Well, there's lots of different types of "clubs" here... comedy clubs, 8 Trax (70's and 80's themed), a rock and roll club, a BET club, and a couple of other dance clubs...
I only did the comedy club. It was kinda funny.
The one thing about downtown Disney is that they do a New Year's countdown every single night. that might be cool on New Year's.... i didn't really get it though.
Maybe if you're a bored parent looking for a night out this would be cool??? There's lots of alcohol too, that might help. :-)
Pleasure Island (PI) is disney's attempt to get your after hours money. And it succeeds because it offers a good thing. One cover charge (about $20 last time I was there in 2004) for about 10 different themed bars and night clubs. One club, Mannequin's, has the largest revolving dance floor in America... which incidentally is not all that huge. The Beach Club has live music of the Pop Variety. For something different visit the Comedy Club for some Improv.
But choose your night wisely. Disney employees get in free on Thursday nights (disney pay day) so expect a large crowd of college kids from the disney college program. Drink prices also go up on Thursday and Friday. But if you don't want to be alone on the dance floor these might be your nights to go, b/c it can be somewhat dead other nights.
Dress Code: No dress code, but most dress to semi-impress depending on their agenda. Florida club gear. Lots of tropical shirts, and tight black numbers.
Walt Disney Worlds' Pleasure Island.
Pleasure Island is the perfect night spot, there are at least seven clubs ranging from:
Comedy Warehouse-speaks for itself
8Trax-very fluorescent plays 70's and 80's disco
Neon Armadillo-live country music and line dancing
Pleasure sland Jazz Company-live jazz music
Rock and Roll Beach Club-rock and roll music
Adventurers Club-Audience Participation from the 1930's
Mannequins-Over 21's only, upto date music on a revolving dance floor and cocktail mixing competitions.
There are several shops and places to eat and is the venue for Planet Hollywood (see my restaurant tips).
At midnight the main square is the place to be where every night there is a New Years Eve party with a live band on the West End Stage. You will hear music all around Pleasure Island as there is a DJ playing to those who are not in the clubs, so you can dance in the streets if you so wish. There is also a multiplex cinema and various street entertainers walking around to keep you amused.
Dress Code: Ranges from t-shirts and shorts to smart casual, depending on which club you want to go in.
There is something for everyone - Rock, Jazz, Country, Pop, 80s music (retro)...we had a ball hopping from one place to another!
I happen to like Country Music (which is so strange for a city girl) and while we visited Pleasure Island we spent some time at..The Wild Horse Saloon.. May 1999 and during that time Trick Pony was playing there. They rocked! Of course, they became a huge hit after that, at least on country radio! So you never know who may be playing and who will become a breakout star! Check it out!! No square dancing or line dancing necessary!!! I just kicked backa few cocktails withmy husband and listened to some great country music.
We actually went club hopping and went from country to jazz (my hubby's favorite), pop and the 80s club. We had fun there! Lots of dancing...Boy George never sounded so good! :) We had a blast!
Dress Code: Anything cool and funky!
Pleasure Island is a section of downtown Disney that is known for its plethora of clubs, bars, concerts, shops, and comedy clubs. You need a special ticket to gain access to most of the places, but just one ticket will get you into most. There's a huge stage in the middle where there's live music every night. Also, PI has a nightly "new year's" celebration where at midnight, they have a small firework display and everyone pretends its new year's all over again! It's kinda funny.....
Dress Code: Most places are pretty lax about the dress code since many people go to Disney World and may decide to go straight into PI for the evening.
Who would have thought WDW would have such a great little jazz club on Pleasure Island (PI)??? Every night, they have live music from various jazz musicians who are very talented.
Dress Code: This is part of Disney World so some people are still in resort wear while others are more dressed up.
Pleasure Island is located in Downtown Disney. You will enjoy the diverse dancing clubs, that everybody can enjoy, along with a great improv comedy club, where famous comedians got their start.
Adventurers Club- Bar with storyteller.
BET Soundstage- Must be 21 to enter, hip hop, and r&b.
8 Trax- Disco and retro 70's, 80's.
Manniquins- Must be 21 to enter, house and techno music. There is a show, and it is a revolving dance floor.
Motion-American top 40 music.
Pleasure Island Jazz Club- Mellow, jazz spot.
Rock N Roll Beach Club-Live bands play today and yesterdays rock music.
There are some unique restaurants to catch a bite, and every night the place lights up with a fun filled, millenia celebration.
Check out these restaurants:
Bongos- Cuban dining.
Fultons Crab House- Seafood Dining.
Planet Hollywood- Chain of celebrity memorabilia, drinks, appeitizers and dishes.
House Of Blues- Cajun, southern food.
Rainforest Cafe-Unique volcano shaped restaurant, chickens, pastas, pizzas.
Wolfgang Puck's- Californian inspired dishes.
Dress Code: There is no particular dress code to go there, but remember it is a Disney property, considered a family destination. I would just use your judgement.
Disney's Pleasure Island was kinda cool
Being Dutch and clubbing for years, it was quite an experience to be asked to show ID to prove I was really over 18. Ah well, made me feel youthful :-)
Dress Code: Just about anything..
In Orlando, There are the usual tourist multi-plex clubs -- City Walk at Universal Studios and Disney's Pleasure Island/Downtown Disney. If you must go to City Walk, then visit the Latin Quarter which features a brass band that plays Salsa all night long. And, if you're hungry then you can eat there first. If you are at Pleasure Island, try Mannequins Dance Palace; voted the #1 dance club in the U.S. of A. The dance floor actually spins around while you are dancing on it. Downtown Disney features House of Blues with world-class, live music. But, I still like downtown Orlando for Friday's and Saturday nights.
I can never chose just one of anything, so here are my personal favs: 1) Ybor's - a quiet, cigar and martini bar across the street from Amura's. Just follow the cat paws on the building. 2) 08 Seconds - A typical American Country Western bar, but with an outside rodeo attached to it. 3) Cairo's - has House Music on the 1st floor, 70's Retro on the second floor, and Reggae (island music) on the outside roof. 4) The Club at Firestone (pictured) - features Techno Pop to rival the clubs in Berlin, New York, or London.
If you want to do what all the other tourists do, then go to CityWalk and Pleasure Island. There are a lot ofvery nice restaurants, bars and discos there. But, if you want to hang out with the locals, then try downtown Orlando on Friday or Saturday night.
Dress Code: Clothing is not optional, but anything else goes.
It's PLEASURE ISLAND for sure!
Lots of great pubs/ bars and live concerts can be found here. The Planet Hollywood joint is also located at this place.... but the queue to get in is awefully looooong!
To get in to Pleasure Island, you must first pass through some sort of a 'security checkpoint'. These security guys are basically sniffing out for the underaged folks who try to sneak in. Have I already mentioned that one of my buddies who looks as if she's still in high school was slapped with a wrist band?
For Hard Rock Cafe fans, head straight to Universal Studios Florida (located outside the Walt Disney World resort). That's where this joint is located. Again, the queue to get in is awefully loooooooong. So, you must either be VERY patient; eat at ODD hours or give your best smile to those guys standing at the door (what do you call them? Bouncers? Security guys??). I'm sure you know what I mean. :-)
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