This new area will include open air promenades and meandering springs, as well as a waterfront section. The design draws inspiration from small Florida towns, as well as Florida’s natural beauty.
“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 expand its grounds from having 75 boutique shops and great dining options to having 150.
The area will include four neighborhoods that will all be interconnected:
- Town Center: A mix of shopping and dining along a relaxing promenade (a brand new area built on former parking lots.)
- The Landing: A thriving commercial district (formerly Pleasure Island.)
- The Marketplace: More family friendly, including new features such as an over-the-water pedestrian walkway and an expanded World of Disney store.
- The Westside: A lively entertainment district with lots of shade.
It is also said that two parking garages will be built for this new area, one on the Marketplace side and one on the West Side. Both parking and admission to Disney Springs will remain free.
Construction is expected to begin next month and will end by 2016. Downtown Disney will remain open during the construction, and the expansion will open in phases.
Here are some photos of what this new area is expected to look like: