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Universal CityWalk

Universal CityWalk

Universal CityWalk are 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 the Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Japan in Osaka, Japan.

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.

Contents

  • Universal CityWalk Hollywood 1
    • History 1.1
    • 5 Towers 1.2
    • Dining 1.3
    • Shopping 1.4
    • Entertainment 1.5
  • Universal CityWalk Orlando 2
    • Dining 2.1
    • Entertainment 2.2
    • Shopping 2.3
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Universal CityWalk Hollywood

CityWalk Hollywood official logo

Universal CityWalk Hollywood is a three-block entertainment, dining, shopping promenade. It has more than 30 places to eat, a 19-screen movie theater featuring Imax, seven night spots, indoor skydiving and more than 30 stores.

History

Designed by Jon Jerde, CityWalk opened in May 1993 adjacent to the Cineplex Odeon cinema. 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 trelis designed and built by Pearce Structures[1] (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 NBC Universal promotions stands next to the giant guitar towering over the Hard Rock Cafe.

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

5 Towers

"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

A Jamba Juice store located along the CityWalk in Universal Studios Hollywood.
Casual Dining Quick Service Eateries Snack & Refreshments
Andrew's Panda Inn Antonio's Pizzeria Ben and Jerry's
Bubba Gump Shrimp Company Jody Maroni's Sausage Kingdom Cinnabon
Buca di Beppo KFC Express/Pizza Hut Express The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
Camacho's Cantina Panda Express IT'SUGAR
Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood Pink's Famous Hot Dogs Jamba Juice
Jillian's Subway Popcornopolis
Johnny Rockets Restaurant & Sports Lounge Taco Bell Starbucks
The Crêpe Café Wetzel's Pretzels
Karl Strauss Brewing Company Yogurtland
Saddle Ranch Chop House
Samba Brazilian Steakhouse & Lounge
Tony Roma's
Wasabi at CityWalk
Wolfgang Puck Bistro

Shopping

Apparel & Accessories Collectibles, Games & Novelties Food Specialities, Home, Health & Beauty
Abercrombie & Fitch IT'SUGAR
ANGL Crow's Nest Toys LUSH Cosmetic
Billabong Dodger Clubhous Store Popcornopolis
Element GameStop (closed on August 31, 2014) Sparky's
Flip Flop Shops Hard Rock Café - Retail Store Zen Zone
Fossil Hot Topic
Francesca's Collections Magnet Max
GUESS Accessories The Raider Image
Kelly Slater's Quiksilver Boardrider's Club Sparky's
Lids Sports Avenue
The Los Angeles Sock Market Stop & Play
Salvatory Shoes Things From Another World
Rant N Rave Universal Studios Store
SCENE Upstart Crow
Skechers

Entertainment

Night Spots Experiences Cinemas
Bubba Gump Shrimp Company iFly Hollywood AMC Theatre & IMAX 19
Buca di Beppo Jillian's Hi-Life Lanes
Hard Rock Café Hollywood
Howl at the Moon
Infusion Lounge
Jillian's
Saddle Ranch Chop House
Samba Brazilian Steakhouse & Lounge

Universal CityWalk Orlando

The entrance plaza to CityWalk Orlando.

The Universal CityWalk in Orlando opened in 1999 as one component of the expansion that transformed Universal Studios Florida into today's 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 multi-story parking structures, then travel via covered moving sidewalks over Universal Boulevard into CityWalk. From there, guests can proceed into either of the theme parks: Universal Studios Florida or Islands of Adventure.

Dining

  • Hard Rock Cafe Orlando - This is actually the second Hard Rock Cafe built on Universal property. The first cafe was built near the Psycho house, Bates Motel, E.T. Adventure, and Fievel's Playground. Although the first cafe 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 Cafe building was demolished in October 2011.
Current Hard Rock Cafe at Universal Studios Florida

Entertainment

  • AMC Theatre Universal Cineplex 20 and IMAX, previously operated by Loews Theatres until January 26, 2006, when AMC merged the Loews Theatres chain.
  • Bob Marley - A Tribute to Freedom
  • CityWalk's Rising Star (Karaoke Club featuring Live Band and Backup Singers & Dancers) - opened April, 2008, replacing CityJazz.
  • The Groove
  • Hard Rock Live, a separate performance venue adjacent to the Hard Rock Cafe
  • Red Coconut Club (formerly Motown Cafe in 1999, and Decades Cafe in 2005)
  • Blue Man Group Sharp Aquos Theatre, a live show featuring Blue Man Group (Formerly Nickelodeon Studios, which was not considered to be a part of CityWalk).
  • 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 50's 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.

Shopping

References

  1. ^ "Peter Jon Pearce site - Building Systems Developments - other projects". 

External links

  • Media related to at Wikimedia Commons
  • Universal CityWalk Hollywood official Web site
  • CityWalk Orlando official Web site

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