Saturday, November 18, 2017

Club Report: PI Reunion (Atlantic Dance Hall)

Atlantic Dance Hall is Disney's only remaining owned & operated dance club and last night it was home to a reunion of former Pleasure Islanders!
With music led by former 8TRAX DJ Willie!
Because ADH is so huge, even when there's a good number of people in the club, it still looks kind of empty!
The music, mostly Top 40 & line dances like you used to hear at club Motion on the Island.
To my knowledge, Atlantic Dance Hall is the only club around Orlando where many of the patrons wear Mouse ears!
Spotted by the bar: Jimmy & Vince
Spotted at the bar: Harry, Lynn & Christi
Spotted in VIP: Mike & April
Spotted on the dance floor: Trey & DJ Frankie
Spotted at the mezzanine: Metal Joe Bagnato
Spotted on the dance floor: Alex & Dawn
Willie will be the DJ here at ADH on New Years Eve. Save Pleasure Island Blog will be sure to drop by to check on things!
DJ Willie closing out the night with a half hour set of EDM, House & Deep House. Yes!!
Mannequins, 8TRAX, Motion & Rock'n'Roll Beach Club were all represented. Great seeing so many former PI residents all at one time, all in one place. A good time was had by all!

Friday, November 17, 2017

DS Update: At The Marketplace & West Side

Christmas time has arrived in Disney Springs!
In Disney Springs Marketplace, the Christmas Tree Trail has returned for the second year in a row!
The Santa meet-n-greet takes place at his chalet along the trail. Hours are Noon to 10PM daily.
You might actually see some snowfall!
Or you could stop at the kiosk for some snacks and cocktails!  Walking the trail and seeing all the Disney decorated trees is absolutely free!
The Star Wars Secrets of the Empire show is not free. The interactive experience opens on December 16th and runs through February 14th. Details & tickets here.
Over at Disney Springs West Side, Sosa Cigars was closed during my visit a few nights ago. I don't believe they've closed permanently but it's odd that they were not open during regular business hours and there were no signs posted one way or another. Their website gives no indication that they've closed permanently. On the other hand, the website for Fuego by Sosa Cigars, the Pleasure Island venue closed & demolished years ago, also gives no indication that they're closed, lol.
It looks like they're not tearing down all of Wolfgang Puck's, just part of it.  As you know, it's being turned into Jaleo featuring the cuisine of mainland Spain. It's unclear if it will include any fare from Catalonia.
Where Disney Quest used to stand across from House of Blues, concept art is posted for NBA Experience.  It looks huge!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

PI Update: Edison Complex Update

New advertising signs have been added to the construction walls surrounding The Edison complex.
Maria & Enzo's will be located at this former airline terminal.
Ponte means "bridge" in Italian and Pizza Ponte will apparently be located in the section immediately adjacent the No. 5 Bridge.
Section next to the bridge. Notice the ventilation grills for what's below.
Two signs are up for Enzo's Hideaway Tunnel Bar, which is what's below.
Entryway construction is still taking place in this area to the side of the bridge and just below the STK steakhouse.
Not only will this not be a hidden speakeasy known as Neverland Tunnels, it also won't be a hidden Mafia rum-running speakeasy.  Looks like signage above and below will make the place noticeable rather than hidden at all.
At The Edison itself, a notice that it was opening to the public on January 1st quickly got pulled so it's possible it will open sooner.
Exactly what The Edison will offer remains a mystery.
And will any performances take place in that area with the 3-story ceiling that looked like a stadium during construction?  We should know pretty soon!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

This Weekend In Techno Town

With EDC out of the way, we return to local shows and this on tomorrow night at Sandwich Bar features DJ Dead Space (USA). House.
Wow, Tiƫsto (NL) in a small club setting! That just doesn't happen often enough. Thursday night in Tampa at Ritz Ybor, with another Las Vegas DJ Mondo (USA) opening! EDM / Trance.
Friday at Atlantic Dance Hall we've got another attempt at a Pleasure Island Reunion. They've not been successful since the first couple but we'll check it out.  Located at Disney's Boardwalk Resort, admission and parking are free!  Top 40.
Vinyl Arts Bar has Carlos Mendoza (USA) and Renzo (USA) playing this Friday so you know it's gonna be great music!  House.
It's been at least a year since DJ Bebe (USA) has brought his Miami-based "Breaks Yo" show to Orlando and Peek Downtown so I'm excited about that!   Breakbeats.
It's going to be Clark vs Clarke on Saturday night as we see the return of DJ Alice Clark (E) to Sandwich Bar. House.
While the other half of Clark vs Clarke is happening at Eve Nightclub with the return of the Saturday night series "No Questions Asked" and Dirtybird DJ Will Clarke (GB).  House / Booty House.
Back over in Tampa, Hakkasan / Omnia resident DJ Mondo will headline this show at Hyde Park Cafe.  EDM.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

PI Update: Island Tour

Come cross this bridge one more time to beautiful Pleasure Island!
We'll skip past The Edison for now since we'll cover the project in our article this Thursday.
Oakley is open for business along Hill Street. It replaces Apex by Sunglass Hut. Besides sunglasses, the store also sells a limited amount of Oakley branded merchandise.
At the Hub, the sign for Wine Bar George still says they're opening in 2017. That gives them 1.5 months to complete this and open.  Ain't gonna happen.
This prime spot was once the home of Fuego by Sosa Cigars and at one time, the PI Live DJ booth!
At Waterview Stage, makeup and fashion shows by MAC Cosmetics are being offered this Thursday through Sunday.
To schedule a session, look for an on-site Rep here at the stage or inquire at the MAC Cosmetics store, Disney Springs Town Center.
Exciting news for Erwin Pearl Jewelry fans!  A customer was spotted in the store!
Come on down to the Island and experience all of this for yourself!

Monday, November 13, 2017

PI Update: Remembering Our PI Past

 We now return to our regularly scheduled programming.

Blog reader Troy was recently running along Disney's Wine and Dine Half Marathon when he stumbled upon this AC group at one of the character stops along the course!  When Troy expressed his expected surprise at seeing them, one said,
"Where have you been? We've been out here waiting for almost 10 years!"
During the early years after Pleasure Island's closure, mentioning anything PI was pretty much not allowed at Disney. As years dragged-on and the lack of anything happening on the Island became literally embarrassing, there was even that late summer 2011 putsch where nearly all remaining club signs and colors were removed. But in more recent years Disney has finally embraced its Pleasure Island past and we've seen Comedy Warehouse and Adventurers Club shows at various times across property. In 2014 there was even that Pleasure Island Rewind where the former clubs were actually celebrated! As we move toward the 10th anniversary of Pleasure Island closing, it would not surprise me to see many more offerings.
Thank you, Troy!