Thursday, April 30, 2015

PI Update: Amphicars Are Operating!

The amphicars are operating out on Village Lake!  Spotted two of them circling the lake this evening, one with two passengers and one with the maximum three passengers.  Each tour lasts around 20 minutes and follows a route somewhat similar to the water taxis; i.e. west bound along the north shore of the lake, heading south towards House of Blues and then back east in the middle of the lake.
Tickets are purchased in gift shop of The Boathouse on Pleasure Island.  They cost $125 + tax for up to three passengers, skipper included. 

PI Update: Signs Of Pleasure Island

Well, maybe it's true: Pleasure Island has been renamed The Landing.  It's not real clear though. There are no signs anywhere that say The Landing. All we can refer to is the Downtown Disney Times Guide which refers to The Landing in its Entertainment section and Shopping section. But I looked for Pleasure Island signs last night too but could only find this one above at the Pleasure Island water taxi dock.  It still calls it Pleasure Island.  But all other references have been removed. Come out and enjoy it while you can!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

PI Update: Erwin Pearl Opens

EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS The Erwin Pearl jewelery store opened today on Pleasure Island.  It's located at the Hub in the spot where PI Live Bar used to stand.
Based in New York City, there is one other store in Florida at Dadeland Mall.  They sell earrings, necklaces, bracelets, etc as shown here.  Affordable luxury since 1952.

This Weekend In Techno Town

Nice way to end the month; Tech House music from Miami's DJ Nelson Diaz & Orlando's Irene Pardo upstairs at Club 23.
Lots of May Day options beginning at Vyce with DJ Anthony Attalla (USA). Techno. Carlos Mendoza & Elias R open.
Music from the 80's, 90's & today with DJ Nick Fury at Native Social Bar. Ladies in free all night, guys $5.
Over at Suite B Lounge DJ Leilani will bouncing along with DJ's Sisco, 21 Paths and more!  House, Progressive, Tech. Free admission until 11pm.
Roxy is now Gilt and my first visit is pending. This is tempting. Saturday night has DJ duo Paris & Simo (CDN) in town. Got to see them last August at Independence Music Festival
Tier Nightclub has gone EDM and Saturday night their lineup includes so called "Melbourne Bounce/Jumpstyle" specialist DJ Will Sparks (AUS).  Could be interesting.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

PI Update: Is Pleasure Island Gone?

One of our readers posted a Comment last week about the Downtown Disney Times Guide referring to the Entertainment and Shopping options on Pleasure Island as The Landing.  This is confirmed.  As you can see above, the Times Guide refers to Downtown Disney's three areas as Marketplace, West Side and......The Landing. We will have to initiate a search of the area during our next visit to see if all references to Pleasure Island have now been removed.  (sorry image not displaying at this time)

Monday, April 27, 2015

PI Update: Another Look At The Springs

Hop on your ECV and come on over to Pleasure Island!
Today we're going to check out the springs.  One can see that this is not the lagoon that preexisted this but is much more extensive.
It looks like water will flow in its own channel with various bubbling springs along the way.
The posted concept art shows that various venues are to be constructed directly overlooking the springs with several bridges connecting The Landing with the Town Center.
As the namesake for the entire project, we expect that the Springs will wow guests.
Hmmm.....Irish Spring?
This view also shows some of the buildings under construction in the Town Center portion of Disney Springs.  That's the former PI parking lot out there.
Another view looking west southwest beyond Mannequins.  Lots more to come here!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Club Report: Voltage Night Club (MV Grand Celebration)

Following the under-the-stars Latin Night party at the ship's Dancing Martian, the focus shifted to the ship's disco, Voltage Night Club.
The ship's resident DJ Gonzalo (RCH) in the booth delivering a night that was a cross between 8TRAX and Atlantic Dance Hall.
And that I mean heavy on 70's Disco & 80's Classics like we used to hear at 8TRAX.
As well as a lot of Top 40 hits like you hear at ADH.
The club never got super-packed but it had it's moments!
A good time was had by all!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Sailaway Party (MV Grand Celebration)

Off on a sailing of MV Grand Celebration operating out of the Port of Palm Beach with service every other day to Grand Bahama Island.  With a Groupon rate of just $99 per person plus tax, it was too cheap not to try out!
Checking out the Sailaway Party at the pool deck with DJ Gonzalo (RCH) playing mostly Line Dances.
Cupid Shuffle!
Great idea for a bachelorette party!
The ship is older; the former Carnival Celebration.  But it's been completely refurbished and every place onboard looks great!  It offers all the amenities you find on traditional cruise lines.
Including the fun!
Wobble Baby Wobble!
On the ship's pool deck, a good time was had by all!  Will load an article about the ship's Disco for tomorrow morning.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Club Reports: Vixen Bar, Tier Nightclub

Final weekend for Vixen Bar as they renovate and reopen with a new concept.
Legendary DJ Jimmy Joslin (USA) in the booth spinning a small amount of House and a whole lot of Breaks!
Place was pretty full for a Thursday night!
A lot of Mannequins people will be out tonight if you're downtown!
Will definitely miss all the vixens of Vixen.
Free shots!
Then over to Tier Nightclub.
DJ duo Carlos Mendoza and Elias R kicking things off.
Crowd starting to build.
Delivering House and Deep House.
Everyone here though for DJ Mark Knight (GB), taking over at 12:30AM!
He would waste no time going at it!
House and Progressive the house!
Big crowd on hand but not as large as what we saw when German DJ ATB played here back in February.
Spotted in VIP: DJ Jennifer Marley
Dance floor was packed!
Spotted in VIP: Amber
I think all the music last night was non-vocal.
DJ Laidback Luke (NL) plays here May 15th; Pete Tong (GB) on June 4th.
A good time was had by all!