Crowds Flock to Universal’s CityWalk for Orlando Nightlife

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Whether you are an Orlando local, or you are vacationing in sunny Central Florida, you have likely nothing that the pandemic has brought along a handful of changes — one major change being nightlife.

At both Disney World and Universal Orlando, we have seen cuts to theme park hours so that Guests usually do not have too much to do in the evening. Disney World, of course, has Disney Springs which typically closes at 10:00 pm due to the pandemic, but as the food and dining location has been picking up larger crowds it seems that some Guests are turning to Universal’s CityWalk as the new hangout spot. 

Universal CityWalk

For those who may not know, CityWalk is the Disney Springs of Universal. Although it is not nearly as large, CityWalk boasts numerous food and dining locations, shopping, and a very fun and youthful nighttime vibe with karaoke bars available to Guests! Plus, Universal CityWalk is directly connected to both Universal Studios and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Therefore, even when the parks close early, and you want to keep the fun going, just take a few steps out into CityWalk! 

Lately, it seems that more Guests are starting to not only visit Universal Orlando Resort more often for their theme parks, but the nighttime crowding has picked up as well. At around 8:00 pm on a Wednesday, you can clearly see that huge crowds of Guests were filing into CityWalk to enjoy some food and drinks.

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Aside from having a huge amount of quick-service options for Guests, their table service dining is also unique and top-notch. Below is a full list of different menus you need to start Googling so that you can decide where to eat next visit!

  • Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food
  • Bigfire
  • Bob Marley – A Tribute to Freedom
  • Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Restaurant & Market
  • The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar
  • Hard Rock Cafe Orlando
  • Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville
  • NBC Sports Grill & Brew
  • Pat O’Brien’s
  • Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen
  • VIVO Italian Kitchen
CityWalk Montage
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I have personally only been to about a quarter of the dining locations offered at CityWalk, but so far, my experience has been fantastic. Plus, with Universal’s CityWalk having a more urban and bar-like party atmosphere, it is a great alternative and contrasting experience to Disney Springs, which prioritizes the family experience.

Plus, they have Voodoo Doughnuts, which has some of the best doughnuts in Central Florida.

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Universal is also opening Volcano Bay up again in a few days, plus with Universal Studios Florida, and Islands of Adventure both readily available for thrills — there has never been a better time to visit Universal Orlando. New attractions such as VelociCoaster are also on the way, and if you do not want to miss you — you should book a trip today. Click here to let the adventure begin!

Do you enjoy visiting CityWalk? What do you think about the crowds?

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