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 Universal Ticket Prices have increased
Wednesday morning Universal raised the price of most online tickets by up to almost 15% of their old price. Learn more

 Mardi Gras has begun!
Let the good times roll! Mardi Gras 2016 is happening every weekend. Headliners include Fall Out Boy and Jessie J. Start your planning on our Mardi Gras 2016 page.

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Universal Orlando increases ticket prices

Universal Orlando has increased their ticket prices today, Orlando Informer has learned. The price hikes, which have become an annual tradition, occurred earlier than in 2015. Last year, Universal followed Disney to raise their ticket prices and break the $100 barrier for 1-day 1 park tickets on February 27. Some of this year’s price hikes are […]

9 incredible photos around the water at Islands of Adventure

Being a photographer that is a fan of crazy colors and nighttime photography, my favorite park to visit when the sun goes down is Universal’s Islands of Adventure. From Marvel Superhero Island to Seuss Landing, each land provides plenty of color and immersion when taking a nighttime stroll. However, I believe that the real color […]

Orlando Informer week in review: February 5, 2016

New on Orlando Informer: 6 new must-try snacks at Universal Orlando 4 HUGE updates from Universal – January 2016 Can staying on club level at Universal’s on-site hotels actually save you money? A Celebration of Harry Potter 2016 recap Mardi Gras 2016 at Universal Orlando – complete insider’s guide Related posts: Orlando Informer week in […]

A Celebration of Harry Potter 2016 recap

The third annual A Celebration of Harry Potter has come and gone, more successful than ever. Taking place from January 29 – 31, 2016, this year’s event featured an impressive lineup of celebrities, intriguing panels, and plenty of creative cosplaying. Meeting the stars The celebrity lineup of A Celebration of Harry Potter 2016 did not […]

6 new must-try snacks at Universal Orlando

An epic vacation requires some epic fuel. Thankfully Universal Orlando offers an epic variety of food and beverage to suit all tastes. This includes lots of snacks and drinks that are perfect for a little pick-me-up any time of day.  And to make things even sweeter, Universal Orlando has recently introduced a few new snacks […]

4 HUGE updates from Universal – January 2016

January is renowned for being the slowest month of the year in practically every profession known to man (well, save for politics – especially in a presidential election year! – but that’s a subject best saved for trying to sneak into the Orlando Informer Podcast). Still, that hasn’t stopped this past month at Universal Orlando […]

Can staying on club level at Universal’s on-site hotels actually save you money?

Everyone loves going to Universal Orlando for vacation.  And everyone loves saving money.  Therefore, what could be better than doing both!  It’s really just simple algebra: like x+y = some other letter than the one I guessed at on my math midterm in high school. There are many ways to save a little cash when […]

In Case You Missed It

Wizarding World of Harry Potter trip report – June 2011

Update 6/4/11 I’ve been told that Universal recently added four new character wands at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Credric Diggory, Fleur Delacour, Luna Lovegood, and Viktor Krum. You can view my photos of the new wands on the OI Facebook page or at the end of the photo gallery at the bottom of […]

ICE! featuring Frosty the Snowman: A classic Christmas tale becomes Orlando’s most unique (and coldest!) holiday event

ICE! 2013 featuring Frosty the Snowman opened November 23 at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Kissimmee. I was invited by Orlando Informer to attend the media premier, and I’m excited to tell you about my first-ever tour of ICE! Before previewing ICE!, we were directed to the Emerald Plaza area of the […]

4 videogames Universal NEEDS for its next park

You are reading an article tagged as a rumor. Read our note from the editor to learn about rumors shared on Orlando Informer. You’ve heard the rumors: Universal is maybe, just possibly seeking to make its long-awaited and oft-delayed third theme park based exclusively off of videogame properties. Is it improbable? Yes. But is it […]

Epcot trip report – March 2014 (more FastPass+ benefits & problems, Flower & Garden Festival in full bloom)

Have you ever partaken in the beauty of Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival? Have you navigated the new, although very limiting, tiered FastPass+ system at Epcot and used its reservation system from the convenience of your own home? I experienced all of these elements and more this past weekend as I toured Epcot for […]

Preparing your kids for their Universal Orlando adventure – a clever mom’s guide

The dates are picked for your Universal Orlando vacation, the lodging is reserved, and the tickets are purchased. As you count down the days to your vacation, your preparations will certainly keep you busy, but don’t forget that your children will also benefit from some simple ways to anticipate the trip and their own preparation. […]

RRU Special Edition: Universal announces largest expansion in CityWalk history – we’ve got details and exclusive analysis

CityWalk opened in 1999, when the single-park Universal Studios Florida expanded to the full Universal Orlando Resort. And while it has seen its fair share of venues come and go over the past decade-and-a-half, it’s never had a major shake-up or rebranding – until now. Earlier today, Universal held a small press conference at the […]

Rumor round-up for October 4, 2013: World of Warcraft coming to Universal, new infrared tech coming to Disney, construction projects around Orlando

Welcome to Azeroth, the newest Island of Adventure? Ever hear of a little videogame series called Warcraft? It started as a real-time strategy game for the PC all the way back in 1994, though most people are probably familiar with its latest incarnation, World of Warcraft (November 2004). This long-running installment is a massively multiplayer […]

Reader poll doubleheader: Disney guest service vs. Universal guest service & AVATAR vs. Harry Potter

After a few weeks off, our reader poll blog posts are back, and they’re returning with our biggest battle to date! Screw up your courage and get ready for this:   Disney guest service vs. Universal guest service If you’re reading this post, you’ve likely been to both Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando — […]

LEGOLAND Florida brings back police, fire & EMS appreciation days in May – show your ID for free admission

As a special thank you, LEGOLAND Florida is bringing back Police, Fire and EMS Appreciation Days to honor our everyday heroes that work tirelessly to protect and serve our cities across the country. Police officers, fire fighters and EMS employees will receive a free one-time single day admission to LEGOLAND Florida for use during the […]

OI Share: Jim and his family spend one of their best vacations ever in Orlando – part two

This is part two of Jim’s trip report covering his family’s recent visit to Orlando. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out part one. SeaWorld is a great park for those looking to add a little education in their vacation. Although it does not have the number of rides that are at Universal, […]

Universal sends out its Spring 2012 passholder newsletter

Today we received the Spring 2012 edition of Universal Orlando’s passholder newsletter, known as the Passport. Most of the information in the newsletter was not new — indeed, most of it was already announced last week. However, there were a few note-worthy items. First, Universal was kind enough to give out free tickets to the […]

Stepping back in time for Dapper Day at Walt Disney World

My grandmother approached me with a newspaper article circled twice in pen, “You better read this – I think you’ll like it!” The small article described an event called “Dapper Day” that takes place every year where people dressed up to go to Disney World. I was hooked from the start, so I took a […]