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Nestled at the western edge of a sprawling entertainment district at Walt Disney World Resort, Downtown Disney West Side is 66 acres of eye-popping, sophisticated glitter. There are high-profile celebrity tenants, a 90-minute original theatrical production staged five nights a week, a five-story indoor interactive theme park, a tethered balloon flight and a dizzying collection of eclectic shops offering everything from magic tricks to movie memorabilia.

 The Main Attraction of West Side 

AMC Pleasure Island 24 Theatres Complex -- 24 separate theaters accommodating up to 5,390 total patrons. Eighteen theaters with stadium seating, two with balconies and screens reaching three stories tall.

Bongos Cuban Cafe -- Created by pop music superstar Gloria Estefan and her husband/producer, Emilio, Bongos Cuban Cafe reflects the sizzle of Miami’s South Beach with Cuban cuisine, Latin rhythms and a tropical theme. Seats 384 at indoor and outdoor tables; 87 at the bar.

Characters in Flight -- Operated by Aerophile, the lighter-than-air, 72-foot-diameter gas balloon carries guests 400 feet above the waterfront for a 360-degree view of Walt Disney World Resort and miles beyond.

Cirque du Soleil La Nouba -- An extraordinary, high-energy production created exclusively for Walt Disney World Resort, La Nouba is a striking mix of theatrical and circus arts, special effects, colorful costumes and original music staged in a state-of-the-art, 1,671-seat theater.

DisneyQuest -- This five-story, 100,000-square-foot indoor theme park immerses guests of all ages in a world of adventure combining the Disney experience with state-of-the-art interactive and virtual-reality technology.

House of Blues -- Mississippi Delta-inspired cuisine, live music and celebrity backers that include Dan Aykroyd, Jim Belushi, John Goodman and Aerosmith make House of Blues one of the hottest tickets in town. Restaurant seats 384 indoors, 158 outdoors, 36 at the bar. Concert facility accommodates 2,000.

Planet Hollywood -- Colorful three-floor-up-to-the-ceiling eatarena with famous movie memorabilia and a menu featuring sandwiches, pizza and steaks, and a store featuring themed merchandise. Restaurant seats 550.

Wolfgang Puck Cafe -- An array of signature dishes created by celebrity superchef Puck is featured in this full-service upscale eatery. Wood-fired pizzas, pastas and classic Puck entrees are created with the finest ingredients. Seats 518 at tables, 34 at the bar.

 Other Notables of West Side 

Cirque du Soleil Boutique, carrying more than 300 souvenirs and products

Disney’s Candy Cauldron, resembling an authentic fairy-tale dungeon with a candy kitchen full of sweets

Hoypoloi, presenting uncommon art in a new-age emporium

littlemissmatched, showcasing fashionable accessories and colorful mismatched socks with playful patterns

Magic Masters, an elegant magic shop with spellbinding gifts, and décor inspired by Harry Houdini’s personal library

Magnetron, featuring magnets that sing, ring and glow in the dark

Pop Gallery,offering original, artist-signed sculptures and paintings

RideMakerz, a place to build and truck out toy vehicles with hundreds of variations including remote control and special sound effects

Sosa Family Cigars, with a cigar collection from these legendary Cuban tobacco farmers

Sunglass Icon, offering the latest designer sunglasses and eyewear

 
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