Disney World has announced plans to revitalize the Pleasure Island district of Downtown Disney. Construction will begin this month on the Downtown Disney entertainment area, which will be renamed Hyperion Wharf. Disney Tickets do not have to be purchase to enjoy this area, but it is a great place to go after a day at the parks in Orlando.
Along with the new name, there will be a new look and purpose to the area. Four of the clubs that were part of Pleasure Island will be demolished to make room for more eateries along the waterfront area. First to go will be the former Motion and Rock ‘n roll Beach Club.
An amphitheater style park on the lakeside will the first new area to open. The park will be located next to Paradiso 37 restaurant and will be open next summer. The entire Hyperion Wharf project is expected to be completed by 2013.
Hyperion Wharf will have a turn-of-the-century seaport theme. The architecture will have an early 20th century design.
The final phase of the project is the removal of the Adventurers Club and BET Soundstage, which will be replace by more restaurants.
Hyperion, the name, has Disney roots as it was the name of the street Walt Disney built his first major animation studio and it has been used with the company’s movie and publishing concerns. Hyperion Wharf continues the changes made at Downtown Disney over the past two years. Additions have included the Characters in Flight balloon ride, shops such as D-Street, Tren-D, and LittleMissMatched and the quick-service restaurant Pollo Camero, which recently opened on the Marketplace side.
Other changes to Downtown Disney include the AMC Theater opening a “concession stand of the future” that will feature gourmet popcorn, self-serve ice cream, specialty coffees and 106 flavors of Coca-Cola. The theaters will convert six screens into a “Fork & Screen” concept next year. They will have “seat side” service, which means food will be delivers to the tables inside the theater.
The Lego store at The Marketplace will expand 60 percent and change its building block icons into Disney characters.