Right here boys!! Get your cake, dill pickles, and ice cream!! Stuff yourselves! It’s all free!! Hurry!
Children are free from the law, and can be naughty. You take a boat to get there.
In the original Italian story, Pleasure Island was called “Toyland”. It’s the same concept. The innocent give in to temptation. What looks to good to be true is to good to be true: the boys are turned into donkeys.
Remember the Pied Piper of Hamlin? The Pied Piper or “Rat Catcher” comes from Hamelin, Germany. Between the 14th and 16th centuries, 100 children disappeared from the town of Hamelin.
Was there a real piper who took them away? Or was it the plague? The story goes that when the citizens refuse to pay for his service he lures away the children with a magical pipe song. He leads them inside a magical mountain filled with promises of toys and fun. We won’t get into what probably happened to them inside.
Pleasure Island was an area at Downtown Disney Springs filled with clubs. The nightclubs closed down, but the shops remained open. Check out the yelp page here. Reports of gangs, violence, highly intoxicated guests, and intense traffic all contribute to reasons behind the closing. Check out this interesting article here, on mouseplanet.com, on who killed Pleasure Island.
Lesson to remember: Don’t let your children speak to strangers. Avoid disrespectful folks who think they do not have to honor other’s creativity or thirst for knowledge. Don’t get drawn into mass temptation. If Lampwick jumps off a bridge, should you? Probably not. You may come back as a well deserved donkey.