Save the Adventurers Club

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  1. Master_Gracey

    Master_Gracey Mouseketeer

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    Dear Fellow Adventurers,

    As we are all aware of, Disney is planning to close all of Pleasure Island on Sept. 27, 2008. While many would like to see Disney change their minds on the whole concept, there is a huge push to keep the Adventurers Club alive. Personally, I have found that The Adventurers Club has become a home away from home, where guests can become lifetime friends with other guests as well as the characters that roam it's hallowed halls. I'm sure that I am not the only one who feels this way, so I am including in this post links to TWO "Save the Adventurers Club" Petitions as well as the addresses to Upper Managers of The Walt Disney Company, to send physical letters to. Please inform everyone who loves Pleasure Island and the Adventurers Club of this post, to repost it to every Disney Fan Site, to sign the petitions and send letters to the company’s executives. Remember, while a stack of letters can be thrown away, it is not as easily dismissed as the pressing a delete button. Please, flood the Executives mailboxes (both physical and electronic), with multiple copies if need be. While many might believe that it is a fruitless effort, please remember that Disney is supposed to listen to its guests and if they receive enough comments they will eventually have to listen. And If they don't, we will at least have tried our best!


    Kungaloosh!


    Petitions:
    Save a Part of Walt's Legacy
    http://www.petitiononline.com/wdwadvcl/petition.html

    Save the Adventurers Club!
    http://www.petitiononline.com/wdwaclub/petition.html


    Letter Writing Campiagns:
    Kungaloosh Forever
    http://www.kungalooshforever.com

    PeterDavid.net
    http://peterdavid.malibulist.com/archives/006323.html

    Executive Addresses:
    Mr. Robert Iger
    Chief Executive Officer
    The Walt Disney Company
    500 South Buena Vista Street
    Burbank, CA 91521-4873

    Peter Murphy
    Personal Adviser to CEO Robert Iger
    500 S. Buena Vista St.
    Burbank, CA 91521

    Roy E. Disney
    Director Emeritus, The Walt Disney Company
    500 S. Buena Vista St.
    Burbank, CA 91521

    Mr. James A. Rasulo
    Chairman
    Walt Disney Parks & Resorts
    500 South Buena Vista Street
    Burbank, CA 91521-4873

    Meg Crofton
    President
    The Walt Disney World Resort
    PO Box 10040
    Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

    Al Weiss
    President
    Worldwide Operations
    Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
    PO Box 10000
    Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

    Jim Lewis
    President
    Disney Vacation Club
    200 Celebration Place
    Celebration, FL 34747

    Walt Disney World Guest Communications
    PO Box 10040
    Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830-0040

    Walt Disney World Guest Relations
    P.O. Box 10000
    Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830


    Executive E-mail Addresses:
    Bob Iger, Vice President of Operations, Walt Disney World
    Robert.A.Iger@email.disney.com

    John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney/Pixar, Principal Creative Advisor of Walt Disney Imagineering
    jl@pixar.com

    Kevin Lansberry, Vice President of Operations Downtown Disney
    kevin.lansberry@email.disney.com

    Meg Crofton, President Walt Disney World Resort
    meg.crofton@disney.com

    Jay Rasulo, Chairman Walt Disney Parks & Resorts
    jay.rasulo@disney.com

    Al Weiss, President Worldwide Operations - Disney Parks and Resorts
    al.weiss@disney.com

    Barry Carlson, GM of Operations
    barry.r.carlson@email.disney.com

    Kris Piser, DTD Finance Manager
    Kristine.piser@email.disney.com

    Walt Disney World Guest Communications
    wdw.guest.communications@disneyworld.com


    Media Pages:
    Facebook Group:
    http://www.facebook.com/posted.php?id=17614776169

    Myspace Group:
    http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=392 612672

    Orlandosentinel: Pleasure Island fans rallying to try to save clubs
    http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/business_tourism_aviation/2008/06/pleasure-island.html

    Pleasure Island Nightclubs Slated To Close
    http://www.wesh.com/entertainment/16744556/detail.html

    Save P.I. The Radio Revolution
    http://blogtalkradio.com/savepi

    Adventurers Almanac
    http://www.2719hyperion.com/search/label/Adventurers%20Almanac

    Others:
    http://www.savetheadventurersclub.info

    http://adventurersclub.ning.com


    Forum Threads:
    WDWMagic
    http://forums.wdwmagic.com/showthread.php?t=325622

    Mice Chat
    http://micechat.com/forums/showthread.php/save_adventurers_club_pleasure_island-99204.html

    Mouse Planet
    http://mousepad.mouseplanet.com/showthread.php?t=107402

    The DIS Disscussion Forums
    http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=26811610#post26811610

    Walt Disney Boards
    http://www.waltdisneyboards.com/showthread.php?t=2523


    Some days you eat the mouse.
    Some days the mouse eats you.
    But never give into the mouse without a fight!

