Tuesday, May 26, 2015

PI Update: Near Misses

Last week the Blog bragged about the 2009 prediction that Rock'nRoll Beach Club and Motion would get torn down and a lighthouse-style restaurant would be coming to Pleasure Island to replace them.  Of course The Boathouse now stands exactly where our sources told us it was going.  Today we look at other Schussler Creative restaurants that the Blog speculated might be coming in this September, 2009 article.  One of them was Backfire BBQ featuring Orange County Choppers.  This one never happened.  Perhaps the agreement with tenant Harley Davidson prevented it.  But we did get The Smokehouse BBQ walk-up restaurant at House of Blues instead.
We also speculated several times that Hot Dog Hall of Fame was coming to PI.  This never happened either but a similar concept with the same name did end up opening at Universal CityWalk.
Aerobleu is a aeronautical concept from Schussler that we speculated could be part of the mix on a reinvigorated Pleasure Island.  It's not coming but aviation-themed The Hangar (specifically Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar) is coming instead.  And instead of a post-WWII theme, we're getting a pre-WWII Indiana Jones/Adventurers theme.  I think that's a win.
Lastly we listed Winter Wonderland, a restaurant where it's winter all the time and Water Fire Ice, a polar lounge. There are already two ice bars along International Drive, so the latter would certainly be redundant.  As for a restaurant that features winter, it still seems like a cool idea!

Monday, May 25, 2015

PI Update: Island After Dark

Pleasure Island after dark. Mannequins looking resplendent under the light of the moon.
Music at the outdoor amphitheater draws the crowds.
The show must go on at Raglan Road.
Passersby give The Hangar hardly a glance.  But just wait.
Erwin Pearl Jewelry brightly lit.
"I wear my sunglasses at night."
Sound Lion roars after dark.
The evening is a great time to buy flip flops at Sanuk.
Shave and a haircut, two bits!  Come on out and see it all for yourself.  There are no clubs, but look at all the other stuff you get instead!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Club Reports: Luxe, The Block (Fort Walton Beach)

Visiting Fort Walton Beach for the holiday weekend and began my Saturday night out at Luxe Sports Grill downtown along Miracle Strip Parkway.
At one time this venue was called Branigan's and it was a popular dance club. Now, not so much.
It's a sports bar now with pool tables and lots of televisions.
Place was packed for the UFC fight on pay-per-view.  But no dancing.
The Block on Eglin Parkway is advertised as 3-clubs in one.  They have a comedy club which becomes a Karaoke bar late at night, the main section is a Country music bar and back in the rear is the "cell block" which is home to Top 40.  At one time this venue was called Victor's.
VDJ Mr.VIP was in the booth delivering Hip Hop, Top 40 and Line Dances.
Wobble Baby Wobble
Cupid Shuffle
The Florida panhandle is Country music territory.  Meet Sugar the bull.
In the "country block" section of the club they were doing Country line dances to Hip Hop music!  Say what!
Asked the DJ if he plays any EDM?  "Not around here!" LOL.
With three Air Force bases in town (Eglin AFB, Duke Field & Hurlburt Field) plus tourists, expected a bigger turnout.
Did drive over to Destin, home to the massive club Nightown, but with parking in the area jammed and a long line at the door, decided not to go in. That seems to be the major club in the area but I heard it's mostly Hip Hop too.
But The Block was a fun time too and a good time was had by all!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

DTD Update: New Concept Art

Three new pieces of Disney Springs concept art has been posted on the West Side near the portal from the Orange Garage.  This one depicts the main entrance to Disney Springs.
One of the pedestrian zones in the new Town Center shopping district.  That covered rooftop leads one to believe there's a rooftop bar / entertainment area up there although this section of Disney Springs is supposed to be the shopping district.
One of the indoor mall-like buildings.  Lots of info continues to stream-out all of a sudden from Disney so stay tuned!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Friday Funny

