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    Please to remember the 27th of September
    When Disney dissatisfied Guests a lot.
    I see no reason why Disney's Pleasure Island treason
    Should ever be forgot...
    Three years ago today Disney made a great mistake. Let us hope by next year at this time, that mistake will be corrected. Kungaloosh!
    ~RG

    Some days you eat the mouse.
    Some days the mouse eats you.
    But never give into the mouse without a fight!

    KUNGALOOSH!

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    Kungaloosh Adventurers,

    Well certainly the place to be last weekend was at the celebration of all things Adventurers Club, ConGaloosh 2011! Friday started with meeting up at the Holiday Inn on 535 for updating everyone’s tales of adventures and an Adventurer’s second favorite pastime, Adult Beverages!

    If anyone wonders if Disney is watching these boards, let Friday night’s events be the confirmation. Our intrepid group set a course for Merriweather’s Island for a group picture on the hallowed steps of our beloved Adventurers Club. We were greeted by the Pleasure Island Map’s Guest Relations cast member with a hearty, “Kungaloosh and welcome to Pleasure Island!”. As we approached the Club we saw 4 Disney Managers and 5 security guards (one of whom was heard saying "7:30...they're right on time") standing directly across from the Club. Thankfully, they seemed to just be there to make sure things didn’t get out of hand, for the picture was taken, a Club Salute was given and we continued onward towards Raglan Road singing “The Adventurers Club All Purpose Theme Song” without incident!



    We spent some time in the Irish Pub singing old Club standards such as “The Beer Song”, “Those Were The Days”, etc. Then we headed for the cars and journeyed onward to The Swan for some Karaoke at Kimonos.



    After a couple of songs and sushi, our Emcee for the weekend, Robert Croskery, called up our fellows dressed as Hathaway and Samantha to lead the restaurant in a recitation of the Club Creed. Then once again we were on the road and on to Dixie Landings (or Port Orleans Riverside, your pick) to visit Yahoo Bob in the River Roost Lounge. We sang along to such Adventurers Club favorites as “That’s Amore” and “When the Saints Go Marching In”, and posed with Bob for the last group shot of the night.



    Then all good Adventurers, returned to their cots to physically and mentally prepare themselves for the next day’s quest!
    All that ConGaloosh.org told us of Ian Quest 2011 was “Come and test your wits and adventuring skills against the perils of Adventureland! Will you emerge victorious?” Little did we know that our good friend “Right Guard” Ian sent a message to Col. Wayne P. McSwagger, requesting a special “Adventureland Challenge” for us. The “Challenge” was a daily occurrence in Adventureland between 1995 – 2000, but surfaced once again in 2009 for the Jungle Cruise Skipper’s Reunion. Col. McSwagger had stolen the Mystic Golden Idol of Adventureland. He who controls the Idol, controls Adventureland and the only way McSwagger would give up the Idol was if someone could beat him in a game of his choosing. Usually the Col. Would bring along a fallen Skipper who had become his Lackey, but for us he brought along his partner in crime, Baroness Eugenia Nefertiti Von Swoon



    to help give out special maps of Adventureland and to keep us somewhat on track.



    On the back of the map was a clue that lead us to gift shops in Adventureland, and in the shops we received yet more clues.



    After all 8 clues were collected, we fliped over all of them to find one last clue written in an ancient “Forbidden” text,


    Translation: For those of you who are reckless, brave and loyal,
    the Balderdash Cup may be the prize for your toil.
    To end this Idol tale that could help you compete,
    look all 'round the port where Jungle Rivers meet.


    but thankfully McSwagger provided us with his personal, “Swagger Stone” for translation.



    We then ran to the hiding place to search through bushes and other various scenery. When the Idol was recovered we were all horrified to find that no one had followed all the clues to the letter, for we were also supposed to tell McSwagger where Otis T. Wren had placed an “X” on a map and what the times of the tide were for the day (according to Dreamy Ka’imi). So, in the end McSwagger won the game, but everyone loved the thrill of the hunt. Also, the Colonel has vowed to play again next year and we will all be ready to carefully read his instructions!



