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Bigfire Restaurant Now Open At Universal CityWalk!

 

Universal Orlando’s new original dining concept – Bigfire – has now officially opened at Universal CityWalk! This brand-new sit-down restaurant draws inspiration from the nostalgia of cooking over open flames! Think back to memorable summer vacations, camping and backyard barbecues! That is the environment that this restaurant strives to take you back to!

 

 

When you first step inside this restaurant, you will feel as though you have stepped into a lakeside summer house! It is an atmosphere of being surrounded by friends and family. Bigfire features many natural design elements. Features include mix and matched fabrics, cast iron, camp lanterns and more! All of these decor elements tie together to create an outdoor ambiance inside the restaurant!

 

 

An incredible element of Bigfire and what truly serves as the heart of this restaurant is the custom wood fire grill where chefs will prepare signature dishes inspired by the style of open-fire cooking! The chefs here artistically match the food items with wood species that have been carefully chosen based on the flavors they exude. This cooking techniques result in the creation of delicious dishes, sides, desserts – and even cocktails that have been infused with smokey spirits!

 

 

Be sure to save room for dessert because at Bigfire you can make s’mores AT YOUR TABLE! Such a perfect way to bask in that summer nights nostalgia!

 

 

Bigfire can be found between VIVO Italian Kitchen and Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville on the edge of the lagoon! This location offers amazing views of Universal CityWalk!

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your next visit to Universal Orlando or to whatever destination you are dreaming of traveling to next!

NEW Enhanced Movie Experience at Universal Cinemark!

 

Catch a great film and enjoy a great day or night out in Orlando with this new enhanced movie experience at the Cinemark located at Universal Orlando’s CityWalk!

 

When you are planning your trip to go see the latest blockbuster for a fun day or night out, consider this: Universal Cinemark at CityWalk now has exciting new enhancements! These fun additions will add a whole new level of excitement to going to the movies!

 

At Universal Cinemark, you can enjoy new releases on big screens with state-of-the-art projection and sound systems! This technology makes for an incredible show! Sit back and relax in the ultimate of luxury and comfort with stadium seating and high-backed chairs! When you are looking for the perfect movie snacks or meal, the concession stands at the theater offer a variety of sweet snacks, hot food like pizza, hot dogs, nachos and more! Additionally, a full liquor bar with beer and wine is available for guests’ enjoyment! Everything you’re looking for when seeing the latest movie in Orlando.

 

Enhanced Experiences for the new Cinemark XD Theater:

  • Newly installed XD viewing experience is enhanced with a wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling screen! This is accompanied by a complete surround sound package! These features make for an incredible digital experience (supports RealD 3D)
  • You will enjoy upgraded seating! This includes over-sized luxury plush recliners with extendable footrests and cup holders!
  • Enjoy reserved seating! You can reserve your seats in advanced online before your movie!

 

Standard theatres also include 4K digital projection that supports RealD 3D and select theaters upgraded reserved seating with over-sized luxury plush recliners! Looking to turn your movie going experience into an amazing day or night out trip?! Maximize your theater visit by combining your movie showing with an incredible meal at a Universal CityWalk restaurant! You can choose to purchase the CityWalk Meal & Movie package! Let’s take a look at the details:

 

  • CityWalk Meal & Movie Deal entitles one guest to one meal from select menus at a participating CityWalk restaurant, PLUS one movie ticket at Universal Cinemark.
  • To purchase this package, you can visit CityWalk Guest Services located across from the Cinemark Box Office.
  • Participating restaurants include:
    • Vivo Italian Kitchen
    • Bob Marley – A Tribute to Freedom
    • Pat O’Brien’s – Orlando
    • Red Oven Pizza Bakery
    • The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen
    • NBC Sports Grill & Brew
    • Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food
    • The Cowfish
    • Fusion Bistro Sushi & Sake Bar
    • Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville

 

Enjoying a day and night out for dinner and a movie can be the perfect activity when you are looking for something fun to do during your Universal Orlando vacation in between enjoying your time in the parks! A movie outing can be a great little break to refresh and get out of the sun mid-day or the perfect way to unwind after an action-packed day!

 

 

Be sure to check out Universal Cinemark during your next Universal Orlando visit! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to book your next vacation!

NEW Bigfire Restaurant will bring Fireside Dining to Universal’s CityWalk THIS SUMMER!

