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Downtown Disney Officially Becomes Disney Springs

by Mommy Frog on September 29, 2015 69 Orlando   Video

Nearly two years ago, Disney announced plans for a massive re-imagination of Downtown Disney called Disney Springs that would roughly double the size of the existing area, with more dining, shopping and entertainment options. Since then we've been tracking the progress of Disney Springs, from the construction of two new parking garages (with a total vehicle capacity around 6,000), to the actual work on the new areas within Disney Springs. At last, the name change has become official. Downtown Disney is no longer.

Disney Springs

With the change, Disney Springs brings it its own story that reflects the history of Florida and draws from the numerous waterfront towns that grew up around a spring. The first new section of Disney Springs — The Landing — opened this spring, with new restaurants such as The Boathouse and Dockside Margaritas making their debuts.

boathouse-external

Most of The Landing is now open, and enhancements have been made to the Marketplace and West Side, the Town Center and second parking garage is expected to be completed in by summer 2016. Today, we're walking you through the progress of Disney Springs, what's opened, and all of the retailers and restaurants that are set to open in the coming weeks and months. And we'll be adding to this post as new announcements are made.

Disney Springs' The Landing

The Landing, taking over the area formally known as Pleasure Island, is the first of four "outdoor neighborhoods" within Disney Springs. Three new restaurants have been announced for The Landing in 2015. First up is The BOATHOUSE, an upscale waterfront dining experience.

The new dining concept is the product Schlussler Creative, the creators of Rainforest Cafe, T-Rex and Yak & Yeti at the Walt Disney World Resort. The BOATHOUSE is now open, offering live music, guided tours aboard the Captain's 40-foot Italian Water Taxi (with champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries), and guided Amphicar rides that launch from land but enter the water for a 20-minute tour of Disney Springs. The BOATHOUSE features steaks, chops, seafood and a raw bar.

Disney Springs - THE BOATHOUSE Oysters

The food is quite good, and the seafaring theme adds both a casual but upscale vibe. We highly recommend the Oysters on the Half Shell and SKY HIGH Gibson S'mores Baked Alaska.

Tea Traders Cafe by Joffrey opened recently in a 1940s warehouse setting, offering hot teas, blended teas and even teas with spirits. You can also enjoy edible tea-based cookies and treats. An on-site Tea Smith hand-blends the teas and can make recommendations.

Disney Springs - Morimoto Asia

Morimoto Asia from Chef Masaharu Morimoto of "Iron Chef America" opened in September. It features pan-Asian cuisine such as Peking duck carving and dim sum. It offers waterside seating, terraces, a grand hall and a cocktail lounge.

Jock Lindsay’s Hangar Bar also opened this fall, tucked between the expanded Paradiso 37 and the BOATHOUSE. The aviation-themed lounge bears the namesake of Indiana Jones’ trusted pilot, who appeared in the opening of Raiders of the Lost Ark. The venue features unique cocktails and small plates, all meticulously chosen to enhance the theme. Look for the homage to Jock’s pet snake, Reggie, amidst the vintage travel posters and aviation décor.

Jock Lindsay's Hangar Bar

Rounding out the new dining options is STK Orlando, a modern steakhouse. At 14,000 square feet, it is set to be one of the largest STK restaurants in the world. An opening date is not yet known.

In 2016, The Landing will welcome an expansive dining and nightlife experience, The Edison, a lavish, industrial-gothic style venue in the theme of the 1920s. The Edison will reflect an era brimming with invention and imagination in each of its themed areas: The Lab performance space, The Ember Parlour, Telegraph Lounge, The Patent Office, The Tesla Lounge, The Radio Room, and Waterfront Patio. Cabaret style performances, palm readers, contortionists, and DJs will entertain guests as they explore the sumptuous venue and enjoy American food and craft cocktails. These new experiences coming to Disney Springs embody a return to the immersive storytelling that Disney is known for.

