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Pleasure Island and West Side
Pleasure Island and West Side
Pleasure Island opened on May 1, 1989. The Island has a backstory about how Merriweather Adam Pleasure lived here in the early 20th Century and created several industries before getting lost at sea sometime around 1941. Pleasure Island was known for many years as the place where every night was celebrated as New Year's Eve. This practice was discontinued in 2005. Most of the clubs on the island closed in 2008 and in November of 2010, Disney announced the area would be themed as "Hyperion Wharf". For admission prices through the years, go to the Transportation and Ticket Center.
Pleasure Island Jazz Company: Replaced Merriweather's Market in 1993 and then closed in 2005 to become part of the Raglan Road Irish Pub.
Videopolis East/Cage: Videopolis was one of the original Pleasure Island clubs. It featured new wave and alternative music with video screens. It was originally conceived as an East Coast cousin to Disneyland's Videopolis and was for guests under the age of 21. On April 7, 1990, it became Cage but the decor was basically the same. Cage featured videos on 170 monitors and closed for good in December, 1992. The club then became the retro 1970's/1980's 8-Trax.
XZFR Rockin' Rollerdrome: Island lore said that this building was where Mr. Pleasure built a wind tunnel and developed a flying machine. The ground floor was a dance floor and club goers could skate around on the second level and listen to a DJ suspended from the ceiling in a booth or be served by Cast Members on skates. Disney lawyers must've had fits over all of the liability issues that could happen when tourists strap on skates! The club was later reincarnated as the Rock N Roll Beach Club, which featured mostly cover bands before closing February 3, 2008.
Front Page: You could have your picture taken and put on the front of a magazine.
Hammer and Fire: Titanium jewelry, stoneware, and wall hangings were available here.
Mouse House: This character shop stocked the usual Walt Disney World souvenirs.
Propeller Heads: This arcade was open daily from 11 A.M. to 2 A.M.
Superstar Studios: Lip sync your favorite songs here and make your own music video.
Empress Lily (Once Pleasure Island was constructed, this former Disney Village restaurant was included with Pleasure Island.)
Merriweather's Market: This place was a food court. It closed in 1993 and later became the Pleasure Island Jazz Company.
Sweet Surrender: This soft serve ice cream and yogurt place was next to Avigators Supply.
Wild Horse Saloon: This barbeque restaurant and country dance club opened in 1998 and closed in 2001. It was replaced by Motion.
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(Thanks to Johnny Casella for the brochure scans.)
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