Downtown Disney has officially changed its name to Disney Springs, where guests can experience a premiere retail, dining and entertainment experience near the Walt Disney World theme parks. Disney Springs announced in 2013 that it would undergo a multi-year renovation that would be completed sometime in 2016, and that would double in size. Parts of the transportation corridor and parking structures set to be complete sometime in 2017.
The unique shopping experience features environments themed around an elaborate backstory and will feature the following areas:
- The Marketplace
- The Landing (formerly Pleasure Island)
- Town Center
- West Side
The new name change will also come with 150 stores and restaurants, an upgrade from the 80 in Downtown Disney. Several new shops and restaurants have already opened up, including Chapel, a hat store, and The BOATHOUSE®, a waterfront restaurant that showcases fresh seafood. Morimoto Asia and Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar have also joined the mix; Morimoto Asia features an Asian cuisine, while Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar offers a globe-trotting experience. Disney Springs has also announced the addition of other retail stores, including Lilly Pulitzer, Uniqlo, Zara, Pandora, and Tommy Bahama. The vice president of Disney Springs, Keith Bradford, says that the name change is “a huge milestone,” and that “there’s plenty more to come.”
An Interstate 4 connector will be opening in October in order to ease pressure off of Buena Vista Drive and to offer more direct access to the property. The ramp will have an option that allows guests to drive directly into the Disney Springs garage.
Construction at Disney Springs will continue until next year, but if you want to check out the Walt Disney World parks in the meantime, check out Tickets2You.com for the best deals on theme park tickets!