Hoedowns, barbecue at Disney's Pleasure Island

ORLANDO, Fla. --- For individual and group clients looking for country music, the 27,000-square-foot Wildhorse Saloon, which opened this past summer at Disney's Pleasure Island entertainment district, can be recommended.

The project is a joint effort of Gaylord Entertainment Co., Nashville, Tenn., and Chicago-based Levy Restaurants. Levy also operates the Portobello Yacht Club and Fulton's Crab House, in the Pleasure Island area. All three outlets can be entered without purchase of the Pleasure Island nightclub ticket. The Wildhorse Saloon has a 1,500-square-foot dance floor and a restaurant focusing on American barbecue items.

The cover charge is $5; for headline performers, $10 to $15, according to Jennifer Janette, the saloon's event sales manager. The Wildhorse can quote group rates for 15 or more for admission and various meals that are served between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., when the saloon is open. There is also 800 square feet of retail space.

"We are offering authentic country music with its roots in Nashville," a Wild Horse spokeswoman said.

Groups of up to 1,000 can be accommodated at the Pleasure Island facility. Gaylord operates Nashville's Opryland Hotel, among other projects.

The first Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville is a 62,000-square-foot facility with a 3,300-square-foot dance floor that opened in 1994.

Levy Restaurants, Phone: (407) 828-8996

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