Just to get a better view.
We plumb the deepest oceans,
Cause 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 enter here a stranger,
you will exit as a friend.
The Adventurers Club Creed
I missed seeing any mainstream movies this weekend
because I was inducted into the “Adventurer's Club”
on Pleasure Island in Orlando. Under the watchful eye
of Colonel Critchlow Suchbench, head of Adventurer's
Club Security, Club President Pamelia Perkins had me
recite the club's pledge, taught me the secret salute
and we sang the Club's anthem. In fact, we sang
cabaret tunes until one in the morning.
Truth be told, "Tales of the Adventurers Club" is a
Downtown Disney comedy club with adult humor without
being raunchy. Each night, eight actors portray
multiple characters; from a befuddled curator and dashing aviator to
uninhibited maid and a lonely songstress with a passion
for adventure. These actors also voice the robotic Colonel Suchbench and Love Goddess Babylonia who steams up the room when inducting a new male love slaves. The focus of "Tales of the Adventurers Club" is on entertaining the audience and the ensemble of actors never lost sight of this important interaction. Perhaps Disney executives have been wisely observing these interactions between the actors and "Adventure Club" initiates.
For the past two years, my vacation escape has centered on Route I-4 between Universal Studios and Disneyworld. Between the two parks, Disneyworld seems more in touch with middle class America. Parking for Downtown Disney is free with a venue that includes "House of Blues," Emilio and Gloria Esteban's "Bongos Cuban Cafe" and "Cirque du Soleil." Universal has a similar downtown diversion for adults, but one must pay for parking and high priced drinks.
In terms of family entertainment, Disney seems to adapt better to the needs of the marketplace. Shortly after the box office bonanza of "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dean Man's Chest," Disney executives announced that they are scaling back their movie output to a mere 11 movies, less than one release per month a year. Instead of mass marketing and recycling titles from the past, perhaps this business decision will create a better product for family ticket buyers who enjoy cinematic diversions, escapes and adventures.