Downtown Disney to undergo major revamping and expansion
Lake Buena Vista, Fla. -- Walt Disney World Resort announced the multi-year transformation of Downtown Disney into Disney Springs, which will feature an eclectic and contemporary mix of stores, dining options and entertainment experiences from Disney and other noteworthy brands.
"Featuring distinctive brands, world-class restaurants and unforgettable entertainment, Disney Springs will be brought to life with the same focus on storytelling and attention to detail that goes into our theme parks, resorts and cruise ships, resulting in a welcoming space that only Disney could create,” said Tom Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
Disney Springs will double the number of shops, restaurants and other venues for guests to explore, resulting in more than 150 establishments. Drawing inspiration from Florida's waterfront towns and natural beauty, the project will include four outdoor neighborhoods interconnected by a flowing spring and vibrant lakefront. In addition to a new gateway with a signature water tower and grand entry, the destination will feature:
- The Town Center, which offers a sophisticated mix of shopping and dining along with a promenade where guests can relax, refresh and reconnect;
- A colorful and thriving commercial district called The Landing with dining and beautiful waterfront views;
- The family-friendly Marketplace, which will combine new experiences, such as an over-the-water pedestrian causeway, along with classic Disney favorites, including an expanded World of Disney store; and
- 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 slated to begin next month with new areas opening in phases. Disney Springs is expected to be complete in 2016.