This is my club plan for tonight in Fort Walton Beach!  Sometimes you need a night like this!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

PI Update: Dining At The Boathouse

The Blog published exclusive photos of the inside The Boathouse last month, a day prior to the press opening.  Since then we've been inside a couple times but never to actually dine.  That got corrected last night.
A beautiful evening to check it out, the restaurant was mostly full but you could get a table just walking up.
The inside main bar is always first come, first served and there were ample spots when I first arrived but these would mostly fill up too.
A couple amphicars would come and go during my visit but at $125 a ride, most everyone was just watching.
Lots of outdoor dining options available.
I had the filet mignon which was delicious.  But I got to say, I'm just as happy at Logan's Roadhouse or Texas Roadhouse at one-fifth the price.
One of more than a dozen antique boats on display on the docks.
The Blog has provided photos of the Dockside Bar previously but this was also a first visit inside. From a distance it looks small but up close, it's huge!
Acoustical entertainment is provided.
And not too far away, a good time was had by all!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

This Weekend In Techno Town

Kind of slow this weekend in O-town but one fun event will be at Epic Nightclub on Friday night with DJ Knightlife and Seth Vogt.  House.
If you're into percussion, check out Electronic Drums (CO) at Suite B Lounge on Friday night!
2-day music fest outside Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. Single day tickets.  Day 1 includes TiĆ«sto (NL).

Phoenix Underground Night begins at The Crow this Saturday night with House and Techno from PachaNYC resident DJ Miss Jennifer!  A new night to behold!  She'll be performing here monthly!

Music fest outside Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. Single day tickets.  Day 2 includes Armin van Buuren (NL).
Closer to home on Sunday night, Social Menace presents Project Mayhem at Suite B Lounge. Lineup includes Agent 137, DJ Geebo and Nicholas Armand, among others.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

PI Update: Predicting The Boathouse

Can't help but look back with some pride at this December, 2009 article in Save Pleasure Island Blog whereby one of our sources told us that Rock'n'Roll Beach Club and Motion were to be demolished after the first of the year (which would be early 2010) and that a lighthouse seafood restaurant/bar was coming to the area where the two clubs stood. The source also told us that a pathway from Marketplace to the West Side would pass through that area!  In the end, demolition did not begin until December, 2010 but I do believe there is a lighthouse seafood restaurant/bar in that area now, accessed by a new pathway!

The Blog reported in November, 2010 the Schussler Creative temporary working name Mahogany Bay Classic Old Boats and Great Food Restaurant was coming. It would only take 4 years to become reality.  The original concept art for The Boathouse is pictured above.  It was considerably larger than what ended up getting built and it looks like it was to contain 2-stories of retail besides the restaurant.  With the conversion to the Disney Springs concept and its large retail area in the former PI parking lot, concentrated retail like this was not needed.

Monday, May 18, 2015

PI Update: Latest Changes

It was finally made official last Friday!  The Edison will replace Adventurers Club. While it is primarily a restaurant into the evening, we expect it will offer some of the promised late night adult entertainment to Disney guests.
Outside Paradiso 37, the construction wall along Hill Street has been moved yet again. But this time it's for their own expansion rather than someone else's.  We expect P37 to offer a new level of adult evening entertainment of it's own on it's new outdoor balcony overlooking Village Lake.
Havaianas finally has a sign.
This sign is also on the side of their building.
Mannequins transition continues.
Most of the exterior action is on the south side facing the former PI parking lot.
Butted glass will give diners on multiple levels the ability to look out on the springs.
Also visible from the Island is the extensive construction that makes up creation of the Town Center section of Disney Springs.
Elevator shafts foretell another multi-story retail building.
The approximately 75 venues that made up Downtown Disney will become the approximately 150 venues that make up Disney Springs.
Closeup shows that some of these buildings will be quite large.  The cranes at the rear are for construction of the East Garage along Buena Vista Drive.
Construction of The Springs continues as well.