Thursday, December 18, 2014

PI Update: Mommy I Gotta Pee!

Located next to BET Soundstage Club, the bathrooms in the pale green building remained open after the clubs were shuttered but with the closing of Hill Street and the No. 4 Bridge a few months ago, the bathrooms closed too.
Although Hill Street and the No. 4 Bridge have reopened, these bathrooms have not and they're now behind demolition walls.  Disney Springs concept art does not show this building remaining either so we expect it to be razed soon.
So where to pee when you're on the Island?  Brand new restrooms have opened at the front entrance of the new upscale steakhouse that is going in at West End Plaza.
The restaurant isn't open yet but the bathrooms are. But this can't be the permanent solution because I doubt that an upscale steakhouse wants hundreds of non-customers milling about its front door to use bathrooms.
Further east on the Island, newly renovated public restrooms have opened in a corridor to the right of that planter near the so-called Motion corridor.  These are actually built into the Raglan Road building and were operational until about a year ago.  They've since been thoroughly gutted and refurbished and are now open for your business.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

PI Update: Disney Springs Seal

Disney Springs, Florida now has an official logo or seal and it's displayed on numerous new construction buildings throughout Pleasure Island.

PI Update: Sound Lion Coming To Island

The website WDW Magic is reporting that a permit has been filed for Sound Lion to be coming to one of the retail spots on Pleasure IslandSound Lion is a Massachusetts-based franchise opportunity specializing in wireless speakers and earphones.  Other retail coming to the Island so far includes a Sanuk flip-flop store and an Art of Shaving store. Yes, this is what we lost our clubs for.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

What Does The Fox Say?

One of the biggest hits of the year, "What Does The Fox Say" from comedy and now music duo Ylvis (N).  It went totally viral this year!
And a t-shirt spotted by one of our readers while she was down in Key West!

Monday, December 15, 2014

DTD Update: Santa In The House!

Christmas decorations are out in full glory around Downtown Disney so if you're in town over the holidays, you definitely need to check them out.  (Also, you'll find 4 of the 5 Disney food trucks over at Exposition Park (formerly Food Truck Park) on the West Side and the fifth truck is parked over here between World of Disney and Basin.)
You'll also find Santa's Chalet over here.
St. Nick's hours vary so check your Downtown Disney Times Guide for details otherwise you could end up finding an empty chair like I did.

Oh there he is!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Club Reports: Independent Bar, Suite B Lounge

No new ground covered last night in downtown Orlando as the concert calendar just isn't jammed as it is earlier in the year.  So the night began at favorite Independent Bar.
Resident DJ Smilin' Dan in the booth playing 80's New Wave including 3 songs I heard back in 1987 on a Pan Am flight from Miami to London - Heathrow!
The dance floor had its moments last night but overall downtown was kind of deserted.
I also went out back behind I-Bar to try to find 14A W. Washington Street where a new Deep House club called Washington HiFi is supposed to open.  Planet Pizza is at 14 West could not find 14A.
Moving over to my other downtown favorite, Suite B Lounge, Orlando's home for Breaks!
DJ Junglebot turning controls over to Tampa's DJ Tony Faline!
Only problem was that the club was deserted.
Faline playing a great Old Skool set of late 90's & early 00's Dance hits!
Dance floor space was ample.
After 1am, DJ Prophet 808 taking over with more Breaks.
And a good time was had by..........both!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

CityWalk Posts New Years Eve Video

DJ M-Squared returns on New Years Eve to Universal CityWalk in this new advertising video posted earlier today by Universal.  The Blog will be posting its annual rundown of NYE options on December 26th!

