Another look at the former Adventurer's Club:
The future STK Steakhouse:
The rest of the area looks very good:
A new pathway recently opened by Portobello:
Some more photos of the Town Center:
This will surely be a great area to just walk around and relax:
A bridge connecting the Town Center to The Landing:
The old Downtown Disney sign has been removed:
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The old downtown Disney sign comes down and now its officially an overpriced tacky outlet mall with terrible parking and traffic issues. I hope you like shopping and eating because there is nothing else to do here.
Disney quest did not have enough junk to sell so now it can be NBA city and sell basketballs to kids who will surly not dribble them everywhere. I just do not see the draw of the fake Springs/mega mall.
What a silly comment. First, lots of folks do like to shop and eat. That's particularly true when you consider the fact that some of the restaurants come from world-renowned chefs. Other restaurants have extensive theming, which is something that appeals to lots of kids (and some adults, too).
Second, most of the traffic/parking issues will be eliminated. Anyone coming from west-bound I-4 can drive directly into the parking ramp. Those parking ramps have technology that displays the number of open spaces on each floor. They even have lights placed to quickly guide you to empty spaces. That sure beats the "drive up and down each row" system found at virtually every other retail development in the country.
Finally, if you think there's nothing to do except eat and shop, you need to do a little more research or re-visit Disney Springs. Most nights, there is free live entertainment. You can take flight on a balloon (for $) or hop on a free boat ride. You can see a movie or concert (on select nights) at the House of Blues. And, Disney Springs is one of only three places in the entire world that has a permanent Cirque du Soleil show.
The only 'activity' that is leaving Disney Springs is DisneyQuest, which is not relevant anymore, and now sticks out like a sore thumb in my opinion.
Regardless of whether or not the new additions are purely food & shopping options, it's still adding a huge amount to do at Disney Springs. If you don't want to go shopping, then there is nothing forcing you to go, and if you prefer more attraction based offerings, then that's what the parks are for.
As a local who has been going to Disney Village and Downtown Disney when they had dance clubs, comedy clubs, character dining, ice skating and candlelight I would say that Disney Springs offers me much less. I have been twice and the traffic and parking are much worse, even with the new roads and garages. Park Avenue in Winter Park and Resturant row in Dr Phillips both offer more and like DISNEY have no character dining. I don't really see what sets Disney Springs apart.
Buy expensive stuff or eat expensive food. Thankfully I don't think this greed model of only catering to the rich at Disney Springs is going to work. Boat House has already started accepting dining plan and pared down their menu. The $20 a drink not an Indiana Jones bar with no special effects is never busy.
Sorry but I think Disney can and should do better. Think about it this way if Disney Springs opened in New York or Miami, no one would care because the restaurants are already open in those cities. What makes this mall uniquely Disney? Are there fireworks? Is there character dining?
Nothing about Disney Springs impressed me. I guess it's the lazy theming. Has any old Florida town ever had an elevated high line train and an observatory? Plus people want a strong Disney theme not a fake Florida strip mall town that developed over a fake spring.
Local residents aren't the target demographic for Disney Springs. They're building it for the guests who are staying on or near WDW. The vast majority of those folks couldn't care less about the restaurants in Winter Park or Sand Lake Road or shopping at the Mall at Millenia.
Also, perhaps you need to wait until the project is completed before declaring that it offers you "much less".
Added: Your comment implies that you think that character dining and fireworks would be appealing. But, you reject the re-theming of Planet Hollywood because no old Florida town has an observatory. My question: What old Florida town had animated characters or nightly fireworks?