By Don Gworek
Changes are well underway to transform Pleasure Island to the Hyperion Wharf restaurant district, and the Characters in Flight balloon ride is a terrific way to see the progress.
The top photo shows the demolition of two former nightclubs at Pleasure Island is nearly complete. Disney’s plans for the area were announced last fall, and artwork shows the demolition area will become a grassy, tiered, open air performance area facing the lake.
This was the Rock ‘n’ Roll Beach Club. It seems to be about 60 percent gone. The club originally had an oval rollerskating rink, and you can see how a portion of the building for this oval is still standing.
The Rock ‘n’ Roll Beach Club as seen from Downtown Disney West Side. The black cloth covers what used to be a glass exterior. In the foreground is the Characters in Flight launch platform. Note the vertical cable up into the air at right.
More views and comparisions to how things used to look before the demolition can be seen in this video: