First I posted the rumors about the Downtown Disney renovations a couple of weeks ago, and this week Disney made the announcement official.
They are redoing quite a bit- it's going to look like an entirely different area.
From the Disney Parks Blog-
"Once complete, Disney Springs will expand from 75 to more than 150 shopping, dining and entertainment venues, featuring some of the world’s most iconic brands and restaurants. Construction is set to begin next month."
It's also going to feature four different neighborhoods.
The Town Center, which offers a sophisticated mix of shopping and dining along with a promenade where guests can relax, refresh and reconnect.
A colorful and thriving commercial district called The Landing with inspired dining and beautiful waterfront views.
The family-friendly Marketplace that will continue to delight guests of all ages by combining new experiences, such as an over-the-water pedestrian causeway, along with classic Disney favorites, including an expanded World of Disney store.
A West Side that provides 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.
You had me at double the shopping venues.
Some other important details-
Construction will start next month, but won't be finished until 2016.
Disney tried its hand previously to some adult nightlife entertainment, with Pleasure Island. PI had a bunch of mixed reviews, and eventually closed. Disney is going to add some new adult options, most likely in the West Side. There will be more than enough for families to do, but there will be new options for those 21+ at Walt Disney World.
For those who drive, they are going to add a couple of parking garages.
Unfortunately, I don't know YET how this will affect current stores- I'm sure Disney will try to keep all of them open-and I don't know what stores are included in the new plans.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again... This is what keeps Disney on top, and people returning each year. They constantly reinvest in their parks, whether it's maintaining classic rides that still look new or completely new construction.