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Downtown Disney - West Side

The West Side is the newest addition to Downtown Disney.  Unlike Pleasure Island, there is no cover charge to get into the complex, although individual clubs may have one.

The West Side has a good number of restaurants and shops, but also has several bona-fide attractions in their own right.  There is something for everyone here, so plan on spending at least some time (perhaps an evening) early in the trip to check things out.  You can always return for more later after you've scoped it out.

Attractions

AMC Theatre

Why anyone would want to watch a movie when they're on vacation at Walt Disney World is beyond me, but if that's your thing, you're covered.

Cirque du Soleil

This is an extravagant circus-based (but it's a real insult to call Cirque du Soleil a "circus") show.  The acrobatics are spectacular, and the special effects are dazzling.  This is a pricey event (call (407) 934-7639 for information or to order tickets.)

DisneyQuest

DisneyQuest is a mini-theme park in it's own right.  Since there's so much to mention about DisneyQuest, there's a whole page dedicated to that topic now.  Just click here for more information. 

Shops

All Star Gear

Logo merchandise.  The All Star Cafe itself can be enjoyed at the Wide World of Sports Complex.

Celebrity Eyeworks Studio

Many options of sunglasses in a very expensive store.

Guitar Gallery

Guitars, custom and collect, along with supplies, music, accessories, and clothes (I suppose you have to have just the right shirt to sound your very best).

Hoypoloi

Ceramics, art pieces, and other material with a Zen Buddhist motif.

Magnetron

An entire store dedicated to the fine art of collecting refrigerator magnets.   Quite a sight!

Sosa Family Cigars

Fresh cigars and other carcinogens.  Supplies for the addict are also available.

Starabilias

Just another of many memorabilia shops you'll find within Walt Disney World.  It's a race to see if WDW can produce more Winnie-the-Pooh shops or movie memorabilia stores.   So far, Hollywood is winning by a nose.

Virgin Megastore

Billed as one of the world's largest CD, software, and book stores.  If not the largest, then this store is certainly the state of the art.  Personally, I prefer to shop for such things at my local Best Buy where the price is less prohibitive...and I'm not within a few miles of a Disney park.

Wildhorse Store

Western clothing inspired by the Wildhorse Saloon at Pleasure Island.


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