CityWalk Orlando, Universal Studios

CityWalk Orlando, Universal Studios

An entrance that builds anticipation for adventures within
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DETAILS

LocationOrlando, Florida United States
ClientHOK
Size30 acres

Universal City is an urban entertainment destination on the South border of Orlando, Florida; at its heart lies the Citywalk, the gateway for all arriving guests as they enter “Universal Studios Florida” or the “Islands of Adventure” from parking structures. The primary area, containing multi-themed, high-energy clubs, restaurants, bars, shops and theaters, is formed by a central plaza, upper promenade, and lagoon waterfront. Extensive hardscape paving is boldly patterned, accented with native plantings and interactive waterscape features, and designed to withstand the demands of high pedestrian traffic. The exterior of the Citywalk is enveloped by a trellis shell overgrown with vines, lending it a “grown over” look while disguising and shading the interior.

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