Posted Thursday, September 24, 2015 11:36 AM | Contributed by Jeff
Over the last several months, Downtown Disney has been undergoing its transition to what is now officially known as "Disney Springs." It's not just the name that has changed. Venues have been revamped, replaced and revealed.
Read more about the conversion and venues from WESH/Orlando.
I've actually been there now four or five times since the first garage opened, and while still crowded in the narrow construction areas, it has come a very long way. The construction that isn't finished is completely massive. All of the drawings and such don't really reveal much about the scale of what this will eventually be. Much of it is already not recognizable.
Oh, goody! My Downtown Disney trading pin just went sky high!
The Amphicars at the Boathouse are very cool. Does anyone know if those are the original German made vehicles that are restored or are they reproductions? I've seen a beautifully restored example of one on South Bass Island in Ohio but I thought they were relatively rare, so I was surprised to see an entire fleet with a launch ramp at the Boathouse.
You can read more about the Amphicar here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amphicar
In the 60's when I was a kid we lived in Cleveland, and for frequent, cheap outings my dad would get us all frozen custard then take us down to the Rocky River marina to watch boats. There was a man who showed up there all the time with one of those amphicars and he would drive it straight into the water, drive around, then take it out and drive around some more. I thought it was the coolest thing ever, I especially liked the odd look of them, and when I saw these were at Disney I about flipped. So awesome.Last edited by RCMAC, Friday, September 25, 2015 4:46 PM
The cars are flawless at the Boathouse. They almost look too perfect. No idea where they came from, but the prices are steep for short rides.
I'm personally looking forward to seeing Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar, being a bit of an Indiana Jones nerd.
They are indeed restored originals:
Even if you don't take an amphicar ride, it is well worth it to tour the Boathouse dock and see some of the boats in the "museum" on display.
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