- 2 new parking structures for a total of 6000 parking spaces
- Number of vendors increased from 75 to 150
- Estimated completion date: 2016
- Construction to begin in April 2013
- The project will create an estimated 1,200 construction jobs and nearly 4,000 operational roles.
- Reportedly a new on ramp will be constructed off of I-4
The new breakdown of the four "Neighborhoods" in Disney Springs as confirmed by Disney is as follows:
The Town Center
This will offer "one-of-a-kind shopping and dining experiences along a promenade" and will have a "Spanish Revival architecture." It will reside in the current E-G parking lots
This will offer "inspired dining, retail and beautiful waterfront views." This will be near Paradiso 37.
The Village Marketplace
This will remain largely unchanged, but an expansion to World of Disney is expected. The one significant change here will be the addition of a new waterfront causeway that will connect this area to the rest of Disney Springs.
The West Side
This neighborhood will be industrial buildings that provide an "exuberant atmosphere with lively entertainment, along with a series of new elevated spaces that provide both shade and an overlook to the activity below."
During construction, parking lots I, J, K and H will be closed. The expectation is that the first parking structure will be completed at some point in 2014.
March 28, 2014: SavePleasureIsland.com posted an image from the Orange County Controller's website that indicates that the former Mannequins and 8-Trax locations from Pleasure Island will become a new restaurant operated by the Patina Group. That group also operates Via Napoli at Epcot.
March 18, 2014: Construction walls went up on the Downtown Disney West Side for "Food Truck Park". WDWMagic.com had photos of the constuction walls in this new area set to open in Summer 2014.
March 13, 2014: WDWMagic.com is reporting that beginning on March 18th parts of Parking lots E, F and G will close for additional construction.
March 4, 2014: WDWMagic.com posted concept art photos for the new West Side Parking Garage for Disney Springs.
December 12, 2013: WDWMagic.com has posted that changes to the traffic patterns will take place through January 4th to accommodate holiday crowds. From Saratoga Springs Resort to the entrance to Downtown Disney, the right lane will be limited to bus traffic.
November 7, 2013: WDWMagic.com has posted that the bypass bridge that was constructed as part of the Disney Springs project has been completed.
November 7, 2013: WDWMagic.com has posted a new piece of concept art for the Disney Springs project.
July 24, 2013: The latest Disney Insider newsletter reports that the Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Pavilion at D23 will be offering sneek peeks at upcoming projects including Disney Springs. As well, there will be teasers for new attractions based on Avatar and Star Wars.
July 15, 2013: WDWMagic.com has reported that parking lot closures are coming on July 22nd. Lots I, J, and K will be closing, in addition to the already closed lot H.
May 5, 2013: Ricky Brigante states on the Inside The Magic podcast that a rumor has been circulating amongst cast members that a new on ramp will be constructed off I-4 to ease traffic congestion as part of this project.
April 23, 2013: The Walt Disney Blog has identified Theron Skees as the Project Manager for Disney Springs
March 27, 2013: WDWMagic.com has reported that Early Site Prep has begun. Construction trailers will be located in Parking Lot Q behind La Nouba.
March 19, 2013: Jason Garcia of the Orlando Sentinel revealed that the two Parking Garages will be built by Reedy Creek (Disney's own local government). The estimated cost is $85 million dollars and will likely by paid for using tax payer money as opposed to Disney's money.
March 14, 2013: Disney issued a press release officially confirming the project, and a small press event was hosted by Tom Staggs and Kathy Mangum. Orlando Attractions Magazine included full coverage in the video below:
March 12, 2013: It was expected that a press event would take place on March 12, 2013 where the project was officially announced. However due to inclement weather in the area Disney delayed this press event. Cast members were informed on this date.
March 3, 2013: WDWNT.com revealed concept art for the new project. This can all be view here.
February 16, 2013: ParkRumors.com identified new plans for the project that they have dubbed, "The BVD Corridor Stormwater Project." The name actually refers to the necessary groundwater infrastructure changes, but the article also highlights the new name of the project: "Disney Springs". The article explains that "Disney Springs" will be divided into 6 defined "neighborhoods" dubbed: The Town Center, The Gateway, The Springs, The Landing, The West Side, and The Village Marketplace. Details of each of these locations per the original rumor are included in the link, but the details as confirmed by Disney are included in the "Specific Details" section below.
The additional information, original rumored by ParkRumors.com involve other potential changes, but these have not been confirmed. One such rumor is that in The West Side, Planet Hollywood is expected to change into a building called "The Observatory" and Wetzel's Pretzels will be replaced by a Starbucks location. The two additional neighborhoods would be known as The Gateway and The Springs. The Gateway will be the entry area that will include a 5 level parking structure and a larger boss drop off area. It will reside in the current A-H parking lots. The Springs would be a relaxing area along the waterfront.
November 18, 2010: The Disney Parks Blog announced plans for Hyperion Wharf, the original concept to overhaul Downtown Disney.