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Walt Disney World Announces Disney Springs Transformation for Downtown Disney

Disney Springs will feature new highly themed areas, such as the Landing (pictured)

Yesterday the Walt Disney World Resort announced major changes coming to its Downtown Disney area of the resort. Dubbed Disney Springs, this multi-year, multi-phase transformation of the Downtown Disney area will bring new shops, restaurants, activities, and easier convenience to visit the area with consolidated bus areas and new multi-level parking decks. The announcement was made on the Disney Parks Blog:


Announcing Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort

Earlier today, we unveiled plans for Disney Springs, the exciting, multi-year transformation of Downtown Disney at the Walt Disney World Resort, and I’d like to give you all a glimpse into what we’ve got planned.

Walt Disney World Resort guests and local Florida residents have been enjoying Downtown Disney for more than 30 years, but we knew we had an opportunity to reimagine and reinvent this corner of the resort. We’ve spent a good deal of time thinking through just what we want this area to be, and how to bring it to life to make it a place unlike any other. And we have even scrapped a few preliminary plans that we felt didn’t measure up to our aspirations for this place.

Our fundamental goal is to create a welcoming, comfortable space where families can enjoy time together and instantaneously feel right at home. We want to give them opportunities to relax, to be entertained, to wander in and out of unique and distinctive shops or enjoy a world-class dining experience. And because we are Disney, we’ve anchored the entire experience around a story that gives us the ability to deliver on the legendary place-making and creativity for which we are known. The result is Disney Springs, a timeless and vibrant place that celebrates the turn-of-the century lakeside towns that dotted the Florida landscape.

The story of Disney Springs begins at our new Town Center, which is oriented around a series of bubbling natural springs that first attracted settlers to the area. From there, the town grew to encompass three additional neighborhoods: The Landing, Marketplace and West Side – each with its own distinct charm and atmosphere. For more about each of these districts, click here.

Once complete, Disney Springs will expand from 75 to more than 150 shopping, dining and entertainment venues, featuring some of the world’s most iconic brands and restaurants. Construction is set to begin next month. The expansion will open in phases and we expect to complete our development in 2016. We look forward to sharing more details in the future here on the Disney Parks Blog.


Concept art of the new Disney Springs (click image to start slideshow/view larger versions):

Overhead concept designs for the revamped Disney Springs area. Featured in the lower portions of the image are two major parking decks to alleviate parking concerns that have existed in this popular area.

Including in this transormation is a new grand entrance for the area, as pictured in concept art above.

Featured in this concept is the spring in which Disney Springs gets its name.

Disney Springs will feature new highly themed areas, such as the Landing (pictured)

The existing Marketplace area will be improved, including this new pedestrian bridge to better alleviate congested walkways in this popular area.

The existing West Side of Downtown Disney will be refreshed, including adding these elevated rail platforms-turned viewing areas.

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