Top Ten Details About Disney Springs

Top Ten Details About Disney Springs

In March, 2013, it was announced that the Downtown Disney area is going to undergo some major changes. The name will eventually be changed to Disney Springs. While not many details have yet been released, here are the top ten things that are known so far.

10) Plenty of Jobs

It is expected that 1,200 construction jobs will need to be filled during the change. Once ready, Disney Springs is also expected to create approximately 4,000 jobs in Central Florida.

9) Based on a Story

Disney Springs will be based on a story, the same way that Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach are. The basic storyline is that people were attracted to the Town Center because of the natural springs and then settled throughout the rest of the area. Disney Springs is expected to have a town or community feel to it.

8) Four Neighborhoods

Unlike Downtown Disney, which has three sections, Disney Springs will have four neighborhoods. They will be The Town Center, The Landing, West Side, and Marketplace.

7) Pleasure Island Will Be Replaced

The area that has been known as Pleasure Island is being replaced by The Landing. The Town Center will be built where there are currently parking lots. Marketplace and West Side will not be replaced or moved.

6) Downtown Disney Is Open During Construction

The construction of Disney Springs should not stop you from visiting Downtown Disney. It is currently open, although some parts are blocked off because of construction.

5) Cap’n Jack’s Is Closed

The first casualty of Disney Springs is Cap’n Jack’s Restaurant. It closed in August. No other closures have yet been announced.

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4) Options Are Doubling

With the expansion, the number of options will double. Disney Springs will have approximately 150 shopping, dining, and entertainment options.

3) Two Parking Garages

Parking at Disney Springs should not be a problem. Walt Disney World plans to construct two parking garages, one on either end of the complex. Once finished there should be approximately 6,000 parking spaces for Disney Springs guests. Parking is expected to be free, just like it is at Downtown Disney.

2) Opening in Stages

Disney is not going to make you wait to enjoy the new area. Much like the New Fantasyland, Disney Springs will open in stages.

1) Will Take Three Years

While it is too early to announce an official opening date, Disney Springs is expected to open sometime in 2016. Construction officially started in April, 2013.


About PaulaK

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.