Saturday, September 23, 2017

Club Reports: Disney v. Universal

It was Disney versus Universal last night in major league action as we began the night at Disney's only remaining owned & operated dance club, Atlantic Dance Hall.
In the booth on stage, DJ Lu-S.
The club is so huge that it's hard to make it look crowded but it was actually pretty crowded-looking last night!
"Hands on your knees, hands on your knees!" The music line dances and Hip Hop classics.
ADH is located at Disney's Boardwalk Resort in Bay Lake, Florida.
We've also seen Luis playing for the diners at STK in Disney Springs.
This is the largest crowd I've seen here since New Years Eve when it was packed!
Spotted on the dance floor: Former Pleasure Islanders and current thugs Alex & Dawn.
Popular with CM's, Atlantic Dance Hall has no cover charge and parking is also free!
Orlando is the only city in the world where you can be in a club at Disney World and then 20-minutes later be in a club at Universal Studios!  Now on to The Groove.
In the booth on stage, DJ Chino.
Club was packed to the rafters!
The music 95% Hip Hop and 5% Latin. Sadly, no EDM during my visit.
Admission to one club at CityWalk is $7.00 while an all-club hopper ticket is $12.19.
Chino is the Friday night resident DJ here at The Groove.
You can never go wrong with Go Go girls!
Confetti explosion!
The Hip Hop played is a mixture of new songs as well as the older stuff that's been played here for years. It does bring out the crowd.
Popular with TM's, CityWalk parking is typically free for Floridians after 6PM except now during Halloween Horror Nights when it doesn't become free (for everyone) until 10PM.
A good time was had by all!

Friday, September 22, 2017

EDC - Orlando Update


The DJ line-up for Electric Daisy Carnival - Orlando was announced back in August but now we see how their sets have been distributed among the three stages.  We're still awaiting the announcement as to which dates each of them are playing on those two stages as well as set times.  We should see those announcements soon based on when that information was released last year.  The Blog will once gain provide coverage for this November 10-11 event which takes place at Tinker Field & McCracken Field outside Camping World Stadium.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

DS Update: Second Store Closes

Let's pay a visit to Disney Springs to see if there's anything new to report.
Blog reader Madman Ray reports that the Vince Camuto shoe store has closed in Disney Springs Town Center. This becomes the second store to close after Sound Lion but the first in the new Town Center section.  I know I always used to peek inside to see if this girl was working but she never was. I regret not being able to meet her!
Of course the first to fail was Sound Lion and finally Savannah Bee Company has opened in it's former location along Hill Street on Pleasure Island.  I'm not really sure what they sell here but they'll need to sell a lot of it to pay the rent!
Over at Riverboat Square on the Island, hammock specialist (there's such a thing?) Swings N'Things will be moving into the kiosk just vacated by Savannah Bee Company.
Over in the Marketplace, Secrets of the Empire will be opening soon in the rear half of Once Upon A Toy.  It will offer a virtual reality experience that includes smell, touch & feel! My understanding is that this is a temporary attraction.
Meanwhile, they still have Mannequins spelled wrong on this marquee!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

This Weekend In Techno Town

WEDNESDAY SEP 20
She's packed a couple shows since her appearance at EDC-Orlando in 2015 and she's back tonight at House of Blues at Disney Springs.  DJ Alison Wonderland (AUS).  Trap / Heavy Bass.
THURSDAY SEP 21
Half DJ set and half live band set, all while wearing their tiger helmets. That's Black Tiger Sex Machine (CDN). DJ Kai Wachi (USA) opens. Venue 578.  Bass / Futuristic.
FRIDAY SEP 22
"Electric Circus" returns to Attic Nightclub this Friday night and it's free up until 12:30AM. This session features DJ duo Sheen Boogie (USA) and also DJ duo Phino (USA) who we saw for the first time last Saturday night at Gilt. Trap / EDM.
SATURDAY SEP 23
Discovery Project winner DJ Saymyname (USA) comes to Orlando for the first time this coming Saturday night at Gilt Nightclub.  Trap.
SATURDAY SEP 23
Krunch (IL) and No Comment (IL) were supposed to play but those got scrubbed so we'll have a different set playing that I'm not familiar with, except for DJ Cosmic Deva (IL).  Peek Downtown.  Psytrance.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

DS Update: DJ's At The Springs

Amid rumors that The Edison's performance arena will be including DJ entertainment at night, we passed through Disney Springs last night checking out what other DJ's were performing beginning at STK.
DJ Adam Wells was in the booth playing EDM during my visit. Adam Wells is the Friday night resident DJ at The Other Bar in Wall Street Plaza downtown.
For a Monday night in what supposedly is the off-season, nearly all the tables were occupied! No dancing though, just dining.
Now over to Planet Hollywood Observatory which has always had DJ's to provide background music and play requests.
DJ Summer Storm was in the booth playing Top 40 hits.
Again, pretty full and a line waiting to get in. No dancing though, just dining!
Over at the Water Fountain Stage, Disney Springs Marketplace, DJ Melissa was running the Kids Dance Party. This is a high energy nonstop party!
Who says there's no dancing in Disney Springs!
And as the "Cha Cha Slide" played on, a good time was had by all!

Monday, September 18, 2017

PI Update: When The Island Wasn't An Island

Fond memories today of Pleasure Island's Waterfront, the area between the Island and the parking lots.
But there was a time between mid-2014 and early-2015 when The Waterfront was removed and the Island was an island no more!
What didn't evaporate was filled with sand to absorb the water. Talk about "draining the swamp!"
We can see here in this 2014 photo the former No. 2 Bridge and that it no longer spanned any water. One former railroad car / ticket booth had been removed and the other stood derelict.
And with both ends of The Waterfront no longer connected to Village Lake water, this last section with water adjacent the No. 1 Bridge would soon be dry as well.  

 In 2016 water would return here again, this time in the form of the springs of Disney Springs!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Concert Report: R3HAB (Gilt Nightclub)

Many a Saturday night gets spent at Gilt Nightclub as nearly every week HTG brings-in a big name DJ to the club!
Arrived around midnight to find DJ duo Phino (USA) in the booth playing EDM.
The club was already jammed!
Phino takes the Phi from Phiona and the no from Gino to form their name. They had opened for Zeds Dead (CDN) at Life In Color this past Labor Day weekend.
But 12:30AM passed.  1:00AM passed.  Finally we saw him sneak in and get plugged-in.
DJ R3HAB (NL)
And the gathered crowd went wild!
I've seen him play at Electric Daisy Carnival - Orlando & Electric Daisy Carnival - Puerto Rico but this was the first time I had seen him in a club setting.
Packed to the rafters!
With people stuffed into every corner!
R3HAB is based in Breda.
You can never go wrong with Go Go girls.
Or VIP girls!
Spotted on the dance floor: Erick & Donna
Spotted by the booth: Club Photographer David Monteverde
Melbourne Shuffle inside the club.....
Melbourne Shuffle outside the club!
The music was about 50/50 Big Room EDM & Heavy Bass.
The "Godfather of Trap" DJ Saymyname (USA) plays here next Saturday night & then a night of Trance from Ilan Bluestone (GB) happens on the 30th.
Spray down!
And a good time was had by all!