Today is Throwback Thurdsay and we are going old school Pleasure Island circa 1989 with a “vintage” Pleasure Island button. Ahhhh, the good old days.
Many of my nights were spent dancing on the spinning dance floor of Mannequins. I loved Mannequins they played great music and entering the club from the third floor was a way to make an entrance. And thanks to the ventilation system you could dance all night and come out smelling like hairspray instead of smoke.
I miss having a place where you could be surrounded by just adults on Disney property and have some fun with friends or meet new friends. Besides Mannequins, there was the Comedy Warehouse where Disney Cast Members were parodied in skits, the Adventurers Club where you could sip a Kungaloosh while your elephant leg bar stool would rise and fall at will, and the Fireworks Factory where you could get Cherry Bombs that were lethal. And it was Mardi Gras every night in the street!!!! Lots of other clubs came and went with the various trends of America and the ticketing went from a cover charge for the whole Pleasure Island area to opening the gates and charging at each club and the street was a thorough fare for the West Side – just for the record, it isn’t as much fun to be thrust into a child friendly environment after a few cocktails and you’ve been dancing up a storm in a club. But the initial concept (in my opinion, and I am most definitely biased) was the best.
For those of you who are too young to remember the golden age of Pleasure Island, I’m sorry you missed out on a good time that I don’t foresee being replaced anything soon. I am however looking forward to the opening of Disney Springs to see if even an iota of the magic of the old Pleasure Island can be recreated.