 

Summer is right around the corner! For me something that always reminds me of summer nights is a bonfire! Gathering around, talking, relaxing, roasting marshmallows and just enjoying a warm summer’s evening! You will soon be able to experience that feeling year-round at the Universal Orlando Resort! Soon you will be able to enjoy a relaxing night out with delicious open-fire cooking at Universal’s CityWalk! Bigfire, will be the newest, full-service restaurant making its way to CityWalk. The restaurant draws inspiration from the nostalgia of cooking over open flames during memorable family vacations! Your visit to Bigfire will leave you feeling as though you just stepped into a lakeside summer house! The restaurant creates an atmosphere reminiscent of summer evenings spent by the water, surrounded by family and friends!

 

 

Bigfire’s Theme

Let’s talk about the theme at this amazing new restaurant! Bigfire’s home will feature a two-story venue which will include natural design elements of mix and matched fabrics and seating, cast iron, twinkling lights and camp lanterns! There is even a canoe suspended from the overhead rafters to complete the outdoor atmosphere inside the restaurant! This place is going to be the perfect spot to unwind and relax after a fun-filled day in the Universal theme parks!

 

 

 

Bigfire’s Food

Now let’s talk about everyone’s favorite thing – the food! At the heart of the restaurant will be a custom wood fire grill where chefs will prepare signature dishes inspired by the style of open-fire cooking! However, this traditional cooking style will be done with a significant and very modern twist! Inspired by the way food would be prepared on an open campfire, chefs will carefully match each food with wood species that have been carefully chosen based on the flavor they exude. The result of this process creates a wonderful selection of delectable dishes, sides, desserts – and even cocktails – that all infuse the smoky spirits. The pairings will add bold flavors to create elevated American fare. A few notable menu items will include a signature bison burger, coffee, chili and cocoa rubbed top sirloin, delectable freshwater trout, mouth-watering smoked salads and more!

 

 

 

 

This new dining location will be found at Universal’s CityWalk between VIVO Italian Kitchen and Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville on the edge of the lagoon. This spot will offer incredible views of Universal’s CityWalk! An official opening date has yet to be announced but we do know that Bigfire will be planning to open sometime this summer! I cannot wait to check this new restaurant out! It sounds like the atmosphere will create much more than just a great meal, it will create an entire dining experience!

 

 

 

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your next visit to the Universal Orlando Resort or to any destination that you are dreaming of traveling to next! Like we said, summer really is right around the corner! Take this time to create lasting memories with your family! Our team is excited to help you bring your vacation dreams to life!

Date Night Ideas at the Universal Orlando Resort!

 

The amazing thing about the Universal Orlando Resort is that there is truly something for everyone from children, to families, to couples! Universal Orlando is the perfect backdrop for date night! Here are 6 date ideas perfect for couples visiting Universal Orlando!

 

1. Forever Young!

You and your significant other can enjoy letting loose and embracing your inner-kids at Woody Woodpecker’s KidZone! We are all kids at heart so this can be such a fun date night idea!

  • Reconnect with your childhood favorites (like Barney and SpongeBob SquarePants)
  • Ride the rides
  • Watch the delightful Animal Actors on Location!
  • Check out Curious George Goes To Town and other play areas

One of our favorites spots has to be Curious George Goes To Town! The front section of this play area is a water playground and the back section is the Man in the Big Yellow Hat’s Ball Factory. Here you and your partner can challenge each other by throwing and blasting soft foam balls at each other! This date will definitely give you nostalgia and is sure to bring out the silly side of your relationship!

 

2. Old Hollywood!

Get ready to step back in time into the glitz and glamour of old Hollywood! Feel like an A-List couple as you enjoy the Hollywood portion of Universal Studios Florida together. Explore the streets and experience these fun activities during your vintage date night:

  • Cuddle up at Universal Orlando’s Horror Make-Up Show
  • Enjoy a meal at Mel’s Drive-In
  • Take photos with some classic 50’s characters
  • Grab ice cream sundaes at Schwab’s Pharmacy
  • Browse the shops

 

3. Mystical Date!

If you and your date are into horoscopes and Greek mythology then you are sure to enjoy a date night in the Lost Continent in Islands of Adventure:

  • Discover what is written in your stars at Star Souls – Psychic Reading
  • Visit Mythical Medals and get matching, custom-made coin medallions
  • Enjoy an incredible dinner at the award-winning Mythos Restaurant
  • Explore the ancient temple ruins at Poseidon’s Fury

A fun hidden-gem in this section of the park is the Mystic Fountain! When awakened, the Mystic Fountain will talk and joke around with you! Make a wish together and toss a coin in this fountain, but be careful because you might get splashed by this playful fountain!