    KUNGALOOSH!
     
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  3. Wild4Walt

    Wild4Walt DIS Veteran

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    This is a great thread. Signed the online petition and wrote in.
     
  4. gismo1554

    gismo1554 DIS Veteran

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    Boosting this back up to the top! Can't believe its closing before my trip!
     
  5. EnnEss

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    If they listen I hope they expand it, Im not sure it can survive as a stand alone without other bars the way it is.
     
  6. Master_Gracey

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    So, I was perusing a ton of old Disney News Magazines this weekend, and came upon some very interesting articles on the once proud Pleasure Island. Proud, that is, until Disney decided to let its magic fade away. Here are some images and stories Disney would rather sweep under the rug and pretend never happened!

    Pleasure Island Ad circa 1989
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    Disney News- Fall 1989
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    Newsweek 1989
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    Disney News- Summer 1991
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    More to come, as soon as I finish scanning more. Let us continue to let Disney know we are not willing to forget our magical night time refuge that is Pleasure Island and most importantly the Adventurers Club!

    Some days you eat the mouse.
    Some days the mouse eats you.
    But never give into the mouse without a fight!

    KUNGALOOSH!
     
  7. WDWguru

    WDWguru aka tivogirl, keeper of the live WDW webcams at ht

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    That is SO COOL! I remember so many of those places. And did anyone else notice one of the actors in the AC photo is STILL in the cast today (the guy on the left)!?! He was playing Otis last time we were there iirc.
     
  8. RllngRckBrw

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    I think it is dissapointing because it appears almost as if Disney alowed PI to go under. They have been cutting corners for years and have failed to take advantage of offpurtunites in front of them. I think there is now a void at WDW that can not be filled by being able to make my own underware. For shame Disney. The AC and the rest of PI will be missed.
     
  9. Scurvy

    Scurvy Kungaloosh!

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    Oh, wow! Thanks for posting that! One of the Adventurers pictured is one of my current favorite CMs - I hadn't realized he'd been there that long. I still see one of the others in the picture around World Showcase occasionally.
     
  10. Bill From PA

    Bill From PA Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That

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    To anyone who thinks this is a futile effort, a few years back Disney planned to abolish Early Entry for resort guests, claiming that they took a survey that indicated that WDW visitors would rather have some lame 'Character Caravans' visit the resort instead. I and many others e-mailed in protest, I received a phone call from Disney Guest Relations as a result and eventually the Caravan idea was dropped and EMH restored. Disney does listen, and they'll pay more attention to a letter than an e-mail. Personally, we were in the market for a DVC property, now, that's off the table because of the AC closing. I'll be including that in my letters.

    Bill From PA
     
  11. Master_Gracey

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    More articles to post! Take a look at the variety of celebrations that were once held at Pleasure Island!

    Disney News- Spring 1995
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    Disney News- Fall 1992
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    Disney News- Winter 1990
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    Disney News- Winter 2001
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    Also, just read and wanted to share an uplifting post on the DIS Discussion Forums from "Bill From PA"

    Lastly, for this post at least, I have it on good authority that Disney has not been able to keep up with the letters, e-mails, and phone calls due to the shear volume of the guests responses! Keep up the fight everyone, and just maybe we shall continue to march along as Adventurers for many years to come!

    Some days you eat the mouse.
    Some days the mouse eats you.
    But never give into the mouse without a fight!

    KUNGALOOSH!
     
  12. Sawx04

    Sawx04 Yankee Fans Tell No Tales

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    Jump Up For Jinkies!!!
     
  13. Scurvy

    Scurvy Kungaloosh!

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    We love 'em!
     
