Monday, April 20, 2015

Club Reports: Pleasure Island

Return with us one last beautiful Pleasure Island!  Let's check out the clubs and see what they once were, and what they are now!
Mannequins Dance Palace was the flagship club that defined Pleasure Island. It's large revolving dance floor and sound and lighting effects far ahead of its time defined PI as a must see destination when visiting Walt Disney World!
The scaffolding has been removed and soon will display the new sign of Morimoto Asia, a large pan-Asian restaurant.
Butted glass facing south be part of a window front dining area inside.
BET Soundstage was the home of Hip Hop, Soul and R&B. The place would stay packed through much of its life although the crowds shifted to Motion in later years since Top 40 included so much Hip Hop during the mid-to-late 90's.
Soundstage Club has remained mostly idle since being shuttered in 2008.
Though a now-open door indicates that renovations may finally begin. At one time we thought this would be home to The Edison Orlando but now we're not really sure.
The Adventurers Club was home to zany live comedy unlike any other.  The roar of fan disapproval regarding its closure resonates to this day.
Gutted of its artifacts, the venue remains untouched to our knowledge and at one time Disney Springs postings described it as becoming a train-themed cafeteria.
While the stairs lead one down to an underground area called The Tunnels.
Live bands had their Island home at Rock'n'Roll Beach Club.
It was razed and is being replaced with The Hanger.
Described so far as a bar with light food options, we think Disney has some surprises in store for us here that have yet to be revealed!  The outdoor music amphitheater also occupies some of the space of the former RRBC.
Dance club Motion occupied the far northeast corner of the Island and was a Top 40 club. Always fun coming over at midnight to see DJ Talie lead an absolutely packed dance floor to the "Cupid Shuffle" and "Cha Cha Slide"!
It's been replaced with The Boathouse restaurant and bar complex. As much as I miss Motion, I think TBH is a win for Disney Springs.
8TRAX was a 70's Disco club and in later years, 70's & 80's. Always crowded with all ages because they played music that everyone knew the words to.
8TRAX still stands as you can see in the middle.
Apparently it will be the entry building into the adjoining Morimoto Asia restaurant next door and likely given the space, a restaurant of its own.
The last club was Comedy Warehouse. It was built on both levels of the Island with the entry up here at West End Plaza, tiered seating levels leading all the way down to the stage at the Island's lower level.
It's former location has yet to be built upon but we believe this is where STK steakhouse and ultralounge is going. And that completes our roundup of the clubs of Pleasure Island.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Club Reports: Atlantic Dance Hall, Suite B Lounge

Beginning my Saturday night with a well-overdue visit to Atlantic Dance Hall at Walt Disney World.  The $5 cover charge has been eliminated.
DJ Angel Lugo was in the booth playing the typical ADH mix of Top 40 hits old and new and Line Dances.
You never know what you're going to get here but there was actually a crowd on the spacious dance floor!
And the "Cha Cha Slide" really brought everyone on down!
"How low can you go?"
Spotted: Pleasure Islanders!
Spotted: Genuine Mouseketeers. Supercute! I think ADH is the only dance club in the world where you can wear Mouse ears and no one gives you a second glance!
Spotted: Fine looking troupe of Tampa girls!
"Wobble baby Wobble!"
The rumors are apparently true and cast members have seen the presentation. In a few weeks the club's Thursday night format is switching to Pleasure Island! There will be an hour of Rock'n'Roll Beach Club, an hour of 8TRAX, an hour of Motion and ending the night with two hours of Mannequins! The logos will be back, special effects are coming! Wow! We'll keep you updated.
Fun night at ADH which is located at Disney's Boardwalk Resort.
Moving next from the purity of Disney World to the grittiness of downtown Orlando to attend BreaksYo! at Suite B Lounge.
Arrived to find Miami's DJ Bebe in the booth pumping out Breakbeats!
Big crowd in the small club!
Dance floor stayed jammed all night!
Always a lot of familiar faces in here from the local Breaks scene!
Spotted: DJ Supagroover who had played earlier.
Last saw this guy on the dance floor at Mekka in Miami here!
You can never go wrong with Go Go girls!
Like I said!
It's not a party without the Mazors!
Getting up!
And getting down!
A good time was had by all!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Concert Report: DJ Bad Boy Bill (Epic Nightclub)

Epic Nightclub on a Friday night means "Trust" is in the house!
Arrived to find DJ's Fobia and Fusion tag-teaming from the main booth!

While in the backroom DJ Versastyle was pumping out Breakbeats!

And initially there were more people gathered in the back than in the main room.

Back out front, DJ Chris Tavi taking over around 11:30PM.

More House music although a couple selections bordered on Hip Hop with a Housy edge. He would get some people dancing though!

But the reason for the season: DJ Bad Boy Bill (USA)!

No laptop for the BBB.  He would be mixing music off 3 or 4 thumb drives!

Decent crowd on hand; not empty.  But not packed either.

The Chicagoland native was putting out a great House mix!

Lots of bouncing to the beat!

You can never go wrong with Go Go girls!

I think this was Bad Boy Bill's first Orlando appearance since playing at Destiny Nightclub nearly a decade ago!
Only about half the crowd that showed-up one week earlier for DJ duo Pig & Dan. There was heavy rain in the area earlier in the evening and that might have impacted those deciding to go downtown last night.
Those there were really liking it!
Generally older crowd who knew Bad Boy Bill from back in the 90's and early 2000's.
Spotted on the dance floor: LadyV & Aubrey
Spotted by the DJ booth: Promoters Rick Rodriguez (Trust) & Corey James (Florida Breaks Council)
The amazing DJ Sandra Collins (USA) spins here next Friday night for Trust at Epic!
Last night with Bad Boy Bill, a good time was had by all!