Disney to give the former Pleasure Island at Downtown Disney a makeover

Posted Monday, November 22, 2010 1:16 PM | Contributed by Jeff

There will be new life at Pleasure Island — but with a new name, look and purpose, Walt Disney World announced Thursday. Construction will begin this month on the Downtown Disney entertainment area, which will be renamed Hyperion Wharf. Several Pleasure Island buildings have sat idle since Disney closed its nightclubs in favor of more dining and shopping opportunities in 2008. Four of those clubs will be demolished to make room for new eateries along the waterfront area.

Read more from The Orlando Sentinel.

Monday, November 22, 2010 3:36 PM

I bet we've seen the end of Mannequins....

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Monday, November 22, 2010 5:15 PM

A friend of mine posted on Facebook:

I really hate the name, "Pleasure Island." Maybe they should rename it after some obscure Greek Mythology reference and what the heck, let's throw in a character name from "Star Trek: The Next Generation." Yeah, that's it. That'll be awesome.

I didn't get it at first, but when I did, I found it to be really funny.

And I agree. Hyperion Wharf sounds really silly.

Last edited by LostKause, Monday, November 22, 2010 5:15 PM
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Monday, November 22, 2010 10:46 PM

Just what they need....more shops and restaurants.

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010 12:07 AM

They do need more restaurants. The selection down there blows.

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010 7:19 AM

Off the top of my head I can name Rainforest Cafe, Bongos, that crab boat thing, a couple of counter service places, and a McDonalds.

To say that selection "sucks" is to be too kind, I think.

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010 8:21 AM

They can name it whatever they want as long as they keep Raglan Road.

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010 8:30 AM

The McDonald's is gone now (replaced by a mexican place I think) and yes...they do need more sit down dining over there. (Also a fan of Raglan Road.)

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010 9:44 AM

I was saddened to hear that McDonald's is gone. It was one of the cheapest selections there, and I will always love to eat at McDonald's, cheap or not. I "could" eat there every day, if necessary.

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010 9:57 AM

Raglan Road is staying AFAIK. I hear Paradiso is pretty good, too.

Travis: watch this. Immediately.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0390521/

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010 10:03 AM

Thanks Brian. I've seen it. It made me stop eating their food for about a year. Maybe I need to see it again.

I don't drink or use drugs, nor do I overindulge in junk food or candy. I don't even drink caffeine or take an aspirin when I have a headache. If occasionally eating at McDonald's is the worst thing that I do, I must be doing pretty good. :P

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010 11:01 AM

Brian, yeah Raglan is staying. LOVE that place. I'd go back to Disney just to eat there. It was the only thing that was really doing anything at PI when we were there 3 years ago (during spring break) so the fact that everything else is going doesn't surprise me.

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010 11:10 AM

I confess that I found it anticipointing, but that might have been because I was comparing the food at Raglan to the food at a lovely Irish pub on the Brighton coast, that I had visited just a few months prior.

The only thing I'll really miss from "old" PI is the Adventurer's Club. That place was a hoot, and very nearly unique. The comedy warehouse was fun too, but you can do improv comedy in any reasonable city. When my wife and I were there on a long weekend away from the kids, we spent a lot of time in AC, a little time in CW, and never once set foot into any of the other clubs.

Last edited by Brian Noble, Tuesday, November 23, 2010 11:10 AM
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Tuesday, November 23, 2010 12:12 PM

I miss Pleasure Island. Terribly.

Are shops and restaurants enough to draw people to the area? There certainly isn't much for attractions/shows/entertainment at Downtown Disney. Not sure what the draw is, really.

-Nate

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010 12:30 PM

I have fond (and very fuzzy) memories of PI. I loved that place. When Disney does your driving for you, it makes it even better. :)

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010 1:55 PM

If you've spent any time at City Walk, you know Downtown Disney sucks. As much as I'm a fan of Disney World, there just isn't anything there that draws me. It has no vibe, no excitement, no anything. I don't know if they just tried to hard to family-ize it or what, but I find it completely boring. I've had many a good time around City Walk though.

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010 4:01 PM

DD is a mediocre manifestation of a good idea. Or maybe the reverse.

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010 10:56 PM

It sounds like they want to make downtown disney a larger draw to families and kids and are slowly taking out the more adult/teen stuff. I don't think that is a good idea because even though lots and lots of adults and teens go to disney and have a great time at some parts there is that very childish thing goin on and Downtown Disney always seemed to me ( at least in the past few yeara until recently) like it was a draw to the adults/teen groups that come so that they don't always have to be stuck in the kid land of Disney the whole entire vacation. But then again The MGM park (or what ever it is called) is a big draw to mostly those age groups. Still there is a big need for downtown disney to have these adult things to do so that they don't spend all day in one park. Epcot is cool too with the countries and could intrest anyone but The MGM thing and Downtown areas are kinda for the party people. Anyway i always think why go to downtown disney when there is a better draw to City Walk

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010 9:20 AM

I don't mind Downtown Disney but agree there is nowhere interesting to eat, especially if your vegetarian.

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