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The nation’s most famous hot dogs coming to CityWalk. Several new eateries are coming to the Universal Resort

Posted on Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 3:45 pm

Universal CityWalk - The Cowfish and Italian Kitchen Concept Rendering

By Peter Covino
A&E Editor
As Universal Resort prepares for one of its biggest expansion  years ever in 2014, the resort has quietly, or maybe not so quietly, begun unveiling several new food experiences at CityWalk.
The first of several new eateries, and already open, is Red Oven Pizza Bakery.
This is CityWalk’s first Neopolitan-style pizza bakery, featuring pizza baked in a 900-degree stone lined oven.
Other restaurants/eateries will be joining Red Oven Pizza Bakery in the coming months throughout 2014.
It should be an interesting mix of established national brands, new concepts as well as Universal’s own concepts.
The announced list from the Universal press release:
Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food: Take a journey through the cantinas, street carts, and markets of Mexico for unique tapas-style dining at Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food. Only the freshest ingredients are used to create craveable, made from scratch Mexican street fare in an environment of unmatched authenticity.
Hot Dog Hall of Fame: Strike out your hunger at Hot Dog Hall of Fame with some of the most iconic hot dog creations from our nation’s most famous ballparks. Take a seat in the bleachers and enjoy a loaded Chicago dog with all the toppings, a perfectly charred Boston brat, a monster LA dog and more.
The Hot Dog Hall of Fame is  a Universal creation, partnered with Steven Schussler, the creator of popular restaurants such as Rain Forest Cafe and Backfire Barbecue.
The Cowfish: Innovative sushi joins forces with creative burgers for an untraditional dining experience at this reincarnation of the popular North Carolina hotspot. The result: “Burgushi”. A cutting-edge fusion of burger and sushi, burgushi items include sushi rolls created using burger components and sandwiches created using sushi elements.
A new modern Italian kitchen concept: Immerse yourself in the essence of modern Italian cuisine at this new restaurant created by Universal Orlando. Watch as the culinary team handcrafts your pasta from scratch to create fresh takes on classic dishes in a clean, contemporary dining atmosphere.
Cold Stone Creamery: For more than 25 years, Cold Stone Creamery has served up the finest, freshest ice cream, cakes, smoothies and shakes using only the highest quality ingredients and their signature process of preparing your custom ice cream creation on a frozen granite stone.
Bread Box: With a Bread Box sandwich, you’ll be transported back to your childhood kitchen or your favorite street corner deli.  Here you’ll find that the combination of quality meats and vegetables, fresh bread, and simple preparation can transform a sandwich into something more.
Menchie’s: One of the world’s most popular frozen yogurt shops is coming to Universal CityWalk.   The dream was to create a place where people from all walks of life and ages could enjoy themselves—not only with great tasting, quality frozen yogurt and an expansive self-serve toppings bar, but with a unique experience in a fun and happy environment that makes you smile.
Exact openings of the new restaurants will be announced as each opening date approaches.
“We want Universal CityWalk to grow along with the rest of our destination,” said Ric Florell, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Resort Revenue Operations at Universal Orlando.  “We are bringing our guests an amazing new collection of experiences that will be world-class and offer something for everyone.”
In addition to the restaurants,  2014 will bring the long-anticipated expansion of Harry Potter as the opening of Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort.
The resort will be Universal Orlando’s largest hotel.
For more information about Universal CityWalk, visit:
The tinsel may have come down at your house, but there are still a few more days to see the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios:
The dazzling light show comes to a close Sunday.
The Dancing Lights features millions of lights, plus animated displays and 3-D effects perfectly synchronized to holiday tunes amidst snowfall. A new addition to this festive favorite, Glow with the Show Ear hats places guests in the middle of the seasonal display by illuminating and changing colors and patterns to synchronize with every moment. The yuletide show takes place nightly on the Streets of America.
Weekend hours at the studios: Jan. 4: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Jan. 5: 9 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Other events coming up this week at the Disney theme parks:
Magic Kingdom
Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It! Street Party: Jan. 3-4: 11 a.m., 2 p.m. & 5:15 p.m.;
Jan. 5-10: 11:15 a.m., 2:45 p.m. & 4:20 p.m.
Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade: Jan. 3-4: 12:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.
Main Street Electrical Parade: Jan. 3-4: 9 p.m. & 11 p.m.; Jan. 5, 9: 7 p.m.
“Wishes” Fireworks: Jan. 3-4: 10 p.m.; Jan. 5-10: 8 p.m.
Park Hours: Jan. 3-4: 8 a.m. – 1 a.m.; Jan. 5-6: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Jan. 7-10: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth (Daily): 9 p.m.
Park Hours – Future World (Daily): 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
World Showcase (Daily): 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Fantasmic!: Jan. 3-4: 6:30 p.m., 8 p.m., 10 p.m.; Jan. 5, 10: 7 p.m., 8:30 p.m.; Jan. 6-9: 7 p.m.
Park Hours: Jan. 3: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Jan. 4: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Jan. 5: 9 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.; Jan. 6-9: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.;
Jan. 10: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Animal Kingdom
Mickey’s Jingle Jungle Parade (Daily): 3:45 p.m.
Park Hours – Jan. 3-4: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Jan. 5, 10: 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Jan. 6-9: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sesame Street
It’s the final weekend to visit one of the most well-known streets in America:  “Sesame Street Presents: The Body,” at the Orlando Science Center.
Highlights include:
Sing about your insides at “Count’s Count the Organ Organ”; discover what happens to food when you eat it from chewing to its exit with Oscar the Grouch; join Ernie’s “Rub-A-Dub-Tub Club” to find out how much fun staying clean can be; and so much more!
Otronicon, the Science Center’s largest annual event, will be held Jan. 17 – 20. The experience has the opportunity to inspire a child’s interest in science and tech careers through the appeal of video games, interactive technology and virtual reality.
Cost: Experience “Sesame Street Presents: The Body” with admission to Orlando Science Center which is $19 for adults and $13 for youth (ages 3 – 11). Tickets include access to all four floors of exhibits, giant screen and 3-D educational films, one Hollywood feature-length film, and live programming.