|Exciting news this morning! Disney has decided to cancel the conversion of Mannequins Dance Palace into Morimoto Asia Restaurant effective immediately and instead return the building to its intended purpose as Mannequins!|
In a news conference held around 9pm last night at Waterview Stage amphitheater on Pleasure Island, Downtown Disney Vice President Keith Bradford told gathered members of the press that there is a need for adult nightlife at Disney World to compete against an emerging International Drive scene as well as coming improvements at CityWalk. "The last thing we need is one more large restaurant down here," he stated. "The revolving dance floor will spin once again," according to Bradford. He said it's still in there. "Surveys consistently tell us that our Guests want nightlife, per Bradford.
"The club will of course see the benefits of the improvements already made to the building," per Walt Disney World President George Kalogridis who was at the announcement. "Modern lighting and laser technology will return Mannequins to top tier status among the world's night clubs," he said.
The Blog was able to reach namesake Masaharu Morimoto at his restaurant in New York City. "I know nothing about it. They pay me much money for my name but I no cook there."