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    Pleasure Island Closing Night report

    Just got home from a very emotional and exasperating night at Pleasure Island. It was nice to see the Island so crowded like it was years ago, but I feel that once again Disney management could screw up a free lunch. With the exception of Adventurers' Club, Comedy Warehouse and to a lesser degree, 8-Trax. The Island seemed no busier than normal. Adventurers' Club had a line starting in mid-afternoon and many people that paid for tickets never made it inside. What should have been an opportunity to say goodbye with one great blowout was a logistical nightmare. Rather than empty the Library shows back into the street, they were allowed to stay, ALL NIGHT ! Hundreds of people standing outside were never able to even get in the door. The crush of people trying to force their way into the Library shows was ridiculous. The main Salon was body to body with no relief. In the old days, the Library shows exited back to the street and to see another show you had to re-queue. Tonight, some idiot decided not to bother. There was a TV on line and some of the cast came out to periodically interact and take pictures. The street bars at Comedy and Adv. Club were understaffed and slow, yet the bar tucked into a corner near the Comedy Warehouse doors had little wait. There was no signage or people directing people around.
    Seeing Frankie perform, albeit on the crappy watefront stage was a nice treat. Too bad, Disney couldn't get their act together to make the night really special. Overpriced drinks, inattentive cast members and clueless managers typify the Pleasure Island experience. I did make it into one Comedy Warehouse show, which was incredible. Several former cast memerbs were brought on stage to improv with the current cast and before the final Blues number, it seemed that almost anyone who had ever worked there was onstage for the finale. Quite a memorable moment, unfortunately there was opportunity for more magic, but Disney seems more fixated on $$$$.
    I will miss PI. I will always remember getting there early enough for Zappy Hour at XFR's and staying for the Time Pilots. I'll remember my first Kungaloosh and my last. It was an incredible time while it lasted and probably another missed opportunity. I hope the T-shirt shop makes them lots of money. I guess I'm too jaded for the new Disney, can I have my magic back, please ?

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    Re: Pleasure Island Closing Night report

    What a sad ending to a great place. Thanks for the report!


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    Re: Pleasure Island Closing Night report

    I'm glad I didn't go to closing, was a bit hesitant on how crowded it may be. When the morning news says there's people already waiting at AC, that was a sign to say forget about it and let it go, it's not worth getting a ticket if it's going to be overcrowded, especially if they're not letting the AC flow like it used to as you said. I totally agree with you about "the magic being gone" at Disney, I've felt it too, and whatever 'magic' is left is brought on by the cast members who have a little faith that Disney would think to straighten up their act on how to run the place and make it suitable for all people, including singles, couples, as well as the typical family with that spoiled kid, but it seems that Disney's wanting to cater to the family crowd more often which is fine, but don't leave everyone else out in the cold and forget about them. Softening that blow by saying "well, for you older folks, you can enjoy Tower of Terror, or Everest" um I don't think so. Wasn't there a thread about this? Can't remember if I read it on here, or somewhere else, I'm a member of too many sites, lol.

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    Re: Pleasure Island Closing Night report

    I posted a few photos and information from the final Club night here:
    The Final Hoopla

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    Re: Pleasure Island Closing Night report

    I think the managers running the Adventurers Club last did an amazing job. Let me start off saying I was stuck here in California but kept in contact with a couple people at the club.

    It was great that they didn't dump the library shows outside! They really made the night special for the biggest fans that took the time to wait in the sun outside all day to make sure they were able to get inside. If you could only make it into a single show, I'm sure most regulars would pick the the final Hoopla! Also that would be the very last show ever to normal Pleasure Island guests. So, if they would have dumped the shows outside to the streets to make room for others to come in, the group of people that waited the longest would have skipped the earlier shows to make sure they had a chance to make it into the Hoopla! The end result would have been a completely packed Main Salon and fairly empty library shows.

    I'm sorry if people were outside in line and couldn't make it in. I'm sorry if you think it was unfair that others inside got to see as many shows as they could make it into. Bottom line is they should have got there sooner.