 

4. Bay and Night!

Are you and your special someone looking for an exciting overnight getaway?! Universal has you covered – their “Bays” are sure to wow your bae! Plan a stay at Cabana Bay. Have your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner request a room with a view overlooking Volcano Bay! Here’s a fun list of things to do!

  • Go bowling at Galaxy Bowl or enjoy the Game-O-Rama arcade! Both are located right inside the hotel!
  • Get some beauty sleep in this awesome resort!
  • Rise, shine and enjoy a romantic walk to Volcano Bay right from your hotel!
  • Chill, thrill or both – couple’s choice!

If you really want to go all out, book premium seating or a private cabana at Volcano Bay! With shaded reserved space, food and beverage service, and comfortable places to cuddle up, you and your bae will absolutely love this amazing water theme park!

 

5. Night Above the Town

Every couple loves a good night on the town, but you know what’s even better? A night above the town! That’s exactly what you can look forward to at Aventura Hotel’s Bar 17 Bistro! This incredible location can be found on the rooftop, 17 stories up! From Bar 17 Bistro you and your significant other can take in amazing views of the Universal Resort as well as the greater Orlando area. This is also a great spot for a double date!

  • Put on your date night finest and grab your favorite couple friends
  • Grab one of the comfy outdoor couches
  • Order some incredible food and drinks
  • Visit Aventura’s Virtual Reality Game Room for some friendly competition
  • Dance the night away thanks to the live DJ
  • End with the “Almost Sangria” – the perfect date nightcap

 

6. Classic with a Twist

At Universal’s CityWalk, you have a plethora of classic date night options all in one place: dinner, movies, mini golf, karaoke, dancing, dueling pianos, clubs and more! The list of options goes on and on! But if you are looking for an added twist, check out Blue Man Group! Grab dinner, see the show, then add any (or all) of the following for an incredible night of entertainment and a super fun date night:

  • Enjoy a friendly competition with some mini golf
  • Sign your date up for karaoke at Rising Star
  • Grab a drink at Fat Tuesday
  • Sing along with the entertainment at Pat O’Brien’s
  • Watch a movie at Universal Cinemark

 

We hope these ideas have inspired your next Universal Orlando date night! Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner today to plan your next trip to the Universal Orlando Resort or to any destination that you are dreaming of traveling next!

 

BREAK YOUR NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS at the Universal Orlando Resort!!!

We all make new year’s resolutions at the beginning of a brand-new year! This is a great time to set goals and make plans to achieve them! However, at the same time Universal Orlando also wants to remind everyone that it is important to go ahead and treat yourself throughout this new year! What better way to start treating yourself than with a vacation to the Universal Orlando Resort! Here are all the ways that you can indulge during your stay!

 

Spend more time on what matters – RIDES!

This resolution is one many of us make referring to spending more time with our family, with our hobbies, with our pets. That is wonderful but Universal also encourages all of us to all spend more time on rides! What a great way to have some fun this year!

 

Eat Healthy – Give yourself a cheat day!

Many of us also make resolutions to eat healthy. As we work on our progress throughout this year let us also reward ourselves with a treat every now and then! Vacation is the perfect time to do just that. We recommend milkshakes from the Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen!

 

More Relaxation – Less Exercise

Committing to our health is a great thing to do at the start of the year. Once again, a good balance is key! Take a day off from the gym and relax! Vacation is the perfect time to do just that! Lounge poolside at your Universal hotel and take in the sun!

 

Plan out a budget… to buy Universal goodies!

Another New Year’s resolution is to budget. But remember you deserve to treat yourself! Buy some truly special items to remember your vacation! And indulge in those silly must-haves, the funny hats you may only wear once, the light up cup you might end up donating one day… it’s all about the memories you make!

 

Read More… Menus

Reading more is a hobby all of us would like to pick up. Well how about this, read more menus at one of the many incredible Universal restaurants! Throughout the parks, hotels and CityWalk there are eateries for every taste bud you have!

