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Top 10 Things to Do at Universal CityWalk at Universal Orlando Resort

Universal CityWalk

If you’re coming to vacation at Universal Orlando Resort, you’re most likely going to find yourself passing through Universal CityWalk. Whether you’re staying at one of the fabulous Universal Orlando resort hotels and riding a water taxi over or parking in one of the massive parking garages, you’ll find yourself walking through CityWalk on your way to Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. CityWalk is the perfect place to grab lunch, dinner, or a quick snack, and there is a lot of fun entertainment to check out after you wrap up a day in the theme parks. Here are the top 10 things to do at Universal CityWalk during your next Universal Orlando Resort vacation!

1. Indulge in a Fantastical Milkshake from The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen

Toothsome Chocolate Emporium and Savory Feast Kitchen at Universal CityWalk

If you went to Universal and didn’t get a Toothsome milkshake, did you even go? These milkshakes are the must-get treat during your vacation for not only the deliciousness, but also the photo that will have everyone wishing they were in your shoes.

2. Try the Epic Fusion of Burgers and Sushi at The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar

Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar at Universal CityWalk

Is it sushi? Is it a burger? It’s both! Burgushi combines the best of both worlds into unique dishes you can only find at The Cowfish. While you’re there, I recommend trying one of their exotic cocktails or spiked milkshakes.

TIP: CityWalk’s restaurants are pretty busy during lunch and dinner times (especially during peak seasons). Click here to guarantee yourself a table by making a reservation ahead of time.

3. Play a Round, or Two, of Miniature Golf at Hollywood Drive-In Golf

Hollywood Drive In Golf at Universal CityWalk

Not many can say they’ve golfed through a space worm or a haunted house during their vacation… but you can! These two mini-golf courses are themed to the classic sci-fi and horror flicks of the 1950s.

4. Stop By Voodoo Doughnut for a Big Pink Box of… Doughnuts!

VooDoo Doughnuts at Universal CityWalk

Voodoo Doll. Grape Ape. Portland Cream. No, these aren’t band names, they’re doughnuts from Voodoo Doughnut. Choose from traditional or whimsical flavors and make sure to ask if they have any specialty doughnuts. They also have vegan options like the ODB, which is so good, like borderline flawless, absolutely delicious.

TIP: Skip the line and order your box of doughnuts ahead of time by mobile ordering through the Universal Orlando Resort app.

5. Get the Ultimate Sports Fan Experience at NBC Sports Grill & Brew

NBC Sports Grill & Brew at Universal CityWalk

You don’t have to miss the game just because you’re on vacation. Catch any league game here while enjoying good food (like a giant soft pretzel) and a cold one from a selection of over 100 beers. There are also foosball tables. Literally, a table where you can eat and also play foosball!

6. Sing Your Heart Out at Rising Star with a Live Karaoke Band

Rising Star at Universal CityWalk
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If you’ve ever dreamed of becoming a singer, Rising Star makes that dream reality. Take the stage with backup singers and a live band (on select nights) and belt out your favorite songs in this rockin’ karaoke experience.

7. End Your Day Roasting S’mores and Savoring Smoky Spirits at Bigfire

Bigfire at Universal CityWalk

Open fire cooking? Check. S’mores tableside? Check. An extensive list of whiskey and bourbon? Check. Bigfire is where you go to have summer vacation vibes year round with smoky flavors reminiscent of camping and backyard barbeques.

8. Pick Out the Perfect Gift or Souvenir from the Universal Studios Store

Universal Studios Store at Universal CityWalk
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You won’t want to miss stopping by this big — and I’m talking BIG — store jam-packed with all the Universal themed gifts and souvenirs you could ever want. 

TIP: Don’t feel like carrying around bags all day in the theme parks? You can have your purchases delivered here for you to pick up as you’re heading out.

9. Enjoy a Stone-Baked Pizza from Red Oven Pizza Bakery

Red Oven Pizza Bakery at Universal CityWalk
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Dang, this is some good pizza. These made-to-order pies are baked in a stone-lined oven with a variety of both blanco and rosso pizzas. Grab one to go and sit by the CityWalk lagoon for a great view or enjoy outside seating at the restaurant while getting some great people watching in.

10. Spend the Evening Listening to Your Choice of Live Music

Hard Rock Live at Universal CityWalk

End your busy day at the theme parks by unwinding with live music from one CityWalk’s many venues.  From reggae jams to full-blown rock concerts, here are a few of my favorite spots.

