Pleasure Island Downtown Disney
|Pleasure Island is a section of the Walt Disney World Resort within the Downtown Disney shopping, dining and entertainment district. Stores on Pleasure Island are open from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. and restaurants from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. Pleasure Island officially opened May 1, 1989. Downtown Disney Hotels |
The site is most often thought to be named for 'Pleasure Island' from the book Pinocchio, of which the Disney studio made a film adaptation. In the book, children on the island are allowed to play and never work. However, these unsupervised children smoke, drink and generally misbehave (sometimes in adult-like ways), and are eventually punished by being changed into donkeys that have to work in salt mines.
Pleasure Island is being phased out and will now be called Hyperion Wharf.
Pleasure Island Restaurants at Downtown Disney
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Irish Pub & Restaurant. Raglan Road is one of the newest restaurants at Downtown Disney and is located at the main entrance of Pleasure island. The ambiance and decor make for a really nice setting for dinner. If you don't like listening to a live band when you dine, then you should try to get there early before they start.
| ||T-Rex Cafe |
If you like Rainforest Cafe, then you will probably love this place. It's loud, and if you're looking for a nice dinner where you can talk to the people you are with, this might not be the place.
This restaurant operates 11am - 11pm on Sunday thru Thursday and 11am - Midnight on Friday - Saturday. T-Rex has a Build-A-Dino Workshop by Build-A-Bear. T-Rex is part of the Premium, Platinum and Wine and Dine Packages.
| ||Fulton's Crab House |
Fulton's Crab House is a seafood restaurant operated by Levy Restaurants since March 10, 1996. It originally opened on May 1, 1977 as the Empress Lilly (a homage to Walt Disney's wife). Operated by Disney, the restaurant was an authentic re-creation of a 19th century paddle steamer boat in Rococo (Louis XIV) style. The boat lost its paddle wheel and smoke stacks upon becoming Fulton's. Their head chef is Frank Walason.
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Italian restaurant patterned after an osteria. This wonderful Italian cuisine at Downtown Disney is served in an inviting Mediterranean setting. Indoor and outdoor lakeside seating.
Open for lunch and dinner, menu offerings include fresh seafood, wood-burning oven pizza, beef, pasta, chickens and desserts. There's an extensive wine selection.
|Paradiso 37 |
The lakeside eatery offers a variety of menu offerings representing the 37 countries of the Americas, plus an international wine bar, 37 varieties of tequila and 10 signature frozen margaritas. Paradiso 37 restaurant is located overlooking Village Lake on Pleasure Island.
The menu features North, Central, and South American cuisine. There is also a international wine and tequila bar. Open daily for lunch, dinner, and late-night dining.
Pleasure Island Shopping at Downtown Disney
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Located behind Raglan Road, Fuego offers a first-class, upscale retail selection of cigar and tobacco products along with smoking related accessories. This is not a large place, but it is a casual lounge setting that offers premium selections of draft and bottled beer, wines, cordials, coffee and tea, and assorted non-alcoholic beverages.
|Pleasure Island Orlando - Harley Davidson |
Harley-Davidson Motorcycle shop at Downtown Disney is located on Pleasure Island.
While you can't shop for the actual motorcycles at this store, they do have a few on display that you're welcome to have a close-up look at--you can even pose for photos on them. What this does have is lots of smaller merchandise--items such as tee-shirts (plenty of tee-shirts!), beer mugs, wallets and leather goods, knapsacks, assorted kitsch, and even a rack filled with squeaky dog toys.
| Curl by Sammy Duvall |
a surf-themed retail establishment operated by Florida-based water skier Sammy Duvall. High end Surf Shop which features a selection of trendy surf themed clothing and accessories, skateboards, surfboards, and other water sports gear.
After close to 20 years in operation, Disney's Pleasure Island have closed the Adventurer's Club, Comedy Warehouse, 8 Traxx, Motion, Mannequins and BET Sound Stage.
Pleasure Island Renovation: Disney announced plans for a new complex named 'Hyperion Wharf' to be developed at Downtown Disney in Walt Disney World. While no completion date was provided, the project is expected to create thousands of new jobs in the upcoming years. Disney describes the area (which will transform the current Pleasure Island) as "a nostalgic yet modern take on an early 20th century port city and amusement pier. By day, stylish boutiques and innovative restaurants will draw you in and by night, thousands of lights will transform the area into an electric wonderland."In addition to the construction of Hyperion Wharf, Disney also provided a glimpse into other projects at Downtown Disney currently in progress.
In order for these changes to happen many building swill have to be demolished, most of the former nightclubs buildings such as the Rock'n'Roll Beach Club, Adventurers Club and BET Soundstage will be demolished. But the buildings that housed the Comedy Warehouse, 8TRAX and Mannequins won't be demolished although they haven't stated what they plan to do with those buildings yet.
Admission is no longer necessary to walk through Pleasure Island, allowing guests to visit the shops and restaurants within at no charge.
It is easy to access Pleasure Island, located between Downtown Disney Marketplace and Downtown Disney West Side. The three are connected to the “mainland” by three footbridges. There is no charge for parking - but on busy nights, it can be quite a challenge to find a space.