|Sources down on the Island tell Save Pleasure Island Blog that third-party vendors at Downtown Disney are very unhappy about the parking situation there and have been very vocal to Disney management about it. We're told that AMC Downtown Disney 24 Theaters is so upset about the situation that they've allegedly threatened to leave! Apparently the lack of close-by parking as well as traffic gridlock around Downtown Disney is impacting theater attendance. As you know, parking lots H-I-J-K were closed to allow construction of the West Garage car park. But these were also the lots closest to the theaters. And this is despite the fact that garage construction is apparently ahead of schedule, we're told.|
|Also allegedly upset over the situation is Paradiso 37. In our opinion no one has suffered more from the Pleasure Island debacle than P37. Keep in mind that construction of the restaurant/bar (shown above) was already well underway when Disney closed the clubs in late 2008. The Island became an instant dead zone and wasn't much better when Paradiso opened in June, 2009. To the extent that the venue was counting on adults to have dinner and drinks before heading to the clubs for the night, there were no PI clubs to go to. Today you can't walk past the place without finding buskers (albeit pretty ones) out on the sidewalk trying to get you to come in to eat. It does not seem that the new bypass/causeway is going to help their plight either.|
Would AMC really close-up shop and leave? That seems extreme since Disney has a plan in place called Disney Springs and things are really happening out there. The parking situation is certainly a pain at peak times but is not at off-peak times. (Yes, most people go to the movies at peak times.) But once the West Garage is finished, it's going to be sitting right outside AMC's doors. So patience please. We're all just hoping that Staggs' promise of adult nightlife at Disney Springs was really telling the truth!