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Universal Orlando testing Savioke Personal Service Robot at Cabana Bay Beach Resort

How cool would it be to have items delivered to your room via robot? According to the official Universal Orlando Twitter account, the park is testing a Savioke Personal Service Robot at the Cabana Bay Beach Resort.   Testing, testing… 😏 #CabanaBayResort pic.twitter.com/ti1L8ielpR — Universal Orlando (@UniversalORL) February 28, 2017 Universal did not mention what kind […]

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4 secrets of Minion Park, the new Despicable Me land coming to Japan

Despicable Me – which is now intertwined with its spinoff franchise, Minions – has been a growing cinematic phenomenon, with its most recent release grossing $1.1 billion at the global box office (that’s as much as Captain America: Civil War!). It turns out, however, that it’s in the realm of theme parks that the property […]

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Universal Orlando releases retro attraction posters featuring Jaws, Back to the Future, and Twister

Back to the Future, Jaws, Twister, all of the classic rides that we so dearly miss at Universal Studios Florida can now be part of your daily lives with these new posters released today by Universal Orlando The park does not have any plans currently to release physical copies of the posters for purchase, but […]

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Universal Orlando Resort and Hollywood launch new joint advertisement campaign

Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood announced a new joint advertisement campaign called “I’m Ready.” This new advertisement campaign is the first time Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood have done a joint advertising campaign for their parks. The new ad features a national television advertisement, digital advertising placements and a joint webpage where guests […]

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IMPACT Wrestling announces 2017 filming dates at Universal Orlando Resort

TNA Wrestling announced a variety of dates for filming at Universal Orlando Resort. The live shows will take place on select dates March through August inside Soundstage 21, which is located on the backlot at Universal Studios Florida. The dates that show will be filming are: Thursday, March 2nd – Sunday, March 5th Thursday, April 20th […]

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Ticket information released for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon filming at Universal Orlando Resort

UPDATE: Tickets for all tapings and the monologue rehearsal have sold out. According to the official Tonight Show Twitter handle @FallonTix, which is the official Twitter handle for tickets to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, tickets for the shows in Orlando will go live on February February 24 at 11:30 AM ET. You’ll be able […]

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Universal CityWalk, on-site hotels power outage

Update 8:53PM: Power has been restored for CityWalk and the on-site hotels. Around 8PM on Wednesday, February 8, Universal Orlando CityWalk, on-site hotels, and their surrounding roads lost power. It appears that very select areas of CityWalk still have power. Certain areas of CityWalk are being evacuated for guest safety. No word yet on what […]

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5 top Volcano Bay questions (and our best answers)

Universal Orlando Resort has been on a roll for the past five years, adding new rides, restaurants, and hotels at an unprecedentedly fast clip (that’s what investing some $500 million a year does for you). And while previous summers have seen some rather major additions – 2014’s The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon […]

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4 ways Harry Potter influenced Avatar Land

There’s been so much hype for this summer’s Pandora: The World of Avatar – most of it from Disney’s Imagineers and Avatar’s filmmakers themselves – that it seems almost impossible for it to live up to even half of the built-up expectations. Then again, the very same scenario greeted Universal’s The Wizarding World of Harry […]

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11 future attractions coming to Universal in 2017 and beyond

It’s a new year! Which means it’s the time of year when any self-respecting theme park website will compile a list of all the new attractions and other assorted developments arriving within the next 12-month period; how else can themed aficionados geek out, and how else could normal families begin to plan their upcoming vacations? […]

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Universal testing Facial Recognition for Universal Express

Update 3-15-17: We can confirm that Universal has been testing “photo validation technology” at the following attractions at Universal Orlando Resort: Cat in the Hat Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man Transformers: The Ride 3D Revenge of the Mummy Universal Orlando has begun testing “photo validation technology” at select attractions for guests with unlimited Universal Express from an […]

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3 Ways Universal can expand, Harry Potter-style

Last week’s big Harry Potter news – that a nightly show involving projection-mapping on Hogwarts Castle could be coming later this year – was not only incredibly popular amongst the Universal faithful, it also underlined the company’s approach to keeping its two Wizarding Worlds of Harry Potter fresh and exciting without having to build new rides. […]

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Orlando Informer’s Top 9 Stories in 2016

