Walt Disney World

Downtown Disney

West Side

(September 15, 1997 - present)

 

History and photos of the West Side area of Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World.

Downtown Disney guidemap - December 1997

On September 15, 1997, the West Side opened at Downtown Disney, adding another section of exotic shopping, dining and entertainment options to Walt Disney World.

While the Marketplace may have been viewed as being quaint and old fashioned, the West Side was seen as hip and upscale.  The restaurants are bigger, the entertainment is fancier, and some of today's hottest bands make appearances at the House of Blues.  This is a place where adults can see a high profile performance at Cirque du Soleil while the kids spend a few hours playing the hottest games at DisneyQuest.

Downtown Disney guidemap - 2007

While the West Side is approaching its twentieth anniversary, most of the complex is identical to when it first opened back in 1997.  Some of the stores have changed along the way (the notable changes being the removals of Magic Masters, Starabilias and the Virgin Megastore), and a couple of new attractions have opened.  The awe-inspiring Characters In Flight 400-foot observation balloon ride was added in 2009, and the Splitsville Luxury Lanes bowling alley opened in the Fall of 2012.

Downtown Disney guidemap - August 2014

Like the Marketplace and Pleasure Island, there is no admission fee to visit the West Side.  Admission and parking are free throughout Downtown Disney.

Additional photo pages for West Side at Downtown Disney include:

AMC Downtown Disney 24 Theatres

Bongos Cuban Cafe restaurant

Disney's Candy Cauldron

Characters In Flight balloon ride

Cirque du Soleil

D Street

DisneyQuest

House of Blues

Planet Hollywood restaurant

Ridemakerz (EXTINCT!)

Splitsville Luxury Lanes retro bowling alley

Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe restaurant

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West Side - Christmas decorations:

West Side - Diana - The People's Princess exhibit (2009 - EXTINCT!):

West Side - Disney Vacation Club kiosk:

West Side - night:

RESTAURANTS

West Side - Forty Thirst Street (EXTINCT!):

West Side - STARBUCKS at Downtown Disney West Side:

West Side - Wetzel's Pretzels (EXTINCT!):

STORES

West Side - Curl by Sammy Duvall surf apparel store:

West Side - Disney Truck Shop:

West Side - Fit2Run, The Runner's Superstore athletic supply store:

West Side - Guitar Gallery (EXTINCT!):

West Side - LittleMissMatched store (EXTINCT! - relocated to Downtown Disney - Marketplace):

West Side - Magic Masters magic store (EXTINCT!):

West Side - Magnetron novelty magnet store (EXTINCT!):

West Side - Mickey's Groove store (EXTINCT!):

West Side - Orlando Harley-Davidson motorcycle apparel store:

West Side - Planet Hollywood on Location store (EXTINCT!):

West Side - Pop Gallery art store:

West Side - Sosa Family Cigar Co. cigar store:

West Side - Starabilias celebrity autograph & memorabilia store (EXTINCT!):

West Side - United World Soccer store:

West Side - Virgin Megastore (EXTINCT!):