Saturday, January 2, 2010
PI Update: Winter Wonderland Coming to PI?
TM Schussler Creative
Last September I reported on a party held by idea-man Steve Schussler up near Minneapolis in which Disney executives were wined and dined in order to get them to listen to restaurant concepts for Downtown Disney. Schussler Creative is the force behind 3 existing Disney restaurants, Rainforest Cafe, T-REX and Yak & Yeti. Within a month of the Disney execs returning from that party, they announced that PI clubs were going to be closed and replaced with restaurants and shops. Last month I reported on new rumors that Schussler restaurants Winter Wonderland (with an Ice Bar), Orange County Choppers Bikes, Blues & BBQ and Hot Dog Hall of Fame were coming to Pleasure Island. Here are a few other links PI fans should be aware of. You'll need to copy and paste the links.
In this first link, a columnist from the Minneapolis Star-Tribune attended the same party as the Disney execs and reported on it back in May, 2008:
There was video from the party to go along with it. Disney execs appear about 1:38 into the video and notice the emphasis on motorcycle choppers:
Finally this excellent television show from St. Paul television station KSTP called On The Road. The first half is all about Schussler and during it he states that his Winter Wonderland restaurant is coming to Orlando. (Disney being in Orlando is used throughout this video.)
So there you have it! More evidence of what's coming to PI.