Monday, September 26, 2016

Club Report: Mannequins Dance Palace

Tomorrow, 8 years since the clubs closed!

Mannequins Dance Palace, let's drop back in on the final night.
DJ Dave Cannalte & DJ Peapod in the booth overseeing our last visit ever inside!
It would get so packed inside that the revolving dance floor came to a stop before 11PM.
Mannequins had amazing lighting effects that only Disney could deliver back then. But it was that damn revolving dance floor that made it unique!
While we knew it was the final night, everyone held out hope that Disney would come to its senses and eventually reopen the place.  We know now that they would not.
Spotted by the bar: Jennifer
These two regulars have been seen at PI reunions at Atlantic Dance Hall or at EPCOT: Italy on New Years Eve, but otherwise never again!
Spotted on the revolving floor: Ambra
Some Mannequins people I've run into during the years since the club closed. Some, I've never seen again!
Spotted on the floor: Matt
Spotted off the floor: Tasha
Spotted near my spot: Gilberto & Debbie
Songs played that night included all their classics such as Liquid's "Sweet Harmony", Faithless "Insomnia", Darude's "Sandstorm" & Real McCoy's "Another Night".
During the final years they didn't often drop their famous signs but they did on the final night.
And their famous upside down hanging mannequins!
Including the eeirly eyes-glowing Manny!
You can never go wrong with Go Go girls!
Years after closure, peeking inside from the upstairs doors would yield a view of some of these remaining mannequins!
Club was supposed to close at 1:50AM like they always did but Peapod & Cannalte would do nothing of the sort!  They took it to about 2:15AM and still no one would leave! Amid a continuous crowd chant of "One more song, One more song", they put on the final song ever inside Mannequins, one that still brings a tear when I hear it.

Rozalla's, "Everybody's Free (To Feel Good).


Anonymous said...

8 Sometimes it still feels like yesterday. Thanks Bob for keeping our great memories alive!

Thommy Sandvick said...

One of these years we are gonna have to let Phouse use "Manny" for PI at PH for gay days.

I always miss it, every single weekend. I only wish I would have been able to go more often as a 21 year old. My most frequent visits were as a CP in 2004-2005 when I could only go Sun-Wed.