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West Side Downtown Disney
Heading over the bridge from pleasure Island, you will arrive in West Side, the final part of Downtown Disney. This will be changing a great deal during 2012 and already you can see shops being re-developed. But for now there is still so much to see.
There are four good restaurants for you to choose from. Bongos Cuban Café, owned by Gloria Esterfan, serves typical Cuban food to Latin American Music, not only is the food great but the atmosphere is amazing. The Dining Room at Wolfgang Pucks is an elegant dining experience where east meets west in a sophisticated fusion of Asian and Californian cuisine. It also has some very decadent desserts. Planet Hollywood is world famous for its burgers and famous owners. They serve some of the best burgers you will ever eat. At the House of Blues, some of the best regional and national musicians perform nightly while you eat their delicious Southern cuisine.
A “must do” is the Characters in Flight air balloon which takes you up in a giant tethered balloon 400 feet above Downtown Disney Area. You will board the balloon’s gondola from a specially designed platform for a breath taking, 360 degree view of the whole of Walt Disney World.
The shops that will not change are the Candy Cauldron – get your candy apples (and much more) from the wicked witch who put Sleeping Beauty to sleep, Sunglass Icon for the very best in designer sunglasses and Team Mickey Athletic Club.
Also still in Westside will be Cirque du Soleil – La Nouba, the fantastic world renowned circus show and Disney Quest Indoor Interactive theme park. Here there are five floors of electronic Disney innovation and imagination, including virtual reality, 3D encounters and classic video games from the past.
Staying too, is the AMC Downtown Disney 24 a state of the art movie theatre showing all the latest films.
Many new shops are being planned along with the ones already taking shape and the biggest difference will be the new 10 pin Bowling Alley which replaces the old Virgin Record Store which was briefly a tribute hall to Princess Diana. Not only will there be the bowling lanes, but restaurants, cafes and shops too.
From this car park end of Downtown Disney, you can get the water taxi up to Market Place, a trip the children always enjoy.
Walking through this area at night is a wonderfully atmospheric experience with all the lights lit up, that it always feels like Christmas – even in the heat and humidity of Florida
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