Friday, December 3, 2010
PI Update: Is Adventurers Club Returning to PI?
Pleasure Island fans are abuzz this morning because of a new rumor circulating out there like wild fire that Adventurers Club is returning to Pleasure Island / Hyperion Wharf. The story begins a couple weeks ago when five pieces of concept art were released by Disney as part of their Hyperion Wharf announcement. I published three of those pieces here on the Blog but supposedly Disney pulled two of the pieces off their website before I could copy them. But several websites had copies of all five. Why did they pull them? Well the rumor goes that way back in the distance you could still see the red roof of the Adventurers Club, a building that was supposedly going to be torn down and should not be there! And Disney did not want people to know that! I don't know....it didn't look like the AC roof to me. Nonetheless, that's where it started.
But now we have Orlando Attractions Magazine saying that a cruise director on one of the Disney Cruise Line ships told them that AC is definitely returning and it would be there on the Island as part of Hyperion Wharf. That would be incredible if true but can you trust a cruise director anymore than you can trust a Disney bus driver? You can view the story above on YouTube which begins about 5 minutes into the program.
What do I know about this? Two sources told me a more than a year ago that Adventurers Club was returning and one source said that it would be part of a new "land" at Disney's Animal Kingdom. The latter source had supposedly seen the concept art for the AK expansion which ironically enough was designed by the same company doing the Wizarding World of Harry Potter expansion at Islands of Adventure. But if instead they bring this back to Pleasure Island, that would be huge. Then they need to bring back a comedy club and 8TRAX and the all of that would be family-friendly and draw huge crowds back. It would eliminate so much of the hostility that surrounded the closing of the PI clubs! Big thanks to reader Rich Koster (DisneyEcho on Twitter) for bringing this breaking news to my attention.