Paradiso 37 seriously delayed or canned completely?

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The Paradiso 37 restaurant in Downtown Disney’s defunct Pleasure Island was scheduled to open in early to mid May. It has, to date, not opened. While construction delays are not uncommon in Disney’s world, the exterior of the building as seen over the refurbishment walls suggests it’s far from complete. Either the concept art released by Disney for the project was completely wrong (you can view it at disneyworld.com), or they’ve scrapped much of the exterior aesthetic that was going to make the building look like anything more then a drab brown salt box shack.

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Posted on May 27, 2009

One Response to “Paradiso 37 seriously delayed or canned completely?”

  • My view is “indefinitely delayed”. According to the E-Brands web site, they had a job fair scheduled for late March, but there’s no other official updates out on their site. If they were planning on a launch very soon, they would certainly be trying to hype the grand opening through the web site.

    Doing a little more digging brings up this quote from April 09′s OBJ:

    Charly Orbison, president of E-Brands, a local restaurant group that includes Samba Room and Timpano on Sand Lake Road, said business from corporate diners already is down, and he’s worried about further reductions in the visitors bureau’s regional marketing plans. “We’re in a very difficult year and we’re nervous about competition from other markets. We need the help.”

    http://orlando.bizjournals.com/orlando/stories/2009/04/13/story2.html

    Plain and simple (and looking at some of their published financial numbers), this can’t be good news for an on-time opening…or if they put all their money to the inside to get it functional, it may get messy. Which would Disney prefer, to have a restaurant open slightly late but looking like an unfinished project or having the deal fall through and no restaurant open, leaving a major eyesore on the DTD landscape?