Saturday, October 3, 2015

New Years Eve Is Coming!

Can you believe New Years Eve is less than 3 months away?  We're happy to let you know that Blog-favorite DJ Dominick Morrison has confirmed with us that he will be returning to EPCOT: China on NYE for another evening of EDM / Dance hits.
The outdoor setting, complete with fire-belching Chinese dragon, gets absolutely packed with dancers!
And we're also happy to report that another Blog-favorite DJ Mark Sanchez has confirmed with us that he will be returning to EPCOT: Italy for another New Years Eve of House music out on the piazza!
This one gets packed too! New Years Eve at EPCOT is an amazing experience and a good time is had by all!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Club Reports: Independent Bar, Rok Room, Peek Downtown

Checking out IBar on a Thursday night to see how their "Old Soul and Rock'n'Roll" night is doing. 
DJ Mo Fuzz in the booth delivering music from the 50's through the 90's.
Only a handful of people in the entire place and the dance floor had capacity.
Next stop Rok Room, now open on Thursday nights to try to gain the old Vixen Bar crowd.
DJ Jimmy Joslin (USA) in the booth.  He will be joining DJ's Richie Rich & Magic Mike this coming Sunday night for the final Service Industry Night at House of Blues in Disney Springs.
That dance floor will be packed.  This one had capacity!

 I don't go out often on Thursday nights, but when I do, it's for a good reason.  Final stop Peek Downtown!
Arrived around midnight to find DJ Fobia in the Peek booth.
The club was already filling and there was a definite buzz in the air!
The good reason for being out:  DJ Kimball Collins (T)
House music from the master!
Dance floor filled-up!
People were really getting into the music!
Nothing like one of his AAHZ nights but still awesome!
Spotted on the dance floor: The ΓΌbercool LadyV
Spotted at the bar: DJ's Vitamin C & Pedro Vazquez. Photobomb courtesy of Jennifer!
Spotted on the dance floor: World famous Shawn Fenn
Kimball's U.S. tour takes him to Denver this weekend! 
That feeling you get from House music!
A good time was had by all!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

This Weekend In Techno Town

The Orlando return of DJ Kimball Collins (T) takes place tonight at Peek Downtown. Sure to be packed.  With Lauro & Fobia opening.  Only $5 before 11:30PM.
Special session of "Lost in Trancelation" at Bikkuri Lounge with DJ Sean Tyas (CH).  Trance set.

House of Blues has Adventure Club (CDN), Shaun Frank (CDN) & Paris Blohm (USA).
Event of the weekend is the final ever Service Industry Night at House of Blues at Disney Springs West Side. DJ's Richie Rich & Magic Mike.

PI Update: Dinner At Mannequins

When we walked out of Mannequins at 2:40AM on September 28, 2008, who would have guessed that walking back in wasn't going to happen for over 7 years?  And so it was with long-building anticipation that I approached Morimoto Asia on their opening night!
The nicely-lit entry way is located in Mannequins southeast corner where the downstairs bathrooms used to be.
The inside foyer upon arrival where waiting hostesses take you to your table.  The lighting fixture is made up of glass water bottles from the old Disney Springs water bottling company.
And the main dining room, where Mannequins dance floor used to be, is now filled with tables and booths!
And there she is, the home of that former revolving dance floor! One of our prior sources told us the floor was too expensive to remove so they planned to build Morimoto's floor right over it.  That remains a possibility.
Our waitress Brittany knew a lot about Mannequins but didn't know the disposition of the floor.  But according the Morimoto Asia General Manager Paul, the floor was removed!  He told me it was rotten, filled with water and had to be removed in sections with the hole filled.  I'm skeptical!  But even if it's there, it's not accessible and there sadly doesn't appear to be any nightlife aspect to this place.
Mannequins elevator is still here.  On the first floor it faces indoors instead of outside but here on the second floor it lets you out near where the DJ booth used to reside.
And adjacent the elevator there are bars on both the first and second floors.  Music played inside was Electronic Downtempo.
Many of the former purple load-bearing steel pillars from Mannequins still exist, painted anew!
And although the decor has changed significantly, you can still feel Mannequins original design such as this raised area along the north wall, above where Dawn used to bartend!  It's just that now when you stare down from up there, you see diners instead of dancers.
Upstairs along that north wall is the home of their sushi bar.  You can access this through the restaurant or directly from outside via a separate entry door across from Raglan Road.
Looking west towards the new kitchen downstairs and that private dining area upstairs, this seems to fit where the old stage used to stand.
Food was very good; I liked it better than The Boathouse. Not sure about 8TRAX as this kitchen area may be deep and extend into it. Will inquire further.  So nightlife here may be a bust, but as a restaurant, you'll definitely like it.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

DTD Update: Name Change Ceremony

Signs on SR400 (I-4) have been changed.
Signs on Disney property have been changed.
And signs in Downtown Disney have been changed.  So it must be.
All we need is a little ceremony.  And that took place yesterday afternoon on Pleasure Island's Waterview Stage.
The MC came on around 5PM to explain why we were all gathered here.
Then Walt Disney World Resort President George Kalogridis, dressed in a gray plaid jacket and light blue dress shirt, spoke a few words.
And with that, the placards which spelled Downtown Disney....
.....were flipped over..... reveal the new name, Disney Springs!  It was awesome!
And George and his entourage went to dinner at Morimoto Asia.
And as the rain began to fall, dignitaries such as these received complimentary Disney Springs umbrellas.  Look for them soon on eBay.
A good time was had by all!