Universal CityWalk

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Universal CityWalk is the name shared by the entertainment and retail districts located adjacent to the theme parks of Universal Parks & Resorts. CityWalk began as an expansion of Universal's first park, Universal Studios Hollywood, and serves as an entrance plaza from the parking lots to the theme parks. CityWalk can also be found at Universal Orlando Resort in Florida, Universal Studios Japan in Osaka, Japan, and Universal Beijing Resort in Beijing, China.

CityWalk Hollywood and CityWalk Orlando have some common tenants, but their respective architectural styles are quite different. Where CityWalk Hollywood incorporates a classic modern blend of Hollywood, CityWalk Orlando is almost entirely modern in appearance.

Universal CityWalk Hollywood[edit]

Universal CityWalk Hollywood
LocationUniversal Studios Hollywood
Coordinates34°08′10″N 118°21′18″W / 34.1359945°N 118.3551362°W / 34.1359945; -118.3551362
Address100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, California 91608
Opening date
  • May 1993; 29 years ago (May 1993)
  • amphitheatre: June 28, 1972; 50 years ago (June 28, 1972)
  • theater: July 4, 1987; 35 years ago (July 4, 1987)[1]
  • expansion: April 7, 2000; 22 years ago (April 7, 2000)
Closing dateamphitheatre: September 6, 2013; 8 years ago (September 6, 2013)
OwnerUniversal Parks & Resorts
ArchitectJon Jerde
No. of stores and services29
Public transit accessLAMetroLogo.svgUniversal City/Studio City Station
WebsiteOfficial website

CityWalk is separate from Universal Studios Hollywood although it does serve as an entrance from the parking lot to Universal Studios.[2] Inspiration came from the Horton Plaza according to Jon Jerde, the architecture of City Walk Hollywood tries to capture the architecture found all over Los Angeles.[3]

Universal CityWalk Hollywood 5.JPG

Universal CityWalk Hollywood is a three-block entertainment, dining, shopping promenade. It has more than 30 eateries, a 19-screen movie theater featuring IMAX, 7 night spots, indoor skydiving and more than 30 stores.

History[edit]

Designed by Jon Jerde, CityWalk opened in May 1993 adjacent to the Cineplex Odeon cinema (operated by AMC Theatres since 2006). A $1 billion, 93,000 sq ft (8,600 m2). expansion opened in 2000. Planning done by Jerde Associates.

CityWalk's central plaza is topped by a 170-foot radial trellis designed and built by Pearce Structures[4] (who also constructed Biosphere 2). The courtyard features a leaping fountain, created by WET. A huge television monitor brought in by Panasonic, is located above the multiplex, showing upcoming Universal movie releases, music videos, and NBCUniversal promotions stands next to the giant guitar towering over the Hard Rock Cafe.

Street performers (magicians and musicians) are a common sight.

In January 2010, the music video for Justin Bieber's song "Baby" was recorded here.

5 Towers[edit]

"5 Towers" is an interactive outdoor concert venue on Universal CityWalk, featuring a technologically advanced staging system. The stage is equipped with thousands of LED fixtures, motion capture sensors, five soaring 42-foot light tower sculptures, a massive video monitor, and a state-of-the-art audio system.

The new staging system serves as the structural artistic centerpiece for CityWalk. It features live music.

Dining[edit]

A Jamba Juice store located along the CityWalk in Universal Studios Hollywood.
Casual Dining Quick Service Eateries Snack & Refreshments
Antojito's Cocina Mexicana Chick Chick Chicken Ben and Jerry's
Bubba Gump Shrimp Company Cinnabon Menchie's Frozen Yogurt
Buca di Beppo Firehouse Subs Mini Monster
Dongpo Kitchen Jamba Juice Popcornopolis
Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville KFC Express / Pizza Hut Express Sparky's Mini Doughnuts and Chocolates
Johnny Rockets Restaurant & Sports Lounge Panda Express Starbucks
NBC Sports Grill & Brew Pink's Famous Hot Dogs Voodoo Doughnut
The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium Taco Bell Wetzel's Pretzels
Vivo Italian Kitchen The Crêpe Café
Wasabi at CityWalk The Habit Burger Grill

