Competition can be a great thing for consumers because competing companies really have to work to get their share of the market. In Orlando, the two main players in the theme park category are Disney World and Universal Studios, but their competition is not limited to thrill rides, both companies offer a wide range of nightly entertainment. If you’re visiting Orlando, you’ll probably want to check out the entertainment areas of both parks, and here’s what you can expect to find.
Let’s start with Disney World. Disney’s nightlife area is called Pleasure Island and is located in the downtown area of Disney World. Pleasure Island is a collection of restaurants and nightclubs. Each of the eight nightclubs has a particular theme, and the entertainment and performers are chosen according to the theme of the clubs.
For example, The Wildhorse Saloon features country music and it’s no wonder since it’s based on Nashville’s Wildhorse Saloon. The club features a large dance floor and performance area, and every night a live country music band is on hand to entertain guests. On the culinary side, the Wildhorse Saloon has a barbecue restaurant.
If country music is not your thing, you can go to the other theme clubs. For example, lovers of classic rock will be delighted with the Rock n Roll Beach Club playlist. This is a club with a beach party theme, and each night a disc jockey or live band serves up a lively set of classic rock music.
Disney’s Pleasure Island also has The Comedy Warehouse, dedicated to comics and improv comedy, a club focused on hits from the ’70s and ’80s, and a club where you can watch and dance to the latest music videos. Stroll through the clubs and restaurants of Pleasure Island and you’re sure to find something to suit your tastes.
Not to be outdone by rival Disney, Universal is also an area reserved for nightlife activity. Universal’s nightclub and restaurant area is called Universal CityWalk. If you’re wondering which came first, Disney or Universal, then the answer in this case is Universal. The CityWalk area at his Florida resort is modeled after Universal Hollywood, which pioneered the idea of a restaurant and nightclub complex.
Like Disney’s Pleasure Island, CityWalk features a diverse set of clubs, each offering a different type of entertainment.
If you are a fan of reggae music, your first stop should be at the club “Bob Marley, a tribute to freedom”. This is not only a nightclub, but also a museum based on Bob Marley’s house museum in Jamaica. The club features live reggae music every night.
Do you prefer jazz? Then the CityJazz club should be your destination on any given weekend. The club offers not only live music, but also has many jazz memorabilia on its walls. On weekdays, the club’s entertainment is comedy.
CityWalk’s Latin Quarter is both a first-class restaurant by day and a lively nightclub by night. As its name suggests, the music is Latin and is popular with the local Hispanic community and tourists.
CityWalk has several other clubs and restaurants. There is no admission charge to CityWalk, although each venue has its own entrance. An inexpensive way to visit the area is to get a “key” to all the places for $7.95. You cannot drive through this area and you will have to park your car at Universal garages for around $7.00 a night.
Whether it’s CityWalk or Pleasure Island, you’re sure to find a restaurant or club where you can relax and enjoy yourself in Orlando.