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Disney Springs non stop construction is taking shape

July 02, 2014 at 4:28 PM

 

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We are sure that by now you must be fully aware of all the new changes that are heading down to Disney Springs (known as Downtown Disney)

There is so much going on its hard to show and explain it all in one page but we will make sure to make it short and give you some of the highlights. 

Here are some interesting notes you may not know about Disney Springs.  

-Disney Springs will have about 50 new retail stores. All stores are high end and most have already inked a lease. These will be some high end stores like Apple, Mac and NYC, Miami LA, type of stores. 

 

-Disney Springs will house about 8 new restaurants in the old pleasure Island area. All in which it is rumored that about 4 restaurants have inked a deal so far. These are rumors of course until an official confirmation comes from Disney. Morimoto, Gibsons, and a concept from the One Group are just rumors from new restaurants to join the new Disney Springs line up.

 

-Major efforts are being done on Disney side to assist with the current traffic and parking issue. Did you know that on busy weekends all employees are directed to park off site including Typhoon lagoon and just recently Epcot Center. 

 

-We just learned that Paradiso 37 will also be expanding its operation. They will be closing the second floor area to add a kitchen and surround the restaurant with more seating. This addition will add about 200 more seats to this restaurant. This construction starts next week and will take about a year to complete. 

 

-Ragland Road is also expanding its restaurant seating and is currently under construction for its new addition however nothing more can be confirmed at this time. 

 

-There will be a pedestrian bridge from the opposite side of the Hess gas station over the road which allow Disney employees not to wait for the light and allow a faster flow of traffic. 

 

-The current parking garage that is being built on the west side is one of the 2 car parking garages that are being built. Once this garage is done at the end of this year, the new garage will start construction early 2015. This garage is set to be in the current main pleasure island parking. This would be where the parking is to enter the main entrance to pleasure island, and in front of Ragland Road. it is said that Disney Springs garage will hold about 12000 car spots.

 

-PARKING WILL BE FREE!!! and at all times!

 

-Valet Parking is available now and will be permanent in Disney Springs. 

 

-There will be a food truck area in between Bongos and the new Starbucks. 

 

-Planet Hollywood will be remodeling its current globe to what it seems an observatory. Construction will begin as soon as certain areas from Disney Springs have been completed.

 

-Disney Springs will actually have a real Springs running inside the main areas.. There has always been water running around the island but major efforts are being made to take out the current water and place it with a new running springs. Hence the name Disney Springs.

 

-Disney Springs has a story to its name. This was an old abandoned working town that has been rejuvenated to a new era..  

 

-I-4 west bound will have an exit that runs in directly to the new west side garage parking lot. 

 

-There are currently 2 bus terminals in Downtown Disney. These will be closed and will house only 1 bus terminal which will be located in the middle of Disney Springs next to Planet Hollywood and bus lanes will be created on the main Lake Buena Vista drive which will also be widen to hold 4 car lanes. 

 

Here are a few pics for you to see the massive projects that are currently happening in Downtown Disney. 

Parking Garage located in the west side in front of AMC theaters.

 

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New Boat Dock located in the new pedestrant bridge. This was located just a few feet below but got moved and made bigger.

 

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Contruction of the new restaurant. This restaurant is rumored to be a seafood type restaurant and is above the water with amazing lake views. 

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The main entrance to the old Pleasure island. Making ground for the springs and new restaurant space. 

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By Planet Hollywood.. All water needs to be controlled and emptied out for new construction. 

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Disney Springs garage parking rendering posters..

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Disney Springs new train track. This is a portion of a train track that will be placed in between bongos and Starbucks, overlookng the food trucks and view. This will allow guest to get up and have different views, sit down and relax while also providing much needed shade to the walk way. 

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New Bridge being constructed from the side of T-Rex to Connect to rain forrest.. How convienent this is for both resturants which are owned by the same company. 

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As most people this Im sure we all got tired of walking all around to from one side to the other.. Well no longer!

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Birds eye view from Fultons Crab house over looking some of the construction and parking garage in the far end. 

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Some remodeling around the Fultons Crab house and Portobello entrance. 

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New restaurant being built next to Portobello. A portion of this restaurant will sit on the water. 

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Heavy construction all the way through Disney Springs. 

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So there it is.. A quick overview of some of the biggest changes coming to Disney Springs. 

There is ALOT going on inside and outside and for sure we cannot wait.. The fist portion of the construction is set to open at the begining of 2015 with a full completion date of mid 2016.. 

Long way to go but this machine is working nonstop..

 

As always we will keep you posted with any updates.

 

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