Webmaster's note: Sadly, this article is no longer relevant, as Disney has elected to close all of Pleasure Island. The article is only being maintained here for any possible historical value.
The name Disney is primarily associated with Mickey Mouse and entertainment for children, but Disney World’s Pleasure Island was built with adults in mind. Located in the Downtown Disney section of the theme park, this entertainment complex has eight themed night clubs which cater in tastes ranging from improvisational comedy to classic rock ’n’ roll to jazz to country. Here is a brief guide to what is on offer at Pleasure Island.
8 Trax – Named after the old eight track tape players that were popular back in the ‘70s this club features the disco dance songs of '70s and '80s including the hits of the Bee Gees, Donna Summer and the Village People. If you are nostalgic for this era, then check out the music at this club.
Adventurers Club –This is an audience-participation comedy club featuring tall tales of explorers' exploits. Disney World’s official site advises guests to “Get into the fun of it and shout the rallying cry: Kungaloosh!”
BET Soundstage™ Club – Here is a great place to dance in a two-story soundstage environment where a DJ plays songs ranging from the latest hip-hop to old-school R&B favorites.
Mannequins Dance Palace – It's a dance revolution at this pulsating, flashing nightclub that includes a huge dance floor which actually rotates as you gyrate to the throbbing sounds of techno-trance tunes. House, dance, urban street music, techno and other harder electronic music is on tap in a warehouse/rave atmosphere. Mannequins features three levels of partying areas, with a huge rotating dance floor on the bottom. You have to be 21 or over to be admitted to this club.
Rock 'n' Roll Beach Club – Do you like classic rock ‘n’ roll? If so you will enjoy this beach party themed nightclub. Live bands play on selected nights and they dish out a repertoire ranging from classic hits to the newest sounds of today.
Motion – If you enjoy music videos then a massive screen awaits you at Motion. You can watch and dance to the most recent music videos in this popular dance club.
The Comedy Warehouse – Get in on the act at this warehouse where the tin roof rattles with laughter. Catch the best in Improv comedy provided by local and national comedians. You never know what you are going to get at this venue.
Wildhorse Saloon: This multi-purpose venue is based on the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville. PI's Wildhorse features a barbecue restaurant and a country dance club. Like the one in Nashville it also has a huge concert stage, sleek, wood dance floor, nightly live entertainment and a schedule of special event concerts that includes country music greats.
Pleasure Island is free and open to the public from 10:00 a.m. until 7 p.m. for dining and shopping. At 7 p.m., guests pay a cover charge for the whole complex, and the night clubs open for business. Downtown Disney offers free parking and valet parking for $6 after 7 p.m. The PI complex is restricted to those 18 and older unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
With its combination of restaurants, shops and night clubs Pleasure Island has become a most popular attraction in Orlando. If you like night life, then be sure to visit there on your next Orlando Vacation.
Mark Whichard and his wife Susan are experts in the field of Orlando Disney Villa rentals with experience dating to 1998. Visit their website: http://www.qualityvillarentals.com/ for more information about renting villas or homes in Orlando.
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February 08, 2008
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