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Downtown Disney to Become Disney Springs with Expansion Plans

Walt Disney World Resort has recently 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 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, chairmen 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."

The expansion will feature:

  • "The Town Center," which will offer 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 (just incase the biggest store on property was too small).
  • A "West Side" that provides an exuberant atmosphere with lively entertainment, along with a series of new elevated spaces that provide both share and an overlook to the activity below.
So as you can probably tell from the names of the new sections of the expansion, some of Downtown Disney will be staying fairly the same (West Side and Marketplace).

Construction is set to begin next month (April 2013) with new areas opening in phases.

Disney Springs is expected to be complete in 2016.

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