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By the time I took this photo, Pleasure Island was closed. One of the few places on Disney property in Orlando Florida where Disney catered to adults instead of children, Pleasure Island was treasured by locals and traveling guests alike. Disney’s announcement of their intention to close this diverse and eclectic collection of nightspots was met with an outcry of shock and grief, especially on the internet. Groups sprang up on Facebook and elsewhere to “Stop Disney From Closing Pleasure Island” and “Save the Adventurer’s Club!”. Alas, it was all in vain; Pleasure Island’s nightly New Year’s Eve celebration occurred for the last time on September 27th, 2008. After that, Pleasure Island was no more.
The last time I walked under this sign to party on Pleasure Island, it was night time and the sign was lit up in neon red. Amongst my cronies that evening, to name just a few, were Dan who owns Lodgeboards.com (“Home Of The Moose” and one of my favorite collections of virtual friends who love Disney), and my good friend and travel agent, Debbie In Paradise. We partook of adult beverages, and laughed through shows at The Adventurer’s Club and Comedy Warehouse. It was October 2007, and we had no idea that the place was going to be shut down within the year. I’m not sure we would have done anything differently, had we known. We had an awesome time, and although the place is gone, the memories of good times remain.
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