Progress is being made as Downtown Disney transforms into Disney Springs. Hints of this re-imagined destination can already be seen throughout. This transformation will significantly increase the entertainment options as well as the dining and shopping of Downtown Disney. Visitors can already notice the change in the wording of the guide maps and the appeal of the shops and other buildings.
The first phase of the massive project is near completion. The Landing within Disney Springs opened this past spring. It’s the area that surrounds the Paradiso 37 restaurant and also hosts the popular Raglan Road Irish Pub. Pleasure Island used to be located here. New shops and restaurants have already opened and you can get a taste of what Disney Springs will resemble. The Boathouse, which opened in the spring, has a nautical theme and three great bars within. You’ll want to take a ride on an amphicar, modeled after a classic car that will also ride out onto the lake beside The Boathouse.
One of two planned parking garages has already opened. The Orange garage features multiple levels of smart, automated parking. Before you pull into a row to search for a parking spot, you will be notified if a spot is available in that particular row by digital displays. Sensors signal how many spots are open before you turn into a row. This is a great feature that saves time and frustration during the peak tourist seasons. More conveniences are the charging stations for electric cars.
Major restaurants at Disney Springs are expected to open in the fall, including an upscale pan-Asian restaurant and the highly-anticipated Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar. The Hangar is a throwback to the Indiana Jones adventure series, as Jock Lindsey was Indiana’s pilot and traveling companion on certain missions. Watch for updates regarding this impressive aviation- themed restaurant.
Completion for all of Disney Springs will be in early, 2016. You don’t have to wait until then to experience the transformation. Sections of Disney Springs are being opened ever-so-frequently, and it’s exciting to see it change to an Old Florida waterfront village.