A Secret Society That Connects Many Disney Attractions?
Fodor’s Travel says it’s “The Society of Explorers and Adventurers…”
It’s fun to know what’s going on in the heads of Imagineers, especially when something you thought was being hinted at is actually being hinted at.
For example, Fodor’s Travel just posted an amazing article explaining how different attractions from around the Disney world have a deep connection.
In this case, in her article, “The Weird Way That Every Disney Park Around the Globe is Connected,” Fodor’s Tara Chieffi is writing about dearly departed nightspot, “The Adventurers Club.”
Yes. “Kungaloosh!” and all of that.
But for the uninitiated, The Adventurers Club was a staple stop at Pleasure Island at Downtown Disney before Disney Springs became a thing. The former club was the, well, clubhouse for “The Society of Explorers and Adventurers.”
Unfortunately, you can’t visit the club unless you head to YouTube.
However, Chieffi noted:
The Adventurers Club was a nightclub at Disney World’s Pleasure Island with an elaborate backstory that involved the “founder” of Pleasure Island, Merriweather Pleasure. The story goes that Pleasure built the Adventurers Club to house the treasures and artifacts from his world travels… The club closed in 2008, but many credit the Adventurers Club as being the inspiration for a secret society of Disney characters that connects every Disney theme park, cruise ship, and resort.
And Chieffi makes the case via an exploration of:
- Tokyo DisneySea’s Fortress Explorations, Soaring: Fantastic Flight & Tower of Terror
- Hong Kong Disneyland’s Mystic Manor
- Disneyland’s Tropical Hideaway
- Walt Disney World’s Typhoon Lagoon & Skipper Canteen Restaurant
- Any Big Thunder Mining Company Set
- Any Jungle Cruise Ride
By the way: Did you know that all “Jungle Cruise” rides have the same proprietor?
The cruises are chartered by the Jungle Navigation Company, a river trading company founded by S.E.A. member Dr. Albert Falls. When Dr. Falls died, he was succeeded by his granddaughter, Alberta Falls, who still manages the company.
More on the society in the below video:
Fodor’s photo essay is fascinating and just makes the wait for any of these (still existing) locations and attractions a little easier as you do some exploring for yourself.
And, if you want to keep going down the rabbit hole, check out this nifty fan-run website, JungleSkipper.com. Did you know Jock Lindsay (as in Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar) is apparently part of The Society of Explorers and Adventurers?
Well, now you do. Therefore, “Kungaloosh!”
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