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    Re: Pleasure Island Closing Night report

    Quote Originally Posted by GhostHost View Post
    I'm sorry if people were outside in line and couldn't make it in. I'm sorry if you think it was unfair that others inside got to see as many shows as they could make it into. Bottom line is they should have got there sooner.
    I heartily disagree. As a from Adv. Club regular, I never had a problem getting into the shows from the library as the club was seldom busy. However, on a night like this when a lot of people are trying to have a fond farewell with an attraction that A LOT of people held dear, it seems selfish and immature for a few people to watch all of the shows and take up all of the space while others stand outside with no love. Seems kind of rude to me.
    I worked at Walt Disney World as a member of the Disney College Program in Spring 2008 and Summer 2010. Now, I build software, design live events, and frequently make the short trek from Costa Mesa to Disneyland with my Annual Passport in hand.

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    Re: Pleasure Island Closing Night report

    Quote Originally Posted by DVkid07 View Post
    I heartily disagree. As a from Adv. Club regular, I never had a problem getting into the shows from the library as the club was seldom busy. However, on a night like this when a lot of people are trying to have a fond farewell with an attraction that A LOT of people held dear, it seems selfish and immature for a few people to watch all of the shows and take up all of the space while others stand outside with no love. Seems kind of rude to me.
    Thank you, I totally agree with you that there could have been a better way to have it fair for everyone. If you paid to go see a movie, you go in, grab a seat, and watch it, knowing there's a seat for you, even if the theatre was full, right? So how is it that these people paid for tickets just wanting to ONLY visit AC, have to spend their night waiting in line with the hopes that they could make it inside? Don't forget, not everyone can take the day off to wait out in front of AC's doorsteps for it to open up. What should have happened was that they'd cycle people through like they used to, OR find more room in an unused building or partially less crowded club to have a screen show the final hoopla on, or have it directly out front of the doors to the AC. I mean, if they've already added screens inside, why not keep that going to make sure everyone has the same show that they all paid for.

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    Re: Pleasure Island Closing Night report

    Quote Originally Posted by albino_pygmy View Post
    Thank you, I totally agree with you that there could have been a better way to have it fair for everyone. If you paid to go see a movie, you go in, grab a seat, and watch it, knowing there's a seat for you, even if the theatre was full, right? So how is it that these people paid for tickets just wanting to ONLY visit AC, have to spend their night waiting in line with the hopes that they could make it inside?
    I think a better example for this situation is you buy a ticket to go to the Magic Kingdom park at Walt Disney World. You go and ride on the Jungle Cruise and then they ask you to leave the park and reenter. There is a lot more in the park besides a single attraction. Your ticket covers admission into the park. Not just go in for one ride and then get kicked out.

    At the theme parks, there are many different attractions to go on. At the Adventurers Club, there are many different shows. If the park is at capacity and they closed off entry to new people, they don't escort you out after you go on Space Mountain.

    Another difference between this and the movie example is there is a set number of tickets for a movie and not for Pleasure Island. Would it have been better if Disney made the last night a hard ticketed event and only sold X amount of tickets to get into the Adventurers Club that night? There would be complaints from everyone with a Pleasure Island annual pass or that already held tickets with them not being able to use them that day.


    Anyways, back to the original point I was trying to make. Those people that got there hours early and filled the club up as soon as it opened would not have gone to a lot of the shows knowing they were going to be dumped outside. They would have all just packed the Main Salon from 6pm to 1am (or whatever time the Hoopla let in) waiting to into the very last show.

    I'm glad that those that got in were able to enjoy one final night at the Club, being able to watch the storyline unfold during the night, instead of just getting a small taste of it and getting kicked out as it seems most people here would have preferred.

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    Re: Pleasure Island Closing Night report

    I'm very upset with WDW management for closing the Adventurers Club. There is no other Adventurers Club at any other Disney Park to experience. Sorry that WDW is getting such horrible attention, especially with regards to what makes a WDW trip so special.

