- 1 Description
- 2 History
- 3 Members
- 4 Appearances and allusions
- 5 Connections
- 6 Trivia
- 7 References
The Adventurers Club was an organization of globe-trotters, collectors and explorers based out of Pleasure Island in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The group held festivities in their club on Pleasure Island where they also held the annual Balderdash Cup competition on New Year's Eve.
The Balderdash Cup is an annual competition held on Pleasure Island by the Adventurers Club, every New Year's Eve. In the cup, club members must compete by telling or demonstrating true to life adventures they partook in. The winner is determined by club attendees based off of their applause and subsequently awarded the titular cup trophy.
The Adventurers Club was founded in the early 20th century (prior to 1913) in-part by Merriweather Adam Pleasure, an industrial tycoon who settled Pleasure Island in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Pleasure himself was a member of the Society of Explorers and Adventurers, an organization similar to the Adventurers Club which was founded in Porto Paradiso, Italy during the 16th century. Pleasure was dissatisfied with the stuffiness of the Society, giving rise to his commitment to the Adventurers Club which was much more joyous, progressive and hedonistic.
The club was also descended from a 19th century group of colonial thieves known as the Pillagers Brigade, an affiliate group of the Society of Explorers and Adventurers. Pleasure himself might have been a member of this group due to him having been present in a lineup of members on a portrait which was hung in the Adventurers Club on Pleasure Island. The Adventurers Club was not proud of their shared history with the brigade but were willing to admit their faults and not hide them.
The first Balderdash Cup was held on the New Year's Eve of 1927 with the victor of the event having been Merriweather Adam Pleasure himself. The club president of the club would come to be elected as one Pamelia Perkins. In 1932, the club's headquarters on Pleasure Island were constructed by architects Sir Edwin Luytens, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and Eliel Saarinen. On the New Year's Eve of 1937, the group held an open house in the club headquarters in-which new potential members and onlookers would be let into the otherwise exclusive club.
The 1937 open house was however strife with mayhem as the six-year winning-streak of club-member Hathaway Browne was broken by club newcomer Emil Bleehall, several members were missing due to a slip-up from club curator Fletcher Hodges, and the club was at the brink of losing its lease with a need to acquire $2000 dollars. To acquire the money needed to keep their lease, club members Otis T. Wren and Pamelia Perkins lead a version of their weekly old-timey radio broadcast "Tales of the Adventurers Club", in which half of the cast is missing and must be replaced by audience members with them ultimately acquiring the necessary funds.
By 1944 Pleasure Island was famous among the “in the know.” A corrupt syndicate of developers attempted to capitalize on this by turning the Island into a spa and retreat for the rich and famous. The only problem was that Merriweather would not sell his land as he was not about to compromise his obligation to the spirit of the Funmeister. Through a series of bribes, the developers were able to have a court declare the title to the land null and void and were granted the ability to take possession as of the first of the year, 1945.
On the New Year’s Eve of 1944, Hurricane Charlotte headed across Florida toward Pleasure Island. Merriweather Adam Pleasure evacuated everyone but his family from the property. Once the storm had passed, there was no trace of the Island or its inhabitants left. The topography was so drastically altered, creating an uninhabitable marshland worthless to the developers. The power of the hurricane’s destruction was so great, it was even impossible for them to determine the former site of the Island. Many members of the Adventurers Club survived however and the Adventurers Club seemingly lived on though Merriweather Adam Pleasure himself was presumed dead as he was never seen again.
At some point in the 1940s/1950s, the club became acquainted with S.E.A. member Jock Lindsey who ran a hangar bar in the Central Floridian town of Disney Springs where he often invited other adventurers and his fellow members of S.E.A.. The Adventurers Club would even leave certain artifacts from the Adventurers Club headquarters in the possession of Lindsey such as the stone idol of the goddess Babylonia. In 1955, the Adventurers Club teamed up with Jock to assist him in opening up, "Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar", a bar constructed from his airplane hangar which the club would frequent.
