CityWalk Update: New Chocolate Factory Takes Shape

There is so much is going on at Universal Orlando's two theme parks, and we are all aware of this. That said, some Guests visiting the resort might forget that CityWalk also recently received a partial makeover that included the introduction of multiple new venues, and there are even more to come in the near future.
This morning we will take a look at the Toothsome Chocolate Factory and other smaller projects taking place around this ever-changing entertainment district.

Let's begin by seeing how the new Toothsome Chocolate Factory looked like several WEEKS ago:

As you can see, the building still looked quite similar to the former NBA City Restaurant:

Work was starting to be done around the main entrance of the building:

This is how the building looks like NOW:

A large tower was recently assembled where the large statue of a basketball player used to stand:

The existing building is also being partially expanded:

The screens that used to be found on the left side of the building are gone:

Walking around the area:

The very intricate logo of this new addition can be found on the temporary construction walls:

Let's move on to other areas:

We recently noticed a second podium by the Hard Rock Cafe for Guests with OpenTable reservations:

Walking on the red carpet:

And we are...

Several weeks ago we also noticed that the lounge on the second floor was removed:

A VIP Experience can still be booked. Check-in is at the bottom floor, though:

And that is all for now. Before concluding, remember to like us on our official Facebook page and follow us on Twitter for live updates from the parks. If you would like to make a donation to OTPN, feel free to use the "DONATE" button found on the sidebar. Thank you for your support, and see you again soon.

PHOTOS BY: Alex, Official Orlando Theme Park News Team Member and Photographer.


  1. I'm sorry if this sounds like troll bait, but my reaction to anything happening at CityWalk is simply "yawn" when compared to Disney Springs. With all the new outdoor venues for dining, drinking, and shopping, I don't expect to visit CityWalk again anytime in the near future. That statement is NOT true for the rest of Universal, which I love, especially all the new Harry Potter stuff and the new resorts. This is just my opinion, which means it's not a fact and not intended to start an argument. But the reality is, the space the Disney has will inevitably give it a leg up when and where it chooses to make the investment.

  2. Well, parking is free for Disney. So unless there is a restaurant we really want at Citywalk - it's kind of an easy choice.
    Citywalk has something for us, but only if we're already there at those parks.

    I think the two draw different crowds, and that's fine. I never was nor will be the main target universal / Citywalk customer, pretty well edged out to the outer rim of Disney's demographic too, but Disney still more attractive to me overall.

  3. City Walk parking is free for Florida residents after 6 pm. And, yes, I agree. Free parking all the time at Disney Springs will always win out for be also


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