 

Face your fears… at Halloween Horror Nights

How about facing your fears by braving Universal Orlando’s premier event, Halloween Horror Nights! Come fall this scary special event is the perfect way to practice your fear facing skills!

 

So, this year go ahead and treat yourself to a Universal Orlando Vacation! Your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner is always ready to help you create the perfect vacation package!

 

 

 

7 Things To Do With Your Extra Time And Money From The Buy 2, Get 2 Deal

7 Things To Do With Your Extra Time And Money From The Buy 2, Get 2 Deal

At Universal Orlando Resort, you don’t accept just any vacation. You’re ready to level up. Well get ready, because we’ve got a perfect, affordable way to go bigger and bolder with your next escape.

Now through Nov. 30, 2017, when you buy a two-day, three-park ticket, you get TWO EXTRA DAYS FOR FREE.

But here’s the big question: what are you going to do with your additional days and some extra bucks to spend?

Luckily for you, we kind of know our way around the place, and we’ve got some pro suggestions.

BONUS: Florida Resident Flexibility

If you’re a local, you can take advantage of this new offer now through Dec. 17, 2017. You can also split up your days and use them anytime now through Jan. 31, 2018.

Because why take one weekend getaway or mid-week escape when you do both?

Save time and money with Universal Orlando's Buy 2, Get 2 Deal.

1. Upgrade Your Hotel Room

Don’t try to pack your whole family into a standard room. With your newfound vacation dollars, you can head to a roomy family suite.

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2. Get Fancy at Universal’s Volcano Bay

Turn a day at Universal’s brand new water theme park into your private island oasis. Reserve a Premium Lounger or splurge on a Private Cabana.

Save time and money with Universal Orlando's Buy 2, Get 2 Deal.

3. Park in Valet

Yep, that’s right. You can use that money to roll up to Universal Orlando Resort in style. With both a concierge at your hotel and a hub just steps away from Universal CityWalk, you’ll love the convenience of parking in valet.

 

Save time and money with Universal Orlando's Buy 2, Get 2 Deal.

4. Get Express Passes to Really Maximize Your Time

Spend your extra cash on some Universal Express Passes and skip the regular lines at participating rides and attractions.

Save time and money with Universal Orlando's Buy 2, Get 2 Deal.

5. Take a VIP Tour

How does going to the front of every line and being personally escorted by a Universal Orlando expert on a guided tour sound? Learn fun insider information, enjoy rides and even get backstage access.

Save time and money with Universal Orlando's Buy 2, Get 2 Deal.

6. Buy Souvenirs. All the Souvenirs.

All vacationers love mementos. And you’ll find countless things to take home that you just won’t find anywhere else. And the folks who are left behind love it when you bring home goodies—it’s like a consolation prize for not being on the most epic trip of all time.

Save time and money with Universal Orlando's Buy 2, Get 2 Deal.

7. Try Four Different Restaurants at Universal CityWalk

Don’t hesitate to dine fancy. With this deal you’ve got the time and money to sit down for a nice meal or four. From Vivo Italian Kitchen to Cowfish; from NBC Sports Grill and Brew to The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen, we’ve got plenty of options for the foodie in you.

It’s never too early to start planning the thrills and chills of your next trip, so get excited and start looking at your options today!

Celebrate The New Year At Universal Orlando Resort

The year is coming to a close, and we’re ringing in the New Year with EVE – the best party in Orlando only at Universal Orlando Resort!

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Dance the night away with us Dec. 31 on Orlando’s largest outdoor dancefloor. Don’t miss out on unlimited gourmet cuisine and epic entertainment. And there’s even more…

  • Access to six Universal CityWalk clubs and venues, including Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food, Bob Marley – A Tribute to Freedom, Pat O’Brien’s, the groove, Rising Star and Red Coconut Club with music from DJs and live entertainment
  • Unlimited gourmet cuisine including beef tenderloin and fresh seafood, assorted desserts and more
  • Wearable tech LED wristbands presented by Coca-Cola that sync to today’s hottest music for a complete party experience
  • Midnight champagne toast
  • Confetti bursts and dazzling pyrotechnics show

Want even more? Upgrade to VIP for private viewing areas throughout CityWalk, an exclusive VIP menu and VIP seating areas as well. Or usher in the New Year with a themed photo with My Universal Photos EVE.

