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Downtown Disney & the Water Parks: Downtown Disney & Pleasure Island

Downtown Disney

Located on the shore of one of Walt Disney World’s many lagoons, Downtown Disney has three distinct areas, Marketplace, West Side, and Pleasure Island. You’ll find shopping, dining, and entertainment in all three, but distinctive pleasures in each one.

Pleasure Island

Surrounded by a moat in the middle of Downtown Disney, and linked to the other parts by b?idges, Pleasure Island is one of Disney’s nighttime entertainment areas. It charges a cover after 7:00 p.m., and guests under 18 who arrive after that time must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. A single evening admission ticket will cost you about $20 and is included with certain WDW passes (See “Admission Tickets,” Chapter One).

Pleasure Island includes restaurants, shops, outdoor performance venues, and eight nightclubs: Comedy Warehouse, BET SoundStage Club, Adventurers Club, 8TRAX, Mannequins Dance Palace, Rock ‘n’ Roll Beach Club, Pleasure Island Jazz Company, and Motion (featuring Top 40 music and alternative rock music). The clubs open nightly at 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. and close at 2:00 a.m. All serve alcohol. While you must be 21 or older to imbibe, younger guests may visit all the clubs except Mannequins and BET SoundStage Club. Mannequins is off limits to those under 21 at all times, while BET SoundStage restricts access only on certain evenings, generally Thursday through Saturday. Outdoors, and open to all, the West End Stage offers loud and lively evening concerts.

On the night of your visit, park your car and pick up a Pleasure Island Guidemap at the entrance turnstiles for specific information about what’s playing and when. If the parking lot in front of Pleasure Island is crowded, you can park near either the Marketplace or West Side.

I suggest you visit the Comedy Warehouse first. It features performances by an improvisational group, and the two early shows (usually 7:10 or 7:30 p.m. and 8:15 or 8:30 p.m.) are the easiest to get into. Next go the Adventurers Club, a wacky comedy club modeled on a 19th-century British sportsman’s club. Ask the door attendant when the next show starts (sometimes a brochure available at the podium on the front steps will list the performance schedule). If you enter before or during a show, you will be asked to wait in the main club area, which features ongoing spontaneous entertainment by Disney cast members with British accents, who interact with the guests and do offbeat things. At show time, you will be ushered into the Library for an unusual comedy performance.

Tip: Sit on a bar stool and ask the bartender to make your (or your unsuspecting friend’s) stool sink slowly toward the floor!

The other clubs at Pleasure Island have varying schedules; you can enter and exit them as you please. The late West End Stage show ends with fireworks near midnight.

Note: If you’d like to see Pleasure Island but aren’t interested in nightclubbing, you can walk through it before 7:00 p.m. without paying a cover charge. The clubs will be closed, but you can look around and visit the shops.

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