As of Tuesday Downtown Disney will be no more. Over the last few years, Downtown Disney has been morphing into what will now officially be called “Disney Springs”.
The story of Disney Springs begins at the new Town Center, which is oriented around a series of bubbling natural springs that first attracted settlers to the area. From there, the town grew to encompass three additional neighborhoods: The Landing, Marketplace and West Side – each with its own distinct charm and atmosphere.
A ceremony, set for Tuesday at Waterview Park adjacent to the newly opened Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar, is planned to celebrate the name change.
Walt Disney World Resort guests and local Florida residents have been enjoying Downtown Disney for more than 30 years, back in April, the area opened The Boathouse restaurant in “The Landing” area, and just recently debuted the new Indiana Jones-themed watering hole Jock Lindsey’s Hanger Bar.
Once complete, Disney Springs will expand from 75 to more than 150 shopping, two new parking garages, dining and entertainment venues, featuring some of the world’s most iconic brands and restaurants like the new Morimoto Asia restaurant, which is opening Sept. 30.
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WESH has a great breakdown of the transition from the very beginning to the present.