2016 brought a lot to Universal Orlando. A chocolate emporium, mysterious island rumored to be inhabited by a giant ape, and completely refurbished coaster all opened to eager guests. The number of major announcements was even more exciting, giving us glimpses into future additions like Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon and Volcano Bay. […]

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RUMOR: Universal’s New Harry Potter Nighttime Show

This article has been tagged as a rumor. Please read our note from the editor to learn about rumors on Orlando Informer. On Christmas Eve, Screamscape gave everyone a slightly early Christmas present by dropping a sizzling new rumor onto the themed online scene: a new nighttime show at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – […]

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Secret Life of Pets debuts in Universal’s Superstar Parade

The Secret Life of Pets made its first appearance in Universal Orlando’s Superstar Parade yesterday. Similar to other units of the parade, The Secret Life of Pets unit comes out multiple times during the day prior to the parade near the Horror Makeup Show. The new addition features gymnast dancers, with splashes of parkour stunts. The addition […]

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6 Universal Patents Predict the Future of Theme Parks

It’s not enough that Universal unleashed three of the most revolutionary rides on theme park audiences anywhere in the world – that would be 1999’s Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, 2010’s Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, and 2014’s Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, but of course – and is looking to pull a […]

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Super Nintendo World revealed for Universal Studios Japan

Super Nintendo World has been announced for Universal Studios Japan. It is scheduled to open in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The area will have “expansive and multi level environments filled with unprecedented, state-of-the-art rides, interactive areas, shops, and restaurants, all featuring Nintendo’s most popular characters and games.” The expansion to Universal Studios Japan is […]

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First Details on Universal Orlando’s Nintendo Land

After originally announcing their partnership a year-and-a-half ago, Universal and Nintendo just today revealed the first details on their highly-anticipated Nintendo Land, which is now officially confirmed to be coming to Universal Studios Japan and Universal Studios Hollywood alongside Universal Orlando Resort. “Revealed” is the appropriate word to use, as we now know more about […]

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Universal Orlando begins testing return time tickets for select attractions

Universal Orlando has activated a new feature in their official app that allows you to reserve return time tickets for select attractions, Orlando Informer has learned. Right now, the new feature only appears in the app for select users. In addition, it only appears as an option for Shrek 4-D. As this is being written […]

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Fantastic Beasts: Top 3 Theme Park Attractions

After the Harry Potter film series ended in 2011, most in the Muggle world thought that, barring the occasional short story on author J.K. Rowling’s Pottermore website, the franchise was effectively dead. 2016 has proven to be a big negation of that doom-and-gloom sentiment. The stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child gave us […]

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Secret Life of Pets set to join Universal’s Superstar Parade

Today Universal Orlando Show Director Lora Wallace shared the details on Universal’s two new floats that will joined their daily Superstar Parade next month. The smaller float is themed after Central Park in New York and features Max and Duke. The larger, main float is based around apartments you’d see in New York city. This float […]

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Universal Orlando fully implements seasonal pricing on one day tickets

Universal Orlando has fully implemented seasonal pricing on one day tickets. Guests who purchase 1 day park to park or single park tickets to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure will now pay varying prices based on when they plan to visit. Dates will be broken down into three categories: value, regular, and peak. Tickets […]

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Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey set for refurbishment

Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey will close for 18 days, Orlando Informer has learned. The attraction will be closed from December 1 through December 18, 2016. It will be the first major refurbishment for the attraction. It’s very uncommon for major attractions, outside of the water rides, to go down for extended refurbishments. Most […]

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Universal Orlando announces sixth on-site hotel: Aventura Hotel

Russ Dagon, Vice President and Executive Project Director at Universal Creative, revealed the details of Universal’s sixth on-site hotel Monday. The sixth on-site hotel, titled Universal’s Aventura Hotel, will be a prime value property that towers above its neighboring on-site hotels Loews Sapphire Falls Resort and Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort. Dagon’s team is responsible for the […]

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Harry Potter: 4 attractions that could replace Dragon Challenge

Almost exactly a year ago, Screamscape reported on a rumor that just started to make the rounds regarding Dragon Challenge, that imposing dual roller coaster that is such a fixture of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade skyline (well, at least in Orlando; its sister sites in both Osaka and Hollywood are dragon-free, […]

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Inside look at Universal’s Volcano Bay

Universal Orlando shared more details about Universal’s Volcano Bay on Thursday. Volcano Bay is their all-new water theme park opening in early summer 2017. Volcano Bay packages go on sale on November 15, 2016. Orlando Informer’s Volcano Bay section in our OI vacation planning Center will debut later today. Queueless ride technology Being called TapuTapu, […]

