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Rumor round-up for July 19, 2013: Soarin’ over the World, Star Tours strikes back (again!), Universal CityWalk gets a makeover & more

Upgradin’ – and Replacin’? – Soarin’ For the past eight years, Soarin’ has been – well – soaring over at Epcot (and even longer at California Adventure in Anaheim, where it’s appropriately called Soarin’ over California). That’s more than enough time for an upgrade, and Disney and More tells us that’s exactly what Disney is […]

Rumor round-up for July 12, 2013: Universal gets Legendary, Disney World’s Rapid Fill, more Star Wars Land news, HHN & Jurassic Park construction

Universal gets Legendary Variety this week has reported that Legendary Entertainment, which has just released Pacific Rim today and is readying a new Godzilla for next year, has ended its eight-year co-financing and distribution relationship with Warner Bros. and has instead opted to go with… NBCUniversal. The company stated that Universal’s major footprint in the […]

Rumor round-up for July 6, 2013: Star Wars Land at DHS, King Kong returns to USF & The Simpsons Springfield update

A Star Wars blowout of epic proportions Last month, Theme Park Insider broke word that Disney was planning on installing a “Star Wars Land” inside of Disney’s Hollywood Studios. More recently, the Orlando Business Journal has not only backed that claim up, it’s also published further details on just what will be going down over […]

RRU Special Edition: Fascinating rumors emerge about the Wizarding World of Harry Potter under construction at Universal Studios Hollywood

Every once in a while rumors come along that are so exciting and so teaming with possibilities, we know that our readers will be just as filled with the tinglies as we are – even if the rumors concern a park outside of our Central Florida purview. That’s why today we’re publishing this special, West […]

Rumor round-up for June 28, 2013: HHN 23, KidZone makeover & the third Universal Orlando park

Editor’s note: We are happy to introduce Marc N. Kleinhenz, a longtime contributor to the Orlando Informer blog, as the new author of our rumor round-ups. I personally look forward to sharing his experience, insights, and research with all of our readers — and his first RRU post is an awfully good one. Enjoy!   […]

Jason Bourne at Universal Orlando REVEALED

Rumor round-up for June 21, 2013: Building Cars Land at Hollywood Studios, closing Latin Quarter at CityWalk & reworking the Guest Assistance Cards

#Occupy Lights Motors Action! Unless you were living under a rock late last week, the news of Disney’s Hollywood Studios getting a huge makeover was “leaked” ahead of its rumored official announcement at the D23 Expo in August. This is not the first time plans for something big have leaked at the Mouse House, as […]

Rumor round-up for June 14, 2013: Universal Dining Plan, The Simpsons, The Lorax, The Smurfs & Space Mountain

Followers of Orlando Informer on Twitter got the scoop earlier this week on Universal announcing a brand new Universal Dining Plan, giving the obsessive-compulsive trip planner a whole new level of resort features to account for — and giving everyone else potentially small-to-major headaches. Walt Disney World, whose own dining plan is both popular and […]

Rumor round-up for June 7, 2013: Interactive Megatron, Taco truck in Springfield, new Universal imagineers, Diagon Alley construction

Talking Transformers coming to Universal This past week #BattleWatch was in full gear as Transformers: The Ride 3D began its “technical rehearsals” and the staff at Rumor Round-Up was even able to ride it last weekend. Our review for the new review feature on OI would be simply, “wow.” It’s only like Spider-Man in the […]

Rumor round-up for May 29, 2013: No Harry Potter in Diagon Alley, plenty of Duff Beer bottles in Springfield, Kentucky Fried Panda switcheroo

No Harry Potter in the new Potter expansion? News out of London this week gives us an update that many won’t want to read. It doesn’t look like Harry Potter will make an appearance in the Diagon Alley expansion currently being built at Universal Studios. That’s right, Daniel Radcliffe — the actor who played Harry […]

Rumor round-up for May 24, 2013: Cars Land with Radiator Springs Racers, changes to Be Our Guest restaurant, timing for the Diagon Alley reveal

Say it ain’t so – Cars Land without Radiator Springs Racers? We start with a scorching rumor out of Screamscape this week about what may — and more importantly what may not — be coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. We’ve been talking about the smash hit Cars Land at Disney’s California Adventure making its way […]

