]

Academy of Villains: Afterlife arriving at Halloween Horror Nights 2017

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 […]

Academy of Villains: Afterlife arriving at Halloween Horror Nights 2017

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 […]

Academy of Villains: Afterlife arriving at Halloween Horror Nights 2017

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 […]

Academy of Villains: Afterlife arriving at Halloween Horror Nights 2017

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 […]

Academy of Villains: Afterlife arriving at Halloween Horror Nights 2017

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, […]

Academy of Villains: Afterlife arriving at Halloween Horror Nights 2017

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 […]

Academy of Villains: Afterlife arriving at Halloween Horror Nights 2017

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 […]

Academy of Villains: Afterlife arriving at Halloween Horror Nights 2017

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 […]

Academy of Villains: Afterlife arriving at Halloween Horror Nights 2017

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 […]

Academy of Villains: Afterlife arriving at Halloween Horror Nights 2017

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 […]

Academy of Villains: Afterlife arriving at Halloween Horror Nights 2017

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, […]

Academy of Villains: Afterlife arriving at Halloween Horror Nights 2017

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 […]

Academy of Villains: Afterlife arriving at Halloween Horror Nights 2017

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 […]

Academy of Villains: Afterlife arriving at Halloween Horror Nights 2017

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 […]

Academy of Villains: Afterlife arriving at Halloween Horror Nights 2017

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 […]

Academy of Villains: Afterlife arriving at Halloween Horror Nights 2017

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 […]

Academy of Villains: Afterlife arriving at Halloween Horror Nights 2017

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 – […]

Academy of Villains: Afterlife arriving at Halloween Horror Nights 2017

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 […]

Academy of Villains: Afterlife arriving at Halloween Horror Nights 2017

The 13 must-read stories for March 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 […]

Academy of Villains: Afterlife arriving at Halloween Horror Nights 2017

Universal’s Volcano Bay: Top 6 sips and eats

I know it seems like we’ve been talking about Volcano Bay’s food for ages already, but that’s the result of two different factors: our honest, unbridled enthusiasm for the South Pacific cuisine, and Universal’s attempts to create something truly unique. In fact, in a special media presentation held today at Universal Studios Florida, we got […]

Academy of Villains: Afterlife arriving at Halloween Horror Nights 2017

Jimmy Fallon gets private tour of Race Through New York at Universal Studios Florida

With just days to go until Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon officailly opens at Universal Studios Florida, the man himself, Jimmy Fallon, got his very own private tour of his new attraction by none other than Mark Woodbury, President of Universal Creative. In the video, Fallon and Woodbury tour the replica of 30 Rockefeller Plaza, including […]

Academy of Villains: Afterlife arriving at Halloween Horror Nights 2017

Jimmy Fallon and crew race to Orlando in Tonight Show kickoff video

The Tonight Show kicked off their Orlando shows last night with a video showcasing a familiar scene and car from National Lampoon’s Vacation. Jimmy and his crew, including Steve Higgins, The Roots, and Hashtag the Panda, hoped inside the iconic station wagon from the film and made their way down from New York City to Universal Orlando Resort, only […]

Academy of Villains: Afterlife arriving at Halloween Horror Nights 2017

Universal Orlando Resort’s on-site resorts to offer chef-inspired Easter brunches

Four of Universal Orlando’s on-site hotels will be offering a variety of dining options for guests to enjoy an Easter brunch on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017. The events will feature food, entertainment, and fun for the whole family to enjoy. Here is what each resort will be offering for guests on Easter Sunday: Easter […]

Academy of Villains: Afterlife arriving at Halloween Horror Nights 2017

10 Easter Eggs hidden throughout Universal Orlando Resort

Universal Orlando Resort’s two theme parks are filled with groundbreaking, action-packed rides that leave you wanting more when they’re over with. But what about the fine details and hidden secrets that you miss along that journey? Universal is known for including “Easter Eggs” throughout their attractions and parks for guests to discover throughout their vacation. Some of […]

Academy of Villains: Afterlife arriving at Halloween Horror Nights 2017

Volcano Bay’s Express Passes, Premium Seating, & one-day tickets blown open

Universal has revealed a whole score of details regarding a wide range of items at its upcoming Volcano Bay water theme park, including cabana rentals, Express Passes, and a brand-new feature called Premium Seating. Although we’re still waiting to learn all of the details (Universal has published and then taken down the information at least […]

Academy of Villains: Afterlife arriving at Halloween Horror Nights 2017

American Horror Story returning to Halloween Horror Nights 27

Universal Orlando Resort just announced that the popular FX show, American Horror Story, will be returning to Halloween Horror Nights 27. The haunted house will feature content from season two: “Asylum,” season three: “Coven” and season six: “Roanoke.” Some of the highlights from season 2 will include Dr. Arden’s  human “Rasper” experiments and an encounter with serial […]

Vin Diesel, Blake Shelton, and Shaquille O’Neal will appear at Universal’s Tonight Show tapings

*UPDATE (3/29)* Pitbull, Scott Eastwood, Dwayne Johnson, Nicole Richie, Flo Rida, Jay Leno and Jason Derulo have been announced to appear during “The Tonight Show” episodes being filmed at Universal Orlando Resort next week. Vin Diesel, Blake Shelton, and Shaquille O’Neal will all join Jimmy Fallon for “The Tonight Show,” according to a commercial now airing on […]

Academy of Villains: Afterlife arriving at Halloween Horror Nights 2017

Disney is beating Universal to the Virtual Queue punch

Universal has been betting big on the idea of Virtual Queues as of late – Race through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon, which officially opens next week, is the first ride to have the lineless queue be built into it from the ground up, and Volcano Bay, the brand-new “water theme park” that bows on […]

Academy of Villains: Afterlife arriving at Halloween Horror Nights 2017