Disney filed 2 building permits today that seem to indicate that 2 of buildings will be completely renovated. 8 other buildings are getting face lifts. Pleasure Island was shut down down 2 years ago (9/2008) because of low attendance. Pleasure Island originally opened in 1989 which were drastically different times.
I've always felt that Disney is a weather-vane for the economy so does this signal a recovering economy?
I think Disney made a mistake to close PI because of attendance, at least they had SOME guests going to enjoy dancing and music at the various clubs and stages. I hope Disney has seen the errors of their ways and are bringing back at least SOME of the clubs. I think when they dropped the entrance fee and charging cover charges at teh different clubs, that is where things started to go down hill, with guests and locals alike. I think they should implement the one-time entrance fee for the area and restrict underage guests/locals like it use to be. Why mess with something when it was working fine!? I sincerely hope they bring back PI in its glory of the good ole days, when it was THE place to be after the parks closed. I hope they have it up and going strong for my December 2012 trip. One last side note, maybe they closed it years ago, only to reinvent the area again once the economy bounced back?
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NEXT VACATION: May 6-13 2013
Off-Site with Friends
Former Cast Member, Jungle Cruise Skipper, Epcot Flyte Team(1998-1999)
I knew it was only a matter time when I saw stroller parking at pleasure island!!
Disney is a family destination with plenty "sprinkled" and nestled in for adults.
They will have a much better revenue success with fancy restaurants than with dance clubs. The comedy club was funny, but at Disney they just couldn't really do real stand up (with lots of vulgarity). And the dance clubs were fun, but the 70's retro club was the only one that was busy. And it was filled with conventioneers being all corporate having very reserved fun.
Things change, and this is just one of them. Frankly, I really like Ragland Road.
I don't think it's a weather vane for the economy though. They are just poised to react to the economy. They probably would have done this anyway. They also need to finish the Pop century family suite rooms too.
Was that was the disney episode? They went to an EPCOT satire and Homer really wanted to go to magic kingdom. He finally hopped the barbed wire fence and said I'll like 1 churro please, and the vendor says that'll be $8.