CLICK ON IMAGE TO ENLARGE When Disney announced the Western Way Development back around the time Pleasure Island closed, there was speculation and rumors among some that Disney would use the distant space to build a PI 2.0 complex. Made sense; serve the huge number of adult guests seeking nightlife but put them in a place far away from families. But the development, located just west of TOLL 429 at the Western Way interchange and later named Flamingo Crossings, has turned out to be a real bust. Even in a down economy, nearby I-Drive and US 192 have seen a good number of new restaurants added over the past several years. But Flamingo Crossings has remained deader than even Pleasure Island after 10pm. And with new hotel construction likely requiring room rates well over $100/night to break even, hotel developers haven't exactly been chomping at the bit either to compete with Disney's lower-priced value offerings.Well something finally is coming to Flamingo Crossings! Website Stitch Kingdom reported recently that a Walgreen's is coming to the intersection of Western Way & Flamingo Crossings Blvd.
That website also reports that a Flamingo Crossings masterplan was filed with Orange County in October that bans bars and tattoo parlors (something both found in Universal's CityWalk complex) along with liquor stores and other adult-only entertainment. So for those of you hoping, we most certainly will not being seeing a PI 2.0 at Flamingo Crossings! (But maybe we'll get a CVS instead!)