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March 14, 2013
Well -- after months of speculation -- rumors and people on the interweb asking "They're going to name it what?" It's official -- Downtown Disney is being expanded and rebranded as Disney Springs. At 1.1 million square feet of retail, dining and entertainment space -- it is a far cry from its humble beginnings.
When the Lake Buena Vista Shopping Village opened in 1975 -- it was meant as the commercial hub of what Disney hoped would eventually be an actual city - with actual residents.
That's why the old Disney Village resort's buildings (Now bulldozed for Saratoga Springs) were mostly townhomes.
Over time -- it became the Disney Village Marketplace. Then Pleasure Island was added in 1989 & the West Side in 1997.
Pleasure Island has been a ghetto of closed clubs since late 2008. Now, after at least 2 false starts construction is finally set to start next month.
It will feature a lot of water features -- and will seem to spring from an actual spring.
But they work with Disney a lot: Master planning WDW's World of DIsney Store -- which is getting a large expansion -- and all of Downtown Disney California.
Enough history -- here's your first look at the NEW Marketplace (which will keep that name but expect a large upgrade and expansion)
The new marketplace will include a new bridge from Rainforest Cafe to the T-Rex Cafe area.
Disney didn't release that image. It was posted on WDWMagic.com by user Lee. Any black & white images are reposted here are from his sources -- and I appreciate his help.
While they announced Pleasure Island is becoming "The Landing" there's also a new area being built called "Town Center" --which Disney says: "offers a sophisticated mix of shopping and dining along with a promenade where guests can relax, refresh and reconnect. "
Disney also announced the West Side will keep its name. And now will "provide an exuberant atmosphere with lively entertainment, along with a series of new elevated spaces that provide both shade and an overlook to the activity below."
Disney also released concept art of the new entrance -- and emphasis on the Waterfront area.