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    Sawx04 Yankee Fans Tell No Tales

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    M-M-M-M-m-m-m-m-m!
     
  15. seashoreCM

    seashoreCM All around nice guy.

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    A colleague at work introduced me to Adventurers' Club with pictures he took when he returned from a Disney trip. Since that time (1998 or so) I have visited the AC on every trip.

    (copied from another forum)

    No part of the shows in the Adventurers' Club and the Comedy Warehouse involve a view of the outside. Therefore either could be resurrected in a different location.

    On the other hand, if either took up too much space and didn't make enough money*, or if the performers are getting bored with the same old scripts, then there isn't much hope.

    Disney hints: http://members.aol.com/ajaynejr/disney.htm

    * A comment made about a merry go round that was dismantled as a result, and which was later resurrected at and for the 1963-4 New York Worlds Fair (where It's a Small World and other Disney attractions debuted).
     
  16. Scurvy

    Scurvy Kungaloosh!

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    The performers aren't bored - they are as upset as we are that the clubs are closing. (At least the ones I've heard from are.) And honestly there's so much improv that goes on I think they keep themselves entertained along with the rest of us most of the time.

    And I agree that the waterfront location (and view) isn't necessary for the clubs, which is why I don't intend to let people forget about the Adventurers Club even after Sept. 27. They could easily rebuild and reopen in another location if there was enough interest to justify doing so. As for the money issues, I don't think even Disney knows how well the clubs could do with proper advertising and a nightly admission charge. However, given their popularity now when so many people don't even know what they are I think they could be hugely popular if Disney actually publicized them!
     
  17. Master_Gracey

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    Here are a few more articles to add to the mix. One including a rare site, Cinderella Castle and The Adventurers Club sharing the same page! Another one describing not only the clubs, but the MERCHANDISE LOCATIONS and RESTAURANTS Pleasure Island once held. If anyone knows why they were closed please enlighten, for if Disney wants stores and restaurants on Pleasure Island, just utilize their existing space and leave our clubs (particularly the Adventurers Club) alone!

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    Good Housekeeping- 20th Anniversary Guide to WDW

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    Some days you eat the mouse.
    Some days the mouse eats you.
    But never give into the mouse without a fight!

    KUNGALOOSH!​
     
  18. Master_Gracey

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    Here is another Disney News article describing the amazing “New Years Eve Every Night” celebration, and the first Pleasure Island Cast Photo.

    Disney News- Summer 1989
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    Pleasure Island Cast Photo
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    With the one month mark approaching, it is now the time to fight hardest! Do not give up hope Adventurers; we will save our beloved Club somehow.

    Some days you eat the mouse.
    Some days the mouse eats you.
    But never give into the mouse without a fight!

    KUNGALOOSH!
     
  19. Jason71

    Jason71 Brother to pirates and corsairs...

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    The sad thing is, reading over these reports (awesome find, BTW, Master Gracey), if they did it right again--with the live bands, and the diverse clubs each with a unique theme, and the fireworks, and "Forbidden Disney" shows mixed in with the improv at CW--the whole Island would be a hit again.

    When things decline by degrees, to use Kevin Yee's term, you don't realize how far they've actually sunk.
     
  20. Master_Gracey

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    Thank you Jason71, I'm glad you enjoyed my findings. It is very true that Disney let something amazing slip farthur and farther into decay as new management believed that they had to shift their focus from appeasing a wide and varied demographic, to appeasing little pirates and little princesses. Anyway, I am still scanning at least one last article that I found in the vaults, but until then, I was perusing Youtube today and came upon an amazing video. It shows what has to be the most magical moment that I have ever seen come out of any Disney park, and of all places it is at the Adventurers Club!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oX7-W0vSPA

    We have less than a month, but there is still time to let Disney know that adults deserve Magical Moments while visiting Walt Disney World and the best place for us is at The Adventurers Club!

    Some days you eat the mouse.
    Some days the mouse eats you.
    But never give into the mouse without a fight!

    KUNGALOOSH!
     
  21. APB513

    APB513 Wishing I was back in my Laughing Place

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    I noticed that too!!! He was Emil Bleehall the night we went. He and everyone else in the cast were so great.

    It was our first visit to the Adventurer's Club. And unless Disney has a change of heart, it will be our last :sad2:
     

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