Those who loved the adult-themed Pleasure Island attraction at Walt Disney World were no doubt sad to see it close its doors back in 2008. Pleasure Island was where the adults went to play while the children were away – it was a haven of nightclubs and over 21 entertainments in a theme park that is more famous for childish wonder than not.
However, now that it is 2011, many people are disappointed in what the area has become. The original reason for the closing of Pleasure Island was to revamp the area and make it a more attractive place for guests to visit, an area that would be called Hyperion Wharf, and themed after a 1900s seaport. Currently, the plans have been put off indefinitely.
There are a number of reasons for this decision, the first of which being the costs involved with making the switch. All amusement parks have been hit hard by the recession that started in 2008 – when Pleasure Island closed – since people with less money are less inclined to spend it on vacations. In addition to the money woes that have hit the better part of the world, many Disney executives were concerned that the drinking and dancing concept were undermining the reputation of Disney as a wholesome family corporation.
Currently, there are no plans to get Pleasure Island/Hyperion Wharf back up and running to its former state. But there is still hope, according to some spokespeople for Disney: “As with any project of this size and scope, our plans have continued to grow and evolve over time as part of our creative process, and it has simply taken longer than we anticipated,” Disney World spokeswoman Zoraya Suarez said.