Yesterday The Walt Disney Company confirmed rumors that we had previously reported about a facelift coming to the Downtown Disney area. Announced as 'Disney Springs' the project re-imagines the area as "four outdoor neighborhoods interconnected by a flowing spring and vibrant lakefront." With more than 150 establishments, Disney Springs will double the number of shops, restaurants and entertainment venues from what is currently available at Downtown Disney.
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. 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.
~Tom Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
Though Disney hasn't released the names of possible establishments to populate the new shopping and entertainment center we've spotted some leaked information on other fan sites. The Disney Food Blog had some ideas about possible new restaurants, such as Disneyland's 'Trader Sam's' Tiki Bar and the LA Steampunk Mecca 'The Edison.' The Save Pleasure Island webstite suggests retailers that could be signed on including Coach, Dior, Apple, American Girl and many, many more.
Disney expects the economic impact on the greater Orlando area to be significant with the addition of an estimated 1,200 construction jobs and nearly 4,000 operational roles. New construction for the project is slated to begin next month with the areas opening in phases. Disney currently expects Disney Springs to be complete sometime in 2016. Fans have of course heard of plans to revitalize the complex before when Disney announced Hyperion Warf. Hopefully with the construction dates set to begin soon we'll be able to see some fairly quick movement forward on the beginning of Disney Springs.
Are you excited about the new plans for Downtown Disney? Do you think that the facelift will be able to revitalize the area? Leave a comment and let us know what you think about Disney Springs.