I’ve previously addressed the many changes that have been and are continuing to happen in Downtown Disney in Anaheim. This week, Disney announced the closing dates for the businesses on the west side that will be impacted by the upcoming construction project for the new hotel.
As of June 30, 2018 (although perhaps earlier than that in some cases), the following will be permanently closing:
- AMC Theatres
- Earl of Sandwich
- ESPN Zone
- Rainforest Cafe
- Starbucks Coffee (west side location only – the main location next to World of Disney will remain open)
The main stage by ESPN Zone is expected to be removed by then as well, but for a little while longer, music fans can continue to enjoy seeing various bands performing there.
A few dates of note for that Downtown Disney stage will include appearances by:
Tuesday, April 17 – Phat Cat Swinger
Wednesday, April 18 – Faultlines
Friday, May 4 – Grilled Cheese Soundwich
Saturday, May 5 – Hiatus
Friday, May 11 – The Suffragettes
Tuesday, May 15 – Phat Cat Swinger
Saturday, May 19 – The 80z All-Stars
Saturday, May 26 – TOMASINA
Wednesday, May 30 – Faultlines
Shows here generally begin at 6pm though everything on the schedule is always subject to change!
Groups will hopefully continue to perform in front of the WonderGround Gallery as well, even after the main stage goes away for the construction project. But with the recent opening of Splitsville, there is a new outdoor stage that is also hosting musical acts:
Unfortunately, it is located directly across from the WonderGround performance area and the two sets of performers are frequently in audio competition while singing at the same time. This is a very unfortunate placement that I wish had been considered prior to the opening of Splitsville.
I don’t know how one spot can sustain two simultaneous musical acts and I fear that we could lose the WonderGround area as performance space eventually. Between that and the loss of the main stage by the ESPN Zone, Downtown Disney could be taking a serious downturn in live musical entertainment and I hope a new performing location can be established to replace at least one of these venues. Continue reading