For over two years Blog readers kept the faith that their beloved Island would return in some form. The seemingly disasterous announcement last Fall about Hyperion Wharf was good in that Disney finally announced something about the Island but was overall really bad news because all sources were reporting that HW included restaurants and shops but no clubs. At that point the best we could hope for was a restaurant or two that offered adult dance entertainment in some form later in the evening. Rock'n'Roll Beach Club and club Motion came down and the new pathway construction began. But then suddenly everything came to a stop!
The Blog reported in April from a credible source that Hyperion Wharf was put on hold indefinitely and there would be no more demolitions. The source also stated specifically that PI management had toured all the old club buildings to determine the condition because they had a new plan; third parties could reopen the old clubs as clubs if that's what they wanted. The clubs would have to be different from what was there previously. But they could be similar. Apparently there are third party operators who are interested in clubs for Pleasure Island where seemingly few to none were interested in more restaurants.
Subsequently we published the Construction Permits for the existing club buildings and things are happening. Were the permits merely to take existing signs with the old names down? It's possible but they've had three years to accomplish that when suddenly they're all coming down...now...subsequent to our highly-sourced rumor about reopenings with different club names. We have Tom Staggs posting on the Disney Parks Blog a few days about several incredible new projects coming including to Downtown Disney.
Unfortunately the computers on board this ship won't allow me to download the latest PI pics so they will have to wait. But right now as we approach the 3rd Anniversay of the closing of Pleasure Island we appear to be on the cusp of the best news ever. So we have reason to continue to hang in there!