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Here at Orlando Informer we love to blog about Universal Orlando, Disney World, SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, and all the other exciting tourist destinations and local activities around Central Florida. While we occasionally cover breaking news, the focus of our blog is more on helping you plan amazing vacations with the latest insider tips and expert advice.

SeaWorld Orlando trip report – July 2014 (summer crowds, the park’s best show, and how NOT to tour)

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We thought we were so smart – in one of the busiest months for theme parks, we decided to visit SeaWorld on a Friday instead of a weekend. And instead of arriving in the morning, we figured that if we got there later in the afternoon, we would miss any crowds that might have already gone through. Oh, how wrong we were. It was the most crowded day I'd ever seen at SeaWorld. We started our tour by trying the Sky Tower, but it was a 40-minute wait. So we made for Antarctica… which was a … [Read more...]

THE BIG 5: Five more of the best adult beverages at Universal Orlando

Five more of Universal Orlando?s best adult beverages.

It’s no secret that Universal Orlando offers a plethora of experiences that are perfect for adults who want to get away for a while. One of the favorite ways for adults to kick back is to have a cold, refreshing adult beverage. There’s so many wonderful choices, the possibilities are almost staggering. That’s why we couldn’t have just one BIG 5 countdown for Universal’s best alcoholic offerings – we had to make it a double!   #5 – Frozen Slush Drinks with a shot (multiple locations) No … [Read more...]

Rumor round-up for July 22, 2014: Changing out CityWalk, filling out HHN, and figuring out Falcon’s Fury

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Welcome to CityWalk, phase three With Bread Box and the Hot Dog Hall of Fame now open, that leaves only one final venue – the eagerly-awaited Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar – before the biggest expansion in Universal CityWalk’s history is finally complete. What’s up next for one of Orlando's biggest entertainment hot spots? Why, another expansion, of course. Out of CityWalk’s 16 major venues, half of them – starting with Pastamore and ending with TCBY – have now been (or will shortly be) … [Read more...]

Disney’s Hollywood Studios trip report – July 2014 (Frozen Summer Fun invades Disney!)

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Do you wanna build a snowman? For the first time in forever, you can do just that at Disney’s Hollywood Studios! My family and I visited DHS to celebrate our son’s birthday and to experience the new Frozen Summer Fun occurring daily now through September 1, 2014. Near the entrance to the park, we saw a new large sand sculpture of Olaf, the loveable snowman from the Disney movie Frozen, and it helped set the mood for a cool day. After swiping our MagicBands, we were each given a … [Read more...]

The “dark” side of Orlando: Thrills, chills, and scares – guaranteed

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Orlando vacations usually conjure up images of sunny beaches, lavish hotels, and, of course, the many gorgeous lands of the various theme parks. And while it is more than understandable for such beautiful visuals to come to mind – those are, without a doubt, the biggest reason why millions of tourists flock to Central Florida year in and year out – there is a whole other, playfully sinister side of the city that offers its own alluring adventures, enticing visitors to plunge into the unknown and … [Read more...]

Quiet moments at Universal Orlando Resort: 10 spots to catch your breath, kick back & relax

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Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure provide guests with numerous attractions that can thrill you unexpectedly and take your breath away. That's why sometimes you just need a moment to catch your breath, rest your feet, and relax before that next thrilling ride on Incredible Hulk or intense mission to save the Transformers' Allspark. With this in mind, we are happy to present our best recommendations for quiet moments and experiences at Universal Orlando … [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...]

Rumor SPOTLIGHT for July 16, 2014: What if Universal buys SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment?

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In case you missed the news last week, we’ve recently been hearing that Universal owner Comcast might want to buy SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment (which includes Busch Gardens and other parks across the U.S.). It isn’t nearly as farfetched as it might seem on first blush; Comcast, as noted in last week's Rumor Round-Up, has suddenly found itself inebriated with the themed industry, more than willing to drop half a billion dollars a year on upgrades and expansions for its American … [Read more...]

Orlando for beginners: Explore beyond the parks for some of Disney’s best dining

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“So, where’s the best place to eat while I’m at Disney?” It’s a favorite question on forums across the internet, partially because the dining options at Disney are diverse and, sometimes, daunting to vacationers. With all the choices Disney offers, the answers to the question are never quite the same, but some familiar favorites rise to the top every time: Le Cellier, Crystal Palace… But many times, those answers fail to consider one of the most important options in Disney dining: the … [Read more...]

Islands of Adventure trip report – July 2014 (Hogsmeade Station, Kongstruction, fun in Toon Lagoon, plus a CityWalk update)

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The summer always brings many tourists to Orlando to enjoy all the world-class attractions, especially Universal Orlando Resort. Over the weekend, I joined my fellow travelers and toured Islands of Adventure. But before I got to the park, I took a brief stroll through Universal CityWalk.   Universal CityWalk As CityWalk continues to expand its restaurant and food options, I noticed two new eateries opened since my last report, which provide guests with more quick-service … [Read more...]

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