Shopping[edit]

Raider Image, Universal CityWalk Hollywood
Apparel & Accessories Collectibles, Games & Novelties Food Specialities, Home, Health & Beauty
Abercrombie & Fitch Dodgers Clubhouse Store IT'SUGAR
Billabong Hot Topic Nectar Bath Treats
Fossil The Raider Image Sephora
Francesca's Collection Things From Another World Zen Zone
Lids Universal Studios Store
Lids Locker Room
Shoe Palace
The Los Angeles Sock Market
Tilly's

Entertainment[edit]

Night Spots Experiences Cinemas Game Show Taping
Bubba Gump Shrimp Company iFly Hollywood Universal Cinema Family Feud (2010–2011)
Buca di Beppo
Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville

Universal CityWalk Orlando[edit]

Universal CityWalk Orlando
LocationUniversal Orlando Resort
Coordinates28°28′20″N 81°27′56″W / 28.4722676°N 81.4656319°W / 28.4722676; -81.4656319
Address6000 Universal Boulevard
Orlando, Florida 32819
Opening dateFebruary 4, 1999; 23 years ago (February 4, 1999)
OwnerUniversal Parks & Resorts
No. of stores and services13
Public transit accesslocal transit Lynx 21, 37, & 40
WebsiteOfficial website
The entrance plaza to CityWalk Orlando

The Universal CityWalk in Orlando opened in February 1999 as one component of the expansion that transformed Universal Studios Florida into Universal Orlando Resort. It was built over the former Universal Studios parking lot and entrance. Guests arriving at the resort park in one of two-story parking garages then travel via covered moving walkways over Universal Boulevard into CityWalk. From there, guests can proceed into either two of the theme parks: Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure.

Dining[edit]

  • Hard Rock Cafe Orlando – This is the second Hard Rock Café built on Universal property. The first café was built near the Psycho house, Bates Motel, E.T. Adventure, and Fievel's Playland. Although the first café was considered to be one of the largest in the chain, the company closed down the restaurant to reopen in an even bigger facility and alongside Hard Rock Live in the CityWalk section. The old Hard Rock Café building was demolished in October 2011.[5]
  • Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville
  • Lone Palm Airport – A quick service bar across from Margaritaville
  • Antojito's Authentic Mexican Food (formerly Latin Quarter in 1999)
  • Starbucks
  • Bubba Gump Shrimp Company – Inspired by the 1994 film Forrest Gump (formerly Motown Cafe in 1999)
  • Cinnabon
Current Hard Rock Café at Universal Studios Florida

Entertainment[edit]

  • Universal Cinemark at CityWalk, previously operated by Loews Theatres until January 26, 2006, when AMC Theaters merged the Loews Theatres chain, and previously operated by AMC until 2018.
  • Bob Marley – A Tribute to Freedom
  • CityWalk's Rising Star – A karaoke club featuring a live band and backup Singers. Opened in April of 2008 replacing CityJazz.
  • Hard Rock Live – A separate performance venue adjacent to the Hard Rock Cafe
  • Red Coconut Club (Formerly Decades Cafe in 2005)
  • Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville – Live bands take to the restaurant's stage to perform every evening.
  • Hollywood Drive-In Mini Golf – A miniature golf course harkening back to 1950s era drive-in movies. The facility has two different and intricately themed courses: "The Haunting of Ghostly Greens" and "Invaders from Planet Putt-Putt". Opened in March 2012.
  • Universal's Great Movie Escape- An Escape room experience being themed to both Back to the Future and Jurassic World. (opening Fall 2022)

Shopping[edit]

  • Candy Smith (at Toothsome Chocolate Emporium)
  • CityWalk Hub Store
  • Hart & Huntington Tattoo Company
  • Quiet Flight Surf Shop
  • The Smuggler's Hold (at Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville)
  • Universal Legacy Store
  • Universal Studios Store

Former outlets[edit]

Universal CityWalk Osaka[edit]

Universal City Walk Osaka, Japan

The Universal CityWalk Osaka opened to public on March 31, 2001 as part of the Universal Studios Japan.

