Monday, June 27, 2011
PI Update: Remembering The Bombshell Announcement
Three years ago today in 2008, the date June 27th fell on a Friday. And early that evening a bombshell was dropped on the public by Disney. Pleasure Island was being shuttered! Orlando Sentinel's on-line edition carried the news and it was a front page story in Saturday's paper edition.
So here we are 3 years later and let's see what that bold new vision has brought us:
ROCK'n'ROLL BEACH CLUB-demolished in 2011-replaced with grass & mulch
MOTION-demolished in 2011-replaced with grass & mulch
PI LIVE BOOTH-demolished 2009-replaced with nothing
ADVENTURERS CLUB-sitting empty
BET SOUNDSTAGE CLUB-sitting empty
COMEDY WAREHOUSE-sitting empty
What's new on the Island? The restaurant Paradiso 37 opened after the clubs closed but was already under construction so it had nothing to do with club closings. Curl by Sammy Duval was already open. The West End Ultra Lounge is new but it was a replacement for the embarrasing Celebrate Tonight show which in turn was only created because the Island had become eerily dead at night. The balloon ride? Nope, that's at DTD West Side and also was unrelated to the clubs closings.
People could not believe they were actually going to do it and even today people can't believe they actually did it. Today is three years since the announcement and 2.75 years since the Final Night. You can see what we lost and you can see what we got! Nothing. Even the Funmeister himself is crying today.