Rumor round-up for May 17, 2013: Themed hotel rooms at Universal, rare character appearances at Disney, ticketing headache at Diagon Alley

More themed rooms coming to Universal’s on-site hotels Last week Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Studios announced that it will be converting all 18 of its kids suites over to a Despicable Me theme. It is expected that these rooms will be able to be booked any day now for stays starting as early as […]

Rumor round-up for May 11, 2013: Avatar news, Transformers previews, Old Town haunts & Star Wars fireworks

Another day another (Avatar) dollar The rumor mill never stops churning on the upcoming (?) James Cameron’s World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The latest news this week is that the boat ride attractions (which would have been the “C-Ticket” attraction while a Soarin’-like flying attraction would be the “E-Ticket,” comparable to Mater’s Junkyard […]

Rumor round-up for May 3, 2013: Hogwarts Express tracks revealed, MagicBands delayed, Tangled charging stations closed, Captain EO quits

Look, up in the sky! It’s a bird…it’s a plane…wait, it’s a train?! This week an incredible picture showed up at Screamscape showing the Hogwarts Express train track that is currently being built between the Diagon Alley area at Universal Studios Florida and Hogsmeade Village at Islands of Adventure. The massive size of this structure […]

Rumor round-up for April 20, 2013: USF’s London waterfront concept, Harry Potter expansion announcement, Epcot technology festival

Are we looking at the London waterfront in Universal Studios Florida? In the March 30th Rumor Round Up we discussed the rumors buzzing around how the entrance to the London side of the USF Wizarding World expansion may shape up, and since that time the rapid construction in the park only seems to confirm our […]

Rumor round-up for April 12, 2013: Hogwarts Express in the sky, Moe’s Tavern hiring, new bridges at Universal & Disney, Avatar update

Hogwarts Express lays new tracks in the sky With the intermittent closings of Dragon Challenge over the last few weeks, it seems that some major work getting done during the day on the Hogwarts Express attraction that will link Islands of Adventure and the existing Wizarding World of Harry Potter to Universal Studios Florida. Over […]

Rumor round-up for April 5, 2013: Bungalows at Polynesian Resort, Islands of Adventure lagoon show details, Imagination Pavilion makeover

DVC bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Resort Hot new rumor this week coming straight from the DisUnplugged podcast. We discussed in the March 15th Rumor Round-Up about the buzz around the idea of the Disney Vacation Club opening up at the Grand Floridian with a price approaching $200 per point (compared to the average of about […]

Moe’s Tavern at Universal Studios Florida now hiring – which means we could be eating at Krusty Burger this summer

Thanks to our Facebook fan Angelo, it has been brought to our attention that Universal is hiring for a “New Themed Restaurant” at their resort: View the full job description and apply Since there are no other restaurants currently being built at Universal that will open soon, we are left to assume that this is […]

Rumor round-up for March 30, 2013: Harry Potter expansion details, Pixie Hollow in Adventureland, Disney’s Hollywood Studios rebranding

The latest on the Wizarding World expansion In surprisingly quiet fashion, Theme Park Insider posted a story this week that seemed to confirm many rumors on what would be involved in the heavily guarded Potter expansion at Universal Studios Florida. We also saw a couple new tidbits of information as well, including the entrance to […]

Rumor round-up for March 23, 2013: Johnny Depp & Big Thunder Mountain, Cinematic Spectacular & Harry Potter, USF KidZone & Dreamworks

Johnny Depp to appear in another Magic Kingdom Attraction Lots of changes have been coming to Big Thunder Mountain at Disney’s Magic Kingdom. After a lengthy refurb, an interactive queue was installed that involved both a new backstory for the ride and an opportunity for guests to cause “explosions” in the attraction. Meanwhile, Jim Hill […]

Rumor round-up for March 15, 2013: Halloween Horror Nights, Hogwarts Express, Grand Floridian DVC, Disney Springs

Never too early to get scared by Halloween Horror Nights It’s time to start getting excited for Halloween Horror Nights 23 as a couple red hot rumors have come our way thanks to a person who seems to be embedded within Universal Creative, HateToFly over at Orlando United. The first rumor concerns a property we’re […]