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Celebrate National Chocolate Day with a NEW Toothsome shake

National Chocolate Day is right around the corner on Friday, October 28! Before you ask, of course Universal Orlando is celebrating. Festivities kick off at 11 am at The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen in CityWalk. A new, special milkshake will join the ranks of the 13 extraordinary Toothsome milkshakes. Jacques’ Chocolate Day Special, […]

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RUMOR: Halloween Horror Nights 2016 extended two extra nights

Universal Orlando will likely extended Halloween Horror Nights 2016 an additional two nights, Orlando Informer has learned. Sources familiar with the matter have indicated that Halloween Horror Nights will likely operate on November 4-5. Universal Studios Florida’s daytime operating hours were briefly adjusted to reflect this possibility, with the park opening an hour earlier than normal and […]

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Step inside the original houses at Halloween Horror Nights 2016

Last week, we took you inside American Horror Story at Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 2016. This week, we’re excited to take you inside a different (but just as sinister) side to HHN 26. Halloween Horror Nights 26 offers three houses that each tell a completely original story. In Ghost Town: The Curse of Lightning […]

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Top 5 Items from Weasley’s Wizarding Wheezes in Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando

One of my favorite shops to visit in all of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is the Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes toy and joke shop. Universal did such a great job that it mirrors what was in the Harry Potter franchise, both the books and movies. Located at 93 Diagon Alley, the Weasley twins’ shop […]

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Step Inside American Horror Story at Halloween Horror Nights 2016

In case you missed our coverage over the past months, including when we sent my mother through the house, American Horror Story is at Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 26. It’s one of the best houses at this year’s event, landing in the top 3 of our rankings and receiving high praise from fans. Recently, […]

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Halloween Horror Nights 2016 at Universal Orlando: Full Review

Universal Orlando’s biggest event of the year has begun its 26th run. Halloween Horror Nights 26 runs a select 31 nights now through October 31. In the past two weeks, I had the opportunity to experience everything HHN 2016 has to offer over multiple nights. If you’re not familiar with the event, I’d recommend perusing our […]

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Magical Dining Month at Orlando Theme Parks

We’re right in the middle of Orlando’s Magical Dining Month and if you’re visiting the Orlando area before October 3, you should consider indulging. What is Magical Dining Month? It’s a program that runs through October 2 in which select restaurants offer three course dinners for $33 per person. One dollar from each meal benefits […]

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Halloween Horror Nights 26 Merch Sneak Peek

In a surprise move, Universal Orlando made all of the Chance themed Halloween Horror Nights 26 merchandise visible in their online store overnight. It’s unclear if this was intentional. Halloween Horror Nights 26 merchandise is scheduled to go on sale in a dedicated store near Universal Studios Florida’s Revenge of the Mummy on Wednesday, September […]

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Universal honors Pulse victims with window tribute

Universal Orlando recently added a window tribute in the Hollywood area of Universal Studios Florida in memory of the Pulse victims that were a part of the NBCUniversal family. The window is near Universal’s Horror Makeup Show. Jonathan Camuy worked on La Voz Kids, a Spanish TV show similar to “The Voice”. It is filmed […]

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Universal Orlando raises Annual Pass prices by up to 49% in one year, adds perks

Universal Orlando Resort debuted an Annual Pass price increase, new ticket option, and added perks for Passholders on Wednesday. The price increase marks the second this year, with Universal raising their Annual Pass prices only four months ago. In total, pricing for some Universal Orlando passes has risen by up to almost 50% this year […]

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Complimentary Mosquito Repellent Available at Universal, Disney, and SeaWorld

Universal Orlando, Disney World, and SeaWorld Entertainment will begin providing complimentary mosquito repellent beginning Sunday, August 28, 2016. This is a direct response to the Zika virus that has been locally transmitted via mosquitos in Miami Beach and Pinellas County. Miami is roughly 204 miles away from Orlando; Pinellas County is roughly 73 miles away. […]

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Toothsome Chocolate Emporium preview plagued with “shakes”

Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen has begun its preview period this week, opening nightly for guests. (Lunch service will soon be added.) Over the first three days of its preview, we’ve spent 9 hours at the new restaurant. We’ve sampled 4 courses. We’ve captured almost 250 pictures. While our full review will come following […]

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