Downtown Disney will evolve into Disney Springs at Walt Disney World

Posted Thursday, March 14, 2013 4:23 PM | Contributed by Jeff

From the blog:

Earlier today, we unveiled plans for Disney Springs, the exciting, multi-year transformation of Downtown Disney at the Walt Disney World Resort, and I’d like to give you all a glimpse into what we’ve got planned.

Walt Disney World Resort guests and local Florida residents have been enjoying Downtown Disney for more than 30 years, but we knew we had an opportunity to reimagine and reinvent this corner of the resort. We’ve spent a good deal of time thinking through just what we want this area to be, and how to bring it to life to make it a place unlike any other. And we have even scrapped a few preliminary plans that we felt didn’t measure up to our aspirations for this place.

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Sunday, March 17, 2013 6:09 PM
slithernoggin's avatar

I hope Disney Springs fares better than Hyperion Wharf :-)

(Hyperion Wharf was the plan announced in 2010 to revamp Pleasure Island.)

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Sunday, March 17, 2013 7:04 PM
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A name that awful has no chance.

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Sunday, March 17, 2013 7:27 PM
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Is the end result different than Hyperion Wharf? I don't recall. I knew they changed the name. I really liked Downtown Disney, and can't wait to see it with all of these changes.

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Sunday, March 17, 2013 10:20 PM

I don't recall, either. I'm not sure the details of that project were actual details, I seem to remember it being kind of vague. Or such a long time ago. Somebody probably lost their job over that one.
And amid all the hype here it seems that the real major overhaul belongs to that rotting hulk that was once Pleasure Island, thank god. How many years has it been since that place closed up, leaving patrons to walk through a derelict ghost town to get from one end to the other? It's a little more than sad, and decidedly un-Disney like.
Anyway, from the rendering/model it seems like the new stuff extends out into the current parking area, and is that a parking garage there? And since Planet Hollywood stays put, is that the dome looking building?
I always thought an interesting concept for the place would be a non-gated all- access Paradise Pier kind of place, with the usual retail, food, and nightclub options but add up charge rides like a giant wheel, a Zephyr kind of circle swing, and a Screamin' style steel coaster that runs the length of the place. It would be a way for families to extend their fun after the parks close for the day, or a way for the casual visitor to catch a few rides.
But I really like rides and try to include the thought of at least one or two where ever I go...

Sunday, March 17, 2013 11:48 PM
slithernoggin's avatar

As I recall, Hyperion Wharf was aimed at reviving the Pleasure Island area of Downtown Disney.

The driving force behind Disney Springs seems to be traffic. It appears that the wretched traffic around Downtown Disney has been causing both tourists and locals to avoid going "Downtown". The Disney Springs plan includes a couple of parking garages, reworked vehicle access in the area, and a new exit off the expressway.

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