WDW Magazine - - Around The World - BY KIM­BERLY MASIMORE

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.

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