Downtown Disney - West Side

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Downtown Disney is set into three sections and is a free area which gives you a taste of what is to come when you hit the parks. The three sections are, Market Place, Pleasure Island (about to be refurbished) and West Side.


West side is the third section of Downtown Disney with Pleasure Island being the second and Market Place the first.

The most famous part of West Side is the very beginning end where the Cirque du Soleil, La Nouba Show is situated. This attraction speaks for itself and runs most nights at 6pm and 9 pm. Many articles have been written about this attraction so I will not repeat them here.

Disney Quest is a firm favourite with children and “still children” adults. This is a virtual reality interactive Theme Park attraction with all the thrills and spills of the real rides. Quite close to this attraction is the new Ride Maker. This is a supercharged interactive attraction which lets children build their very own radio controlled vehicles and take them home as souvenirs.

All along West Side there are really unusual shops like The Cigar Shop where cigar smokers can relax in peace and enjoy a cigar with out the usual over the top coughing noises and the waving of arms like windmills from people offended by the smoke. There is a Magic Shop where you can learn how to do tricks and then buy them to amaze your friends. The Candy Cauldren is famous for its Candy Apples and all things related to the Wicked Witch of the Snow White story.

Another very unusual shop, is the Little Miss Matched Shop. Here young girls and early teens can buy all sorts of mis-matched gloves, socks and shoes plus many more goodies. (It’s all the rage here apparently)! Hoi Paloi is a shop that specialises in three dimensional art and of course there is a Micky Mouse Shop, this one is called, In The Groove.

For dining there is the very well known Planet Hollywood which includes a merchandise shop, Bongos Cuban Café (owned by Emilio and Gloria Esterfan) and Wolfgang Puck with his famous pizzas plus many other choices apart from pizza and the House of Blues restaurant with a music club next door.

One rather exciting feature is the hot air balloon. Although it doesn’t actually fly off it’s moorings, it does give and great view of Walt Disney World from a great height of 400 feet.

There is also a 24 screen cinema showing all the latest films in amazing sound quality.

So do give this area a visit, it could while away a few hours.

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