(Just remember that like all restaurants and concert venues, these performances are subject to change. Luckily, there is always something to do in CityWalk!)

Got any recommendations for first-time visitors? Share your favorite things to do at CityWalk in the comments below.

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Experience Mardi Gras 2021: International Flavors Of Carnaval at Universal Orlando Resort from Now Through March 28

At Universal Orlando ResortMardi Gras isn’t just a celebration, it’s a tradition. For over 25 years, Mardi Gras has come to life in Universal’s version of the French Quarter Courtyard in Universal Studios Florida. This year’s Mardi Gras 2021: International Flavors of Carnaval will feature authentic cuisine inspired by the most iconic Carnaval festivities across the globe and the biggest spread of food and drink offerings the event has ever had. You’ll be able to experience multiple areas throughout Universal Studios, the hotels, and Universal CityWalk with food and beverages themed to international Carnaval celebrations.

This first-ever, dynamic celebration of flavor and entertainment will take place daily at Universal Studios Florida from Saturday, February 6 and continue through Sunday, March 28. This eclectic global food fest will offer more than 70 delectable dishes and beverages from 13 locations around the globe. Plus, Universal Studios Florida will be decked out in vibrant décor and guests will have the first-ever opportunity to get up close with spectacular and intricately-detailed Mardi Gras floats stationed throughout the theme park. You’ll also enjoy a Big Easy bash in the streets with energetic dancers and stilt performers in extraordinary costumes, brass band musicians, countless beads and a newly-themed Mardi Gras Tribute Store stocked with new merchandise that will give guests the perfect look for this epic celebration.

Here’s a sample menu from Universal Studios to get your mouth watering!

  • Puerto Rico (Pernil & Mofongo, Picadillo Empanadas, Quesitos, Pina Verde)
  • New Orleans (Crawfish Boil, Jambalaya, Beignets, Muffaletta Sandwich, Cajun Twisted & Cajun Sausage Taters, Tropical Storm Punch, Milk Punch)
  • Trinidad & Tobago (Pineapple Trini-Chow, Pholourie, Queen’s Park Swizzle Mint)
  • Germany (Pork Schnitzel Slider, Bavarian Pretzel, Vegan Bratwurst with Beer Braised Onions)
  • Spain (Leche Frita, Paella Mixta, Charcuterie)
  • Brazil (Brigadeiros, Moqueca de Camarao, Stuffed Coxinha, Pineapple or Strawberry Caipirinhas)
  • Belgium (Belgium Liege Waffles, Brussels Frites with Roasted Garlic Veganaise)
  • Italy (Cannoli, Arancini, Italian Rainbow Cookie, Affogato)
  • Colombia (Carnitas Arepas, Limonada de Coco, Coco Loco)
  • Canada (Beef Short Rib Poutine, Sugar Shack Springtime Punch)
  • The Bahamas (Jerk Chicken, Jerk Jackfruit, Goombay Smash)
  • France (Poached Pear Creme Brulee Crepe)
  • Cuba (Cuban Sandwich, Dark Caramel Flan, Plantain Chips, Cuba Libre, Cuban Coffee)

Click here for the full menus and descriptions.

The great news is all of these dishes are served as sample sizes, so you’ll be able to try a little bit of everything. If this sounds right up your alley, you’ll want to check out the Mardi Gras Tasting Lanyard options, which you can use for multiple visits (let’s be real, you’ll want to come back to conquer the entire menu).

Universal Orlando continues to implement its enhanced health and safety procedures and guidelines focused on “screening, spacing and sanitization,” and those practices will be applied to all experiences taking place during Mardi Gras 2021: International Flavors of Carnaval. Key measures include screening guests and team members, enforcing social distancing, requiring face coverings, limiting capacity and increasing the already-aggressive cleaning and disinfection procedures. Guests may remove their face coverings while actively eating or drinking, but must be stationary and maintain appropriate social distancing.

All of the excitement of Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras 2021: International Flavors of Carnaval celebration is included with admission to Universal Studios. Florida residents can take advantage of an exclusive ticket offer to purchase a 1-Day, 2-Park ticket and receive three extra days free to experience both parks. Guests can also take advantage of a special offer to save up to $200 on 4-day tickets for a family of four.

With exclusive theme park benefits available to hotel guests, staying in one of Universal Orlando’s hotels is the best way to make the most of a vacation to the award-winning theme park destination. Currently, Florida residents can take advantage of nightly package rates as low as $85 per person, per night, at the all-new value property Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites for a family of 4 with a 3-night stay. Non-Florida residents can book a stay at Dockside Inn and Suites as part of a package for a family of four, with a 5-night stay.  

