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Disney World 'Tops Off' Disney Springs with its Water Tower

March 1, 2016, 11:16 AM · Workers at the Walt Disney World Resort over the weekend installed the new icon for the Disney Springs shopping and dining district — a nostalgic water tower that will stand over the area's Town Center.

Disney Springs water tower
Photo courtesy Disney

In addition, Disney this week confirmed the line-up of retail shops and restaurants that will open in the Town Center of Disney Springs, starting May 15. Town Center will feature Spanish "Revival" style design, with buildings set along a creekside promenade. Town Center is one of four "neighborhoods" of Disney Springs, and the only one that is completely new from the old Downtown Disney district.

Here is the line-up for Town Center.

Retail shops:

In addition, Town Center will feature two Disney-owned and operated eateries...

...and two celebrity-chef restaurants:

Work continues throughout Disney Springs, with Fulton's Crab House and Planet Hollywood undergoing months-long refurbishments and STK Orlando and The Edison also scheduled to open this year.

Replies (13)

March 1, 2016 at 5:22 PM · it looks so bad
March 1, 2016 at 9:45 PM · shops shops shops - BOB IGERS DREAM TO TURN ALL OF DISNEY INTO SHOPS.
March 2, 2016 at 12:06 AM · Mostly chain stores that I can find in any mall. No reason to shop there, so boring...
March 2, 2016 at 6:43 AM · At least 10 of those stores I've never seen before, but then I live in London so we don't get all of the US brands. Also a few of these are either completly new or new to Florida I think.
March 2, 2016 at 7:36 AM · It didn't really matter if they called it Lake Buena Vista Shopping Village, Walt Disney World Village, Disney Village Marketplace, Downtown Disney, or Disney Springs. It was most successful as a shopping center and it was popular with locals and tourists alike.

I'll agree it isn't for everyone, but if you visit on almost any night it feels like everyone is there.

March 2, 2016 at 8:16 AM · So now that they have a giant mall, can they start turning the park retail spaces back to match the area theme vs. generic Disney stuff?
March 2, 2016 at 8:46 AM · So what happens to the other water tower discarded from DHS?

Most shops are female oriented. Not so much new restaurants are added. Disney Springs is looking more like a boutique upscale mall instead of the lowest common denominator tourist attraction. I'm not sure I much care for this new version because the store mix is not to my taste. I suggest they add some male interest stores and some Disney and theme park novelty stores (the reason why I visit).

March 2, 2016 at 9:50 AM · Anon, even as a female, none of those stores interest me at all! **yawn**
March 2, 2016 at 5:44 PM · Did they run out of room at this mall to add a GameStop... Disappointed in the new store line up. Disney should have unique stores here not every day ones..
March 3, 2016 at 10:17 PM · Okay, not to be negative, but I can't see a single store in that list that I would even want to go into. But I also buy everything from Amazon now and rarely go to stores anymore.
March 4, 2016 at 5:04 AM · Just a mall to make getting around Disney even harder What happened Walt would not be happy with this not what he envisioned
March 4, 2016 at 3:28 PM · Coming to a Disney World near you - a more expensive version of outlet shopping!
March 7, 2016 at 10:27 PM · I am not sure what people are expecting at Disney Springs. It has always been Disney World's mall. I am actually impressed with the store lineup. If they got all those higher end stores, Disney must really mean business.

I thought they should have taken the Earful Tower and brought it over there...or have they?

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