Downtown Disney Reimagined – Disney Springs by Dawn Gosdin
Downtown Disney® consists of seventy five extraordinary shops, dining venues and outdoor artisans that fans of Walt Disney World® and locals have enjoyed for decades. A few years ago they began chipping away pixie dust by pixie dust, taking the beloved clubs away that made up Pleasure Island and everyone’s favorite – the Adventurer’s Club. The Adventurers Club featured animatronics, puppets, and a cast of adventurers who performed in shows and improvisational comedy while mingling with the club’s patrons. The Adventurers Club opened with the rest of Pleasure Island on May 1, 1989 and was designed by Joe Rohdes who also designed Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and& Aulani Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, Hawaii. In good Disney fashion, change is a comin’, if it’s possible to have more stores, dining venues and entertainment~ why not~ and make it a bit more themed~ Go big or go home-right, hence; Disney Springs.
Doubling in size and grandeur, Disney Springs will have more than 150 unique restaurants and retail shops, themed after the lakeside towns along the Florida coastline at the turn of the century. Homey charm and distinctive décor with food trucks galore will make this location on Disney property sought after by many. It will hopefully invoke family togetherness and a laid back vibe, in hopes that many Disney peeps magically forget they’re spending lots of coinage, lol. The expansion plans consist of much needed parking garages; the new garages should add thousands of parking spaces to the area. Disney Springs will feature a charming Town Center which will include shopping and dining along a relaxing promenade and three other sections named: Landing, Marketplace and West Side. Landing will consist of restaurants with water views; Marketplace will have an innovative foot bridge spanning the bay between Fulton’s and Cap’n Jack’s and an expanded World of Disney store, yes I said EXPANDED – as if World of Disney needs to be larger! West Side will consist of new elevated spaces with magical entertainment. My family is fevered with anticipation and looks forward to the completion of Disney Springs, in Spring 2016.