Club Reports: Retro Room, Atlantic Dance Hall

Friday night in O-Town and heading down south to check out Retro Room!
DJ Michael in the booth pumping out retro 70's, 80's & 90's!
The crowd was rather spartan last night but some line dances did bring a few of the patrons out to the dance floor!
Because who can resist "The Wobble", right?
The "request line" as seen from the booth.  The club just passed its 3-year anniversary and they're planning to move the DJ booth from it's current corner location to a more central location on the dance floor.  That plus some sound and lighting improvements should keep this place going strong!  Retro Room has a Clermont, FL address but is nowhere near that city. It's located on US 192 in the Four Corners area, just west of Disney's Animal Kingdom.
Moving next over to Atlantic Dance Hall located at Disney's Boardwalk Resort.
Nice surprise finding DJ TonyZ on the decks!
No surprise finding all over the place music here because they follow an all-request open format.  Because who can resist "The Wobble", right?
The $5 cover charge doesn't appear to have run anyone off except perhaps the deadbeats, so that's an improvement.  Another improvement is that they ended the Thursday night Karaoke experiment which was pretty much dominated by Disney CM's wanting to sing songs from Frozen.
A good time was had by all......even Disney CM's.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Free Citrus Bowl Tours This Sunday

With rumors going around that the 2015 Electric Daisy Carnival - Orlando will be taking place either wholly or in part inside the brand new Citrus Bowl Stadium, you might want to take advantage of the free Open House tour they're offering this Sunday afternoon. Advance tickets via TicketMaster are required but they're free.  Details here

Thursday, December 11, 2014

PI Update: What About That Revolving Floor?

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE  We all now know that Mannequins Dance Palace is to be converted into a restaurant called Morimoto Asia.  Concept art recently released shows what the interior is going to look like.  But what happened or will happen to our beloved revolving dance floor?
Sources down on the Island tell Save Pleasure Island Blog that the revolving dance floor is still there and will remain there.  Supposedly the floor is so large and impractical to remove that taking it out and all the mechanical equipment with it would create a huge hole that they'd then have to contend with.
So we're told the plan is to leave the floor in place and cover it and the entire restaurant with new flooring.  I know there are several of you who insist that the floor was removed years ago but the two photos above were among many provided to the Blog and published in August, 2013 with the floor intact.  Our Island monitors and roving reporters have seen those metal pillars and mannequins removed over the past several months but have never seen the floor taken out.  So we're told it's still there and that it's going to stay there, covered.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

This Weekend In Techno Town

This event has been moved from Aero Bar to The Social due to cold weather.  Tonight we have DJ Nora en Pure (CH) giving us some needed Deep House.  DJ's Cliff T and Lola B open.
Perhaps best known for his hit "Easy" with Porter Robinson, Mat Zo (GB) returns to Orlando tomorrow night at Venue 578 (formerly Firestone Live).
The Amphitheatre in Tampa's Ybor City has Friday night's best show around featuring House & Dance from DJ Don Diablo (NL).  Revolving dance floor!
Back home, lots of Breaks at Suite B Lounge with DJ Tony Faline (USA) along with Junglebot, Sid Vicious and more!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

PI Update: Planes, Trains & Automobiles

PLANES: Latest construction view of The Hangar bar, going up on Pleasure Island at the Hub.
Another view of The Hangar, taken from the compass-adorned Hub.
TRAINS: We've been intrigued by the railroad theme taking place at Disney Springs.  Here's a nice SkyCam view of the locomotive turntable built into West End Plaza.  The tracks "end" here but that track on the right comes from the direction of the West Side and specifically the No. 4 Bridge.
So that begs the question, why does the former track location atop the high line curve away from the bridge?
Presumably that former railroad track atop the high line would have curved the track onto the No. 4 Bridge, not away from it.  I realize that bridge may get repositioned but it still doesn't look to line-up with the high line.
& AUTOMOBILES:  A look at the now-open West Garage aka Orange Garage.
Construction is still taking place on the top deck.
The western half has less clutter but also is unopened to guests. Pillars will carry ramps over Buena Vista Drive.
The access building remains a work in progress too.
And because nothing gets car park fans more excited than ramps.....
We give you pictures of two (count 'em, 2) down ramps!