Disney Springs Construction Update

November 20, 2014, 10:12 AM · ORLANDO — Works continues on Downtown Disney's transformation to Disney Springs, the expanded and refurbished shopping and entertainment district scheduled for a spring 2016 opening. The West Side parking garage opened to guests this morning, though the planned new freeway access ramps are far from completed.

We mentioned in our Fulton's Crab House review yesterday that much of Downtown Disney has become a forest of construction walls, disrupting many of the previous pathways from the West Side to the Marketplace.

The heart of Disney Springs is the old Pleasure Island district, and the new "Springs Bottling Co." sign has gone up over the old Mannequins dance club warehouse. The building will be the home of the new Morimoto Asia restaurant.

Another of the new restaurants in Disney Springs will be The Boathouse, here under construction.

You can see a sample of the look of Disney Springs in this completed section behind Cookes and Raglan Road.

Progress continues on the new walkway across the lagoon, which will provide a shortcut from one end of the Marketplace to the other.

Don't know if the new pathway will make much of a difference for this resident!


Replies (8)

November 20, 2014 at 10:44 AM · I was there last weekend and they sure got that deck ready quickly. It didn't look like that at all. All of the exterior walls on the stairwells were missing for one.
November 20, 2014 at 12:59 PM · Not too impressed with the look of Disney Springs. City Walk looks like the more interesting place to visit, it's the same in California. That sea serpent looks like it's from a second rate amusement park.
November 20, 2014 at 2:38 PM · Are they charging for parking at the new parking garage?
November 20, 2014 at 4:04 PM · That "sea serpent" is made entirely of LEGOs and is one of many very cool LEGO installations that sit outside The LEGO Store. It has nothing at all to do with Disney.
November 20, 2014 at 9:20 PM · Yes, that sea serpent is made entirely of legos and has been there for many years. What does the sea serpent have to do with the new construction anyway? Some people just like to be negative.
November 20, 2014 at 9:35 PM · Change of subject, but, Behind the Thrills is having a vote for Best Theme Park website. Looks like TPI could use some help from us.
November 21, 2014 at 8:05 AM · Looks great, but I am just happy to see so much change and improvement across the expanse of WDW these days.
November 25, 2014 at 12:00 PM · Is there a charge to get into downtown Disney?

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