Jessica C. (NDI#21) (81 Posts)

Living in Delaware her whole life, Jessica did not know much about Walt Disney World until she went at 13 years old. That initial trip, though, got her hooked on the magic. As the years went on, she did everything she could to learn more about Disney (including watching documentaries and reading books). She did not know many people that shared her passion until she discovered the wonders of the internet and the Disney community found on it. She has gotten involved with as many Disney projects as she can, including writing the weekly news articles for The Disney Driven Life and writing for her own blog, The True Disney Fan. Jessica has also taken on a position with Celebrations Magazine, working the social media aspects of the publication. Through all these platforms, Jessica strives to bring as much Disney magic as possible into her everyday life, and she works to share it with everyone she meets!

The big talk in the last week has been the major Downtown Disney announcement made last week by Disney Parks Blog. After letting the property sit empty for the last couple years, Disney has finally announced their plans to bring Pleasure Island back to life, though not in the same way it once was.

As of the completion of the project in 2013, the area once called Pleasure Island will be known as Hyperion Wharf, named after the street where Disney build his first big animation studio.  There are no clubs being brought back to the area; they are keeping with the idea that the area should be family friendly.

The plans include several stores and restaurants, a renovation and overall expansion of the Lego Imagination Center, new Lego figurines, and some changes to the AMC Theatres.  They plan to include a “Concession Stand of the Future” and a “Fork and Screen Theater”.  Many new walking paths will also be added.

Construction has already begun on the former Pleasure Island. This announcement came out with mixed reviews; many people are still wishing for the return of at least one club to the area.  Others were immediately excited by the idea of that area of Downtown Disney coming back to life.  When I heard the news, I really wasn’t sure how to react because they did not give many details as to what is planned.  So I, like several others, am biding my time, awaiting judgment for more details to come out. To see the current article and concept art from Disney, check out their Disney Parks Blog Article and keep looking to The Disney Driven Life for more details as they are announced.

Contributed by: Jessica C. (NDI #21). Jessica is our resident “Gossip Girl” and creator of The True Disney Fan Blog.


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