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Universal Orlando Podcast by Orlando Informer

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A weekly vacation planning podcast focused on Universal Orlando Resort from Orlando Informer. Last year over three million families used our website to plan the perfect vacation. Learn more at OrlandoInformer.com.

A weekly vacation planning podcast focused on Universal Orlando Resort from Orlando Informer. Last year over three million families used our website to plan the perfect vacation. Learn more at OrlandoInformer.com.

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United States

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A weekly vacation planning podcast focused on Universal Orlando Resort from Orlando Informer. Last year over three million families used our website to plan the perfect vacation. Learn more at OrlandoInformer.com.

Language:

English

Contact:

8446754636


Episodes

Episode 252 - Q&A

8/5/2020
This week, we answer your questions on: the best (and worst) non-Butterbeer Wizarding World drinks, hopping from one club level to another at Universal's hotels, getting your My Universal Photos pictures after the fact (or not), and age limits on wearing masks.

Duration:00:35:20

Episode 251 - HHN closed, Tribute Store open

8/1/2020
In an unprecedented move – out here on the East Coast, at least – Universal has decided to cut this year's Halloween Horror Nights, which would've been the event's 30th anniversary. We discuss the thinking behind the move, why 2021's event may still have at least some COVID-19 accommodations, and what the still-opened Tribute Store has in store for guests.

Duration:00:43:39

Episode 250 - A Disney World special

7/18/2020
Magic Kingdom. EPCOT. Hollywood Studios. Animal Kingdom – we've been to them all in the post-COVID-19 period. Here's everything you need to know to get in and still have the most magical of days. (Spoiler: Mike and Michaela have the grandest of times dishing everything Disney.)

Duration:00:57:16

Episode 249 - Universal 201: The New York backlot

7/4/2020
Universal Studios Florida's New York section is, in many ways, the proto-Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley: it's a fully themed land that is teeming with attractions, food venues, shops, and Easter eggs seemingly around every corner. (It also has crisscrossing streets and a nice, quiet park area, furthering the comparison.) Join us as we plunge into the best experiential highlights of this underappreciated area.

Duration:01:05:03

Episode 248 - An update on Universal Orlando's COVID reopening

6/20/2020
Universal Orlando Resort's three parks have been reopened for two weeks now – how have they continued to fare? We go over the differences in operations, safety practices, and food ordering that we continue to notice.

Duration:00:50:25

Episode 247 - Review: The Bourne Stuntacular

6/17/2020
The COVID-19 closure may have delayed it, but Universal has finally begun technical rehearsals of its newest stunt show, The Bourne Stuntacular. We walk you through the attraction's overall experience, from its queue and preshow to its on-stage technical wizardry.

Duration:00:49:37

Episode 246 - 30th anniversary special

6/10/2020
Not that many people seem to know about the original Hard Rock Cafe Orlando – which is a shame, as it was a marvel of design, and it presaged a number of Universal's rule-bending projects from the years to come. Join us on our historical deep-dive.

Duration:00:31:50

Episode 245 - Universal Orlando has reopened!

6/6/2020
How to hop on the rides, order your food, meet-and-greet with the characters, and go shopping at the newly reopened Universal Orlando Resort. Plus, what's changed at the theme parks during their 80-day closure.

Duration:00:49:47

Episode 244 - How the Universal Orlando hotels will be different

5/30/2020
Universal recently announced all of the new, COVID-19 safety precautions and practices it'll now be implementing at its hotels starting next week. How will this affect checking in, getting your Express Passes, and Early Park Admission? Also, we quickly go over how the annual passholder sign-up process worked for those preview days on June 3 and 4.

Duration:00:22:39

Episode 243 - Universal Orlando is reopening!

5/23/2020
When, exactly, will Universal Orlando Resort reopen after its two-and-a-half-month closure? What parks and hotels will it include? How will experiencing the attractions be different? And what is the one extra precaution LEGOLAND is taking over Universal? We have all those answers for you – and more.

Duration:00:30:25

Episode 242 - Q&A

5/20/2020
This week, we answer your questions on: restaurant reservations post-COVID, which Universal hotel has the best club-level offerings, and upgrading your annual pass.

Duration:00:36:31

Episode 241 - Universal CityWalk has reopened!

5/16/2020
We'll walk you through what Universal CityWalk Orlando is like now, just two days after reopening. How does parking work? Or getting your temperature taken before entering the complex? How do you order food or buy merchandise or play putt putt? And, most importantly, what is the atmosphere like during the partial reopening? We have all those answers for you – and more.

Duration:00:49:00

Episode 240 - Q&A

5/13/2020
This week, we answer your questions on: how COVID-19 will impact Halloween Horror Nights (and the rest of Universal Orlando) and what you miss the most from the resort.

Duration:00:40:08

Episode 239 - Universal 101: Seuss Landing

5/9/2020
We break down the attractions, shops, food, and our favorite memories in Islands of Adventure's Seuss Landing.

Duration:00:55:44

Episode 238 - Attraction battle: Hagrid vs. Spider-Man

5/6/2020
The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man and Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure may have opened almost exactly 20 years apart, but they do have one key quality in common: they are considered some of the best rides ever made in themed history. Let's see who emerges victorious based on these three key criteria: Fight!

Duration:00:38:25

Episode 237 - Attraction battle: Forbidden Journey vs. Escape from Gringotts

5/2/2020
Let's see who emerges victorious based on these three key criteria: Fight!

Duration:00:50:25

Episode 236 - Q&A

4/29/2020
Let's talk post-quarantine crowd levels, HHN's 30th anniversary, and theme-park food

Duration:00:42:38

Episode 235 - The Dan Cockerell interview

4/25/2020
We talk to Dan Cockerell, the former vice president of Magic Kingdom, about his new book, "How's the Culture in Your Kingdom? Lessons from a Disney Leadership Journey." Besides contemplating the meaning of culture and how guests can affect it all across the theme-park resorts, we also manage to sneak in some Disney trivia – oh, and the ultimate Disney wedding proposal, too.

Duration:00:35:00

Episode 234 - Q&A

4/22/2020
This week, we answer your questions on: which intellectual property we'd like to see a ride based on and getting a refund for your theme-park tickets during the COVID-19 closure.

Duration:00:24:14

Episode 233 - Universal 101: The Lost Continent

4/18/2020
We break down the attraction(s), shops, food, and the theming of the only land in Islands of Adventure to not be based on an intellectual property.

Duration:00:48:02