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Pixie Dust Central: The Progression Of Disney Springs

Downtown Disney Welcomes Pedestrian Causeway


Pixie Dust Central:

The Progression Of Disney Springs

 

Have you GEMs heard about the new and exciting things that are happening at Downtown Disney at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida? There are many brand new things on the horizon and it’s been so exciting to see the changes so far. The photo above is of a brand new Village Causeway which provides Guests with another path of travel through the Marketplace, connecting the area near The LEGO Store across the water to Rainforest Café. With beautiful brickwork and handsome arches, the bridge houses four new freestanding retail locations: Flour & Sugar, Icon Jewellery by Bico, Kate & Leo and Florida Bath Co. I can’t wait to spend some time checking it all out!

The largest expansion in Downtown Disney history, Disney Springs will provide even more opportunities for Guests to relax and enjoy themselves. When completed in 2016, Disney Springs will double the shopping, dining and entertainment experiences from the current 70 to approximately 150! With an eclectic and contemporary mix from Disney and other noteworthy brands, guests will be treated to sophisticated grace and design that harkens to Florida’s waterfront towns at the turn-of-the-century. Drawing inspiration from Florida’s natural beauty, Disney Springs will include four interconnected neighborhoods: The Landing (opening in early 2015), Marketplace, West Side and Town Center (opening in 2016).

Take a look at some of the wonderful new things in store for us . . .

2. New Restaurants!

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There have already been a few of the new restaurants announced that are on their way. From the sounds of them, I'm going to need to get busy planning some mini-vacations to try them out! Morimoto Asia – Chef Masaharu Morimoto is teaming up with Patina Restaurant Group to open Morimoto Asia. Morimoto Asia’s extraordinary, 36-foot tall, two-story layout includes a vast range of areas to explore including open terraces, grand hall, private rooms, long bar, cocktail lounge, waterside seating and more. The restaurant is being designed by STUDIO V Architecture. Morimoto Asia’s culinary elements will provide flavors from across Asia, while exhibition kitchens will showcase the continent’s traditions. Included among them are street-food stalls, Peking duck carving and dim sum. Morimoto’s inspiration and perspective will create an unmatched dining experience in this richly layered setting. To open in summer 2015 at The Landing, in the heart of Disney Springs, Morimoto Asia is the Japanese master chef’s first pan-Asian dining experience. STK Orlando – The new STK Orlando will be located within the waterfront setting of The Landing at Disney Springs. STK’s unique ambiance blends the elements of a modern steakhouse with a sleek lounge, including a DJ, emphasizing a social, fun environment. At approximately 14,000 square feet, the Orlando outpost will be one of the largest STK locations. STK Orlando will have two dining floors—including a main level and the only rooftop dining venue in Disney Springs. STK Orlando is expected to open in The Landing at Disney Springs in 2015. The BOATHOUSE – Opening in the Spring of 2015, The BOATHOUSE will be an upscale, waterfront dining experience featuring spectacular floating artwork: dream boats from the 30’s, 40’s & 50’s. The incredible culinary experience of The BOATHOUSE will be showcased in an expansive restaurant with three distinctive bars including The Captain’s Raw Bar, The Admiral’s Club Bar and The Dock Bar, which is built over the water. Other spectacular nautically-themed rooms include The Runabout, Twin Transoms, and The Lake House. There will also be two private dining rooms for special events, conventions and presentations: The Regatta and The Trophy Room. Guests will enjoy a gourmet menu served daily until 2 a.m. featuring steaks, chops, fresh seafood and a raw bar.

The BOATHOUSE restaurant will immerse guests both on land and on water with live music and romantic Captain’s guided tours aboard The Venezia, a beautifully crafted 40-foot wooden Italian Water Taxi featuring champagne toasts and chocolate-covered strawberries. There also will be the exhilaration of guided Amphicar rides that launch from land, entering the water with a splash, taking guests on a 20-minute tour of the landmarks of Disney Springs. The Harbor Master will orchestrate daily flag ceremonies, accompanied by a lively musical performance of beloved bugle songs, performed aboard a classic 1800’s antique steam boat.

Keep an eye out on the Disney Parks Blog for future announcements on what else could be coming in the future to the new Disney Springs!

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