New Retailers at The Landing: 

  • APEX by Sunglass Hut
  • Art of Shaving
  • Chapel Hats
  • Erwin Pearl
  • Erin McKenna's Bakery NYC
  • Havaianas
  • Sanuk
  • Sound Lion
  • Vivoli Gelateria

Disney Springs' The Town Center

Disney Springs - Town Center rendering

Another one of the outdoor neighborhoods, The Town Center will offer a mix of shopping and dining along with a promenade where guests can relax.

Disney Springs Marketplace

Part of the existing Downtown Disney, the Marketplace is adding an expanded World of Disney Store and new retailers. The Village Causeway, connecting one end of the Marketplace near The LEGO Store to the other near the Rainforest Café is now open.

Along the causeway, guests can find retailers touting a variety of fun finds. The retail booths at the entrance to the causeway offer an array of trinkets and toys as well as local indulgences from Florida Bath Co. and Flour & Sugar, which offers Florida inspired cookies.

Disney Springs - Dockside Bar

Dockside Margaritas along the waterfront on the Marketplace side received a facelift and expanded menu, including a selection of craft beers from Florida breweries, tropical Florida wine, and new cocktails.

Disney Springs West Side

west-side

Also part of Downtown Disney, the West Side will provide lively entertainment plus new elevated spaces to provide shade and better viewing of the entertainment.

Most recently announced is the opening of an NBA experience, which will include dining, retail and interactive opportunities. It is taking over the space now occupied by DisneyQuest, which will be closing to make way for an expansion.

New Retailers at West Side:

  • Superhero Headquarters – offering merchandise for fans of the Marvel Universe
  • United World Soccer

Additional Retail at Disney Springs

The following retailers are set to arrive at Disney Springs, date and location unknown:

  • Zara
  • Tommy Bahama
  • Lilly Pulitzer
  • UNIQLO
  • PANDORA
  • UGG
  • L'Occitaine en Provence
  • Edward Beiner

Additional Dining at Disney Springs

The following dining outfits are set to arrive at Disney Springs, data and location unknown:

  • Sprinkles
  • Blaze Pizza

What are you most excited to experience at Disney Springs? Share your thoughts and any questions you have in comments below!

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Why, Disney, why?!? Oct 28, 2016 at 4:37 p.m.

I just visited Disney Springs for the first time. In their quest for profits, Disney has done away with all the charm of Downtown Disney, and turned it into a generic mall you can find in Anytown, USA. I want stores and merchandise that are unique to Disney. Not Zara and UnderArmour. What were they thinking? It's just sad. This wasn't the experience I wanted and expected, and I won't be returning.

PS: don't even get me started on Starbucks in the parks... what's next? Dunkin Donuts?

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Kristie Nov 8, 2016 at 10:33 p.m.

Thanks for this comment! We are going in January to Orlando and I wanted to stop into Downtown Disney so the kids can get a little of Disneyworld without going to the parks.....I am so disappointed! Downtown Disney was one of my favorite places! Thank you.....that saved me time driving down there!!

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Vivian D Wagener Apr 7, 2016 at 12:24 a.m.

Is there a handicap access, my father in law can walk to the TREX CAFE or Rainforest Cafe? Last year it was heck getting to TREX CAFE.

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gaby Mar 5, 2016 at 11:07 p.m.

I am going begining of april, I was wondering if you can park closer to the disney store at disney springs, wen't last year around same time and it was a pain to walk from the parking lot by planet hollywood aaaalll the way through... anybody knows?

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Sandra Mar 29, 2016 at 10:17 p.m.

The parking lot is not di uses. I was yesterday an had to park near what planet Hollywood used to be.

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FrogBlog Mar 8, 2016 at 1:41 p.m.

Hi Gaby,

It used to be that you could do this, but now you will not be able to. The parking towers would be your closest option, although you could park on the far end of La Nouba and take the boat to the Westside.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Eric Jan 9, 2016 at 10:33 p.m.

The only disappointment was The Gnachery. A chocolate shop that is so small, they have a constant line with a gatekeeper. An occasional sampling is brought to waiting buyers. Small selection of candy bars and small squares of chocolate. Highly priced. If you expect amazing gifts or souvenirs, this isn't the place. It's overhyped. Very expensive. They want 27 dollars for 12 small chocolate squares. Never again!

