Construction is in full swing at Disney Springs. Set to be complete in 2016,
the four new, distinct neighborhoods are shaping up quite nicely. Connected
by a flowing spring and vibrant lakefront, the new areas are wonderfully
chock full of unique thematic elements. New shops and restaurants are
opening up continuously, and once this project is finished, Disney Springs
will undoubtedly be THE place to go for amazing dining, shopping, and
entertainment at Walt Disney World.
Transportation is available from
all Walt Disney World Resort Hotels. Boat transportation is available from
Port Orleans Riverside and French Quarter, Saratoga Springs, and Old Key
West. There is a walking path from Saratoga Springs as well. A new, state of
the art multi level parking garage is now open. There is no
direct transportation to Disney Springs from any of the theme parks. Parking
is free at Downtown Disney.
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Downtown Disney Expansion Brings New
Shops, Dining, Entertainment to Guests and Economic Boost for Central
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., March 14, 2013 – Walt Disney World Resort
today announced the multi-year transformation of Downtown Disney into
Disney Springs, a unique destination that will treat guests to
significantly more shopping, dining and entertainment amid beautiful
open-air promenades, meandering springs and waterfront charm.
Disney Springs will feature an eclectic and contemporary mix from
Disney and other noteworthy brands. From boutique shops to unique
flagship anchor stores, guests will be able to explore a variety of
shopping, dining and entertainment experiences and discover options
unlike any other currently available in Central Florida.
“Disney Springs will be a timeless, vibrant place where Walt Disney
World guests and local residents can relax, shop, dine and be
entertained in an imaginative setting where they’ll instantly feel at
home,” said Tom Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.
“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.”
Disney Springs will double the number of shops, restaurants and other
venues for guests to explore, resulting in more than 150
establishments. In addition, Staggs noted, Central Florida stands to
benefit from the expansion with more jobs, tax revenues and business
Drawing inspiration from Florida’s waterfront towns and natural
beauty, Disney Springs 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
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.
Collectively, these efforts will not only have an impact within Walt
Disney World, but will also have an economic ripple effect on Central
Florida. The project will create an estimated 1,200 construction jobs
and nearly 4,000 operational roles.
Disney will share more details on specific experiences coming to
Disney Springs in the future. Construction is slated to begin next
month with new areas opening in phases. Disney Springs is expected to
be complete in 2016.