Good-bye Pleasure Island
ORLANDO - Walt Disney World's nightclub district soon will be history.
Disney announced today that it will close the Pleasure Island nightclubs, including Mannequins, 8Trax, Adventures Club and others, on Sept. 27. The closure will allow redevelopment of the area as part of a revamp of the Downtown Disney shopping and dining district.
The over-21-oriented Pleasure Island now splits the more family-oriented Marketplace and West Side sections of Downtown Disney, making for awkward guest flow through the area. Of course, the elimination of P.I. will leave a large market for night life up for grabs, since Disney's P.I. killed nightclubs throughout the rest of the Orlando area after it opened in 1989.
That seems really odd to me considering the night life is limited in the near vicinity of Disney World. Does anyone know if this was caused by lack of profit, or increased public disturbances (drunken idiots), or some other bizarre reasoning?
Here's the link to the Orlando Sentinel's article about this.
It's sad that Adventurer's Club and Improv will be gone, but I'm sure the Imagineers (with the help of the marketing department) will put in new attractions that will draw the teeming masses in record numbers.
Kungaloosh! Say it ain't so!!!!
Thanks, TH, for putting two and two together with PI and Night Kingdom. Now this moves makes a great deal more sense. By closing PI, Disney:
Although the Night Kingdom is a phenomenal idea, I'm so crushed to see PI go - it was my favorite clubbing strip. You could carry your drinks between clubs, the variety was amazing, and security was very friendly but well-protective to the point that I have never seen any incidents. I saw a guy puke in a bush on my last trip, but the security simply got him a cab home.
I have been to the PI night clubs and I honestly do not think it is that big of a deal. Downtown Orlando has some great lounges and also hosts some of the best LIVE music the country has to offer! The covers are less expensive as are the beverages. I LOVE Disney, but any day of the week there is better music entertainment in downtown Orlando!
This is an absolutely terrible! I say do not get rid of the Adventurer's Club!
That's a real shame. I was hoping to visit Pleasure Island at some point. Now it looks like I won't get to, unless I manage to get to go earlier.
This is definitely a blow to my plans for my trip in 2010. I was going to go there and I am so bummed about it. I guess like everything else. All good things must come to an end.
I guess I am only getting drunk in Epcot from now on...one more reason for me to always put a day aside for Universal City Walk...as if Margaritaville wasn't enough?
I agree, Lee - I'm disappointed they dropped the adult entertainment. I'm a night owl, and as great as Extra Magic Hours are, I need to get my dance on.
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