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More Details on Changes coming to Pleasure Island and Downtown Disney

This just in from Walt Disney World. They’ve sent along more details of their bold new vision for making Downtown Disney even more family friendly and removing all of the more adult-targeted entertainment.

Some thing to note, it looks like the ‘Pleasure Island’ name may stick around, although I imagine the final decision has yet to be made on that.

Finally, they explicitly don’t mention “The Adventurer’s Club” in the press release. That tells me they’re waiting to see if there is sufficient desire from the public to save the unique themed experience. So get the letter writing campaigns and websites launched if you want to save it for future generations.

Of course there is always the rumor that “The Adventurer’s Club” will be moved and used as part of the new boutique park “Night Kingdom”, or whatever they’re calling these days.

Update: well this FAQ on the Pleasure Island official page says that Adventurer’s Club will be closing. It also says that in lieu of admission to Pleasure Island they’ll be substituting a round of golf at Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course… hmmm.

Additional details below the cut:

Previously: Pleasure Island to Close its Night Clubs.

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 Sept. 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.

19 thoughts on “More Details on Changes coming to Pleasure Island and Downtown Disney”

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  2. NOOOOOOOO!!! This makes me so incredibly sad. Also, yesterday I paid the deposit on my 5 nights at Saratoga Springs Resort, which I booked with the intention of spending many nights at Adventurer’s Club. I am just so disappointed.

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  4. Get those pens going!

    Walt Disney World Guest Communications
    PO Box 10040
    Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830-0040

    [email protected]

    Mr. Robert Iger
    Chief Executive Officer
    The Walt Disney Company
    500 South Buena Vista Street
    Burbank, CA 91521-4873

    Mr. James A. Rasulo
    Walt Disney Parks & Resorts
    500 South Buena Vista Street
    Burbank, CA 91521-4873

    Meg Crofton
    The Walt Disney World Resort
    PO Box 10040
    Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

    Al Weiss
    Worldwide Operations
    Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
    PO Box 10000
    Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

  5. We love the Adventurers Club too, but when we were there this past March, it was close to empty considering the size of the place..I suppose I can’t blame them for closing it, as sad as it seems. Truth is though, other than the Adv. Club, we were all woefully disappointed in PI as a whole, and wished it would go back to more of its original style…

  6. I agree. I’ll miss the Adventurers Club, but it needed a major overhaul the last time we were there…and its probably the only thing out of the stuff closing that really made sense with the Disney attitude. The clubs on Boardwalk are much better…

  7. It makes me sad every time disney changes things. we visited the adventurers club once didn’t care for it a lot but hate to see it go

  8. Save Comedy and adventures. The redesign of PI 3 years ago was a waste but these two clubs are famile entertainmne and have lifted our families spirits many wekends

    1. We too LOVE the Comedy Club! Please Disney don’t put those comedians out on the streets! That was one of the main things when people come to visit that we went to Disney for. The shopping at Marketplace and the Comedy Club!

  9. Sounds like they are making the whole area a lot more like the Downtown Disney in Anaheim. But even DD in Anaheim has the House of Blues for a nightclub.

    I used to work security for Disneyland, and working the Downtown Disney/Hotel parking lots was terrible! I had a drunk guy stumble into my vehicle one night and demand I take him to a club off property. Thankfully there were other officers around and Anaheim PD busted the guy, but it was a little scary. I can see why Disney wants to get away from that atmosphere.

  10. THANK GOD… Congratulations to WDW – the entire West end of Downtown Disney had decayed to a crime ridden dangerous pest – my wife & I avoided it like the plague, and stuck to the East End shopping area. Here’s hoping that WDW will transform the West End Hole into something worthy of the Disney name… more high end restaurants, shopping, and a shuttle buss area free of thugs. If they finally bring the entire Downtown Disney Area up to the level of the REAL parks by fencing it in? I couldn’t be happier.

  11. One of the most wonderfully themed areas on property with the best live entertainment. Perfect schedule of family friendly shows early on and more adult oriented later into the night. With bringing more people down to PI/DTD, why couldn’t this club still survive?

  12. The Adventurer’s Club seems like the sorta place that Walt would have loved.

    Isn’t that reason enough to keep it around?

    1. “Night Kingdom” was the name of the rumored boutique theme park that Disney would open in 2012 to compete with SeaWorld’s Discovery Cove, also a boutique park.

  13. It doesn’t really make sense for Disney World to not have at least one nightclub. There are over 20,000 hotel rooms on site, so it is hard to imagine what they are thinking. A small city with 20,000 residents will usually have at least one nightclub in addition to several bars. The lounges at the resorts are nice, because they provide one of the few places at Disney World where you can escape the crowds. However, a lot of people like to dance and party, and Disney is forcing guests to go off site do do that. When there was a single admission price, PI was always packed. This is just one more example of the incompetence of Disney World’s management. I have visited Disney World over 15 times in the last 20 years, and I think I’m done. I have good memories, and I want to leave it that way.

  14. Disney has opened one new nightclub at the Coronado Springs resort. The Rix Lounge ( is much more high-end than Pleasure Island offers. So I’d like to see PI keep at least some nightclub options open. And The Adventurer’s Club, of course.

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