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OI Share posts have been contributed by our subscribers and fans who wanted to share their experiences visiting Central Florida. This is a great way to help others who are planning similar trips, and a fun way to re-live the magic of your vacation! If you would like to participate in OI Share, follow this link to learn more: orlandoinformer.com/share

OI Share: A guide to the rides at Universal for larger guests

Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit test seats.

Like many in the traveling public, I fall into the category of the obese. Despite the label I'm a very healthy guy (per my family's doctor) who absolutely loves the Orlando theme parks, including Universal Orlando Resort. Unfortunately, not all attractions are equally accessible to all body types. If you consider yourself a larger person, plus size, curvy, or even just big boned, there are some factors you'll want to consider as you plan the rides you're going to tackle at Universal. Keep in … [Read more...]

Eating dairy & gluten free at Universal Orlando – one family’s exquisite culinary adventure across the resort

Margaritaville Cafe Orlando at Universal CityWalk.

Editor's note: What you'll find below is the most comprehensive article I've ever read about dining with food allergies at Universal Orlando, including the parks, CityWalk, and the on-site hotels. Thank you to Kerri for sharing this with Orlando Informer, so we could share it with all our readers. Enjoy!   If you’ve ever heard that dining at Walt Disney World with food allergies is a delight, you’ve heard correctly. So it was with some trepidation that I planned a trip to Universal … [Read more...]

Adventures in pool-hopping at Universal Orlando’s deluxe on-site hotels

The pool area at Portofino Bay Hotel.

One of the many perks of staying at a Universal Orlando deluxe on-site hotel is the chance to enjoy the amenities at all three deluxe hotels. Universal sometimes refers to staying on-site as staying at a "12-diamond" hotel, because guests have access to three "four-diamond" properties (the deluxe properties are Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel, and Royal Pacific Resort). With this benefit, you can take a break from the theme park craziness by strolling the immaculate resort grounds, feasting … [Read more...]

Orlando for beginners: How to survive theme park trips with large families

On vacation at Walt Disney World.

Sometimes the fantasy of a theme park vacation and the reality of it are worlds apart, especially when your family is larger than average. Dealing with various ages and interest levels – and struggling with ride height requirements – means that a large family needs a battle plan for managing a day of theme park fun. Otherwise, family-bonding time will quickly turn to family bonkers time. Here are my tips that have been battle-honed and field-tested across frequent deployments to the … [Read more...]

Universal Studios *Hollywood* trip report – May 2014 (Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, Super Silly Fun Land, Wizarding World construction & more)


I recently scheduled a trip to the Los Angeles area to visit some family members. So what better excuse did I need to include a tour to Universal Studios Hollywood at the same time? Having opened in 1965, USH is the first of the Universal theme parks. (They are already preparing for a 50th anniversary celebration in 2015!) Its main attraction has always been - and will always continue to be - the tram tour of the backlot, which is where the soundstages and outdoor sets are located. The … [Read more...]

Universal Studios Singapore: Travel 10,000 miles and take a fascinating tour of our sister park in Resorts World Sentosa

Universal Studios Singapore.

Editor's note: This trip report from Universal Studios Singapore was contributed by our fan Chuck. Before we get started I want to say thanks to him for providing us with this fascinating and very detailed look at a Universal park in another part of the world! Take it away, Chuck...   While on a recent trip to Singapore, I scheduled an extra day to visit the Universal Studios Singapore theme park. I have always wondered about the similarities and differences between the Orlando and … [Read more...]

OI Share: Thanksgiving dinner at Hard Rock Hotel is our new family tradition (but I still won’t let those minions swap my turkey for bananas!)

Thanksgiving at Hard Rock Hotel - Universal Orlando.

It’s that time of year again… baking, cooking, cleaning, cooking, and of course more CLEANING. It's the constant work, work, work that comes with every holiday, whether you are a small family of three or you lay claim to a family of twenty. Yes, I'm referring to Thanksgiving and the barrage of chores that come along with a holiday centered on things you are thankful for. But what about tradition, having fun, and focusing on the family? I'm here to tell you about how we have the tradition and … [Read more...]

OI Share: Celebrating our son’s birthday at Universal Orlando was the “most rewarding” experience ever

Birthday trip to Universal Orlando Resort.

Thank you, Universal Orlando, for making my five-year-old's birthday the BEST ever! Two weeks ago we stayed at Royal Pacific Resort, which was great. Right away I want to give a shout out to our valet Juan for going over and above. Apparently he noted that the second day of our stay was my son's birthday and, after a long day at the park, we came back to our room to a plate of very yummy cupcakes. Sorry, I don't have a picture because they were devoured immediately! Back to the … [Read more...]

OI Share: One family’s incredible 2,000-mile, 36-hour trip to Halloween Horror Nights

Halloween Horror Nights 2013.

Although our family has been going to Universal Orlando since 1991, I never really paid much attention to Halloween Horror Nights. First of all, even though I am a huge fan of horror movies, I always hated fun houses as a kid, especially the ones with live people in them. So even though I was aware of Universal's HHN event, I never had any desire to visit.   A tradition begins Two years ago, one of my industry's national trade show happened to take place in Orlando during early October. … [Read more...]

How to convert a theme park vacation naysayer into a fan for life: Bring them to Universal Orlando and follow this advice!

Incredible Hulk Coaster at Islands of Adventure.

My daughter and I could spend every vacation at a theme park. We love the rides, the shopping and the frenzy! However, my husband and son do not share our passion. We have managed a handful of Disney trips as a family, some more successful than others. The kids and I also have season passes to our almost local theme park and its sister water park, but our time inside those parks is always brief. Despite all the signs pointing towards a relaxing beach vacation, I had to plan a trip to … [Read more...]

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