Ever since I moved to Burbank, near Toluca Lake, I’ve been walking my neighborhood every morning to get in my 10,000+ steps. A nearby attraction is Universal CityWalk Hollywood. It’s located next to Universal Studios and is a whimsical entertainment center with restaurants, IMAX movie theater, shops, and quirky attractions.
Universal City Walk sits high on a hill overlooking the movie studio. You can either park in the massive parking structures on the top of the hill, or get off the LA Metro at Universal Station and take a studio tram to either the Universal Studios Tour gate or the CityWalk entrance.
Eat your heart out and have fun
I love to walk around to see the brightly colored neon-lit signs, kitschy storefronts, kids running gleefully through the floor fountains, and people flying through the air in the indoor skydiving tube. Food is everywhere from the Hard Rock Café, to Bubba Gump Shrimp, Wolfgang Puck Bistro, Buca Di Beppo and more. There’s something for everyone from high-end to junk food. Find out more here.
Ben and Jerry’s sports a pink convertible sticking out of the wall above the entrance, The Hard Rock Cafe butts up next to a giant Van Halen Guitar that towers over the restaurant. Voodoo Doughnut is a sugar junkie’s paradise and so is It’s Sugar. For the healthy-minded, you can juice yourself silly under the giant neon fruit of Jamba Juice.
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CityWalk is easily accessible from the Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City Hotel and the Sheraton Universal Hotel. A shuttle is available from the hotels to CityWalk and the Universal Studios Tour. Both hotels, as well as The Globe Theatre, several restaurants, and other smaller meeting centers, are popular for events, premieres, conferences, and parties.
Other nice hotels nearby are The Garland in Studio City. It’s named after actress Beverly Garland from My Three Sons and Best Western Plus Media Centre & Suites in Burbank.
Going to CityWalk is like being stoned without the drugs
It’s always fun and was particularly bright and cheery during the holidays. While the East Coast was frozen from the Bomb Cyclone I walked City Walk under a sunny and glorious sky.
If you want to see a movie with the best sound, projection, and comfort, you can’t beat the Universal CityWalk AMC Theater. It was recently redesigned with black walls, speakers, and super comfortable reclining 32” black seats to minimize any light interference. The theater is equipped with Dolby ATMOS immersive surround sound, and a Christie RGB later projection and Christie Vive Audio. There are 40 speakers in each theater.
Want a Hollywood experience without the crazy frenzy of Hollywood Blvd? Then Universal CityWalk Hollywood is a perfect place to visit, eat and play if you’re in LA.
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