|Chilton Thompson||A past competitor for the Balderdash Cup who assisted as a sound effects man for the club's radio-broadcasts. He was absentee from certain club assemblies due to the exploits of club-member Otis T. Wren.||Adventurers Club|
|Colonel Critchlow Sunchbench||Colonel Critchlow Sunchbench was a British military-officer and club glee master for the the Adventurers Club on Pleasure Island during the 1930s.||Adventurers Club|
|Dreamy Ka'imi||Dreamy Ka'imi, "Angler of the Deep Seas and Speakeasies" was a member of the Adventurers Club brought in the November 13 of 1930 and friend of Pamelia Perkins. He was a Polynesian islander who was very suave and handsome, having surpassed Hathaway Browne in his romancing abilities. He married a woman named Aunty who he lived with in the Polynesian.||Aulani|
|Emil Bleehall||Emil Bleehall was a country bumpkin from Sandusky, Ohio. He was an awkward, meek and modest crow-pleaser who would naively travel to Pleasure Island around 1937 to contend for the Balderdash Cup and membership admittance to the Adventurers Club. He would manage to succeed and become a member of the team.||Adventurers Club|
|Fletcher Hodges||Fletcher Hodges was an eccentric and absent-minded professor with an interest in archaeology and antiques who served as curator for the Adventurers Club. According to him, he mounted every artifact within the Adventurers Club.||Adventurers Club|
|Hathaway Browne||Hathaway Browne was an aviator and the model for the cereal brand Jinkies. From 1931 to 1936, Hathaway was the winner of the Balderdash Cup only to lose said streak at the 1937 competition.||Adventurers Club|
|Madame Vidalia Onionski Zarkov||Madame Zarkov was a Romani woman with mystic powers who was active since the 1880s at the latest. She was the proprieties of the Museum of the Weird and a consultant in the supernatural for inventor and SEA president Jason Chandler.||Adventurers Club|
|Merriweather Adam Pleasure (1873-c.1941)||Merriweather Adam Pleasure was an industrialist and member of the Society of Explorers and Adventurers who in the early 20th century settled the colony of Pleasure Island in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. He was was a party-loving man who was known as, "The Grand Funmeister" in tribute to a spirit which brought him to the island. He disappeared off the face of the earth in the 1940s on an expedition with his family.||Pleasure Island|
|Otis T. Wren||Otis T. Wren was an ichthyologist and the treasurer for the Adventurers Club.||Adventurers Club|
|Pamelia Perkins||Pamelia Perkins was the club president of the Adventurers Club and an apparent affiliate of the Jungle Navigation Company.||Adventurers Club|
|Samantha Sterling||Samantha Sterling was an explorer, adventurer and cabaret singer who was the victor of the 1928 Balderdash Cup.||Adventurers Club|
|Sutter Beswick||Sutter Beswick was the winner of the 1930 Balderdash Cup. He was absentee from certain club assemblies due to the exploits of club-member Otis T. Wren.||Adventurers Club|
|Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)||Teddy Roosevelt was a military-officer who served as the 26th president of the U.S.A.. He was a famous explorer and adventurer who frequently wrote of his expeditions to locales such as South America however his information was highly dubious. He was one of the original members of the Adventurers Club.||The Hall of Presidents
|Weggie Wishmeyer||This was a woman member of the Adventurers Club in the early 1930s who was well acquainted with Hathaway Browne.||Adventurers Club|
|Dave the Soundman||Dave was a tech support worker who assisted the Adventures Club, notably during the 1937 Open House event.||Adventurers Club|
|Fingers Zambezi||Fingers Zambezi was a disembodied spirit who served as the club pianist for the Adventurers Club.||Adventurers Club|
|Graves||Graves was the butler of the Adventurers Club.||Adventurers Club|
|The Maid||The Adventurers Club had several French maids attending to it during the 1930s. The term of, "The Maid" refers to one unidentified woman who was involved in the club's 1937 open house.||Adventurers Club|
|Marcel||Marcel was a, "Missing Link" great-ape resembling something between a gorilla and a human. He worked as a servant, ally and even member for the Adventurers Club.||Adventurers Club|
|Nash||The bartender who served the club, notably during the 1937 Open House event.||Adventurers Club|
|Sheila Griffin||Little is known about this character other than she was apparently close enough with the club that she was regularly involved in their radio-broadcasts.||Adventurers Club|
Appearances and allusions
This attraction was themed around being the headquarters of the Adventurers Club on the New Year's Eve of 1937.
Aunty's Beach House in Aulani is run by Aunty, the wife of the late Dreamy Ka'imi. It is decorated with artifacts from the Adventurers Club, a portrait of the Pillagers Brigade and messages from members such as Pamelia Perkins and Hathaway Browne.
In this Disney Springs bar is a photograph of the Adventurers Club celebrating in the bar of SEA-member Jock Lindsey, artifacts from the club such as the head of Babylonia, and the passport of Samantha Sterling.
Several artifacts from the Adventurers Club are in the possession of Trader Sam and hung in his bar, including Zeus' fishing pole, a box of Jinkies and the ventriloquist dummy "Slappy". Sam also has letters from Samantha Sterling, Pamelia Perkins, Hathaway Browne and Fletcher Hodges. Photographs of Hathaway Brown and Theodore Roosevelt with messages from and about them are also present in the bar, identifying them as frequent compatriots of Trader Sam.
Around 1880, the SEA president Jason Chandler contacted Madame Zarkov at the Museum of the Weird c. 1880 to advise Barnabas T. Bullion of the Big Thunder Mining Company. Zarkov believed that Bullion should leave Big Thunder Mountain due to the rage of its wrathful spirit.
Madame Zarkov was retconned into being the proprietress of the Museum of the Weird, a setting which was a proposed extension of the Haunted Mansion.
At the Magic Kingdom's Fastpass kiosks, trunks and crates are being shipped to Adventurers Club members Pamelia Perkins and Emil Bleehall. Pamelia's tag was also addressed to the Adventurers Club headquarters in Lake Buena Vista.
The Adventurers Club's president Pamelia Perkins is the namesake of the "Perkins Thai Noodles" which is described as one of her favourites. There is also a book written by Merriweather Adam Pleasure which is titled Another New Year.
On a wall commemorating river voyages of different S.E.A. members in this restaurant is a paddle and plaque dedicated to Merriweather Adam Pleasure.
- It is possible Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar implicates certain Adventurers Club members as becoming members of the Society of Explorers and Adventurers by the 1940s/1950s. This is because the Hangar Bar's description indicates that Jock used his Disney Springs property to host members of the S.E.A., however no officially known members of S.E.A. are referenced in the bar outside of Lindsey himself with other non Indiana Jones character references being to more miscellaneous characters such as Howard Stark, the Rocketeer, and Chief Nah-mee. There are however multiple references to the Adventurers Club having attended the bar meaning it is possible that some of their members joined S.E.A. by Jock's time.