“The Adventurers Club opened with the rest of Pleasure Island at the Walt Disney World Resort on May 1, 1989, as part of a fictional legend about the island's previous owner, Merriweather Adam Pleasure” (“Adventurers Club,” 2019).
The nightclub was set in 1937 and was themed after a private club for travelers and explorers. It featured “animatronics, puppets and a cast of adventurers who performed in shows and improvisational comedy while mingling with the club's patrons. Shows and conversation were often laced with innuendo, and the patrons might have been welcomed as guests” (“Adventurers Club,” 2019).
Former Imagineer Craig McNair Wilson was quoted discussing how the club came into fruition, “It came out of our collective, shared love of the world of the pith helmet and all that circled around it. It was the place we always wanted to go, but it didn't exist” (“Adventurers Club,” 2019). The idea had originally come from a themed party hosted by Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde, the theming of “The Last Days of the Raj,” gave employees and opportunity to recreate the days of British colonialism with their attire.
Here is how the Adventurers Club has been described by others on Disney Wiki:
“The Zebra Mezzanine – The top floor of the club. The club entrance leads into the mezzanine, which forms a circular balcony around the Main Salon. The walls feature many artifacts, and a framed parchment of the Club Creed (“A Last Goodbye to The Adventurers Club”).
The Main Salon was the central room of the club. It housed the nightclub's primary bar, and also has a small stage from which the adventurers often speak or lead shows such as the New Member Induction Ceremony. The walls of this room are filled with even more artifacts than on the Mezzanine, and many have placards - giving their history and their importance to Merriweather Pleasure.
The Mask Room was a small room off the Main Salon that features several shows throughout the night. The walls are covered with masks from around the world, many of which move and laugh.
The Treasure Room was another small room off the Main Salon, the Treasure Room contains additional artifacts gathered by the club, and also hosts several shows throughout the night which feature the genie-head-in-a-lantern special effect.
Finally there was the Library and this room is the largest in the club and hosts the larger (and mostly scripted) shows, many of which are musical in nature (“Adventurers Club”, 2019).
Disney announced on June 27, 2008 that it would be closing the Adventures Club and all of the other clubs on Pleasure Island later that year.
The Adventurer's Club Creed
We climb the highest mountains,
just to get a better view.
We plumb the deepest oceans,
because we're daring through and through.
We cross the scorching desert,
martinis in our hand.
We ski the polar ice caps,
in tuxedos looking grand.
We are reckless, brave, and loyal,
and valiant to the end.
If you come in here a stranger,
you will exit as a friend.
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