Downtown Disney Expands into Disney Springs

On Saturday afternoon, the weather was comfortable and nice for visiting Downtown Disney at WDW, but the Characters in Flight balloon ride closed temporarily due to lightning and thunderstorms forecast in the area.  Here’s also a view of what’s coming up. WDW  has free shuttles from relocated parking lots to Downtown Disney.  Parking and Downtown Disney are free for all visitors. If you haven’t visited Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida lately, check out Downtown Disney.  Since last November, a new modern parking garage, more shops and restaurants have opened in Downtown Disney’s West Side for families, convention guests and visitors from all over the world.  “Over the past few months, we have opened several new dining and retail locations, which have quickly become top producers in their chains, ” said Geroge A. Kalogridis, the president of WDW Resort in May. The expansion and construction is still underway for Disney Springs. WDW officials estimate its completion in 2016. Disney Springs will have two times more shops and restaurants than Downtown Disney. The new section will have “4 distinct outdoor neighborhoods with high quality and a diverse mix of retailers,” according to WDW news releases.  Disney Springs will occupy more than 1 million square feet and includes 350,000 square feet of rent space. The new area will offer sophisticated, upscale restaurants and affordable luxury fashion for families and convention guests. Fashion stores include ZARA, Lilly Pulitzer and Tommy Bahama. Morimoto Asia, a Pan-Asian restaurant is scheduled to open this summer.  It will offer diners a chance to see food prepared in kitchens, street food stalls, Peking duck carving and Dim Sum. Average price per customer is around $60. Source: Walt Disney World News

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