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14 Restaurants Where You Can Enjoy Breakfast at Universal Orlando Resort

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Breakfast has always had a reputation as the most important meal of the day, and maybe even more so when you’re on vacation. It gets you energized for all of the fun activities you’re going to do, while also giving you the opportunity to indulge in delicious food.

Whether you’re staying at one of Universal Orlando’s hotels or looking to come to Universal CityWalk or the parks early, there are plenty of great breakfast spots throughout Universal Orlando Resort. Here are 14 recommendations for a delicious breakfast at Universal Orlando Resort.

Breakfast in Universal Orlando Resort Theme Parks

Universal Studios Florida


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Start your day the right way with a hot cup of coffee and fresh pastries from TODAY Cafe. Or choose a heartier option like a breakfast sandwich or an acai bowl. Also offering lunch options, TODAY Cafe is the perfect spot for brunch if you want to work up your appetite by hitting a few rides first.

Click here to see the full TODAY Cafe breakfast menu.

Leaky Cauldron

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Before you set out to explore The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley, enjoy a hot breakfast from the Leaky Cauldron. Indulge in authentic British fare like the Traditional Breakfast or an Egg, Leek & Mushroom Pasty. I recommend this as the go-to spot for guests with Early Park Admission.

Click here to see the full Leaky Cauldron breakfast menu.

Quick Breakfast Bites in Universal Studios Florida:

Universal’s Islands of Adventure

Three Broomsticks

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One of my favorite places to have breakfast is in the Three Broomsticks in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade. I love being able to enjoy a plate of pancakes and Pumpkin Juice with a view of Hogwarts first thing in the morning. It feels surreal.

Click here to see the full Three Broomsticks breakfast menu.

Green Eggs & Ham Cafe

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Okay, so not your traditional breakfast item, but you’re on vacation, right? Make Sam I Am proud by grabbing a plate of Green Eggs & Ham Tots.

Quick Breakfast Bites in Universal’s Islands of Adventure:

Universal’s Volcano Bay

Kohola Reef Restaurant & Social Club

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Before you go conquer the Krakatau Aqua Coaster, fuel up with breakfast at Kohola Reef Restaurant & Social Club. During the summertime (from May through early Sept.), you can chow down on breakfast pizza, sandwiches, and wraps. Outside of this summertime offering, you can still enjoy a refreshing continental breakfast with fresh pastries and fruits.

Breakfast at Universal Orlando Resort Hotels

Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites

(official opening date coming soon)

Pier 8 Market

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Dockside Inn and Suites is all about relaxation, so why not ease into your morning that way? Wake up with a refreshing glass of orange juice and one of the delicious breakfast items like chicken and waffles or the Pier 8 Egg Muffin. My personal favorite is the Avocado Toast, which happens to be vegan!

Click here to see more of the food and beverage options that will be available at Pier 8 Market.

Quick Breakfast Bites at Dockside Inn and Suites:

  • Starbucks

Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites

Beach Break Cafe

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Beach Break Cafe offers hearty breakfast items that get you ready for a sunshine-filled day in the parks or out by the pool. Choose from breakfast pizzas, burritos, egg muffins, and even a crispy chicken sandwich.

Click here to see the full Beach Break Cafe breakfast menu.

Quick Breakfast Bites at Surfside Inn and Suites:

Universal’s Aventura Hotel

Urban Pantry

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Two words: hash station. This unique staple of Urban Pantry lets you choose from a bowl or wrap with your choice of protein, eggs, cheese, and fresh ingredients. You also have your traditional breakfast station with your morning favorites, including a bacon and egg sandwich that is quite scrumptious.

Click here to see the full Urban Pantry breakfast menu.

Quick Breakfast Bites at Aventura Hotel:

Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Bayliner Diner

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Bayliner Diner is the perfect mix of quick-selection and sit-down options. If you want to relax and ease into the day, you can grab a plate of eggs and your choice of sides. Prefer to swing by on your way to the parks? Grab a breakfast sandwich to go.

Click here to see the full Bayliner Diner breakfast menu.

