CityWalk opened in 1999 as part of the trasformation that turned Universal Studios Florida into Universal Orlando Resort. With more than 40 restaurants, shops and attractions, Citywalk provides a unique Universal experience without even stepping foot into the parks!
Family Friendly Activities
We all know that Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure both have tons of wild attractions inside, but there are tons of fun things to do outside the parks as well.
The Hollywood Drive-In at Universal Citywalk is a super-sized mini golf experience that features two different 18-hole courses that are designed around two vintage movie genres, sci-fi and horror. Choose between “The Haunting of Ghostly Greens” and “Invaders From Planet Putt Putt” or go for the double feature and play all 36 holes. Whether you play during the day or at night, prepare to navigate around haunted houses, a crashed saucer, and a larger than life robot as you try to score a hole in one.
Take going to the movies to the next level at the AMC Universal Cineplex 20 with IMAX. Guests can enjoy a premium viewing experience by catching the newest films on state of the art projection screens and advanced sound systems from the comfort of lounge seating. The luxury doesn’t start in the theaters though, the concession stands are also stocked with hot food like pizza or french fries and a full bar.
The world-touring interactive spectacle known as Blue Man Group has a permanent residency at Citywalk’s Sharp Aquos Theatre. The comedy show/rock concert/dance party appeals to people of all ages and cultures and uses bright lights, colors and innovative technology to make a one of a kind theater experience. Choose your seats carefully, the first four rows are the poncho sections where guests may get splashed with colorful washable paint.
Unique Dining Experiences
With 21 different dining concepts to choose from, CityWalk is home to some of the most exciting and innovative restaurants in Orlando.
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. is a Forrest Gump inspired franchise that serves up a mix of seafood dishes and southern favorites. The restaurant is full of nods to the beloved film. Study up on movie facts before you sit down to dine because your server might just test your Forrest Gump knowledge with a little table-side trivia.
One of the newest culinary delights at Citywalk is The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen. The Steampunk eatery features classic meals such as steak and seafood, but the real gem of this establishment is the dessert menu full of one-of-a-kind concoctions ranging from artisanal milkshakes to massive sundaes with unique flavors like bacon brittle, slated caramel flan, and so many more.
Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food is a lively restaurant that celebrates traditional Mexican street fare with tacos, empanadas, fajitas and more. Guests can also enjoy the freshest guacamole, made tableside, and live Mariachi music.
For the Food Network enthusiasts, Emeril’s Orlando is the place to be. Created by celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse, the upscale dining room offers a gourmet Creole menu, described as “New New Orleans” and features sophisticated twists on Southern favorites like shrimp and grits and gumbo. The two-story restaurant has an open kitchen so guests can watch the masters at work, as well as a wine gallery that houses 10,000 bottles, a cigar bar, and a tasting room.
Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville is a dream dining location for Parrotheads. In addition to a menu loaded with lyrically inspired offerings (like Cheeseburger in Paradise, of course) and TEN variations of margaritas, the laid back restaurant features live covers of Jimmy Buffet favorites, volcano eruptions at The Volcano Bar, and balloon artists who travel from table to table entertaining your little ones. Super fans can also browse tons of tropical souvenirs at the gift shop and pose for pics next to Jimmy Buffet’s seaplane, the Hemisphere Dancer.
The Cowfish Sushi & Burger Bar is probably one of the only restaurants around that can satisfy burger lovers, sushi enthusiasts, and the brave souls who want to try Burgushi, Cowfish’s attempt at combining the two. While the menu is clearly innovative and unique, the bar creates its own special cocktails like spiked milkshakes, exotic martinis, premium sakes and a variety of beers.
The shops at Citywalk provide the ultimate Florida retail experience, from beachwear to theme park souvenirs.
Quiet Flight is a trendy little skate and surf shop whose inventory ranges from apparel and accessories to skateboards and surfboards. Guests can shop all the hottest brands including Roxy, Billabong, Vans, Oakley and more. The Island Clothing Co. is for lovers of leisure, home to beachy brands like Tommy Bahama, Quiksilver, and Honolua Surf Co. Fresh Produce is a breezy boutique that offers a brightly colored assortment of swimwear, accessories, and resort apparel.
Guests can stock up on tons of Universal souvenirs without even entering the park at the Universal Studios Store. Find apparel, colelctor pins, magnets, mugs and other keepsakes featuring favorite characters like Spongebob, Spiderman, the Simpsons, and many more. P!Q, an eccentric gift shop, is filled with unusual toys, unique household items and other “giggle worthy” accessories.
For the over 21 crowd, the CityWalk complex is the perfect destination for a night out. Whether you want to go dancing or sit back and relax with a drink in your hand, you’ll find a great spot at CityWalk.
While not technically a nightlife destination, Fat Tuesday is a spot you shouldn’t miss. The walk up bar offers original daquiris just as delicious as the frozen delights served at the original Fat Tuesday location on Bourbon Street in New Orleans. Choose from classic flavors like margarita or strawberry, a daring option like 190 Octane, or mix flavors to create your own custom concoction before wandering around to see what else Citywalk has to offer.
The Hard Rock Live is one of Orlando’s main concert venues, hosting the biggest music and comedy shows in its 3,000 seat auditorium. In addition to a packed events calendar, the Hard Rock Live also has a full bar and concession stand. To find out what’s coming up at the Hard Rock, call the box office at (407) 351 – LIVE or go to the Hard Rock Live website.
For guests looking for a spot to dance the night away, the groove is a multi story dance club with several full service bars, each with their own unique theme. The club’s state of the art sound systems and cutting edge special effects are an exciting accompaniment to the wall full of video displays and dance hits played by both resident and guests DJs each night. Open from 9 PM to 2 AM daily, there is a $7 cover charge after 10 PM. Guests must be 21 or older.
Yet another New Orleans hotspot that’s made its way to Orlando is Pat O’Brien’s. You’re guaranteed to be entertainment by the lively dueling pianos and enjoy Bourbon Street delights like po’boys, beignets, and the dangerously delicious Hurricane.
An evening at Citywalk’s Rising Star karaoke bar is guaranteed to be entertaining, whether you’re looking for your five minutes of fame or just want to watch other brave singers have an American Idol moment. Live out your dream of being a pop star any night of the week. Sing accompanied by a live band and back up singers Tuesday – Saturday or perform top hits to recorded tracks on Sunday and Monday nights. Open at 8:00 pm all week long, with a cover charge of $7.
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