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Downtown Disney overhaul officially announced

Leah Zanolla | Posted: Mar 14, 2013 | Updated: Oct 19, 2014 - 9:25:27 AM
Disney has officially confirmed the rumors of an overhaul coming to Downtown Disney in Orlando. According to the story released by the Disney Parks Blog, the information we put up last week was fairly accurate. The area will be renamed Disney Springs and will consist of several different neighborhoods, featuring more than 150 stores, restaurants and entertainment locations. The neighborhoods will be named The Town Center, The Landing, The West Side, and The Marketplace. Each neighborhood will have a distinct feel, with the current West Side and Marketplace basically retaining their current layouts.

- The Town Center will feature a central promenade, along which guests can find shopping and dining.
- The Landing is the area's main commercial district, with waterfront views and themed dining.
- West Side provides entertainment, as well as elevated sections that provide shade to those underneath, and a new vantage point for guests to watch all the hustle and bustle of the area.
- The Marketplace is especially family-friendly, offering an expanded World of Disney store and a pedestrian walkway over the water.

As Disney tradition goes, the area will have a backstory explaining the history. The idea is that the town grew up around a spring, and guests will be able to see the evolution in the environment as the town has grown and changed. This spring is what will connect the neighborhoods along the waterfront.

Construction should begin next month and be completed in 2016. All concept art/images ©Disney.

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