EVE begins at 8pm and the party doesn’t stop until 2am. To join the celebration, grab your tickets and start planning your party outfit.

Contact your Kingdom Magic Vacations Travel Planner for more information.

Summer Lives On At Universal Orlando Resort

As summer turns to fall, you can still create unforgettable memories and enjoy your favorite summer activities at Universal Orlando Resort. Here are some tips that can help make every day seem like a summer one.

Relax by the Pool

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Hanging by the pool can be one of the best parts of summer, especially if you’re surrounded by good company. Universal has four on-site hotels, each with magnificent pools that offer unique experiences year round.

The lazy river at Cabana Bay Beach Resort is the perfect place to relax (or have a water gun fight with your friends) and the serene, white sand beaches at Loews Royal Pacific Resort remind me of a vacation on an island hidden in the Caribbean. No matter how you slice it, these relaxing pools are sure to have you feeling like its summer any day of the year.

Fire up the Barbeque

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At Universal CityWalk’s Hot Dog Hall of Fame, you’re sure to find something that’ll have you reminiscing on summer barbecues with your family and friends. Here, you can experience iconic hot dogs from some of the nation’s most famous ballparks. With nine unique hot dogs, you’re sure to find something summer-esque, like the Los Angeles or Chicago Dogs.

Enjoy Signature Cocktails

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Sometimes, an ice cold, mouthwatering cocktail is the perfect way to take a little heat off a scorching hot summer day. Between two theme parks and the restaurants at Universal CityWalk, they’ve got plenty of signature cocktails to keep you cool any day of the year. For some adult fun, check out the Blood Orange Margarita at Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food in CityWalk.

Savor Ice Cream

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Who doesn’t remember chasing an ice cream truck down the street during summer to get a cool scoop? We won’t make you run for our ice cream, but you’ll definitely want to hurry and check out some of our signature creations.

There are plenty of selections throughout both theme parks and at CityWalk like fan-favorite, the refreshing Earl Grey & Lavender ice cream at Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley. They’ve also got the finest and freshest custom creations at Cold Stone Creamery and great tasting frozen yogurt at Menchie’s in CityWalk.

With plenty of activities at Universal Orlando to make it feel like summer all year long, you’re sure to find something perfect for you and your family.

Have a favorite summer activity? Let us know in the comments below.


NBC Sports Grill & Brew Coming to Universal Orlando’s CityWalk

Last year was an incredible time for Universal CityWalk, with eight new venues joining the impressive dining line-up—and we’re not done yet! Universal Orlando has announced the newest MVP coming to CityWalk: the first-ever NBC Sports Grill & Brew, opening this fall.

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This new restaurant represents our vision of delivering the ultimate sports dining experience. It’s like crossing your favorite sports restaurant with stadium VIP suites. Fans of all types will be able to enjoy the very best food alongside award-winning NBC Sports coverage. And with nearly 100 HD TV screens throughout the restaurant, every seat is the best seat in the house.

The food will be a one-of-kind experience that can be found at no other sports grill. You’ll be able to choose from an extensive menu of more than 75 different items. Pick from traditional favorites like burgers and steaks to custom creations like crab scotch eggs. And to top it off, you can watch the chefs in action as they prepare your meal in an open kitchen and on custom open fire grills.

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And, of course, no sports game is complete without the perfect beer. You’ll be able to select from over 100 different beer varieties—including an exclusive draft you’ll only find here. There will even be a outdoor beer garden where you can relax after a day in the theme parks, enjoy a good meal and brew, and catch a game.

Check out the video below, where NBC Sports anchors Liam McHugh, Mike Milbury and Keith Jones chatted a bit about the new restaurant.

 

Then tell us in the comments which game you’d most like to watch at NBC Sports Grill & Brew when it opens.


Chef Jayson From The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley

This week, Rick introduces us to Steve Jayson, Executive Chef for Universal Orlando Parks and Resorts, and they discuss the amazing food and beverages available at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmead and Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando Resort!

Hope you enjoy today’s video, be sure to leave a comment and share it with your friends!


The Cowfish Restaurant Opens At Universal CityWalk

What an amazing year it has been for Universal CityWalk.

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Only a year ago, Universal Orlando Resort launched the biggest renovation to CityWalk in its history. They had just opened our their new venue, Red Oven Pizza Bakery, and were days away from opening Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food.

