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Replacement for Pleasure Island Announced

Replacement for Pleasure Island Announced

The official Disney Parks blog unveiled some exciting news today regarding the future of the Pleasure Island area at Downtown Disney.

A new 120 acre waterfront district called “Hyperion Wharf” will take the place of the existing Pleasure Island at the heart of Downtown Disney. Along with an entirely new look, there will be 1500 additional restaurant seats, new shops and new entertainment offerings.

Additionally, an extensive renovation of Lego Imagination Center will increase its overall footprint by nearly 3500 square feet.  AMC Theaters will also be upgraded to digital technology.

More information has come out since the initial announcement.  We understand that the new area will be divided into three “neighborhoods” which will comprise Hyperion Wharf from the 1920s.  The side closet to the Marketplace will be a port/shipyard, with Fulton’s Crab House docked on the water, and a ferry terminal building.

The side closest to Downtown Disney West Side will have a feel of am amusement pier, and the center of the island with Raglan Road will be themed as an industrialized dockside wharf.  Mannequins Dance Palace will be redeveloped as a “factory”.

The entire area will be fitted with the latest lighting system technology. The amphitheater on the waterside will feature a vintage Electro-Vision.  During the early hours of each day, it will use incandescent lamps to display monochroms video. Later in the evening, it will transform into a modern LED Hi Def display.

At sunset, guests will hear sounds of generators sparking to life all around the wharf as it powers up and the 1920s lighting comes to life. As the evening progresses, the lighting will take on a more contemporary feel with more color.

In the spirit of Hyperion, the Greek god of light, Disney is really taking lighting to new levels.  Even if you have no interest in the new offerings, it will be a sight to see!

Construction is slated to begin almost immediately, and is scheduled to be completed in 2103.

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