CityWalk Update: Temporary Universal Studios Store Open, New Restaurant Name Revealed

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Universal CityWalk update construction 1-8-2014
The Cigarz sign is already gone as Universal Orlando’s CityWalk construction charges into 2014

Universal Orlando is moving swiftly to reimagine its CityWalk complex before Diagon Alley opens this summer. Here’s our latest CityWalk update as of Wednesday, January 8, 2014.

Universal Studios Store

A temporary Universal Studios Store has opened inside a tent-like structure which sits in front of the CityWalk stage.

Welcome to your home for Universal tchotchkes without a park ticket for the next half-year.

Plenty of Seuss and Despicable Me merch on hand.

Universal’s licensing agreement with Warner Brother and J.K. Rowling mandates that Harry Potter merchandise be sold in its own distinct section. So you won’t see any Potter merchandise in the temporary store.

The selection appears geared to the younger demographic.
There is a small selection of adult clothes.

The facade of the original store has been partially removed, and the store inside has been stripped…

Jaws, Hitch, and other Universal icons are now in a dumpster. Sniff…

…but the televisions inside are still playing.

That’s the parks promo playing in an endless loop to no one.

The temporary store is expected to operate for about six months.

A nighttime look at the temporary store.

Vivo Italian Kitchen

A the recent CityWalk press event, the Italian restaurant that will replace Pastamore was given the working name “Pranzo.” Today we see new signage with the official name, Vivo.

The restaurant will feature freshly made pasta.

Antojitos

Here are some nighttime shots of the Antojitos Mexican restaurant.

[Insert Taco Bell joke here

I participated in the first press preview tasting at Antojitos on January 9 and will report back soon!

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Seth Kubersky

Author of The Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando. Co-author of The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland and Beyond Disney. Contributor to Unofficial Guides to WDW and Las Vegas. Live Active Cultures columnist for the Orlando Weekly. Travel and arts journalist. Theatrical director and producer.

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