Disney Springs is a long ways from becoming a reality at the area soon to be formerly known as Downtown Disney. As we wait to see the results of the massive overhaul of the Pleasure Island area of Downtown Disney along with the various accompanying projects that tie in the general vision of Disney Springs, we first encounter the burdens of construction projects on this scale that happen whilst the attractions, in this case the many of Downtown Disney, remain open as ever through it all. Whether it be the parking lot closures that make an already adverse situation all the more tedious, or just the construction walls that bear down over the once incredible atmosphere of a party island, the change that is coming is largely felt but with little signs of the promise that comes with these pains. Despite the latter all is not doom, as guests continue to enjoy themselves at some of the wonderful options that exist at Downtown Disney as it stands today. The curious may even notice some of the construction going on with a waterside bridge extending from Characters in Flight and winding its way almost to completion near Paradiso 37. And it is nearly impossible not to notice the construction wall foretelling the story of a new very modern looking Starbucks in Disney arriving in the place of Wetzel’s Pretzels in Spring 2014. So the story of Disney Springs fittingly begins with both struggle and promise as has been the story for Downtown Disney for far too long. But we excitedly embrace this long journey that Disney has set us upon and now only time shall tell whether it takes a spring to finally make Downtown Disney feel like the natural fit it should always have been.