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    Re: Pleasure Island Closing Night report

    Yes, I feel they should have had it as a hard ticketed event. They made it rough on us CM's to get in early on, and those with AP's there should be honored either with a gurantee they'll be able to see all the shows, or a discount on getting the seperate ticket just for this one night. There are other things that they could have done better to make it a better experience for all, but the fact is, they didn't, and if you were one of the few that made it, sure it was probably really fun, but what about everyone else that had already paid and not ever made it inside? Do they get their money back? I highly doubt that. Could they have spent some time figuring out how to cycle people through so they can see all the shows efficiently? Yes, but they didn't. Disney's usually good at traffic flow and control, and hearing this really boggles the mind and adds that bitter taste I get when I think of Disney.

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    Re: Pleasure Island Closing Night report

    It should have been like any other ride/attraction. Want to ride/see it again? Get back in line.

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    Re: Pleasure Island Closing Night report

    Quote Originally Posted by aimster View Post
    It should have been like any other ride/attraction. Want to ride/see it again? Get back in line.
    BUT they have several different shows and they are in different rooms. And it's a bar, you can't just dump out guests with alcohol in their hands. Only time you rush customers is at close. The only other comparable Disney attraction would be the Animation Building over in DCA, you have a main lobby, and several different shows. They don't dump you outside after one show, because there are still other shows.

    Did they have any monitors outside, showing some of the shows???? Another way they could have. A LARGE JUMBO outdoor TV/MOVIE screen would have been a way to bring the show to everyone in line. OR do they have a license to sell alcohol outside of the actual building? They could have set up some cash bars outside, too!

    Sadly it sounds like WDW management botched this up, along with the decision to close AC .

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    Re: Pleasure Island Closing Night report

    Unfortunately Disney's current management seems to think that the only people visiting these days are families with small children. Families with older children, singles, adult couples or seniors wanting to enjoy the parks aren't welcome anymore. Disney World is turning into a giant kiddy land. Not the type of place Walt had dreamed where "families could have fun together"

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    Re: Pleasure Island Closing Night report

    I'll join in.

    Mark me as also being surprised that they didn't cycle out after the library shows. So yes the people that did wait since 10am did get to stay all night...but it was tough to deal with the crowd inside the club because of it. Though after waiting 2.5 hours to get in, it was great that we could know we didn't have to leave if we didn't want to. So I'm mixed on the cycling out.

    And honestly last night I would have liked for the groups of managers (standing around mind you...very un-Disney...not talking to guests or guests in line...) was a bit of compassion. They just seemed so smug about the closing. Its a big relief to them.

    Now while PI was no different than normal, the Adventurer's Club and Comedy Warehouse were PACKED. AC was INSANE and emotional. They've been cracking lately, but last night was was when you could truly see it was staffed by characters that were really faces over crying actors. They broke down on stage. They cried, they didn't want to say goodbye, and the crowd ate it up. It really was a group of people there to say goodbye, and they (guests) were appreciative of the performers, and the performers were appreciative of the crowd. It was touching, because we gave them all the love we could, and they gave us one hell of a show.

    It was just heartbreaking to see the actors though. I shook Otis' hand and when I thanked him you just saw his face drop in sadness. Hathaway and Emil both sang songs that were perfect goodbye choices. Hathaway made me tear up, his goodbye was just perfect. And I'm not a hugely emotional person.

    They brought back Papa Emil, and Sutter Beswick, and Slappy came out during the Hoopla! And I have to say, the first show I ever saw years ago was Samantha's Cabaret. And last night, the only library show I saw, my final show (I watched the Hoopla from the balcony because the crowd was unbearable) was the Cabaret. It was a fitting end.

    And I'll miss it.

    Horizons was a great ride. The Courtyard of Angels in Disneyland was a great place. The old Adventureland actors were great streetmosphere.

    And the Adventurer's Club was all three. A place we loved, with shows we loved, and performers we counted as family.


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    Re: Pleasure Island Closing Night report

    Quote Originally Posted by Aladdin View Post
    BUT they have several different shows and they are in different rooms.
    Ok then herd people from room to room and when they reach then end.. then make them get back in line.

    As for the alcohol, give them all plastic cups so they can take them outside with them.


    Ok pointless now that it's done but....

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