Universal Orlando Resort is WAY more than just theme parks. CityWalk is known as “The Epicenter of Awesome” and is a mecca of dining, shopping and entertainment. It’s the perfect place for everyone in your travel party to relax and unwind. Universal CityWalk does not have an admission fee, so you are free to roam around and explore as much as you’d like!
With dining options abound, there is something for all taste buds. Universal CityWalk offers a variety of dining experiences, from quick service to themed dining. Quick service options include Red Oven Pizza Bakery where you can get your own Neopolitan-style pizza fired up in 90 seconds or less, and Bread Box Handcrafted Sandwiches where you can get your favorite hot melt or deli creation. Many quick service restaurants offer mobile ordering from the Universal Orlando Resort app as well, making mealtime super convenient. Full service restaurants range from All-American meals at NBC Sports Grill and Brew to Italian specialties at VIVO Italian Kitchen. One of my favorite places to dine at CityWalk is Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, where you’ll feel like you are on island time. I love listening to the live music play while enjoying a meal…and a margarita, of course! There are so many dining spots that it can be tough to choose, but I love trying out somewhere different each time that I visit.
If you’re anything like me, you enjoy a scrumptious dessert to end your day- especially on vacation! At CityWalk, you have several options to satisfy your sweet tooth. Voodoo Doughnut serves over 50 types of doughnuts every single day! There are so many yummy creations that it’s hard to pick just one. Another place to enjoy a variety of sweets and a meal (in no particular order…shh, I won’t tell anyone!) is Toothsome’s Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen. This full service restaurant, bar, and confectionary hosts an all day brunch menu, along with lunch and dinner menus. I must say though, the dessert is the best part. I recommend one of their delicious sundaes or artisanal milkshakes. Or better yet, split a couple of options with your fellow travelers!
Who loves to shop while on vacation?! I know I do. At Universal CityWalk, there are several shopping options to browse and find the perfect gifts to bring home with you. The Universal Studios Store is stocked with all kinds of merchandise featuring your favorite Universal characters and mementos from the parks. Another fun shopping experience is at Quiet Flight Surf Shop, a store where it’s always summertime! Brands at this shop include Ray-Ban, Maui Jim, Billabong and Oakley. You can even get a permanent souvenir at Hart & Huntington Tattoo Company featuring artists from around the country. Whatever your style, every member of the family will be sure to find the perfect treasure to take home as a memory from your vacation.
CityWalk is such a great place to take in entertainment as well. Blue Man Group is a world famous, multi-sensory show that is unlike any other. It is important to note that as of publishing this post, the show is on a temporary hiatus, but is expected to return in the near future. There are also several nightclubs where you can dance the night away. Please note that these are temporarily closed as well, but are expected to reopen soon.
Ready to challenge your family and friends to a round of miniature golf? Be sure to visit Hollywood Drive-In Golf, where there are two larger-than-life courses. The first is The Haunting of Ghostly Greens and the second is Invaders from Planet Putt. They are inspired by classic horror and sci-fi movies, respectively. Once you’re done with miniature golf, you can take in one of the latest movies on the big screen at Universal Cinemark. You can enjoy sitting back in relaxing chairs with stadium seating to enjoy the latest blockbuster. Universal Cinemark also features an IMAX Experience Theater, which is state-of-the-art and takes watching movies to the next level.
Universal CityWalk is easily accessible from all on-property Universal Orlando hotels. It is reachable via water taxi from Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, and Hard Rock Hotel. It is also a short shuttle bus ride from Sapphire Falls Resort, Aventura Hotel, Cabana Bay Beach Resort, and Endless Summer Resort (both Dockside and Surfside).
Whether you are looking to take a break from the parks during the day, or want to grab dinner and a movie after a fun-filled day, Universal CityWalk has you covered. I love walking around and exploring, and always find something different each time that I visit. Are you ready to start planning your next adventure? I would love to hear from you!
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