Quick Breakfast Bites at Cabana Bay Beach Resort:

Loews Sapphire Falls Resort

Amatista Cookhouse

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Breakfast buffets are kinda my jam, especially when I’m vacay. Amatista Cookhouse has one of the best buffets I’ve ever tried. There is a ton of fresh fruit and pastries, biscuits and gravy, smoked salmon, oatmeal and grits, specialty eggs and more. OR you can order off the menu with Carribean inspired dishes like the Eg g White and Smoked Turkey Arepa. You can make a reservation ahead of time here.

Click here to see the full Amatista Cookhouse breakfast menu.

Quick Breakfast Bites at Sapphire Falls Resort:

Loews Royal Pacific Resort

Islands Dining Room

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Wake up and get a taste of island life with options like Hawaiin Pancakes, Tahitian French Toast a L’Orange, Smoked Salmon, and more. You can also get your traditional breakfast items like omelets, pancakes, and eggs. You can make a reservation ahead of time here.

Click here to see the full Islands Dining Room breakfast menu.

Quick Breakfast Bites at Royal Pacific Resort:

Hard Rock Hotel Orlando

The Kitchen

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The Kitchen has some of the best french toast and waffles I’ve ever had, with “The Elvis” being one of their famous french toasts (pictured above). If you’re visiting on a Sunday, you can also do their Sunday Brunch with live music. Make a reservation ahead of time here.

Click here to see the full The Kitchen breakfast menu.

Quick Breakfast Bites at Hard Rock Hotel Orlando:

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

(official reopening date coming soon)

Trattoria del Porto

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Enjoy a delightful morning out on the piazza at Trattoria del Porto. Choose from an excellent breakfast buffet with options for the whole family, or you can order a la carte like the Breakfast Quesadilla. You can make a reservation ahead of time here.

Click here to see the full Trattoria del Porto breakfast menu.

Quick Breakfast Bites at Portofino Bay Hotel:

CRAVING MORE?:If that wasn’t enough of a teaser for your tastebuds, feast your eyes on these Top 10 Breakfast Options at Universal Orlando’s Hotels.

Breakfast at Universal CityWalk

Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen

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You can enjoy breakfast all day from Toothsome Chocolate Emporium where you can choose from either sweet or savory dishes. You can have delectable waffles like the Banana Fosters or Berries and Cream. And for those looking for heartier options, try the Country Fresh French Toast or the Quiche Lorraine.

Click here to see the full Toothsome Chocolate Emporium breakfast menu.

Quick Breakfast Bites in CityWalk:

BONUS: Character Breakfasts

Treat yourself to a fun morning with some of your favorite characters while enjoying a delicious breakfast.

The Grinch & Friends Character Breakfast (Seasonal)

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This is my top, must-do dining experience at Universal Orlando Resort. During select days Nov. – Dec. you can grab breakfast with The Grinch and Whos from Seuss Landing. It’s like you’ve stepped into a Dr. Seuss book with whimsical drinks and treats and the famous plate of Green Eggs & Ham. *Reservations are required

Where are you going to have breakfast at Universal Orlando Resort first on your next vacation? Click here to see all of Universal Orlando’s dining options and start planning now.

Enjoy Nightlife, Shopping, Dining, and More at Universal CityWalk

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Any time you visit the parks at Universal Orlando Resort, you first walk through the streets that is Universal CityWalk. It’s a pretty cool area to visit before, during or even after your theme park experience.

This is an entertainment complex that features dining, entertainment and shopping. It is the cherry on top of the perfect day in-park. To help you plan out your visit, take a look at all the offerings.


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Looking for a day of fun or a day or night out? Here are some entertainment experiences fit for kids of any age.

Universal Cinemark: Catch new releases on big screens with state-of-the-art projection and sound systems that put on an incredible show. Enjoy the ultimate in comfort with stadium seating and NEW upgraded seating which includes over-sized luxury plush recliners with extendable footrests and cup holders. When you’re feeling hungry, the concession stands are stocked with sweet snacks, hot food like pizza, hot dogs and nachos as well as a bar.

Reserved seating now available! Secure your seats online.

NEW enhanced experiences:

  • Newly installed XD viewing experience is enhanced with a wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling screen and a complete surround sound package providing an extreme digital experience (supports RealD 3D)

Find out more about the New Enhanced Movie Experience at Universal Cinemark.

  • Blue Man Group: This is famed worldwide for being an incredible entertainment experience that checks all the boxes. With comedy, theater, rock concert and dance party all in one, this is a show you’ll never forget. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit
  • Hollywood Drive-in Golf: 50s sci-fi meets horror flick fun on two interactive 18-hole mini-golf courses. Pick your poison with either The Haunting of Ghostly Greens and Invaders from Planet Putt. Discover all the fun.
  • Hard Rock Live: Prepare to be impressed with the 3,000-seat auditorium boasts state-of-the-art audio, lighting, video, and a full bar and concession stand. It’s time to see the latest for who is playing.

