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Plans Unveiled to Transform Downtown Disney into Disney Springs

Walt Disney World Resort today announced plans to transform the Downtown Disney® Area into Disney Springs, roughly doubling the dining, shopping and entertainment options of the existing area.

Disney SpringsThe new shopping will be a mix of Disney and other brands, and feature both boutique shops and flagship anchor stores.

One popular question surrounding the project concerns parking: To that end, two parking garages will be built to accommodate vehicular traffic, with the Orlando Sentinel reporting, a total capacity of 6,000 spaces.

Disney SpringsAs the name suggests, Disney Springs will draw from Florida’s numerous waterfront towns for inspiration and theming. The area will include four outdoor neighborhoods connected by a flowing spring and lake.

Here are a few other features of the area, according to an official press release:

  • The Town Center, which offers a sophisticated mix of shopping and dining along with a promenade where guests can relax, refresh and reconnect.”
  • Disney Springs“A colorful and thriving commercial district called The Landing with inspired dining and beautiful waterfront views.”
  • “The family-friendly Marketplace that will continue to delight guests of all ages by combining new experiences, such as an over-the-water pedestrian causeway, along with classic Disney favorites, including an expanded World of Disney® Store.”
  • “A West Side that provides an exuberant atmosphere with lively entertainment, along with a series of new elevated spaces that provide both shade and an overlook to the activity below.”

Construction is set to begin next month, and new areas will be opened in phases. The area is expected to be completed in 2016. As always, we’ll share more details about the project as we learn more.

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Here’s to more changes!
— Leap

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21 Responses to “Plans Unveiled to Transform Downtown Disney into Disney Springs”

  1. David C says:

    This sounds fantastic. My only concern is parking? There is hardly enough parking as it is. Wonder what their plan for that is? Is PI going to be taken out and become part of this Disney Springs? So many questions! Cant wait for the answers and more artist renditions!

    • Anthony DeLeonibus says:


      It says in the article that Disney is building 2 parking garages that will have 6000 spaces. Don’t forget, a lot of visitors arrive via boat or bus. Should be OK.

  2. Tracy Champniss says:

    I like it!

  3. Clint says:

    Bring back the AdventurersClub!!!! That place was so fun!

  4. Jane says:

    An ‘expanded’ World of Disney Store! Wow – I can’t wait to see it. 2016 is about when we plan to return to WDW so we’ll keep an eye out as you report additional details on the expansion as the years pass.
    I also have great memories of the Adventurers Club – that place was really great!

  5. Dee Herr says:

    Come off of it. Update the actual parks and bring more thrill rides. Also, bring back the clubs and dancing.

  6. Robert says:

    I have to echo Clint’s comment: Bring back The Adventurers Club…! Closing that place was one of the worst decisions to come out of Corporate Disney. While it is true that many of the PI night spots had moderate attendance, the Adventurers Club was constantly busy and had such incredible appeal it was a “draw” to the area all by itself.

    Bring Back The Adventurers Club!!!!

  7. Mike Conrad says:

    When are going to put a fifth park and take advantage of their purchase of Marvel and Star Wars.Its not like they’re not making a whole lot of money at the box office

    • Pete says:

      Disney can’t take advantage of Marvel in Florida. When Universal & Marvel were both subsidiaries of MCA they signed a contract giving Universal the sole right to Marvel images for themepark attractions east of the Mississippi as long as Marvel Island was in exiseistance at IOA.
      If Disney wanted to use the likeness of the characters they own inside any of their themeparks they would have to get permission from Universal and pay Universal a royalty fee.

  8. Cindy says:

    Adventurer’s Club!!! And Dancing!!! My husband and I went for our 15th anniversary, and had a fantastic time in Downtown Disneyworld. There should be a few areas (besides restaurants!) where adults can be romantic/have fun with each other. We were disappointed that they did away with both the Adventurer’s Club and dancing. While we love the parks, there are not too many places where old fogies like ourselves can go club dancing to early 80′s music – if Disneyworld is about the kid in us, bring back those two!

  9. Are they going to fence it off and charge an admission fee? I am sure Disney is looking at all ways of generating maximum revenue.

  10. michal hayes says:

    Of course there will be admission charges. Did Disney ever leave a dime on the table?
    Expensive, but always a good value.

  11. Bob Collier says:

    I hope they do something with Captain Jack’s. We ate there during our 2011 family vacation. The food was outstanding (as was everywhere we ate that week) but service was horrible! We waited more than an hour past our reservation time to be seated and got one beverage refill the whole time we were there. We were extremely disappointed.

  12. Kimmy says:

    Captain Jack’s restaurant closed in August.

    They also ran the margarita bar at DTD. Is it still open ? Going there is 5 days !!!!

    Can’t wait !!!! :-D

  13. Michael Gibson says:

    I just wish that they would have more classic clothing and items from yesteryear. The new stuff doesn’t look that good. Just saying.

  14. john says:

    Bring back Adventurers Club !! + at least one good place to dance for the 25 to 50 crowd please :)

  15. Beverly says:

    We have timeshare at Orange Lake Resort. We heard last year that they were to build a Downtown Disney at one of the entrances. Is this true? Has anyone else heard this?

  16. bob says:

    Yes, bring back the Adventurer’s Club. It was wonderful.

  17. Darren Cramer says:

    Adventurers club should be brought back so many loved it.

  18. Erik says:

    Wow as if I needed anymore motivation to visit Disney again.

  19. Lin says:

    Looks like Disneyland’s…that reminded me of Universa;’s, and it was pretty overwhelming. Hope they do this more “Disney” style so it feels more cohesive

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