Saturday, July 18, 2009
Pleasure Island Announcement Soon?
Save Pleasure Island previously reported that there might be some kind of announcement during July about the future of PI. Nothing so far and just 2 weeks remain. However, sources continue to indicate that something might be announced very soon, perhaps as soon as the beginning of this week.
For those of us that are fans of the comedy and dance clubs (and if you're reading this Blog, that's 100% of us), the tidbits of chatter out there indicate the news won't be good. Apparently there will be two press announcements; the entire look, layout and feel of PI will be changing. Some cool new food and beverage options will be coming. One source says Adventurers Club and Motion are coming down (previously reported here) while another says Adventurers Club and Soundstage buildings are coming down.
At this point even bad news won't faze most of us; we're pretty much resigned to the fact that there won't be anything for us on PI. But we all do want closure; we want to hear about these great things that are replacing our old homes; we want to know what's going to happen to those buildings. Maybe then we can permanently move on. But until there is an announcement, we're holding on to hope that somehow Disney will find a place for us in their future. I do want to point out to play close attention to whether the announcements mention the 8TRAX/Mannequins building. The revolving rumors about PI always leave that building out.
If there are announcements they will be posted here and anyone on my e-mail list will get a BREAKING NEWS e-mail. Stay tuned.
Sunday Update: Apparently there are supposed to be 2 press releases coming; one about the future of Pleasure Island and one about a new Beastly Kingdom section to be built at Disney's Animal Kingdom park. This will feature a new ride called Journey to the Centre of the Earth based on a ride of the same name at Tokyo's DisneySea. Remember, this is a rumor.
Monday Update: Another poster says Motion is coming down to allow for a direct walkway from DTD Marketplace across the Island to West Side. I'm skeptical. Motion is supposedly the only building without a water leak and supposedly it has a kitchen from back when it was the Fireworks Factory. So does it make sense to tear down the one building that could be turned into a restaurant the easiest? Again, just another rumor.
Tuesday Update: The original poster of the detailed rumor we're referring to here also mentioned that Personnel changes were going to happen. Last night Disney announced that our beloved Kevin Lansberry was being moved from VP of Downtown Disney over to become VP of Animal Kingdom. Many blame Lansberry for the demise of Pleasure Island clubs. We don't know how true that is; the decision could have been made much higher up and he had to support it. But there is little proof that he was a supporter of Pleasure Island's comedy and dance clubs!
Friday Update: Well the week has come to a conclusion and the only announcement this week by Disney was the one mentioned above pertaining to Kevin Lansberry. Nothing about Beastly Kingdom, nothing about Pleasure Island. There are a LOT of people waiting for announcements. I'll continue to post the latest rumors!