Downtown Disney Transformation Information

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 opportunities.

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 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.

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.

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Something Special From Disney World

Have you ever desired to get something special for someone while in Disney World?  Have you ever needed something on the fly because you forgot to get something and you happened to be in Disney World?

Throughout the Disney property you can find quite a nice selection of jewelry deals.

One of the most well known jewelry opportunities is the “Pearl” stations that can be found in Downtown Disney, the Japan pavilion in Epcot, and also the Beach Club Resort.

Another not so well known location is the “Hand Carved” jewelry in Fort Wilderness, and also near Mexico in Epcot, near POTC in the Magic Kingdom.  There may be a few more locations, but I can’t list them all.

The last unique gifting is the “Blown Glass” stand in Downtown Disney.

While Disney may have finally added more of these locations they aren’t flooding the resort so make sure you look for them.  I have always found the “Hand Carved” jewelry interesting.  That is an employee that has some job security because I am sure that not everyone can do that.

If you want to check on additional locations you can always ask any Disney resort person, and they should be able to tell you.

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Adventurers Club Props Appear On Backlot

I don’t know about the Adventurers Club like most people do because we were only there once, but the Pleasure Island part of Downtown Disney is something that I knew of rather well from my earlier years.  I roller skated there at the multi-floor skating facility, we went to the Comedy Warehouse, and went to many other locations.

I was checking out some of the stuff that Jeff Lange has been posting from one of his upcoming visits to Disney World.  He had photos of some props from the now extinct Adventurers Club.  They were found on the backlot in Hollywood Studios.  I still don’t understand why they would end up there unless they are going to use them for something else down the road.  The items that were on most of the buildings were secured in such ways that one would think that they were mostly useless at this point.  From one of the photos it looks like they used some sort of cutting tools to remove the tail section of the plane.

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No More Trick-Or-Treating & Such

When a company does something routinely for years it usually isn’t something good when you change it.  For years there has been Trick-Or-Treating in Downtown Disney.  We went there because the tickets for Mickeys Not So Scary Halloween Party were a bit pricey for us.

I was just going through my information sources and found out that Disney will not be doing Trick-or-Treating at the Downtown Disney area this year.

I also found out that FREE face painting in the Magic Kingdom has also been cut for this year.

I am figuring that the economic situation that the world is in is finally taking its toll on Disney, events, and its pricing.

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Finding Smokes In Disney

If you are a smoker then you know how difficult it is to find any tobacco on Disney grounds.  For the most part you need to go to at least the gas station in the Downtown Disney area.  If you have a car, then I suggest getting off Disney grounds to get your smoking goods.  If you smoke cigars then you can actually purchase cigar goods, and smoke cigars in the Downtown area without incident.  Some people have said that the Sosa Cigars are the best around.  To purchase items you can also go to Sosa cigars internet site.

What I don’t know is if you can actually smoke a cigarette in the cigar bar.  Does anyone know this answer?

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