Friday, March 28, 2014

Breaking News: Mannequins & 8TRAX To Be Combined To Become A Restaurant!

(CLICK ON IMAGE ABOVE TO ENLARGE)  Mannequins & 8TRAX fans have been waiting 5.5 years (yesterday was the anniversary) to find out what was going to happen to their world class night clubs. During that time Save Pleasure Island Blog has delivered to you the latest news and rumors about their fate.  Throughout it all there was one constant; as long as the buildings remained standing, there was hope.  That hope has now ended.
 Orlando Business Journal is reporting that former clubs Mannequins Dance Palace and 8TRAX are going to be combined into one facility which will become a restaurant!  They refer to the permit filed with Orange County which we located and posted above.  The restaurant will be operated by Patina Restaurant Group of Los Angeles, the company that operates Tutto Italia and Via Napoli, both at EPCOT - Italy.  The Company's website lists all the concepts they currently have and those include the expected Italian concepts but also steak restaurants.  You'll recall the Blog previously reported a rumor that an upscale steak house was going into Mannequins. No indication yet what this will be but we see it will operate on 2 floors.  That alone supports that the hill on Pleasure Island will remain. Big thanks to Blog reader MDPfan89 for sending us the link to this story!

It's finally over. 

28 comments:

Daisy said...

So this is how it ends? Restaurant?

Grendelspyce said...

"Nothing is over until WE decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?"

http://youtu.be/q7vtWB4owdE

Anonymous said...

Grendel, the Japs bombed Pearl Harbor, not the Germans.

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

This f@#king sucks. The best thing Disney could do now is move the rotating dance floor to another location on the west side and reopen Mannequins Dance Palace there. Since Disney Quest is geared toward kids and is now out of place in that area this would seem to be the perfect place. We must uphold Disney's promise of nightlife and I can't help but see some more than coincidence timing of this announcement with the Pleasure Island recreate going on at D23. I visited DTD in 2009 soon after the clubs were closed and cast members wouldn't even talk about the clubs. They were told to stay hush hush about them. Now Disney is acknowledging their existence. I really despise anyone in Disney that led to PI being closed but their is still a world of possibility in this latest refurb and a revolving dance floor waiting to be used. Any thoughts on that?

Ken said...

Unfortunately, there's not much left to "save" on "pleasure island".

Anonymous said...

Nooooooooooooooooooooooo

dstrawn9889 said...

i believe that floor was ripped up shortly after the doors closed on their final operations day.

Anonymous said...

it's about time someone else said something about the floor being gone!I knew i was NOT thee only one who thought this and or HEARD about this!

Anonymous said...

OH also I am sure the NEW Restaurant will have no use for a rotating floor!

Jeff-Gainesville said...

Told ya! Big shopping mall with big food court.....

Anonymous said...

The whole thing is pretty pathetic and sad.
Just think that place rocked seven years ago, now there's nothing for the adults after 9:00pm.
I guess City Walk will be getting my money to party.

Anonymous said...

Actually, the floor is there. This has already been officially established by the blog with recently dated pictures. That debate has been settled.

Anonymous said...

ANON @ March 29, 2014 at 1:54 AM
UH NO pics the "date" can be easily changed!

Anonymous said...

Anon at 9:01pm Here we go again. You're a conspiracy theorist. I suppose Aliens abducted the floor? Since nobody ever saw it being taken out and since pictures of Mannequins long gutted and dusty plainly showed it still there. Disney only had reason to strip expensive electronic equipment that could be stolen. Not a huge rotating dance floor that is only valuable to people like us on this blog.

Anonymous said...

I think the Anonymous at March 29, 2014 at 9:01 PM is also the person who insisted that Mannequins was going to be torn down.

Anonymous said...

You're absolutely right. I remember that too now that you mention it.

Paul! said...

Even if it is a restaurant, they may choose to leave the floor in. I could see Disney advertising a whole 'revolving restaurant' angle. Hell, they could even throw up some curtains or a false removable wall in front of the light wall for meals, then remove the wall/curtains, tables, and chairs and turn it into a club for the evenings. (Wishful thinking, I know. But possible!)

It'd be interesting if they turn the Adventurer's Club into a restaurant. They could still do their whole 'shtick' with little modification and run it as a bar/restaurant.

Anonymous said...

I'm assuming it will be a nice steak restaurant and the revolving dance floor will be for entertainers during dinner and couples slow dancing after dinner.

Anonymous said...

Disney already has a revolving restaurant in Epcot, but I like your thinking..Lol!

Anonymous said...

"I suppose Aliens abducted the floor"
really? HOW LAME to say stuff like this! IF you want to STILL think its there GO FOR IT! BUT again if we do not think the same as you or most do I am WRONG!! NOT!! we live in a SO called FREE country! IF u do not like what I say MOVE ON!!

Anonymous said...

To "Anonymous" obsessed with the dance floor - you will not accept anything which comes from anyone unless you say it yourself. You are impossible to converse with.

For what it's worth I had a dream as I slept last night. Michael Eisner came to visit me personally. He told me he went out of his way to save the dance floor because he knew that it meant a lot to you. Then he told me, over and over again, until he faded away into the mist of my dreams, that the rotating floor is still there. He also commanded me to write one word in all CAPS just like you do. Then he started laughing hysterically and faded away...

Anonymous said...

Holy crap! I think I had the same dream. But in my dream, Mike (that's what he liked to be called in my dream) commanded me to use !! exclamation!! marks in the!! middle of my! sentence.

Anonymous said...

I am the only one "obsessed" with the floor BUT some of you RESPOND!! SO what does this say about you? HMMM! 2 the one WHO claims they had a dream about the floor WOW how convenient! mocking me good MOVE!! AGAIN think what you want! funny how I have opinion and think what?
now your making up stuff! GOOD MOVE!! and yes in caps! get over it

KingBob said...

I read that the steak restaurant is going into new construction where Comedy Warehouse used to stand. So there are plenty of concepts that could go in there. And we don't know what the leasor plans to do late night, if anything.

FN said...
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FN said...

(I changed this post to clarify a point I was trying to make.)
Good points, King Bob. The Mannequins space is very unique, and given the resources who are engaged on this whole project, I think we can expect something interesting, fun, and unique. I really wonder if Disney actually cares about any sort of real night life at this point? There have been no solid announcements about night life as we knew it previously, and they seem to be ignoring those of us who want night life back on property. What I find really strange is that so far I haven't heard of anything which really would draw me into Disney Springs for repeat visits.

Anonymous said...

If all they build is a bunch more themed buildings with shopping and dining, and that's all there is to see and do, then why not just go to Las Vegas where there is a ton of fun stuff to do with real night life and architecture and great dining?