Friday, May 15, 2009
What's New on Pleasure Island
Over in DTD West Side, the Virgin Megastore has closed. This closure can't be blamed on Disney since Virgin has closed all their stores nationwide. But it leaves a HUGE empty spot just a hundred yards west of all the other empty buildings (the clubs) and it eliminates one of the major reasons for even going over there!
The wonderful new balloon ride is finding Florida's weather to be quite the obstacle to operations. We're rapidly moving into afternoon thunderstorm season and the accompanying winds. They can't operate if there is lightning anywhere within 10 miles. And even when it's calm on the ground, winds aloft may be too high. And whoa if Orlando is on the path of a hurricane! The balloon is designed to withstand Category 1 winds but anything more would require that the helium be let out and the balloon taken away.
This is the new storage shed for Celebrate Tonight in Celebration Plaza. The DJ's and employees needed a place to store the pins and coloring books they give away to CT participants so now they have installed this. I'm told this is the exact same type of building that makes up the Tiki Hut that is adjacent the Adventurers Club, it's just not decorated the same way. I was also told that Celebrate Tonight is now operating 1x per hour beginning on the half hour and running a 40-minute celebration to approximately 10 minutes past the top of the hour.
No more Pleasure Island tickets or Annual Passes being sold at these ticket booths. They're kind of becoming an eyesore!
Since tickets are no longer going to be sold at those ticket booths, there apparently is no need to connect to the computer server that used to be in the office located upstairs in Mannequins. We're told the wires have been cut.
Speaking of Mannequins, I received 2 separate e-mails from readers this week saying that they heard the revolving dance floor in Mannequins had been sold and removed. Another source says that the "middle" of the building has been gutted; the part that separated Mannequins and 8TRAX into seperate clubs such that it is now one combined space. Interestingly, a few weeks ago during a conversation with a PI manager who was happy to tell me that some of the clubs were available for private rental, made the point of saying ".....except for 8TRAX and Mannequins which are OFF LIMITS." Maybe something is finally happening! Stay tuned.......