CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE During my recent visit to Theme Park Connection in Winter Garden I was able to snag some old Downtown Disney Guidemaps. This is a fascinating look back to life on the Island circa 1997.
Studying over this thing, one can see that #7 Neon Armadillo Music Saloon is mentioned but it has #2 BET Soundstage Club next to it with "Opens Spring 1998" next to it. Hip Hop was just beginning to surge in popularity and this was PI's answer. But not giving up on Country music, #13 Wildhorse Saloon is listed as "Opens Spring 1998!".
Back in these days both #11 Waterfront Stage and #12 West End Stage were the places for live bands; the latter also home to the nightly NYE fireworks celebration as well. The #5 Hub Stage had a huge video wall with bands and dancers.
Who can forget the lineup of shops: Avigators, DTV, Island Depot, Reel Finds, Suspended Animation, Changing Attitudes. A large order of french fries at 1am from Missing Link Sausage Company helped absorb alcohol!