As of September 29th, 2015, the shopping and entertainment hub once known as Downtown Disney is officially Disney Springs. This is a huge re-imagination of the area that will almost double the size, add shopping, dining, and entertainment options.
Disney Springs is set up into four neighborhoods
Construction will be complete sometime in the middle of 2016. When all is said and done there will be four separate neighborhoods for guests to enjoy: Marketplace, Town Center, The Landing, and West Side. Each will have unique theming, shops, restaurants, and entertainment.
Those familiar with Downtown Disney of yesterday will remember The Landing as Pleasure Island. It’s an outdoor neighborhood and several new restaurants will make their home there: The Boathouse, Tea Traders Café by Joffrey, Morimoto Asia, Jock Lindsay’s Hangar Bar, and STK Orlando. There’s plenty of other nightlife in The Landing, including The Edison, a gothic-style club themed to the 1920s with Cabaret performances.
Several new stores will make their way to The Landing:
- Art of Shaving
- Vivoli Getateria
- APEX by Sunglass Hut
- Erin McKenna’s Bakery
- Sound Lion
- Art of Shaving
- Chapel Hats
- Erwin Pearl
Town Center is another outdoor neighborhood. There guests will find a mixture of dining and shopping, plus a relaxing promenade guests can stroll down while taking in the beautiful surroundings.
The Marketplace was part of the original Downtown Disney, but they’re adding a larger World of Disney Store, plus new retailers. At the moment, the Village Causeway is open, which connects one end of the Marketplace, close to the LEGO Store, to the other end, near the Rainforest Café. As guests walk this causeway they’ll find a variety of retailers selling everything from toys to local specialties like Flour & Sugar, a Florida-themed cookie company, and Florida Bath Co.
Dockside Margaritas, while not new, has benefited from a facelift and taken on a bigger menu, which includes local beers, Florida wines, and brand new cocktails. Its location on the waterfront makes it a great place for a casual meal or drink.
The West Side was also a part of Downtown Disney. There guests can check out live entertainment, and elevated spots that offer shade and great views of the entertainment. A new NBA experience will also be added later this year, and will including food, shopping, and interactive activities. It will go in where DisneyQuest used to be.
One of the biggest complaints about Downtown Disney was the lack of parking. Disney took that complaint seriously and has built two new parking garages, with a total vehicle capacity of more than 6,000. This will be a relief to anyone who’s tried to park there on a Friday night in the past!
There’s no question that exciting things are in store for Disney Springs. From all evidence it looks like it’s shaping up to a be a totally overhaul that will be well worth the wait.