Thursday, June 27, 2013

Breaking News: Pleasure Island Clubs To Close!

Five years ago today, Friday, June 27, 2008 was a day that will live in infamy.  You all remember it well.  Disney dropped a bombshell early that evening which appeared in the Orlando Sentinel the next morning:  All the comedy and dance clubs on Pleasure Island were going to be closed in exactly 3 months....September 27, 2008!!

Shock, dismay and disbelief was expressed everywhere but no one truly believed that Disney would really do it.  Surely they would come to their senses!  But they didn't come to their senses and on that fateful Saturday night in September, the clubs really did close.

And here we are 5 years later with two clubs demolished and supposedly more demolitions coming.  Plan C (Disney Springs) has been announced but like the two plans before it, zero construction has ever started on the Island.  The buildings have remained dormant ever since the closure.

The link to that Sentinel article no longer works but they also published this article a couple days later which pretty much summarizes everything.

Five years of nothing......for no reason.

2 comments:

Sean Rickmeyer said...

Construction barriers are up on the west end of the island around CW and 8-Trax. Nothing has been torn down there yet; I suspect they're renovating the interiors of those buildings.

KingBob said...

Thanks for the report, Sean. We know that the Comedy Warehouse building is coming down. We don't know if the 8TRAX building is also coming down or just being renovated inside.