Walt Disney World
(September 15, 1997 - present)
History and photos of the West Side area of Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World.
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.
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.
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:
Bongos Cuban Cafe restaurant
Characters In Flight balloon ride
Planet Hollywood restaurant
Splitsville Luxury Lanes retro bowling alley
Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe restaurant
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