Universal Studios Store unboxes legacy name, pays tribute to iconic classics
ORLANDO, Fla – Universal Orlando Resort has now officially changed the name of its gift shop in CityWalk to the Universal Legacy Store. “The current Universal Studios Store location in CityWalk is undergoing a transformation to become the Universal Legacy Store and additional details will be revealed soon.”AdFull Screen 1 / 13 Inside newly named Universal Legacy Store at CityWalkInside the new legacy store location, officials have added props and photographs above several merchandise displays. Gargoyle outside of new Universal Legacy Store at CityWalk on March 24, 2021 (WKMG)Last year, Universal closed Island Clothing Co., Fossil and P!Q to make room for its new flagship merchandise location, which is just steps away from the legacy store. Construction crews recently installed a large Universal store sign outside of the new location as well as large marquee letters. AdFull Screen 1 / 4 Construction on new Universal Studios Store at CityWalkUniversal has not announced an opening date for the new location.
Universal Orlando building new flagship store in CityWalk
Universal confirms new flagship store is coming soonORLANDO, Fla – For months, guests visiting Universal Orlando have been wondering what construction crews were building in the heart of CityWalk. Universal confirmed Friday that it’s in the process of building an all-new store. [TRENDING: All Florida Publix locations now offer vaccine | John Morgan settles beef with Arby’s | Last chance to go to space]“Universal Orlando Resort will soon debut an all-new flagship Universal Studios Store in the heart of Universal CityWalk. PHOTOS: New Universal Studios Store Confirmed, Concept Art Releasedhttps://t.co/XVKNCstWSn pic.twitter.com/PanZ7Obnpm — Universal Parks News Today (@UniNewsToday) February 26, 2021Last year, Universal closed Island Clothing Co., Fossil and P!Q to make room for this new location. Universal has an official store right now next to Big Fire restaurant in CityWalk.
Universal Orlando’s holiday celebration will include a chance to get up close and personal with the Macy's Balloons
Universal is presenting a socially distanced spin on their traditional offerings — for instance, rather than presenting the Macy's Balloons in a crowded parade setting, this year, "Guests will stroll along a picturesque pathway where they’ll encounter elaborate floats and stunning balloons inspired by everything from iconic holiday staples like reindeers and the Nutcracker, to characters from popular animated films." Special holiday-themed performances like Christmas carols (both magical and Muggle) from the Frog Choir, comprised of Hogwarts students and their giant croaking frogs, and holiday hits from Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees. There will also be hot Butterbeer available. Let us hope the weather cooperates.As well as the shows, guests can enjoy more seasonal fun with:Universal's health and safety measures will be in full effect during the holidays. Procedures include screening guests and team members, enforcing social distancing, requiring face coverings, limiting capacity, increasing disinfection procedures and more.For more information about Universal Orlando’s holidays celebration and seasonal deals – including a “Get 3 Days Free When You Buy 2 Days” offer available through Jan. 6, 2021 and a “Get 3 Days for $55 per Day plus tax” offer for Florida residents available through Dec. 17 – visit UniversalOrlando.com.orlandoweekly.com
Mark your calendar: Universal’s passholder appreciation days begin Aug. 10
Universal Orlando is set to celebrate its passholders with appreciation days beginning Monday, Aug. 10. Click here for a complete look at the Universal Orlando passholder appreciation days exclusive menu. The appreciation days will run Aug. 10 to Sept. 30. Guests who are not a Universal Orlando passholder can purchase any annual or seasonal pass and get three months free. Officials said the special offer is valid on any 2-park and 3-park annual and seasonal pass and is available for purchase through September 30.
Universal Orlando reopens to some guests; Wheel at ICON Park spins again
Universal Orlando theme parks will open to the general public on Friday. Meanwhile, the Wheel at ICON Park is also reopening guests on Wednesday. “We’re excited guests can once again enjoy the best view of the City Beautiful from the Wheel,” ICON Park president and CEO Chris Jaskiewicz said. Restaurants and other attractions at ICON Park have been open for a couple of weeks with new restrictions in place. The Wheel at Icon Park will be open Wednesday through Sunday from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.John Goodman, vice president of sales and marketing at ICON Park, said there are new safety measures in place.
