Thursday, November 18, 2010

Former Pleasure Island area will become Hyperion Wharf

The former Pleasure Island area will soon become Hyperion Wharf". No more adventurer's Club, unfortunately... More details about all this in the WDW press release...and the renderings! And if the new design reminds you DCA Paradise Pier area may be it's not a coincidence...

Vibrant Waterfront District Among Plans for Downtown Disney

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Nov. 18, 2010) – Work will soon begin on a completely re-imagined Pleasure Island and other one-of-a-kind experiences as Walt Disney World Resort continues to bring new stories to life at Downtown Disney. Combined, the projects are expected to create an estimated 1,200 new jobs over the next three years.

“We have made great progress since first announcing our vision to bring new shopping, dining and entertainment experiences to Downtown Disney, many of which can’t be found anywhere else and have already become guest favorites,” said Keith Bradford, vice president of Downtown Disney. “We look forward to providing even more ways for our guests to enjoy Downtown Disney, while at the same time creating new jobs for Central Floridians.”

A nostalgic yet modern take on an early 20th century port city and amusement pier will evolve Pleasure Island into “Hyperion Wharf.” By day, the bustling port district will draw guests in with its stylish boutiques and innovative restaurants and by night, thousands of lights will transform the area into an electric wonderland.

Taking its name from Hyperion, the Greek god of light, as well as the street on which Walt Disney built his first major animation studio, the wharf district also will feature a relaxing lakeside park and enhanced pedestrian walkways. Its diverse eateries will expand dining availability at Downtown Disney by more than 25 percent.

“Hyperion Wharf will offer guests of all ages a vibrant atmosphere and new experiences that can be enjoyed by day or by night,” said Bradford. “Whether looking for a great place to dine with the whole family or a place to relax and enjoy live music, Hyperion Wharf will provide the perfect setting for guests to make new memories with us.”

In addition to the new wharf district, numerous other projects are underway at Downtown Disney, including:

· an extensive renovation of Lego Imagination Center, which will increase its overall footprint by nearly 3,500 square-feet and add new Lego exterior models featuring scenes from classic Disney movies;
· enhancements at AMC that will take the movie-going experience at Downtown Disney to the next level with new digital technology, a paradigm-shifting Concession Stand of the Future and Florida’s first Fork & Screen Theater; and
· numerous new or renovated retail shops and merchandise vignettes, as well as additional atmosphere entertainment, throughout Downtown Disney.

Pictures: copyright Disney


DisWedWay said...

Hyperion was the name of the Jules Vern style air ship in the 1974 Disney movie "Island at the top of the World". A "BIG" hit with Wed Designer Tony Baxter, it became the center focus of his Discovery Bay design project and model. It has not made it to California's Disneyland yet ( Hopefully that will change soon.), but is presently docked at Paris Disneyland's Discoveryland. Glad to hear it has influenced Hyperion Warf at Walt Disney World. PD

Robert /Cologne said...

Could this mean that World of Colour could be coming to WDW but for free at Pleasure Island.....

Robert /Cologne said...

To my idea above was a comment from Attractions Magazine saying that the waterfront would become the focal point...

• More than 1,500 new restaurant seats will expand dining options by more than 25 percent.
• The new design makes the waterfront the focal point.
• In the next 30 days, AMC Theater guests will be able to purchase unique, upscale snacks and drinks from interactive, self-service food stations similar to a food court.
• The AMC Fork & Screen Theater will offer restaurant-style dining with seat-side service beginning in spring 2011.
• The projects are expected to create an estimated 600 construction jobs, 500 restaurant, retail and entertainment jobs, and support 100 vendor and supplier jobs.

KD's Korner said...

What about putting an IMAX at the AMC theaters????? 8(:-D

Marco Antonio Garcia said...

They should also update Disney Quest. The concept is very interesting, but everything in it is very outdated nowadays. Imagine the current possibilities for the Disney Quest, with the latest technology.