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Universal Orlando Resort – CityWalk
At the very entrance to Universal Orlando Resort, before its 2 major theme parks, you’ll find Universal Orlando’s heart of entertainment: CityWalk – a shopping, dining, and entertainment complex that offers great views out over the central lagoon to the Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure roller-coaster filled skylines. CityWalk’s entertainment knows no bounds – you can enjoy a show, grab a bite to eat or even get a tattoo! Now that would be a unique souvenir from your Orlando Holiday!
CityWalk is hard to miss, in fact you actually have to walk through it to get to the beloved Universal theme parks. After security checks, you will soon find yourself within CityWalk – the iconic Surfboard that makes for a great mantel photo is right at the entrance so be sure to pose for a photo or two!
If you, like many, arrive to Universal Orlando Resort hungry, then don’t worry because CityWalk has you covered! If fast food is what you’re after, be sure to check out the iconic Hot Dog Hall of Fame and their “Starting Line-Up 9” hotdogs that take their inspiration from famous baseball parks around the USA. For a grab-and-go option, why not enjoy an American classic: Starbucks, which you can take with you into the theme parks. Another great choice is to visit Red Oven Pizza Bakery which offers Neapolitan-style pizza with an array of topping choice! Finally, finish off your pre-park feast with a doughnut from Voodoo Doughnut – a Portland-famous donut shop that offers everything from a PB&J doughnut to a wooden coffin filled with delicious doughnuts! Yum.
Though CityWalk also has plenty of full-service restaurants to choose from – ones that make for the perfect post- theme park dinner spot! The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar offers impressive dishes and an interesting menu serving up the best of beef and sushi along with amazing milkshakes to enjoy. The Hard Rock Café Orlando is a Universal Resort staple, that includes many musical artefacts from the likes of Elvis, The Beatles and John Lennon, and the huge Hard Rock Live concert venue next door. It wouldn't be Universal without featuring an iconic restaurant from a beloved Universal Studios film - Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Restaurant & Market office delicious seafood complete with a quirky interior design, and if you're not a fan of seafood don't worry Bubba Gump Shrimp has something for everyone.
CityWalk also has great late-night drinks, or daytime drinks, venues to enjoy. Fat Tuesday provides visitors to Universal Orlando Resort strong and fruity cocktails right next to the lagoon, and Lone Palm Airport offers fantastic Margaritas and appetisers to enjoy under the Florida sunshine. If you're not visiting Universal Orlando for the day but still want to enjoy CityWalk then there's plenty to do; why not play a round of mini golf at the Hollywood Drive-In Golf or catch one of Universal Studios latest releases at CityWalk’s massive cinema complete with luxury seating for the ultimate experience. You can also enjoy a spot of shopping at the Universal Studios Store, alongside Quiet Flight Surf Shop, Rock Shop, and much more.
The best part is you don't have to have a Universal Orlando theme park ticket to visit CityWalk! Many guests on their Universal Orlando Resort Holiday visit CityWalk on route to one of the two Universal Orlando theme parks, however CityWalk is a venue in itself that can be visited without a valid Universal Orlando theme park ticket!
Hotels to stay in whilst visiting Universal Orlando
There are a range of Universal Orlando Resort hotels to stay at whilst visiting Orlando. Our website highlights all the important information for each Universal Resort, however, here is a summary of the key benefits of each hotel:
Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort
- Free Universal Express Unlimited (Valid theme park admission required. Not valid at Universal’s Volcano Bay.
- Early Park Admissionv Universal's Endless Summer Resort — Dockside Inn and Suites, Universal's Endless Summer Resort — Surfside Inn and Suitesv - Great Value
- Early Park Admission
Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Universal's Aventura Hotel
- Early Park Admission
- Steps away from Universal's Volcano Bay
Loews Sapphire Falls Resort
- Early Park Admission
- Complimentary water taxis
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