Once upon a time, Disney introduced an area catering to adults interested in a vibrant nightlife on property.
Dubbed Pleasure Island, this complex featured a variety of restaurants, nightclubs and entertainment choices designed to appeal to young adults. However, all of the nightclubs at Pleasure Island were shuttered in 2008, and as the move towards a rethemed area began gaining traction towards what will eventually become Disney Springs, Pleasure Island closed altogether.
According to the rumor mill, this closure was because of waning attendance levels but the official Disney line is that guests wanted a more “family-friendly” experience, and the nightlife area felt out of place.
Whatever the reason, it looks like Disney is looking to get back into the nightlife scene, and Epcot could be ground zero for this second attempt. Don’t believe me? Here are two signs that suggest Epcot’s World Showcase is about to become Disney’s answer to Universal’s CityWalk.
1. The Epcot “After Hours Wind Down” has been extended
First announced as a limited time event at the beginning of the summer, the Epcot After Hours Wind Down has been extended through the first week of November. For those who hadn’t heard of this event before, the after hours wind down costs $35 and allows guests to hang out in one of four different lounges including La Cava Del Tequila and the Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar and enjoy a flight of alcoholic beverages and some light snacks.
So how does this event tie into Epcot’s nightlife destination aspirations? First off, it keeps guests in the parks longer, and puts them in a social setting, not unlike a bar. Those who have been to this event liken the atmosphere to that of a local pub. And while only a single beverage flight is included in admission, all lounge locations have fully stocked bars so attendees can keep the good times flowing for several hours in this casual setting.