Universal Orlando

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

Managing motion sickness at Universal Orlando

It’s a beautiful day, and you and your family have finally made it to Universal Orlando Resort. You are eagerly making your way to the most anticipated ride; with every step moving quicker and each stride longer, you finally make it to the entrance. You are so excited to finally experience this attraction together. The […]

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

How to use Universal Orlando’s new mobile order

In March 2017, Disney rocked the theming boat by announcing its new Mobile Order initiative, which would allow guests to make – and pay for – their quick-service selections without ever having to stand in line at the restaurant. At the time, we noted it as a natural progression of Disney’s FastPass+ and Universal’s Virtual […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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, […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

New Minion ride coming to Universal Studios Japan

A little over a year ago, we broke down the secrets of Minion Park, the new land at Universal Studios Japan that ultimately debuted in April 2017. It seems only appropriate, then, that we follow it up with the latest word out of Osaka: a second – and, as of right now, exclusive – attraction […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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, […]

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

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 […]

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

10 things to do at Universal (besides visiting the parks)

We all love the theme parks – it’s our little slice of escapism and joy right here in the heart of Florida. As fun as the parks are, however, sometimes you need an escape from your escape. Next time you’re looking for Universal-style fun with a twist, give one of these a try… 1. Check […]

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

6 best final ride scenes at Universal Orlando

Yes, we’ve already gone on the record and said that the queue is the best part of a themed attraction. While this may be true, there’s still much else to love in the experience – particularly the very last moment, that brief period of time that designers can use to knock your socks off in […]

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

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, […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]