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Things begin stirring at the former Pleasure Island at Walt Disney World

20 October 2010 by Disney World Travel Tips Examiner

Pleasure Island at Walt Disney World has been sitting dormant for two years and looking rather creepy as it did in the aniamted film Pinocchio. Ever since the bustling nightclub scene of the the WDW Resort saw its lights turned off and heard the speakers silenced, nothing has been done.

That's all about to change.

The Save Pleasure Island blog found out that Disney has filed for permits that signal the start of new construction for the midway point of Downtown Disney. No longer a place to eat, party, sing, dance, and have a great night out; Pleasure Island has been sitting there merely as a backdrop with so many wondering when Disney might actually make use of the space.

For those that visited Pleasure island in its peak moments, you'll remember such places as the Adventurers Club (a personal favorite) and the BET Soundstage. It appears those buildings won't even be there once Disney is done doing whatever they plan on doing with the area. Both of those clubs will be torn down completely.

Disney World President Meg Crofton recently stated that changes were on the way and quickly. She said that one of the current construction projects would indeed be the "reimagining of Downtown Disney." That is of course in addition to the new Disney's Art of Animation Resort and Magic Kingdom's expansion of Fantasyland.

No real comment would be made at first about what exactly is going on with Pleasure Island except to say that it was a general refurbishment of the area. That changed later on when Disney spokeswoman Zorya Suarez said that this would be a continuation of the small plan Disney announced in the summer of 2008. That plan stated that Pleasure Island's six fiormer nightclubs would be transformed into shopping and dining options geared toward families.

No word on if Disney is sticking by its original plan to have the renovation of Pleasure Island done by 2012.


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