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 ?