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Dan is a former Universal Orlando team member, entrepreneur, guest service advocate, and the OI guy who has one simple career goal: helping families plan the most amazing Universal Orlando vacations possible! Originally from St. Paul, MN, Dan now lives in Ocoee, FL (on the edge of Orlando) with his wife Rosie and their daughters Noa and Isla.

Orlando Informer Weekly Dispatch: July 20 – 26, 2014

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OI Universal Center updates Greetings, vacation planners! Prepare to UPGRADE YOUR ADVENTURE to Universal Orlando with our Weekly Dispatch. This is a summary of all the latest Universal news and activity on our site. Please note that these updates are listed from newest to oldest: 7/25 – We are in the process of overhauling many pages in the OI Universal Center now that Diagon Alley is open and we know more about how Universal is handling crowds and other related factors. In the first round, … [Read more...]

Disney’s 2014 fall season: Halloween & Christmas parties, food festivals, marathons, and more

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From Labor Day to Thanksgiving, there’s a bounty of festive offerings at Walt Disney World to satisfy all tastes. With an art show, sporting events, annual holiday parties, concerts, and international food fest, the Vacation Kingdom is the place to celebrate the golden days of the harvest season. The fall lineup kicks off on September 1 with the popular Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, offering three extra nights of happy haunts. Here’s more:   Mickey’s Not-So-Scary … [Read more...]

Orlando Informer Weekly Dispatch: July 13 – 19, 2014

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OI Universal Center updates Greetings, vacation planners! Prepare to UPGRADE YOUR ADVENTURE to Universal Orlando with our Weekly Dispatch. This is a summary of all the latest Universal news and activity on our site. Please note that these updates are listed from newest to oldest: 7/19 – We are in the process of overhauling many pages in the OI Universal Center now that Diagon Alley is open and we know more about how Universal is handling crowds and other related factors. In the first round, … [Read more...]

Orlando Informer Weekly Dispatch: July 6 – 12, 2014

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OI Universal Center updates Greetings, vacation planners! Prepare to UPGRADE YOUR ADVENTURE to Universal Orlando with our Weekly Dispatch. This is a summary of all the latest Universal news and activity on our site. Please note that these updates are listed from newest to oldest: 7/12 - There are only 24 hours left, and all of us (fans, contributors, and editors) and fightin' to hang on to 1st place in the 10Best Theme Park Blogger awards. Please help us by voting for "Orlando Informer" - … [Read more...]

Diagon Alley: Everything we know about Monday’s soft opening, Tuesday’s grand opening, and Early Park Admission

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Monday's soft opening We've had many days of steady soft openings for Diagon Alley and the Hogwarts Express. Today is the first day that might be bit of a gamble again because we're just not sure if Universal will break the current pattern and possibly close Diagon Alley early to guests, as they prep it for the official opening tomorrow. We hope they don't, and the fact that we continue to get confirmation that Universal doesn't have any significant formal activities planned for tomorrow's … [Read more...]

Orlando Informer Weekly Dispatch: June 29 – July 5, 2014

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OI Universal Center updates Greetings, vacation planners! Prepare to UPGRADE YOUR ADVENTURE to Universal Orlando with our Weekly Dispatch. This is a summary of all the latest Universal news and activity on our site. Please note that these updates are listed from newest to oldest: 7/5 – Are you considering a visit to Universal on Tuesday, July 8, for the official opening of Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida? We’ve posted everything you need to know, including our recommendations and … [Read more...]

Fourth of July 2014 round-up: Universal, SeaWorld, Disney, LEGOLAND, Celebration Town Center, and Lake Eloa

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Universal Orlando This time of year, I get a lot of fans asking about Independence Day celebrations at Universal Orlando. This happens because Universal itself doesn't publish much of anything about the holiday. Well, unfortunately, there's a reason for that: Universal doesn't do anything special specifically to celebrate the Fourth of July. Now, don't get me wrong – I'm not saying you shouldn't go to Universal to enjoy the holiday. What I am saying is that the parks do not host new … [Read more...]

Orlando Informer Weekly Dispatch: June 22 – 28, 2014

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OI Universal Center updates Greetings, vacation planners! Prepare to UPGRADE YOUR ADVENTURE to Universal Orlando with our Weekly Dispatch. This is a summary of all the latest Universal news and activity on our site. Please note that these updates are listed from newest to oldest: 6/28 - We need your help! The purpose of our site is to make vacation planning nearly as much fun as the trip itself, and if you feel we've been able to accomplish that for your family, we would really appreciate it … [Read more...]

Orlando Informer Weekly Dispatch: June 15 – 21, 2014

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OI Universal Center updates Greetings, vacation planners! Prepare to UPGRADE YOUR ADVENTURE to Universal Orlando with our Weekly Dispatch. This is a summary of all the latest Universal news and activity on our site. Please note that these updates are listed from newest to oldest: 6/21 - It was an immensely satisfying week for Orlando Informer. We may not have been invited by Universal to the Diagon Alley Preview, but our fans pushed us to 110,000 pageviews in a single day, you posted over … [Read more...]

City of Winter Park: Take a vacation from your vacation in Orlando’s most beautiful & historic suburb

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As any seasoned theme park veteran knows, 14 solid days of park touring can leave you needing a vacation from your vacation. Luckily, Orlando is a huge city with an incredible amount of culture and new experiences to try away from the parks, so an excursion into uncharted territory is never far away -- and for a peaceful Saturday morning there is no better place to go than Winter Park. An upscale suburb located just north of downtown Orlando and a short drive up the I4 from the … [Read more...]

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