P is for Pleasure Island! First I would like to thank my very good friend Casey for these pictures and also apologize for the delay in getting this post up!
Pleasure Island opened in 1989 in what was originally called Downtown Disney, but is now known as Disney Springs. This was considered the place to go for nightlife in Disney World because it had nightclubs, comedy clubs, shops, restaurants, and my personal favorite, The Adventurers Club.
The ‘legend’ behind Pleasure Island is that it was owned by Merriweather Adam Pleasure, which was carried over into The Adventurers Club. New Year’s Eve was celebrated every night at midnight with fireworks and lots of dancing (and drinking). Also at Pleasure Island: 8TRAX, Adventurers Club, BET Soundstage, Comedy Warehouse, Mannequin’s Dance Palace (featuring a revolving dance floor), Motion, Rock ‘N Roll Beach Club, and lots more places that were opened/closed/replaced throughout the years.
Fun Fact: *NSYNC’s first live performance was at Pleasure Island in 1995.
The concept for Pleasure Island was that you would pay once at the gate and that would allow you access to all of the clubs. This was very successful for many years, but unfortunately the closing and dismantling of Pleasure Island started in 2008 to the dismay of many fans. The rumors are that declining attendance was the main reason for the close, but Disney states that it was due to guests wanting more family-friendly venues. Now the Pleasure Island area is being transformed into The Landings at Disney Springs. There are already several new shops and restaurants opened here and it looks like it is going to be amazing when the construction is over.
But still…I miss the entrance gates to Pleasure Island, the large Jessica Rabbit sign with the swinging leg, and hearing ‘Kungaloosh!…
Have a magical day!
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