There has been an absolute dearth of information and rumors lately about what may be coming to Pleasure Island. You'll recall that in November, 2010 Hyperion Wharf was announced as PI's replacement but then in April, 2011 those vague plans were put on indefinite hold. There were well-sourced rumors that indicated that third party operators could reopen the former clubs as clubs, as long as they used a different name and a different concept. But that was months ago with zero progress towards that end.
PI fans got excited in December when a one time only party for longer-term Disney Cast Members featured original Adventurers Club performers, characters and props and shortly thereafter original CM's from Comedy Warehouse returned to reprise CW at Disney Hollywood Studios. All those shows had standing room only crowds. But other than those glimmers of hope, it's been silent until last week's rumor that it's going to be at least a couple more years before anything happens out there!
This weekend while scouring the internet for any chatter at all I came across these entries off WDWMagic's© Forums. I would call these postings news:
WDW Administrator: There are some plans that include demolition of the AC building.
WDW71FAN: Indeed... Actually.. of the 3 proposals for reinventing Hyperion Wharf that I've seen.. 2 include the removal of the AC and Soundstage structures.. The 3rd one removes the soundstage only, but renovates the AC building into an administrative facility.. Containing offices and a small computer datacenter for DtD.. This would allow for relocation of two other facilities in the DtD complex into the solitary location... It's important to note ,that this would included the demolition of the midway level structure of AC, not the ground levels... 'capping' the building off, if you will. I can tell you, that no matter what.. AC will never reopen .. (you can read that as 'in that location'.. but I am not informed that it would be built again anywhere). I can also tell you that the name 'Hyperion Wharf' is not dead... nor is the project..
But I liked this entry much better from Jason71, a reader and poster here on the Blog:
71JASON: The news lately is that major stockholders are pressuring Disney to quit making major capital investments in the parks. This only makes a revived PI make more sense. It would cost tens of thousands, at most, not tens of millions, yet would bring headlines, tons of free PR, and a lot of good will among guests (including locals). Re-opening PI is about the only thing I can think of that will rival the Potter Land expansion for buzz, but it can be done for a fraction of the price. (And will pay for itself within months.)
If only Jason! If only. (CLICK ON CONCEPT ART TO ENLARGE)