Concept art leaked for Downtown Disney remodel
Mar 4, 2013
Details were recently leaked regarding the plans to revamp the Downtown Disney area at Walt Disney World. According to those plans, the downtown district will eventually be named "Disney Springs" and will have six different areas or "neighborhoods:" The Gateway, The Town Center, The Springs, The Landing, The West Side, and The Village Marketplace. Each neighborhood will allegedly have a distinct feel, with the current West Side and Marketplace basically retaining their current layouts. However, the apparent plans do call for Planet Hollywood to be rebranded as "The Observatory."
WDW News Today has posted more news about the project, including several concept art photos and maps.
According to the document, "The roots of this destination can be traced back as it evolved around the town's local spring. In this evolution, clear changes in the environment have manifested, making what we know today as [Disney Springs]." The four pictures shown stacked on top of each other seem to strengthen this story and act as a time lapse showing guests the gradual transformation of the area. The artwork also looks to depict an elevated bridge and walkway designed to look like an old abandoned train track, left behind from the early days of the development.
As always, when artwork like this is leaked/released, it should be taken with a grain of salt since plans are continually in flux. There was concept art released of Hyperion Wharf, the previous master plan to revitalize Pleasure Island, even though the project was recently abandoned.