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Let's connect the dots across Pleasure Island to see what has occurred and what rumors say are going to occur:
A - Demolition actually began last year with the removal of the old Ticket Booth adjacent the #1 Bridge.
B - Demolition then started up again this past July with replacement of Bridge #1 from Downtown Disney Marketplace. That reconstruction is still in progress. (See Blog 10/19/10)
C - The Lily Pad concert area was in the way of the new walkway so it's currently being demolished.(See Blog 10/19/10)
D - The new walkway will apparently travel into the current backstage area between Raglan Road (22) and Portobello (23). (See Blog 10/19/10)
E - Motion must be demolished to make this happen. What a waste!
F - The allegedly leaky and moldy Rock'n'Roll Beach Club comes down too. Supposedly between E & F is where a nautical-themed restaurant will be built. What was known as Pleasure Island gets a new nautical-themed name. I've reported previously on a Lighthouse-style outdoor fast food restaurant/bar being built here too. Schussler Creative, designer of T-Rex, Rainforest Cafe and Yak & Yeti, figure prominently on the new venues coming to the Island. GREAT STUFF: GO TO BLOG 1/2/10 & VIEW THE 3 LINKS IN THAT ARTICLE!!
G - Paradiso 37 remains, of course. It's the only new addition to PI since the clubs closed.
H - Soundstage/Adventurers Club come down. They're really one building.
I - Unfinished business. When they took down the lighting bridge/catwalk last November, they had to leave one of those metal towers because they didn't know what to do with that huge Harley Davidson Store logo sign. We'll see how they finally deal with that! (See Blog 11/23/09)
J - After many years, looks like valet parking could be returning near the #2 Bridge.
K - Mannequins, 8TRAX & Comedy Warehouse buildings get new nautical-themed facades but they remain standing and hopefully get some tenants. Idea: how about a couple music venues and a comedy club?
L - The new walkway leads over the #3 Bridge to Downtown Disney West Side.
In my Blog article on 10/17/10, I mention rumors posted by PKD & Raven who are somehow "in the know" on what is happening. Additional comments from them:
RAVEN: $3.6M in lighting alone; They are putting a lot of effort into the transformation.
PKD: It (the project) is very massive, and with all still going according to plan. I honestly believe many here will like the outcome. As I mentioned previously, they will start on the east side and work their way west up the waterfront hill as can (already) be seen with walls starting to appear.
So lots going on and it's only just begun. The article in the Orlando Sentinel quotes Disney spokeswoman Zoraya Suarez as saying they would unveil some details within a matter of weeks.