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Fernando Lamas Dec 11, 2015 at 6:37 p.m.

We're going again this year. Looking forward to seeing the new attractions. Glad they finally got rid of that Adventurers Club. Boring place. New restaurants are what they needed there instead. We'll likely check out everything but won't spend a dime we don't have to, especially if you can get it online for less. Upscale retail is the direction everyone is heading now. All looking for the same handful of folks with fat wallets. Ha! Good luck with that Disney Inc.

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DAVID UTLEY Dec 3, 2015 at 3:28 p.m.

Disney Springs is wonderful. People all around seem to like the new look. For a long time Disney tourist like me I know the project will be completed and will settle into a great experience. The waiting for it all to be completed is hardest when you really love time in the resort as much as I do and want to see it all opened. I will continue to support Disney in the Springs and bring the kids to shop often.

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FrogBlog Dec 4, 2015 at 12:30 p.m.

Hi David,

Thanks for your comments. We love the new look of Disney Springs, especially the new dining options.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Ron Havard Nov 3, 2015 at 12:40 a.m.

We just got back from DS and did not buy a single thing. The place is just a big overpriced shopping mall now, over crowded, and missing the Disney experience we grew to love over the last 15 years. Sadly to say we will probably never go back - glad my kids got to experience the Disney magic before it died. We also did the Universal Studios Fright Night - well this will be the last trip to Orlando for a very long time. Sad to see things change for the worse.

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Arne Nov 1, 2015 at 4:54 a.m.

Two things that used to appeal to me about the "Disney Shopping Village" (later "Marketplace") back in the 70s and 80s were: 1) No admission charge (at least that's not changing), and 2) Way less crowded than the Parks. It was very easy to find a parking spot, even on Friday and Saturday evenings, We usually avoided buying merchandise at the Parks but on the last day of our trip, before heading to the airport, we'd spend a few hours at the Marketplace, filling our carry-ons with merchandise and having a nice relaxing meal. Then the West End and Pleasure Island came in, and it quickly became pointless to go there on a Friday or Saturday evening, and eventually it became packed every day of the week. So much for finding a close-up parking spot. So much for being able to walk around without veering around baby strollers and bumping into crowds of people. I'll visit Disney Springs, but I'm skeptical that it will be anything close to relaxing. I'm older now (it will happen to you too!), and I'm sure many people my age miss the peaceful Disney Marketplace that I recall. May I suggest that Disney pay some attention to us Baby Boomers and provide a shopping/dining area that isn't geared toward the prime buying demographic? Us older folks still have money, and we still enjoy spending it. And by the way, many of us have kids and grandkids that we like to bring to WDW, often at our expense.

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John Archer Jan 3, 2016 at 4:32 p.m.

Couldn't agree with you more. All over the UK it's much the same, trying to appeal to the younger generation but forgetting how many of us there are and how much disposable income we have!!

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Jerry Oct 9, 2015 at 10:11 p.m.

So it looks like Disney Springs is really just a mall now. The Adventurers club was always a blast, and so was DISNEY QUEST! Too Bad.

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Tricia Oct 25, 2015 at 3:55 p.m.

My first visit in 3 years in December 2015 after many, many visits previously. Very shocked to read about this, they say "change is good" , but only if you are going to ask someone other than the financial planners what we 'really' want. To me DTD started to go 'downhill' when they stopped the 'live' Nativity', that to me was always a Christmas 'must', will it be the Processional at Epcot next, I wonder?

Being a senior now, Boutique and other upscale stores are really not my thing, nor can I imagine it being on the list of must do's for children and probably even teenagers. In the UK I shop mainly at QVC online as this has most of the US items I like, and at a third or less of the price of the Malls, and now Disney.

Very sad, as this was to be probably my last trip to Florida to not have the opportunity to see DTD again - sigh!!!!

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Viv Norton Oct 7, 2015 at 9:42 p.m.