TIP: Take advantage of the CityWalk Meal & Movie Deal where you can enjoy a lunch/dinner at one of the most popular restaurants PLUS a movie at Universal Cinemark.


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Talk about a night out with friends, family or loved ones. There are options from clubs to piano bars or karaoke. All locations has a cover.

  • CityWalk’s Rising Star: It’s time for your big break at Rising Star, our own karaoke club. And imagine how you would sound on stage with a live band behind you. This is a sing-along experience you’ll never forget. Learn more here.
  • Pat O’Brien’s: Is this New Orleans or CityWalk? You tell us. This boisterous establishment feels like it’s in the middle of the action on Bourbon Street. Laugh with the dueling pianos as you indulge in authentic cajun cookin’. See the experience
  • the groove: Take your plans to the next level with this multi-level dance club with nightly DJs boasting the latest in sound and special effects. You’ll never be thirsty with several uniquely themed full-service bars. Here’s all the details you need.
  • Bob-Marley- A tribute to freedom: The chillest place in town, these Bob Marley-inspired digs feature Artifacts, photos, and video clips from his storied career that surround you in the open-air veranda and courtyard. Don’t forget to read about the tribute to Universal CityWalk.
  • Red Coconut Club: Step into old Havana and soak up the Cuban flair. This ultra-lavish lounge has two levels of music and dancing, topped with intimate dining upstairs and an outdoor patio. Learn more here.

TIP: Take advantage of The CityWalk Party Pass, which entitles one guest admission to Rising Star, Red Coconut Club, Bob Marley – A Tribute to Freedom, the groove and Pat O’Briens on one select day. And there’s opportunity to enhance your time with the VIP upgrade at the groove, Red Coconut Club and CityWalk’s Rising Star. It provides an exclusive seating area, dedicated server and express entry.


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For when you want an immersive and unique dining experience. These restaurants are available for more than just dinner:

  • NEW Bigfire: Now Open. Inspired by the cozy nostalgia of cooking over a fire. Open fire cooking is king, where elevated American fare like steaks and freshwater cuisine are given the fiery touch with pairings of different woods, flavoring your meal with smoky goodness. Experience s’mores in a whole new way as graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows are prepared tableside.
  • Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen: Dine in an enchanted Steampunk eatery and enjoy savory classic dishes like steak and seafood, as well as an all-day brunch menu featuring crepes and quiches. Save room for their one-of-a-kind desserts. See the full menu here.
    • (No reservations needed.)
  • NBC Sports Grill & Brew: This unique sports-dining experience is unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. Kick back with a cold one with over 100 bottles and drafts to choose from while you watch games on 100 high-definition screens. And this isn’t your typical bar food; a mix of tasty classics and new creations are on the
    • Reservations available. Call 407-224-FOOD (3663)
  • The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar: If you didn’t think sushi went with burgers, you’ve never been here. Experience unique burgers or dive into some sushi. Keep them separate or embrace the spirit of Burgushi, a cutting-edge fusion of sandwiches made with sushi stuff, and sushi built with burger stuff. See it to believe it here.
    • Reservations available. Call 407-224-FOOD (3663)

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  • VIVO Italian Kitchen: Indulge in the Italian cuisine of your dreams at this restaurant where traditional flavor meets modern aesthetic. Watch as hand-tossed pizzas emerge from the oven and as chefs make fresh bread, sauce, mozzarella, and pasta before your eyes. Experience the full menu here.
    • No reservations needed.
  • Hard Rock Cafe: Amp up your dining experience at the world’s largest Hard Rock Cafe. You can see the very suit Elvis wore in the film Viva Las Vegas view hand-painted Beatles posters, and more. But in between drooling over rock memorabilia, drool over this rockin’ menu here.
    • Reservations available. Call (407) 351-7625.
  • Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.: Live one of your favorite movies at this dining spot. All kinds of shrimp are served here along with a host of Southern favorites, from award-winning baby back ribs to fried chicken, fresh fish dishes, and homemade desserts. Check out the full menu.
    • Reservations available. Call 407-224-FOOD (3663)
  • Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville: Relax in the tropical oasis, and try not to be alarmed at the eruption of the margarita-filled volcano at The Volcano Bar. Take a bite of the tropics with items like Grilled Fish Tacos and a Cheeseburger in Paradise. There are 10 variations of margaritas and a host of frozen concoctions on deck. See the spread here.
    • Reservations available. Call 407-224-FOOD (3663)
  • Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food: Treat your tastebuds to your favorite latin flavors including the famed tableside guacamole that is the perfect pairing to warm chips and a cold cerveza. The fiesta vibes come to life with live Mariachi music on select nights. See the menu here.
    • Reservations available. Call 407-224-FOOD (3663)


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You have to eat, and you have to eat now. These are the restaurants for you.

