Overview: I and my friends love Universal CityWalk! But I don't love the high prices! I've been coming here for over 7 years (I'm 11) with my... more »
I and my friends love Universal CityWalk! But I don't love the high prices! I've been coming here for over 7 years (I'm 11) with my... more » family, and we have learned some tricks on how to save a buck here at Universal CityWalk, right next to Universal City Studios.
Come with me on a bargain journey of exploration and shopping on a budget at one of the most fun, safe and most visited main streets in America! CityWalk is a most see when visiting Los Angeles, and I hope my guide will save you some money. less «
What to bring - Everyone is a tourist at CityWalk, so bring comfortable shoes, a camera and plan to spend some time exploring. But... more » bring money - many of the places here DONT have bargains, so money is always good to have. There are ATM's at CityWalk but plan ahead.
ANNUAL PASS HOLDERS - If you have a Universal Studios Annual Pass, bring it! Almost every store will give you discounts on all purchases, sometimes up to 20%. If you don't have one, consider buying one, but only if you intend to use it! Locals get discounts for the annual pass. Passes are also sometimes on sale at discounted prices for very limited times of the year, so keep an eye out for them on TV and the internet.
What to watch for - Actors, actresses, and Universal Studio workers walk in to CityWalk from right next door to eat and have coffee, so be on the lookout!
What to wear - Weather is excellent in Los Angeles - most of the time, but sometimes it does rain. Universal CityWalk is not covered, so if rain is planned, dress warm.
When to go - CityWalk is least crowded in the mornings and early afternoons, and during the week. CityWalk is MOST crowded on weekend, holidays and at night. Plan ahead!
What to ask - When shopping at CityWalk, ask the employees for any discount or clearance items or areas.
Research! - Check out prices for not only CityWalk but Universal Studios on their website. CityWalk also has its own website which has detailed information for every store. less «
Hi, Im Sarah, welcome to Universal CityWalk in Hollywood! The following are just some of the places in CityWalk I and my family have found to save money while visiting this wonderful and safe Southern California tourist attraction. CityWalk does not have to be expensive...
This is the landmark Universal Studio store to buy everything Universal Studios - t-shirs, caps and more. The stuff here IS pricey, but some of the Universal Studio items that you find here are only found here, and nowhere else.
The BARGAIN - You get 35% off if you are a Universal Studio employee, 15% off if you have a Universal Studio Annual... More Pass, and 10% with a AAA card. They also have a dedicated clearance rack with stylish but overstocked items. Ask ahead of time where it is.Less
TFAW - Things From Another World, a glorified comic book store with comic toys, statues, comics and a lot of other cool and awesome stuff. Prices can be pricey - look for the stuff on SALE.
The BARGAIN - They have a $1 comic book section (right next to the front door) and a $5 statue and figurine section.
Crazy place with robot controlled massage machines, a multi-colored oxygen bar and little electronic goodies. Some of the items are very pricey, but the massage-o-matic machines may be worth the time. Where else but in LA !?!?
The BARGAIN - Free demonstrations of hand massages and the little electronic goodies are worth the time in the store.
Everything Dodgers! But ask the employees there which jersey is the most popular before you start wearing yesterdays Dodger hero. You can also buy Dodger tickets here. A lot of fun Dodger goodies not even found at Dodger Stadium.
The BARGAIN - 10% of everything in the store for Annual Pass Holders, but they always have a clearance section - just... More ask.Less
Upstart Crow and Crow's Nest Toys are next to each other, with a Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf throw in for fun ! Great fun for little kids, the employees encourage you to play with the items before you buy.
The BARGAIN - Bargains up to 80% off in the clearance section in the VERY back of the store. Supplies vary day to day but you can always find... More something that is not TOOOOO expensive...Less
ALL restaurants at CityWalk is expensive! What do you expect, CityWalk IS a tourist-trap.
The BARGAIN - Comachos Cantina is one of the only restaurants with a happy hour, Mon-Fri 3pm - 7pm, bar and patio only. Patio is kid friendly! Drinks are still 3 times the cost of your local restaurant but Comachos is located in the heart of CityWalk with... More prime people watching all of the time.Less
FREE! Let the kids go wild playing in the 'dancing water fountain' right in front of Abercrombie and Fitch. Kids MUST wear shoes (Crocs or similar) when playing in the water. Swimsuits allowed!
Everything sugar, and more. Candy, candy and more candy. The stuff is usually pretty expensive but it's fun to visit. They used to host birthday parties here.
The BARGAIN - Clearance section and discounted items. Annual Pass Holders get 10% off. Sorry, old candy is eaten by the employees....
Universal Studios owns this Starbucks, not Starbucks! The only Starbucks in the country that features local Cheesecak Factory cheesecakes, cupcakes (red velvet) and cakes. And they are fresh!
The BARGAIN - Save 15% when you use your Universal American Express Card, Annual Pass Holder discount of 10%, and get a free drink when you buy 15 with you... More register at Starbucks.com.Less
AMC theatres - 8 Imax cinemas, a bunch of 3D movies, ALL theatres have stadium seating This cinema usually has the newest releases. BUT prices range from $9 - $18. Ouch. The reviews of this place are kinda bad too, but might be worth it if you have the money.
The BARGAIN - Not much, sorry but they do have discounted parking - $8 General Parking... More rebate at box office with a movie ticket purchase if you park before 3:00 p.m. $5 General Parking rebate at box office with a movie ticket purchase if you park 3:00 p.m. to closing. Be aware - offer is not valid for Preferred or Valet Parking.Less
Taco Bell is relatively new to the food court here, which includes Tommys, Panda Express, Subway, Pizza Hut and other places. They all charge MORE than the same exact place OUTSIDE of CityWalk, sorry, but there is some hope...
The BARGAIN - $1.09 tacos are your cheapest meal here, still more than a typical Taco Bell, but its THE place to eat when... More you are on a budget. Pay $1.09 here for a taco, get your valet parking ticket stamped (see #14 below), save $10 - $15 in parking....Less
Parking is WAY expensive at CityWalk, a real ripoff. But there is one great deal to avoid any cost....
The BARGAIN - 2 hours of FREE valet parking in the Jurassic Parking Valet for vehicles arriving between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday, with a participating CityWalk restaurant, retail or entertainment venue validation. This deal... More excludes AMC CityWalk Cinemas (boo!).
ALSO, if you take the MetroRail to Universal, there is no parking charges, only a walk up the hill to Universal Studios and CityWalk, or a tram ride (not sure if there is a charge).Less
Great Italian food in large portions, especially worth it if you like leftovers.
The BARGAIN - Annual Pass Holders get 10% off all food.
Bowl where Justin Bieber did his music video! That's worth it right there! Fun place for the family but the lanes are not meant for the professional bowler - be aware! Food is served at your lanes are nearby. Full bar. (Prices are steep though).
The BARGAIN - Cheaper bowling prices during the day, no charge for bowling shoes for Annual Pass... More Holders. Oh boy!Less
Experience flying - without flying! Super fun but super expensive. Watch before you jump! WARNING - book ahead if its the weekend or holiday. Very popular place..
The BARGAIN - Annual Pass Holders get 10% off, repeat customers get $5 off one 'flight'. Wednesday nights are 1/2 off after 6pm - but first come, first served! Cheaper prices when you... More buy multiple 'flights'. Not cheap but quite an experience.