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“bring your checkbook” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Universal CityWalk

Universal CityWalk
6000 Universal Blvd., Orlando, FL (Florida Center)
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Ranked #25 of 285 things to do in Orlando
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Universal CityWalk is a 30-acre nighttime entertainment complex offering some of the hottest, most recognizable entertainment experiences in the world with dozens of clubs, restaurants and shops.
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“bring your checkbook”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2008

bring your checkbook, prices start at $5.50 for a simple beer and go up from there. Lots of glitz, lots of options, it looks like a happenin' place but you really have to be in the right mood. we found it to be too artificial. You can go to Bob Marley's or Latin Quarter and delude yourself into believing you are experiencing different cultures. We ate at Margarativille because we enjoyed this Buffett restaurant in other cities but not here. the lghting was so dim we had to leave the table to read the menu. the band was loud and annoying. there was no strolling entertainment. we weren't in the mood.

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“Average Experience”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2007

I went to CityWalk on a Saturday night in June and it is a nice addition to the park. It is very big and scenic (check out the spotlights on the lake), however, I found it to be overly crowded, not to mention the excessive heat. I didn't visit any nightclubs or resturants; just came to shop and have a look around. I'd have rather gone to Universal Studios park itself, but I didn't have time. Perhaps I'll come back when it's cooler and less crowded. Overall, an okay experience.

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“Great people watching, some decent shopping..”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2007

We recently spent an evening visiting Universal Citywalk. It is a fun place to be, with lots of people watching. A decent array of restaurants and shops. Some close earlier than others, so if you really want to visit one over another, make sure to get it done, or inquire of their closing times. Again, it was the people watching that entertained me. Lots of local kids apparently like to hang here, since parking is free after 6PM.

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“A fantastic way to spend New Years Eve!!!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2007

NEW YEARS EVE NIGHT @ CITYWALK: If you like to party, or are looking for a place to dance, be entertained, eat plenty, and have fun for New Years Eve , this is the place. I will not kid you, they sold many many tickets, the place was packed with people, but we prepared ourselves for that, and it was fine. People kept moving along, or standing to the side, yelling "Happy New Year" all night. The price of $109.00 per person was well worth it in our opinion. The food was flowing from everywhere. Each area had pretty much the same food, with a few differences here and there but it was plenty. Just to name a few: Filet Mignon, (they were not stingy with this at all, it was everywhere, and very tender), Salmon that was very good, Jamaican jerk chicken kabobs, Jamaican rice, grilled vegetables, mashed potatoes, very large shrimps, crabs, lobster, etc. The Food was plentiful. I call it a necessary evil. With all the drinking going on, it was necessary. The entertainment this year was David Lee Roth. We did not see him at all, because we were too busy enjoying the street performers, and clubs. NOTE: It amazes me how people who are probably in and out of the parks everyday, fail to see the signs about this party, but yet, continue to stand in line trying to get in for free. They made it very clear at the escalator, if you did not have a ticket you were not getting in, period. They changed the entire set up of this party since 2001. There was no way you were getting in for free, when people had just paid $109.00pp. Please!!! You entered this time from the escalator. The signs for the entrance were not visible, but we found it by asking and once we entered, they asked for your ticket and ID if applicable and then gave you a wristband. This event drew a very large crowd, but we never had problem with finding a place to sit when we wanted to, or getting drinks. It was also easier this time to get party favors and glasses of champagne. Every club offered you either a DJ,or a live band. The band @ citywalk was the same band all week, but they were very good. The Jamaican band at Bob Marleys was also there all week, but they were also very good. Most of the lines early on (the doors opened at 8pm), were long for food, but we found out if you walked further down towards Margaritville, there were hardly any lines at all for food. The street performers were entertaining, and because the temperature were very warm that night, people hung out more outdoors than they did inside the clubs. The Latin Quarter is fantastic. I love the décor in there, especially the stage for dancing and probably where their live bands perform. We spent most of our time in CityJazz and we wanted to be at Motown Cafe at midnight, since we had heard that this place was closing. Overall we had a ball. We can’t wait to do it again. We never encountered any problems or disturbances of any kind. If there were any, we did not see it. People were just having fun. One of the waitresses messed up twice on our drinks and then she never collected the money. My husband went up to the bar and left $10.00 on the counter. We could not find her anywhere. She was having a very busy night. Club Groove was packed. We went in briefly just to see what was going on and left. Bob Marleys was definitely jumping. Age range: It varied. I would say anywhere from late 20's to 60+. There was one couple (probably in their early 60's), who were dancing and having a good time like they were 20 again. It was a fun to watch them work the dance floor. There were couples, groups of women, groups of men, and some people were alone. The atmosphere here is probably not for everyone, and you definitely have to be in the mood for it and want to be a part of it all. We look forward to returning again soon.

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“New Year's Party at Universal - Orlando”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2007

We arrived by shuttle from our hotel about 9PM, and after asking, found the poorly-signed party enterance the promenade. It was behind the movie cineplex, not one of the main entrances.

Once there, every few feet, were table after table of mounds of delicious food included in the price (all you can eat), with cash bars for alcoholic drinks (a $60 pass optional). After filling our
plates to overflowing with shrimp, crab claws, salad, rice+beans, pastas and hand carved beef, we scored a table at Bob Marley's.

Thirsty, we walked into Pat O'Brien's for a couple of pricy but great Hurricanes, with entertainment by the dueling pianos, with plenty of crowd participation. In honor of Orlando's Bowl game, they treated us to "On Wisconsin," twice. The replica of the New Orleans courtyard was enticing, but we moved on to Margaritaville. Soft-drinks at the bars were free!

By now it was 11:30, so we headed for Cindy Lauper in concert with her hits: All Through the Night, Money Changes Everything, Time After Time and Girls Just Want to Have Fun. It was now Midnight, cannon loads of confetti was shot out over the crowd.

To close out the night, we loaded up of desserts and went into the Jazz Club where there was a decent band and folks dancing. A waitress charged us $3.00 for a small coke. At 1AM, we made ur way out, feeling that, even at $109/person, it was a good value. But next New Year's, we want to do Pleasure Island.

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