With a few exceptions, people under age of 18 won’t be allowed in Universal Orlando’s CityWalk after 9 p.m. on weekend nights unless they’re accompanied by an adult under a new resort policy.
From Fridays through Sundays, unaccompanied minors will have to leave CityWalk at 9 p.m. unless they’re staying at a Universal Orlando hotel or have tickets to see a movie at the CityWalk Cinemark theater. No one under the age of 18 will be allowed past the CityWalk security hub after 9 p.m. The required chaperones have to be 21 or older, but those between the ages of 18 and 20 are allowed to stay in CityWalk.
Universal has not publicized the policy change beyond confirming it on Twitter. The news was first reported by Inside Universal.
We’ve made adjustments to our weekend operations at CityWalk and Guests under the age of 18 are required to depart at 9 p.m. unless they are accompanied by a parent/guardian, are staying at a Universal Hotel or seeing a movie. Reach out closer to the event for any updated info!
— Universal Orlando Resort (@UniversalORL) August 7, 2022
Universal has not detailed how the new policy will be enforced. It also did not explain the exact rationale for the policy change, but it comes weeks after a fight between teenagers led to a CityWalk parking garage being evacuated, along with unfounded reports of shots being fired. No one was hurt in the July 23 incident, according to Orlando police.
Knott’s Berry Farm recently implemented its own weekend ban on unaccompanied minors after violent fights between teens forced the park to close early on July 19. Kennywood, located near Pittsburgh, instituted a similar chaperone policy in 2021 requiring that anyone under 18 had to be accompanied by an adult 21 or older after 4 p.m.