- 1 History
- 2 Members
- 3 Appearances
The Adventurers Club was a group of joyous adventurers which was founded by industrialist Merriweather Adam Pleasure, a member of the Society of Explorers and Adventurers who had become discontent with the S.E.A.'s stuffiness. The club was also the successor to S.E.A. affiliates The Pillager's Brigade, a group which Merriweather might have been a member of in the 1890s along with late S.E.A. member Harrison Hightower III. The club would have had to be founded prior to 1913 as one of its original members was former president, rough-rider and big-game hunter Theodore Roosevelt who was friends with Pleasure. The other eldest known members of the group were English military officer Colonel Critchlow Sunchbench and the Museum of the Weird proprietress Madame Vidalia Onionski Zarkov, the latter of whom was a past contact of S.E.A. via way of Jason Chandler.
At some point in time, the club's presidency was elected to be held by a woman named Pamelia Perkins. The Adventurers Club's official greeting was, "Kungaloosh!" which served many vocabulary functions. Club-members Otis T. Wren and Pamelia Perkins along with possible member Sheila Griffin took to hosting a radio show called, "Tales from the Adventurers Club" to raise additional funds for the groups. Colonel Sunchbench would work as the club's glee-master (in return for free gin-and-tonic) and would oversee the instructing of the club's official theme-song. The lyrics to this theme-song were:
"Marching Along We're Adventurers
Singing the Song of Adventure's
Up or Down, North, South East, or West
An Adventurer's Life is Best".
Starting on the New Year's Eve of 1927, the club also hosted the annual, "Balderdash Cup" event in which members competed to see who had the best adventuring story. The first victor of the cup was none other than Merriweather Adam Pleasure though this is the only time he is known to have won the cup. The 1928 cup was won by member Samantha Sterling while the 1929 cup was cancelled as a result of the Great Depression. The 1930 cup was won by member Sutter Beswick while for the following six years it was won consecutively by aviator playboy Hathaway Browne.
The club's headquarters were built in 1932 on Pleasure Island, property owned by Merriweather in Lake Buena Vista, Florida which was supposedly enchanted by a deity/spirit known as the Funmeister. The Adventurers Club's headquarters were designed by historic architects Sir Edwin Luytens, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and Eliel Saarinen. The headquarters held a great assortment of artifacts, each of which was personally mounted by club curator and member Prof. Fletcher Hodges. Notable artifacts included the living taxidermy head of a Mongolian Yakoose, living statue of the goddess Babylonia, desecrated statue of Zeus holding a fishing-rod, an organ haunted by club pianist, "Fingers Zambezi", the Flying Carpet of Abu Dhabi, and the tank of the genie Beezle.
The New Year's Eve of 1937, the club threw an open house while it was was running out of money and at risk of losing their headquarters on Pleasure Island. In addition to this, Fletcher Hodges slipped up and caused several members of the club to fail to attend their meeting. Perkins and Wren garnered funds for the club by deputizing attendees of the open house to partake in their radio-show, raising the funds which they needed. This same year, an Ohio man named Emil Bleehall, Jr. joined the club and won the Balderdash Cup, breaking the winning-streak of Hathaway Browne.
By this time, the Adventurers Club was also closely affiliated by one Trader Sam who was a personal friend of the late-Teddy Roosevelt and several later members of the club. Sam was an employee of the S.E.A. organization the Jungle Navigation Company and during the 1930s, the Adventurers Club assisted Trader Sam in opening up his JNC bar, Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar in the Polynesian isles. Following the New Year's Eve of 1937, the Adventurers Club left many artifacts from their headquarters in the possession of Trader Sam to help decorate his bar and sometimes simply to safe-keep when they were out adventuring.
In 1944, a group of corrupt land-developers attempted to claim Pleasure Island and turn it into an upper-class resort and spa. Through bribes, these developers manipulated the law so that they would be able to take control of Pleasure Island in 1945. These plans were however foiled by Hurricane Charlotte in 1944, a hurricane which devastated the island and left it as an uninhabitable marshland. During the hurricane, Merriweather lead an evacuation of the island but was presumed dead afterwards though several other members of the group seemingly survived the affair. Pleasure Island however was seemingly completely abandoned for the next several decades.
One of the new bases for the Adventurers Club became an airline hangar constructed in 1948 by S.E.A. member Jock Lindsey at 1138 Seaton Avenue in the sleepy town of Disney Springs, Florida. In addition to being a S.E.A. member, Jock Lindsey was the aviator to renowned archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones and stashed several artifacts from his adventures with Jones in the hangar bar. In suit of this, Jock would also keep objects from the Adventurers Club such as the head of the goddess Babylonia in his hangar. In 1955, the Adventurers Club assisted Jock in transforming this into, "Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar", a bar where they frequently dined along with historic aviators such as Pancho Barnes, Howard Hughes and Charles Lindbergh along with characters such as Marion Ravenwood, Sallah Mohammed Faisel el-Kahir and Howard Stark.
Aunty's Beach House
There are several references to the Adventurers Club within this area as the proprietor, "Aunty" is the widower to late-Adventurers Club member Dreamy Ka'imi. Amongst these references are a portrait from the headquarters showing Harrison Hightower III on his 1899 expedition to the Congo, a letter from Pamelia Perkins, and Ka'imi's 1930 certificate of membership signed by Merriweather Adam Pleasure.
In Alberta Falls' office is a crate sent to her by Merriam Pleasure at the Adventurers Club. Alberta also uses the expression, "Kungaloosh!" on a map of the Rivers of Adventure.
Several artifacts from the Adventurers Club such as Zeus' fishing pole are in Trader Sam's possession, having apparently been gifted to him by the club. There is a crate of objects including a miniature Zeus sculpture, a box of Jinkies and the ventriloquist dummy "Slappy" with a letter from Pamelia Perkins detailing why they are leaving it in his care while they go adventuring. There are also letters from Samantha Sterling, Fletcher Hodges and Hathaway Browne identifying Sam's history with each of them. Sam has framed photographs of Theodore Roosevelt and mentions of their history together with this being the first time Roosevelt was officially named as an Adventurers Club member.
Hong Kong Disneyland
This attraction revolved around a member of the Adventurers Club named Thaddeus Oswald who ran a travelling carnival. Oswald obtained the lost head of the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow which he put on display in this show. Following this, the Headless Horseman travelled to the carnival to seek revenge on the Adventurers Club member and his patrons.
Walt Disney World
There are several photographs in this Disney Springs bar which show Jock Lindsey alongside members of the Adventurers Club. The club is shown assisting Jock in opening up his Hangar Bar and dining with Jock in it. Samantha Sterling's passport also is found in the bar's lost & found. The statue of Babylonia from the club's headquarters also appears in Jock's possession and there is an ice-machine from the, "Yakoose Ice Co. Est. 1938".
A removed feature from the fast-pass of the Jungle Cruise had luggage belonging to Pamelia Perkins and Emil Bleehall being transported by the Jungle Navigation Company. Pamelia's tag mentioned it being sent to the Adventurers Club's main offices on Pleasure Island.
The Adventurers Club is mentioned in the menu for the Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen in the description for Perkins Thai Noodles. There is another food item which is named, "Kungaloosh!" after the Adventurers Club credo though it is a desert identified as coming from Africa rather than a beverage. There are several books by Merriweather Adam Pleasure in Alberta Falls' library along with his fez in the S.E.A. meeting room.