    (For more information on the Adventureland Challenge please watch this video of the 2009 Skipper Reunion’s game, New Mexicast » Blog Archive » NM0034)


    Then at 6 P.M. we gathered back at the Holiday Inn's "Discovery Room" for the main event.



    Robert started us off with bringing up this years President of the ConGaloosh Society, Bernard Deschanes and Hathaway Browne (a.k.a. “Right Guard” Ian)



    to start us off with a New Member Induction Ceremony, while our own personal Fingers provided accompaniment.



    Then, from the back of the room stumbled in Fletcher Hodges long, lost Irish Brother, Lecher O’Hodges to sing us his rendition of “The Thing”.




    It was then time for the Costume contest, presided over by Adventurers Club Permanent Members, Green and Simple



    who voted the Best in Show to Emil Bleehall and Bessie the Heifer!



    Then it was onto the Balderdash Cup competition, where we heard tales of attempts to liberate Scooter the Peacock from “D Street” to fixing airplanes with rubber bands. But this years winner was Liesl Schindler, with an oddly familiar tale of finding the lost continent of Atlantis while flying relief supplies to the victims of a cataclysmic earthquake in Krakatau, with well placed jabs from Prof. Otis T. Wren (a.k.a. “Right Guard” Ian).



    The night continued with a performance of the “Sheik of Araby” from Green and Simple, more songs and tales and visits from Adventurers Club Permanent Member, Lancelot and the well known door host Kirk as well as another Emil Bleehall (a.k.a. “Right Guard” Ian).



    Then we wrapped up yet another weekend of adventure with one last rendition of “The Adventurers Club All Purpose Theme Song”.


    At the end of the day, the Adventurers Club is far from dead. It is alive and well in all of us, and we must continue to let Disney know that they will not hear the end of their egregious error of closing the greatest example of immersive entertainment that has ever existed, until they reopen it. Please Adventurers, continue writing letters and emails and one day we will all be able to enjoy a night of Adventure back inside of our beloved Club on the top of Hill St.

    P.S. I had to include a picture of the back of “Right Guard’s” Emil sash. When asked how he put this one together he said, “Well, in the spirit of the old Bleehall tradition, my Mom made it!”



    Some days you eat the mouse.
    Some days the mouse eats you.
    But never give into the mouse without a fight!
    KUNGALOOSH!

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    It looks like you all had quite a time. I wish I was there to see the security guys faces when everyone showed up.

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    My buddy and I had the best vacation because of the Adventurers Club. That place gave us lasting memories more than any other place at Disney World. We tried to get back there before it closed, but sadly missed our chance. Even now it's terribly depressing that Disney would close it in spite of all the people who want it back. It really feels like they don't care.
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    Kungaloosh Adventurers,

    I know that I sent my letter off to the Great Pumpkin weeks ago asking for the Adventurers Club to reopen. We shall see if I've picked out the most sincere pumpkin patch in PA to wait for him this year. In the meantime, every year I look forward to recieveing "Right Guard's" Halloween and Christmas cards, and this year he did not dissapoint for the more spirited holiday!


    We here at the Adventurers Club would like to wish you all an Adventurous Halloween and share with you a song that Prof. Wren found while researching this ghoulish time of year. It appears (or at least Otis claims) that most holiday carols that we all know and love, were actually Halloween Carols that were stolen from Halloween! Among his “discoveries” comes this little gem. This song dates beck to the ancient Celts, circa pre Stonehenge, when apparently Halloween was celebrated for a dozen ghoulish nights (that's a lot of candy). This longer holiday period was an early druid marketing ploy and when it failed this wonderful song was up for grabs to any other fly by night holiday that happened to come along. And now for the quintessential Halloween song:
    __________________________________________________ ________

    The 12 Nights of Halloween

    On the first night of Halloween,
    a vampire gave to me:
    a thirst for blood & immortality (Slurp, Ahh).

    On the second night of Halloween,
    a vampire gave to me:
    2 puncture wounds (Aah!),
    and a thirst for blood & immortality (Slurp, Ahh).

