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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’s Magical Dining Month: Another reason to love September (especially if you’re visiting Universal)

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Over the years, Orlando has transformed into a bustling city with exceptionally chic and varied dining. The city offers thousands of restaurants with all kinds of fare, from traditional diners and buffets to hip culinary hot-spots featuring cuisine from all over the world. I have often heard visitors say that they want to plan an entire trip to Orlando simply to come back and try those restaurants they didn’t get a chance to on previous vacations! For those traveling to Orlando during the … [Read more...]

Orlando Informer Weekly Dispatch: August 10 – 16, 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: 8/15 - Today we're launching an experiment: our very first venture into covering theme park news on video. You can watch our first edition below, then please share any feedback you have by clicking here. … [Read more...]

Orlando Informer Weekly Dispatch: August 3 – 9, 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: 8/8 – After taking a few weeks off to update over 25 pages in the OI Universal Center with Diagon Alley vacation planning details, we’re back to our regular routine of weekly visits to Universal! You can now view … [Read more...]

Orlando Informer Weekly Dispatch: July 27 – August 2, 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: 7/31 - Starting Friday, August 1, Universal’s parks hours become offset for about two week: Islands of Adventure will continue to open at 8:00am while Universal Studios Florida will move back to the opening time of … [Read more...]

THE BIG 5: Top five Universal Orlando attraction queues for beating the heat

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The weather in Orlando is a big reason why it’s such a popular destination for many - particularly sun-starved Europeans like myself. But sometimes the days with 94-degree heat and 70% humidity can get a bit much, even for the most hardy of sun-seeker. Because of this, you might be thinking that standing in an attraction queue for any period of time will just leave you hot and bothered. If you think that, then I'm happy to inform you there are some queues at Universal Studios Florida and … [Read more...]

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...]

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