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Disney announced March 14th, 2013 that Downtown Disney will get a much needed upgrade and redevelopment.


Construction will Start in April 2013 until completion in 2016


The expansion will almost double the amount of shops and restaurants


Parking will continue to be free even though they will be adding two parking garages


A walkway bridge will be build between the Rainforest Cafe and T-Rex


Disney Springs

The new future of Downtown Disney

Disney announces Disney Springs (03-14-2013)



Construction walls going up all over Downtown Disney

Building demolishing has started



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Disney Spring's Model

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Disney Springs early plan 02-2013


Tom Staggs announces Disney Springs

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.
�A 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.





EX: Hyperion Wharf

at Downtown Disney - 2013

more than likely this has been cancelled

Orlando Sentinel Article about delays



Straight from Disney

How about that? New dining, shopping and entertainment experiences are in the works for Downtown Disney and today we�re sharing a first look at what to expect in the future for the 120-acre complex. Look closely and you�ll see that Pleasure Island will evolve into a vibrant waterfront district called �Hyperion Wharf.�

The district will come to life with a nostalgic yet modern take on an early 20th century port city and amusement pier. By day, stylish boutiques and innovative restaurants will draw you in and by night, thousands of lights will transform the area into an electric wonderland.

Taking its name from Hyperion, the Greek god of light, as well as the street on which Walt Disney built his first major animation studio, the wharf district will also feature a relaxing lakeside park and enhanced pedestrian walkways. And its diverse eateries will expand dining availability at Downtown Disney by more than 25 percent.

Along with the new wharf district, other projects are underway at Downtown Disney, including:

  • An extensive renovation of Lego Imagination Center, which will increase its overall footprint by nearly 3,500 square-feet and add new Lego exterior models featuring scenes from classic Disney movies.

  • Enhancements at AMC Theatres that will take the movie-going experience at Downtown Disney to the next level with new digital technology, a Concession Stand of the Future and Florida�s first Fork & Screen Theater; and�

  • Numerous new or renovated retail shops and merchandise vignettes, as well as additional atmosphere entertainment, throughout Downtown Disney.

Construction on the district begins immediately and it�s scheduled to be completed in 2013.



The latest rumor for Hyperion Wharf is the Adventurers Club may be coming back.

Below is one of the concept drawings for the new area but has since been pulled from Disney's website. Towards the left of the balloon you can see the roof line of the adventurers club.

This of course proves nothing but continues to fuel the fire of the very missed Adventures Club coming back.



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