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.
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 facade of the original store has been partially removed, and the store inside has been stripped…
…but the televisions inside are still playing.
The temporary store is expected to operate for about six months.
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.
Here are some nighttime shots of the Antojitos Mexican restaurant.
I participated in the first press preview tasting at Antojitos on January 9 and will report back soon!