Yes it needed a facelift at Downtown Disney, but not loads more retail. What's wrong with a venue with something for adults as well as kids. Bring back The Adventurers club and a Comedy Club, isn't that what Disney is supposed to be about! All the family loved it, my 24 year old daughter went to the last night of Adventurers and was so sad to see it go. We don't all want to shop all the time!

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Kimmy Oct 12, 2015 at 1:45 a.m.

Can you say "just another strip mall for locals"? Whatever happened to the immersive Disney experience? The old stand-bys of yesteryear were awesome - the Comedy Club, 8-Trax, and, of course, the Adventurer's Club were the heart and soul of DTD....what a shame, that it's all about the bottom line Disney. You blew it BIG TIME.....

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Becca Sep 10, 2015 at 7:16 p.m.

Hey everyone, I'm super excited about Disney Springs. I'm a Floridian from Kissimmee and grew up with the Disney parks. I remember when Downtown Disney was actually called Lake Buena Vista and had the Empress Lily steam boat. Change is good! Disney is keeping it family friendly by getting rid of pleasure island night clubs. I will certainly check out this expansion and hope they will have more art festivals again.

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Cnwoo Oct 8, 2015 at 2:52 a.m.

Hi! My family have been regular visitors for past 7 yrs. I think Disney Springs is losing its " magical" feeling with all these new shops that has nothing to do with Disney. I only shop at Disney stores so super excited about bigger World of Disney store.

I agree with previous comment that Disney should invest more money to ADD NEW rides or update current ones. It would be nice to change show in mickey's PhilharMgaic. That type of attraction should be changed every 5 yrs or add second show. It would also be really great if more restaurants opened up in Magic Kingdom rather than Disney Springs. We hate the dining choices at Magic.

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Iain Aug 30, 2015 at 12:42 a.m.

Just back from Orlando and have to say that Disney is pricing themselves out of their market. After 11 years we did not pay the extortionate prices as the family have lost interest due to the over commercialisation. This may become a long term issue for Disney as they will have their own families and may look elsewhere to holiday. In addition, Disney has completely forgotten that their older guests need to rest occasionally, preferably somewhere cool, and if they can't they'll go elsewhere taking family with them. One suggestion that many would love is a place to relax and get a foot bath to revive those aching feet! Over to you Disney......

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Sallie Aug 28, 2015 at 5:20 p.m.

We just made our last visit to Disney Quest. You can tell that Disney is just waiting for this to die. Lots of things were broken or had already been taken down. We are not shoppers. Having spent $7,000 on a vacation we have a limited souvenir budget ($75 per person). We will never visit Disney Springs. This was just another nail in the coffin of our dying Disney dreams. I wish they would put as much money into updating dated attractions like Stitch or even Country Bears as they do into expanding shopping outlets . in fact, given the escalating Disney Prices after 15 years of annual WDW trips we've decided to go to Universal next year.

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Bob Aug 22, 2015 at 3:03 p.m.

I visit Disney 2x a year, we generally eat at one signature restaurant per visit . Other than that i stick with Ragland road, Paradiso , house of blues. I would be nice to bring back the AdventurersClub!!!! or something like that. The only saving grace is they haven't ruined the Golf yet. We avoid the parks and just enjoy the resort and use the kitchen facilities more. I think if more people do this disney would rethink there plans. there comes a point when it becomes unaffordable and alternatives like all-inclusiver resorts and cruises not disney become more favorable. Also Renting a car is now becoming more favorable.

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Chris Sep 7, 2015 at 5:25 a.m.

looks like they are bringing back the adventurers club, but inside the park near the jungle boat ride. New update for Magic Kingdom coming soon

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Blumski Aug 12, 2015 at 9:17 p.m.

We visit Disney almost every year. We drop a boatload of money for our vacation and the last thing I want to do is head to Disney Springs to drop a boatload more. I miss the Adventurers Club which was a favorite and the high end shops will not be visited by us. Seems as if the new concept has gone away from the "Disney Magic" we have come to know and love. Very sad indeed.

