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The Adventurers Club
Disney’s Pleasure Island, in addition to its collection of dance clubs, houses one of its oddest endeavours – The Adventurers Club. Housed on the West Side of Pleasure Island opposite the Comedy Warehouse, the club looks rather inauspicious save for the aeroplane that appears to have crashed into the side – and only hints at the eccentricity to be found inside.
The order of the day once inside is character comedy – eight actors (Five male, Three female) play roles taken from Gentleman’s Clubs of the 1930s. It is notable that one actor plays more than one role and if you visit more that once it is likely that the Maid of one night is playing Samantha Sterling on another.
Most of the performers are pretty experienced with this form of comedy and are excellent at improvising with each other and members of the audience (The actresses who play Pamelia Perkins – the club’s flamboyant president – are always particularly strong). This improvisation usually takes place in the Main Salon, a floor below the entrance area (the “zebra mezzanine”) where the main bar is also situated (there is also a bar, and table service, in the library). However the place really comes alive after eight o’clock when the shows begin.
There are three locations for shows in the club: The Mask Room, The Treasure Room and The Library Each have a list of the times of shows for the evening on brass placards outside the room. The Mask Room and Treasure Rooms are both offshoots from the Main Salon and feature sideshows involving simple but amusing special effects, and audience interaction. Both rooms have about four shows over the course of an evening.
Finally we come to the Library. This is the main location for the Adventurers Club’s featured shows, each lasting about twenty-five minutes. There are usually six shows spread across the course of the evening, each about as daft as the other and incorporating about five of the featured characters. If you only have time or inclination to catch one show I would recommend the Balderdash Cup or the Radio Broadcast.
Should you visit the Adventurers club? In general the answer is a resounding yes. However it should be pointed out that you ALWAYS have a good to very good chance of being picked on. This is trued regardless of age, gender, creed or colour and if you are particularly easily embarrassed or don’t want to be the centre of attention then it might be worth hanging on the top gallery (which is something of a safe zone).
Is the Adventurers Club suitable for children? Again, yes. There may be double entendres throughout the course of improvisation but nothing that won’t go over kids heads, and certainly nothing explicit.
Drinks at the Adventurers Club: Unlike some of the clubs, the speciality drinks in the Adventurers Club are real treats. If you’re going to have one cocktail during an evening in Pleasure Island it should probably be here. Also this writer enjoys the rare novelty (in a club environment) of having a hot drink in the Library.
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Page added on: 10 March 2007
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