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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

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; 28 years ago (May 1993)
  • amphitheatre: June 28, 1972; 49 years ago (June 28, 1972)
  • theater: July 4, 1987; 34 years ago (July 4, 1987)[1]
  • expansion: April 7, 2000; 21 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.


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 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.

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.


A Jamba Juice store located along the CityWalk in Universal Studios Hollywood.
A Jamba Juice store located along the CityWalk in Universal Studios Hollywood.
Casual Dining Quick Service Eateries Snack & Refreshments
Antojito's Cocina Mexicana Blaze Pizza Ben and Jerry's
Bubba Gump Shrimp Company LudoBird Cinnabon
Buca di Beppo Panda Express Jamba Juice
Dongpo Kitchen Pink's Famous Hot Dogs Menchie's Frozen Yogurt
Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Subway Popcornopolis
Johnny Rockets Restaurant & Sports Lounge Taco Bell Starbucks
Karl Strauss Brewing Company The Crêpe Café Wetzel's Pretzels
NBC Sports Grill & Brew Voodoo Doughnut
Samba Brazilian Steakhouse & Lounge
Vivo Italian Kitchen
Wasabi at CityWalk


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


Night Spots Experiences Cinemas Game Show Taping
Bubba Gump Shrimp Company iFly Hollywood Universal Cinema Family Feud (2010–2011)
Buca di Beppo
Howl at the Moon
Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville
Samba Brazilian Steakhouse & Lounge

Universal CityWalk Orlando

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 date1999; 22 years ago (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 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-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.


  • 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.[citation needed]
  • Jimmy Buffett's 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
Current Hard Rock Café at Universal Studios Florida


  • 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 (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 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.


Former outlets

Universal CityWalk Osaka

Universal City Walk Osaka, Japan
Universal City Walk Osaka, Japan


  • 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



Takoyaki museum at Universal City Walk Osaka
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


Universal CityWalk Beijing

Universal CityWalk Beijing from its south
Universal CityWalk Beijing from its south

The Universal CityWalk Beijing opened to public on September 2, 2021[6] as part of the Universal Beijing Resort's first phase with no entrance fee.[7]


The Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. restaurant at Universal CityWalk Beijing
The Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. restaurant at Universal CityWalk Beijing


Universal Studios Store, Beijing
Universal Studios Store, Beijing


  • Universal CityWalk Cinema



  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. ^ "English & Chinese Floor Map".
  6. ^ "环球城市大道 正式向公众开放". Beijing Youth Daily. 2021-09-04. Retrieved 2021-09-07.
  7. ^ "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.
  8. ^ "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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