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Andy Bentley Aug 11, 2015 at 7 a.m.

So Pleasure Island 2.duh will be offering retail items that can be purchased online for 50% less? Disney must have these merchants in a horrific termed lease. From visitors comments and looking at my thoughts many will not be spending any large amounts of money for sandals we can buy on amazon at a huge discount. Disney Springs will be a joke for retail. Maybe their view is that many customers do not have the transportation to leave the property to go buy t shirts, shoes, etc that they may need on their vacation. But I can tell you this, the decimation of pleasure island has placed a void in my Disney experience. Have fun all day at the parks. Rest. Eat Dinner. Go out and live a little. Take in a comedy show, take in an interactive performance that sets you in a world where there is more to explore even at the expense of ineptitude. Enjoy a club where you dance like you haven't in years, decades. All gone. Why? Lack of security? Losing market share? Profit margins not reaching goals? These can be fixed. Does a couple want to schlep out to a glorified outlet and overspend or would they rather enjoy evening entertainment? I went many times as a twenty something. Made friends with CM. Made friends with other tourists. What does this equal????? Memories. memories,, memories. Will the same experience hold water when I spend $80 for a pair of sanuks? OF COURSE NOT.

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Gary Mar 21, 2015 at 3:01 p.m.

Last week, I was told by a Disney employee that the Adventurers Club is still very much intact and does open once a year for a special private event. He also said it is very likely to reopen in the not too distant future.

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Alan Jul 25, 2015 at 2:55 a.m.

Sorry to say thats not true. Adventurers Club has already been gutted and the shell will be used for another restaurant, probably the STK Orlando Steak House

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Sean Nov 16, 2015 at 7:02 p.m.

STK is not going in the old Adventurer's Club location, but where the Comedy Warehouse and 8Trax used to be. The Adventurers Club frame is going to be the Edison, an "industrial gothic" restaurant and nightclub.

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Glen Mar 17, 2015 at 6:56 p.m.

We are Disney regulars.. and been to Downtown Disney a few times as this transformation takes place. However, "downtown" Disney is rarely on our agenda any more... too many stores of overprice items, and many restaurants of expensive mediocre food.... Give me the days of the "Disney Village Marketplace" Pleasure Island... 8TRAX, Adventurers Club, Rock and Roll Beach Club, West End Stage.. and we will celebrate "New Years" over and over again.. Now for fun... its Citiwalk.... To bad Disney, in your search for the perfect "family" vacation, you forgot about the adults that pay for everything, and giving them an opportunity to have some fun too...

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Mike and Nancy Jul 29, 2015 at 12:38 a.m.

We've been coming to Disneyworld for forty years. Downtown Disney was always a nice escape from the crowds at the parks. Oftentimes, you could pull-up and park adjacent tithe World of Disney, stroll through the stores and shops that were unique to Disney or, at least, Disney themed. Now in our 60's we find that with the new Disney Springs,parking is no longer convenient and the new stores and restaurants are not only very pricey but are far

removed from the traditional Disney experience that we have enjoyed for so any years. Apparently the Disney Company is now more interested in attracting the high end consumer and has forgot about the goal of its founder, making it a place for all to enjoy. Sad!

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Lauren Jul 27, 2015 at 2:13 p.m.

I'm with Glen on this! I liked going to DTD to experience unique things (like Pleasure Island). Disney Springs is essentially a cookie cutter outdoor mall with overpriced food.

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stuart Jun 29, 2015 at 12:12 p.m.

I have to wholeheartedly agree with everything Glen has said especially the last part about paying. Does Disney ask the paying guests for ideas or just assume what we want?

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Janet Mar 16, 2015 at 1:14 a.m.

Have to agree with John. Love to shop at Downtown Disney but will probably never buy anything in most of these new stores.We can do that kind of shopping at home. A larger World of Disney sounds great! We want to buy things that remind us of our special time at Disney...not ordinary upscale merchandise we can purchase at any mall in the U.S. And BRING BACK THE ADVENTURERS CLUB!!! It was unique and always crowded with adults of all ages. Every year we looked forward to that as much as our time at the parks. KONGALOOSH!

