Today the Disney Parks Blog announced details on their plans for the mostly shuttered Pleasure Island area. The 120-acre area will be rethemed as a restaurant district called “Hyperion Wharf.”
Disney describes it as a nostalgic yet modern take on an early 20th century port city and amusement pier. Nighttime will be when the area really shines as thousands of lights will give the area its namesake. Hyperion is the Greek god of light and one of Disney’s first studios was in California on Hyperion Avenue.
A lakeside park will also be added near the current boat dock in Pleasure Island. As seen the concept art below, the park will be similar to the one at Universal CityWalk now, with the grass stairsteps. Also expect many restaurants and shops to be added.
Construction is set to begin immediately and is scheduled to be completed in early 2013.
Disney also announced some other changes to Downtown Disney:
The Lego Imagination Center is planning to remodel from January to April 2011. Once completed, the store will expand by nearly 3,500 square feet and new Lego exterior models featuring scenes from classic Disney movies will be added. The store will operate out of a temporary location at Downtown Disney during construction.
The AMC Theatres are adding new digital technology, a Concession Stand of the Future and Florida’s first Fork & Screen Theater.
• More than 1,500 new restaurant seats will expand dining options by more than 25 percent.
• The new design makes the waterfront the focal point.
• In the next 30 days, AMC Theater guests will be able to purchase unique, upscale snacks and drinks from interactive, self-service food stations similar to a food court.
• The AMC Fork & Screen Theater will offer restaurant-style dining with seat-side service beginning in spring 2011.
• The projects are expected to create an estimated 600 construction jobs, 500 restaurant, retail and entertainment jobs, and support 100 vendor and supplier jobs.