Disney World To Close Adults-Only Attractions

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Disney announced that it's closing the six nightclubs on Pleasure Island, and grown-ups aren't taking the news sitting down. Robert Sullivan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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If you've been to Walt Disney World, you've probably experienced bombardment by the cloying jingle, "It's a Small World, After All." Well, Disney World is about to get a little bit smaller — by getting rid of some amusements for big people.

You might not have known that Disney World has an area, called Pleasure Island, for adults only. It has bars and nightclubs for grown-ups, for after the kids are put to bed. Despite its name, Pleasure Island does not offer the kind of "adult" activities typical of other amusement destinations like, say, Las Vegas. It's basically just about the alcohol.

Disney has just announced that it's closing the six nightclubs on Pleasure Island, and grown-ups aren't taking the news sitting down. They have put together an online petition designed to save one specific spot on the island, the Adventurer's Club.

"It's the only place you can get into a role as a guest," says John Frost, editor of The Disney Blog, which he points out is completely unaffiliated with Disney. "You get to play a 1937 audience member who's been invited to a club to become an explorer."

Adults often return many times to the Adventurer's Club, and, like the kids who go to Disney World's Hoop-De-Doo Musical Revue, they know all the lines. Many also like to participate in the show by interacting with cast members. Frost says, "You really feel like you're back in that time period." He says it's the only "uniquely Disney" part of the "Downtown Disney" area.

Disney appears to be willing to lose that uniqueness to gain another area of the park where families can go together, so Frost is not especially optimistic about the ability of public pressure to save the Adventurer's Club. He says the only time public pressure worked is when fans saved the animatronic Abraham Lincoln at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., and he doesn't think it's going to happen again.

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