  • Hot Dog Hall of Fame: Calling all hot dog connoisseurs! Come chow down on the nation’s most iconic franks, from sauerkraut New York dog and poppy-seed buns to Chicago to authentic Milwaukee bratwurst. Check out the full menu.
  • Panda Express: Get the quick Asian-inspired meals you know and love at this quick service location. Check out the full menu.
  • Fusion Bistro Sushi & Sake Bar: Sushi—done fast. This is your destination for made-to-order sushi, sashimi and temaki hand rolls. You’ll also find bento boxes, beef skewers, dumplings, and specialty fruit-infused sakes for a convenient meal on-the-go. See the options here.
  • Bread Box Handcrafted Sandwiches: Experience the sandwich of your dreams. Get your fix with classics like roast beef, chicken salad, pastrami, patty melts, and more. Add soups, salads, sides and sweet treats (even Twinkies) for an easy and quick meal.
  • Red Oven Pizza Bakery: If you’re craving authentic Italian pizza, it’s waiting for you here. Choice from a menu or create a personalized pie that will be baked in a 900° stone-lined oven and cooked in less than 90 seconds. Enjoy the option to dine in or carry out. Check it the menu here.
  • Lone Palm Airport: If you thought you saw Jimmy Buffet’s seaplane in the middle of Universal CityWalk, you were right. It’s actually a waterfront tiki bar where you can get your favorite tropical drinks.
  • Burger King: Yep, there’s a Burger King too, for when you just want a burger and fries—fast. In case you need the menu, check it out here.
  • Moe’s Southwest Grill: Oh yeah, sometimes you just need a fat burrito. Create something great with more than 20 incredibly fresh ingredients like all-natural chicken, grass-fed steak and organic tofu to make burritos, tacos, salads, nachos, burrito bowls, and quesadillas. See it all here.


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Hope you saved room for dessert, because you can’t miss these sweet stops.

  • Voodoo Doughnut: The giant, weird and mouth-watering doughnuts you’ve heard about. Indulge in over 50 types of doughnuts! Get funky with options like the Memphis Mafia and the Bacon Maple Bar. See the whole array here.
  • Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen: Experience ultimate indulgence in gourmet chocolates and one-of-a-kind desserts, ranging from artisanal milkshakes to sumptuous sundaes.
  • Cinnabon: When you need comfort food, you need cinnamon rolls. Cure your craving morning, day or night with these warm and gooey deliciousness.
  • Starbucks: There’s no better place to stop on your way into the parks than with a cup of coffee in your hands.
  • Cold Stone Creamery: On your way out of the parks, make a pit stop at this ice cream shop for the pinnacle of ice creams, smoothies, cakes, and shakes. Check out all the options here.
  • Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt: Get your custom ice cream on. Create something just for you with lots of yogurt and topping options at this location.
  • Auntie Anne’s Pretzels: You know when you smell pretzels and have to have one? Yeah, us too. Thank goodness there’s one near NBC Sport Grill and Brew.
  • Dippin’ Dots: There’s even a spot to grab everyone’s favorite tiny ice cream.


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You’ve dined at an incredible restaurant next door and now you’ve dashed over for some much needed retail therapy. It’s time to experience the crazy variety of shopping that CityWalk has to offer.

