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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: October 19 – 25, 2014

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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: 10/22 – This week Halloween Horror Nights runs Wednesday through Sunday. This will be another one of busiest weekends of season, so please read through our HHN early admission page, print out our free HHN 2014 touring plan, … [Read more...]

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2014: Costumes, parades, shows, and lots of villains await your family

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Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) is, as the name suggests, a party thrown for the entire family at Magic Kingdom between the hours of 7:00pm and midnight on select nights in September and October. It is here where the likes of the Haunted Mansion, Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Nightmare before Christmas, and Disney villains reign supreme, and where children of all ages can dress up in their Halloween costumes and trick-or-treat for candy alongside Mickey, Minnie, and Pluto (who also … [Read more...]

THE BIG 5: Top five I-Drive attractions worth leaving the theme parks for

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It may be the fantasy and thrills of the major theme parks that lure so many vacationers to Orlando, but if that’s as far as your vacation goes, you’re missing out on some of our truly novel amusements. Just outside of Universal and SeaWorld, International Drive (commonly referred to as I-Drive) serves as a playground worthy of discovery. Among the sea of hotels, shops, and restaurants, I-Drive offers a vast array of original entertainment options. Many of us locals appreciate these for a … [Read more...]

Limo Cycle in Downtown Sanford: One of the most unique ways to party in Central Florida

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Looking for a unique way to celebrate a special occasion with family or friends? Are you ready to explore one of Central Florida’s best historic towns? Then let the good times roll on board the Limo Cycle. Come with me and get ready to peddle through Downtown Sanford to enjoy this new and creative way to party. The Limo Cycle is essentially a bar on a stretch-limo bicycle. It can seat up to 15 people on each of its sides while the driver steers and a friendly on-board bartender keeps your … [Read more...]

Disney’s Animal Kingdom trip report – October 2014 (park-wide construction, new animal exhibits, and the reopened Lion King show)

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This past weekend, my family and I visited Disney's Animal Kingdom. The weather was wonderful, with highs in the mid-80s, and the crowd levels were moderate. It made for a beautiful and enjoyable day at the park. Arriving in the parking lot, we noticed parts of the Giraffe section were closed, which is due to the construction of a new parking lot rumored to be titled Yeti. We were directed to park our car in the RV/bus section, which advantageously placed us within walking distance of Animal … [Read more...]

Aquatica Orlando: Thrilling water rides and beautiful wildlife perfectly compliment Orlando’s fall weather

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I was recently able to use my super-savvy marine life trivia skills to win a couple of Aquatica Orlando tickets, just in time to celebrate SeaWorld’s 50th anniversary. (Didn't know SeaWorld owned Aquatica? Check out our special feature). What made the deal all the sweeter was the fact that Aquatica, which opened in 2008, was the only water park I had yet to experience in Orlando. Needless to say, I was really excited to get the opportunity to finally check out rides like Dolphin Plunge and the … [Read more...]

Orlando Informer Weekly Dispatch: October 12 – 18, 2014

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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: 10/17 – On this week’s Orlando Informer Minute: Universal relaunches its “buy two days get the third day free” promotion, Disney’s BoardWalk introduces Trattoria al Forno, nation’s second-largest comic book shop to open in … [Read more...]

Reader poll: Which Universal on-site hotel has the best views?

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Despite all of Universal Orlando’s on-site hotels possessing fairly comparable amenities and a similar proximity to the resort's two theme parks, there are still so many ways to contrast them: by theme, by price point, by transportation options - and whether Express Passes are offered as a benefit. And here's one more intriguing comparison that we sometimes forget to mention: which of the four properties has the best views? Sure, it’s not as crucial as budgetary concerns, and, at … [Read more...]

Dominate Halloween Horror Nights 2014 with the best merchandise, food, and drinks

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Now that Halloween Horror Nights is in full swing, entering the first of its five-night weeks, it seems like a good time to lay out what souvenirs, food, and drinks you can find at this year’s event. We'll fill you in on all the details - and all the highlights - of each category of indulgences to help make your excursion into horror land as complete and enjoyable as it can be. From zombie busts to loaded fries, read on for all there is to know (and devour!).   Proof you made it out … [Read more...]

THE BIG 5: Top five tips for saving money at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival

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The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival made its annual debut a couple of weeks ago. The smells, the sights, and the many tastes of Epcot’s most popular event have us food goers and wine lovers experiencing Christmastime in October. The only issue we foodies may have is trying to figure out how to taste the world on a small budget. While preparing for this year’s international fiesta, I thought it would be great to give you all five quick, fun tips on how to save money and still … [Read more...]

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