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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.

Orlando Informer Weekly Dispatch: December 21 – 27, 2014


OI Daily 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: 12/27 - On this week's Orlando Informer Minute: we recap the biggest stories of 2014, from I-Drive, SeaWorld, and Busch Gardens, to the roll-out of FastPass+ at Walt Disney World and the opening of Diagon Alley at Universal … [Read more...]

The best of 2015: Our definitive list of top new attractions and venues coming to Orlando in the next year

2015 attractions featured

There’s no two ways around it: 2014 was one of the single biggest years in Orlando history. From the opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida to the completion of New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom, from Ihu’s Breakaway Falls at Aquatica to Falcon’s Fury at Busch Gardens Tampa, it’ll be incredibly hard to top such a star-studded year. And that’s perhaps why no one in the city will be attempting to do so in 2015. Though there will certainly be … [Read more...]

THE BIG 5: Top five New Year’s resolutions every Orlando visitor should have

London waterfront at Universal Studios Florida.

A New Year is about to dawn, and many people are contemplating how they want to improve themselves in the coming year. How about resolving to have a better Orlando vacation? It is important to research and plan, but there are decisions you can make - resolutions, if you will - that will ensure you have the vacation of a lifetime. Here are the top five that I would humbly suggest are the best place to start.   #5 – Try one type of food or drink you’ve never had One of the most fun … [Read more...]

“Let Your Heart Take Flight” as a Macy’s Holiday Parade balloon handler

Me and my balloon.

In the spring of 2005, I needed a change in my life. I don’t particular know how, at 22 years old, I knew this, or why I thought that change would be found while working at Universal Orlando. I just knew I needed something different, and that Universal was the answer. At the time I had no real way of knowing how much this theme park would come to mean to me, how the break room of MEN IN BLACK Alien Attack would become home, how co-workers would become lifelong friends, or how I’d be given the … [Read more...]

Escapology Orlando: An in-depth challenge, a bonding experience, and I-Drive’s newest must-do adventure

Escapology featured

The escape room craze has made its way to Orlando! Opening Monday, December 23, Escapology is sure to become International Drive’s newest must-do attraction. In a city where amusement is in no short supply, this is the type of experience that stands out, and this is the type of attraction that you want to leave the theme parks for.   The escape room concept Escape rooms are a relatively new type of attraction, and one that is growing increasingly popular in Orlando’s competitive … [Read more...]

Disney’s Hollywood Studios trip report – December 2014 (Comedy Warehouse Holiday Special, Big Hero 6, and the Osborne Family Lights)

Disney's Hollywood Studios - December 2014.

My family and I visited Disney’s Hollywood Studios this past Saturday. The weather was near-perfect, with temperatures in the mid-70s and mostly sunny skies. DHS was nicely decorated for the holidays, with a beautiful, 70-foot-tall Christmas tree at the entrance, shimmering garland and wreaths hung throughout the park, and millions of lights on the Streets of America. The crowds were moderate but increased as the day progressed. Posted wait times for Rock ‘n Roller Coaster and Toy Story … [Read more...]

Orlando Informer Weekly Dispatch: December 14 – 20, 2014


OI Daily 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: 12/20 - Now through January 3, both Universal parks are opening at 8:00am for general admission, 7:00am for Early Park Admission. The holiday crowds are here too, with all days between now and the end of the year marked as … [Read more...]

Reader poll: Winning the theme park wars – Disney vs. Universal on crowds and transportation


The theme park wars rage ever on, and, this time, the battle front moves to what is arguably one of the most vital functions the two resorts perform: the ability to handle and move their many guests around from one point to another. How are crowds managed throughout the many theme parks that make up both Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando? And who has the best transportation for their on-site guests? (We’re not just talking about moving from point to point at each resort, but also their … [Read more...]

Gotham Island: What Batman’s gift shops, carnival games, and nightclub would’ve looked like at Islands of Adventure


Back in 1992, when Universal first began to sketch out the expansion that would turn its single-park Universal Studios Florida into the full-resort Universal Orlando, the company went to great lengths to design Gotham Island, home to Batman (and the original version of what is Marvel Super Hero Island today). Featuring a great many interesting proposals, details, and hidden gems, we’re continuing our archeological dig into the theme park land that never was, guided once again by Jeff Tucker, … [Read more...]

THE BIG 5: Top five ways to celebrate the holidays at Orlando’s theme parks

Candlelight Processional at Epcot.

Orlando simply shines during the holiday season. There is so much celebration and revelry all throughout Central Florida, and nowhere is this truer than Orlando’s theme parks. There’s so much to see during this time of year, it can be overwhelming, but I’m here to count down the best ways to make your holidays merry inside Orlando’s theme parks.   #5 – The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Hollywood Studios When the lights come on, it’s awe-inspiring. There is something … [Read more...]

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