Let’s take a look back at 1991 Pleasure Island! I ran across a great YouTube video and captured some screen shots of some pretty amazing details. I covered the Disney Village Marketplace earlier from the same YouTube user (check out the post, here) and wanted to share some amazing images from Pleasure Island. I grabbed some descriptions from the 1991 Steve Birnbaum Brings You the Best of Walt Disney World. The History of Pleasure Island
Although Walt Disney World is not otherwise noted for its historic antecedents, a recent “discovery” may Change all that. lmagineers tell us that right beside the Empress Lilly at the Disney Village Marketplace, an island was recently unearthed where an enterprising, larger-than-life 19th century ship merchant, one Merriweather Adam Pleasure held court. Though the merchant sailing trade was in a decline at the time of his residence, the upsurge of leisure yachting assured the success of Pleasures Canvas & Sailmaking, lnc. The booming business spawned Pleasure Island, a community developed to abet Mr. Pleasures pursuit of adventure and excitement. So the story goes. . . and continues. According to local legend Pleasure turned his entire operation over to his sons while he circumnavigated the globe, but he was lost at sea in 1939. Pleasure lsland soon fell into disrepair due to the neglect of his lazy offspring. Enter Disney Imagineers, who have transformed the abandoned lofts, warehouses, and factories into an entertainment Complex of nightclubs, restaurants, shops, and movie theaters.
Check out the episode of Communicore Weekly (the Greatest Online Show™) in which Jeff and I discuss the history of Pleasure Island in extreme detail.
XZFR Rock & Roll Beach Club
A novel combination of dancing, dining, and the beach awaits guests at this establishment, which, legend has it, was once a wind tunnel and laboratory where Pleasure secretly developed a unique flying machine. The dance floor is located on the lowest level of the building, while rollerskating waiters ad waitresses circle overhead on the second floor. Live bands perform hits from the 1950s to the present. The band plays 45 to 50 minutes of each hour, and a deejay takes over during the breaks to offer uninterrupted musical entertainment. The atmosphere is a little frenetic, but nonetheless exciting. Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks are also available on the first level of the Orbiter Lounge.
Jessica’s of Hollywood
A novel character shop where the merchandise is themed around the vampish Jessica Rabbit of “Who Framed Roger Rabbit.”
The enormous surge in popularity of Disneyana collecting inspired the Walt Disney Company to reissue the line of old-time Disney merchandise found here. Dolls, puppets, posters, clothing, and figurines of Mickey, Minnie, and Donald in their earlier incarnations are on sale. Worth a stop if only for the nostalgic feelings the goods inspire.
How amazing is a simple t-shirt with the Yester Ears logo?
Pleasure Island’s newest club also is its oldest. Puffs of white smoke filter outside luring curious visitors in to hear European hits and other new-wave and alternative music. There is an underground feel to the place, and video screens are everywhere. Guests must be 21 to enter.
Mr. Funnmeister I took the following photo in August, 2010 and it was one of the last Mr. Funnmeisters on the island. Check out this great Parkeology article on the the different incarnations of Mr. Funnmeister.
The Intersection of Lombard Court and ? Can anyone tell me what the street name was on the sign?
Set in the former plant that generated the power for all Mr. Pleasure’s island enterprises, this club features a comedy troupe that performs five times each evening from 7 P.M. to 1 A.M. There are five comedians and one musician. It’s a very funny, entertaining show that features improvisational comedy based on audience suggestions. Guests perch on stools in a tiered arena so every seat offers a good view., even if the stool are a little tough on bad backs. Popcorn is the snack of choice, and specialty drinks, beer, wine, and soft drinks are all available.
Did you get to experience Pleasure Island during its first years? Any great memories or photos?
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