Rumor round-up for March 8, 2013: Transformers hiding secrets, Downtown Disney revealing secrets, Universal app starting secrets

The Transformers Supply Vault is open, but is there More Than Meets The Eye to this gift shop? If you followed OrlandoInformer on Twitter this past week you were treated to up-to-the-minute coverage of the grand opening of the Supply Vault, the official gift shop of Transformers The Ride 3D. The Supply Vault is open! […]

Rumor round-up for March 1, 2013: Springfield gets new residents at Universal, MyMagic+ losing some sparkle, Marvel goes Downtown Disney

Moe & Jebediah moving into Universal’s Springfield expansion The Simpsons expansion is chugging right along, and long time fans of the television show will recognize the top of Moe’s Tavern pretty much appearing before our very eyes. It was one thing to hear that Universal was going to be expanding the Simpsons area at the […]

Rumor round-up for Feb 22, 2013: King Kong at IOA, Avatarland’s future uncertain, SeaWorld’s new attractions, Transformers’ new gift shop

King Kong & Skull Island, meet Jurassic Park & Islands of adventure Over at Screamscape this week there was a hot rumor that seemed to drop straight from the sky concerning Islands of Adventure. It’s concerning a new attraction being brought into IOA, but has nothing to do with the Middle Earth rumors we’ve reported […]

Rumor round-up for Feb 8, 2013: Harry Potter gets free ice cream, Oz pushes Wicked into the limelight, TNA’s departure opens the door for WWE

Another day, another Harry Potter expansion rumor Thanks to the boys over on the forum at OrlandoUnited.com, we’ve got a couple juicy rumors about a few more possible stores and experiences coming with the WWoHP expansion in Universal Studios Florida. In previous Rumor Round-Ups we’ve covered the talk behind a Borgin and Burkes dark magic […]

Rumor round-up for Jan 25, 2013: Simpsons expansion, Transformers opening soon & new Jurassic Park attractions

“Now enjoy the Ferris wheel, or whatever this is.” – Krusty the Clown, The Simpsons Ride Rumors percolated this week about a possible Ferris wheel coming to Springfield in Universal Studios Florida as part of the upcoming Simpsons expansion. The wisdom behind such an attraction is that it would be a “weenie” for the part, […]

Rumor round-up for Jan 19, 2013: Disney’s interactivity, I-Drive’s expandability & Universal’s portability

Interactivity inter-expanding For a while now, Disney has been going all-in on making their parks and attractions more interactive. Whether it’s the love-hate relationship many guests have with the interactive queues (such as the one for the Haunted Mansion) or the new Sorcerer’s of the Magic Kingdom card game, the Mouse is adding a lot […]

Rumor round-up for Jan 4, 2013: Middle Earth in Orlando and Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes in Diagon Alley

Middle Earth in the middle of Universal Orlando Back in August our column introduced the possibility of an island at Universal’s Islands of Adventure dedicated to JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings franchise. The discussion didn’t go anywhere… until this week, when the Internets caught on fire with buzz about Frodo, Gandalf, and Gollum making […]

Rumor round-up for Dec 28, 2012: More Harry Potter expansion speculation, developments at Downtown Disney, FastPass Plus

Something wicked this way comes… We’ve talked about the rumors swirling around what’s coming to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Phase 2 and this week we’ll examine a couple more. The first is what looks like a possible walkthrough attraction based on the “dark magic” store Borgin and Burkes. Many casual fans of the […]

Rumor round-up for Dec 21, 2012: Lagoon show at Islands of Adventure, HHN 2013 haunted houses, Disney’s Hollywood Studios card game

A Nighttime Spectacular for Islands of Adventure My favorite rumor in a while started catching fire this week as word got out that Universal has been having pyro tests in the lagoon at Islands of Adventure after park closing. With Universal seeing the benefits of the Cinematic Spectacular lagoon show over in Universal Studios Florida, […]

Rumor round-up for Dec 14, 2012: New Potter film, Gringotts coaster details, Coke Freestyle RFID cups

Expecto Patronum! Big news came this week when the Daily Mail UK and The Sun UK reported that Warner Brothers was currently “secretly” filming scenes for Universal’s Potter Phase 2.0. The only name that has even been semi-officially attached to the project is Helena Bonham Carter, who played Bellatrix Lestrange in the Harry Potter universe, […]

