One of our Pleasure Island sources is reporting that Disney has recently moved to trademark (register) ownership of the various characters from the Adventurers Club. Apparently the characters such as the Colonel, Emil, Otis, Hathaway Browne, etc. were never copyrighted when the club first opened in 1989 and have been part of the public domain since then. But now we're told Mickey's legal team is taking steps to claim ownership, something they're likely to be able to do since they created the characters.
Not sure that you can read anything into this though. Are they doing this for potential merchandise sales of their own at a reopened Adventurers Club or are they simply doing this to stop others from selling their own merchandise featuring the characters? We don't really know!