We thought we saw a lot of new additions in both 2016 and 2017 at Universal CityWalk. Well, the surface has only been scratched with more closures and new retailers moving in quicker than we could ever imagine.
While it hasn’t officially been announced by Universal on a PR level, construction walls advertising the arrival of ‘VIVO Italian Kitchen’ signify the west coast debut of the popular restaurant that opened a few years ago at Universal Orlando. No opening date has been announced but it’s safe to assume we’ll be able to enjoy authentic Italian cuisine sometime in 2018.
Right next to Vivo is a brand new and quite large Sephora location. Make-up retailers have proven to be popular at theme park and resort destinations so this addition makes a lot of sense.
Another first for Universal CityWalks on either coast is the upcoming arrival of Nectar Bath Treats, based in Las Vegas, Nectar offers bath bombs and treats that are themed and designed to look exactly like tasty sweets.
With the recent Tide Pod controversy it will be interesting to see how Nectar market’s its products that prevents any children for wanting to ingest the soap substances.
Johnny Rocket’s is also being completely renovated for a new experience. I had hope they would have opted to remove the location all together since Johnny Rockets is available at other nearby theme park destinations.
Saddle Ranch has also closed recently for a new experience of some sort, it’s unknown what will replace the large location but I’d certainly love to see Toothsome make it’s west coast debut.