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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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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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Ride technician dies at Men in Black: Alien Attack

A ride technician was found unresponsive in the rafters of Men in Black: Alien Attack early Tuesday morning. Emergency services were called to the attraction at 2:30 AM when the Team Member was found without a pulse. A spokesperson for Universal Orlando said the incident has nothing to do with the safety of the ride or […]

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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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Jimmy Fallon ride details revealed for Universal Orlando

Universal Orlando has lifted the veil on Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon, the brand new ride coming to Universal Studios Florida in Spring 2017. Before even boarding the ride, guests will be able to spend time in Studio 6B. This area will act as an interactive pre-show. Guests will be able to meet and […]

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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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Halloween Horror Nights 2016 extension confirmed

As first reported by Orlando Informer almost two weeks ago, Halloween Horror Nights 26 has officially been extended two additional nights. The event will now run on November 4 and 5. Park officials were forced to cancel Halloween Horror Nights on October 6 and 7 due to Hurricane Matthew. Guests who had date specific tickets […]

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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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Hurricanes and your Orlando vacation: 4 things to know

Last Updated: October 4, 2016 7:10 AM As of writing this, Hurricane Matthew is approaching Florida. While it’s still too early to tell how much of an impact it will have on the state and Orlando, we thought it may be a good time to go over some important information you should know if you’re visiting […]

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