I was reading recently a little memo from Disney. Went something like this.....
Downtown Disney has introduced a new guest offering called "Celebrate Tonight! Its a high-energy street party that focuses on what our guests are celebrating. DJs are our party hosts who engage guests to join in with stilt walkers and party crew for group dances and sing-alongs. Now running nightly!
Ok, so I wasted my time going to check out this new guest offering. Reading it... Its almost like they ripped out the discription of Move it, Shake it, Celebrate It! and just replaced the words "Magic Kingdom" with "Downtown Disney". The reality of the new PI entertainment is not nearly as good.
They now call PI's old West End Stage area "Celebration Plaza" via some banners, a few plasma tvs added to the area, and some minor club lighting. A couple of DJ's translates into two castmembers with microphones talking to guests asking them what they are celebrating. Stilt Walkers and party crew translates into two stilt walkers, walking around posing for pictures and offering High fives.
I am telling you, the old Family Fun Day Parade was more entertaining, and I am not being sarcastic. Seriously. Please Disney, just reopen some of your clubs already while you wait for buyers. This type of entertainment is not going to put on the illusion the PI is still a happening place, and if your going to sell off these old clubs to new tentants, your going to have to make them see the value of it.
Oh... and the Charaters in flight.... any wind gusts of over 20mph... and its closed. Again.... who thought a 300-400 foot balloon ride in the middle of the lighting capital of the world, was a good idea? This must be the "Bold new vision" Disney spoke of when they said they were going in a new direction for Pleasure Island. You have got to be pretty darn bold to go up in that thing on most spring, summer, or fall afternoons.