Formerly Downtown Disney, Disney Springs is a themed retail, dining and entertainment center inspired by Florida's charming waterfront towns, historic architecture and natural beauty. The "story" of Disney Springs begins at its new Town Center, which is oriented around a series of bubbling natural springs that first attracted settlers to the area. From there, the town grew to encompass three additional neighborhoods: The Landing, Marketplace and West Side – each with its own distinct charm and atmosphere.
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.
You'll be immersed in the stunning views of the sparkling blue waters of Lake Buena Vista and our spectacular display of floating artwork: dream boats from the 30's, 40's & 50s. In the evening, listen to live music as you relax watching the most beautiful sunset in all of Orlando.
Dine indoors or dockside on our award-winning menu of steaks, chops, fresh seafood, and out-of-this-world desserts. There's a special menu for kids, too.
Classic craft cocktails and an extensive offering of wines from iconic American vineyards at our three distinctive bars: The Captain's Raw Bar, Admiral's Club Bar and The Dockside Bar, built over the water and attached to over 300 feet of boardwalk and docks.
Make your visit complete with a guided Captain's tours of Disney Springs in our vintage amphicars or The Venezia, our 40-ft. Italian Wooden Water Taxi.
JOCK LINDSEY'S HANGAR BAR
Tucked in between Paradiso 37 and the BOATHOUSE restaurant, is a new Disney owned and operated Food & Beverage offering with a unique story. Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar.
With seating for 150, the venue will feature unique cocktails – such as the “Hovito Mojito” with Barsol Quebranta Pisco, fresh lime juice and simple syrup – and small plates such as “Air Pirates Everything Pretzels” with house-made mustard and beer cheese fondue.
The design team has gone to great lengths to ensure that every element – from the propeller-based ceiling fans and diving bell “booth” to the “Rolling Boulder Meatballs” on the menu – fits within the storyline.
And just what is that story? Ardent fans of the “Indiana Jones” films may recognize Jock Lindsey as Indy’s frequent pilot. In the main room, guests will discover an expansive bar, aviation decor filling the room, vintage travel posters covering the walls and correspondence between Jock, Indy and their fellow adventurers on display. Guests can eat, drink and be merry outside as well, in Jocks’ old steamboat, now in permanent dry dock and aptly named “Reggie;” (after his pet snake) and in nearby seating on the adjacent deck.
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.
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.
"We're thrilled to bring Chef Morimoto's renowned culinary style to Disney Springs as we expand the range of dining experiences for our resort guests as well as local Florida residents," said George A. Kalogridis, president, Walt Disney World Resort.
DISNEY SPRINGS TODAY
Renderings plastered on construction walls throughout the entertainment complex are slowly coming to fruition as the popular, high-traffic entertainment complex at Walt Disney World Resort transitions into Disney Springs.
While completion of the re-imagined waterfront district is planned for 2016, an area of Disney Springs known as The Landing is nearing completion.
Several new stores have opened their doors to shoppers in the revamped area, including the Art of Shaving (a premium shaving shop and barbershop), Chapel Hats (an old-fashioned or "vintage" hat shop), Apex by Sunglass Hut (sports and activewear sunglasses) and Sound Lion, which sells headphones and music products.
Two new shoe shops -- Havaianas and Sanuk -- offer specialty flip-flops and casual footwear options.
STK steakhouse is set to open next year in The Landing. The high-end steakhouse will have two dining floors, including the only rooftop dining venue in Disney Springs.
Making a vision a reality
The Landing gives us a glimpse of what Disney Springs might look like when complete.
Signage displaying "Disney Springs Florida" and wall art featuring fictional brands like Springs Mineral Water tie in the new theme of a small Florida town set in the early 1900s. In addition to The Landing, Disney Springs will feature three other distinct areas -- Town Center, Marketplace and West Side.
A new Marketplace Causeway at Downtown Disney connects the area near the T-Rex restaurant to the front of the Rainforest Cafe. The pedestrian bridge features several new kiosks for additional shopping and ties in the vision of Disney Springs as a waterfront-centric dining, shopping and entertainment complex.
In the works
Disney has announced plans for several existing restaurants at Downtown Disney.
Planet Hollywood is transforming its iconic globe into what Disney is calling a turn-of-the-century observatory.
The interior will feature planet-shaped lighting fixtures and stylish finishing while keeping the movie memorabilia the restaurant is known for. A new outdoor terrace and outdoor bar space called Stargazers will feature live entertainment.
Paradiso 37, a "taste of the Americas" restaurant, is also expanding as part of the Disney Springs transition. Seating will nearly double, including more terrace dining and waterfront views.
Plans for that expansion are set to wrap up this summer, while Planet Hollywood aims for a spring 2016 completion.
The Boathouse, a restaurant coming to the former Pleasure Island area, is set to open this summer and will feature a nautical-theme with water views.
In addition to re-imagined shops, dining and storefronts, Disney Springs will have two parking garages, the first of which is open, providing five levels and 4,000 spaces.
A second garage, a new ramp from Interstate 4, a widened Buena Vista Drive with 10 lanes and two pedestrian bridges are also in the plans for a project that won't be complete until late 2016.