Burger King to open first Whopper Bar at Orlando CityWalk

Posted Tuesday, March 10, 2009 9:14 AM | Contributed by Walk

Beginning Tuesday, Burger King will open its first Whopper Bar in Universal Orlando's CityWalk. There won't be any alcohol but there will be meat and lots of it. Customers can customize their Whopper, while workers will add the toppings in front of customers for a sushi bar-like atmosphere.

Read more from AP via USA Today.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009 9:32 AM

This sounds great. It should go over better than the Sarah Palin 'turkey's whacked will u wait' in Alaska.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009 10:56 AM

Here in Canada, Harvey's have been doing this for years.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009 4:39 PM

I just don't get what the big deal is about this. So I can pick my toppings for a whopper. Big deal. A whopper as a whopper regardless of what you can put on it. And how much will a whopper cost there? $10.00 for a burger? I just don't see this lasting.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009 5:52 PM

You have it all wrong. You are in Orlando. You are feeling the vibe at Citywalk. You don't want a sit down meal, and the $6 hot dog isn't going to curb your hunger. Its cool to sit and get a whopper. Not any whopper, but one from the Whopper Bar.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009 6:32 PM

I don't get it either. But, having recently turned 40, I'm officially "old," so perhaps I'm not supposed to.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009 7:55 PM

Walked by this afternoon. It looked pretty neat and seemed crowded (I just ate so I didn't try it). Between that, Moes, and Panda Express that area of CityWalk should see some more people.

Adding to Agent Johnson's comments CityWalk needed some quick service locations. If these new locations are reasonably priced then they will win my business as I usually swing by the Moe's down the road or the McDonalds/Burger King/KFC/Taco Bell across the street before heading to the parks.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009 8:44 PM

Why would you hang out in City Walk and get some crap that you can get anywhere else?

I've eaten at every restaurant except for Emeril's I think, and there are a lot of good choices. Try NBA City... you'd think a joint with a basketball theme would suck, but they have a really solid menu.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009 10:26 PM

Jeff said:
Why would you hang out in City Walk and get some crap that you can get anywhere else?

Because there are these two amusement parks among other things there. So instead of driving down I-drive and getting stuck in traffic to get a bite to eat before heading to a park or a concert I could swing in CityWalk and grab the food there. If there is one thing I hate about Orlando it is traffic sucks on the surface streets so it save me time only going to one place.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009 10:32 PM

I can "Have it my way" when I order a Whopper in any BK lounge. It's cool that Burger King is now at CityWalk, but it's not that big of a deal...to me anyway.

When I worked at the park, my hangout was Margarettaville. I love the Cheesburger In Paradise. It's WAY better than a Whopper, imo.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009 11:04 PM

Jeff said:
Why would you hang out in City Walk and get some crap that you can get anywhere else?

LostKause said:
I can "Have it my way" when I order a Whopper in any BK lounge. It's cool that Burger King is now at CityWalk, but it's not that big of a deal...

But if you read the article there's three different 'levels' of burger and 22 toppings.

It's not the same crap you get at your local BK. It's new crap. :)

It's a fun twist on the same old same old. Combine that with changing the look and feel of the place and I can see why they think this could be a 300-500 unit part of the portfolio.

Novel enough to be interesting (a brand spin-off of sorts) but familiar enough at the same time.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009 10:11 AM

Andrew said:
So instead of driving down I-drive and getting stuck in traffic to get a bite to eat before heading to a park or a concert I could swing in CityWalk and grab the food there.

Who said anything about driving anywhere? My point was that there is a lot of good food at City Walk that isn't BK crap.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009 11:13 AM

^As a local (-ish), I might be more tempted by "the BK crap". I drive down the turnpike to get to The Complex, and turnpike food is worse and is upcharged. But if I'm pressed for time and hungry, with only have 2-3 hours to spend, I can see making the trade-off to get in a couple extra laps on Mummy. If you fly to Orlando, you're on vacation, and getting a GOOD meal is probably in your plans. But I see this (and soon-to-arrive Panda Express and Moe's) as efforts to get locals to eat on-site more frequently - and it gives a "familiar" place to eat for parents with picky children.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009 11:31 AM

Jeff said:


Who said anything about driving anywhere? My point was that there is a lot of good food at City Walk that isn't BK crap.

Sure there is some decent food at CityWalk (never said there wasn't) now but besides Pastamore (and the Nathan's window whenever that is open) there was never a place to grab a quick bite to eat. rollergator hit it on the head - this is perfect for those of us who don't want to stop on the way to the parks. I swing by to grab a quick ride on Hulk on the way home from work quite often now I won't have to stop at Moe's then stop at Universal.

Edit: Here are the prices and more info. $6.29 for a "custom" burger, drink and fries is not a bad price for a "theme park."

Last edited by Andrew, Wednesday, March 11, 2009 11:46 AM
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Wednesday, March 11, 2009 1:41 PM

$6.29 is pretty much what a Whopper meal costs locally for me.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009 8:37 PM

I'll see you a "whopper" for less, Gonch ;)

(sorry...couldn't resist)

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009 11:35 PM

I thought the Big Mac was the one that came with "special sauce;" not the Whopper. ;0

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009 11:41 PM

For the record, I happened to stop by our BK tonight and the Whopper meal (a #1 if you will) was $5.25 - so given the location the price seems plenty fair.

And if you can beat that price Moosh, you're giving it away...

...and you're better than that, man. ;)

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009 11:42 PM

That's actually pretty cheap for a Whopper compared to the NJ or PA Turnpike's prices.

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Thursday, March 12, 2009 4:35 PM

That is pretty cheap for a park. I was sure it would be 10.00 or over. That being said, I still wouldn't bother. When I go to a park, I want to eat something or go somewhere that I can't otherwise get during everyday life. Granted they have done what they can with the build our own thing. But when I want a burger of epic size and toppings, I just do it at home. Nothing more fresh then doing it that way.

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