Walt Disney Pleasure Island Theatre
Contract Amount: $5,500,000
Total Square Footage: 60,000
Doug Sharpe was the architect and project manager on AMC’s ten screen multiplex theatre as part of Walt Disney’s Pleasure Island near Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
Responsibilities included the complete coordination of all engineering consultants and multiple disciplines, beginning with schematic design through the ribbon cutting ceremony. The theatre is based on a prototypical plan of ten screen specially modified for the Pleasure Island Theme park. Close contact and coordination was required with representatives of Disney to ensure the design was well integrated into the overall concept of Pleasure Island. The concept was based on an island that was hidden off the coast of Florida where the Navy and private investors developed a series of factories and support building to manufacture a secret weapon for the Navy – a flying submarine. Eventually the prototype flying sub failed and a series of fire and hurricanes kept destroying the factories. All of the building on Pleasure Island, including the theatre look like factory or manufacturing buildings. The lobby contains a commissioned sculpture by Charles Grey entitled “Tinker Bell’s Trail” that is made from a series of over 1,000 hanging holograms, which reflect the sunlight and artificial light to cast a rainbow of colors at all times.