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R.I.P. PI

Hello hello,

Well, I knew someday this news would come, however I had hoped that I would have had a chance to make the pilgrimage one last time. 

Disney has decided to close Pleasure Island and replace it with more shops and restaurants.  Although I can understand why the move is being made, it is a sad day for many fans and former/current cast members. 

Pleasure Island (PI) was the place to go to give your paycheck back to Disney.  Cast member nights rivaled downtown Orlando for club attendance, and proved to be a great place to network once you had recovered from your hangover the next day.  What I will miss most of all will be the Adventurer’s Club, a place like no other I’ve seen.  As a mixture of Streetmasphere, bar, and some strange members-only club, it was a great place to escape all the hassles of the day and feel the Disney magic for us adults.  Although I don’t honestly see it happening, it would be nice if Disney decided to keep (maybe even refurbish) this one club in it’s new design.  If it’s family friendly Mr. Iger is looking for, have it open during the day and reduce the bar menu to fewer drinks.  Then as nighttime rolls around, enforce a 21+.  This club alone of all those in PI is the most Disney-esque, and would hold it’s own next to the balloon attraction (similar to the one at Disneyland Paris) and the Dino-raunt. 

For now, make the journey if you can to get your fill of PI while it’s there and please don’t miss the Adventurer’s Club!

We climb the highest mountains,
Just to get a better view.

We plumb the deepest oceans,
Cause we’re daring through and through.

We cross the scorching desert,
Martinis in our hand.

We ski the polar icecaps,
In tuxedos looking grand.

We are reckless, brave and loyal,
And valiant to the end.

If you enter here a stranger,
you will exit as a friend.

Kungaloosh!

The Adventurers Club Motto

Some days you eat the bear.
Some days the bear eats you.
But always dress for the hunt!

Kungaloosh!

The Adventurers Club All Purpose Theme Song

Marching along we’re Adventurers
Singing the song of Adventurers
Up or down
North, South, East or West
An Adventurer’s life is best.

Kungaloosh!

Official Press Release:

Walt Disney World Resort Unveils Bold New Vision for Downtown Disney

Lake Buena Vista, Florida (June 27, 2008) – Walt Disney World Resort today unveiled a new vision for Downtown Disney, with extraordinary new shopping, dining and other experiences including a completely re-imagined Pleasure Island. Also planned are numerous enhancements to popular Downtown Disney locations, as well as additional theming and storytelling brought to life by Walt Disney Imagineers.

“We are committed to offering guests new and exciting experiences they can only have at Walt Disney World Resort,” said Downtown Disney Vice President Kevin Lansberry. “Our bold new vision for Downtown Disney reflects the feedback we receive from our guests each and every day and will enable us to continue to offer the high-quality entertainment that is our hallmark.”

Over the next year, the 120-acre entertainment-shopping-dining complex will add a number of one-of-a-kind, immersive experiences for guests. Downtown Disney will even get its own iconic attraction, in the form of a giant, tethered balloon that will take guests 300 feet into the air to view the amazing vistas of Walt Disney World Resort. Other new experiences include:

  • In fall 2008, guests will enter a world of prehistoric creatures at T-Rex: A Prehistoric Family Adventure. The dinosaur-themed family eatery will serve up pizzas, pastas, seafood and more, and will feature life-size animated dinosaurs that dwell among bubbling geysers, waterfalls and a fossil dig site.
  • Also this fall, a design-your-own t-shirt store from Hanes will add to the growing collection of merchandise guests can personalize at Downtown Disney.
  • E-brands Restaurants, an Orlando-based, multi-concept restaurant group, will premier its newest concept at Downtown Disney in spring 2009. The high-energy, casual eatery will feature authentic Central and South American cuisine, specialty drinks and live music along the waterfront.

Guests also will enjoy a brand new mix of shopping and dining experiences at Pleasure Island as it is transformed over the next two years.

“Our guests tell us they want additional shopping and dining experiences at Downtown Disney,” added Lansberry. “We are currently considering a number of unique concepts from around the globe as we re-imagine Pleasure Island and look forward to sharing our progress over the coming months.”

To make way for the new offerings, all of the clubs currently on Pleasure Island will close on September 27. Other locations on Pleasure Island, including Raglan Road, Fuego by Sosa Cigars, Curl by Sammy Duval, Orlando Harley-Davidson and outdoor food and beverage locations, will remain open during the transition.

To complement these new experiences, many popular Downtown Disney locations will undergo enhancements.

  • Beginning this summer, Portobello Yacht Club will be transformed into a Tuscan Country Trattoria. The refreshed menu features authentic Italian dishes and signature favorites and a re-designed interior along with an outdoor dining space.
  • This fall, Goofy’s Candy Company will add a special new room that will enable families to host one-of-a-kind birthday parties at Downtown Disney.
  • The Marketplace Stage will be completely replaced with a larger, covered stage this fall to welcome even more entertainment to Downtown Disney and serve as a new premier venue for Disney Magic Music Days.
  • Fulton’s Crab House will update its interior fixtures and furnishing and exterior in Spring 2009. The enhancements include a refreshed third floor deck dining area to offer additional Disney guests and larger private parties the traditional Fulton’s experience.
  • Next year, Wolfgang Puck Café will update its interior fixtures and furnishings and will feature an enclosed glass patio offering guests a year-round outdoor dining experience.

These efforts come on the heels of recent enhancements at World of Disney, Wolfgang Puck Express, Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop, Earl of Sandwich and Cap’n Jack’s Restaurant.

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Welcome

“To all who come to this happy place: Welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here, age relives fond memories of the past, and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams, and the hard facts that have created America, with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world.”  -Walt Disney

I’m starting this blog with the hopes of keeping up with current events for not only Disney, but other fantasy realms such as Harry Potter, Twilight and a few others.  I also plan to throw in facts, tidbits, or opinions about past endeavors along the way.  In short, this is a blog of running commentary of all things fantasy (that I find interesting) whether it is in form of books, websites, movies, or even theme parks. 

If you have any ideas for this blog, such as topics or issues, feel free to email or comment with suggestions.  Criticism is welcome, as long as it’s constructive. 

There will be more to come later, but for now, Welcome.

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