  • Universal Studios Store: Sometimes you just need a good souvenir. Or twenty. All of the cool collectables you could ever want from Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure are waiting for you here.
  • Quiet Flight Surf Shop: Time to grab some gnarly gear. Stock up on surf-inspired clothing from beach brands like Quiet Flight, Billabong, Vans, Quicksilver, Volcom, Roxy, Ray-Ban, and more.TIP: Get the perfect Instagram shot outside the shop with the huge wave and share it with #ReadyForUniversal.
  • Fresh Produce: You’ll love this cute boutique that stocks lifestyle essentials like beachy apparel and swimwear, vibrant accessories, and adorable homewares. Treat yourself to a bag from Vera Bradley or comfortable footwear from Crocs.
  • The Island Clothing Co.: Step into island time with coastal clothes from The Island Clothing Co. Your favorite brands like Tommy Bahama, Quicksilver, Honolua Surf Co. are all in-store.
  • Rock Shop: Located right off the Hard Rock Cafe lobby, the Rock Shop sells logo and music-themed apparel, accessories, and souvenirs including an array of world famous City Tees and collectible pins.
  • Fossil: You’ll love Fossil’s high-quality leather and accessories like watches, purses and more!
  • P!Q: Find wacky gifts and playful toys for kids of all ages at this funky shop.
  • Hart & Huntington Tattoo Company: Oh yeah—Universal CityWalk has it all. Even a tattoo shop. Founded and inspired by Carey Hart’s passion, you’ll find perfectly clean tattoo stations to and rockin’ tattoo artists.

Whew. What a guide! Next stop, NBC Sports Grill & Brew. Meet you there at 5 ‘o clock sharp. Also, don’t forget to share your perfect day / night at Universal CityWalk in the comments below.

Three Ways to Celebrate New Year’s Eve 2018 at Universal Orlando Resort

From the Universal Orlando Resort Blog:

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With 2018 fading quickly in the rearview mirror, it’s time to consider where you want to be when the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve 2018.

Across Universal Orlando Resort, there will be some amazing celebrations. From midnight toasts to confetti showers, the festivities across our parks and hotels will make this a night you won’t forget.

Here are three ways you can ring in the new year at Universal Orlando:

1. Party It Up at Universal Studios Florida

Make your way to Universal Studios Florida as the Music Plaza Stage and Central Park areas transform into rockin’ party zones. You’ll enjoy live music, appearances by some of your favorite Universal Orlando characters and – of course – essential New Year’s Eve party favors. Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration will light up the night just before amazing pyrotechnic displays and showers of confetti mark the start of a new year. The best part is New Year’s Eve celebrations at Universal Studios Florida are included with your theme park admission or Annual Pass, which are now available with up to six months free.

2. Experience EVE at Universal CityWalk

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Looking for an upscale New Year’s Eve party? Check out EVE at Universal CityWalk. Designed for guests 21 and up, this separately-ticketed event includes unlimited gourmet cuisine, live bands and DJs – including a performance by DJ M-Squared – access to six CityWalk clubs, plus Orlando’s largest outdoor dance floor. The only time you won’t be dancing is at midnight, when we’ll pause for a champagne toast and a breathtaking pyrotechnic display. Tickets for EVE are now on sale – learn more and purchase your tickets before December 15 for $30 off!

3. Celebrate at Our On-Site Hotels

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Some of Universal’s on-site hotels also join in the fun, providing a mix of unique dining options, live entertainment, midnight toasts and even balloon drops. Highlights include Hard Rock Hotel’s “Rock-In 2018!” event (where we’ll tune in via satellite to watch the Times Square Ball Drop) and Jake’s “Best of 2018” Beer Dinner at Loews Royal Pacific Resort. Click here for details on hotel events and special ticket offers.

Whether you prefer to dance the night away or mark the occasion with a fine dining experience, your ideal New Year’s countdown celebration is bound to be at Universal Orlando.

Top 5 Doughnuts from Voodoo Doughnut at Universal CityWalk

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Top 5 Doughnuts from Voodoo Doughnut at Universal CityWalk

This spring, a Voodoo Doughnut at Universal CityWalk will be opening next to NBC Sports Grill & Brew. This unique doughnut shop has already built a cult following with their delightfully weird and delicious creations. From Glazed Old Fashioned to Grape Ape and the Bacon Maple Bar, there is truly a doughnut for every person and taste bud.

In fact, there are more than 50 types of doughnuts you’ll soon be able to sample. I know what you’re thinking: with that many options I ‘dough nut’ know which to try first. Well, you’re in luck because I have put together a list of the top five doughnuts I am most excited to try that will hopefully help you on your mouthwatering journey.

1. Voodoo Doll

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This doughnut has become synonymous with Voodoo Doughnut. The idea for the signature creation was thought of well before the first Voodoo Doughnut shop opened its doors, but it took a while to find the right “doll pin.” Once the creators found the perfect pretzel, the rest was history. Filled with raspberry jelly, covered with chocolate frosting and topped with a pretzel stake, this is the perfect doughnut to post to Instagram to make all of your friends and family jealous (I know I will).

