Monday, March 28, 2016

PI Update: Remembering The Bypass

Most of the early construction in converting Downtown Disney into Disney Springs took place on Pleasure Island.  They were able to demolish Comedy Warehouse, Laffers Cantina, Curl and the front of 8TRAX without interfering with pedestrian traffic flow but there came a time in late-2013 when it was necessary to route guests around the demolition zone.  In order to do that, a pedestrian bypass causeway was built over the waters of Village Lake.  Heading east, it began here near Characters In Flight and looped around BET Soundstage Club.

It was a lonely expanse but only took a few minutes to traverse.

For a time, the Pleasure Island stop of the Downtown Disney water taxi service was connected to the bypass.

Today, with the main pathway reopened, it's the bypass that is closed to the public.  The easternmost section of the path was demolished to make way for the brand new Pleasure Island water taxi stop between Paradiso 37 & The Hangar.  The westernmost section still goes as far as here, connecting back to land between the Adventurers Club skeleton and Paradiso 37.  It's used only to service the latter. Presumably this remaining section too will get demolished when The Edison & Walt's Place get ready to open. 

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