Saturday, April 4, 2009
PI Live has completed its move from the Hub over to Celebration Plaza, the new name of the large expanse of brick pavers between Comedy Warehouse and Soundstage adjacent the WestSide Bridge. Relying on Walt Disney World's "Celebrate Today" theme for 2009, Pleasure Island has "Celebrate Tonight" to help get people in the mood. The Comedy Warehouse sign has (finally) been removed from the part of the building facing Celebration Plaza but curiously it remains on the side of the building facing 8TRAX and Curl. A video monitor/speaker stand has been installed which looks like it could be the future home of a small stage area; not sure. Dueling DJ's will be out evenings interacting with the crowd. There will be some kind of adult "dance party" there, so we're told. It' s supposed to be similar to the one they do for kids over at DTD Marketplace. Why are they doing this? One of the GSM's out there says the PI transition is taking longer than anticipated and guests are complaining about the empty space. So come on out to the island and celebrate!
Monday Update: I got to experience the first half hour of tonight's PI Live entertainment at Celebration Plaza. Besides the guy in the booth they also had one DJ on the ground that I was told used to work at RRBC before they closed. They also had a stilt walker and 3-4 other employees out there to interact with the crowd. Some passers-by actually did stop and stand around to see what was going on. Some others clearly did not stop in order to avoid being grabbed for some kind of interaction with the DJ. Still, it's better than the alternative which was pretty much nothing. The fun begins at 5pm and I'm not sure how long it runs. They're going to have to come up with lots of ideas though to keep it lively. For instance, tonight's first interactive question to the crowd had to do with family reunions and who here was traveling with the most family members? They're going to have to get a lot more interesting than that.
Friday Update: I stood around and watched a half hour or so of tonight's celebration. The problem is that the people passing by are not expecting anything and they display close to no enthusiasm while the PI Live ground crew displays plenty of their own. It seems to be a struggle for the DJ on the ground to keep the enthusiasm going in the face of mostly disinterested passersby. Tonight's question was "Have you celebrated anything during the past week, month, 6 months?" One response was a guy who had just gotten off from being grounded, we had one girl who just got her drivers license, one couple having a first anniversary, etc. I forget what else, they either don't let the person respond into the microphone or the people don't speak loud enough. After they had gathered about 20 people celebrating something, they all danced to the Electric Slide. A few people watched; most people kept walking.