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Chris Mar 9, 2015 at 3:27 a.m.

KUNGALOOSH!

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Gayle Vuletic Feb 26, 2015 at 7:01 p.m.

Bring back the Adventurer's Club! Everyone in our family loved that place!!!

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John Feb 26, 2015 at 6:21 p.m.

First thoughts on this. Been to Disney a lot and always have had a wonderful experience. So I'm ready for anything they throw at me. However, these new shops and restaurants have big prices and boutique written all over them.The Art of Shaving ,a sandal shop and an earbuds store- really? The Adventurers Club and The Comedy Warehouse are calling all Imagineers.

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Lin Apr 12, 2014 at 12:38 p.m.

Looks like Disneyland's...that reminded me of Universa;'s, and it was pretty overwhelming. Hope they do this more "Disney" style so it feels more cohesive

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Erik Mar 3, 2014 at 6:26 a.m.

Wow as if I needed anymore motivation to visit Disney again.

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Darren Cramer Jan 17, 2014 at 12:39 p.m.

Adventurers club should be brought back so many loved it.

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bob Jan 9, 2014 at 12:28 p.m.

Yes, bring back the Adventurer's Club. It was wonderful.

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Beverly Jan 7, 2014 at 6:43 p.m.

We have timeshare at Orange Lake Resort. We heard last year that they were to build a Downtown Disney at one of the entrances. Is this true? Has anyone else heard this?

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Joey Sep 15, 2015 at 3:40 p.m.

Also have a time share at Orange lake but I heard in 2016 there will be a south village added with an opening to animal kingdom

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john Dec 29, 2013 at 6:32 p.m.

Bring back Adventurers Club !! + at least one good place to dance for the 25 to 50 crowd please :)

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Michael Gibson Oct 23, 2013 at 12:24 p.m.

I just wish that they would have more classic clothing and items from yesteryear. The new stuff doesn't look that good. Just saying.

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Kimmy Oct 19, 2013 at 11:12 a.m.

Captain Jack's restaurant closed in August.

They also ran the margarita bar at DTD. Is it still open ? Going there is 5 days !!!!

Can't wait !!!! :-D

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Bob Collier Sep 30, 2013 at 7:35 a.m.

I hope they do something with Captain Jack's. We ate there during our 2011 family vacation. The food was outstanding (as was everywhere we ate that week) but service was horrible! We waited more than an hour past our reservation time to be seated and got one beverage refill the whole time we were there. We were extremely disappointed.

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michal hayes Sep 14, 2013 at 12:13 p.m.

Of course there will be admission charges. Did Disney ever leave a dime on the table?

Expensive, but always a good value.

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ernest wilson Sep 13, 2013 at 7:42 a.m.

Are they going to fence it off and charge an admission fee? I am sure Disney is looking at all ways of generating maximum revenue.

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Cindy Sep 7, 2013 at 12:11 p.m.

Adventurer's Club!!! And Dancing!!! My husband and I went for our 15th anniversary, and had a fantastic time in Downtown Disneyworld. There should be a few areas (besides restaurants!) where adults can be romantic/have fun with each other. We were disappointed that they did away with both the Adventurer's Club and dancing. While we love the parks, there are not too many places where old fogies like ourselves can go club dancing to early 80's music - if Disneyworld is about the kid in us, bring back those two!

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Mike Conrad Sep 5, 2013 at 12:17 p.m.

When are going to put a fifth park and take advantage of their purchase of Marvel and Star Wars.Its not like they're not making a whole lot of money at the box office

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Pete Apr 14, 2014 at 1:25 p.m.

Disney can't take advantage of Marvel in Florida. When Universal & Marvel were both subsidiaries of MCA they signed a contract giving Universal the sole right to Marvel images for themepark attractions east of the Mississippi as long as Marvel Island was in exiseistance at IOA.

If Disney wanted to use the likeness of the characters they own inside any of their themeparks they would have to get permission from Universal and pay Universal a royalty fee.

