Walt Disney World Resort announced the multi-year transformation of Downtown Disney into Disney Springs. Disney Springs will double the number of shops, restaurants and other venues for guests to explore, resulting in more than 150 establishments. Construction is slated to begin next month with new areas opening in phases. Disney Springs is expected to be complete in 2016.

“Disney Springs will be a timeless, vibrant place where Walt Disney World guests and local residents can relax, shop, dine and be entertained in an imaginative setting where they’ll instantly feel at home,” said Tom Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “Featuring distinctive brands, world-class restaurants and unforgettable entertainment, Disney Springs will be brought to life with the same focus on storytelling and attention to detail that goes into our theme parks, resorts and cruise ships, resulting in a welcoming space that only Disney could create.”

Drawing inspiration from Florida’s waterfront towns and natural beauty, Disney Springs will include four outdoor neighborhoods interconnected by a spring and lakefront. In addition to a new gateway with a signature water tower and grand entry, the destination will feature the Town Center, offering a mix of shopping and dining along with a promenade; a commercial district called “The Landing” with dining and waterfront views; a family-friendly Marketplace featuring an over-the-water pedestrian causeway along with an expaded World of Disney store; and a West Side showcasing entertainment set against new elevated spaces providing shade and an overlook to activity below.

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