Although Disney Springs hasn’t carried the excitement of a new theme park addition like New Fantasyland or that of a more recently announced expansion for Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios from a galaxy far, far away does not mean it isn’t worthy of your attention. Downtown Disney has for years rounded out the experiences available to many Walt Disney World guests and with Disney Springs those options will be doubled. But far more than quantity, it is the quality that we are all after and that too is showing up in bunches. With shopping and dining experience such as The Boathouse, Chapel Hats and with the now open Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar and soon to open Morimoto Asiajust to highlight a few. But much like our aerial photos of Pandora – The World of AVATAR, we knew that a trip to the sky over Disney Springs would give us new insights and really help us to visualize what is yet another massive construction project underway at the Walt Disney World Resort.
Once in the sky, there is just so much to see and with the new angles of photography we were able to briefly capture photos that show just how massive the new thematic details beginning with the “natural spring” of Disney Springs will be. The new pristine water springs will be a more controlled environment than the waterway that made Pleasure Island, well an island. Not only does it fit in with the thematic storyline where settlers finding this great natural resource in the springs decide to build around the newly discovered wonder but it also will make for a more beautiful and pleasant environment for the rather upscale shopping experience that Disney Springs and its Town Center is on its way to become. Walt Disney Imagineering videos have shown the springs illuminated at night with floating lanterns and already we can see the springs taking shape thematically with Disney’s patented “rock-work” concrete molding. But just as with the storyline for Disney Springs, the progress emanates from the springs rather than ending there.
At the entrance to Town Center the completely new area and heart of the Disney Springs transformation of Downtown Disney we see Disney’s retail wonderland truly taking the form of its concept images. From the new parking garages leading you directly to the all-new shopping, to the marquee buildings that give Town Center a bit of a Main Street U.S.A. feeling with its structure and design. Seeing how this massive new expansion, that is being built on what was formerly ground-level parking space, is tying into the existing areas of Downtown Disney is remarkable from above.
As much progress as there is, inevitably the other realization that arrives quickly from seeing these photos, is just how much work is left to be done before Disney Springs is completely finished. Luckily 2016 will be here right before you know it and of course you can always count on Da Mouse to help make the wait just a bit more enjoyable.