Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Bye Bye Adventurer's Club




Well, as many of you know, it has now been announced that all of Pleasure Island will be closing in September. In the grand scheme of things...this isn't so bad. While Pleasure Island was a nice place to visit and have a good time...lately, it has not been extremely busy and has performed lacklusterly.

I am, however, a tad unhappy about some of what they are deciding to do. I understand the fact that they needed to breathe new life into the area, but, my big disappointment comes because they have decided to indeed close the Adventurer's Club. (For those of you not familiar with the club, please visit this link...it talks in great detail about what the Adventurer's Club actually was.)

It had been rumored lately that Pleasure Island was going to be changing, however, from the info I had heard, the Adventurer's Club was not supposed to be on the chopping block.

What disappoints me the most about the closing of this club was that it was so uniquely Disney. I would describe it to people as the most Disney feeling place, yet the most unDisney feeling place because as the night went on, the more interesting things got. It was just pure entertainment and fun.

A lot of people claim that the downfall of the whole Pleasure Island complex was the taking away of the turn styles and allowing for families to walk through. Also, it couldn't have helped that Pleasure Island was right in the middle of the two shopping districts. So while I do understand the change, it's still a shame that they couldn't have left this one club in place.

What saddens me the most about this whole issue is the fact that they are removing it for third party shops and/or restaurants. They are taking something so Disney and trading it for something entirely average.

And the part that bothers me the most, is that I don't think it would have killed them to have left it in place. It was one tiny club and I believe it was situated in a place where it would not have been in the way.

But Disney claims it wasn't in their bold, new vision. I'm sorry, but this club was totally bold. And it always seemed to be busy as well. I would have had no problem paying a higher cover charge to get in. (which, is essentially what I did when I went down anyway. Since you couldn't buy a "one club pass" for this club, I would have to pay for the "all clubs pass", which came at a premium price.) Incorporating this club in the new Pleasure Island (or whatever it's not going to be called) really would have worked in the grand scheme of things. Unfortunately, Disney doesn't feel the same way.

I know that it's probably useless, but for those of you who are interested in saving the Adventurer's Club, there are some petitions going around. One can be found here. Another thing that can be done is to send an actual letter to the Disney company. Emails can be deleted, but letters can't not be noticed. Send all letters to:



The Walt Disney Company (or pick the name of the higher up you'd like to send it to.)
500 S. Buena Vista St.
Burbank, CA 91521



The Adventurer's Club could have coexisted nicely with this "new, bold vision." If you're as disappointed in the new changes as I am, let Disney know about it. It may not change much, but I keep looking to the fact that it was the fans who got Figment back into the Imagination Pavilion. If we can do that, what makes this any different?

I leave you now with a video that I taped the last time I was at the AC. Sorry it's sideways...I wasn't thinking when I recorded it. lol!


Kungalooh one and all!