Club Reports: CityWalk Axes Club Operating Hours

Blog sources at Universal Studios CityWalk in Orlando have confirmed that beginning this past Friday night, club operating hours were cut and all remaining clubs will be closing at Midnight. One of our readers had contacted Orlando Entertainment News via email to report the lights coming on at 12 this past Friday and patrons being told to go home. None of our CW sources could provide a reason behind the decision or whether the cut is just for this summer. However, the email source told us that lower level management on the scene was telling patrons that “upper management is wanting them to be more like restaurants rather than nightclubs” and thus the earlier closure time.
Indeed, most of the remaining venues in CityWalk are restaurants too but have always had a late-night club component to them.
We don’t doubt that the shuttering of CityWalk‘s main dance club The Groove impacted overall club attendance in the complex. Remaining clubs include Rising Star, Bob Marley’s, Margaritaville & Pat O’Briens while we’re not sure of the current status of Red Coconut Club. We also don’t know if concerts at Hard Rock Live are impacted.