Things to do at Universal City Walk – FREE with Universal tickets

One of the things that I find most people overlook when they buy their Universal Orlando attraction tickets is that their ticket actually includes access to universal’s City Walk. Universal CityWalk is a 30 acre entertainment complex that offers spectacular night life weather you are looking for a relaxing dinner or to socialise over a few cocktails, or see one of the amazing open air concerts or even catch a movie! You can do all this and more at Universal CityWalk®

The first thing that hits you when you enter CityWalk is the amazing buzz that seems to radiate. Everyone is here for exactly the same reason; to have a good time! The streets are lined with snack joints, restaurants, bars and clubs which all seem to compete to catch your eye with amazing neon signs.

Most people don’t know that the clubs along City Walk will charge a cover fee of between $6-$8 USD to get in. However, with your Universal Bonus Tickets and FlexTickets you will be able to enter the clubs and bars for free. During your stay in Orlando you should, at least once, come down to CityWalk and experience the buzz for yourself!

Here is just a couple of my faverite bars, clubs and eats;

Places to Eat at CityWalk:

Bubba Gumps Shrimp Co

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. is a great family/friends dining experience right at the entrance of CityWalk. You cant fail to miss this place with its red neon sign! The restaurant is as you could probably guess, based on Forest Gump. The engaging staff will entertain you and make you feel at home with their Southern hospitality. While we were there our waiter kept us occupied with a Forest Gump quiz and gave out some small Gump prizes like badgers that say ‘Stupid is as stupid does’ The whole restaurants decked out with Gump related items like a plaster casts of Forrest’s running shoes or grab a memorable photo at the famed bus bench in front of the restaurant. My favorite was the signs pointing to the toilets which say…I gotta Pee!

The food is simple, mostly shrimp and burgers but none the less very tasty. If you order a cocktail you are allowed to keep the glass, they will box it up for you to make sure it doesn’t get damed – nice touch.

Big Kahuna Pizza

If you are looking for a quick bite to eat and you’re into your Pizza then you cant really go wrong with Big Kahuna Pizza.

With the usual suspects  to choose from, walk up counter service with outside tables for you to enjoy the live music while you munch on a slice of Hawaiian or Pepperoni, this places offers an ideal place to grab a quick bite to eat.

Prices are not exactly the cheapest, a cold drink and a slice will probably set you back $5-$6 but remember where you are (CityWalk) the location alone will add extra zest!


Bars / Clubs

Pat O’Brians

Party it up like it’s Mardi Gras at Pat O’Brien’s! Pat O’Brien’s Bar is an authentic reproduction of the New Orleans’ famous hot spot. Opened in February 1999, this reproduction of New Orleans’ favorite watering hole, Pat O’Brien’s is the original home of dueling pianos, the “flaming fountain” patio, and the world-famous “Hurricane®” specialty drink. I was lucky enough or should I say unlucky enough (still undecided) to sample a Hurricane while at Pat O’Brians…im still having trouble remembering the exact details of that night 🙂 but I’m assuming I had a good one!


Rising Star Kareoke

For everyone with dreams of taking the stage and belting out a song as lead singer of a band, get ready for your moment in the spotlight. CityWalk’s Rising Star is not your typical karaoke club. Here when you grab the mic you’re performing with a live band complete with real backup singers on stage. Choose from an impressive number of song titles and rock out like a superstar, or croon your favorite country ballad, as you perform in front of a live audience.

This club is pretty amazing – its a karaoke bar on a monster scale, live stage, backing singers and musicians will give you the feeling that you’re a real pop star – especially if you have had a few drinks 😉 this club is also pretty huge. Based on multi levels with everyone looking down onto the stage its such a fun place to hang out and get involved.


Bob Marley – A tribute to Freedom


Share in a one-of-a-kind celebration of music and culture as Bob Marley–A Tribute to Freedom takes you on a musical journey through the life of the “King of Reggae.” Bob Marley’s songs of faith, hope, rebellion, and determination have brought inspiration and joy to audiences everywhere. Working closely with Rita Marley and the Bob Marley Foundation, they have created a replica of Bob’s home on 56 Hope Road in Kingston, Jamaica. Inside, artifacts, photos, and video clips from his legendary career surround visitors in the open-air veranda and courtyard.

This is probably one of the most popular clubs on CityWalk and by popular I mean packed. Its a great place to dance and sink a few cold ones, its hot and sweaty and the atmosphere is amazing. Its one that you need to put on your list of ‘must do’s’
This is just a snippet of whats on offer on CityWalk, I haven’t even mentioned the live shows! tones of other bars and clubs and numerous places to eat. As a free add on to tickets you have already purchased this really is a hidden gem that is truly something that should be experienced.

Check out a few pics of CityWalk Orlando below


Directions on how to get to  Universal Orlando CityWalk

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Address: City Walk is located at 6000 Universal Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32819

Please insert this Geo-code into your GPS navigation system for directions to our parking garage.

Latitude: 28.47399
Longitude: -81.46228

Here are Directions to Universal City Walk Orlando

From Orlando International Airport:

1) Take SR-528 West 11 miles to I-4 East
2) Take I-4 East 2 miles to exit 75A
3) Follow the signs to Universal Orlando’s main parking garage or to one of the three (3) resort hotels

From I-4 Eastbound (Disney/Lake Buena Vista/Kissimmee):

1) Take I-4 East to exit 75A
2) Follow the signs to Universal Orlando’s main parking garage or to one of the three (3) resort hotels

From I-4 Westbound (Downtown Orlando):

1) Take I-4 West to exit 74B
2) Follow the signs to Universal Orlando’s main parking garage or to one of the three (3) resort hotels


Which tickets include Free Access to Universal CityWalk

Universal 2 Park Bonus Ticket
Universal 3 Park Bonus Ticket
Orlando FlexTicket
Orlando FlextTicket Plus

If anyone has any Favourite bars, clubs and places to eat on Universal CityWalk please feel free to let us know!



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