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About World of Universal

Who We Are

Our site takes the true meaning of “universal” to describe the content that we provide. “Universal” means to include or cover all or a whole collectively or distributively without limit or exception. Essentially, we are a “world” (a place) with no limits to what we can cover. However, we choose to specialize in travel and entertainment topics. Our icon further represents this by incorporating the earth to symbolize “universal,” and it emphasizes on the North American continent to highlight the location that most of our coverage showcases. Additionally, our icon features an incomplete frame to indicate that our objective will never quite be met as we will always push our boundaries to provide better content to our viewers.

Our Story

World of Universal was officially founded on May 31, 2014. At the time, we were far from who we are today. We began posting content solely on social media with the intention of providing theme park enthusiasts and visitors with in-park images.

The launch of worldofuniversal.com in 2015 marked a new benchmark for us. It allowed us to provide additional content not previously possible with our original operations. When developing our website, we strived to design a site that was both vibrant and user-friendly. We achieved this by incorporating cool colors, high-definition images, and a simplistic, responsive design. These elements help us stand out from other news and vacation planning sites. We also had the vision to provide detailed reports and informative tips, and we did just this with the launch of our blog and planning guides.

Our Objective

We strive to provide the most informative news for topics in travel and entertainment and effective planning resources for Universal Orlando and Universal Studios Hollywood. With the help of our contributors, we publish new content every month and update our planning guides frequently to ensure the latest details are always available.

Vacations Are Precious

Vacations are marvelous adventures that are meant to be treasured. We believe that vacations require good planning, which is why we offer complimentary planning guides to some of the most popular vacation destinations in the world: Universal Orlando and Universal Studios Hollywood. Our extensive knowledge of the two destinations allows us to provide helpful and accurate information designed to help you get the most out of your trip.

Our Team

John Sala

OWNER & EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
John Sala was born and raised in South Florida. He founded World of Universal in 2014 as a way to cover destinations and topics that universally matter. John is an avid theme park fan who has a passion for journalism, photography, videography, digital art, and website designing. He leads the World of Universal team and pushes for the site to be the premier source for theme park news and vacation guides.

Christy Mei

CO-OWNER
Christy Mei was born and raised in South Florida. She has a passion for fashion and travel. Christy has been a frequent visitor to Orlando theme parks ever since she was an infant. Her love for theme parks encouraged her to help other people plan their trips.

Tyler Murillo

WRITER
Tyler Murillo was born and raised in South Florida. He has been an avid fan of theme parks since his first trip to Universal's Islands of Adventure at the age of six. Being a Universal Orlando annual passholder allows him to visit the resort numerous times over the course of a year (he considers the resort his second home). Tyler's passion for theme parks and writing encourages him to provide helpful tips, park updates, and additional information to keep our community up-to-date.

Bianca Marquez

PHOTOGRAPHER
Bianca Marquez is a young adult who was born and raised in the state of California, but she now resides in Las Vegas, Nevada. Bianca has been an annual passholder to the Disneyland Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood. In addition to visiting these destinations, she has also visited many of the Disney and Universal parks across the globe. Her interest in theme parks persuaded her to create an Instagram page centered around various destinations.

Angela Luce

PHOTOGRAPHER
Angela has been behind a camera since she was 12 years old. She moved to Florida from Ohio in 2012, and she has since spent every weekend at the Disney and Universal parks, with an occasional trip to other popular Florida parks. Angela loves the Florida sun, being outside, people watching, experiencing the theme parks, and taking pictures. Her current goal is to start traveling to new destinations every year.

Ernie Carr

PHOTOGRAPHER
After moving to Florida in 2002, Ernie was bitten by the theme park bug. From attending many regional and national parks as a child, he then went on to work as an engineer in a theme park and fell in love with everything about them. Ernie moved to Orlando in 2015 to work as an engineer, and he took up photography as a hobby (he hasn't put the camera down since). While enjoying working technically and creatively to expand his photography, he also enjoys attending theme parks weekly to experience new developments and to also find new ways to appreciate the classics.

Kimberly Castellotti-Ward

VOICE ACTOR
Kimberly runs a real estate brokerage firm in South Florida with her husband, Thomas. The two have been passionate Universal Orlando fans since 2000 when they honeymooned at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel. They have been hooked ever since, and they now share the love of all things Universal with their two sons. Previously, Kimberly worked in heavy metal management and in radio in New York City as her career. She also spent time doing on-air talent as well as commercial voice-overs. Kimberly has done various hosting jobs and promotional videos along the way, prior to her real estate career.

Anthony Hershey

WRITER
Born and raised in the heart of Florida, Anthony Hershey has spent a fair amount of his days at the local theme parks. Over the years, he has built up extensive knowledge on many aspects of pop culture. Devoted to sharing his love of the parks to all, he aims to provide enlightening information and interesting viewpoints of the Universal parks and more.