Friday, July 29, 2016

Blog Mission Statement & Disclaimer

The original goal of the Save Pleasure Island Blog was to rally support to reverse the decision to close Pleasure Island. There were Save Pleasure Island and Save The Adventurers Club petitions and letter/e-mail campaigns. Unfortunately, all that fell on deaf Mouse ears.

The current mission is to keep you informed about what is happening with our beloved Island as it is converted to Disney Springs. Factual information is provided when available but most of what is printed on here is rumor-based. Please understand that rumors by their very nature are very unreliable. Even if a rumor was true at one time, it's possible that things change and it never becomes true. Thus, readers should consider the information on this Blog to be fiction and opinion and not rely on any of it in any way. Do you have any inside information? Please email me at: king bob of the north at gmail dot com.  Thanks so much to those of you that have been doing that all these years.

With PI closing, so many people kept asking me where I would be hanging out. Thus, this Blog also evolved into reporting on nightclub alternatives and DJ concerts playing various forms of Electronic Dance Music. Only the Save Pleasure Island Blog covers the clubs, the clubbers and the DJ's!

In conjunction with Federal Trade Commission Rule 16 CFR Part 255, all opinions are my own and I accept no consideration for any endorsements made.

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Thanks for tuning in!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

EDC - Orlando Tickets Go On Sale Today!

Tickets for Electric Daisy Carnival - Orlando go on sale at Noon today, Eastern Time! Early-bird pricing will be in effect for a limited number of tickets only and then prices go up.  If you're going, today is the time to purchase otherwise you'll pay more later.  The two day event takes place on Friday/Saturday November 4/5 at Tinker Field beside Camping World Stadium! No DJ's have been announced yet but it's always an amazing lineup! Ticket info here.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

This Weekend In Techno Town


WOW, what a weekend to end July! And it begins tomorrow night with Grum (GB) at Tier Nightclub!  Trance.
Yeah, Dubstep is still around and it draws a young crowd. Go crazy for it tomorrow night at Gilt Nightclub as Cookie Monsta (GB) is in town with Funtcase (GB) opening!  Dubstep/Bass.
Last Friday in the month means Lost in Trancelation at Bikkuri Lounge, this month with DJ Ronski Speed (D). Trance.
Friday night House nights continue at Eve Nightclub as they bring in DJ Robbie Rivera (USA)!  House.
Friday night, so many decisions!  The Colosseum in Ocala has DJ Icey.  The usual Hip Hop club is in for something much better!  Breaks.
Another Friday night option and there are still tickets remaining for the Guns N' Roses concert at Camping World Stadium (formerly Citrus Bowl). Rock.
You can't miss this one! Veteran DJ's Bad Boy Bill (USA) & Richard "Humpty" Vission (CDN) together this Saturday night at Gilt Nightclub in an all-vinyl set!  Classic House.
More great House music at a cheaper price point can be had at Peek Downtown this Saturday night for "Everything Between Us" featuring resident DJ Fobia (USA) and guest DJ Just Steph (USA).  Deep House.
Fred Schneider (USA) of the B-52's will be DJ'ing along with Indie John this Saturday night at Independent Bar.  Photo ops & autographs too!  Come early!  80's.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

PI Update: Construction Continues

Where have you been?  Come cross this bridge one more time to beautiful Pleasure Island!
Hopefully you're not bored with these pictures from the main construction project taking place on the Island.  At Adventurers Club, the conversion continues turning it into The Edison.
It's got a long way to go and that tower picture above will be the old power plant smokestack.
AC's former cupola-style ceiling/roof plays a part in the new structure too.
To the left is what we believe will be Walt's or Walt's Place. That round building right behind the construction wall here is where outdoor stairs in West End Plaza used to lead down to the lower level of AC and the former CM snack bar.  We believe secret stairs will lead down to the Neverland Tunnels speakeasy.
Former site of BET Soundstage, future Walt's or Walt's Place?
The large circular structure of Walt's makes one wonder if this will be some sort of performance arena instead of yet another restaurant.
Come on out to the Island and see it all for yourself!

Monday, July 25, 2016

DS Update: New Names For Places

Come on out to Disney Springs where the Grand Opening Celebration is now in progress!
Downtown Disney, now operating as Disney Springs, is bigger than ever!
Disney has posted a couple new names to we need to begin using. The first one is Riverboat Square.
It's the new name for this area previously known affectionately as (if not unofficially as) the Lily Pad.
The riverboat reference of course is to Fulton's Crabhouse which is being renovated into Paddefish, a New Orleans-themed restaurant.  We're expecting the return of the aft paddle wheel as well as smokestacks on top.
Only one remaining reference to Fulton's remains for the time-being.
The Market Building is another new name in Disney Springs.
It's the new name for their new mall-like semi-indoor building containing shops. We had never seen an official name for the structure and in past articles the Blog referred to it as the Arcade Building. We now know it's the Market Building.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Club Reports: Independent Bar, Sandwich Bar

Saturday night in Orlando and by now you know I'm going to begin it at Independent Bar if at all possible!
Resident DJ Indie John in the perch doing the Saturday night format of the 80's!
Dance floor at 11PM was untypically spartan.
But within fifteen more minutes, this is what became of it!
Spotted at the main bar: Tracy, I-Bar Resident Lighting Tech Ernie & CJ
Cheap drinks & 80's New Wave makes this the place to be on Saturdays!
Always fun times here!
Moved next from Orlando's downtown to Orlando's Milk District and Sandwich Bar.
Arrived around 12:30AM to find DJ Leo Montoya in the booth playing House music, much of it Vocal House!
Followed at 1:30AM by guest DJ Darin Epsilon (USA).
The smoke machine was working overtime so it was really difficult to get photos!
Not sure but the small room appeared to be jammed with people dancing!
The L.A. based DJ was giving us an all-non vocal Progressive House set.
Lots of cheers from the crowd during the build-ups and subsequent crashes!
Great music and a good time was had by all!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Club Report: The Silly Grape (Maitland)

Dropping by The Silly Grape in Maitland on a Friday night.  Veteran DJ JJ Flores (USA) was originally scheduled to perform but his anchor event in Clearwater got cancelled so he wasn't coming here either.
I arrived around 11PM to find DJ Jason Alves playing late 90's & early 00's Classic Dance!
Taking turns with DJ Vitamin C who would take us into bouncy and ghettoy Florida Breaks!
Because of all the office buildings around Keller Road, The Grape is mostly a happy hour venue and there weren't many patrons in the place this late.
But a good time was had by.......all.

Friday, July 22, 2016

PI Update: Remembering The Great Sign

Back in the day, Pleasure Island had its own sign out on Buena Vista Drive. Known as the "great sign", it was lit-up 24/7 and beckoned guests to return to Downtown Disney and Pleasure Island for some nightlife!

The great sign was entertaining!
In addition to the great sign, this sign atop Mannequins let everyone around know that Disney owned nighttime around Orlando!
Today, the great sign is gone and there isn't even a sign for The Landing, Pleasure Island's supposed replacement name.  Disney Springs, the successor name to Downtown Disney, does have this new sign at the corner of Buena Vista Drive and Hotel Plaza Blvd.  Yawn.