2. Portland Cream

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Not only is this one of the first doughnuts that Voodoo Doughnut created, but it is also a tribute to the city of Portland, the shop’s first location. This creation is filled with Bavarian cream and topped with chocolate and two frosting eyeballs.

3. Grape Ape

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This doughnut was almost cut from the original Voodoo menu but after customers made an impassioned plea, it quickly became a fan favorite. A few fans have even gotten a tattoo in honor of the vanilla frosted doughnut covered with grape dust and lavender sprinkles.

4. Bacon Maple Bar

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Covered with maple frosting and bacon on top, this doughnut is perfect for those who love savory mixed with sweet.

5. Oh Captain, My Captain

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For the cereal lovers out there! This doughnut is covered with vanilla frosting and sweet and golden breakfast cereal with a fruity twist.

And there are so many more flavors to try and a’dough! Feast your eyes on the more than 50 types of doughnuts you can soon try. Let us know which doughnut you want to try first at Voodoo Doughnut at Universal CityWalk in the comments below!

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Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, Universal Studios Travel Agency of the Year 2010, 2011, & 2012. She would love to help you plan your next Universal Orlando vacation at no cost to you. Contact Siera today at siera@destinationsinflorida.com or at 734-771-1290 for more information or your free, no obligation quote. 

Ring in the New Year at EVE 2017 at Universal’s CityWalk at Universal Orlando

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It’s that time of year again, time to solidify your New Year’s Eve plan and avoid major fear of missing out by choosing the best celebration. Celebrating the arrival of 2018 will not be complete without a delicious spread of food, great music to dance to and flashy outfits.

Search no further than EVE 2017 at Universal CityWalk at Universal Orlando Resort for a eye-popping, mind-blowing, jam-packed New Year’s celebration.

Here’s why EVE 2017 is your ultimate New Years’ experience:

1. Foodie Paradise

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Satisfy your cravings and enjoy unlimited gourmet food like prime rib, tenderloin and fresh seafood.

2. Move and Groove All Night Long

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Bust a move on Orlando’s largest outdoor dance floor.

3. Endless Live Music and DJs

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Enjoy unlimited access to six Universal CityWalk clubs with live bands and DJs.

4. Classy Goodbye to 2017

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Cheers 2017 goodbye with a midnight champagne toast!

There are a number of different ticket options, including VIP packages and Passholder specials.

I’ll see you at EVE 2017!

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, Universal Studios Travel Agency of the Year 2010, 2011, & 2012. She would love to help you plan your next Universal Orlando vacation at no cost to you. Contact Siera today at siera@destinationsinflorida.com or at 734-771-1290 for more information or your free, no obligation quote. 

Discover the Inspiration Behind The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium at Universal’s CityWalk


Discover the Inspiration Behind The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium

Inspiration Behind The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium

Recently, Universal Orlando Resort announced the next original concept in a line of unique venues coming to Universal CityWalk, The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium. The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium will be a delectable dining experience that combines chocolate and savory dishes with a fun atmosphere. Today, you can learn more about the inspiration behind The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium.


The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen is the next evolution of dining at CityWalk, following a groundbreaking two years of unprecedented growth that includes other original concepts from the Universal team like NBC Sports Grill & Brew, Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food, Vivo Italian Kitchen, and Red Oven Pizza Bakery.

The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium elevate everyone’s favorite confection to the next level by combining the incredible storytelling from Universal Orlando’s Creative and Entertainment teams with the high quality service and delectable dishes of Universal Orlando’s Food & Beverage team.

As Universal Orlando looked for inspiration, the Steampunk era really stood out with its rebellious spirit of creation and industrial influences. After delving deeper into the genre and its design elements, they found the structural shapes and rich color palettes to evoke exactly the type of experience that they wanted to create for their guests. It was the perfect fit.


Even from afar, you’ll see the Steampunk influence with working gears and smokestacks. Once you step inside, hosts dressed in alternative fashions will greet you. The sights and sounds of brass gadgetry and manufacturing will immediately surround you.


And of course, you’ll be able to indulge in all of the delectable creations – from the decadent milkshakes to the eclectic savory dishes, there’s plenty to choose from. You’ll have to discover your favorite later this year.


Stay tuned for more exciting news about The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen, including more scrumptious details on the amazing menu items inspired by cuisine from across the globe.

Would you like to visit Universal Orlando Resort? Contact Siera today at 734-771-1290 or siera@destinationsinflorida.com for more information or your free, no obligation quote.