A Universal host once explained to a boisterous crowd, “If you misbehave, we will tell you to ‘Get the F out,’ we’re not Disney.” The crowd roared with laughter. It was a fun moment and everyone behaved! Please don’t misunderstand; Universal is not low class. Universal is just as classy and first rate as Walt and company. The thing is, they have to differentiate themselves in the marketplace, so Universal creates an atmosphere that is mature, not childish.
That isn’t to say Universal doesn’t have a family friendly atmosphere—they are very friendly. But, unlike Disney, Universal embraces opportunities to be edgy. They portray themselves as the hip, cool alternative to Disney.
City Walk has a vibrant nightlife with a variety of entertainment that includes fine dining, dancing, and shows.
There are four expansive bars and nightclubs: Red Coconut Club, Latin Quarter, Velvet Bar, and Jake’s American Bar. All four nightclubs are hip and trendy, dress is casual to upscale.
Originating from the Vegas strip, the Blue Man Group offers a show that incorporates comedy, music, multimedia theatrics, and audience participation.
City Walk is home to the Hard Rock Café, which offers live music daily and also hosts big name acts on a regular basis. Upcoming performers include OneRepublic, Diana Ross, Steely Dan, and comedian George Lopez. Feel like performing? Sing Karaoke with a live band at the Rising Star nightclub!
City Walk at Universal is also home to the ever-popular Margaritaville bar and restaurant. You can’t miss it… it’s the bar with the giant seaplane parked on the sidewalk out front. Yes, a seaplane. During the 1990s, Jimmy Buffet flew himself and friends on several Caribbean island-hopping vacations, and the plane has been retired to Margaritaville.
There’s also a movie theater, the AMC Cineplex 20 with IMAX, and fine dining at Emeril’s, Pastamoré Ristorante, and the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company.