September 16, 2011
Location: Pleasure Island
Who hasn't dreamed of being an eccentric millionaire
and owning their own private island? What would you put on your
island? Candy factory, miniature golf courses, or maybe just a lawn
chair, air conditioned hut, and a drink or two (until the rums gone
Not many people realize that there is an island in
Walt Disney World that had its own (fictitious) private owner. Where
is it? Pleasure Island! Who was the owner? As the story goes, an
eccentric millionaire by the name of Merriweather Adam Pleasure
(that's right, it's not named after Pleasure Island from 1940's
Pinocchio), once bought an island and decided to fill it up with
things he loved dearly.
Some of these things consisted of giant warehouses
for UFO's, a fireworks factory, a club for him and his fellow
adventurers, and items he would collect while on his trips around
the world. One time on a trip to San Francisco, Mr. Pleasure fell in
love with the hills of the wonderful city, but one hill intrigued
him more than any other: Lombard Street (yes, the same one the
famous Herbie the Love Bug rode down in the film The Love Bug!).
When Merriweather saw this wonderful street he
decided on the spot he must have it on his island with him. Next
thing you knew construction began on his own Lombard Promenade (as
he called it) and it has forever called Pleasure Island home until
this day (as seen in the pictures below)!
Up until a few weeks ago you could find plaques
scattered throughout Pleasure Island depicting the story of
Merriweather Adam Pleasure, but with the area changing to Hyperion
Wharf, these plaques have recently disappeared.