Disney Springs: Downtown Disney Expansion Announced

Disney Springs

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Disney has officially announced an expansion for Downtown Disney in the Walt Disney World resort.  If you’ve been to Downtown Disney in the past, you know it’s already got a nice selection of shops and dining.  But this new expansion will take to a whole new level.  Featuring new and unique shops and dining, an enhanced lakefront area and a bubbling spring throughout, this new expansion will double the number of shops, restaurants and other entertainment, resulting in a total of more than 150 establishments.

Disney Springs will be comprised of four neighborhoods.  According to Disney, those are:

  • 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 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.
  • 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.


Disney Springs Marketplace

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Construction is scheduled to begin in April and will be completed in 2016.  However, the new areas will be opened in phases along the way.

I always recommend families make time to visit Downtown Disney during their vacations, but now with Disney Springs growing in such size, it may become a “must do” more often.  Find more details on the Disney Parks Blog and see more concept art.  What are your thoughts on this expansion?


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