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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.

Universal CityWalk Hollywood

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 m 2 ). 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 [2] (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.

Dining

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Casual Dining Quick Service Eateries Snack & Refreshments
Bubba Gump Shrimp Company Blaze Pizza Ben and Jerry's
Buca di Beppo LudoBird Cinnabon
Camacho's Cantina KFC Express/ Pizza Hut Express
Dongpo Kitchen Panda Express IT'SUGAR
Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood Pink's Famous Hot Dogs Jamba Juice
Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Subway Menchie's Frozen Yogurt
Johnny Rockets Restaurant & Sports Lounge Taco Bell Popcornopolis
Karl Strauss Brewing Company The Crêpe Café Starbucks
Saddle Ranch Chop House Wetzel's Pretzels
Samba Brazilian Steakhouse & Lounge Voodoo Doughnut
Tony Roma's
Wasabi at CityWalk
Wolfgang Puck Bistro

Shopping

Apparel & Accessories Collectibles, Games & Novelties Food Specialities, Home, Health & Beauty
Abercrombie & Fitch IT'SUGAR Popcornopolis
ANGL Sparky's Zen Zone
Billabong Dodger Clubhouse Store
Element Hard Rock Café – Retail Store
Flip Flop Shops Hot Topic
Fossil The Raider Image
Francesca's Collections Things From Another World
GUESS Accessories Universal Studios Store
Lids
Lids Locker Room
The Los Angeles Sock Market
Shoe Palace
SCENE
Skechers

Entertainment

Night Spots Experiences Cinemas
Bubba Gump Shrimp Company iFly Hollywood Universal Cinema
Buca di Beppo
Hard Rock Café Hollywood
Howl at the Moon
Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville
Saddle Ranch Chop House
Samba Brazilian Steakhouse & Lounge

Universal 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 Playland. 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.
  • Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville
  • Emeril's Restaurant Orlando
  • Antojito's Authentic Mexican Food
  • Starbucks
  • Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, inspired by the 1994 film Forrest Gump (formerly Motown Cafe in 1999)
  • Cinnabon

Entertainment

  • AMC Theatres 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 (Previously 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

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Dining

  • 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 CAFÉ

Shopping

  • EDION
  • NOSTALGIA MUSEUM
  • ROCK SHOP
  • Little Osaka
  • LAWSON
  • Matsumoto Kiyoshi
  • JUMP SHOP
  • claire's
  • maimo
  • Gap Factory Store
  • Boushiya Flava

Other

  • The Original Takoyaki Tamade, Osaka Aiduya
  • Takoya Dotonbori Kukuru
  • Osaka Amerikamura Kougaryu
  • Abeno Takoyaki Yamachan
  • Juhachiban
  • Naniwa's Specialty Ichibirian

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