Dining[edit]

  • Red Lobster
  • Nolboo
  • Ganko
  • Shinobuan
  • Inaba Wako
  • Shabu Sai
  • Yakiniku Karubin Champ
  • Fugetsu USA
  • Gottie's Beef
  • Pommenoki
  • Fujin Raijin RA-MEN
  • Kamakura Pasta
  • Kobe Motomachi Doria
  • Moana Kitchen
  • Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
  • Hard Rock Cafe
  • Kushiro Monogatari
  • Bistro 309
  • T.G.I. Friday's
  • Aen Table
  • Kyoto Katsugyu
  • Daikisuisan Kaitensushi
  • Mos Burger
  • Funfun
  • Popcorn Papa
  • Moomin Stand
  • Momi & Toy's
  • 551 Horai
  • Pizza Napoletano
  • Kineya Mugimaru
  • Romaken
  • St-Marc Cafe

Shopping[edit]

Other[edit]

Takoyaki museum at Universal City Walk Osaka
  • Takoyaki museum (Takoyaki Dining)
    • The Original Takoyaki Tamade, Osaka Aiduya
    • Takoya Dotonbori Kukuru
    • Osaka Amerikamura Kougaryu
    • Abeno Takoyaki Yamachan
    • Juhachiban
    • Naniwa's Specialty Ichibirian

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Universal CityWalk Beijing[edit]

Universal CityWalk Beijing from its south

The Universal CityWalk Beijing opened to public on September 2, 2021[7] as part of the Universal Beijing Resort's first phase with no entrance fee.[8]

Dining[edit]

The Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. restaurant at Universal CityWalk Beijing
  • BMW JOYCUBE
  • Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Beijing, China
  • CityWalk Red Oven Pizza Bakery
  • CityWalk WUBEI CRAFT FOOD AND BEER
  • Cutie Cones
  • Donglaishun
  • Jumbo Seafood
  • KPRO
  • Neon Street Hawkers
  • Peet's Coffee
  • Phoenix House Superior Shop
  • Quanjude
  • The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar
  • TIME TRAVEL GRANDMA'S HOME FLAGSHIP STORE
  • Universal CityWalk - The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen

Shopping[edit]

Universal Studios Store, Beijing

Entertainment[edit]

  • Universal CityWalk Cinema

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Hayes, Dade; Bing, Jonathan (2004). Open Wide: How Hollywood Box Office Became a National Obsession. Miramax Books. pp. 315–7. ISBN 1401352006.
  2. ^ SMITH, DOUG (1993-05-25). "Celebrating L.A. Icons : Universal CityWalk Is for Real--Almost". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2018-12-09.
  3. ^ NELSON, JIM (2000-04-24). "The Real Mastermind Behind CityWalk". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2018-12-09.
  4. ^ "Peter Jon Pearce site – Building Systems Developments – other projects".
  5. ^ Kleinhenz, Marc N. (2020-06-07). "The long and surprising history of Hard Rock Café at Universal Studios Florida". Orlando Informer. Retrieved 2022-03-28.
  6. ^ "English & Chinese Floor Map".
  7. ^ "环球城市大道 正式向公众开放". Beijing Youth Daily. 2021-09-04. Retrieved 2021-09-07.
  8. ^ "定了!北京环球度假区9月20日正式向公众开放". 北京日报客户端. 2021-08-30. Retrieved 2021-08-30.
  9. ^ "Universal Beijing Resort Raises the Curtain on Universal CityWalk Beijing - Desitined to Become Beijing's One-Stop Dining and Entertainment Center".

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