As Downtown Disney continues to transform into Disney Springs, Cast Members and Guests will see more roadwork on Buena Vista Drive in the coming months to support the area’s future growth. Buena Vista Drive is being widened from 7 to 10 lanes with dedicated bus lanes, to ultimately improve the traffic flow.
Additionally, two pedestrian bridges and an additional slip ramp will open soon to provide our Cast and Guests easier access to and from Downtown Disney.

Next week, the project reaches an exciting milestone with opening of its first pedestrian bridge near Team Disney and a ramp providing direct access into the Orange Garage.

While these additions will improve access to the Downtown Disney area, several other roadwork projects will continue and impact traffic patterns, turn lanes, sidewalks, crosswalks, and parking. Drivers are encouraged to plan extra time when traveling through the Downtown Disney area. Here’s what to expect:


1. Flyover ramp to Orange Garage partially opens (SEPTEMBER 8, 2015)
If you’re traveling eastbound toward Hotel Plaza Boulevard, take the right lane to the new ramp to park in the garage. The ramp goes directly into Level 3. The entire slip ramp will open later this year.

2. Team Disney pedestrian bridge opens (sometime next week – more details coming soon)
The pedestrian bridge near Team Disney opens for Cast Members and Guests, allowing them to cross Buena Vista Drive to access Downtown Disney. The crosswalk on the street will no longer be available.


3. Garage exit changes (SEPTEMBER 8, 2015)
The only ways you’ll be able to exit the garage onto Buena Vista Drive will be at the intersection across from Team Disney or by driving to Level 2 in the garage to take the ramp. Driving through the lots in front of Cirque du Soleil (L, M & N) will not be an option.
This temporary change will last for 6-8 weeks.

4. Parking lots in front of Cirque du Soleil (Lots L, M & N) close (SEPTEMBER 8, 2015)
Cast Members and Guests may continue to park in the garage and the parking lots behind Cirque du Soleil (O, P & Q) during this time. The intersection across from Typhoon Lagoon will only be available to enter/exit parking lots O, P & Q behind Cirque du Soleil. This temporary change will last for 6-8 weeks.

5. Sidewalk between Team Disney and Casting temporarily closes (when the bridge opens)
The sidewalk between Team Disney and Casting will be unavailable until May 2016.

6. Crosswalk near Casting closes (the same time the pedestrian bridge opens)
Cast and Guests should use the Team Disney pedestrian bridge or the Hotel Plaza Boulevard crosswalk (if coming from Hotel Plaza Boulevard, Casting, SunTrust or the Marketplace Cast lot) to cross over to the Marketplace. This is a permanent change.

Here's a map that will help you visualize all these changes (click on this link for the full-size version):

Please, continue to follow roadway signs and the direction of Parking Cast Members. With more roadwork occurring in the coming months, please watch for additional updates here on OTPN.

MAP: ©2015 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

5 Comment(s):

Is it true that they are anticipating all the work to be completed by year's end?

Dan Boris said...

This work is not going to be done by the end of the year. The article even says that the sidewalk between team Disney & Casting will be closed until My of next year. It doesn't take that long to build a new sidewalk so I assume other construction is the reason for that closure.

Anonymous said...

That map could not be any more confusing. The whole Downtown area is a nightmare. Drove down once at the end of June and it so confusing. Will be so glad when its done!

Otto said...

Next summer is it to be ready but Disney is insanely slow with this.
Guest experience wasn't on the check list when they started this mess.

Cody said...

^ I disagree. This is a huge project and to keep guests from being effected is making the project last longer than it normally would. Most of the loud construction must take place at night time so it doesn't effect guests visiting the area during the day. Guests should know that any construction phase is going to be an "annoyance" and should plan ahead. I visit the area at least once a week and I've not once felt overwhelmed or aggravated. I'm actually very excited to see what new changes took place within that time frame. Patience is key-which most people these days don't have.

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