When its reimagining is complete in 2016, Walt Disney World Resort's shopping, dining, and entertainment district -- Downtown Disney in Lake Buena Vista, FL -- will have a new name: Disney Springs. That's not all, however. It also will have double the number of shops and restaurants, growing to more than 1 million square feet thanks to the addition of 350,000 square feet of new leasable space.
Among the brands occupying that new space will be 13 new tenants announced by Disney this week, including eight retail outlets -- Zara, Tommy Bahama, Lilly Pulitzer, UNIQLO, PANDORA, UGG, L'Occitane en Provence, and Edward Beiner -- and five dining venues: New York-based cupcake bakery Sprinkles, artisanal pizza restaurant Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza, Vivoli Gelateria, Tea Traders Café by Joffrey's, and Edison, a restaurant, bar, and club that's inspired by The Edison venue in Los Angeles and themed to a 1920s-period power plant.
The new additions will complement nine new venues that have already opened at Disney Springs in the past few months, and at least three more that will open there this fall. Among the new venues already opened are The BOATHOUSE, an upscale waterfront restaurant specializing in steaks and seafood; hat shop Chapel Hats; men's grooming store Art of Shaving; and Erin McKenna's Bakery NYC, a bakery specializing in gluten-free, vegan baked goods. Opening later this year, meanwhile, are restaurants Morimoto Asia, STK Orlando, and Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar.
"Over the past few months we have opened several new dining and retail locations, which have quickly become the top producers in their chains," said George A. Kalogridis, president of Walt Disney World Resort. "This type of momentum builds on the historical strength of the Downtown Disney area and its popularity with our guests from around the world as it evolves into Disney Springs."
Inspired by Florida's waterfront towns, Disney Springs will encompass four outdoor "neighborhoods" interconnected by a spring and lakefront: the Town Center, featuring shopping, dining, and a promenade; the Landing, a commercial district with waterfront views; the Marketplace, which will include an over-water pedestrian causeway and an expanded World of Disney Store; and the West Side, Disney Springs' entertainment district. Construction began in 2013 and will conclude next year.