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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Is THIS Universal’s new Harry Potter ride?

We’ve known for some time now that Dragon Challenge, the dueling coasters in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade, may very well be on the chopping block and may, in fact, be shutting down for good later this year. What’s remained unknown is what, exactly, would replace it. It just so happens that […]

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5 musical scores you’ll remember when visiting the Wizarding World

One of the most memorable experiences from visiting The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is the soundtrack that acts as your backdrop as you venture into these mystical lands. Whether walking through the alleyways of Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida or the streets of Hogsmeade at Islands of Adventure, the soundtrack from the Harry Potter […]

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The surprising way that Jimmy Fallon connects with Avatar Land

A funny thing happened after experiencing Race through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon during its technical rehearsal period twice in one weekend: I went back to my hotel room after the second ride-through and started watching The Tonight Show clips. When I returned back home, I shared them with my wife, who’s way more of […]

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Marvel’s apex – and what it means for Universal

It may appear that Marvel Super Hero Island is isolated from all the rest of Marvel Entertainment – and its parent company, Disney – meaning that whatever happens in the constantly-being-revamped comic books and the ever-more-sprawling Marvel Cinematic Universe have absolutely no bearing on Universal’s theme park land. To a very large extent, this is […]

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3 ways How to Train Your Dragon could come to Universal’s theme parks

There is no doubt that How to Train Your Dragon is one of, if not the, best animated films that DreamWorks has ever made. The first movie grossed over $620 million at the worldwide box office, and its sequel, How to Train Your Dragon 2, raked in over $490 million. With the first two installments earning […]

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I’ve eaten at every CityWalk table-service restaurant

Yes, the theme parks – and, soon, the “theme water park” of Volcano Bay – are where all the action of Universal Orlando is at; one makes the journey in order to experience The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, ride The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, and delight in the Universal Horror Makeup Show, after all. […]

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Does the new Harry Potter ride NEED Harry Potter?

One of the main, everlasting draws of Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, in addition to its stellar queue and its faithfulness to the source material, is its inclusion of a cornucopia of actors from the Harry Potter films; being able to swoop over a Quidditch pitch or through the Chamber of Secrets wouldn’t be […]

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Welcome to Lava Lagoon, the original Volcano Bay

Volcano Bay, Universal Orlando Resort’s third park, is soon to open its watery doors to guests. While everyone continues to wait with baited breath – and to ask an endless series of questions that we still can’t answer as of yet – it might behoove us to take a quick detour to the not-so-distant past, […]

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Volcano Bay’s amazing backstory was just revealed

If it seems like Disney and Universal are in something of a marketing war, you’re right on the money: Pandora: The World of Avatar, an expansion at Animal Kingdom, bows on May 27th, while Universal’s third park, Volcano Bay, will hold its grand opening two days earlier, on the 25th. And seeing as how we […]

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4 biggest takeaways from Race through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon

In case you missed the news, Universal has started soft openings for its brand-new ride, Race through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon, which is set for a grand opening on Thursday, April 6. This, of course, means that it’s time for a media preview event, which occurred earlier this morning at the attraction itself. We […]

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Harry Potter: 5 things to know before venturing to the Wizarding World

It’s no surprise that Harry Potter is the most popular sight to behold at Universal Orlando – it’s the sole reason for the resort’s current resurgence, after all, and both of the Boy Wizard’s theme park lands tend to be the single most-crowded locations. It’s also no surprise, then, that we here at Orlando Informer […]

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How Nintendo and the new Switch could be part of Nintendo Land

With Super Nintendo World coming to Universal Studios Japan by 2020 and other Universal theme parks in the near future, how could Universal and Nintendo possibly integrate the new Nintendo Switch or any of their up-and-coming consoles into the theme parks? One of the biggest interactive activities that Universal has going on right now are […]

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5 rumors we WISH came true at Universal Orlando

One of the most exciting features about Universal Orlando Resort is its current state of unprecedented construction and expansion. Ever since 2012, parent company Comcast has been pumping some $500 million a year into the crown jewel of its global theme park empire, having new rides, restaurants, or hotels open up each year – with […]

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New ‘Caribbean Carnaval’ event coming to Loews Sapphire Falls Resort

A new event is coming to Loews Sapphire Falls Resort called Caribbean Carnival. The new event celebrates the culture and food of the Bahamas, Cuba, Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad. Attendees will be able to sample authentic Caribbean cuisine and participate in song and dance native to the Caribbean Islands, all at at Cayman Court at Loews Sapphire Falls […]

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How Jimmy Fallon is the future of theme park attractions

One could make the argument that Race through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon has a lot going against it: its show building is small and constrained, thanks to its location and the fact that Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit’s track careens through its second story; it features an intellectual property that has only limited appeal outside […]

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TECHNICAL REHEARSALS: Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon

Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon soft opened for the first time Thursday, March 2 at 3:50PM. Orlando Informer was there to share the ride’s first day of testing with the general public. A soft opening, also referred to as a technical rehearsal, is an opportunity for guests to experience an attraction or show […]

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Jimmy Fallon describes ‘Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon’ as “insane”

In a recent interview with the “Today” show on NBC, Matt Lauer asks Fallon about his new “cool thing” at Universal Orlando, which is of course his new ride, “Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon” at Universal Studios Florida. Fallon described the ride as “insane” during the interview and goes on to talk about how […]

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Universal expanding its global theme park empire?

Universal Studios Hollywood may have started the whole shebang off, Universal Orlando Resort may be the company’s crown jewel, and Universal Studios Japan may be the newly-acquired property, but Universal Parks and Resorts has long been contemplating other theme park locations around the world, stretching all the way back to the period right after USJ […]

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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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3 hidden areas at Islands of Adventure you may not know about

One of the benefits of being at the parks almost every week is that I get to explore every nook and cranny of the parks that normally may be overlooked by regular day guest. Islands of Adventure is filled with groundbreaking attractions and thrill rides, but the park also has areas that are hidden and […]

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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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Single Riders Line and how it can help you on your vacation

One of the biggest secrets at the Orlando area theme parks are the single riders lines for certain attractions. Not all of the rides and attractions have them, but if you utilize the single riders line at the attractions that feature it, you’ll be able to save some time using it. In some cases, I […]

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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

UPDATE (10:43 am 07.25.17): given yesterday’s Dragon Challenge closure announcement – and, well, given the fact that we’re now firmly in the back half of the year – we thought it might be prudent to revisit our list of upcoming attractions at Universal Orlando Resort, update it with all the latest info, and otherwise see […]

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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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