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Robert Jun 7, 2013 at 10:21 a.m.

I have to echo Clint's comment: Bring back The Adventurers Club...! Closing that place was one of the worst decisions to come out of Corporate Disney. While it is true that many of the PI night spots had moderate attendance, the Adventurers Club was constantly busy and had such incredible appeal it was a "draw" to the area all by itself.

Bring Back The Adventurers Club!!!!

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Dee Herr Apr 18, 2013 at 11:54 a.m.

Come off of it. Update the actual parks and bring more thrill rides. Also, bring back the clubs and dancing.

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Jane Mar 22, 2013 at 2:54 p.m.

An 'expanded' World of Disney Store! Wow - I can't wait to see it. 2016 is about when we plan to return to WDW so we'll keep an eye out as you report additional details on the expansion as the years pass.

I also have great memories of the Adventurers Club - that place was really great!

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Clint Mar 14, 2013 at 4:52 p.m.

Bring back the AdventurersClub!!!! That place was so fun!

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ClemsonFan Apr 5, 2015 at 3:45 p.m.

U r so rt. the adventure club was awesome. Over the top safari stories with a nice adult beverage

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Karen M May 21, 2014 at 11:39 a.m.

I LOVED The Adventurer's Club!

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Tracy Champniss Mar 14, 2013 at 4 p.m.

I like it!

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David C Mar 14, 2013 at 4 p.m.

This sounds fantastic. My only concern is parking? There is hardly enough parking as it is. Wonder what their plan for that is? Is PI going to be taken out and become part of this Disney Springs? So many questions! Cant wait for the answers and more artist renditions!

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Ethan Mar 16, 2015 at 12:52 a.m.

Just got back from Disney yesterday and they already have one of the parking garage open. It is an "intelligent" garage. Each parking spot has an "eye" in the ceiling which then communicates with the enterance how many parking spots are available on each level. Even better is when you are in the garage there is a digital display on each parking row indicating how many spots are open in that row.

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Kimmy Oct 12, 2015 at 1:50 a.m.

We have those so-called 'smart lots' here where I live. They don't work - half the time, vacant spaces are red and filled ones are green. They aren't very dependable, especially when you have someone right behind you and, what appears to be an open space, turns out not the case....an accident just waiting to happen.

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Becca Sep 10, 2015 at 7:18 p.m.

Cool! Is parking free? I really hope it stays free.

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Jeff Aug 29, 2015 at 2:36 p.m.

That parking lot technology is already used in Calgary, Canada. It works great!

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mel Apr 1, 2015 at 2:26 a.m.

Those "intelligent" garages are fantastic up to about 90% full, then they become soooooooo frustrating. I hope the Disney ones stay below 90% most of the time.

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Benson Oct 4, 2015 at 5:34 p.m.

Checked out Disney Springs and much prefer the old version. Less chaos and congestion with the old downtown disney. It had its own quirky charm I suppose. hated when they close the cigar bar there, 'casa del fuego' or something was the name. My wife and I live in Orlando and rarely visit themeparks. The only park we really like is Epcot. We've thought about the yearly residents pass for that one.

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Benson Oct 4, 2015 at 5:29 p.m.

Was there the evening of 10/1. Parking in the new garages was a train-wreck. Chaos. The had legions of attendants and security dweebs trying to sort things out, but they only made things worse. I will still park in the back lot, hopefully that will remain open. (The lot behind House of Blues and Cirque)

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Junior Dec 21, 2015 at 2:09 a.m.

You're probably talking about Universal's Citywalk, House Of Blues and Cirque are at Universal, not Disney Springs...

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Lindsey Jan 22, 2016 at 8:04 p.m.

Um, no. Those are both definitely at Disney springs. I live here. Trust me. We park in the back lot too.

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Anthony DeLeonibus Mar 22, 2013 at 1:31 p.m.

David,

It says in the article that Disney is building 2 parking garages that will have 6000 spaces. Don't forget, a lot of visitors arrive via boat or bus. Should be OK.

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