Downtown Disney’s Pleasure Island nightclubs to close


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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