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

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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

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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...]

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

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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...]

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

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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...]

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

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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...]

Rumor round-up: King Kong, Fast & Furious, Star Wars, and Men in Black

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King Kong's new opening date When the first of our sources contacted us a few weeks ago with information that Universal’s Skull Island (at Islands of Adventure) may be moving its opening date up from 2016 to ’15, we thought it might just be a reaction to the company's over-zealous pace of construction on the new theme park land. After all, look how the area has progressed in just two months: But now we've heard from more of our sources, and it turns out that there may indeed be … [Read more...]

Disney vs. Universal over Marvel: The best theme park attraction you won’t see in the parks

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Guardians of the Galaxy, the tenth - and latest - release in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, hit theaters this past August. Nearly a month before that, however, it stopped by Anaheim's Disneyland and Orlando's Hollywood Studios for a special "sneak peek." Why does this matter? Beyond being a cogent attempt by Disney to actually start integrating the Marvel brand into its theme parks (you'd think that, after five years and $4 billion, the company would be doing something more than just … [Read more...]

Special needs are Universal: Comparing the disability and “outside food” policies at Universal, Disney, SeaWorld, and Busch Gardens

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Welcome to the next edition of our Special Needs Are Universal column, featuring questions and answers to help those with disabilities plan their day at Orlando’s theme parks. Our goal here at Orlando Informer is to offer all guests the tricks and tools of touring Universal Orlando, and being able to help special-needs guests is no exception. Although our SNAU articles focus heavily on Universal Orlando, we also have been developing additional disabled information for other vacation … [Read more...]

The Christmas season at Disney World’s resorts: How to fill a day with a FREE holiday adventure

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Everyone knows that the Walt Disney World parks are decked out to the hilt for the Christmas season, but the hotels are quite a sight to behold, as well. It’s easy to fill a day touring the resorts, and, best of all, it’s a free way to enjoy Christmastime at Disney. One of my favorite holiday traditions is spending a day resort-hopping at Disney World, and I’ve managed to create a seamless plan to catch the best of the festive displays in one full, fun day!   Polynesian Village … [Read more...]

Orlando for beginners: Understanding Central Florida’s many districts and deciding where to stay

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When most travelers talk about "Orlando," they're really talking about a huge swath of Central Florida comprised of many cities and unofficial districts (for example, most of Walt Disney World is technically located in the city of Bay Lake). Taking everything into consideration, "Orlando" is one of the most spread-out vacation destinations in the world - and that's why you could potentially waste a lot of time and energy if your accommodations are not in the area of the attractions that interest … [Read more...]

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