One of the great things about being a Disney fan is that it allows us to boast about the little things. Like themed exit signs or resort backstories or efficient parking lots (all things that I wish Universal would address someday).
Pleasure Island may not be long for this earth, what with Hyperion Wharf moving in this spring (the construction staging area is already set up in the North parking lot). But there are still some details left over from Merriweather Pleasure’s little empire that can still bring an unexpected smile to your face.
Such as the wheelchair ramps.
You may recall that the entrance to the old Comedy Warehouse was up near the bridge leading to West Side. This area also contained the entrances to Adventurer’s Club and BET Soundstage. It has a higher elevation than the more formal PI entrance, down near Raglan Road and Mannequin’s. The Comedy Club would exit some guests into this lower area, themed like a seaside pier — all fine and good, unless you needed to get back up top.
|Specially built for all the strollers and wheelchairs rushing back up to the BET Dance Floor.
In between the Comedy Warehouse and the cluster of buildings comprising Mannequin’s (and currently housing the Curl shop) is a set of stairs leading back up. Since Disney World is nothing if not stroller and wheelchair friendly, there is also a set of ramps here switching back and forth until you reach the higher elevation.
This switchback is known as Lombard Promenade. How do I know? Because there’s a small sign on the corner of the Comedy Warehouse building, giving us the backstory. There used to be dozens of these signs around Pleasure Island, but they seem to be disappearing at an alarming rate.
|Legendary day-long hide-and-seek tournaments are one of the reasons why Disney decided to close Pleasure Island in the first place.
If you’re familiar with San Francisco’s “Crookedest Street in the World,” you’ll quickly spot the resemblence. Not a bad little touch, for such a functional area. Though it doesn’t seem like a very good spot for playing hide-and-seek.
|There are no fewer than 42 Pleasure grandchildren hiding in this picture. Can you find them?