PHOTO REPORT: Universal CityWalk Hollywood 6/10/20 (Grand Reopening, Social Distancing, A Peek Into Universal Studios Hollywood, Toothsome Construction, and More!)

Since Friday, March 20th, 2020, Universal Studios CityWalk has been closed. After 82 long days of closure, CityWalk opened to the public today at noon. Follow along in our very first Universal Studios Hollywood CityWalk Photo Report to take a look at the opening operations and more!

Universal Studios Hollywood gate

We arrived around 11:45 am and made our way over to Jurrasic Parking. The parking today was complimentary. Universal movie posters such as E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Jurrasic World, and Fast and Furious greeted us as we entered.

Universal Studios Hollywood Garage

We parked on Level 3, then walked down to Level 1 to get our temperature checked.

Universal Studios Hollywood Tempurature Checks

As you approach the temperature check station, there is signage requesting guests to follow the new hygiene procedures that have been implemented, such as wearing a face covering, passing a temperature screening, washing your hands, and keeping a 6-foot distance between others.

Universal Studios Hollywood Temp Checks

For temperature screenings, Team Members use a contactless thermometer to check guests’ temperatures. Once you have been cleared, you can enter CityWalk. There was no type of bag check point at CityWalk today.

Universal Studios Hollywood

We made it in! While not everything was open, these particular restaurants and stores were operating:

Eateries

Shopping

Universal Studios Hollywood CityWalk Blaze Pizza

Blaze Pizza, which is located on the ground level next to Starbucks, was fast and fire’d, ready to welcome guests.

Universal Studios Hollywood CityWalk Blaze Pizza

Social distancing markers were placed on the floor 6 feet apart.

Universal Studios Hollywood CityWalk Blaze Pizza

Next door, Starbucks followed suit with similar social distancing markers.

Universal Studios Hollywood CityWalk Starbucks
Universal Studios Hollywood CityWalk Buca di Beppo

Starbucks asked that only one member of each party enter the indoor waiting area.

Universal Studios Hollywood CityWalk Buca di Beppo

Buona sera, Buca di Beppo! We went inside to check out the social distancing markers in place at this popular Italian eatery.

Universal Studios Hollywood CityWalk Buca di Beppo
Universal Studios Hollywood CityWalk Buca di Beppo

Signage reminded guests at the door of the new hygiene procedures.

Universal Studios Hollywood CityWalk Buca di Beppo

I don’t know about you, but I love this meatball social distancing marker.

Universal Studios Hollywood CityWalk Buca di Beppo

Social distancing markers surrounded the host stand.

Universal Studios Hollywood CityWalk Buca di Beppo

This pasta marker was almost made me order some Chicken Carbonara.

Universal Studios Hollywood CityWalk Buca di Beppo

Every other table inside was closed.

Johnny Rockets Universal Studios Hollywood

Johnny Rockets was probably the most crowded restaurant. Both guests and Universal Team Members were enjoying some classic burgers and shakes.

Johnny Rockets Universal Studios Hollywood
Johnny Rockets Universal Studios Hollywood

Every other table sat empty at Johnny Rockets as well.

Universal Studios Hollywood Temp Checks

Hand sanitizer stations can be found between numerous stores and restaurants. They are appropriately spaced out through CityWalk.

Voodoo Doughnut Hollywood

Voodoo Doughnut was open to guests with the same social distancing requirements.

Voodoo Doughnut Hollywood
Voodoo Doughnut Hollywood

Souvenir menus were available at the entrance. This was handy for the reason that everyone was able to read the list in their own space while social distancing.

Voodoo Doughnut Hollywood

Couldn’t leave without some doughnuts!

Voodoo Doughnut Hollywood

These doughnut-themed stained glass windows add some extra character to the interior of the building.

Universal Studios Hollywood CityWalk KFC

On the upper level, KFC Express and Taco Bell were both open with the same social distancing procedures in place.

Universal Studios Hollywood CityWalk KFC
Universal Studios Hollywood CityWalk KFC

KFC also had signage on the door reminding guests once again to follow the new hygiene procedures.

Universal Studios Hollywood City Walk

There was no one to be seen near these two restaurants.

Universal Studios Hollywood City Walk

As CityWalk continues with its phased reopening, I’m sure more people will venture to the upper level.

Universal Studios Hollywood CityWalk The Habit

The Habit Burger Grill will be coming soon to CityWalk between Panda Express and Taco Bell.

Universal Studios Hollywood Crepes Cafe

The last restaurant that was operating was Crêpe Café.

Universal Studios Hollywood Crepes Cafe
Universal Studios Hollywood Crepes Cafe

Social distancing markers only surrounded the main counter. The indoor seating was spaced out allowing guests to sit anywhere.

Universal Team Member

Universal Team Members in white vests reading “Clean is Universal” sanitized tables and handrails around CityWalk.

Universal Team Member

Thank you, Universal Team Members, for helping us stay safe!

Universal Studios Hollywood CityWalk

More signage reminding guests to maintain distance was placed in front of the escalators.

Sephora Universal Studios Hollywood

As we made our way over to Universal Studios Hollywood’s park entrance, we noticed that Sephora had a message on the door.

Sephora Universal Studios Hollywood

It stated that Sephora will be reopening on 6/19 from 11am – 7pm. Let’s get back to beauty together!

Universal Studios Hollywood Store
Universal Globe Hollywood

Man, oh man, was it nice to see this view!

Universal Studios Hollywood gate

As we walked toward the entrance, we caught some Team Members removing the gates that were blocking off entrance to the front of the park gate.

Universal Studios Hollywood gate

Near this area, we could hear a repeating track stating the new hygiene procedures that guests are expected to follow.

Universal Studios Hollywood

It was surreal standing in this spot again looking into a closed Universal Studios Hollywood.

Universal Studios Hollywood gate
Universal Studios Hollywood gate

So close, yet so far…

Universal Studios Hollywood gate
Universal Studios Hollywood gate

Just over the Universal Studios Hollywood water fountain, we were able to catch a glimpse of the Despicable Me themed area, Super Silly Fun Land.

Universal Studios Hollywood gate

With Disneyland announcing its phased reopening, we will most likely be hearing news about Universal Studios Hollywood soon.

Universal Studios Hollywood CityWalk Tillys

Tillys was open today with operating changing rooms.

Universal Studios Hollywood

There were no markings on the floor other than near the register.

There were no guests shopping when we entered the store.

Universal Studios Hollywood Sketchers

The Skechers store opened around 2pm. Social distancing measures were in place inside and outside. A few guests were safely able to try some new kicks on.

Universal Studios Hollywood Sketchers

The floor markings helped guide guests through the store smoothly.

Guess Universal studios hollywood citywalk

Guess is another one of the few stores that opened today.

Guess Universal studios hollywood citywalk
Guess Universal studios hollywood citywalk

Social distancing stickers were placed all around the store.

Universal Studios Hollywood CityWalk

The last retail store that was open was at CityWalk today was Shoe Palace.

Universal Studios Hollywood CityWalk

Much like Guess, Shoe Palace had big circle markers on the main floor in front of the register.

Universal Studios Hollywood CityWalk Buca di Beppo

The last thing we were able to see on the way out was the current construction on the Toothsome Chocolate Emporium which is due to open in 2021. This is the former location of The Hard Rock Cafe.

Universal Studios Hollywood City Walk

That wraps up the first Universal CityWalk Hollywood photo report! As you can tell, the first day of operations ran smoothly. Hopefully, we can see this trend continue.

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