New Disney Springs inspired by coastal Florida towns

Posted Wednesday, June 1, 2016 10:18 AM | Contributed by Jeff

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Inspired by real Florida coastal towns like Coral Gables and St. Augustine, the new Town Center gives Disney’s fabled Imagineers the opportunity to develop an elaborate backstory and weave together the mishmash of areas at the sprawling complex into a more cohesive whole. Dave Hoffman, a creative director at Walt Disney Imagineering, conducted a pre-opening construction tour of the area. The Mouse-made "natural" springs, he explained, are the heart of the town. "Each neighborhood reflects its function and its [fictitious] time period when it was developed," Hoffman noted.

According to the narrative, a cattle rancher discovered the water source in the mid-1800s and settled there. The springs, which Hoffman's team has carefully crafted, include cypress trees and palmettos lining its banks. Lights flickering in the trees at night represent fireflies. Also in the evening hours, floating lanterns glow, and colorful boils of water illuminate the springs.

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