Sad, I was looking forward to going to PI within the next few years. Downtown Disney isn't exactly what I'd call great late night fun for the 21 and up crowd. But then again, it is Disney!
Still, I think the AC concept would translate well to a chain of themed restaurants...
There is a "Bad News" / "Good News" aspect to the closing of The Adventurer's Club.
The Bad News (of course) is this remarkable lounge is closing at PI. TAC is (without question) one of the best bars in Central Florida. The atmosphere was unlike any other. The entertainment was SPOT ON! We would go to PI and spend the entire night watching every one of the library shows. Along with the late Great Big Bamboo Lounge of Kissimmee, TAC was my personal favorite when it comes to bending the elbow.
(And Please Note: If you surf over to You Tube there are a bunch of clips of Adventure's Club! Thank God for You Tube!)
So what's the Good News? It may someday return!
According to Jim Hill Media Disney has kicked around the idea for a fifth theme park (Disney's Nightime Kingdom [DNK] - Link Below). Regarding the concept Mr. Hill reports: "Speaking of arriving ... Guests will enter DNK through a new, super-sized version of the Adventurers Club at Pleasure Island. As you & your family are registering for that night's activities, the club's members will entertain as well as offer hints about the extraordinary adventures that await you."
Having said all of this, please join me now in a stirring rendition of TAC well known wall-resident/artifact, The Colonel's favorite version of the Sound of Music classic "Do -Re-Mi"
Dough - I use to buy my beerRay - The guy I buy beer fromMe - The guy, I buy beer for.Fa - (Pause) - It's not "fa" to the stoooooooreSo - I think I'll have a beeeeer!La - (Pause) - La, la, la, la, la, laaaaaaaaaTea? - No thanks I'll have a beerThat is 'til I have no dooooooooough!
Once again Kungaloosh!
1) Provides coherence to Downtown Disney and makes it more family-friendly.2) Clears out its self-competition for the more grown-up oriented Night Kingdom, where the best concepts from PI go to be resurrected.
BTW, Night Kingdom is not just a rumor. I've talked with enough well-connected people here in Orlando this week to convince me that the concept is a go, though it is not under construction yet.
I am particularly going to miss The Adventurer's Club, my all-time favorite bar. It was one of the most phenomenal improvisation troupes I've seen, and a great place to pre-drink if you wanted to go dancing.
One of my favorites:
"His name is TedHis name is TedHe's a hero by the name of TedAnd by hero, I must mean a sandwich'Cause he certainly is inbred"
P.S. -- I'm starting a Discussion thread on Adventurer's Club moments you loved.
P.P.S. -- Robert, maybe the Vote of the Week could be for your favorite PI club.
There was nothing like it!
The convenience of having the PI hotspots was that I didn't have to leave property to get that clubbie feel. I have been drinking there for years on every vacation down there. At least one night was shooting pool at the R&R beach club, jello shots in the streets and the NYE celebration that mysteriously vanished one year.
Aw-well, Disney is always looking for ways to improve foot traffic through their parks and attractions, but to kill the PI nightlife? I think they will loose much of the nightly 21-41 age set if there is no place for them to get drinks other than Bongo's and that new Irish pub...which BTW, if they take down the Irish pub they just put up...I might just get a bunch of thugs together and "jump" the mouse, tie him up "fight club" style and tell him what is what.
Family fun is now taking over the parents night-time escape...awesome