Town Center opens at Disney Springs
Walt Disney World opened another section of its rebranded Disney Springs shopping and dining area today. Featuring Spanish-revival style architecture, the new Town Center stands on land that once was part of Downtown Disney's parking lot, next to the old Pleasure Island.
Town Center will open in phases over the rest of the spring and summer, as Disney works to complete the transformation of the old Downtown Disney. Twenty-three tenants opened officially today in Town Center, including D-Luxe Burger, The Daily Poutine, and Sprinkles cupcake bakery.
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In addition, the new Lime parking garage opened today, adding another 2,000 parking space for visitors coming to Disney Springs. Like the Orange garage on the far side of Town Center, the Lime garage uses sensors and lights to quickly direct drivers to open spaces in the garage, saving the hassle of driving around looking for an empty space.
Locations still to open at Disney Springs include the STK Orlando steakhouse, Frontera Cocina, Coca-Cola Store and Rooftop Beverage Bar, and the Edison. In addition, Planet Hollywood and Paddlefish (the former Fulton's Crab House) are undergoing renovations and are expected to open later this year.
Disney needs at least ten thousand more shops and restaurants. At least.
As someone who had not been to Downtown Disney (as it was then) we decided to visit one free afternoon during our vacation a few years ago and I have to say it was one of the most relaxed and enjoyable afternoons of our entire stay. What Disney have done here looks amazing and I look forward to another relaxing afternoon next time I visit - maybe more than one.
Our cruise docked in Port Canaveral for the day this past March, so I rented a car and we drove over to Disney Springs for the day. I was disappointed that the new Town Center wasn't ready, but it was a perfect reminder of why I love Disney Vacations with the family. Sure, it's all just a money maker of shops and restaurants, but it comes with that happy feeling that Disney does so well. Just sipping on a beer and looking in the stores, while the kids played on the lego tables, or explored neat shops of candy and toys...just a kind of relaxed bliss.
Does anyone know the opening date for the Edison? We have a trip planned for mid-July.
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