Rumor round-up for Dec 1, 2012: Universal wifi, Monsters Cafe gone, Be Our Guest issues, Frontierland overhaul

Wifi parkwide at Universal Following in the steps of Walt Disney World, it appears through the rumor mill this week that Universal Orlando is heading towards the direction of having wifi available throughout the parks sometime in 2013. Right now the only place for wifi in either Universal Studios Florida or Islands of Adventure is […]

Rumor round-up for Nov 23, 2012: Universal’s Jurassic Park, Disney’s Big Thunder Mountain, Pixarland

The Triceratops is going extinct (again) Word going around Universal’s Islands of Adventure is that the Triceratops Discovery Trail attraction, which has been used very sparingly in recent years, has been shut down for good and will soon be completely removed for a new attraction. The Jurassic Park area of IOA is one of the […]

Rumor round-up for Nov 16, 2012: Springfield, Seuss Landing expansion, Test Track soft open, Soarin’ upgrade

The Great Wall of Springfield Guests visiting Universal Studios Florida this past week ran into construction walls, and plenty of them. We’re used to the walls that travel across where Amity used to be, and we’ve seen the walls surrounding the Transformers ride for while, but now there are even more walls in the area […]

Rumor round-up for Nov 9, 2012: Transformers in May, Epcot’s Morocco, The World of Avatar, SOTMK cards

Universal’s Transformers: The Ride 3:D to open by MAY?! Last week Universal unveiled the news we’ve discussed for a while, that Transformers: The Ride 3:D will be coming to Universal Studios Florida in Summer 2013. Now usually when theme parks say “Summer” or “Winter” or anything vague when it comes to opening attractions it almost […]

Rumor round-up for Oct 26, 2012: HHN expansion, Unhappy Hour at New Fantasyland, World of Color, Limited Time Magic

Halloween Horror Nights to expand in 2013 No one can deny that Halloween Horror Nights has been a boon financially to Universal, but this year the scariest thing hasn’t been the haunted houses or the scareactors roaming the streets. No, this year the most frightening aspects have been the long lines at the houses and […]

Rumor round-up for Oct 12, 2012: Tim Burton characters, Disney’s Magic Bands, New Fantasyland dress rehearsal

Will Disney bring Frankenweenie back to life? Disney was hoping for a big showing from the recently released Frankenweenie, but unfortunately the movie landed with a thud at the box office. After the home run of Alice in Wonderland (and least in terms of revenue), Tim Burton’s 2012 of Dark Shadows and Frankenweenie did not […]

Rumor round-up for Oct 5, 2012: Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Universal vacation planning, smartphone charging

Cabana Bay Beach Resort Universal’s fourth on-site hotel has begun to show some life as prep work on the Cabana Bay Beach Resort is starting to become very noticeable. Much like the work being done at Universal Studios Florida on the rumored Transformers and Harry Potter expansion, it seems construction crews are working at lighting […]

Rumor round-up for Sept 28, 2012: WWoHP expansion, Revenge of the Mummy reboot, Art of Animation evolution

If Potter 2.0 is coming, what does it mean for WWoHP? This week Universal unofficially unveiled the first step in its Harry Potter expansion by allowing people to walk by the waterfront area that will eventually look like a fantastic recreation of London’s Victoria Embankment. While we have speculated what will be popping up in […]

Rumor round-up for Sept 7, 2012: Streetmosphere, Tinker Bell & Periwinkle, USF character dining

More ‘streetmosphere’ characters coming to Universal and Disney One thing that both Universal and Disney seem to believe will help the parks is the addition of more streetmosphere characters. These are the people who, in character, interact with guests throughout the park. Right now the most well known group of streetmosphere characters are the “Citizens […]

Rumor round-up for Aug 31, 2012: Lord of the Rings at IOA, Disney’s FastPass Plus, Universal’s Q-Bots

One park to rule them all There’s continuing buzz about Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings brand making it’s way to Islands of Adventure, but unfortunately recent developments in Hollywood have pushed this potential blockbuster deal back even farther. Jackson is currently in the process of filming the follow up to the mega successful LOTR […]