Face covering required: Universal’s CityWalk to reopen with limited operations
ORLANDO, Fla. – Universal Orlando Resort’s CityWalk announced Tuesday it will open for limited operations. Shopping venues are limited to Airbrush, retail services at Hart & Huntington Tattoo Company and the Universal Studios Store. All team members will be required to wear a face covering and they are asking guests to do the same. “There is going to be incredible pressure on the custodial, parks services teams to maintain cleanliness, to make sure tables are wiped down.”Universal Orlando theme parks and resorts have been closed since mid-March. Universal Orlando officials have not released any plans regarding opening theme parks.
Universal Orlando announces CityWalk will begin to reopen this week
click to enlargeFollowing the announcement that Disney Springs will reopen later this month, Universal Orlando now says their entertainment district, CityWalk, will reopen with limited capacity this week. This afternoon, the company announced the area will begin reopening on Thursday, May 14, and guests will have to adhere to new safety measures, including mandatory face coverings, as well as temperature checks. If a guest has a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher, they will not be allowed to enter, says Universal.Universal employees will also have to wear face masks and undergo temperature checks.According to Universal, restaurants will be open daily from 4 p.m.-10 p.m. and will have limited menus and limited seating available. The restaurants listed to reopen this week include Red Oven Pizza Bakery, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Restaurant & Market, Jimmy Buffetts Margaritaville (outside seating and Lone Palm area only), Voodoo Doughnut and Auntie Annes.In terms of retail, the Universal Studios Store, Hart & Huntington Tattoo Companys retail shop, Hollywood Drive-In Golf and a few merchandise carts will also be open to the public.While plenty of CityWalk will remain closed, including all venues and movie theaters, Universal says self-parking will be free.This is the first Universal property to reopen after the companys hotels and theme parks closed last March due to the coronavirus pandemic.orlandoweekly.com
Some venues at Universal's CityWalk in Orlando will reopen Thursday
Select venues at Universal Orlando Resort's CityWalk will reopen Thursday. The CityWalk shopping center will be open to the public from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily, the company said Tuesday. Areas within CityWalk will be cleaned throughout the evening and cashless payment options will be available at all venues. Universal Studios and Universal Islands of Adventure, the two theme parks attached to CityWalk, have been closed since mid-March. In 2019, Universal's theme parks accounted for more than 17% of NBCUniversal's total revenue and around 5% of Comcast's.cnbc.com
Universal Orlando to check temperatures of all employees to prevent spread of COVID-19
Effective Friday, the resort will take temperatures of all employees, contractors, vendors and other business visitors before they enter the property, according to a letter sent to employees by Bill Davis, president and COO of Universal Orlando Resort. Employees were directed to the company’s COVID-19 and Resort Closure Team Member information page for further instruction. “Regardless of your temperature, if you are not feeling well or have any symptoms, including mild cold symptoms, you should not come to property! To read the letter issued to team members, click here. To keep up with the latest news on the pandemic, subscribe to News 6′s coronavirus newsletter or go to ClickOrlando.com/coronavirus.
Universal Orlando closing CityWalk, hotels due to coronavirus
ORLANDO, Fla. – Universal Orlando announced Monday it will close CityWalk, along with all of its hotels, to prevent further spread of the coronavirus, or COVID-19. CityWalk at Universal Orlando will close at midnight Tuesday and all hotels at Universal Orlando will close at 5 p.m. Friday, March 20. Universal Orlando officials said they expect the closures to last until the end of the month. Updates will be posted at https://www.universalorlando.com/web/en/us.”Universal Orlando and Walt Disney World Resort closed all Florida theme parks Monday. Disney also announced Monday it will close its shopping and entertainment district Disney Springs along with resort hotels.
