This week, Aloma Bowl in Winter Park celebrated its Grand Re-oPINing by giving us and other local media, a look at its recent upgrade.
After a year long renovation project, which included lane improvements and updated scoring systems they are ready to invite the public in to enjoy their new interior and expanded game area which event includes new carpet and seating.
The Orlando Science Center is moving forward with plans for a $30 million renovation project with recent donation pledges.
Phase one of the project includes moving KidsTown, an area for children 7 and under, to the second floor and expanding it. When finished, KidsTown will be three times the size at 11,000-sq-ft. Construction is expected to start next spring, and be completed by the end of 2016.
Yesterday (December 27), the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex unveiled the first phase of a 10-year Master Plan to enhance the guest experience, when it opened a new $16 million entry.
The new entry includes:
a grand plaza and fountain
ticket stations and self-service kiosks
will call, guest services and information stations
a retail shop
The new entrance draws guests from the parking lot into a grand entry plaza where they are greeted by a first-ever 3D representation of the NASA insignia that spans 13 feet in diameter.
To the right of the globe stands a 75-foot-long fountain that pays homage to the dreams of late President John F. Kennedy, for whom NASA’s Kennedy Space Center is named.
Kennedy’s face, along with a quote from his famous 1962 “moon speech” at Rice University, are laser etched onto a skyward-reaching arch of blue granite that stands 30-feet at its highest point. The inscription reads, “For the eyes of the world now look into space, to the moon and to the planets beyond…”
The 5,000-gallon fountain is lit in the evenings with LED lights and features 26 jets of water that can be programmed to create light shows for guests as they exit the park or during evening special events or exhibitions.
Monday, the blog Save Pleasure Island, uncovered construction permits filed by Walt Disney World for the “Pleasure Island/Downtown Disney Re-Development Project.”
The first permit requests permission to have construction trailers on the property, but it’s the second one that is of most interest.
This one is a permit for “Overall Site Construction,” specifically naming certain areas on the island.
Of most importance to long-time fans of PI is the mention of area development between the Comedy Warehouse building and the demolished BET and Adventurer Club. That’s right…they are officially going to be tearing down the Adventurers Club, closing all rumors that it might receive a last minute reprieve despite all the pleas from long-time fans.
No word on what will go up in its place.
The area between Portobello restaurant and Raglan Road was also mentioned on the permit. This combined with the construction already underway next to Fulton’s and Portobello leads me to believe the main walkway onto the island from that area is being rerouted.
The permits also make mention of a Valet Parking area by Bridge #2.
As the Disney Blog points out, the original plans filed upon the closing of the Pleasure Island nightclubs in September 2008 called for remaking the lagoon side of the island into a string of restaurants operated by outside vendors that would provide views of a new nightly fireworks show.
So far, all that has materialized from that is the opening of Paradiso 37.
Despite WDW’s claim of wanting to make PI more family friendly, it really needs to put in more nightlife options. Not everybody who visits Walt Disney World comes with kids and it’d be nice to have options after the parks close. But so far, Disney is keeping mum on exact plans for Pleasure Island.