Church Street Station
Phone: (407) 422-2434
Church Street Station is an entertainment complex in the vein of Universal’s CityWalk and Downtown Disney.
It is located in downtown Orlando and was constructed around Orlando’s original train station. The restored station along with old-fashioned bars like Rosie O’Grady’s Good Time Emporium swelled in popularity until eventually a whole complex of restored buildings was created.
Like the major theme parks, the designers paid a lot of attention to detail and historical accuracy. The Train Depot is listed in the National Registry of Historic Places and contains numerous historical artifacts. The most impressive artifact is "Old Duke", a steam locomotive that was in the movie "Wings of Eagles" with John Wayne.
Like Pleasure Island, you pay a fee at the entrance to the complex and you are admitted to all the shows. Food and drinks are not included and seem to be especially priced for tourists. It’s still worth the price of admission because you can choose from several entertaining options. Weekend nights are usually very crowded, but in that good way.
Besides just bars, Church Street Station offers live entertainment, fine dining and the Church Street Exchange Shopping Emporium - a three story complex that has over 50 shops, restaurants and midway games.
Here is a list of some of Church Street Station’s more popular attractions.
Rosie O’Grady’s Good Time Emporium
This is Church Street Station’s original bar, and in many ways it’s still the best. It evokes the feel of turn of the century San Francisco with a dark wood bar and brass fixtures. The two real draws at Rosie’s are the Dixieland Jazz Revue (complete with bartop Can-Can girls) and a specialty drink called the Flaming Hurricane. Although you won’t be in Disney, if you have more than one you’ll see (and be) Goofy. Shows are daily at 7:15, 8:30, 10 and 11:30.
Phineas Phogg’s Balloon Works
This is where the 20&30 -something tourist should go to dance the night away. Weekend nights are crowded with a good mixture of tourists and locals. The sound system is incredible; it pumps out top 40 and techno hits and keeps the dance floor crowded until closing. 21 and over.
Cheyenne Saloon and Opera House
This immense building is one of the staples of Church Street Station. Built inside a former opera house, the Cheyenne Saloon attracts a large crowd almost every night. It is spread out over three levels and is decorated with tons of old west memorabilia. There is plenty of foot stompin’ country music and you won’t feel out of place with a ten-gallon hat.
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