Since then, CityWalk has opened five more venues, the new Universal Studios Store, and now they proudly open the doors to The Cowfish.

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The colorful décor, the inventive food, the fun music and a staff that loves to serve Universal guests all make for a dining experience that you’ll fall in love with.

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What sets The Cowfish apart is their unique signature creations—Burgushi, where burgers and sushi come together in ways you’ve never expected. Check out the menu and you’ll see that you’ve never had anything like it before.

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But why see when you can taste it yourself! The Cowfish is now open and they’ve got a seat waiting for you.


Hot Dog Hall Of Fame Now Open at Universal CityWalk

Hot Dog Hall of Fame officially opened today at Universal Orlando’s CityWalk, becoming the latest venue to debut as part of this year’s historic expansion to the entertainment complex.

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Hot Dog Hall of Fame, located across from Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food, features stadium-style seating and iconic hot dog creations from across the nation, including the loaded Chicago dog and Milwaukee brat.  Universal partnered with Steven Schussler, the global culinary concept creator behind the popular Rain Forest Cafe, to bring his Hot Dog Hall of Fame concept to CityWalk.

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Hot Dog Hall of Fame joins Red Oven Pizza Bakery, Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food, Cold Stone Creamery, Starbucks, Menchie’s and VIVO Italian Kitchen as the latest establishments to open as part of the expansion to Universal CityWalk. Breadbox and The CowFish will open later this year.


Universal Orlando Keeps Pace with New CityWalk Openings

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CityWalk, the nightlife entertainment area at Universal Orlando Resort, is in the midst of a partial 2014 makeover that is helping the attraction keep pace with the rush of new Universal guests expected for this summer’s openings of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley at Universal Studios theme park, and the nearby 1,800-room Loews Cabana Bay Beach Resort on the Universal Orlando campus.

Tom Schroeder, the vice president of corporate communications for Universal Orlando Resorts, introduced some of the restaurateurs involved in the entertainment area’s new look at a CityWalk event during the recent media preview of the upcoming opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley.

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CityWalk is the entrance to our resort and this year alone we are adding eight new venues,” said Schroeder. Among the new additions is Antojitos, a newly-opened Mexican restaurant that replaced the previous Latin Quarter. The restaurant, with the friendliest staff we encountered during our days at Universal, turned into a winning margarita-and-taco bar Cinco de Mayo-style fiesta during a brief media visit that we were reluctant to end. Already established at CityWalk is Red Box Pizza, which is located close to the CityWalk movie complex. Another is the Hot Dog Hall of Fame, soon to open on a site that was formerly the Galaxy Bar.

A third new restaurant is Vivo, a lively and upscale Italian restaurant that has already taken over the location of the former Pastamore Restaurant. A popular yogurt bar called Menchies is the place to create your own yogurt dessert, an attraction that replaced a former TCBY yogurt store. Opening soon is a unique dining concept called Cowfish, a “sushi burger bar” that has established its name in North Carolina as the place where diners can order sushi or burgers or a popular combination of both from the “Burgushi” menu. Yet another new concept is the Bread Box, a new take on the old neighborhood sandwich deli that replaces the former Cigarz cigar bar.

Steve Schussler, the culinary creator of Hot Dog Hall of Fame, said his outdoor hot dog stand, featuring baseball stadium style seating, will offer nine different hot dogs, 12 types of mustard and five kinds of buns for “best hot dog experience you have ever had.” Preview guests munched on Coney Island dogs, Chicago dogs, Boston dogs and several others that will soon be seen all over the CityWalk plaza. No opening date, however, was announced for the Hot Dog Hall of Fame.

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Guests Want “Authenticity”

Ric Florell, the senior vice president and general manager of resort revenue operations at Universal Orlando Resort, explained the thinking behind the changes at CityWalk. “At CityWalk we needed more focus on what guests wanted,” he said. “The Latin Quarter, for example, was successful but guests were telling us that instead of a Pan-Latin American concept an authentic Mexican Restaurant would be the next step up. Authenticity is very important to our guests.”

Florell noted that Red Box Pizza has already gained popularity for the specially imported Italian tomatoes and flour that have become signature ingredients of the pies on the menu. As for Cowfish, Florell described Universal’s excitement at discovering the hottest new food concept in North Carolina, a restaurant that eliminates the conflict between family members who want a traditional burger menu and those who want more diet-friendly sushi fish items.

