Top Must-Do’s at Universal CityWalk at Universal Orlando Resort
Universal CityWalk at Universal Orlando Resort is the gateway to Universal Studios Florida, Universal Islands of Adventure and Universal Volcano Bay — and so much more. Every visit to the open-air dining and entertainment district is a vibrant adventure where unforgettable fun meets a kaleidoscope of cuisine with lots of awesome surprises along the way. Whether it’s date night, an evening out with friends or some all-ages family fun, here are the top things to do when you visit Universal CityWalk in Orlando.
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New to Universal CityWalk, Universal’s Great Movie Escape is the first-ever escape room experience inspired by Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment’s blockbuster films Jurassic World and Back to the Future. Inside, you can tackle two challenges with interactive state-of-the-art missions, captivating storytelling and intricately detailed sets.
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Part of what makes Universal’s Great Movie Escape so unique is the wide variety of challenges, which you’ll need to cooperate with your team to complete. Each room is also specifically designed to be enjoyable for novices and experienced escapees alike. The venue even has two bars serving specialty cocktails inspired by the featured film franchises, so one way or another, you are sure to escape.
No matter your dining preferences, you’ll find the perfect restaurant at Universal CityWalk. All-American? Hard Rock Cafe®, Hot Dog Hall of Fame®, NBC Sports Grill & Brew, or the flame-fueled Bigfire™. Island flavors? Jimmy Buffett’s® Margaritaville® or Bob Marley — A Tribute to Freedom℠. Something south of the border? Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food. A taste of Italy? VIVO Italian Kitchen. Asian? Fusion Bistro Sushi & Sake Bar™.
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You can also choose from several themed dining experiences that are sure to satisfy your craving for adventure and flavor, including Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.™ Restaurant & Market, The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen, The Cowfish® Sushi Burger Bar, and others.
On evenings from Tuesday through Sunday, step into the shoes of a headliner and perform with a live band and backup singers at CityWalk’s Rising Star. You’ll feel like a chart-topping icon as you belt out your favorite songs while the crowd goes wild. (On Sunday and Monday evenings, recorded tracks fill in for the band.)
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If you’re more interested in the show than the spotlight, the nightly rock-concert ambiance will keep you entertained — as will the robust selection of cocktails and other adult beverages.
Universal CityWalk has two venues where you can enjoy instantly Instagrammable desserts. First, Voodoo Doughnut adds a terrific twist to the sugary favorites. Between unusual flavors like Grape Ape, Voodoo Doll or Tangfastic Cake, gourmet takes on time-tested classics, and even vegan options, there’s a taste for every donut-lover.
Then, experience an age only dreamed of at The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen, a steampunk-influenced restaurant where gourmet desserts compete with awe-inspiring milkshakes to completely satisfy your sweet tooth. Plus: They have a robot.
Anyone who loves live music is going to love Universal CityWalk. Catch a never-ending lineup of concerts at Hard Rock Live®, showcasing top names in rock, pop, country, alternative and more. Or, visit an authentic recreation of the King of Reggae’s house for tunes written and inspired by the namesake legend at Bob Marley — A Tribute to Freedom℠.
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You can also get your groove on — literally — at the groove, or let your dance moves heat up the night at the tropical Red Coconut Club. These and other Universal CityWalk nightlife options stay open until 2 a.m. so you can keep the party going late.
Travel to the heyday of 1950s shock cinema for a golf game that’s truly out of this world. Hollywood Drive-In Golf at Universal CityWalk invites you to giggle and scream your way through two larger-than-life mini-golf courses: “The Haunting of Ghostly Greens” and “Invaders From Planet Putt,” inspired by classic horror and sci-fi flicks, respectively.
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Try both for an exciting double feature as you encounter monsters in a haunted house, aliens from a flying saucer … and even a 30-foot robot.
Get in some retail therapy at Universal CityWalk’s lineup of unique shops, starting with mementos from your adventures and keepsakes of your favorite characters at Universal Studios Store. Find even more one-of-a-kind collectibles at the Universal Legacy Store and the Rock Shop.
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You can also buy clothing and gear for your inner wave-chaser at Quiet Flight® Surf Shop, or get inked with a fresh design at Hart & Huntington Tattoo Company®. Minions tattoo, anyone?
If you need a quiet escape from the excitement of Universal CityWalk, or just want to tour three of Universal Orlando Resort’s most luxurious hotels, take advantage of these free, relaxing water taxi rides. The offer passage from the entertainment district to Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando, Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando and Hard Rock Hotel® at Universal Orlando.
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Taxi services start about 30 minutes before Universal Orlando Resort’s theme parks open and continue till 2:30 a.m., all year long. Time your trip to Loews Portofino Bay Hotel to arrive shortly before 6:30 p.m. and you can pair your trip with the sweet sounds of the property’s famous Musica della Notte live show (weather permitting).
Universal CityWalk isn’t just the place to be — it’s also completely free thanks to complimentary admission all day, every day. After 6 p.m., parking is free on most nights, too, and parking fees never apply if you arrive via public transportation or stay at an official Universal Orlando Resort hotel. (Free parking after 6 p.m. is not available during Halloween Horror Nights and other select events.)
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