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Walt Disney World delays Hyperion Wharf makeover for Pleasure Island to "refine" plans

Hyperion Wharf concept art

Walt Disney World has announced a delay to construction of Hyperion Wharf at Downtown Disney, with the company claiming that it is working to "refine" plans for the area.

Announced in November last year, Hyperion Wharf was originally due to be completed by 2013. If built, it will replace the former Pleasure Island area, and will be designed to recreate the look and atmosphere of a 20th century port city and amusement pier. Little actual construction work has taken place since the announcement, although several nightclubs that used to operate in the area have been demolished.

In a post on the Disney Parks Blog, the company said: "During the course of this site work, we identified opportunities to further refine our master plan and are pausing to evaluate them. What does this mean for you? While we're moving quickly, it will admittedly cause a delay in construction. But we're willing to bet that any delay will be worth the wait once we're able to share details about the exciting work we've been doing."

Hyperion Wharf concept art

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Hyperion Wharf was originally designed to be more family-friendly than the adult-oriented Pleasure Island, with a lakeside park being a key element. At night, the area would be transformed into an "electric wonderland", with an array of lights illuminating its buildings and walkways. A large number of retail outlets and restaurants also formed part of the plans.

While Hyperion Wharf has been delayed, Disney has continued to make other changes to the Downtown Disney area as it looks to revive its fortunes. This has included the opening of a new superstore run by Harley Davidson, which opened earlier this year. The Apricot Lane Boutique fashion store will replace the motorcycle vendor's previous, smaller store this fall.

Splitsville concept art

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Disney has also announced that a new 50,000-square-foot entertainment center will open on the current site of the RIDEMAKERZ store, which will move to the Marketplace area. Known as Splitsville, the new complex will offer bowling, billiards, dining, music and evening entertainment.

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