“We are taking advantage of new things opening in our parks,” said Florell, noting that he is also responsible for the new Leaky Cauldron Restaurant in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley, with its contemporary take on traditional British pub items including Ploughman’s Lunch, Fisherman’s Pie, Bangers & Mash, Fish ‘n Chips, Sticky Toffee Pudding and English Trifles.

“I’m surprised I don’t weigh 800 pounds,” said Florell with a laugh. “We are dedicated to all-natural ingredients and new food concepts are showing up in my office every day.”

Universal management promised that many of those new and “authentic” food concepts will be appearing at Universal CityWalk as the Universal Orlando Resort continues to grow in the months and years ahead.


New Year, New Party at Universal Orlando Resort

Revel in a world of endless entertainment, decadent food, and a brand new New Year’s experience like you’ve never seen before at Universal Orlando!

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It’s the night you’ve been waiting all year for, and there’s never been a party for you like this one. Revel in a world of endless entertainment, decadent food, and a brand new New Year’s experience like you’ve never seen before.

  • Unlimited gourmet cuisine featuring filet mignon, jumbo shrimp, custom desserts, and more
  • Six unique party zones with entertainment and signature drinks
  • Orlando’s biggest outdoor dance floor
  • Admission to six Universal CityWalk® venues
  • Midnight champagne toast and pyrotechnics display

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Eve at CityWalk includes admission to six venues, each with their own entertainment, customized party zones, and signature drinks. And to send it all into the stratosphere, you can celebrate all night on Orlando’s biggest dance floor, built just for Eve in front of the CityWalk Plaza Stage. You’ll kiss 2013 goodbye in style with a 360˚ DJ platform, dancers, and incredible special effects.

COSMO LOUNGE at RED COCONUT CLUB-Indulge your senses in a world of style and sophistication.

TRIBAL FUSION at BOB MARYLEY–A TRIBUTE TO FREEDOM – Unleash the primal spirit that pounds inside you.

BON TEMPS! at PAT O’BRIEN’S – Dive into the good times of a New Orleans street party.

ELECTRICITY at THE GROOVE – Plug into the energy of the night and watch the sparks fly.

NUEVO DIA at ANTOJITOS – Raise your spirits at a party that will wake the dead.

PARADISE at JIMMY BUFFET’S MARGARITAVILLE – Dive into the good times of a New Orleans street party.

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Universal Orlando’s CityWalk Expansion Revealed

Universal Orlando‘s CityWalk will undergo a historic expansion during 2014 – all part of an epic year for Universal that will include the opening of the destination’s largest hotel, Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley.

Universal City Walk

Universal Orlando announced Thursday that it will open eight new venues across CityWalk throughout 2014 as part of a bold growth strategy designed to complement the entertainment complex’s already popular collection of national brands.

The CityWalk expansion comes after a nationwide search for culinary concepts that include a mix of established national brands, up-and-coming concepts and Universal’s own creations.  The new venues will share an overall theme that includes inviting common areas, al fresco dining, open kitchens and more.

“We want Universal CityWalk to grow along with the rest of our destination,” said Ric Florell, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Resort Revenue Operations at Universal Orlando.  “We are bringing our guests an amazing new collection of experiences that will be world-class and offer something for everyone.”

Hot Dog Hall of Fame

The new venues include Hot Dog Hall of Fame, featuring iconic hot dog creations from some of our nation’s most famous ball parks.  Universal partnered with Steven Schussler, the global culinary concept creator behind popular restaurants like Rain Forest Cafe, Backfire Barbecue and more, to bring his Hot Dog Hall of Fame concept to CityWalk.

CowFish

Cold Stone Creamery

Menchie’s

They also include CowFish, an innovative and trend-setting concept out of Charlotte, North Carolina with a signature dish called “Burgushi;” and popular frozen treat spots Cold Stone Creamery and Menchie’s.

Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food

Bread Box, a home-style sandwich shop

Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food, a unique tapas-style restaurant, Bread Box, a home-style sandwich shop;  A new modern Italian kitchen concept, where guests can watch as the culinary team handcrafts their pasta from scratch; and Red Oven Pizza Bakery – Universal’s first-ever Neopolitan-style pizza bakery, which is now open.

A full list of new venues and descriptions can be found below.  Exact opening dates will be released soon.

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