Disney Springs Update: It will be worth the Traffic Jams!

IMG_1761I spent a day walking around Disney Springs last weekend to see how things are progressing. If you didn’t read about the name change from Downtown Disney to Disney Springs,  Disney Springs got it name from the beautiful crystal clear waters that now run through the center of Disney Springs.

There is much more parking provided with the many new garages. There are new Pedestrian bridges that span Buena Vista Drive and Hotel Plaza Blvd to give better, safer access to the surrounding areas. The Orange Garage has  a new sister garage that’s almost complete. If you haven’t seen the garage yet, you will love it. It tells you how many spots are available on each level and the elevators are in the perfect spot to take you to the ground level. The elevators make it accessible for people in scooters and wheelchairs. There’s also an escalator down from the 2nd level for a speedy exit from the garage.

As you can see from the pictures I posted, the place looks like it’s in shambles, but there’s a few completed places worth mentioning. Morimoto’s is now open and should prove to be a very popular place to eat.   It’s is now open in The Landing district of Disney Springs, and it’s already booked way into the season so plan ahead before you come to Disney Springs.

Taking a break in Ghirardelli's
Taking a break in Ghirardelli’s

Morimoto’s joins Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC, The BOATHOUSE, STK and Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar. The Town Center Area has over 30 new tenants selling high end  item from Anthropologie, Kate Spade, Sephora, Under Armour, M·A·C Cosmetics, Vince Camuto, Oakley, Lucky Brand and the soon to be complete Coca-Cola Store.

There are 2 new kiosks adjacent to the Fulton Crab house, which will be closed for renovations later in the year. The best thing added was the bridge that goes from Lego over to the Rainforest Café.

Some recently release upcoming tenants include chef Rick Bayless Mexican restaurant, Amorette’s Patisserie which will serve hand-crafter cakes and deserts, and High-end burgers at D-Luxe Burger.

With all the new and upcoming restaurants and shops, this will be the place to visit when it’s completed by the end of 2016.


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Donald McCloskey

I’m currently retired! Yay! I worked 30 years as a Product Manager and Vice President for a major Securities Clearing Bank. I was Born and raised in Woodside, Queens, New York and moved to Downtown Orlando with my partner on July 4th of 2004. I love to travel and have been to many places in Asia and Europe as well as exotic places like Iceland, Sweden, Norway and Australia. I’m a computer geek, avid photographer, artist and I play guitar. I've been to every Disney Them Park in the world and have been to Disney World an estimate of 250 times, but more time than I can remember. Living in Orlando gives me the opportunity to visit as often as I want.

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