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THE BIG 5: Top five souvenirs deals for under $10 at Universal Orlando

Universal's best souvenirs for under $10.

Both Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure are wonderful vacation destinations and a trip that you’ll never want to forget. What's the best way to keep the memories fresh in your mind? There's always photos, of course, but souvenirs should never be overlooked – and although they can be on the pricy side, there are plenty of great ones under $10 that will keep the memory alive (while also keeping the kids, who want something to take home, very happy). These also make great gifts … [Read more...]

Disney’s Animal Kingdom trip report – April 2014 (FastPass+ progress, World of Avatar construction & best tips for touring)

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For this month's Walt Disney World trip report, I spent a “wild” day at Animal Kingdom this past weekend. The weather was beautiful, with temperatures in the low 80s, a calming breeze, and plenty of sunshine. Upon entering the park this visit, I noticed the FastPass+ kiosk lines were dramatically shorter than my visit in January. This is most likely because Annual Passholders and guests not staying at a Disney resort can now make FastPass+ reservations up to 30 days in advance. Also, … [Read more...]

Orlando for beginners: Our top five best tips for selecting the perfect hotel

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Every hotel is different. In fact, as a hotelier, I like to say that finding the right hotel for you is liking finding your spouse. Every guest is different, and not every hotel is going to fit the needs of each guest. In order to find the right hotel to fit your needs, it takes a little research. Of course, helping you research and plan your vacation of a lifetime is what Orlando Informer is all about! As someone who is in the “biz,” I would like to share with you my top five tips for … [Read more...]

THE BIG 5: Top five up-close animal encounters at Busch Gardens Tampa

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Busch Gardens Tampa is known for its amazing thrill rides and, now, the Falcon's Fury drop tower opening in May that promises a one-of-a-kind ride experience. But the park is more than thrills and rides – when it first started, the only attraction (other than a brewery) was the Bird Gardens, and even now, with the growth in the park’s size and the thrills a major part of the experience, its animals are still an important part of any visit. Important and fun – and while most of the … [Read more...]

THE BIG 5: Cabana Bay Beach Resort’s top five attractions & amenities

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The first phase of Cabana Bay Beach Resort opens next Monday, and to celebrate, we’re throwing a party, BIG 5-style! Read what gets us the most excited about Universal’s first-ever budget hotel, and then tell us what you’re most looking forward to in the comments below.   #5 – Family suites One half of Cabana Bay’s 1,800 rooms will be family suites, which are 430 square feet in size and which sleep up to six. Universal is very obviously attempting to compete against … [Read more...]

THE BIG 5: Five more of our favorite Orlando “hot spots” for drinks & dinner

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A while back, I highlighted my top five favorite hot spots on I-Drive, and I enjoyed sharing those exciting places so much that I decided to expand on that idea a bit. In this week’s BIG 5 post, I will share five more places I love to visit for dinner and drinks around Orlando. As I’ve said before, it's so easy to get stuck in a serious theme park rut when visiting Orlando. To prevent that, get out for dinner and get a feel for more of what's happening around town!   #5 - Bahama … [Read more...]

THE BIG 5: Universal’s top five desserts that will delight your taste buds

The chocolate trifle and strawberry peanut butter ice cream at Three Broomsticks.

One of the many joys of visiting theme parks is indulging in sweet treats you might otherwise resist. In this edition of THE BIG 5, I take your sweet tooth on a journey through Universal Orlando’s best desserts. And please note: for this countdown, I stuck with desserts that can be found in the two theme parks and CityWalk.   #5 – Chocolate trifle & ice cream at Three Broomsticks The trifle is a traditional, layered dessert hailing from the UK. The chocolate trifle found at … [Read more...]

THE BIG 5: Top five best ways to find romance at Universal Orlando on Valentine’s Day

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When thinking about Universal Orlando and its theme parks, Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure, one might not think of much in the way of romance. But the resort does have quite the romantic side (don't we all?). With Valentine's Day upon us again this Friday, we thought we'd take this opportunity to present our list of the most romantic things to do on-site:   #5 - Visit the water's edge at CityWalk Universal CityWalk, Orlando's dining and entertainment capital, might … [Read more...]

THE BIG 5: Top five thrill rides in Orlando that don’t go upside down

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Who said rides have to go upside down to give you the thrill of a lifetime? Just like the attractions themselves, thrill seekers come in all varieties, and easily queasy stomachs shouldn't limit anyone's enjoyment of Orlando's best theme park rides. Some of you might be asking, "A thrill ride that doesn't go upside down?" Yes, there are such things, and there are many people such as myself that really enjoy thrill rides... but going upside down, not so much. For the large community of … [Read more...]

THE BIG 5: Top five ways to ruin your vacation to Universal Orlando Resort

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Now that 2014 has begun, it's time to get serious about planning your next visit to Universal Orlando Resort. On our site, we dedicate hundreds of pages and blog posts to explaining what you can do to have the best experience at Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure. However, what we haven't discussed to any great length is what you should not do if you want have the time of your life at the parks. So in this week's BIG 5 blog post, I present the top five ways to ruin your … [Read more...]

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