GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN DISNEY HISTORY
In keeping with the theme of this month’s issue, our look back in Disney history takes us to Pleasure Island, formerly of Downtown Disney (now Disney Springs). The new and improved Disney Springs is divided into three distinct sections, one of which is The Landing- the previous home to Pleasure Island.
Pleasure Island opened May 1, 1989. By day this area of Downtown Disney was generally quiet, with most of the establishments closed and only a few retail locations open for shopping.
By night, Pleasure Island became an adults-only entertainment complex featuring dancing, music, and fun. One of the popular dance clubs was 8TRAX, which featured music from the 1970’s and 1980’s. The Adventurer’s Club was a 1930’s themed explorers club. The Comedy Warehouse featured improvisational comedy with several shows performed nightly. Mannequins was a techno-dance club with a revolving dance floor!
There were outdoor stages and a general lively atmosphere throughout.admission to Pleasure Island gained you access to any of the different clubs. When it first opened, guests 18 years and older could visit Pleasure Island with only a few establishments, like Mannequins, requiring guests to be over 21. New Year’s Eve was celebrated every night at Pleasure Island with a countdown, confetti, and fireworks.
Pleasure Island closed for good on September 27 2008.