Tuesday, September 15, 2009
More PI Rumors
After a rumor dry spell that lasted across most of summer, the rumor mill really went into high gear at the beginning of August and hasn't let up. Let me summarize and then give you the latest:
In early August sources were talking about Motion coming down to allow a direct pathway from Disney Marketplace directly into and across PI to the West Side. The Orlando Sentinel reported that Adventurers Club artifacts were being shipped to Hong Kong Disneyland.
In mid-August rumors had all the waterfront club buildings being demolished meaning not only Motion but also RRBC and Adventurers Club/Soundstage. Within a week though someone said they heard that 2 clubs were going to reopen and that started a whole volley of others hearing the same thing and others flat-out denying the possibility. Speculation was that if 2 clubs were reopening but the waterfront buildings were coming down, that meant 8TRAX and Mannequins were the two coming back!
Over Labor Day weekend I ran into someone who supposedly personally knew the person that bought the contracts to run 3 clubs on Pleasure Island. I didn't think to ask which 3 clubs but 3 was the number.
So the latest rumors heard this past weekend, not yet posted by me, again refers to 3 clubs reopening. The most specific was Adventurers Club reopening no later than January 1st. The other 2 that are supposed to reopen (timeframe not mentioned) are Motion and Soundstage. Someone is supposedly interested in reopening Mannequins as a restaurant during the day and a club at night but Disney is balking because it would compete with something similar at EPCOT. In the 9/11/09 comments section an Anonymous poster commented that Soundstage was stripped yesterday (Monday) of equipment. So perhaps the club is not reopening and is to be demolished soon. On the other hand, Disney would have to remove its equipment if a 3rd party operator was taking over and reopening it with their own equipment.
All very interesting, all just rumors! I don't make 'em up, I just report them.