    On the third night of Halloween,
    a vampire gave to me:
    3 Frenchmen's heads (Un, deux, trois!),
    2 puncture wounds (Aah!),
    and a thirst for blood & immortality. (Slurp, Ahh)

    On the fourth night of Halloween,
    a vampire gave to me:
    Four oozing sores (Ah, Aah, Aaah, Aaaah!!!),
    3 Frenchmen's heads (Un, deux, trois!),
    2 puncture wounds (Aah!),
    and a thirst for blood & immortality (Slurp. . .Ahh).

    On the Fifth night of Halloween,
    a vampire gave to me:
    Maggots... In... My... Eyes!!! (Maggots! In my eyes!!! Aaaah!!! Aaaah).
    __________________________________________________ ________

    Unfortunately the rest of this Halloween Carol has been lost since Pamelia would not let us finish, and burned our only copy of the song. Oh well.

    Happy Halloween and Kungaloosh,
    Hathaway Browne, Emil Bleehall and Prof. Otis T. Wren
    Also, he sent me a link to what appears to be The Pleasure Island Philharmonic back from the dead! Well, their percussion seciont anyway. Zom-Beat which has been exhumed for this Halloween season has much of the humorous styling and concert location of he great Pleasure Island Philharmonic! Halloween 2011- Pleasure Island Philharmonic: Zom-Beat- Descending Hill St. - YouTube, Halloween 2011- Pleasure Island Philharmonic: Zom-Beat- Lilly Plaza Concert - YouTube

    Here's to hoping that the Great Pumpkin will fly out of this pumpkin patch and reopen those hallowed doors this hallowed evening! If not, there's always time to write to that fat guy in a red suit and the white beard who goes, "Ho, ho, ho!"!

    HAPPY HALLOWEEN!


    Some days you eat the mouse.
    Some days the mouse eats you.
    But never give into the mouse without a fight!

    KUNGALOOSH!

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    Posted today over at the Save the Adventurers Club Facebook group:

    Congratulations to Joe Rohde for winning the Themed Entertainment Association, Buzz Price Thea Award in recognition for a lifetime of distinguished achievements! Be sure to drop by the Disney Parks blog and leave him a congratulatory message thanking him for his superb job of the Adventurers Club, considering Disney conveniently left that out of their post.

    Some days you eat the mouse.
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    But never give into the mouse without a fight!
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    Looks like a new mailing campaign is in the works over at the "Save the Adventurers Club" Facebook group. Check this out:

    Kungaloosh Adventurers,

    So this past weekend as I was unpacking my adventurous Christmas decorations, I was listening to the MousePlanet Podcast from Thursday, October 2, 2008 “Kungaloosh! A Tribute to the Adventurers Club (with Bonus Audio track: An interview with Karl Anthony, Tim Goodwin and Andrea Canny!)”. (For those who wish to listen to this podcast please go here Kungaloosh! A Tribute to the Adventurers Club (with Bonus Audio track!) (Podcast Show Notes) by MouseStation Crew). As the Podcast reached the point where Karl begins to talk about how the best course of action to get our Club back is to not give up and that the Executives need to be receiving handwritten letters weeks, months and even years after the closing to let them know how much the Club is missed, I came upon a long forgotten piece of Pleasure Island history. Ladies and Gentleman, I found a Pleasure Island Guest Survey from the early ‘90s!

    Almost immediately a vision of the top Disney brass receiving hundreds, if not thousands of vintage Pleasure Island surveys popped into my head and I rushed to my scanner to begin working on a clean and easy to print out document to share with the Save the Adventurers Club and Save Pleasure Island communities to once again let Disney know what we truly want on the shores of Lake Buena Vista!


    [I]
    (Please download the cleaned up PDF at Pleasure Island Survey- You've Got A Point.pdf)
    [/I[/URL]]

    Please Adventurers, take a few minutes to apply this latest tool that Disney so kindly (and inadvertently) provided to us! For a more authentic feel, you may want to print on cardstock, but normal paper is fine as well. Also, if you find that you have run out of room in the comment section, feel free to continue on a seperate sheet of paper. While I am open to suggestions as to whom should be recieving these my suggestions are a core group of five:

    Mr. Robert Iger
    Chief Executive Officer
    The Walt Disney Company
    500 South Buena Vista Street
    Burbank, CA 91521-4873

