BoathouseSoon, Downtown Disney will be no more as it gets a huge makeover to turn it into a larger and more exciting version named Disney Springs.
Some old favorite shops and restaurants have already gone, but don’t despair, there’s plenty going on to make you fall in love with this adorable shopping, dining and family activity centre on the edge of Walt Disney World.
Will Disney Springs be as cool as CityWalk? Probably not!
Will Disney Springs be more popular than CityWalk?  It sure will.

Disney Springs at a Glance

  • First opened in 1975, as Disney’s Lake Buena Vista Shopping Village
  • Announced March 14th 2013
  • Work commenced in May of 2013
  • Name changes officially early 2015 when the ‘Landing’ area officially opens.
  • Final completion is due 2016
  • Phased grand openings
  • 1900s Victorian theme for architecture
  • A Pontoon across the Marketplace area of the lake
  • Some of the existing buildings will remain untouched
  • Some will be remodelled into new themes
  • New shops and restaurants
  • The Huge Mall will be the major feature of the new development and will reach from the current Planet Hollywood area, right across to the T Rex Cafe.
  • Most of the new shops in the Town Centre will allow ‘walk-through’ routes for easier shopping and wet weather protection.
  • Disney Springs will double the number of shops, restaurants and entertainment spots to a massive 150
  • Four areas of Disney Springs include; The Landing, Marketplace, West Side, Town Centre.
  • Two new parking lots will add 6000 parking spaces
  • Will Disney Springs Parking be free?  Disney have not commented if they will charge.
  • Lake Buena Vista Drive increases from seven to 10 lanes and will include dedicated routes for Disney Resort transportation.
  • The first parking lot is due to open late 2014
  • The second is expected to complete in 2016
  • General Parking is likely to remain ‘free’ (expect Valet Parking options)
  • Expected to create 1200 construction jobs
  • Will create 4000 permanent jobs when completed

New Restaurants at Disney Springs

A number of new restaurants will join favourites such as the Raglan Road Pub at Disney Springs.  We will list the existing restaurants, rumoured new places to eat and confirmed additions here.

New Disney Springs Restaurants

  • Morimoto Asia Restaurant – Confirmed Summer 2015
  • STK Modern Steakhouse – Expected
  • Planet Hollywood Major Makeover – Rumour
  • The Boathouse Orlando – Confirmed Spring 2015
    We are anticipating this to be a fun theme. (Think Rainforest Cafe or T Rex, as it is rumoured to be developed by their designer; Steven Shussler.
  • Hangar – Under Construction
    Expected to open late 2014.
  • Food Truck park being developed on the West Side – Under Construction
  • Starbucks at the West Side and Marketplace – Open
  • Edison
  • Sprinkles
  • Blaze Pizza
  • Vivoli Gelateria
  • Tea Traders by Joffrey’s Tea

Downtown Disney Restaurants Closed

  • Pollo Campero – Closed March 2014
  • Cap N Jacks – Closed August 2013

New Shops at Disney Springs

  • Marketplace Co-Op – Open
  • Apple Store – Rumour
  • Zara
  • Tommy Bahamas
  • Lily Pullitzer
  • UNIQLO
  • Pandora
  • UGG
  • L’Occitaine en Provence
  • Edward Beiner

Downtown Disney Shops that have Closed/Moved

  • La Sosa Cigar – Closed
  • Apricot Lane – Closed
  • Curl by Sammy Duvall – Moved to the West Side
  • Blink – Closed

Downtown Disney Springs Water Craft Hire

  • The original Captain Jack’s Marina is permanently closed
  • Italian Water Taxi Skippered Tours ($75 Adult/$50 Child)
  • Amphicar Skippered Tours $125 for 3 passengers
  • QuadSki – Prices TBA
  • More info from the Boathouse Orlando – Restaurant Website

New Parking Lots

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  • Phase 1 Multilevel parking lot will open Nov 20th 2014 (1,700 spaces)
  • Phase 1 will fully open later in 2014 (Grand Total of 4,000 spaces)
  • Phase 2 Multilevel parking lot rumoured to open 2016 (2,000 spaces)

New Access from Interstate 4

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Disney Springs will also benefit from a new access ramp from the I-4, offering easy access into the first phase parking lot at a later date.

 

Concept Art Image Gallery for Disney Springs

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