Monday, July 14, 2008


For the past 19 years, Pleasure Island (PI) has been the adult playground for guests at the Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando. Located at Downtown Disney in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, the island has always consisted of various nightclubs along with a limited number of shops and food outlets. When it came to an evening destination for adults traveling without their kids or convention/meeting attendees, Pleasure Island was the leading destination in metropolitan Orlando.

Currently Pleasure Island consists of 4 music/dance clubs plus 2 comedy clubs:

Mannequins: Featuring techno music and one of the world's few revolving dance floors, this club has been operating at PI since the very beginning.

8TRAX: Originally featuring just 70's disco music it has evolved to also include early 80's MTV hits. It has been operating successfully since 1994 when it replaced The Cage which played progressive music. When PI opened, the club was called Videopolis East which played new wave.

BET Soundstage Club: A multi-level club featuring hip hop music and some old school, this club has been operating since 1998 when it replaced the Neon Armadillo country music club.

Motion: The largest dance floor in PI is home to Top 40 videos which by its very nature is a lot of hip hop music and contemporary hits. This club opened in 2001, replacing PI's second attempt at country music called The Wildhorse Saloon. Despite the popularity of country music, neither country venue sold enough drinks to remain in business.

Comedy Warehouse: An improv comedy club featuring no doubt the best comedians in Orlando.

Adventurer's Club: A 1930's style British/South African explorer's club is comedy presented in a most unique setting and manor that I cannot even put into words.

Another music club, Rock'n'Roll Beach Club closed in February, 2008 and the Pleasure Island Jazz Company closed in 2002.

Pleasure Island as a whole opened on May 1, 1989 and is scheduled to close after the evening of September 27, 2008.

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