Downtown Disney’s Pleasure Island nightclubs to close

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Sept. 27 will be the last night for all the clubs on Pleasure Island, the nightlife area of Walt Disney World Resort’s Downtown Disney, a 120-acre shopping, dining and entertainment complex in Orlando.

Walt Disney World did not say when the area would be opened to welcome “a completely re-imagined Pleasure Island.” But according to a Pleasure Island FAQ section on Disney’s Web site, “the nightclubs will be replaced by an extraordinary mix of dining and shopping -- to be announced in the future -- that will entertain guests of all ages,” signaling that the area will no longer be geared toward an adult crowd.

The Adventurer's Club, 8 Trax, Mannequins Dance Palace, BET Sound-Stage Club, Motion and the Comedy Warehouse will close.

Other locations on Pleasure Island, including Raglan Road, Fuego by Sosa Cigars, Curl by Sammy Duval, Orlando Harley-Davidson and outdoor food and beverage locations will remain open.

According to Disney, guests with a Pleasure Island Annual Pass who would like to request a pro-rated refund can contact guest relations or the vacation-planning department.

Beginning Sept. 28, the Premium Annual Pass will no longer include admission to the Pleasure Island nightclubs, but guests with a Premium Annual Passes can play a round of golf at Disney's Oak Trail Golf Course. The same goes for Water Park Fun & More ticket holders.

Disney World announced several new plans for Downtown Disney. Within the next year, the entertainment complex will unveil a tethered balloon attraction, which will take guests 300 feet into the air for views of the resort. This summer, Portobello Yacht Club will be transformed into a Tuscan Country Trattoria.

This fall, T-Rex: A Prehistoric Family Adventure -- a dinosaur-themed family eatery serving pizzas, pastas and seafood -- will open, featuring life-size animated dinosaurs, bubbling geysers and waterfalls.

Also this fall, a Hanes design-your-own T-shirt store will open and the Marketplace Stage will be replaced with a larger, covered stage.

In spring 2009, E-brands Restaurants -- an Orlando-based, multi-concept restaurant group -- will open a casual Central/South American eatery featuring specialty drinks and live music along the waterfront.

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