    Thomas O. Staggs
    Chairman
    Walt Disney Parks & Resorts
    C/O Team Disney Building
    500 South Buena Vista St.
    Burbank, CA 91521

    John Lasseter
    Chief Creative Officer
    Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios
    Pixar Animation Studios
    1200 Park Avenue
    Emeryville, CA 94608

    Meg Crofton
    President
    President of Operations- US & France
    PO Box 10040
    Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

    Keith Bradford
    VP Downtown Disney
    Walt Disney World Company
    P.O. Box 10000
    Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

    I'm sure that why most of these names are on this list are self explanitory, but you may ask why John Lasseter. Well, 1. He was a jungle Cruise Skipper, so the man has a sense of humor and 2. He was reported to have been a huge Adventurers Club fan, and rumored to have offered to buy it from Disney to keep it open, but Disney refused, so he is at least one person that should be on our side. Well Adventurers, there is the new campaign I propose. We haven’t had a swell of mail filling the Disney executive boxes for about a year so now is the time to act again. The battle for Pleasure Island is far lost and may a handout from the past redirect it’s future!
    So it looks like at one time there actually were surveys about the Island, and I'm sure these yielded an acurate assesment of how the public enjoyed Pleasure Island as opposed to the numbers that Disney made up saying that we wanted shopping and dining. Well, I know I'll be sending in this more accurate survey, how about you?

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    But never give into the mouse without a fight!
    KUNGALOOSH!

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    There. I joined Twitter just to add my voice to those here that are desire the return of the Club. It really wouldn't hurt Disney to return a revamped version of just one attraction that has garnered a good number of loyal Disney fans that love the spirit of adventure,
    To Boldly Go Where No MiceChatter Has Gone Before!


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    Thanks, MG - I'll be sending off a couple of these!

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    Received word today from an unimpeachable source that (at least some of) the old cast is rehearsing old Adventurers Club shows. At this point I remain skeptical enough that I can think of reasons why this doesn't ensure the club's return (could be for a special event, could be for execs to review the possibility of a return, could be for sending our cast over to the upcoming Hong Kong version of the club), it's hard not to see this as a very, very good sign.

    ---------- Post added 12-01-2011 at 09:11 AM ----------

    ...and further details clarify that this is for an internal Disney event, not a club reopening.

    So no cause for grand celebration, and yet...

    lots of the cast is still around, key props are still around, and apparently some people inside Disney with some degree of clout want to see these characters and shows again for themselves anyway. It's a tiny flame, but it's still burning.

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    So, apparently last night Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular stage at M.G.M Studios was host to the Cast Member Service Award Banquet. and the Adventurers were on hand to perform! Here are the first pictures that have made their way to the "Save the Adventurers Club" Facbook Group. From the looks of the pictures, they had a Holiday Broadcast, since Beulah Belle has the mistletoe stick and Emil is wearing his Santa hat. Boy, I hope this means that New Years Eve midnight announcement is truely Adventurous!






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    But never give into the mouse without a fight!
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    although it will most certainly never come back, I really admire your connection to the ride and the amount of work you put into informing people about whats going on A.D. It was such a great little part of Disney and should not have gone, at least at the time it did. although its not coming back i will remember it fondly.

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    This makes me so happy and sad... I really miss it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by goofy donald View Post
    although it will most certainly never come back, I really admire your connection to the ride and the amount of work you put into informing people about whats going on A.D. It was such a great little part of Disney and should not have gone, at least at the time it did. although its not coming back i will remember it fondly.
    Actually, there are many signs that are pointing to the Adventurers Club than you may think. Other than the Club Members making an appearance at least once a year since closing, the Adventurers Club is springing up all over the world in various Disney parks, i.e. “Trader Sams” at Disneyland; “Aunty’s Beach House” at the Aluani Resort; “The Society of Explorers and Adventurers” at Tokyo Disney SEA and “Mystic Point” at Hong Kong Disneyland.

    But as for my initial reason to post today, here is the first video of last nights event has appeared on youtube!




    Some days you eat the mouse.
    Some days the mouse eats you.
    But never give into the mouse without a fight!

    KUNGALOOSH!
    Last edited by Master_Gracey; 12-09-2011 at 11:05 AM.

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