Report: WDW’s Hyperion Wharf project on hold

Walt Disney World’s “Hyperion Wharf” project, floated as a replacement for Pleasure Island, has been put on indefinite hold, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

“As with any project of this size and scope, our plans have continued to grow and evolve over time as part of our creative process, and it has simply taken longer than we anticipated,” the newspaper quoted Walt Disney World spokeswoman Zoraya Suarez as saying. “We are committed to creating absolutely the best experience possible at Downtown Disney and are taking the time to look holistically at the entire property.”

“Hyperion Wharf” was touted as a “nostalgic yet modern take on an early 20th century port city.” The wharf would have been named for Hyperion, the Greek god of light, and the street where Walt Disney’s first “major” animation studio was located.

The port was to feature “stylish boutiques and innovative restaurants” for guests during the day and would have changed into “an electric wonderland” at night, Disney previously said.