Downtown Disney Officially Becomes Disney Springs Today

Hey Thrill Seekers,

I’m terrible at this, once something is called something I have a real struggle altering my brain to the new name. Today Disney are officially going to test my mental faculties to their limit by changing Downtown Disney to Disney Springs.

The change will be made official today via a naming ceremony and although the project isn’t finished yet Disney have confirmed that they believe the new Disney Springs will be double the size of Downtown Disney.

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Last week we saw Jock Lindsay’s Hangar Bar open up to the public and tomorrow the new Morimoto Asia restaurant opens and will feature a menu designed by Iron Chef Mashaharu Morimoto!

Disney Springs will include outdoor neighborhoods — the West Side, the Landing and the Marketplace — with everything from “splurge”-type restaurants to new lakefront shopping. Some of the new stores include:

  • APEX by Sunglass Hut
  • Art of Shaving
  • Chapel Hats
  • Erwin Pearl
  • Erin McKenna’s Bakery NYC
  • Havaianas
  • Sanuk
  • Sound Lion
  • Vivoli Gelateria

Generating the most buzz right now is the Landing, which takes over the area formerly known as Pleasure Island. It offers dining unlike anywhere else in town. Some of the restaurants are considered gourmet, while others are attraction-like.

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Here are the top 5 most talked about highlights;

  1. STK (Opening later this year) – We found out late last year about STK Orlando, a modern steakhouse mixed with the ambiance of a sleek lounge. It will be one of the largest STK locations in the world, occupying 14,000 square feet in a two-story building.
  2. Morimoto Asia (Opening Wednesday, Sept. 30) – Chef Masaharu Morimoto, perhaps best known from the popular TV program Iron Chef America, unveils his two-story Morimoto Asia this Wednesday. Morimoto Asia will be the Japanese master chef’s first-ever pan-Asian restaurant featuring flavors from across the continent. The restaurant will feature waterside seating, terraces, a grand hall and a cocktail lounge.
  3. Jock Lindsey’s Hanger Bar (Now open) – With an aviation theme (Jock was Indy’s frequent pilot in the “Indiana Jones” films) and a primo waterfront location, the restaurant features food and drinks inspired by Jock’s globe-trotting to all continents. The 150-seat lounge is located between Paradiso 37 and The Boathouse. Outdoors, Jock’s old steamboat (now in dry dock) is a fun place for watching the sunset.
  4. The Edison (Opening 2016) – The Edison will be dedicated to a resurgence of old-world style, sophistication and romance. Themed to a 1920s-period electric company, the ceilings are 35-feet high. The Edison will feature nightly entertainment like contortionists, palm readers, DJs and more.
  5. The Boathouse (Opened in April) – Amphicars are rad. They’re vintage rides that also float like a boat. Enjoy a 20-minute ride with a captain before or after you nosh on The Boathouse’s menu offering. The space has 3 nautically-themed rooms and 2 private dining rooms. Total seating capacity is 600 people. It has 3 bars — The Captain’s Raw Bar, the Admiral’s Club Bar and the Dock Bar, built overlooking the water and 300-plus feet of boardwalk connecting all areas of the restaurant.

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With the renaming and reshaping of this area it marks the start of some exciting times ahead for Disney who have been accused of concentrating a little too much on My Magic Plus and not their in park experiences.

I can’t wait to hear what people make of the new area when completed.

Smiles included…


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