Light Up The Night at Universal Orlando Citywalk #Travel

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When the parks close for the night, the fun is far from over at Universal Orlando. When the sun goes down, the neon lights of Citywalk give off a gleaming glow of colors that beckons you to come and explore. From first-class restaurants to one-stop shopping, mini golf and night clubs for the adult crowd, Universal Orlando's Citywalk has something to meet everyone's entertainment needs. It is the perfect way to spend an evening strolling along the canal and drinking in the fun atmosphere long after the parks have closed for the night.


There are more than 20 restaurants ready to tame your cravings at Citywalk Orlando. From sit down options like the all new Antojitos and the authentic Italian cuisine of Vivo, to quick bites at the Whopper Bar and everything in between. No matter, what you're in the mood for, you'll find it here. Follow the signs, or your nose, and explore the different flavors that await.

On my recent visit to Universal Orlando as part of the Facing Fears Together trip planned by Two Traveling Moms, I had the chance to enjoy a meal at Antojitos, where they serve authentic Mexican cuisine. Antojitos opened in early February this year, and is one of several new restaurants to have recently been added to the Citywalk area.

Walking through the tie dye archway of Antojitos, you are instantly transported to the street scene in Mexico. Colorful street art marks the walls, and the atmosphere practically sings with fun as a Mariachi band lends its unique flavor to hit songs like "Poker Face" in the background.

The menu is full of Mexican delicacies like Guacamole prepared tableside, and my own personal favorite, Tempura BBQ Shrimp Tacos. If you make a stop at Antojitos, you must not leave without tasting one of their signature drinks, I recommend either the Repo Man or the Highway to Heaven as an after meal option.

Vivo and Red Oven Pizza Bakery are two other Citywalk Orlando restaurants that are new to the scene this year, and that I had the chance to try out. I'll tell you, nothing hits the spot like a slice of Red Oven Pizza at midnight after coming out of Halloween Horror Nights. Of course, there are also long-time favorites like Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville and NBA City too.


Universal Orlando's Citywalk has a wide range of activities that can be enjoyed throughout the day. Next to the AMC Universal Cineplex 20 with IMAX featuring all the newest releases, you'll find Hollywood Drive-In Golf. This retro "monster movie" themed attractions has two golf courses that take you by flying saucers, through a cemetery and even into a haunted house basement lab!

Photo from Universal Orlando

Don't miss the ever popular Blue Man Group when you visit Citywalk. We went to this show about a year ago and my boys still rave about it all the time. So much so in fact, that we will be going back next month. If you have never been to a Blue Man Group show, it will have you rolling in the aisles with laughter.


There are plenty of shopping opportunities in Citywalk Orlando. Perhaps the most popular is the Universal Studios Store. Here, you can find all your favorite themed park merchandise. You'll also find popular shopping options like Fossil, Element and Fresh Produce around the Citywalk area too.

Bars and Clubs

Although I didn't get the chance to visit any of Universal Orlando's Citywalk bars or clubs, a few people in our group went out the last night to try them and had a blast. Become a singing legend at Citywalk's Rising Start karaoke bar with a live band, or take in a lively show from the dueling pianos at Pat O'Brien's followed by a chance to shake your thing at Groove.


No matter why you find yourself at Universal Orlando's Citywalk, whether it be for a taste bud satisfying meal or a competitive game of mini golf, the incredible atmosphere found her is always free. Take the opportunity to stroll along the canal, watch the boats float by as the colors from the neon lights flicker and dance across the surface. Don't miss the opportunity to grab some shots of the iconic Universal Orlando arches and globe while the liveliness of Citywalk Orlando shines in the background.

For more information on what you will find at Citywalk Orlando, you can visit

Park tickets, accommodations and some meals were covered as part of the Facing Fears Together trip, all opinions are my own. 

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  1. Looks like so much fun!! I've been to Downtown Disney a few times, but have't spent any time at Universal's Citywalk. Going to change that.

  2. Tableside guacamole is always one of my favorite things. I have been to Downtown Disney, but I've never been to Universal's Catwalk. I think I need to change that!

  3. Universal looks like a pretty cool place. I was not one who was bonkers for visiting Disney, but Universal looks pretty cool. Maybe its time for me to visit my family and friends in Orlando.

  4. I like to visit the Margaritaville in Atlantic City too, good to know there is one over there too. I have never actually visited Florida, so it's always interesting to read reviews about the different places to see and activities.

    Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly

  5. We've been to Universal Orlando twice and have never found time for Citywalk. Hoping that when our kids are a bit older we will make time. The restaurants look fantastic.

  6. I haven't done the Citywalk at night. But it looks like a lot of fun.

  7. Sign me up for that fresh guac! nom nom nom! Thanks for the great review of the Universal Orlando City Walk. Love the photos!

  8. I love Universal Studios! This is a fun stuff and so happy you recapped it!

  9. I'm totally taken with the paint job at Antojitos. It's amazing! I could go for some authentic Mexican food. I want to visit Orlando and spend some time at Citywalk. I have only ever walked through it quickly to get to Universal Studios.

  10. I've never been to Universal. This really makes me want to go.

  11. I love Universal Studios and I have never been there! Seriously, all these great posts I read about it make me want to vacation there so bad!

  12. CityWalk is one of my fave places to hang out in Orlando! You can't beat the nightlife!

  13. That loos like so much fun. I wold love to go there.

  14. We are in Orlando right now and we are loving it! We plan on going to Universal when we come back next year!

  15. This looks like a lot of fun. I would love to visit this area some day .... beautiful!

  16. Citywalk at Universal Orlando looks amazing! I think it's great they they have a group of diversified restaurants in that area. The avocados and guacamole look so yummy.



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