Disney Springs is filled with construction equipment these days. There are construction walls everywhere, and the huge cranes building two new parking garages tower high in the sky. All these are good signs. It shows that Disney’s redesign of Disney Springs into Disney Springs is becoming a reality.
Disney announced that the launch of Disney Springs will occur in two major phases. The first phase of Disney Springs will be The Landing, which will open in early 2015. This section will replace the area formerly known as Pleasure Island. When Disney opens The Landing, they will officially change the name from Disney Springs to Disney Springs.
The second phase of the redesign will open in 2016 and will include updates to the Marketplace and West Side. Disney will also be debuting a new section called the Town Center. The Town Center will include shopping and restaurants and will be located in the old Pleasure Island parking lots.
Coming this summer
While the major sections of Disney Springs won’t open until 2015 and 2016, Disney will open some new areas in the summer of 2014.
Disney will open two Starbucks locations in Disney Springs. Both of these locations are currently under construction. The first location is in the Marketplace section of Disney Springs. Starbucks will open a kiosk in front of the World of Disney store.
The second location is in the West Side not far from the Characters in Flight balloon attraction. This location is a stand-alone building, and features a patio with waterfront views. It also includes a fireplace, which should be very nice during the summer in Florida!
The Westside Starbucks location will be similar to the Starbucks that is now open in the Disneyland version of Disney Springs. It features large video screens that show pictures of coffee regions around the world.
The summer of 2014 will also see the opening of the new Marketplace Co-op boutique. This one location will feature six different retail concepts under one roof. The shops will include:
Beautifully Disney – Make-up, perfume, and beauty accessories
Cherry Tree Lane – Accessories for ladies, including scarves, bags, shoes, and jewelry
D-Tech on Demand – Personalized electronics accessories
The Trophy Room –Sports apparel and collectibles
Disney Centerpiece – Home products
Zoey and Pickles – Trendy shop for girls
United World of Soccer
The United World of Soccer will open in May in the West Side. It will feature sports gear, team jerseys, accessories, and clothing.
Food Truck Park
Disney also plans to open a permanent location for its food trucks. It will be called Food Truck Park and will be located between the new Starbucks on the Westside and the existing Bongos Cuban Café.
Parking and Roadwork
Two huge parking garages are currently under construction and have been for some time. These should definitely help with the parking issues that have plagued Disney Springs for years. There is no opening date yet for these garages.
Buena Vista Drive, which is the primary road in front of Disney Springs, is also currently under construction. Construction workers often close off lanes during off-peak hours. Disney plans to expand this already large road from seven to ten lanes. This will include a one lane dedicated just to buses.
I think it is very interesting to note that Disney has announced there will be an interchange off of interstate I-4 that will allow guests direct access from the highway to Disney Springs. This is sure be a huge improvement on how traffic flows in and out of Disney Springs.
When Disney Springs is finally complete in 2016, it will be twice the size of the old Disney Springs and will include around 150 shops and restaurants.
Are you looking forward to the opening of Disney Springs?