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Something big is headed to Universal Orlando's CityWalk. This is what we think it is
Permits havewith the city confirming four retail stores will be combined into one large venue. Its believed that the largenew store may be home to an updated Universal Store. As Orlandos Super Nintendo World wont open until 2023, a preview center for Epic Universe may open in the interim. Plans included a mix of third-party restaurants, retail offerings and some nightclubs, but with only a handful of retail stores, the area never really became a shopping destination. Over the past few weeks, multiple retail stores have closed , including Fresh Produce andorlandoweekly.com
A totally ‘epic’ experience: Universal Orlando rolls out the red carpet for 5K and 10K races
ORLANDO, Fla – Universal Orlando Resort welcomed thousands of runners to its inaugural “Epic Character Race” Saturday and Sunday. Runners await Epic Character Race 10K Sunday morning. Mile 2 sign of the Epic Character Race (WKMG-TV)You get to see what the parks have to offer as well as areas backstage. CharactersThe name of the race is the “Epic Character Race,” and Universal delivered on this. Merchandise at Universal's Epic Character Race (WKMG-TV)All participants who signed up were given a 5K or 10K shirt and Epic Character Race drawstring bag.
Coldstone Creamery, redesigned Starbucks coming to CityWalk
ORLANDO, Fla. – A newly redesigned Starbucks along with a new Coldstone Creamery are opening this week at Universal Orlando's CityWalk. Coldstone Creamery opened on the ground level next to Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. on Monday. The redesigned Starbucks opens Friday next to Coldstone. The Starbucks will move to the ground floor and will be double the size of the original, second-floor location. The redesigned Starbucks will also include outdoor seating.
Universal Orlando offering summer packages to Florida residents
ORLANDO, Fla. – Universal Orlando is offering exclusive packages to Florida residents during the summer months. One of the offers is for Florida residents to save $10 on any annual pass. Universal Orlando is also offering a package called the Exclusive Florida Resident Universal Partner Hotel Getaway. Universal Orlando opens two new attractions in the coming months. To learn more about all of Universal Orlando's ticket options and vacation packages, visit Universal Orlando's website.
Osceola Co. teacher vies for 'Teacher of the Year' award
Cloud High School teacher Nanci Brillant is one of five finalists vying for the 2013 "Florida Teacher of the Year" award on Thursday in Orlando. She teaches reading at the Osceola County high school. When she was chosen as a finalist, Mrs. Brillant was given a $5,000 check and a $500 Macy's gift card. As the ambassador, Mrs. Brillant would tour the state to talk about educational opportunities and challenges in Florida. The 2013 winner will be chosen during a ceremony at Hard Rock Live at Universal Studios CityWalk at 10 a.m.Stay with Local 6 News to learn if Mrs. Brillant wins the award.
Police: Woman suffers broken arm in Universal Orlando arrest
ORLANDO, Fla. – A woman suffered a broken arm as she was being escorted out of Universal Studios CityWalk at about midnight on Sunday, according to Orlando police. Police said Amy Garcia, 28, battered three officers, one while they attempted to escort her out, the other two while they attempted to file arrest paperwork. Officers said during the arrest, they had to spray Garcia with a "department-issued chemical agent." She has been charged with battery on law enforcement officers and was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center for treatment of her broken arm. Watch Local 6 for more information.
Universal opens drive-in movie mini golf course
The Hollywood Drive-In had its grand opening Monday. Universal says the Hollywood Drive-In is appropriate for all ages, including toddlers. While Universal reps said opening the attraction during spring break was a coincidence, vacationing families say it was a nice surprise. I like the theme, the drive-in theme. The Hollywood Drive-In is open daily from 8 a.m. until 2 a.m.
Report: Ex-CityWalk worker charged with molestation
ORLANDO, Fla. – Deputies have arrested a former employee of NASCAR Sports Grille they say exposed himself to a girl at the restaurant and touched her inappropriately, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Randy Taylor, 26, was arrested Monday and charged with lewd or lascivious molestation and lewd and lascivious conduct of a person younger than 16-years-old for the Nov. 22 incident, according to an arrest warrant. Records show the warrant for Taylor's arrest was issued in December 2011.